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Andrei Maksimenko vs Igor V Glek
Copenhagen BSF (1995), Copenhagen DEN, rd 3, Mar-??
French Defense: King's Indian Attack (C00)  ·  1-0



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Dec-19-12  Abdel Irada: <<•>The Thirty-Second Move<•>>

Our puzzle is set at move 32, and it takes about 30 seconds to find and provisionally verify the key move:

<<•>32. Re8†...>

Now Black has to decide: to take, or not to take? First, let's assume he does.

<(1) 32. ...Rxe8>

Note that the pin is now broken. This means we can take the queen without losing our own.

<33. Nxd6...>

We now have a queen for a rook and pawn, but this doesn't mean the game is over. First, we must meet Black's counterplay.

<33. ...Re1†
34. Kh2, Re2>

Black threatens to even the score with ...Rxf2†. But now it's our turn again.

<35. Qf8†, Kc7
36. Ne8†!...>

Since 36. ...Rxe8 is obviously hopeless, Black has four king moves to consider.

<(1.1) 36. ...Kb8?
37. Qd6† >

Black will be mated: (a) 37. ...Kb7?; 38. Bc8†!, Ka8 (38. ...Kxc8?; 39. Qc7#); 39. Nc7†, Kb8; 40. Nxa6††, Ka8; 41. Qb8# or Qc6#, or (b) 37. ...Ka8; 38. Qd8†, Bc8 (38. ...Kb7; 39. Qc8#); 39. Qxc8#.

<(1.2) 36. ...Kd8
37. Nf6†, Kc7
38. Qf7† >

More mayhem: (a) 38. ...Kd8??; 39. Qd7#. (b) 38. ...Kd6; 39. Qxd5†, winning another piece. (c) 38. ...Kc6; 39. Qxd5†, ditto. (d) 38. ...Kb8; 39. Nd7† and one of (d.1) 39. ...Kb7; 40. Qxd5†, Kc7; 41. Qxd4, or (d.2) 39. ...Ka8; 40. Qg8†, Kb7 (40. ...Bc8??; 41. Qxc8#); 41. Qxd5†, Kc7; 42. Qxd4, or (d.3) 39. ...Kc8; 40. Nc5†, Kb8 (40. ...Kd8??; 41. Qd7#); 41. Nxa6†, Ka8; 42. Qxd5#, or (d.4) 39. ...Kc7; 40. Ne5† and now (d.4.1) 40. ...Kd8??; 41. Qd7#, or (d.4.2) 40. ...Kb8?; 41. Nc6†, Ka8; 42. Qxa7#, or (d.4.3) 40. ...Kd6; 41. Qd7†!, Kxe5 (41. ...Kc5; 42. Qc6#); 42. Qe6#.

<(1.3) 36. ...Kc6
37. Qd6†, Kb5>

Or (a) 37. ...Kb7?; 38. Bc8†!, mating as in variation (1.1), note (a).

<38. Bf1 >

Black loses everything.

<(1.4) 36. ...Kb7
37. Qf7† >

Cannon to the left of me...: (a) 37. ...Ka8; 38. Qxd5† and either (a.1) 38. ...Kb8; 39. Qd8†, Bc8 (39. ...Kb7; 40. Qc8#); 40. Qxc8#, or (a.2) 38. ...Bb7; 39. Qd8†, Bc8; 40. Qxc8#. (b) 36. ...Kc6; 37. Qc7†, Kb5; 38. Bf1.

As we have now confirmed, Black can't give up the queen and survive. Let us therefore examine the lines where he doesn't.

<<•>(2) 32. ...Kc7>

Not (a) 32. ...Bc8?; 33. Nxd6, Rxf3; 34. Rxc8#. Nor (b) 32. ...Kb7?; 33. Nxd6† .

<<•>33. Rxf8 >

White has won at least a piece.

<<•>34. Qf4†, Be5>

Alternatives: (a) 34. ...Kc6?; 35. Ne5†, winning the queen. (b) 34. ...Kb7?; 35. Nd6†, again winning the queen.

<<•>35. Qxe5† >

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[The position after 35. Qxe5†]

Black is already a piece down, and his tribulations continue. But I doubt you'll need thirty seconds to see that.

