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Yge Visser vs Tea Bosboom-Lanchava
Howard Staunton Memorial (2006), rd 8, Aug-22
Modern Defense: Standard Line (B06)  ·  0-1


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May-26-11  sevenseaman: Its a thinking man's game; the ideas, the product of human mind, never stop being stunning, startling, beautiful and thought-provoking.

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w mates in 2.

Not too tough, but not easy either.

May-26-11  Patriot: <Don Quijote> I would say 1...Qf3 gets black out of harms way. If 2.gxf3 Nxf3+ 3.Kf1 Bh3#.

<sevenseaman> 1.Rg1 looks like the move. 1...hxg1=Q 2.Qh5# or 1...h1=Q 2.Rxh1# or 1...R(any move) 2.Qxg7# or 1...c5 2.Qh5#

May-26-11  sevenseaman: <Patriot> On the money again! Now I know what to expect.
May-26-11  LIFE Master AJ: I nice game.

I looked at my watch, (carefully); I spent less than 30 seconds on the puzzle. (My goal is 3-5 minutes for problems, other than Sundays. Sundays, I often take 30 - or more - minutes, I have begun using a little more time on Saturdays as well ... since a few weeks ago, when I got stumped by a Saturday problem.) I got it.

I first looked at the sack, 18...BxP/h3. (It didn't amount to anything.) After about 10-20 seconds of a complete blank, it occurred to me that the White Queen did NOt have a lot of "running room," so 18...Rd8! followed by 19...BxP/h3.

However, White was still able to muster a fair amount of resistance ...

Just to let everyone know, my (main) goal is to get faster. [Just about ALL of my (tournament/OTB) losses the last 2-3 years have happened when I got behind on the clock ... in some games, it was badly so. I am 2200+, so you should probably give yourself more time than I allow.]

May-26-11  LIFE Master AJ: <Patriot> Good problem-solving skills, in the first few seconds, I was completely stumped.
May-26-11  Patriot: <LIFE Master AJ> Thanks! It took me more than a few seconds though!

It sounds like you may be a slow player, like myself, although my rating is not nearly as high. Playing faster has been an extremely difficult problem to solve because it's as if I would completely forget about the clock until my time got very short. I've been playing a lot of 2 5 blitz to help with this. The key seems to be knowing how to balance time with analysis and oddly, relaxation. For example, non-critical positions need to be played relatively quickly whereas critical positions deserve time and attention. Plus I've noticed that whenever I feel relaxed I play much better and my time management is better!

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  NM JRousselle: Suggestion to those who want to stay out of time pressure: play over lots and lots of GM games.

I would recommend old (pre 1950) games. These games are far less tactical and should provide plenty of ideas with regard to where to place pieces. Games after 2000 don't offer a lot for the average club player. The games are very tactical and don't foster understanding in the club player.

May-26-11  estrick: <Zan: <Phone Benoni: I expect a few others will fall for that. At least, I hope I'm not the only dummy around here.> Nope, I had exactly the same thought up through 20 Qc7 and then realized it wasn't really going anywhere.>

Seems we have a consensus among "club level" players on what a club level player move is. Count me in, too.

<Once> The breadth of different kinds of situations, literary, cultural, and pop allusions you are able to draw on and connect to chess is amazing.

May-26-11  scormus: <Once> A masterpiece!!
May-26-11  redorc19: I saw a different yet interesting line:
18...Bxh3 19. Bxh3 Rad8 20. Bd7 Qxc2 21. Rd1 Qxb1 22.Nb5 Qe2 23.e5 f6 24. Rd2 Qh5 which loses the initiative possible on move 18 but isnt bad!
May-26-11  SetNoEscapeOn: <And unless you are Minnesota Fats or Fast Eddie Felson, then you should just walk away.

Just walk away.>

Alternatively, you and your friends could grab the guy and break his thumbs :)

May-26-11  David2009: Y Visser vs Bosboom-Lanchava, 2006 Black 18?

This position is remniscient of a famous combination by Euwe (Euwe lost!). The main variation is 18...Bxh3 19 Bxh3 Rad8 20 Qc7 Rd2 forces mate. In the Euwe game, the combination didn't work because Euwe's opponent (White) had a forcing checkmate sequence starting with a simple Queen sacrifice and ending with an Anastasia mate on the Rook file. In the present example, of course, White has no sensible check let alone a snap mating counter-attack. It is very late at night over here, sorry not to give better details. Let's check:
Black plays the combination the other way round. I don't know if my line works or if I have plucked defeat from victory. Tomorrow will tell: goodnight all!

