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Reynaldo Vera vs Julio Becerra Rivero
Capablanca Memorial-A (1996), Cienfuegos CUB, rd 5, May-??
Zukertort Opening: Sicilian Invitation (A04)  ·  1-0


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Jul-13-10  Kasputin: 37. Nh5 followed by 38. Rg1#

If black refuses to take the knight, then mate follows with 38. Qg7 - black can delay it with a move like ...Qd4 but not prevent it

Jul-13-10  AniamL: At first I looked at Qg5+ and f6 after the knight move, but then I realized that Rg1# works a little bit better :)
Jul-13-10  Blunderdome: I looked at 37. Nh5 gxh5 38. Qg5+ Kh8 39. f6 but black is just in time with ...Rg8, so I switched to other candidate moves and decided Rg1 looked appealing, when suddenly I realized...
Jul-13-10  Formula7: 37.Nh5 threatens 38.Qg7# and Black can only prevent it with 37...gxh5, losing to 38.Rg1#. Time to check.
Jul-13-10  VincentL: "Easy".

37. Nh5 is evidently the move here.

On 37.....gxh5 38. Rg1 mate

Any other move allows 38. Qg7 mate (Qd4 or Qd1+ delay matters by one move).

Jul-13-10  zooter: This has to be the simplest Tuesday yet.

37.Nh5 (threat 38.Qg7#)

If 37...gxh5 38.Rg1#

There is no good defence after Nh5. Even heavy material sac (throw the queen with a check etc) doesn't stop mate for long

Time to check

Jul-13-10  Sacrificial King: A quick hop of the knight and black is crushed. Black's only reply: "No me gusta".
Jul-13-10  wasspwot: <zooter> maybe it just seems the simplest tuesday yet because you are getting better at solving them? These problems seem to me to be getting easier all the time, but I like to think that's because I'm getting better at them!
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  Phony Benoni: If you're a real diehard, you go ahead and play 37...Qd4 not so much to delay mate as to hope White gets fancy and falls for 38..e5??? Bxf3+! and 39...Bxh5.
Jul-13-10  M.Hassan: 37.Nh5 and Black can not defend checkmate
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  Gilmoy: <Phony Benoni: 37..Qd4 38.e5??? Bxf3+ and> 39.Kh2 Qf2# :)
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  Phony Benoni: <Gilmoy> Well, even better! I was too focused on stopping mate. Amazing sometimes how thin a line there is between victory and defeat.
Jul-13-10  scormus: <Phony Benoni .... diehard> It may seem a bit far fetched, but such a thing has happened to me :(
Jul-13-10  zb2cr: 37. Nh5 does the trick. Black cannot defend the threatened mate on with the Queen on g7 except by taking the Knight with 37. ... gxh5, whereupon White mates with 38. Rg1#.
Jul-13-10  The Famous Chess Cat: Word on the street is that The Famous Chess Cat's pun made it to Game-of-the-Day.
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  Once: upon a time...

Okay so the solution is pretty straight-forward. Nothing more to see, nothing more to say, move along.

So let's rewind the game to a point where something interesting happens. And let's rewind our time machine back to the middle ages, when knights were encased in steel armour and Monty Python rode the land banging coconuts together. My Lords and Ladies, I present ye olde guide to storming a castle.

The field of battle stands thus, after whyte plays pawn to kynge's rook three (29. a3):

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Verily, the whyte army stands well. Observe, I pray, the might of the doubled whyte rooks that holdeth the d file in a steely grip. The blacke kynge hides in his tower, yet his keep is not so strong as once it was. His kynge's knight pawn has moved forwards one square (g6), in the fashion called by the Italians as being "in fianchetto". Yet the bishop that lived awhile in this tower (on g7) has been slain. Thus has the tower been weakened at his kynge's bishop third (f6) and kynge's rook third (h6).

The black kynge to his knyghte's second (29...Kg7). Blacke prepares for the retreat of his valiant knyghte, which is all alone at the edge of the field.

Then, the kynge's knyghte's pawn to his fourth. Black's knighte to his kynge's bishop third (30 g4 Nf6).

Whyte knyghte to kyng's bishop fifth! (31. Nf5!)

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A fine leap by the stallioned warrior! Howe'er blacke responds, whyte gains the attack. If the blacke kynge escapeth to his rook's house or his bishop's house, then mate swiftly follows. (31...Kh8 32. Qxf6+ Kg8 33. Qg7 or 31...Kf8 32. Qh6+ Kg8 33. Qg7#)

<Fast forward in our time machine to the position after 33...Qb5>

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The whyte army has advanced yet further into blacke's domaine. The whyte queen now holds the blacke tower in a mighty grip from her station at king's bishop's sixth (f6). The kynge's knight file stands half open, ready for a rook to join in the attack from the kynge's knyght's house (g1).

Now the whyte rook moves forwards one square to the queen's seventh (34. Rd7). If unattended, the whyte queen will next capture the bishop pawn, utter the cry of check and then proceed to checkmate along the seventh.

