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Eugenio Torre vs Jan Timman
Hamburg TV-B (1982) (exhibition), Hamburg FRG, Sep-??
Slav Defense: Czech. Carlsbad Variation (D17)  ·  0-1



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Jul-31-14  dfcx: First thing popping up is 27...Qxf1+ but after 28.Kxf1 Bh3+ 29.Kg1 Nf3+ 30.Kh1 black runs out of steam. Try a different move order with 27...Nf3+

A. 28.exf3 Qxf1+ 29.Kxf1 Bh3+ 30.Kg1 Re1#
B. 28.Kg2 Qxf1+ 29. Kxf1 Bh3#

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  agb2002: An overworked puzzle.

Black is one pawn down.

White threatens 28.Nc3 followed by Qxb7.

Black can try to open the e-file to incorporate the rook into the attack against the white king with 27... Nf3+:

A) 28.exf3 Qxf1+ 29.Kxf1 Bh3+ 30.Kg1 Re1#.

B) 28.Kg2 Qxf1+ 29.Kxf1 Bh3#.

C) 28.Kh1 Qxf1#.

Jul-31-14  gofer: A double sacrifice!!!

<27 ... Nf3+>

The knight is immune...

28 exf3? Qxf1+!
29 Kxf1 Bh3+
30 Kg1 Re1#

28 Kh1? Qxf1#

<28 Kg2 Qxf1+!!>

The queen is immune, but white has no other choice!

<29 Kxf1 Bh3#>


Yep, perhaps a little too simple?!

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  al wazir: Sac the ♘! Sac the ♕! What else are they for?
Jul-31-14  sfm: Terrific!
Knowing it is a puzzle some here will have seen it all in a second. On a good day we just might have seen it in a real game of our own, right?

But I am a bit afraid that I would definitely not have realized (and neither did mighty Torre) just how poisonous 25.-,Qb4(!!) is.

As we now know, White should have tried something else, instead of 26.a5. Something, anything, that keeps the black Queen from e1. Maybe 26.Rc3. Probably he should never have allowed the black queen in on that e1-a5 diagonal in the first place.

Is 25.-,Qb4 the best move, theoretically? I don´t know. In OTB chess, surely. It´s the brilliant winning idea that your opponent might not see.

Jul-31-14  morfishine: Nice to see a Timman victory! Too often his brilliant losses seem to be highlighted :)

At first I had 27...Rc8 28.Qe7 Nf3+ 29.Kg2 Qxf1+ 30.Kxf1 Bh3#

But then I realized Black can go straight into 27...Nf3+ and Black wins after the same combination; or 28.exf3 Qxf1+ 29.Kxf1 Bh3+ 30.Kg1 Re1#


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  Once: What a delightful little puzzle!

The usual prescription for a position like this is for the attacking side to play 27...Bh3 to pile up on the misplaced white fianchetto bishop. But that loses to the brutal 28. Nc3 which protects f1 via an xray.

So we have to act fast. A check to ram our attack home before white has a chance for Nc3. The immediate 27...Qxf1 would be a Monday solution, but on Thursday it comes short.

Incidentally, in human mode I discarded 27...Qxf1+ fairly quickly as soon as I spotted 27...Nf3+, but Fritzie shows that the 27...Qxf1+ line has some interest. Play might continue (not all forced):

27... Qxf1+ 28. Kxf1 Bh3+ 29. Kg1 Nf3+
30. Kh1 Rxe2 31. Ne3 Rxf2

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This looks great for black. He has three pieces clustered around the white king and he threatens mate with Rxh2. The white knight and rook are frozen (more or less) in place defending against other mates.

Unfortunately for this line, white wins with either 32. g4 or 32. Qb8+ followed by g4. White defends h2 and will play Qg3 forcing an exchange into an endgame where is oodles of material ahead.

Back to the puzzle. Once you have eliminated 27...Qxf1+ and 27...Bh3, you simply have to look at 27...Nf3+. It's the only other check in the position and we can always hope for 27...Nxf3 28. Kh1? Qxf1#

Anyway, we are in sniffer dog mode and there is an unmistakeable whiff of mate about this position. 27...Nf3+ has got our nostrils twitching.

Then it's a case of working through the three variations after 27...Nf3+:

28. Kh1 Qxf1#

28. exf3 Qxf1+ 29. Kxf1 Bh3+ 28. Kg1 Re1#

28. Kg2 Qxf1+ 29. Kxf1 Bh3#

And in each case white doesn't get the chance for the liberating move Nc3.

