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|Feb-14-11|| ||An Englishman: Good Evening: Fine balance of defense and counterattack by Vescovi, knowing when to resort to either and how to do it. The final move would be a nice change of pace for a Monday puzzle.|
|Feb-14-11|| ||BishopsPawn: <An Englishman>: Good evening to you. Thanks for posting. I second your suggestion. I found the win from 29., Black to move (without the unnecessary check). Might merit a Tuesday puzzle from that position?|
|Jan-10-12|| ||Zan: Good Tuesday problem where black's position is forced due to the mate threat white has with Qxf7+ Kh8 Qxh7#.
Black doesn't have an immediate mating counter attack of his own, but could attack the white queen with a fork on d4, if d4 were not already defended by the rook on d1. Therefore its time to distract that rook away from its defense.|
<32...Rc1+> forces white to take with the rook, leaving d4 underdefended
<33. Rxc1 Bxd4+> forking queen and king and forcing the queen to capture
<34. Qxd4 Qxd4+ 35. Kb1>
Material is close to even here, but with the white king exposed, black will be able to use forks to pick up more decisive material. White probably resigns after Rxc1+ or Bxd4+
|Jan-10-12|| ||gawain: The obvious combination to try is 32...Rc1+ Rxc1 (forced) 33 Bxd4+ which wins the queen. Material gain is Q+P for B+R.|
Is that all there is? It's a good-looking combination but maybe not as out-and-out decisive as we would like for a Tuesday
|Jan-10-12|| ||Phony Benoni: Saw the combination easily enough. ...Bxd4+ stands out, so you decoy the defender with 32...Rc1+ first. Perhaps a bit tricky for a Tuesday, and the position after <32...Rc1+ 33.Rxc1 Bxd4+ 34.Qxd4 Qxd4+ 35.Kb1>,|
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still needs a little bit of work. I don't see anything winning the knight, but 35...f6 seems to gain another pawn or two.
|Jan-10-12|| ||mohannagappan: 32. ...Rc1+! 33. Rxc1 Bxd4+34. Qxd4 Qxd4 black wins|
|Jan-10-12|| ||rhickma4: No doubt the key move is 32...Rc1+, but after 33.Rxc1 Bxd5+ 34.Qxd5 Qxd5+ 35.Kb1 White has 2 rooks for a queen a 2 pawns, plus some threats of his own.|
|Jan-10-12|| ||NM JRousselle: 29 Ng5 is a horrible move. Was White in time trouble?|
|Jan-10-12|| ||TheBish: J Bittencourt vs G Vescovi, 2009|
Black to play (32...?) "Easy"
This one is easier than yesterday's. Black is down an exchange for a pawn, and White is threatening mate in two.
32...Rc1+! 33. Rxc1 Bxd4+ wins the queen, but there is one more element to find.
34. Qxd4 Qxd4+ 35. Kb1 f6!
This is simplest, to stop all counterplay. Black should also be winning after 35...Bb5 36. Rc8+ Kg7 37. Rxf7+ Kh6! (not 37...Kg6?? 38. Rg8+ Kh6 39. Rxh7#) 38. h4 Bd3+ 39. Kc1 Bxe4.
36. Nf3 Qxe4+ 37. Ka1 Bb5 38. Rde1 Qd3!
Now White has no good answer to 39...Qxf1 40. Rxf1 Bxf1, simplifying to a B vs N endgame with Black three pawns up. Of course, there are other possibilities going back to move 36, but White's pieces (and pawn defecit) are no match for Black's active queen and bishop.
|Jan-10-12|| ||jheiner: <after 33.Rxc1 Bxd5+ 34.Qxd5 Qxd5+ 35.Kb1>|
35...Bb5 threatening 36...Be3+ with nasty consequences.
Now 36.Rfd1 Qe3 simply wins the knight. Pretty.
|Jan-10-12|| ||LoveThatJoker: Interesting puzzle.
