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David Bronstein vs Boris Rytov
Keres Memorial (1979), Tallinn URS, rd 11, Mar-07
Formation: King's Indian Attack (A07)  ·  1-0



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Dec-11-06  mrjoshherman: I saw the unprotected knight, and thought, "is there any way I can take it?" bingo... fork the rook.
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  Sneaky: What, no queen-sac today? That's odd, my calendar says Monday ;-) I have to admit I paused before I saw the answer, it definitely fits into the "so easy it's hard" category.

<LPDO> This is some of the best beginner's advice out there. Don't leave your toys strewn about, like a child's messy room. Just ask Karpov: Christiansen vs Karpov, 1993

Dec-11-06  Soltari: Nice monday puzzle! Finally no obvious queen sac + mate. At first glance I thought chessgames put in the wrong puzzle for today, the position looked kinda complex and there was no direct mate threat. But I got the answer quite fast anyway :).
Dec-11-06  spinal pat: At first I was searching for the queen sacrifice for 10 minutes. :( When I looked for a fork I got it in a split second. :) No queen sac on a Monday this time!
Dec-11-06  Ingolf: 20.Qe2 was quite an impressive move, a double threat of two double attacks.

It's funny how Rybatov apparently saw the imminent queen fork on e6 but completely overlooked the one on e4 and therefore chose to bring the wrong piece into safety by 20.- Kh8.

Dec-11-06  gus inn: the good thing about thhis puzzle is that it is so easy - almost nonexisting. I looked for something deeper and more spectacular and there was nothing . Hence the quite killer Qe4.
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  Willem Wallekers: I hope <cg> is gonna give us a Bronstein week.
Dec-11-06  gus inn: I have the same hope.He really deseves it.

Some of his colleques uused to say : that modern theory was born with Bronstein. One can´t achieve a higher praise than that.

Dec-11-06  Kwesi: This took me WAAY too long :/
Dec-11-06  NotABanker: I found the unguarded pieces and the way to fork them.Qe4.
Dec-11-06  felix78: Easy solution, but not obvious straight away. Although Black still has a fair amount of material, the Queen fork is the nail in the coffin restricting any effective movement.
Dec-11-06  Wolfgang01: After 20.Qe2 it's obviously to late, to save the piece. 19. … Re7 seems for the moment a better move.
Dec-11-06  WarmasterKron: LPOD? Where's notyetagm when you need him?

I got this, but I did have to think about it. Bronstein week would be appropriate. What better way to remember the great career of a great man?

Dec-11-06  artemis: This is why has "easy puzzles" on mondays. Even though I play at 1800 strength, it took me about half a minute to see the obvious one move tactic.

It is interesting to see how general principles are backed up by tactics. Just to list a few of the general principles that screamed that there must be a way to win material by force are the following:

1. White is better developed. Even his a1 rook is contributing to the cause. Black has two undeveloped pieces on his queenside, with the long diagonal open (actually in solving the puzzle, I thought to myself "Wow, if there wasnt a tactic here, then Qe4 would put her majesty on a dominating post... wait a minute!"). 2. White's developed pieces are better located. Notice how the two knights are dominating the center of the board, the queen is on an open central file, and his b5 bishop is taking control of the e8 square, meaning that white will have control of that file for a long time. Black's pieces are horrid. The f6 pawn is blocking two of black's developed pieces from doing anything. His Ng4 is horridly placed, as nothing is helping it there.

My teacher (a life master) always points to the theme of general principles being backed up by tactical themes. A good method for choosing when to spend a long think is considering if there is any reason to be optimistic for your chances (i.e. if only one of the two points I made above were valid, you may still want to take a while finding the win).

Dec-11-06  greensfield: Queen fork to win a piece. Nearly overlooked it.
Dec-11-06  nsteinme: I know it's a bit more complicated, but what about 21. Ng5 Nh6 22. Ne6 forking queen and rook? Did I miss a defense?
Dec-11-06  Ch3ckmate: i havnt missed mondays for a long time until now... in an early part of a game with still many pieces on the board you dont look at forks straight away.
Dec-11-06  NakoSonorense: I still can't believe I missed I Monday puzzle. It seems that I, too, have problems with the LAPD...
Dec-11-06  Brown: <nsteinme>

Black can simply exchange pieces with 21.Ng5 fxg5

Dec-11-06  zb2cr: It took me some time to find this; I guess I've been conditioned by <> Monday puzzles to look for a short mating combination. After about 1 & 1/2 minutes, I came to the conclusion there wasn't anything there, and then saw the double attack.
Dec-11-06  vibes43: It took me a while as well. I was looking for something like a mate it 3 and overlooked the obvious. I should know better than to anticipate what cg is up to.
Dec-11-06  Mendrys: One can assume that black feared either 21. Qc4+ or 21. Qe6+ and played 20...Kh8 instead of 20...Nh6 overlooking the fork with 21. Qe4. Bronstein probably had counted on 20...Nh6 with a better position for white.

Dec-11-06  YouRang: Got it after spending a fruitless moment looking for a king attack.

Afterwards, I made a general evaluation of the position, and found that Black was suffering from having unguarded pieces (knight & rook), and it was a simple matter of forking them with the best double-attacker -- the queen.

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  kevin86: My first look was fruitless,looking for mate or an attack against the queen. The second look was much more easy-the double attack at e4 was child's play (even Chucky can solve Monday puzzles-lol). In fact,black tried to escape a double attack a move earlier at e6-only to fall for one at e4.
Dec-11-06  Happypuppet: Glad I wasn't the only one looking for mate against a king that well-protected. That felt really embarassing.
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