Jul-31-14  mathlover: Just play Nf3 man
Jul-31-14  Caissas Clown: Thursday is often,for me,A Day Too Far,but this was relatively easy. I am guessing that several of us sensed there would be a Q sac,but first had to silence the Siren voice , calling out "Noooo!! Can't be - it's not Monday !":-).
Jul-31-14  Refused: <Cheapo by the Dozen: I really struggled with yesterday's puzzle, but got today's easily. Go figure. Maybe the consistent theme -- exchange on the back rank -- helped. Anyhow, the first part of the solution is figuring out why ... Bh3 isn't mate in two-plus-spite-check. The second part is figuring out how to handle White's only serious defense. And so we start with a sacrifice opening a line for a piece that at first blush didn't seem to be needed:

27 ... Nf3+
28 exf3 Bh3
29 Nc3 Qxb1
30 Nxb1 Re1
31/32 ... Rxf1#>

Not working.

27 ... Nf3+
28 exf3 Bh3
29 Nc3 Qxb1
30 Nxb1 Re1
31 Nd2 Rxf1+
32 Nxf1 d'oh!

Jul-31-14  epistle: 27 ... Nf3+
28 exf3 Qxf1+
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  Penguincw: Hmm. This is one of the easiest Thursday puzzles ever (except that I didn't get what will happen if 28.exf3, although the rook should be involved somehow).
Jul-31-14  Castleinthesky: Ah, my kingdom for a Thursday (or in this case, a Queen). This was an intuitive puzzle as the position was very compact and it was immediately clear that mate was the objective. It took me about as long as a Monday to solve it and it looks like other members had the same experience, so I'll give myself a point.
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  kevin86: The queen is sac-ed but black will gain profit from it.
Jul-31-14  prensdepens: <<<<<<<<<<<<chrisowen: If a swan tomb pardon recind for one down e5, blah blah blah >>>>

This is the best annotation I have ever seen since I first opened my eyes.>

No questions need to be asked>>>>>>>>>

<because I have no idea what question to ask.>>>>>

Jul-31-14  patzer2: Timman's 27...Nf3+! solves today's Thursday puzzle with a mate-in-four after 27...Nf3+ 28.exf3 Qxf1+ 29.Kxf1 Bh3+ 30.Kg1 Re1#, or mate-in-three (as in the game continuation) after 27...Nf3+ 28. Kg2 Qxf1+ 29. Kxf1 Bh3#.
Jul-31-14  Pballa: <kevin86: The queen is sac-ed but black will gain profit from it.>

Like mate in 1? lol

Jul-31-14  M.Hassan: Black is a pawn down.
I did the first move right, then stuck
Jul-31-14  cjgone: Very elegant position.
Jul-31-14  thegoodanarchist: I think White should return the pawn with 23.Qc3, to avoid the wicked attack.

Beautiful play by Timman, though.

Jul-31-14  Pedro Fernandez: <<FSR>: ♫ô♫ Basically, it's as easy as pie. ♫ô♫ 27...Nf3+!! 28.exf3 (28.Kg2 Qxf1+!) Qxf1+ 29.Kxf1 Bh3+ 30.Kg1 Re1#> I thought I got it my friend, but I didn't! 27...Bh3 28.Nc3! Nf3+ 29.exf3 Qxb1 30.Nxb1 Re1 31.Nd2 1-0!! LOL! (I didn't check the white last move).
Jul-31-14  TheBish: E Torre vs Timman, 1982

Black to play (27...?) "Medium"

Black mates with 27...Nf3+! 28. Kg2

(28. Kh1 Qxf1# or 28. exf3 Qxf1+! 29. Kxf1 Bh3+ 30. Kg1 Re1#)

28...Qxf1+! 29. Kxf1 Bh3#.

Like many, I suspect, I was going with 28. Kg2 Nd2, which wins the game (a rook after 29. Ne3) but in much less spectacular fashion, until I noticed the queen sac right as I was about to post.

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  kevin86: Ok, I goofed! Forget the fork that wins the rook- Bh3 is checkmate!
Nov-05-16  SpiritedReposte: What a mate.
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  GrahamClayton: Hamburg-TV(B) - 4 player double round-robin
1. Boris Spassky 5/6
2. Jan Timman 3/6
3. Eric Lobron 2/6
4. Eugenio Torre 1.5/6
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