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Years covered: 1965

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1. Keene vs Bang 1-0731965W Europe junior ch, The HagueA07 King's Indian Attack

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Jun-25-18  Retireborn: <z> 1.Rxg6+ leaps to the eye and after 1...Kxg6 2.Rg1+ there is surely a mating attack, while 2...Kh5 loses the queen to 3.Rg5+. The Bc1 is an attacking piece!

Opening? Some sort of Sicilian, I suppose, or 1.g4 perhaps. Who knows what these 2200 Titans get up to? Not a 2100 woodpusher like me, that's for sure.

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  zanzibar: <RB> yes siree Bob! 1.Rg1+ to start and 3.Rg5+ to finish. Having the b7-defender as attacker makes it a little fun.

The opening was indeed a Sicilian, a Yugoslav attack...

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[Event "Politiken Cup"]
[Site "Copenhagen"]
[Round "7"]
[Date "1999.7.10"]
[White "Trygstad, Kristian"]
[Black "Steindorsson, Sigurdur P."]
[WhiteElo "2227"]
[BlackElo "2052"]
[Result "1-0"]

1.e4 c5 2.Nc3 Nc6 3.Nge2 g6 4.d4 cxd4 5.Nxd4 Bg7 6.Be3 d6 7.Qd2 Nf6 8.f3 O-O 9.O-O-O a6 10.g4 Bd7 11.h4 h5 12.gxh5 Nxh5 13.Nde2 Ne5 14.f4 Nc4 15.Qd3 b5 16.Bd4 Bh6 17.Kb1 Bxf4 18.Nxf4 Nxf4 19.Qf3 e5 20.Bxc4 bxc4 21.Be3 Rb8 22.Rdg1 Qa5 23.Bc1 Kg7 24.h5 Rh8 25.Nd5 Be6 26.Nxf4 exf4 27.hxg6 fxg6 28.Qxf4 Qe5 29.Rxg6+ Kxg6 30.Rg1+ Kh5 31.Rg5+ 1-0


PS- 2100 is an impressive rating, certainly from my vantage point.

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  zanzibar: This is what I like to call a visualization problem, you have to see the entire combination in the mind's eye, start-to-finish, before making the first move.

(After 56...Kg6-f5)

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E Hermansson vs L'Ami, 2007

It's the art of closing the deal, in other words. (It's not really that hard, but over on <CT> the problem takes blitz gun-slingers about 1.5 mins - which is on the long side)

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  zanzibar: I like this one, it's a "coloring" problem:

(White to move after 27...a4)

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Plus it was a bit of an upset - White being ~100 points lower rated than Black.

<Keitlinghaus, Ludger 2440 -- Rogers, Ian 2550
1-0 (31) C50i 1992
Prague CZE: Prague (1)>

Jul-18-18  Retireborn: <z> 2.Rf6 wins the bishop or smashes the black K-side. Which suggests that Black should have played 1...Rf8.

Sacrifices on an empty square always very attractive!

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  zanzibar: Yes, <RB> total agreement on all of that (funny how there's a sense of the aesthetic in tactics).

I like how White smashes through on the dsq's, the very ones that look protected.

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  zanzibar: Another bit of a challenge:

(White to move after 30...Qa6xa7)

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From this game:

Bacrot vs Leko, 2008 (&m=31)

Jul-21-18  Retireborn: Qh7+ looks awfully tempting! Need to calculate it more carefully though.
Jul-21-18  Retireborn: Yeah, I'm happy with it, and looking at the game now I see Bacrot was too :)
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  zanzibar: <RB> The challenge line given by <CT>:

<1.Qh7+! Kf8 3.Bb4+ c5 4.Bxc5+ Rfe7 5.hxg7+ Kf7 6.g8=Q#>


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  zanzibar: Maybe a little too well known to repost here, but what the heck, it's a thing of beauty:

(White to move after 19...Kg8-h8)

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Carlsen vs Anand, 2014 (&m=20)

Carlsen blitzed it out the move after.

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  zanzibar: <Well I ain't often right but I've never been wrong, Seldom turns out the way it does in the song.
Once in a while you get shown the light
In the strangest of places if you look at it right.>

Ah, but back to chess...

(Black to move after 21.b3-b4)

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Black missed it in the actual game, understandably, given it was blitz:

S Agdestein vs Karjakin, 2015 (&m=21.5)


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  zanzibar: White to move after 23...dxc4

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An oldie, but goody. De Vere's finish to the combo was a little more flashy than needed, but effective.

<De Vere--Zukertort, London CC Handicap (1874)>

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  zanzibar: The games continued...



{ <This is one of those instances where not so much blame attaches to the loser as praise to the winner. The conception of this sacrifice is so beautiful the Herr Zukertort may be pardoned for not having seen it, while it reflects the highest credit upon Mr. De Vere's ingenuity.> }

24...bxc4 25.Bxc4+ Kh7 26.Re6 Qc5 27.Rxh6+

{ <27.Rxh6+ Splendid. Black must take the Rook with the pawn gxh6 and then White, by checking with the Bishop at 28.Bd3+ either forces the mate in two more moves or wins both Rooks.> }


Notes by Steinitz

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  zanzibar: Been awhile, but here's a fun one...

