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Alexander Lagunow vs Bernd Schneider
Berliner Sommer 12th (1994), Berlin GER
English Opening: Great Snake Variation (A10)  ·  1-0


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Aug-21-15  aporia: 21. ... a7-a5 won't help?
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  diagonalley: hmmmm .... i went for 19.P-Q6 - as did <stst> - and (as far as i can make out) it works... with white's KB subsequently coming into play
Aug-21-15  Ehrenfest: 21. .... a7-a5 crossed my mind as well, but then 22. ed6x and the blavk queen is overburdened. She cannot protect both a5 and b7 anymore.
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  mike1: got the game continuation but am now that sure anymore. how does White win after 18. Bxc5 dxc5 19. e5 Bc6? 20 dxc6 b6 is not that clear, or?
Aug-21-15  ajile: 21.Ra3 mates in 5. 21.Qa3 only mates in 9.
Aug-21-15  ajile: Note: The move I picked in this line 21.exd6 also wins but is slower to the finish.
Aug-21-15  Boerboel Guy: <mike1: got the game continuation but am now that sure anymore. how does White win after 18. Bxc5 dxc5 19. e5 Bc6? 20 dxc6 b6 is not that clear, or?>

How about 21 Rxb6!

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  gofer: Compared to yesterday this is a walk in the park. Black's got a gun to his head and white just needs to pull the trigger...

<18 Bxc5 ...>

18 ... Qxc5/Qa5
19 Rxb7 mating or winning the queen

18 ... Nh6
19 Bxa7 (Kxb7 20 Qa3+ mating)

18 ... dxc5
19 e5

black cannot stop white opening up the a8-h1 diagonal for its bishop to make it a 4 against 3 attack on Pb7.

Example 1

19 ... fxe5/Na6
20 d6

Example 2

19 ... Bc6
20 dxc6 b6
21 Rd1!

Example 3

19 ... Bc8
20 d6 exd6
21 Qa3! threatening Qxa7 mating

I imagine that black tries this last option and d6 kills him dead. But there is an alternative.

<18 ... b5>
<19 Bxa7! ...>

19 ... Qxa7
20 Ra6

19 ... Rb7
20 Bd4

<19 ... Kxa7>
<20 cxb5 ...>

White has traded its bishop for three pawns and a huge pawn storm - which looks like a win to me...

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I thought <18 ... b5> was more fun, suicidal, but fun.

Aug-21-15  dTal: The first move is obvious, but the sequence of pawn moves is a bit tricky. I thought of d6 instead of e5 first, but actually that gives time for Black to get his B to c6 and muddy the waters a little bit, eg: 19. d6 ed 20. e5 Bc6 21. ed Qd7 May still work after Qa3 but messier. 21. Qa3 is really a star move, and illustrates the hopelessness of Black' position. I agree that this is potentially easier to see than yesterday's, as the sac of the B to open lines for such a strong attack is something I would probably do without calculating everything in a game.
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  morfishine: I saw the theme but couldn't visualize the correct move-order, namely wanting to put something on <a3> too early :(
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  agb2002: White has the bishop pair for a bishop and a knight.

The black queen defends b7 and the pawn on d6 stops White's d-pawn which blocks the a8-h1 diagonal. Therefore, 18.Bxc5:

A) 18... Qxc5 19.Rxb7 Bb5 (19... Nh6 or 19... Qc8 20.Rxb8+ Q(R)xb8 21.Qxb8#; 19... Qb6 20.Rxb6 + - [Q+2P vs R+N]) 20.Rxb8+ Kxb8 21.cxb5 + - [B+2P vs N].

B) 18... dxc5 19.e5 (19.d6 exd6 20.e5 Bc6)

B.1) 19... Qxe5 20.d6 Bc8 (20... Bc6 21.Bxc6 + -) 21.d7 (21.Bxb7+ Bxb7 22.Rxb7 Qe1+ is a bit unpleasant) looks winning.

B.2) 19... fxe5 20.d6, with the double threat 21.dxc7 and 21.Bxb7+, wins.

B.3) 19... Qc8 20.e6 Bc8 (20... Bxe6 21.dxe6 and b7 is defenseless and the game over) 21.d6 Bc6 22.d7 Qc7 23.Bxc6 Qxc6 (23... bxc6 24.Rxb8#) 24.Rxb7 Qxb7 (24... Rxb7 25.d8=Q+) 25.Qxb7+ and mate in two.

B.4) 19... Bc6 20.dxc6 b6 (20... bxc6 21.Rxb8+ Qxb8 22.Qxb8#) 21.Qa3 and the triple threat 22.Qxa7+, 22.Rxb6 and 22.Qxc5 seems to win. For example, 21... Nh6 22.Qxa7+ Qxa7 (22... Kxa7 23.Ra3#) 23.c7+ Rb7 (23... Qb7 24.Ra3#) 24.c8=Q+ Qb8 25.Ra3#.

