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Lev Alburt vs Tamaz Giorgadze
URS-ch Young Masters (1971), Vilnius URS
Sicilian Defense: Accelerated Dragon. Maroczy Bind Gurgenidze Variation (B36)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Oct-29-06  vibes43: I feel so lured.
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  Benzol: I fell into the same line as Alburt.


Oct-29-06  ceebo: <LIFE Master AJ I also calculated the following line ... WITHOUT the computer: 47.Nb2, Qe1+!; < (Putting the King on g4 is easily stopped by ...Nf6#.) > 48.g3, Qc1!; 49.Nd3, g5+; 50.fxg5, Qxg5 mate.>

The saving reply to 48...Qc1 is 49. Nc4. Seems that 48...Qa5 is the way.

Oct-29-06  Archives: I eat puzzles like this for breakfast. They taste good with some light syrup and a side of fries
Oct-29-06  nateinstein: I understood that "(a) have realized that White cannot win this position" I found only two moves I liked, Qe2 and f5. However, I did not see that f5 was bad, so I guess I did not completely solve the problem. Over the board I probably would have played Qe2 since it seemed safer since it protects the king.
Oct-29-06  nateinstein: The move that was played, Kg4, was about the only move I definitely would not have played lol. Why walk into a check with no other plan? Was white only looking to draw with Kg4?
Oct-29-06  greensfield: I must be half thinking on the right lines at last. Selected 47. Qe2 straight away as it prevents the check on e1 & protects pawns on 2nd rank. Looked at continuations 47...Qh2 leading to a draw, and 47...Qd4 struggled with the outcome.
Oct-29-06  dakgootje: < I eat puzzles like this for breakfast. They taste good with some light syrup and a side of fries> Yups, or with fava beans and nice chianti for dinner
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: <chessgames>, I like these curveball puzzles and hope to see more of them, even though I almost always get them wrong. At first, I was looking for a means by which White could play the Queen to h8 and checkmate Black without allowing a mating counterattack. It took a while to realize that White was in serious trouble and had to scramble for a defense first.
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  al wazir: <jahhaj>: Thanks for the correction and analysis. Yes, I think the comment in the note is misleading at best.
Oct-29-06  Fisheremon: <><greensfield> Thanks for a beautiful puzzle. One sees how could Black benefit the tight position of White's King and the off-side position of White's Knight at a4. The most difficult variation (leading to a draw for white) is 47. Qe2 Qd4 48. Qb2 Nc3 49. Kg4 Qd1+ 50. Kg3 Ne4+ 51. Kh2 d4 52. Qa3! Qe1 53. b4 Nd2 54. b5 Nf1+ 55. Kg1 Ne3+ 56. Kh2 Qf2 57. Qf8+ perp.
Oct-29-06  goldfarbdj: The note to white's 47th has a typo: "...can salvage this position with with 47.Qe2!!"
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  kevin86: What a remarkable position position!! White is THREE pawns ahead,yet he must do his best to avoid a DRAW. Ironically,he blunders to put himself in a dead losing position. Black responds by playing for a perpetual check and agrees to a draw!!

Chess is a wonderful game,ain't it? lol

Oct-29-06  greensfield: <Fisheremon> Thanks for the <47. Qe2 Qd4> variation. Also <chessgames> is to be congratulated for putting up a puzzle of such depth. I spent a nice Sunday afternoon going through the variations suggested.
Oct-29-06  Chess Classics: I wasn't even close, but it makes sense now that I've seen the solution. (Can't wait fot the monday puzzle! =))


Oct-29-06  alfilbueno: The truth is that I didin't understand the puzzle, because I thought that the position was far from being clear. But, I also don't understand why Qe2 is the only move. How does Black win after g3?
Oct-29-06  ksh123: <alfilbueno> We have 47. g3? Qd4! 48. g4 Qh8 , which leaves white with no option to stop mate other than a queen sacrifice with 49. Qxe4 dxe4. If you analyse all possible variations, only 47. Qe2!! can save the game for white.
Oct-29-06  Necessary Truths: <jahhaj> 51.Kg4 Qh2 52.Qe2 Qg3#

Missed a mate-in-one, now I feel stupid.

Oct-29-06  Tariqov: Oops! my first look i thought "what!!? simple puzzle... just play g4 and white wins!" so i looked at the kibitzing before seeing the solution and thought that this was actually Black to move! but i was wrong and g4 loses to Qe1+.
Oct-29-06  vibes43: <Fisheremon> Thanks also for the <47. Qe2 Qd4> variation. But who would have visualized this in their mind? Considering all the variations, how long would it have taken a grandmaster to come to this ultimate decision - to know this was his/her only hope? To know he/she could force a perpetual while pondering 47?
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  kevin86: Funny,I first saw 57 g4 also,then I realized that is was instant suicide via ♕e1+ and mate next. I gave up after that.
Oct-31-06  LIFE Master AJ: I now have read almost all the notes ... especially the ones by CG.

I have subjected the game to a brief analysis, and the position of the problem to an intensive one.

The tactics are much deeper than I had ever anticipated, however, I still feel (now) the same way I felt then. Qe2 was an "only" move, anything else looks far too risky to seriously contemplate.

Nov-02-06  TheSlid: So, it was easy then? Sounds like a story told about a famous mathemetician (Hardy). He once dismissed a certian problem as "trivial" - and immediately spent ages considering the matter and later announcing (to his bemused lecture audience) "Yes - it is trivial!".
Nov-07-06  LIFE Master AJ: <The Slid> Ha, ha! (I get it!) Good story!!

Seriously, a master probably looks at a puzzle differently than many other players might. (And not every master will see the exact same line, either.)

Nov-13-09  WhiteRook48: 54 Qh3 Nf2+
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