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|Mar-13-18|| ||stacase: This required a bit of chin stroking and remembering how to count, but it wasn't as bad as yesterday that said it was Black's move when Black was on life support. When I tuned back in to see what Black did, he moved his King. Somewhere in that confusion I realized Chessgames.com zigged instead of zagged. Oh well. |
<Phony Benoni...winning the resulting Q vs. R ending is not as easy as everybody thinks, but that's not my problem.>
Ha ha ha (-:
|Mar-13-18|| ||gawain: Because this was a puzzle position (and "easy") the solution could not possibly be anything other than 52 Rxh4+ etc.|
|Mar-13-18|| ||lost in space: Got that and saw that the game went exactly to the position I had in my mind when starting to write my post.|
|Mar-13-18|| ||ChessHigherCat: I saw the rook exchange and c6 almost instantly but yesterday's puzzle made me paranoid so I started looking for a faster solution|
|Mar-13-18|| ||Pchief: Was the R sac really necessary?
If 52.Rg7 Black also does not have any useful move at hand since his king, not being able to leave the h-file, continues to block his own pawn
|Mar-13-18|| ||landshark: R sac brings the fastest resolution.|
|Mar-13-18|| ||EIDorado: @Pchief with a single black rook on the board the king values as much as a night, so white has a knight and a pawn for the rook. Considering the active passed pawns and passive black king, you don't even check ending theory or variants: you just say to yourself "If white doesn't win I quit chess".|
|Mar-13-18|| ||agb2002: White is a pawn up.
Black threatens Rxb7.
White's advanced pawns can overwhelm the rook on b8. Hence, 52.Rxh4+ Rxh4 53.Rxh4+ Kxh4 54.c6 followed by Kc5 wins (54... Kg5 55.Kc5 Kf6 56.Kd6 Rd8+ 57.Kc7 Ke7 58.b8=Q Rxb8 59.Kxb8 Kd6 60.c7).
|Mar-13-18|| ||yadasampati: I am just surprised that Levon Aronian does not resign after 52) Rxh4+|
|Mar-13-18|| ||Lambda: <Pchief> It probably isn't necessary, but simplifying complex wins into simple wins is always nice.|
|Mar-13-18|| ||AlicesKnight: Simplest here is best; two Ps on the 6th defeat a R in the absence of Ks. So exchange everything on h4 and follow with c6; the Black R cannot hold.|
|Mar-13-18|| ||morfishine: <52.Rxh4> eliminates one Black rook allowing the White King + 2 pawns to eliminate the other|
|Mar-13-18|| ||OhioChessFan: Straightforward endgame, the Pawns dominate the Rook. I share yada's surprise Aronian played on.|
|Mar-13-18|| ||Cheapo by the Dozen: After a Monday puzzle that was hard enough for Tuesday, we get a Tuesday puzzle that's Monday-easy.|
|Mar-13-18|| ||cocker: 52 Rg7 also wins quite easily|
|Mar-13-18|| ||WorstPlayerEver: Two connected pawns at the 6th rank can handle a Rook alone.|
|Mar-13-18|| ||Bubo bubo: White turns the double rook ending into an elementary win of two advanced passed pawns against a rook: 52.Rxh4+ Rxh4 53.Rxh4+ Kxh4 54.c6. Since his king is offside and the white king is close to the pawns, Black won't even reach the notorious Q vs R ending.|
|Mar-13-18|| ||Mayankk: A refresher of basic Chess theory and not much of a puzzle.|
Is this week supposed to demonstrate how current/future 2800+ players miss simple stuff?
|Mar-13-18|| ||Pasker: An elementary puzzle of course but what surprised me is that Aronian is keep going after all this. I thought the game will be over right after the solution move but it goes on with Aronian's King march 😁|
|Mar-13-18|| ||lentil: In 1996, Aronian was 13 years old.|
|Mar-13-18|| ||Pasker: Okay, I didn't realize it was 1996. Thought its 2013. That must be a very young Aronian.|
|Mar-13-18|| ||takchess: Good basic instructive change of pace puzzle. This is position where the snarky annotator says: Every Russian School Child Knows.....|
|Mar-13-18|| ||alwinkpc: How about this?
52. Rxh4+ Rxh4
|Mar-13-18|| ||Whitehat1963: Easier than yesterday’s.|
|Mar-13-18|| ||patzer2: Finding the two connected pawns versus
Rook endgame in today's Tuesday (52. ?) puzzle was easy with the simplifying 52. Rxh4+ +-.
For a possible improvement in this deeply analyzed and well know sicilian dragon opening, I prefer 14...Qc7 as in the drawn game Adams vs Nakamura, 2017.
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