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Wesley So vs Vasif Durarbayli
Millionaire Chess (2015), Las Vegas, NV USA, rd 4, Oct-10
English Opening: Anglo-Indian Defense. King's Knight Variation (A15)  ·  0-1


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Analysis by Houdini 4: d 25 dpa done

<1. = (0.00): 50.Rec2> Rf5 51.a4 Qxa4 52.Qa8 Kxf6 53.R8c4 Qa1 54.Qf8+ Rf7 55.Qh8+ Rg7 56.Qf8+ Rf7 57.Qh8+

2. = (-0.17): 50.Rf2 Rf5 51.Qc6 Rxf2+ 52.Kxf2 Kxf6 53.Qc3+ Qe5 54.Qf3+ Qf5 55.Rf8+ Rf7 56.Qxf5+ gxf5 57.Rd8 Ke5 58.Ke3 Re7 59.Rh8 Rc7 60.Re8+ Kd5 61.Rf8 Ke6 62.Re8+ Re7 63.Ra8 Kd5+ 64.Kf3 Ke5 65.Rxa6 Rc7 66.Ra5+ d5 67.Ra3 Rc2 68.h3 Rh2 69.h4 Rc2 70.Re3+ Kd4 71.a4 Ra2 72.Kf4 Rxa4 73.Rf3 Ra7 74.Kg5 Rg7+ 75.Kxh5

Jun-17-18  geniokov: I really don't understand what this puzzle is asking? What's the point? It's already outside the chess universe. It's like finding a black hole?
Jun-17-18  geniokov: I saw 19.Nd5 as my answer to what?
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  Penguincw: I'm just waiting for these puzzles to recycle over again. One game becomes POTD 3-4 times within a year?


Today is Wednesday, but this is a Sunday puzzle. I didn't think I could, but I think I found a puzzle that actually could be Wednesday level. (hope there aren't any sub-variations, which these mid-late week puzzles tend to contain).


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Solution: Kasparov vs C Botti, 2000

Not sure how long I'll be doing this.

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  ChessHigherCat: This time, I focused on the pinned e pawn and potential pawn forks instead of the N fork with Nxb6, and I came up with this:

19. Nd5 Bxd5 20. cxd5 Re8 21. Rae1 Kg8 22. dxe6

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At this point, I foresaw 22..Rxe6 23. Rxe6, winning the rook, but SF came up with a much crazier line:

1) +9.77 (19 ply) 22...Rxe6 23.Bf4 Qf7 24.Rxe6 h5 25.Qe2 d5 26.Qxa6 Rh7 27.Rxb6 Qd7 28.Rb8 Rf7 29.Re7 Rxe7 30.fxe7 Qxe7 31.Qxg6+ Qg7 32.Qxh5 Qf7 33.Qxf7+ Kxf7 34.Rd8 Bc5 35.Rxd5

Who but a computer would have come up with 23. Bf4?

Aug-08-18  Mayankk: Thanks Penguincw for the ‘Wednesday’ puzzle.

24 f6 and Black must lose his Bishop after Bxf6 and Rxf6, when the f6 Rook is immune due to the threat of Bxe5. And if the Queen moves then fxg7+ gives up the Bishop in any case.

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  lost in space: Too complicated for me. Not Wednesday Level.
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  lost in space: I see that it was also too complicated for me a month ago. Meens, I made no progress during that time
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  diagonalley: the daily puzzle feature is quite clearly adrift... and whilst the recent tragic loss is fully acknowledged, CG should now let us punters know what the plan is for "resumption of normal service" ... in order that we can have a reasonable expectation
Aug-08-18  saturn2: I went for 19 Nd5

a 19..hxg5 20. Nxb6 Qd8 21. Qxe6#

b 19..BxNd5 20 cxBd5 and white will increase the pressure on e6

c 19..Re8 20 Nxb6 followed by NxBa8 should win a pawn.

Aug-08-18  Whitehat1963: Good Lord! Wednesday???
Aug-08-18  stacase: <saturn2: I went for 19 Nd5>

Me too, and White lost ??????