I'm liking 32...Rc1+ 33. Rxc1 Bxd4+ 34. Qxd4 (forced, or else mate) 34...Qxd4+ 35. Kb1 Bc6 (Not 35...Bb5 as it is too risky in regards to 36. Rc8+ Kg7 37. Rxf7+)
Position after 35...Bc6
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36. Rfd1 Qe3 is good enough for Black to win.
|Jan-10-12|| ||Mendrys: My initial thought after 35.Kb1 was 36. Bb5 which is horrible as it allows white to active his rooks with 36..Rc1+ and 37...Rxf2+ and suddenly black isn't looking so good. 36.Bc6 is much better and leaves black without any good moves.|
|Jan-10-12|| ||M.Hassan: "Easy" Black to play 32.....?
Black has a Bishop and a pawn for a Rook.
White is not far from mating Black on h7. What is in Black's favour is that White King and Queen are on the same long diagonal and in here,diversion works:
White Queen falls for a Bishop and a Rook. Well worthed
|Jan-10-12|| ||VincentL: "Easy".
I like 32.....Rc1+ 33. Rxc1 (only move) Bd4+. Now white must give up his queen to avoid mate.
So 34. Qxd4 Qxd4+ leaving black with a slight material advantage of Q + B + 2P
for 2R + N, not immediately decisive.
I have spent 10 minutes trying to find something better.
I must be missing something. It is late and I must check.
|Jan-10-12|| ||LoveThatJoker: ADDENDUM:
If 36. Rcd1 Qe3! 37. Nxf7 Qxe4+ is strong enough to win outright in a few more moves
|Jan-10-12|| ||al wazir: My move was 32...Qc3+. I saw the combination with 32...Rc1+, but the way I play endgames I think I would rather take the perp.|
|Jan-10-12|| ||sevenseaman: For a Tuesday, it looks a better puzzle than usual. 'Easy' is appropriate label but some who do not see the pattern could find it tough.|
It looks as though White is much worse on material but an actual count shows he cedes only a P and has garnered an exchange somewhere.
The pattern says White's Q is doomed. The only precaution Black needs to implement first is to remove the protection of White's d4 P by his R at d1.
So my line goes;
<32...Rc1+ 33. Rxc1 Bxd4+ 34. Qxc4 Qxc4> 0-1
|Jan-10-12|| ||FSR: 32...Rc1+! 33.Rxc1 Bxd4+ 34.Qxd4 Qxd4+ 35.Kb1 Bb5 threatens both 36...Bd3+ and simply 36...Bxf1. White has an attack too, but it's not enough after 36.Rc8+ Kg7 37.Rxf7+ Kh6! (37...Kg6?? 38.Rg8+ Kh6 39.Rxh7#). Seems hard for a Tuesday, since Black has to both find the right attacking idea and analyze White's counterattack.|
|Jan-10-12|| ||BadKnight: i spotted 32...Rc1+ 33. Rxc1 Bxd4+ 34. Qxd4 34...Qxd4+ instantaneously, and thought it should be winning for black, but did not find an easy winning line.|
|Jan-10-12|| ||FSR: After 32...Rc1+ 33.Rxc1 Bxd4+ 34.Qxd4 Qxd4+ 35.Kb1, <Phony Benoni>'s 35...f6, squelching White's counterattack, is a good alternative (possibly superior) to my 35...Bb5, although I think either should win.|
|Jan-10-12|| ||dzechiel: Black to move (32...?). Black has a pawn for the exchange. "Easy."|
White threatens 33 Qxf7+ Kh8 34 Qxh7#, so black must act with haste.
Fortunately, he can solve all his problems (mate threats and material deficiency) with...
32...Rc1+ 33 Rxc1
33...Bxd4+ 34 Qxd4
At least this way white gets a bishop for the queen.
34...Qxd4+ 35 Kb1 f6
and once the knight moves 36...Qxe4+
There's still some fight in the position, but I think black will emerge victorious.
Time to check.
|Jan-10-12|| ||Gypsy: <32...Rc1 33.Rxc1 Bxd4+ 34.Qxd4 Qxd4+> |
Things are obvious to here; now some work:
<35.Kb1 Qd3+ 36.Kb2 Qd2+ 37.~ Qxg5 ... 0-1>.