C) 18... Nh6 19.Bxa7 is disastrous.

D) 18... b6 19.Be3

D.1) 19... Qxc4 20.Bxb6 Rxb6 (20... axb6 21.Qa3+ Kb7 22.Rxb6+ wins) 21.Rxb6 axb6 22.Qxb6 Qc8 23.Qa5+ Qa6 24.Qxa6#.

D.2) 19... h5 20.c5 looks very bad for Black.

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  Willber G: I went for 18.Ra1 to prepare for a push of the a pawn in order to break through on the a file. I don't know if it will work.
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  Hans Kastorp: <ajile: 21.Ra3 mates in 5. 21.Qa3 only mates in 9.> <aporia: 21. ... a7-a5 won't help?> Whites threat is 22.Qxa7 with following Ra3#. 21. ... a5 doesn't help because of 22.Rb6.
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  thegoodanarchist: Seems like reversal week to me. Monday and Tuesday puzzles should have been switched, and this [Friday] puzzle was easier (for me) than yesterday's.

Can't believe I got this one so quickly, or even at all, considering I am a USCF class A player and so a patzer.

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  johnlspouge: < <ALEXIN> wrote: I thought 18.e5 ?! so missed. >

Interestingly, nobody has yet analyzed 18.e5. Most solutions are therefore probably conditioned on solving a puzzle.

Stockfish shows that 18.e5 permits 18...Bf5, which 18.Bxc4 does not. In this case, there is a specific reason to play the sacrifice without the preparatory move.

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  kevin86: Black is really tied up. The center pawns and the triple forces on the b-file make the game untenable. The pressure will end this one soon in checkmate.
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  beenthere240: I will remember that tactic. Simply point out to your opponent: "You are really tied up. Your pawns are weak and my lineup on the b file makes your game untenable. I suggest you resign before my pressure leads to your checkmate."
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  Pedro Fernandez: It is not difficult (no more than a minute) to see that the only move to get progress is 18.Bxc5! in order to get mobility of the powerful white central pawns (which, in turns, lets to open the diagonal h1-a8 for the dangerous white bishop) since the black king is in a sort of fortress. I did continue my study by playing 18...dxc5 (Stockfish plays here 18...Qxc5) 19.e5!

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a natural and very strong move with a few threatens and baneful consequences. But now I did play 19...fxe5? which is immensely inferior than 19...Bc8. Anyways, no doubt that a complete study after the move 18.Bxc5!

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is quite complex and extensive.

Aug-21-15  saturn2: Today I failed. My move was 18 Qa3 threatening Qxa7. I wasted some time calculating the defences 18... a6,b6 or Rb8-any.
Aug-21-15  ajile: <Hans Kastorp: <ajile: 21.Ra3 mates in 5. 21.Qa3 only mates in 9.> <aporia: 21. ... a7-a5 won't help?> Whites threat is 22.Qxa7 with following Ra3#. 21. ... a5 doesn't help because of 22.Rb6.>

21.Ra3 a5 22.Qb5! and White will mate in 3 moves.

Aug-21-15  M.Hassan: "Difficult"
White to play 18.?

Trying to attack a7 square if Black does not support it <18...e6 19.Rxa7+ Kxa7 20.Qa3#>

19.h4 e5 to provide room for Knight move
20.dxe6 Bc6 (not Bxe6)
21.Bf4 Ne7
22.Qd2 Rad8
Hoping to win a pawn on the exchange
<24.Qxc5 dxc5 25.Bxc7>

24.e5 there is a chance to win a Rook for bishop

25.exd6 Rxd6
26.Bxd6 Qxd6
After all the exchanges, white is equivalent of a piece (3points) up and it is time for me to check the actual game. ===

Nowhere near my line

Aug-21-15  Kasparov Fan: The position screams at you 18. Bxc5 got that in 10 maybe 15 seconds but Qa3 took more time and effort.All in all a good puzzle but I guess a little too easy for a Saturday.
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  patzer2: Like <sts> and <diagonally>, I went for 18. Bxc5! dxc5 19. d6? as my attempted solution to Friday's puzzle.

Unfortunately, Deep Fritz 14's analysis proves 19. d6? to be a losing try. After 18. Bxc5! dxc5 19. d6? exd6 20. e5 Bc6! (-3.49 @ 22 depth) Black snatches victory from the jaws of defeat.

Instead of 19. d6?, the game move 19. e5! (+10.52 @ 22 depth) wins as it prepares the pawn push 20. d6 with a powerful discovered attack against the vulnerable b7 square.

Black's not-so-obvious 17...Rb8?? was the decisive mistake. Instead, 17...b6 18. a4 maximizes Black's resistance.

Earlier 9...Qb6 = (or the Fritz choice 9...Nf6 =) instead of 9...Bxc3?! to should improve Black's chances.

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  whiteshark: Got it! After <19.e5 / 20.d6> the ♙b7 is pinned/immobile.
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