Maybe Cris Owen has the right idea.

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  malt: Gone for the <Penguins> Wednesday's puzzle.

24.f6 B:f6 25.R:f6 Kg8
(25...Q:f6 26.B:e5 )26.Qf2 Qd8 27.B:e5

Aug-08-18  areknames: <Penguincw> In the position of your alternate puzzle, White already has the advantage of a bishop and a pawn so the game is won already.
Aug-08-18  saturn2: <stacase> mel gibson gave a computer analysis saying Nd5 is winning.
Aug-08-18  daladno: I wonder why on Earth somebody who's on duty now at will not at least duplicate puzzles of equal level(Monday for Monday, etc.) from 2-3-4 years ago.

Yes, I know, hard times for this community and so on - but come on, you don't need even to know how to play chess to do that!!

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  Jimfromprovidence: I have a collection of puzzles from about 10 years ago from the LA Times that I keep on my user profile page. On occasion I can post a puzzle approximating the day's correct difficulty level.

Here is a good one. It's move 21, white to play and win.

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The game link is below.
Sutovsky vs E Inarkiev, 2009

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  Carlos0012358: 19.Bh4 would be my move in order to open up the g file for the white queen, but this game very open to multiple approaches.
Aug-08-18  saturn2: <Jim> I liked that puzzle maybe because I solved it. I observed after Re5 the black queen only has the square d6 so it is 21 Qa3+ denying the black queen the last square with tempo and after 22 Re5 black only has 22..QxR 23 dxQ
Aug-08-18  et1: May I suggest that you stop putting new puzzles until you find a way of doing correctly Also may I suggest that you find somebody to pretest because any common user and there are quite many may tell you if it is a Monday, Tuesday, etc until Sunday puzzle. Sorry but since the unfortunate passing of the organizer all the puzzles I have seen are of INSANE difficulty. Thank you.
Aug-08-18  trnbg: <saturn2: I went for 19 Nd5 a 19..hxg5 20. Nxb6 Qd8 21. Qxe6#>
But Black can play 20...Qe8 (instead of Qd8). Then White may continue 21. Nx8, after ...Qxc8, he can play 22. Rae1, and Black can no longer defend the pawn on e6. But in my view this is very unclear.
Aug-08-18  stacase: <Aug-08-18 saturn2: <stacase> mel gibson gave a computer analysis saying Nd5 is winning.>

Thanks, I'll go look:

<Jun-17-18 mel gibson: I saw the first move straight away.>

OK my straight away was probably closer to the better part of a minute.

Aug-08-18  drollere: i chose 19. Nd5 as the best way to exploit the pinned pawn; 19. .. Bxd5, 20. pxd5 etc. does not look happy for black. but he pulled it out anyway.

<the daily puzzle feature is quite clearly adrift>

<stop putting new puzzles>

<come on, you don't need even to know how to play chess to do that!>

i don't see any sign of outreach between the vested users of this site and the current admins. clearly, someone is filling the void since new puzzles do appear every day. but stepping up to assist seems better than swinging brickbats.

on my side i'd suggest the admin post (on the home page) a brief note about where things stand, what's needed to move forward, and a request for people to step forward.

when appropriate, an obit of david written by someone who knew him would be nice for those of us who did not.

"pace e pazienza"

Aug-09-18  ahmadov: Wow, our Durarbayli beat So with Black so recently as 2015? This is great!
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  Penguincw: <Mayankk> <malt>

Yep and you're welcome.

< areknames: <Penguincw> In the position of your alternate puzzle, White already has the advantage of a bishop and a pawn so the game is won already. >

Yeah, it was meant to be more of a tactical exercise. Wednesday puzzles aren't easy to find when you can't consistently solve them. Maybe adding a bishop somewhere would help, but then it wouldn't be from an actual game.

And of course, doesn't hurt to win more material in case you slip up.

Thanks again <Jimfromprovidence>. Another trickster. Went for 21.Bxf6, and missed 21...Bxf6, guarding e8.

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