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Mikhail Chigorin vs Boris Yankovich
1st All-Russian-ch Major (1899), Moscow RUE, Sep-??
Italian Game: Evans Gambit (C51)  ·  1-0



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Sep-06-05  ranchogrande: no other moves than 31.Ba7+ has a smell of sudden death.
Sep-06-05  EmperorAtahualpa: I got it too. if Kd7, then b8=Q+! Quite elegant.
Sep-06-05  prinsallan: That was very easy. Monday quality on a tuesday. 8)
Sep-06-05  unusual: Nice puzzle but did not quite get it as quickly as some.
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  patzer2: <hayton 3> I found your definitions helpful in understanding the difference between deflection and decoy. I found some definitions of deflection and decoy which appear to support your's at and

GM Shamkovich, GM Keene and GM Schiller have coauthored a book entitled "Killer Chess Tactics" in which these terms are discussed. GM Serriwan and IM Silman co-authored "Winning Chess Tactics," which also discusses these terms.

I don't own a copy of either one, but perhaps someone with a copy or <GM Keene> or <NM Schiller> would like to weigh in and add some authoritative commentary to confirm or refine your definitions and help enlighten us.

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  kevin86: Chiggy diverts black's king from b8-with the help of an x-ray defense of the bishop by the rook from a1. The kig dare not take on paenalty of b8+♕!
Sep-06-05  YouRang: Fairly easy. One immediately notices that the black king on b8 is blocking the promotion of white's b7 pawn, which is supported by the b5 rook.

Naturally, one seeks to deflect the king from it's blocking position, and the two pieces to do the job are the e3 bishop and the a1 rook.

Sep-06-05  ajile: I win.
.0000000001 nano seconds.
Sep-06-05  grook: I don't know why Black didn't play 11...Bxe3 to leave White with a backward pawn. Instead he goes on to play a curious 11...Ba7 which allows Chigorin to buld pressure on the a6 pawn. Anyway, 16.Rfb1 is the killer move which Jankovich didn't look too hard into, and it completely opens up Black's Queenside, and by 20.Rb5, the game is won for Chigorin. But he wins it in such good style!
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  beenthere240: Astonishingly I discovered that I had solved this problem several seconds before I saw it, which I believe trumps all of you nanonano people.
Sep-06-05  YouRang: I tend to agree with <Madman99X>, 14...Bb8 looks like a lemon. White ends winning a pawn and creating a passed pawn on the a-file. This was decisive -- the rest of the game was all about White pushing his queenside pawns until the final game winning promotion tactic.
Sep-06-05  Deadly Pawn: I don't care if it was easy.

Wohaay! I got one!

Sep-06-05  zb2cr: Easy once you arrive at the position. I just wish I could arrive at this position or something like it!
Sep-06-05  sfm: "Shoot! I failed. In my otherwise excellent results in the game of 'Did the opponent resign after first move?" I LOST this one and is rather PISSED at Wankowich for screwing up my score. :-( :-( :-(

BTW, I find it _rediculous_ that someone claims to find the solution in fractions of nanoseconds. I myself used 0.6 second - and I!! was one of Denmark's leading (blitz) players...

... about the time where Chigorin had been dead for only 77 years, so REALLY!

Right now I am intoxicated, sitting in Bangkok, and have bought 3 panties at a streetshop for only 2 US$. I have tested them all and none of them fits me, probably because I am the wrong gender and slightly overweight'.

- - -

I naturally hope that nobody is offended by the info above and my deviation from my usual serious style - but in compensation for today's puzzle (which someone obviously found too easy) this is a new puzzle: In above text exactly one of the statements made is false. Which one?

Only serious answers, please.

Bless you all.

Sep-06-05  sfm: 11.-,Ba7 seems to be the beginning of a plan that leads to trouble. I can see no problems after the simple Bxe3 instead.
Sep-06-05  snowie1: 32...Nxb7 and black can live, but the
extra white R eats up his pawns... and wins.
Sep-06-05  YouRang: <snowie1> Black won't live long. For example, after 32...Nxb7 33. Raxb7+, Black must move his king to a8 or c8.

If 33...Kc8, then 34. Rb8+ Kd7 35. R5b7+ Ke6 36. Re8#.

If 33...Ka8, then White can easily force a rook swap with 34. R7b6 (threatening Ra5#). After the rook swap, then it's basically a K+R vs. K endgame, and elementary technique wins.

Sep-06-05  renecon: Here we go again for those who brag that they solved it in .000000001 seconds. Dont you have something to write about the analysis?
Premium Chessgames Member Here's a sneak preview result from the poll:

In response to the question <How good are you at solving the daily puzzle?> there is a lovely bell-shaped curve peaking at the answer "Average. I start to have trouble on Wednesday/Thursday." The number of people who say they have trouble on Monday/Tuesday is about equal to the number of people who say they solve them through Sunday.

This is exactly what we intended. We think that the level of difficulty is just about perfect and there is no reason to change it anytime soon.

Sep-06-05  Robin001: <Richard Taylor> If you concentrate you could probably do better!
Sep-06-05  blingice: You know the people who are the coolest on the forum? The people who brag about how fast they got the puzzle. Yep. They are the coolest.
Sep-06-05  centercounter: < prinsallan: That was very easy. Monday quality on a tuesday. 8) >

Well... it was said by Nimzovich (paraphrasing), I believe, that any top level player can play Alekhine's combinations, but how do you get there?

This one was easy only for lack of options and lack of distractions. I'm starting to read Dvoretsky's School of Chess Excellence book on Tactics. I have to admit, sadly, that it does not compare with his endgame books, but still any Dvoretsky is better than most other instructional writers.


Sep-06-05  black knight c6: <Madman99X> and <YouRang>, its very SIMPLE!!!! if not Bb8, then bxa bxa Bxa6 and white wins a pawn!!!! what could be not a more ovbious tactic?

nice combo though - saccing two pieces for the queen, though easy to see.

maybe it would be nice to set the puzzle from the move before, because that move is easy enough to see (the a pawn gets nowhere), but seeing deeper would be more of a prize to people to see the winning combo.

Sep-07-05  BishopofBlunder: <renecon> <Here we go again for those who brag that they solved it in .000000001 seconds. Dont you have something to write about the analysis?> If they took time to analyze the combination, it would take them .000000002 seconds. Then they couldn't be the "fastest and the bestest".
Mar-29-13  Llawdogg: Nice bishop sacrifice!
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