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Keith Bevan Richardson vs Dobrotich Andreev
olm8 fin B1 corr (1977), ICCF corr
Caro-Kann Defense: Two Knights Attack. Mindeno Variation Exchange Line (B11)  ·  0-1


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Jul-31-07  chessamateur: Took me about 20 seconds too long.
Jul-31-07  nimzo knight: No sacs, no blood bath. I like these kind of puzzles.
Jul-31-07  Bobbys fissure: What about 40e5 to e4?
Jul-31-07  Bobbys fissure: only kidding
Jul-31-07  Crowaholic: Took me at least 10 seconds to figure out what's going on. Then I saw that White doesn't seem to have any good response to 39. ..Qd2. 40. Rxb3 (or Rf3) Qxd4, for instance, is quite bad. And otherwise, Black simply wins the rook. White can play Qd8+ but Black was wise enough to open the h7 square for his king, so that is futile.

<cu8sfan: The puzzle was easy, the tricky part comes after 40.Rxb3 Qxd4.>

What do you mean? ISTM that Black will win the e and f pawns quickly, and ♕♙♙♙ vs. ♖♙♙ is not all that tricky. And White is busy enough staving off the mating and queen forking threats after ..Q(x)e5+.

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  whiteshark: A ideal <Maltese Cross> ! Always nice to see :-)
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  YouRang: It took me a moment to see this. Finally I took stock of the situation and noted that the main feature of this position is that white's rook is pinned -- after that, 39...Qd2 became obvious.
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  kevin86: What a startling move: 39...♖d2!!. It looks like a nonsense move-but nothing is even sacrificed!

but-doesn't it seem like something is? It is a martial-arts move:very subtle and very lethal.

Jul-31-07  AlfieNoakes: This one was way easier than yesterday. The position with the cross is very elegant.
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  patzer2: For today's puzzle, Black pins and wins with 39...Qd2!
Jul-31-07  PAWNTOEFOUR: very nice!! i'll have to look for this type of tactic again..learn something every day
Jul-31-07  weary willy: Q How do you make a Maltese cross?

A Win his queen with a cross pin
... when he's a pawn up
... in a correspondence game
... and publish it
... as well as some other losses

Jul-31-07  tdubb43: Whenever I miss a puzzle this easy I just have to remind myself that even Kramnik couldn't recognize a simple pattern when he played that computer and missed the mate-in-one. I got yesterday's puzzle in about 5 seconds, but this was just a foreign concept to me. I bet I'd solve a puzzle with the same basic pattern in a heartbeat if I got another chance, though.
Jul-31-07  laskereshevsky: HELLO FOLKS

yes, its a nice puzzle, but very easy, after all I saw that in 4/5 my teenagerhood i saw an Alekhine's combination against Euwe in the 1937's world match, thanks to a "maltese cross pin" he saved an almost lost game (if I remember well the final result was a draw....)

someone remember this game?!

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  fm avari viraf: Well, it's easy to most of us since the White Rook is pinned horizontally so it's vertical force is null & void. Therefore, 39...Qd2 finishes off instantly! We often tend to miss such tactics OTB.
Jul-31-07  Rodrigo Gutierrez: I agree this is more of a Monday puzzle, but it's so cute!! If this game had been played over-the-board, can you imagine the expression on white's face after 39... Qd2!
Jul-31-07  Timex: The rook is neutralized and therefore, the queen just slides next to the rook.
Jul-31-07  newton296: This game is a reminder that the only thing worse that having a piece pinned is having it pinned two ways. Qd2! best way to exploit the poor rook. I dont know if I would have found this over the board. It's pretty suttle and requires a keen tactical eye. got it here in 2 minutes.

My tactics could use some practice so I would see this move (otb)

Jul-31-07  fyad reject: i missed this

im doomed to suck at chess forever :(

Jul-31-07  Iamsuperman: I've found that the people who do worst at chess, and totaly undercut themselves are those who say they suck at it, where the people who do the best at chess find other reasons for their mistakes. How long have you been solving tactical problems for? Did you accually try hard to solve this one? (It took me two sittings to get it). Sometimes you just miss them, that doesn't mean you suck at chess.
Jul-31-07  beginner64: I did not get this one. The cross is an entirely new concept to me. Good learning for me.

A suggestion for CG: If they advertise some nice chess books, it may be helpful for us (and money making for them). If such a link already exists, could someone point me to it. (Perhaps I missed the link the same way I missed 39...Qd2.

Jul-31-07  alexandrovm: will it be Qd2 master? a nasty pin...
Jul-31-07  mworld: Won't Qc2 force the same conclusion?
Jul-31-07  soberknight: No, if Qc2 then R takes on b3. Qd2 pins the rook against the queen on d4. It took me about ten or fifteen seconds to see the move, but it is a rare move to see in games, and a special treat to find in a puzzle solution.
Jul-17-08  The Ninth Pawn: From Game Collection: The Ninth Pawn's Chess Course :

In K B Richardson vs D Andreev, 1977 , Black creates what is called a CROSS-PIN with 39. ... ♕a2-d2! The White rook is now IMMOBILE and will be captured next. A neat way to exploit a lasting pin!

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