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Israel Albert Horowitz vs Reuben Fine
Match (1934), rd 1, Jun-??
Dutch Defense: Classical. Ilyin-Zhenevsky Variation General (A97)  ·  0-1



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Dec-03-03  Catfriend: Total domination. a typical victory by Fine, and a fine one!
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  Mating Net: I'm surprised this game hasn't been kibitzed more. This is an awesome K side attack by Fine. How about Black's use of his Queen's Knight? The Knight journeys from b8 all the way to h3 to crack open White's K side. That's 5 moves. White is only down his g pawn, but is deader than a door nail with his King in double check and mate to follow by ...29 Rg1#.
Apr-24-07  LivBlockade: <Mating Net: I'm surprised this game hasn't been kibitzed more.> Black to play on move 26 might make a nice Tuesday or Wednesday puzzle - that'll bring out the kibitzers.
May-15-08  dzechiel: White to move (26?). Material even. "Medium."

Well, at first glance one would think that black has the upper hand. White has only one piece beyond the second rank, while black is bearing down on the white king. If it was black to play, there appears to be a quick mate with

26...Ng3+ 27 Kg1

Not 27 Nxg3 Qxh2#

27...Nh3+ 28 Bxh3 Nxe2+ 29 Kh1 Rg1#

I like this combination so much, I'm going to go out on a limb here and predict that it IS black's move, and that the "White to play" caption is a typo.

Time to check.


OK, I was right. The position shown is for white's 26th move, but the combination takes place one move later after 26 Rf2, and it's essentially the same as what I predicted.

May-15-08  inthestepsofTal: This is quite typical of how slow queenside play doesn't work against the dutch as it does against the KID. After move 15 black has a 20th move KID attack, whereas white is completely stuck on the queenside.

10.dxe5 dxe5 11.e4 seems more to the point.

May-15-08  RookFile: The game resembles a standard King's Indian crush by black, with the exception that here, the bishop is on e7 rather than g7.
May-15-08  zooter: What's the point? I've already seen the should I use hindsight to see whether I would have found Ng3+ in the position...well I guess so...
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  whiteshark: The 3 ♘ moves came quite easily to me. :D
May-15-08  mkrk17: I too saw the puzzle quite early when it was published, and it did show it as "White to move". The only thing i could get for white was to try and trap the black queen, but wasnt too sure of how that could happen when black can mate quickly
May-15-08  goldfarbdj: I saw this one after the position and "to move" had been corrected...and I have to say that I found it to be easier than this week's Monday. Qxh2+ and Ng3+ were the obvious candidate moves, and after looking at 26. ... Qxh2+ 27. Nxh2 Ng3+ 28. Kg1 and seeing that black has no followup, I turned to Ng3+ and found the right line quickly.
May-15-08  goodevans: Not difficult to spot, but very pretty all the same.
May-15-08  Samagonka: Too much analysis for me, though the first knight move was easy to spot.
May-15-08  znprdx: This is a controlled demolition. As said < domination> Fin(e)-ding(!) the forced sequence was the problem. However it is a good exercise to try all the approaches...almost everything wins - probably even 26.....Qx[R]f2. I even found a line with Nxf3.
May-15-08  Unrated07: Is this an alternative solution?

28. Bxh3 - Nxe4+
29. Kh1 - Nxf2+
30. Qxf2 - Qxf2

And we are basically back to the original games possibilities.

Any thing wrong with my logic, or is this working?

May-15-08  arnaud1959: Quite easy. When I saw the diagram I thought it was a KID but amazingly it's a Dutch.
May-15-08  gtgloner: Got the right move, but missed the correct follow-up.
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  johnlspouge: Thursday (Medium): Black to play and win.

Material: Even. Black has built an impressive K-side attack on a local spatial advantage, and the White position is cramped and passive. The Rh8 and Qh4 form a potential battery on the h-file opposite Kh1, after Nh5 moves. The Rg6 is on a semi-open g-file, although Ng5 presently obscures it. In addition, both Bd7 and Be7 have access to an open diagonal, again presently obscured. The White Ra1, Bc1, and Nc3 are unavailable for defense, so Black has an overwhelming local superiority and can sacrifice if necessary to focus the attack.

Candidates (26): Ng3+

26Ng3+ (threatening 27Qxh2#)

27.Kg1 Nh3+ 28.Bxh3 Ne2+ 29.Kh1 Rg1#

It is surprising that the position is a fast forced mate, and White has only one choice on how he will die.

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  johnlspouge: <<dzechiel> wrote: I like this combination so much, I'm going to go out on a limb here and predict that it IS black's move, and that the "White to play" caption is a typo.>

I was up late last night but went to bed after I saw the original posting, thinking that would discover their error before I awoke.

I never go out on a limb, unless I have to ;>)

May-15-08  tjshann: I saw the original posting "White to Play" last night, pondered a bit and went to bed. I was unfamiliar with this particular game, but did wonder how Horowitz was going to be able to beat Fine in that position and shared the suspicions of others that Fine had all the threats.
May-15-08  TheaN: 4/4

Woah, easy Thursday, but I don't mind.

26....Ng3+ is mate in four, not so strange, though. White coordinates completely wrong.

27.Kg1 (Nxg3 Qxh2#) Nh3+ 28.Bxh3 Ne2++ 29.Kh1 Rg1#, the double check is probably the key move.

May-15-08  zenpharaohs: Wow, this was incredibly hard. Then this morning I see it has changed to "Black to Play"...
May-15-08  lost in space: My post 10 hours ago was deleted from whomever whyever (maybe from chessgames due to the mistake about who to move)

What I stated there was:
Position is looking similar to a position from the kings indian defence (but with a pawn on g7).

26... ♘g3+ ♔g1 (♘xg3 is mate in one) 27. ♘h3+ (maybe even ♘xf3 is possible?!) ♗xh3 28. ♘e2+ and I saw no defence for White.

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  kevin86: I missed this one;the only try i had was Qxh2+?,of course,countered by Nxh2. I thought there was a win in there somewhere,but I couldn't find it. :(

The finish was elegant: After 29 ♔h1 ♖g1#. Funny,white could capture the knight in three ways or interpose on the rook check in four ways--alas,the only move to counter bOTH checks is ♔h1.

May-15-08  sleepyirv: For a Thursday puzzle that was pretty easy. Blacks domination on Kingside cannot be ignored.
May-15-08  YouRang: Got it. The idea of attacking with the knights to open files for the rooks is quite obvious. The first move is easy: 26...Ng3+! delivers check and opens the h-file for the rook, pinning Ph3. Even better, it can't be taken due to 27.Nxg3 Qxh2#.

So white must play 27.Kg1, and the next move is pretty clear also: 27...Nh3+ opening the g-file for the other rook and forcing 28.Bxh3.

Here is really the first time we have to think -- but not too hard: Moving the g3 knight is sure tempting due to the discovered check. My first idea was 28...Nxe4 winning the queen (29.Bg2 Nxd2) which is probably good enough. But one should always look at <double-check> opportunities -- they are often juicy and deadly.

Here, considering the double-check is rewarded by finding a pretty forced mate: 28...Ne2++!! 29.Kh2 Rg1#

Excellent puzzle. :-)

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