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|May-16-11|| ||ajile: Sicilian?
Clearly this is a King's Gambit opening.
|May-17-11|| ||randyjohnson: on move 19Bxd5 is a clear win for black.
With 22Ba5 and the white Knight pinned by rock on e1.
This can be a Monday puzzle queen's sacrifice.
|May-17-11|| ||Shams: <randyjohnson>
No candidate for the world title should miss that.
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|May-17-11|| ||randyjohnson: yes... i believe Gelfand and Kamsky not are player of World Champion level.
Very good player... yes.
But not the best in the world for sure.
Carlsen,Aronian, Topalov and maybe Kramnik are good contenders for Anand...
but for sure not Gelfand
or Grishuk with his attitude of go in time pressure everytime.
Very bad Candidate tournament.
|May-17-11|| ||Everett: <randyjohnson> Didn't you used to play for the Mets?|
|May-17-11|| ||Shams: <Everett> I'll thank you to remember the Mullet with a Bullet, the Big Unit, Randy Johnson as one of my Seattle Mariners, if you please. Or in a pinch a Diamondback. Mets indeed.|
|May-17-11|| ||Everett: <Shams> Holy cow! I mixed up Howard Johnson and Randy Johnson! How embarrassing....|
|May-18-11|| ||PeterB: The fact that both 2700+ players missed a simple shot like 19...Bd5 shows how much pressure they much have felt. Even a 2000 level player would probably have seen this in a speed game...|
|May-19-11|| ||OhioChessFan: 19. Nd2 had to be better for White.|
|Jun-23-11|| ||dzechiel: Black to move (19...?). White is up a pawn. "Medium."|
With the queen and rook on the c-file, it really seems as if black should try to open it up. The quickest way is to make captures on d5:
19...Bxd5 20 Rxd5
Or 20 cxd5 Qxc1 21 Rxc1 Rxc1+ 22 Ne1 transposing back into the main line.
20...Qxd5 21 cxd5 Rxc1+ 22 Ne1
and now the move that black was counting on...
Oops, black now threatens 23...Rxe1 winning the queen.
23 Kf1 Rxe1+ 24 Qxe1 Bxe1 25 Kxe1
and I think that leaves black a rook up. All the white pieces have come off the board, and all of black's, except for the rook on f1.
Kamsky must have been embarrassed. Time to check.
Whoa! With the hint that something was in the air, I found this combination in less than a minute. I'm surprised that Gelfand seems to have overlooked it!
|Jun-23-11|| ||azax: I feel a bit like a cheater -- I've looked at, at least briefly, all the Candidates matches this year, and this one rang a bit of a bell. So this Thursday puzzle wasn't so hard...|
|Jun-23-11|| ||Phony Benoni: I had no idea today. My Back Rank Alarm Clock simply wasn't registering.|
First I played over the game. Nothing. Then I read the kibitzing. Oh.
Guess that means I must be of the same caliber as Kamsky and Gelfand. Glad I didn't solve it!
|Jun-23-11|| ||rhickma4: This looks straightforward unless I am missing something.
The Black c pawn is pinned, so the N on d5 is not properly protected.
If 20.cxd5 Qxc1 21.Rxc1 Rxc1+ 22.Ne1 Ba5 ends up winning a Rook
If 20.Rxd5 Dxd5 21.cxd5 Rxc1+ ends up the same way.
|Jun-23-11|| ||estrick: Usually can't solve midweek puzzles puzzles when I'm drowsy. Very surprised to see that both of the actual GM's in this game missed such a basic tactic involving the back rank.|
|Jun-23-11|| ||tacticalmonster: 1 Bxd5 2 Rxd5 Qxd5 3 cxd5 Rxc1+ 4 Ne1 Ba5 |
|Jun-23-11|| ||rilkefan: If 19...Bxd5 wins, this is a weirdly easy Thursday. 19...Bxd5 20.Rxd5 Qxd5 21.cxd5 Rxc1+ 22.Ne1 Ba5. Or 20.cd Qxc1.|
|Jun-23-11|| ||sfm: Two incredible blunders on move 19. Of course Kamsky would have resigned on the spot after 19.-,Bxd5.|
|Jun-23-11|| ||standardwisdom: <Phony Benoni: ...Guess that means I must be of the same caliber as Kamsky and Gelfand. Glad I didn't solve it!>|
LMDO. I am nominating you as the second funniest person on CG (after Once, of course).
|Jun-23-11|| ||patzer2: For today's Thursday solution, the move not played in 19...Bxd5! exploits one pin and immediately sets up another to force the win.|
|Jun-23-11|| ||jheiner: After embarrassingly mucking up yesterday's puzzle, I got the entire line through Ba5 and the Kf1 response, including both the Rxd5 and cxd5 variants. Probably in under a minute too. Not sure why, but this was simple and straightforward.|
After exf5, the B is en prise, and there are no major threats, captures or checks to investigate. White has a back rank weakness, but only if all the pieces were liquidated. And that's the hint.
The only spoiler to the back rank attack is that the e1 square is double protected, but it's a dark square and the liquidation will leave the Bd8 with access to a5.
This took me under a minute. Gata must have been sweating bullets on this one.
|Jun-23-11|| ||EXIDE: I am not sure that this counts as a Wednesday puzzle. I am no great player, but this has too many unforced moves to count as a puzzle in my humble opinion. I would say that it is an excellent chess tutorial or some such thing. Good play by black never the less. Enjoyed the build up of the attack on white, done rather quickly.|
|Jun-23-11|| ||An Englishman: Good Evening: I was thinking that this was too easy for a Thursday, but Gelfand missed, sooooo...I was just lucky today.|
|Jun-23-11|| ||Eduardo Leon: 19...xd5 20.cxd5 (20.xd5 xd5 21.cxd5 xc1+ transposes) xc1 21.xc1 xc1+ 22.e1 a5 23.f1 xe1+ 24.xe1 xe1 25.xe1|
|Jun-23-11|| ||fightclub: Hello Chessgames. Just signed up, though I've been what might be called as one of those lurkers, that, well, lurk a.k.a verify their analysis against the awesome kibitzers who seem to cover pretty much every angle of the puzzle. |
19...Bxd5 20 Rxd5 Qxd5 21 cxd5 Rxc1+ 22 Ne1 (22 Qe1 Rxe1+ 23 Nxe1 and black is a rook up) Ba5 23 Kf1 Rxe1+ 24 Qxe1 Bxe1 Kxe1 and again black is a rook up.
Another line after 19...Bxd5:
20 cxd5 Qxc1 21 Rxc1 Rxc1 and it transposes into the main line.
Another line 19...Bxd5:
20 cxd5 Qxc1 and then not 21 Rxc1 (for e.g 21 h3). This line is a bit annoying as, although, black is a rook up and should win, I couldn't find any forcing lines.
|Jun-23-11|| ||M.Hassan: "Medium" Black to play 19.....?
Black is behind by a pawn.
White Knight on d5 waits to fork King & Queen.By getting rid of it that worry is over and..... OOOOLaLa:
Black is left with a Rook and 6 pawns and White with 7 pawns. Who wins? 0-1
Another line is to capture d5 by Rook:
And moves 23 to 25 will be the same
White refrains capturing the Queen
Black ends up roughly one whole Rook up
Time to check
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