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Robert Wade vs Ronald Frank Boxall
"Wade a Minute" (game of the day Dec-01-2008)
Bognor Regis Premier (1953), Bognor Regis ENG, rd 7, May-09
Sicilian Defense: Fischer-Sozin Attack. Leonhardt Variation (B88)  ·  1-0


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Oct-15-08  newzild: 1.Bxf7 does the trick.

The first time in ages I've seen a fellow New Zealander feature prominently on

The last one was Murray Chandler, I think.

Oct-15-08  melv: I looked at checking moves first as they are the most forcing and white queen is unprotected and so wasted a lot of time befor finding Bxf7. I wonder if some how through pattern recognition I should have been able to spot the correct move sooner, thus saving time.
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  johnlspouge: < <zb2cr> wrote: <johnlspouge>, You wrote: "I missed that Bf7 covers g6, so 23.Ng6+ is much better than 23.Ne6 because it forces the win of Qg5.">

Hi, <zb2cr>. I keep supposedly corrected versions of my posts, so your observation is greatly appreciated. Many thanks.

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  kevin86: I answered this one in a shor: 22 ♗xf7.

Rare is it when a player is forced between losing his queen by a fork or being mated.

Rarer still when both threats are the same move 23 ♘g6# or ♘g6+

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  YouRang: Not too hard. The knight K+Q fork at g6 is rather conspicuous, and it's prevented only by the f7 pawn (the h7 pawn is pinned). So, what can we do about Pf7? 22.Bxf7 of course!

Well, not "of course" because our queen is also hanging -- and that's why it's Wednesday and not Monday. We need to go a step further and notice that our bishop not only took out the f7 pawn, it also is taking away g8, which is the black king's only escape square.

So the threat is more than the K+Q fork -- it's Ng6#! But avoiding the mate means succumbing to the fork.

Oct-15-08  JG27Pyth: <I wonder if some how through pattern recognition I should have been able to spot the correct move sooner, thus saving time.>

I don't know if it's pattern recognition exactly... but the N fork at g6 and the pinned h pawn making g6 vulnerable jumped out at me very quickly... and from there the bishop sac on f7 idea came very quickly. I'm usually a slow solver but not today.

Oct-15-08  VooDooMoves: White wins the black queen for 2 minor pieces with

<22.Bxf7!> A very surprising move considering the white queen is left en prise. The queen is taboo however because the black king is stalemated and 22...Qxd4?? allows mate with 23. Ng6# Black now has many ways to respond, the two best of which are:

A) <22...Rxf7 23. Ng6+ Kg8 (h-pawn is pinned) 24. Nxe5 dxe5 25. Qxe5> which loses the queen + 2 pawns and

B) <22...Qxf4 23. Rxf4 Rxf7> which loses the queen + 1 pawn, however now the other rook is lifted and could possiibly swing over to the K-side for an attack.

Oct-15-08  zb2cr: Hi <VooDooMoves>,

You wrote: "... B) <22...Qxf4 23. Rxf4 Rxf7> which loses the queen + 1 pawn, however now the other rook is lifted and could possiibly swing over to the K-side for an attack. "

In your suggested line B), I think White has an immediately decisive attacking move: 24. e5! If 24. ... dxe5; 25. Qxd7, Nxd7; 26. Rxf7 and Black will lose another piece. 24. ... N (any) obviously just drops the Black Rook at f7. Am I missing something?

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  chrisowen: Robert Wade plays 16.fxe6 and keys in a combination part-clearing the a2-g8 diagonal. It is his quartet of rook, knight, bishop, queen that form the big deal since 21..Qe5? 22. Bxf7!
Oct-15-08  Kasputin: <mgyver: Kasputin...(and if 24...dxe5, then 25...Qxd7?)i think this move lost the queen by Nxd7....and you will have night, bishop & rook vs 2 rooks...>

Oops! Well hopefully, I would see that in a real game :-)

Thanks for pointing that out.

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  TheTamale: Wow, I saw this in a heartbeat. That means it is misclassified as medium/easy; should be super easy--or maybe I just got lucky.
Oct-15-08  neveramaster: I'm with you Tamale. I never solved a Wednesday puzzle as fast as this one.
Oct-15-08  YoungEd: Gee, I thought I was so clever getting this Wednesday puzzle in such a short time, and then everyone else gets it too! Ah, well. Maybe we all just happen to be clever today.
Oct-15-08  Amulet: Medium/easy;

pieces are even;

white is pawn up.

I have two ideas on my mind;
1. Should I go to sleep
2. Should I watch tv

hmmmmm, I should have my coffee first.

It's time to check the text move.

Oct-15-08  MostlyAverageJoe: My engine-based evaluation indicates that while today's puzzle was a bit easier than average Wednesday, it was nevertheless more appropriate for Wednesday than for Tuesday.

For comparison, here's the easiest Wednesday puzzle ever: white to move:

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The above comes from Karpov vs M Stojanovic, 2007 and was posted as a puzzle on June 27th, 2007.

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  patzer2: For the Wednesday Oct 15, 2008 puzzle, the game finale 22. Bxf7! prepares a winning Knight Fork and pin combination.

Play in the finale position could continue 22...Rxf7 23. Ng6+! with a winning Knight Fork.

Dec-01-08  newzild: A great shot by the New Zealander, who plays the Fischer-Sozin before Fischer made it famous!

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  Richard Taylor: He studied Fischer's games but this is a nice ending - and a great attack - I bet Fischer studied Wade's games for ideas.
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  kevin86: Black has a Hobson's choice:take the bishop and lose the queen or move the queen and get mated. Black can even pick up a queen in the bargain-goody!
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  whiteshark: A snappy game
Dec-01-08  Jack Kerouac: 'Robert Fischer's Chess Games'
edited by R. Wade And O'Connell

Now out of print but a classic and the catalyst of my love for chess. As well as great pictures and virtualy every known game up to and including the candidates matches of demolition, there's a nice article by Paul Keres, 'From the other side of the Board'. Many lucid comments and good analysis by Wade and O'Connell.

Dec-01-08  alfa.vimapa: nice combination, he played like Fisher (as kid) did
Dec-01-08  HannibalSchlecter: You do not mess with Wade! What the heck was Graham Radford Boxall thinking stepping into the ring with him???
Dec-01-08  akapovsky: This game was actually a monday puzzled puzzle being 22? white to play once not sure of when.
Aug-08-14  estrick: Boxall missed an opportunity to win a piece on the 10th move with Qb6!

After 11. Be3 e5 White must lose material.

In all of the games where Fischer played this opening, he placed his bishop on e3 before advancing the f-pawn.

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