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Lubomir Ftacnik vs Wolfgang Uhlmann
Bucarest (1978), Bucharest ROU, rd 15, Mar-??
Gruenfeld Defense: Three Knights. Hungarian Variation (D93)  ·  1-0



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May-01-05  weirdoid: What a puzzle!

This puzzle remainds me of a quote which (I was told) came from military thinker Clausewitz: all that happen in a war are simple, but those simple things are difficult.

Here we have no flashy moves, just good simple moves. Except that it made it difficult for those who expect thunder and surprises - like me!

May-01-05  fian: LoL :). I cannot see why Re6 is the winning move. But I guess the point of the puzzle is to see why Rxc5 doesnt work.

61. Rxc5 e6+ 62. Rxe6 g1=Q 63. Rc7+ Kf8 and white has to keep checking on c7/c8 because if he tries 64. Rf6+ to queen one of the pawns then 64...Bxf6 65. exf6 would double the pawns and hence would probably lose while 65. Kxf6 loses immediately to 65...Qb6+.

Premium Chessgames Member Here is what Gaprindashvili says:

On the capture of the rook (Rxc5) follows 1...e6+! and all that remains is a forced draw 2 Rxe6 (2 Ke4 Kxg6 3 Rc1 Bf2) 2...g1=Q 3 Rc7+.

1 Rce6!! hiding from the pursuit of the opponent. 1...Rc3 [ if 1...Rc2, then 2 Ra6! Ra2 3 Rxa2 (3 e6+ Kf8 4 Rxa2) 3...e6+ 4 Ke4 Kxg6 5 Rxg2+! or 3 e6+! (Now the pawn is not pinned) 3...Kf8 4 Rxa2. ] 2 Rxg2 Bg3 3 Rg6 h4 4 e6+ Kf8 5 Rd2 Rc8 6 Kg4. Against the manouver Rd2-d5-g5 there is no defence. 1-0

May-01-05  patzer2: I'm putting today's solution 61. Rce6! into my defensive combination collection. The move secures White's winning material advantage, while at the same time containing Black's passed pawn.
May-01-05  halcyonteam: Shouldn't 61. ... Rc2, instead of Rc3

I know it wouldn't hold the pawn long enough for promotion, but that defends the pawn from rook capture.


May-01-05  aw1988: Lol, I had no chance of getting this one. I got all except Sunday though, good week.
May-01-05  queensknight: Ouch! I would hate to have been black in this position...
May-01-05  Saph: What if 61.Rce6 Rc6 ? Does this also draw?
May-01-05  aw1988: Yes, it looks like 61...Rc6!! is also the solution, although I didn't use the computer...
May-01-05  mdorothy: No, the whole point is having the rook on c6 protecting the 6th rank. If black follows with Rc6, white simply takes, and the rook continues to protect e6, so if 62...e6+ 63. Rxe6, the g-pawn falls immediately, and its just too easy.
May-02-05  Saph: Interesting.
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  Richard Taylor: O me miserum! I couldn't get this one - I thought that 61. Rxc5 e6+ 62. Rb:e6 bg1=Q 62.Rc7+ Kf8 64. Rc8+ Kf7 65. Rf6+ B:f6 66. e6+ Ke7 67. Rc7+ Kd8 68. Rd7+ Kc8 69. K:f3 but there were lines such as 69..Qa1+ Kf7 Qh8 and then the h pawn marches or ..even if White captures the pawn a draw by perpetual I thought that (and 65. R -nowhere to go to threaten mate - the Q guards b6)

So I thought that 61. Rca6 might be the move (not thinking of the move I had already seen e6+ !) but even if 61...Rc8 by Black I couldnt see a win...hmmm

It was well played by White !

I dont think I have ever worked everything out in these puzzles as we call them - I've got the main ideas in most cases some I have missed totally and one I think I solved completely - that was Tal-Keene- Keene? although I missed a couple of defensive lines - so

<aw1988> you are doing better than me!! Not that it matters -afer all -only I care!! These situations are very interesting -and usually great fun.

Silly me - I didnt see what (Rce6) is really almost forced - as played...

May-02-05  olaf4lena: Why wouldn't e6 work for a first move, driving the king, then freely capturing the rook and queen/pawn?
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  kevin86: An amusing game-early white sends 2 pieces to the deep queenside-then he rallies to pull out a near-impossible finish!
Apr-24-08  fblin: to olaf4lena: e6 directly is not a feasible move, the pawn is pinned.

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