The blacke rook defendeth from the bishop's house (34... Rf8). Yea, this prevents the doom of checkmate, but it seals the black kynge in to his keep where he will surely perish.

Now whyte plays knyghte to bishops's fourth (35. Nf4). He prepares to give away his life, as if apparelled in a tabard of gules (wearing a red shirt).

My Lords and Ladies, the rest ye know. A pair of rooks are exchanged, but the battle is already won for whyte. Your humble scribe begs to point out that whyte's attacking force numbereth precisely three - one in a gules tabard to offer his life (the knyghte) and two to giveth checkmate - the queen and rook.

At one point in our tale, you might have thought that blacke's castle was a fine bastion, a mighty keep to rival Camelot itself. But this was merely a conjuror's illusion, a fancy constructed by Merlin to amuse the court. As we have seen, the castle was made of clay and straw, not rock and stone.



"It's only a model."

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  agb2002: White has a knight and a pawn for a bishop.

Black threatens 37... Qd2.

The dark squares around the black castle are weak and can be exploited immediately with 37.Nh5, trying 38.Qg7#:

A) 37... gxh5 38.Rg1#.

B) 37... Qd4 38.Qxd4 f6 (38... gxh5 39.Rg1#) 39.Qd7

B.1) 39... gxh5 40.Rg1+ Kh8 41.Qg7#.

B.2) 39... Rf7 40.Rc8+ Rf8 41.Qg7#.

It seems it's mate in five from the diagram position.

Jul-13-10  TheBish: R Vera vs J Becerra-Rivero, 1996

White to play (37.?) "Easy"

Easy indeed, as White forces mate -

37. Nh5! gxh5

Or 37...Qd1+ delays the inevitable for one move, and the only other move to delay mate is 37...Qd4 38. Qxd4 f6, equally futile.

38. Rg1#.

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  gofer: 37 Nh5 ... and black resigns

37 ... gxh5 38 Rg1#

The only defense for black is to throw in the queen and that is only delaying his inevitable doom.

37 ... Qd4
38 Qxd4 f6
39 fxg6 hxg6
40 Nxf6+ ...

40 ... Kh8 41 Nh5+ Rf6 42 Qxf6 Kg8/Kh7 43 Qg7#

40 ... Kf7 41 Rc7+ Ke6 42 Ng4 with mate next move as Qf6#, Qd7# and Qe5# are all available depending on black's response

40 ... Kg7 41 Nh7+ with mate in 6 more at worst

Jul-13-10  dakgootje: Terrific piece, once!

Too bad the game-result did not allow for threats of the black king that white kings father smelt of elderberries :P

For what it is worth, I do think this is one of the easiest Tuesdays so far. Actually took a minute to double-check there really was nothing black could do to spoil the fun. That is, except prolong a little with Qd4 and the variations agb2002 mentioned.

Jul-13-10  RandomVisitor: After 26...Bd5! 27.Rd7 the game is likely drawn:

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Rybka 3:

<[+0.00] d=23 27...Ng3+> 28.Kg1 Bc6 29.Rd8 Qb6+ 30.Kh2 Nf1+ 31.Kh1 Ng3+ 32.Kh2 Nf1+ 33.Kh1 Ng3+ 34.Kh2 Nf1+ 35.Kh1 Ng3+ 36.Kh2 Nf1+ 37.Kh1 Ng3+ 38.Kh2 Nf1+ 39.Kh1 Ng3+ 40.Kh2 Nf1+ 41.Kh1 Ng3+ 42.Kh2 Nf1+

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  whiteshark: I'm so proud on myself that I have found the solution in less than an hour. :D
Jul-13-10  gropek: White to play 37.?

R Vera vs J Becerra-Rivero

Difficulty: Easy

White is a pawn up. Despites how it looks, the white king is more safer than black king, because of the agressive position of white pieces. Trying to take advantage of that, I found the winning move. (Unfortunately, it took me more than I expected... 20 minutes! But I've just woken up :)).

37. Nh5!!

Threatening mate on g7. Its definitely unstoppable. The only try would be to remove the guard, by taking the knight

like this: 37 ... gxh5 38 Rg1# (But then the rook delivers the mate)

Time to check.

Jul-13-10  gropek: <RandomVisitor: After 26...Bd5! 27.Rd7 the game is likely drawn>

Wow, 26 ... Bd5! is so perfect, would stop everything up.

< Once > Hey man, nice story :)

Jul-13-10  David2009: Game Collection: Never Resign!

Black has a choice here. 37...Resigns or 37...Qd4 hoping for the uber-arrogant 38 e5?? which does indeed force mate - but perhaps not quite in the way White would have wished. After 38 Qxd4, Resigns is perfectly in order.

POSTSCRIPT - reposting using the <delete> button:- <Phony Benoni> and <Gilmoy> beat me to the punch.

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