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Baris Esen vs Nikita Vitiugov
World Team Championship (2010), Bursa TUR, rd 5, Jan-09
Queen's Gambit Declined: Ragozin Defense (D38)  ·  0-1


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Jun-10-10  randomsac: I had the right idea, trying to block the rank so h3 could be played, but I forgot that after the trading, the rook on e2 is still in danger and the one on f3 is pinned to it.
Jun-10-10  Seaholme: Got it in about 20 sec! Just lucky I found the winning line at once..
Jun-10-10  alexrawlings: Hmm, I remember posting on this game awhile back after seeing this puzzle in a newspaper column of Leonard Barden and thought it would make for a good Tuesday puzzle. I have to say it's more of a Thursday puzzle as it took me awhile to spot 31.. Rf3!
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  patzer2: For today's Thursday puzzle solution. 31. Rf3! wins by combining the decoy, pinning, and double attack (specifically the overworked piece) tactics with a mate threat. What's amazing is all this takes place in a simple three move sequence.

See <once>'s excellent post for a more complete and entertaining explanation.

Jun-10-10  eblunt: <gofer> 34 Kf1 h2!
Jun-10-10  awfulhangover: <zooter: Ok, I missed the fact that the black rook on f6 is enprise.

So after 31...h3 32.Qxh3 Qxe2 33.exf6 is equal>

<SufferingBruin: I did the same thing.>

Me too. Time to go to

Jun-10-10  vrandolph: Got this one almost immediately, yesterday's took embarrassingly long time! Go figure.
Jun-10-10  Marmot PFL: Since the rook is attacked the first 2 moves seemed best, but then it took a while to see that 33...h3 was winning.
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  chrisowen: Air smokeful, fix him up like a kipper 31..Rf3! Black will raid er the fridge overloading white's pieces. Fishtail Rf8 I glue with Qg4 seals fate. Plane to see on evidence white sacs. Drastic rook swipe nick it have it, aye you governor e5 was nail in the coffin my noetic friend. Baris stir the pot, charge your majesty, queen take rook take h3 resigns no gain does lately procede.
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  YouRang: After quickly dismissing capture moves, I found <31...Rf3> pretty quickly.

It attacks the white queen, and exposes the fact that this queen is overworked, guarding both rooks. If it moves out of the way, it won't be able to guard both.

If white blocks the threat with 32.Re3, then 32...Rxf2 threatens ...Qxg2#, and white can do little to stop it.

That leaves white having to exchange the queen for both rooks: <32.Qxf3 Rxf3 33.Rxf3>, which isn't bad unless black has further tactics. It's not hard to see that he does: <33...h3!> again threatening ...Qxg2#, and again leaving white with little to do about it.

If 34.Rxh3 (or Rg3) Qxf2
If 34.Kf1 Qxg2+ 35.Ke1 Qxf3

Jun-10-10  mastyin: 1. Rf3 Qxf3 2. Rxf3 Rxf3 3. h3 Rxh3 4. Qxe2

1 Rf3 any other move h3

found it pretty quick not sure if correct

Jun-10-10  openingspecialist: Far easier than yesterday
Jun-10-10  fernandojaume: ALUHA MARINERA
Jun-10-10  VincentL: "Medium".

The move I see here is 31.... h3.

White cannot play 32. Qxh3/Qg3 on account of 32.....Qxe2 losing the rook.

If 32. g3 then 32.... h2+

Now if 33. Kxh2 Rh6+ 34. Kg1 Qh5 followed by 35. Qh1 mate

If 33. Kf1 h1=Q+
If 33. Kh1 Rf3 and white will lose material. e.g. 34. Qxf3 Rxf3 35 Rxf3 Qxf3+ 36. Rxh2 Qxe2 and white is a queen up.

Or 34. Qc2/Qd2 Rxc3 35. Qxc3 Qxe2 winning a rook.
Or 34. Qd1 Rxc3 again winning a rook.

If 32. f3 h2+ and the continuation is similar to the above.

This must be it. Time to check.

Jun-10-10  VincentL: No ! The game line starts Rxf3 and almost all other posters being with this move as well.

Is 31... h3 flawed? I will check later.

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  YouRang: <VincentL> I think you overlooked that black's Rf6 is attacked by the pawn.
Jun-10-10  fernandojaume: EXAMPLE:

18.Be5 Nxf2
19.Qxf2 Rxf2
20.Kxf2 Bg4
21.h3 Bh5
22.g4 Qf8+
23.Kg3 Bf7
24.Rhf1 Qe7
25.Rc5 Re8
26.Ra5 b6
27.Ra4 a5
28.Rb1 Ra8
29.b4 Be8
30.bxa5 c5
31.axb6 Bxa4
32.b7 Rb8
33.Bxb8 Qxe3+
34.Kg2 Qxd3
35.Rb6 Qe4+
36.Kf1 Qf3+
37.Kg1 Bd1
38.Be5 Qe3+
39.Kh1 ...


Jun-10-10  SpoiltVictorianChild: Saw the moves, didn't see it picked up Re2, so tried something else...
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  CHESSTTCAMPS: <awfulhangover: <zooter: Ok, I missed the fact that the black rook on f6 is enprise. So after 31...h3 32.Qxh3 Qxe2 33.exf6 is equal>>

Several posts report this oversight. I did not notice this immediately either. I think this is normal functioning of the combinative chess brain: you are focused on where the attacking pieces are pointing (the targets f3/f2/g2), not where they are currently sitting.

Jun-10-10  TheBish: B Esen vs N Vitiugov, 2010

Black to play (31...?) "Medium"

Black wins with 31...Rf3!, thanks to the pin on the g2 pawn.

A) 32. Qd2 Rxc3 33. Qxc3 Qxe2 wins a rook.

B) 32. Qxf3 Rxf3 33. Rxf3 h3 wins a rook (ending up with queen for rook) after 34. g3 Qxf3, 34. Rg3 Qxe2 or 34. Kf1 Qxg2+ 35. Ke1 Qxf3.

Jun-10-10  cjgone: Lol, got the puzzle right, plugged in the last position into Rybka and lost the game with the queen. :'(
Jun-10-10  WhiteRook48: easy to get
Jun-10-10  turbo231: <cigone: go the puzzle right, plugged in the last position into Rybka and lost the game with the queen>

Yes, Rybka didn't make the same moves as Esen did she. My Rybka moved her king to f8 first move. But black should win, black has a queen and rook vs 2 rooks for white.

I failed in my bid to solve 4 puzzles in a row. I played against Rybka moving my h pawn first and ended up with 2 rooks on each side no advantage at all. I thought rybka would move her pawn to g3 she didn't she took my h pawn with her queen.

I knew I couldn't do it, I had all the confidence in the world that I couldn't.

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  kevin86: A supurb finish!
Jan-28-15  Conrad93: I don't have a fancy engine to check things over, but does the sacrifice 15. Bxh6 gxh6 16. Bxg6 work, or is it just a waste of a piece?
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