(White to move after 21...Rd6-e6)

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It's actually color-reversed from this game:


McShane, Luke J 2467 -- Mirumian, Vigen 2506
0-1 (24) D36m 1999.07.30
Lippstadt GER: It (9)


McShane vs V Mirumian, 1999 (&m=22.5)

Which seems to have been a PoTD back in Oct 2011.

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  zanzibar: Black is in a bit of trouble, so why not try to gain a cheap pawn:

(White to move after 30...Bxg2)

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Now, this is really a visualization problem. It's always a bit of a cheat knowing there's a tactic in there - but the challenge is to play this out completely in your mind's eye before committing.

The question then is to say what square your queen ends up on before making the first move of the combo.


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  zanzibar: <Garcia, R -- Alvarez, Ernesto 1-0 (37) E11e 1980
Quilmes: Quilmes (1)>


Dec-11-18  Retireborn: ARG to you too :)

I've looked at it for 10 minutes but I can't see why White wouldn't just answer 30...Bxg2 with 31.Kxg2, as none of Black's checks seem very dangerous.

Still I suppose what you have in mind is 31.Qxh4+ and then some sort of king hunt. Guess who's not calculating all that.

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  zanzibar: Looks like I messed up the initial diagram a little, showing it for Black's pre-move.

One reason for having to visualize the hunt all the way to the end is that it involves sacking (sac-ing?) the rook. And one shouldn't throw away a rook on a hunch after all...

So, 31.Qxh4+ Kg6 32.Rxf6+

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Of course it's easy to see this beginning (and the 32...gxf6 33.Rg8 follow-up), but it's clear that White has to play out to a concrete mate.

I think it's good training to do so, though I wish I could do so with more precision and speed. This one is about at my limit (from move 31).

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  zanzibar: This game showed up as a PotD awhile back, but at a different move. Probably a less than optimal place. I found this one on <CT> at White's move 24, when the situation is much clearer.

Black has just captured a pawn, opening up the h-file:

(White to move after 23...hxg5)

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<CG> had this as a Sunday puzzle, where White had to find 23.g5. The trouble is that Black has a defense, and even though 23.g5 is likely the best move, Black can defend (though I must admit, I haven't asked AlphaZero . This makes a hard problem all its own:

(Black to move and defend after 23.g5)

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P Popovic vs D Kosic, 1992

Dec-30-18  Retireborn: <z> Winning move must surely be 24.Ng6 threatening Rh8 mate and if 24...fxg6 25.Qxe6+ Qf7 26.Rh8+ divorces the Royals, to coin a phrase.

A better defence might be 23...Nd7 then 24.gxh6 Nxe5 25.Qxe5 Qxe5 26.Rxe5 g6 and then ...Kh7 is OKish.

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  zanzibar: <Rb> I think the engine was suggesting 23...Re4 (which is also mentioned in the game's forum).

I'm on the road at the moment, and will have to check out your line later, maybe in 2019.

PS- Best wishes on the New Year!


Jan-01-19  Retireborn: <z> Thanks. Of course I never considered 23...Re4 at all, but yes, that must be the move.

Incidentally the game is in Informator, where it's revealed that 19...b5 was Timman's suggested improvement to one of his games v Karpov. Indeed it seems to equalise and is probably worth another try, although I have not found any other games with it.

I hope 2019 is a source-filled year for you!

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  zanzibar: <<RB> I hope 2019 is a source-filled year for you!>

Why thank you for the kind wishes, and I hope the same for you in return.

Here's a set of three:

* * * * *

1. <Out of thin air>

(White to move after 27...Qg2-c6)

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(Source ? - oops, broke my resolution)

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<2. Proper preparation is key!>

(White to move after 32...Rg6-g4)

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(Source: <Guseinov, Aidyn -- Fedin
1-0 (35) B02r 1967
Russia: Russia (1)>

BTW- who is this Fedin guy?)

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<3. The little "bishop" beats the big one>

(White to move after 50...Kc6-d5)

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<Dautov, Rustem 2615 -- Glek, Igor 2635
1-0 (52) E94d 1996
Bundes Liga 9697: Bundes Liga 9697>

Jan-08-19  Retireborn: <z> Is the first one just 28.Be6, then Rxf6 on the next move or mate on f8 if the bishop moves away?

The third one is mate in 2 by queen checks, always a danger when the knight is so close to the king.

Second one I can't see how to do.

Re: Fedin, Chessbase 2002 calls him Viktor and as well as the two games here has a further 17 games all played at a low level in Norway in 1996. They give his year of birth as 1976, so it's possible those later games are by a different person with similar name.

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