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|Sep-08-09|| ||remolino: After my suprising and embarassing miss last Tuesday I was keen on getting this right. It actually took me longer than expected (~5 minutes), but the e5 weakness and the potential energy of the R in d1 revealed themselves and so:|
18.Qe5 dxe5 19.Rd8 Ke7 20.Bc5++
Time to check.
|Sep-08-09|| ||kurtrichards: Tuesday puzzle: Easy
N.Fercec v. B. Medak
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1. Qxe5+ dxe5
2. Rd8+ Ke7
|Sep-08-09|| ||geigermuller: Full credit for me! Beautiful checkmate! I love to see how strong bishops can be.|
|Sep-08-09|| ||stacase: There were some very well placed pawns that made this "Puzzle" work.|
|Sep-08-09|| ||Babar47: bah , missed it :(|
|Sep-08-09|| ||whiteshark: I'm still in the weekly schedule. :)|
|Sep-08-09|| ||hedgeh0g: <<Once>: "Jim"?>|
Ay. We all know your secret - you can drop the act.
|Sep-08-09|| ||zb2cr: 18. Qxe5+ does the trick. If Black captures the Queen, then it's mate in two with 19. Rd8+, Ke7; 20. Bc5#.|
Black's only alternative is 18. ... Be7; 19. Qxh8+, Bf8 when White is up by a Rook.
|Sep-08-09|| ||TheaN: Tuesday 8 September
Candidates: Qc6†, Bd7†, Bxc8, <[Qxe5†]>
The main line is easily Tuesday, but the sublines seem more difficult. In the end, they just win material without any compensation for Black. White wants a breakthrough, with the well positioned light squared Bishop and d1-Rook. White breaks through in the most brutal form.
<18.Qxe5†!!> ouch. Upon playing this move, White should at least know what to play when Black captures.
<18....dxe5 19.Rd8† Ke7 20.Bc5‡ 1-0> and this is a humiliating mate, with all the White pieces sneaking away from the Black pieces, that are numerous on the board, but all unable to help. This is the main variation. I got kinda stuck on the two interpositions. Definitely bad is:
<18....Be7 19.Qxh8† Bf8 20.Qe5† > and White repeats the position a Rook up. Now, every option to cancel Black counter play is available, as White already has the material. Slightly less obvious is:
<18....Be6> this removes all mating threats as the Rook on a8 comes into play. White wins after:
<19.Qxh8> ...but might still have the obligation of countering Black's counter. It is only due to the placement of the White Queen on the a1-h8 diagonal that this counter play is not too much.
<19....Qa3† 20.Qb2 > and although still a bit unbalanced, White should win easily. Time to check.
|Sep-08-09|| ||LIFE Master AJ: 18.QxP/e5+! The only question is when does Black resign?|
|Sep-08-09|| ||Eisenheim: Have to admit, this took me way longer than usual. If you played Tal-like and considered the Queen sacs first, or if this was a Monday puzzle where I look for the Q sac first then it would've been easier. I was initially trying to take advantage of the Black isolated Queen, and thought about windmilling the rook to a5, which was too slow. Then I considered dislodging the C bishop to try and promote and concluded that takes too long for a Tuesday. Finally, I concenred the FORCED moves. I capitalize that, because the forced moves really do dictate play, and should always be considered no matter how foolish they look on the onset. Once I did that, I immediately siezed the right move, called myself a moron three times and now am running late for my boat to work. du-oh!|
|Sep-08-09|| ||gtgloner: 18. Qxe5+ de 19. Rd8+ Ke7 and then 20. Bc5#. Black is caught in the White bishop's crossfire. Let's see.|
|Sep-08-09|| ||johnlspouge: Tuesday (Easy):
N Fercec vs B Medak, 2000 (18.?)
White to play and win.
Material: Even. The Black Ke8 has 1 legal move, e7. Forward examination of forcing candidates reveals a mate threat that wins material, so further analysis can be based on the candidate.
Candidates (18.): Qxe5+
18.Qxe5+ dxe5 [Be7 19.Qxh8+ wins material and prevents Qa1+]
19.Rd8+ Ke7 20.Bc5#
I love Mondays!
|Sep-08-09|| ||johnlspouge: In my glee, I missed the defense 18.Be6.|
|Sep-08-09|| ||Patriot: 18.Qxe5+ is crushing due to 18...dxe5 19.Rd8+ Ke7 20.Bc5# as in the main line. Other moves like 18...Be6 or 18...Bd7 lose to 19.Qxh8.|
<stacase: Puzzles and Queen sacrifices. This one fell apart after a short search. Over the board? Not a chance!>
Hey why not? If you train yourself to look for checks, captures, and threats on each move then finding something like this OTB shouldn't be hard to do.
<TheaN> Your variation C has one problem: After 18.Qxe5+ Be6 19.Qxh8 Qa3+ 20.Qb2, black has 20...Qxe3+ so 20.Kd2 looks better and if 20...Qa5+ 21.Qc3.
|Sep-08-09|| ||johnlspouge: < <Patriot> wrote: [snip] <stacase: Puzzles and Queen sacrifices. This one fell apart after a short search. Over the board? Not a chance!>|
[snip] train yourself to look for checks, captures, and threats on each move then finding something like this OTB shouldn't be hard to do. >
After about 20 months of stating the mobility of the K immediately after the material count, the constriction of the Black K here is like a flashing neon sign. Having seen it, I could not wait to search for a tactical candidate, even at the cost of not finishing my analysis! I doubt now that I could avoid the same reaction over the board.
|Sep-08-09|| ||Patriot: <johnlspouge> Once I saw how crushing 18.Qxe5 is, I don't think I would spend much time looking for anything better unless it's immediately apparent.|
Out of curiousity, as black would you have discarded 17...Qxa4 as a candidate because you see that it loses to 18.Qxe5 and decide on something like 17...f5?
|Sep-08-09|| ||lost in space: Found it quickly:
18. Qxe5+ dxe5 19. Rd8+ Ke7 20. Bc5#
|Sep-08-09|| ||fab11mt: Is 13. Qxc3 not questionable, in as much he loses a piece, while 13. cd7+ evens out and the pawn on c3 could be recaptured after the pawn on d7 have been taken?|
|Sep-08-09|| ||cyclon: 18.Qxe5+.|
|Sep-08-09|| ||LIFE Master AJ: <<johnlspouge> "I love Mondays!"> |
UH ... isn't today Tuesday ... or is my computer broken?
|Sep-08-09|| ||ZUGZWANG67: I think W wins a whole R with 18.Qxe5+ Bxe6 (18. ...dxe5 19.Rd8+ Ke7 20.Bc5 mate) 19.Qxh8, as after 19. ...Ng7, W can consolidate by 20.Bd4.|
Time to check! (GULP!)
That was it, but Medak played it right to the end...
|Sep-08-09|| ||johnlspouge: < <LIFE Master AJ> wrote : < <johnlspouge> "I love Mondays!">|
UH ... isn't today Tuesday ... or is my computer broken? >
Look at the first word in my post, <LMAJ> ;>)
|Sep-08-09|| ||Milesdei: Saw it immediately. Two for two so far this week, but both puzzles were elementary, in my humble patzer opinion. Seems that Black could have held out a bit longer by declining the sacrifice, as noted above--but White wins regardless.|
|Sep-08-09|| ||DarthStapler: Got it|
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