May-26-11  hedgeh0g: Was initially playing with the idea of trapping the white queen, but it soon became clear to me that Bxh3 in conjunction with Rd8 could pose White a lot of problems. It didn't take long to see Rd8! immediately was the most convincing continuation and I assumed Black's material advantage would be enough to seal the win with a bit of careful play.
May-26-11  WhiteRook48: I fail, I briefly considered Rd8 but never believed that it would actually work. shows what I get for not practicing tactical vision
May-26-11  sevenseaman: <Patriot> In the <Don Quijote> problem you overlooked the 2. 0-0 defense from White. Black responds with 2...Qxe4.

Its a well known play that occurred in an actual game but I cannot recall it.

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  Penguincw: Wow. I did not see that.
May-26-11  TheBish: Y Visser vs Bosboom-Lanchava, 2006

Black to play (18...?) "Medium". Material is even, with White having a knight and two pawns for Black's extra rook.

My first impression was that it was White to play and win, since it looks like White has a winning attack. But... not so.

My first try was 18...Bxh3 19. Bxh3 Rad8 20. Qc7 Rd2, when Black would be winning. But White improves with 20. Bd7! and White wins. However, changing the move order (more or less; different rook is moved) works wonders!

18...Rd8! 19. Qxd8

Or 19. Qc7 Rd2 20. Rg1 Bxh3 and there is no defense against 21...Bxg2+.

19...Bxh3 20. Bxh3

Of course, 20. Qxa8 is answered by 20...Qxg2#.

20...Rxd8 and Black has won the queen and a pawn for a rook and bishop. Should be easy from here, with the c-pawn hanging and White's pieces scattered.

May-26-11  Patriot: <sevenseaman> You're right. I clicked on the solution link after my post and saw what I had missed. But I wasn't too concerned because black really didn't have a better choice than 1...Qf3; otherwise the queen is trapped. It didn't occur that the pawn was hanging after 2.O-O. I thought..."Black could just play 2...Qf6 if need be" and let it go at that. It's not completely solving the puzzle, but the logic is good enough to use in a game which is my biggest concern! Thanks for pointing this out!
May-27-11  stst: didn't see much, after the tiring basket ball game (wish Chicago to hang on and have one more game to watch!) Now here, g2 is the focal point, if Bk B got h3, then it's over. But directly it couldn't take h3 at once. So have to make use of this:
18...Rd8 to hack the W Q
IF 19.QxR then Bxh3 and the WQ will be lost, for QxB# is imminent. Hence there goes the long march:
19.Rf1 Qxc2 20.Qc5....
Bed time.
May-27-11  LIFE Master AJ: <<May-26-11 Patriot: <LIFE Master AJ> Thanks! It took me more than a few seconds though! It sounds like you may be a slow player, like myself, although my rating is not nearly as high. Playing faster has been an extremely difficult problem to solve because it's as if I would completely forget about the clock until my time got very short.>>

Quite the opposite is true ... at least when I was very young. (I used to play entire games ... using only a few minutes.)

Nowadays, (I am 53); a different trend has emerged ... in one out of fifty (maybe 100) games, I fall way behind on the clock, and I seem incapable of moving quickly when this happens. (And I seem to always lose these type of contests.) I guess most players would not worry about it, since it does not happen that often, but I am a perfectionist.

May-27-11  LIFE Master AJ: I also believe that - by working on speed - I am honing my intuition, as well as my analytical skills.

And about once a day, I take out one of my books or many chess CD's/DVD's ... and I try to solve about 3-7 problems. Some of these are very hard. Here, I emphasize analysis, and do not care how much time it takes.

May-27-11  LIFE Master AJ: By the way, on "Chess-dot-com," I am 2000+ at blitz and over 2200 at bullet chess. (One minute.)
May-27-11  David2009: Y Visser vs Bosboom-Lanchava, 2006 postscript: Thanks <redorc19> and <TheBish> for providing the refutation of 18...Bxh3. Here's the game I was thinking of yesterday (Vidmar vs Euwe, 1929). This is the position just after White (Vidmar) has played 27 Nf3-d2.

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Euwe starts the fireworks with an exchange sacrifice: 27....Qd4+ 28.Kh1 Qxd5 29.Be4 Rxe4 30.Nxe4 Qxf5 31.Nxd6 Bxg2+ 32.Kxg2 Rc2+ 33.Kh1 Qf4

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The climax of Euwe's combination: unfortunately for him White has a simple counter-combination: 34.Re8+ Bf8 35.Rxf8+ Kxf8 36.Nf5+ Kg8 37.Qf8+ 1-0

Compare the variation in the present game 18...Bxh3?! 19 Bxh3 Rad8 20 Qc7?? Rc2

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when the similarity with Euwe's combination is evident. Unfortunately as <redorc19> and <TheBish> point out White rains on this parade with 20 Bd7! + -

May-27-11  Shams: Black's father was the boxer, Ray "Boom boom" Mancini.
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  kevin86: Missed this one-tough week...
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