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Yasser Seirawan vs Boris Markovich Kogan
14th World Open (1986), Philadelphia, PA USA, Jul-??
Slav Defense: Modern Line (D11)  ·  1-0


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Apr-02-09  TheChessGuy: <Knight101> Actually, knight endings two pawns up are virtually forced wins. In this case, after 42.Nxc7, Black loses another pawn, and can easily resign.
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  johnlspouge: < <dzechiel> wrote: [snip] John, what do you really mean here? >

My apologies, David. Sometimes, I wish CG would give us a greater time-limit (e.g., 6 hours) on our edits.

The variation was for refusal of the sacrifice:

39.Bxe6+ Ke8 40.Nxd5

as about 6.5 P, and my response

39.Bxe6+ Ke8 40.Bxd5

as about 5.5 P.

<One of us has a misunderstanding of this position.>

It certainly is not you :)

Apr-02-09  Patriot: <carelessfills> Yes, you are exactly right. I saw that the queen was guarding everything, but what's guarding the queen?? If the queen was guarded this combination would be a bust. I must have a case of chess blindness today.

Thanks for pointing it out.

Apr-02-09  Bobsterman3000: I love Yasser Seirawan... great player... great writer... great commentator.
Apr-02-09  DavidatHunter: A bit too easy for a Thursday! Missed yesterday's April Fool's 0-0-0 trick, though.
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  patzer2: For today's Thursday puzzle solution, White sets up a winning Knight Fork with 39. Bxe6! See <johnlspouge>'s post for a good quick analysis of the combination.

P.S.: For a bit off topic item, if your interested in economics and world affairs, go to and view the interview with Dr. Kenneth Rogoff, Harvard Professor and Economists and former professional chess player, for an excellent interview on the causes of and possible cures for our current international economic crisis.

Apr-02-09  StevieB: Gee, the guy's down a pawn and resigns? I could be up 2 pawns and a rook and still manage to lose.
Apr-02-09  ounos: I also find <johnlspouge> last post completely unintelligible.

Anyway. Quite easy puzzle for Thursday (I did misevaluate the position though, I went to see the solution thinking "this wins one pawn", but it wins two quickly settling the issue).

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  beenthere240: <patzer2> thanks for the link to the KR interview, but what about that game?? It's like the Nimzovich send-up but somehow even odder.
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  Eggman: Seen it before, remembered it instantly, but yeah: very pretty.
Apr-02-09  dumbgai: Woohoo I got a Thursday in only about 30 seconds.
Apr-02-09  WhiteRook48: I was thinking 39 Bxe6+ but I can't imagine how it wins
Apr-02-09  mworld: i saw this very fast and assumed the 1 pawn advantage would win - but i missed the fall of black's second pawn by the forced fork.
Apr-02-09  AnalyzeThis: Reminds me of a famous Petrosian win against Spassky.
Apr-02-09  YoungEd: This is the first time in a LONG time that I got a Thursday puzzle! :)
Apr-14-09  dumbgai: <StevieB: Gee, the guy's down a pawn and resigns? I could be up 2 pawns and a rook and still manage to lose.>

But Seirawan's the one playing, not you.

Apr-14-09  Shams: black is losing a second pawn immediately anyway. Seirawan was unbelievably strong in 1986-- not sure how to look such things up, but I bet top 20 in the world.
Jan-02-11  notyetagm: Game Collection: KNIGHT FORKS: TRADING DOWN ON THE FORKING SQUARE
Sep-25-11  Everett: Seirawan plays four consecutive regrouping moves from 16-19, channeling the best of Karpov, with a little Petrosian thrown in.

Of course the ending is quite pretty.


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  Alex Schindler: The ending position, setting up a queen sac in order to fork the queen and win back the piece, reminds me of the famous qh8 in petrosian-spassky. Of course, here seirawan won't be up a piece after recapturing, but the extra pawns make an endgame a child could win. The tactic is easy to spot, but a really brilliant setup...
Aug-02-15  Chess Is More: Positional mastery by Seirawan. He was always a atrong positional player. He sometimes overlooks simple tactics, but not in this game.
Aug-02-15  Howard: This game was annotated in Chess Life & Review, as I recall.
Aug-02-15  Chess Is More: <Howard> Yes, I think it was.
Aug-02-15  Granny O Doul: Rare to see a game where both sets of rooks are off but all other pieces still on.
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  perfidious: This game reminds me of a Seirawan quote cited by McCambridge in his work on the young grandmaster, which went something to the effect of:

<Ya sit on 'em till ya crack 'em with a tactic.>

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