Black has an easy win on material.
|Jan-10-12|| ||agb2002: Black has the bishop pair and one pawn for a rook and a knight.|
White threatens mate in two starting with 33.Qxf7+.
The rook on d1 protects the square d4. This suggests 32... Rc1+ 33.Rxc1 Bxd4+ 34.Qxd4 Qxd4+ 35.Kb1 f6 36.Nf3 (36.Rc7 Qd3+) 36... Qxe4+ - + [Q+B+3P vs 2R+N].
The alternative 35... Bb5, instead of 35... f6, looks unnecessarily risky: 36.Rc8+ Kg7 37.Rxf7+ Rh6 (37... Rg6 38.Rg8+ Kh6 39.Rxh7#) 38.h4 (38.Rg8 Bd3+ 39.Kc1 Qc3+ 40.Kd1 Qc2+ 41.Ke1 Qe2#) 38... Bd3+ 39.Kc1 Bxe4 40.Re8 Qe3+ 41.Kd1 (41.Kb2 Qd2+ and mate soon, for example 42.Kb3 Bd5+ 43.Ka4 b5+ 44.Ka3 Qxa2#) 41... Qd3+ 42.Ke1 and I'm not sure whether Black's better option is to look for perpetual.
|Jan-10-12|| ||gofer: White is about to mate black and black cannot defend this.|
32 ... Rf8 33 Nxf7 mating
32 ... Be8 33 Nxe6 mating
32 ... Any other move that is not a check 33 Qxf7+ mating
Black's only choice is to check on d4 and try to deflect Rd1 with Rc1+.
If these are played in the wrong order they fail (i.e. 32 ... Bxd4+
33 Qxd4 Rc1+ 34 Rxc1 Qxd4 works, but 32 ... Bxd4+ 33 Rxd4 doesn't)
<32 ... Rc1+>
<33 Rxc1 Bxd4+>
<34 Qxd4+ Qxd4+>
<35 Kb1 ...>
Black is now a Q v 2R exchange up and has a two pawn advantage, so is
clearly winning, but needs to be a little careful. White still has some
threats that need to be assessed. I think white should probably let
black make his 35th move before resigning!
<35 ... f6>
<36 Nf3 Qxe4+>
<37 Ka1 Bc6>
Okay, white can resign now. Black has closed all whites open files and
has a three pawn advantage of white two are connected passed pawns in
the centre of the board. Black's king is safe compared to white's and white
must deal with the immediate threat of 38 ... Qd3 winning
Time to check...
|Jan-10-12|| ||Once: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OagF...
You can't always get what you want, but if you try sometimes you might just find you get what you need.
I didn't used to like the Rolling Stones. I couldn't see past Mick Jagger's pouting lips and swaggering hips. And the fact that they weren't the Beatles.
My late Dad was the same. Except the bit about the Beatles. He didn't like them either, probably because they weren't Elvis.
And then I heard this song...
<You can't always get what you want>. Black would love to deliver a mating attack on the vulnerable white king. But only his queen is pointing in the right direction. One piece rarely gives a mate. And white is threatening a mate of his own.
So perhaps we need to look for a plan B. If we can't get what we want, maybe we can get what we need. Black has a perpetual check available if there is nothing better. He just shuttles his queen between c3 and b4 and that's a draw.
But the song tells us we've got to try to find what we need. So if we can't win by a swashbuckling mating combination, perhaps we can simplify to a win on material.
And that's when we spot that the white king is stalemated so we need to check, check, until dead. Bxd4+ would be great if we could deflect the Rd1, and we can do that with 32...Rc1+. Then we win the white queen with the rare bishop fork Bd4+. Material is even but our powerful queen ought to defeat the pair of white rooks because they haven't got obvious targets and we can go pawn hunting.
Okay, so it's not the mating attack that we wanted, but it is the victory that we need. And that's the point. Sometimes we have to bail out of one kind of attack and win in a different way.
I don't have many regrets. But I do wish I had taken the time to sit down with my Dad before he died and play him this song. It might have answered a few things, and not just whether the Rolling Stones were any good.
And if I had played it to him, I can just imagine him saying. "Yes, but In the Ghetto was better."
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