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Joel Benjamin vs Nelson Gamboa
23rd World Open (1995), Philadelphia, PA USA, rd 4
English Opening: Anglo-Indian Defense. Flohr-Mikenas-Carls Variation (A18)  ·  1-0



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  Once: <sarayu> I applaud your sentiments, I really do, but as Ramdaz was writing back in 2003 (and hasn't been seen since 2007) I suspect he can't hear you!
May-21-12  NewLine: Yea, unless you are a ghost whisperer. And I'm not sure about that insult anyway.

The bastard, he called me a real shah!
What a terrible thing to say. Shame on him. I am definitely not a real shah.

May-21-12  sevenseaman: Its from a game that ended in a draw, whether Black managed or White allowed. I am sure you can do better.

I'll put the difficulty close to that of a Thursday puzzle.

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White to play & win.

May-21-12  En prise: Please excuse my ignorance. What's a shah?
May-21-12  King Death: <Dec-16-03 Benzol: Your right Ben. I can claim to be a 2500 rated player with a mouse rated at 900. LOL.>

This is probably what my trying to play after more than 20 years away from chess would be like. Even back in 2003 it would've been pretty sad.

May-21-12  sevenseaman: <En prise> shah (or more appropriately Shah)was the king of Iran (Persia). Here it has been used as a pejorative. The allusion is to the wastefulness or prodigality associated with the obscenely rich.
May-21-12  Cardinal Fang: I scrolled down only as far as the sixth rank before solving this.

I saw the black diagonal across the Black King, figured there had to be a Bishop ranging along it, and that therefore the Queen had to be hitting c6, followed by mate from either the other Bishop going to a6, or a Rook going to b8.

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  chrisowen: Finger in cum laude michelin enterprise rookb1 i bend um castle long

time for queen to pop in JB seizes the initiative sparring bf4 is have

in keep rook it d7 in bag the swag bd6 looks equal instead rookd7 I

dont follow the logic in on sense at behind this move shaken in slushy

it rook up and escry to climb f4 then queen each in slide across low

in height blob 15.Qxc6+ to engage the knight it towering light in

simple finish for jB is hop in the wrecking ball it rookxb7 in be

lizerd lounging black flat out from the get go.

May-21-12  kevin86: An interesting variation of Boden's mate-merging it with Reti's mate vs Tartakower. Here,the queen is sacrificed and the rook mates at b8.
May-21-12  Marmot PFL: <in keep rook it d7 in bag the swag bd6 looks equal instead rookd7 I>

if 13...Bd6 14 Bg5 wins material, but 13...Qg6 looks OK

May-21-12  BOSTER: In this <POTD> after 15.Qxc6 (bxc6 Rb8#) Kd8 16.Qxd7+ Kxd7 17.Ne5+ Kc8 18.Nxg6 hxg6 white is a rook up.

In this position from game 8 Anand-Gelfand

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black sacr. the knight on h5 <going for green>, to take the rook on h1. But who cares about the black queen on h1, where queen has no any mobiity?

I guess,that even Anand didn't play 17.Qf2 trapping the queen , black game was lost.

May-21-12  fokers13: Sorry if someone has already pointed it out but instead of Qxd7+(followed by Ne5+) i like quite a bit better the immediate Ne5! and if bxc6+ Nxc6+ Ke8 Rb8+ Rd8 Rxd8#.

Better for black is probably Rc7 but Qxc7+ Kxc7 Nxg6+ is curtains imo.

Not that it matters all the variations are winning honestly.

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  HeMateMe: Gamboa was rated around 2000. I guess he hadn't read any tactics books, of late.
May-21-12  dragon player: Monday, so a queen sac:

15.Qxc6+ bxc6

but what if 15...Kd8? This is your only move then:
16.Rxb7 Rxb7
17.Qxb7 Qxg2

and white probably gets away with an extra piece, but I don't trust this.

Time to check.


I didn't see the Ne5+ idea, but this wins as well I think.


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  Once: I think that's where we get the word checkmate from - shah mat. The king is dead.
May-21-12  dzechiel: White to move (15?). Material even. "Very Easy."

White picks up a piece after

15 Qxc6+

Black cannot recapture on c6 as after

15...bxc6 16 Rb8#

is checkmate. This has got to be it.

May-21-12  Patriot: <sevenseaman> <15. Qxc6+ Kd8 16. Rxb7 Rxb7 17. Qxb7 looks to be the right procedure, whatever Black chooses. No?>

I think <LoveThatJoker> hit upon the best procedure: 15.Qxc6+ Kd8 16.Qxd7+ Kxd7 17.Ne5+ and simplifying. Usually I don't bother checking lines where one side declines a sacrifice, except when pieces are still hanging or some type of threat is still present. Then it becomes worthwhile to calculate.

May-21-12  e4 resigns: What about 6.fxg7?
Then 6...Bxg7 7.Pxc3 leaves white a pawn up.
Or 6...cxb2 7.gxh8-Q wins almost instantly.
Am I missing something?
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  Phony Benoni:

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Of course I saw 15.Qxc6+. Who wouldn't, on a Monday? But after 15...Kd8 I was considering 16.Ne5 instead of 16.Rxb7 or 16.Qxd7+. And that would indeed be very strong if it just weren't for the little detail of 16...Qb1+.

So my question is: Why didn't Benjamin castle earlier? In this position:

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16.Ne5 would be sheer genius.

May-21-12  1stboard: Black needed to play 14 Bd6 instead of Qg6 .........
May-21-12  TheBish: J Benjamin vs N Gamboa, 1995

White to play (15.?) "Very Easy"

Funny, but I was solving this without my glasses (to make it more challenging), and I immediately looked at the queen sac, but I was looking for the light-squared bishop to follow up with Ba6+ (as in Boden's mate), but then I realized that not only was there no light-squared bishop, but that wouldn't mate anyway! After opening my eyes, I noticed the other bishop, which works much better here.

15. Qxc6+! Kd8

Or 15...bxc6 16. Rb8#.

16. Rxb7 with an easy win.

May-21-12  zb2cr: Sorry <fokers13>, but as <Phony Benoni> pointed out, 16. Ne5 is not a good move. Black uncorks an intermediate move of his own, 16. ... Qxb1+; 17. Ke2, Qc2+; 18. Kf3, bxc6 and Black winds up at least a Queen ahead.
May-22-12  King Death: <Once: I think that's where we get the word checkmate from - shah mat. The king is dead.>

As far as I know this is true.

Aug-25-12  Cemoblanca: 14...Qg6???? ;0)

Nice joke Nelson! Very nice! LOL!!!

Aug-25-12  Cemoblanca: By the way Nelson: You've lost to the prototype of "Deep Blue" my friend! So keep smiling! ;0)
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