Dec-19-12  Abdel Irada: Interesting. With the subtraction of the move-pair 33. ...Re1†; 34. Kh2, the game followed my variation (1.3).
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  agb2002: White has a bishop and a knight for the bishop pair and a pawn.

The black rook pins the knight. This suggests 32.Re8+ to divert or eliminate it:

A) 32... Rxe8 33.Nxd6 Re1+ 34.Kh2 and Black has no compensation for the material loss.

B) 32... Kb7 33.Nxd6+ and 34.Qxf8 is a massacre.

C) 32... Kc7 33.Rxf8

C.1) 33... Qxf8 34.Qf4+

C.1.a) 34... Kb7 35.Nd6+ wins the black queen.

C.1.b) 34... Kc6 35.Ne5+ wins the black queen.

C.1.c) 34... Be5 35.Qxe5+ and White has a knight for a pawn and a winning attack against the black king.

C.2) 33... Bxf2+ 34.Qxf4 Qxf8 35.Qf4+ is even worse than C.1.

Dec-19-12  sushijunkie: #$~!#@~, got move order wrong. ZERO.
Dec-19-12  Abdel Irada: To variation (2) in my solution post please substitute:

<<•>33. Rxf8, Qxf8> (in lieu of "<<•>33. Rxf8 >"),

while noting that not taking the rook simply leaves Black a rook down.

Dec-19-12  morfishine: Looks like a pure tactical problem. My first candidate is 32.Re8+

<32.Re8+ Kc7> 32...Rxe8 33.Nxd6 Re2 34.Qxd5 and White wins

<33.Rxf8 Qxf8 34.Qf4+> and White wins:

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(a) 34...Kb7 35.Nd6+ winning the Black Queen

(b) 34...Kc6 35.Ne5+ winning the Black Queen

(c) 34...Be5 35.Qxe5+ White winning handily

So, Black did take the rook and White followed with 34.Qf8+ (stronger than my 34.Qxd5). Interesting series of moves

Dec-19-12  gofer: A nice example of how looks can be deceiving. Black looks okay, but...

<32 Re8+ Kc7>
<33 Rxf8 Qxf8>
<34 Qf4+ Be5>
<35 Qxe5+ ...>

35 ... Kb7
36 Qxd5+ Kc7 (Kb8 Bg2 )
37 Qd7+ Kb8
38 Nd8

36 ... Kc6
37 Qf6 Kc5 (Kc7 Qf4+ or Kb7/Kb6 Nd6+ )
38 Qc3+ Bc4 (Kb5 Bd7#)
39 Qb4+ Kc6
40 Qxc8


I can see why black gave up her queen for the rook (given the alternatives above), but either way its a pretty forlorn hope that black can win or even draw after that...

Dec-19-12  wlg: 32.Re8+ Kc7 33.Rxf8 and white wins
If 33....Qxf8 34.Qf4+ 35.N+ and 36.Qxf8

Interesting to see too: If 12....Nxe5 13.Nxe5 Qxe5 14.Bf4 Qd5 15.Nf6+ and white wins

Nice Tactical game!

Dec-19-12  Kikoman: <Re8+> and that's it. Weather Black takes the Rook or not, he lose. :)
Dec-19-12  Bengambit: 33...Re1+ could buy some time for black,but the well centered Knight at d6 has all of the board on lock down.
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  Oxspawn: White to play
White has the black queen in its power but pressing the trigger exposes the white queen to the black rook – in what is called in cowboy films, a Mexican standoff, but probably not if you are Mexican. Anyway, the accepted method of dealing with such a standoff in a cowboy film is to introduce another pressure point. Hope it works on the board.

<32. Re8+> If black takes the rook, the queen is gone and if it declines, the rook is lost. So not much choice. <32. ……….. Rxe8> and seeing a glimmer of hope in the way the white king is hemmed in.

<33. NxQ Re1+>
Now if the white bishop intervenes, white is in some trouble.

<34. Bf1 Rxf1+>
<35. Kg2 Rxf2+>
<36. Qxf2 Bxf2>
<37. Kxf2> leaves white with a knight and four pawns against a black bishop and five pawns. So try instead
<34. Kh2 Bxf2
35. Qxf2 Re2>
regains the queen, albeit at high cost (rook, bishop and queen in return for rook pawn and queen) So what if white does not take the bishop but makes room for an escape route

<35. g4 Bg1+
36. Kg3 Re3>
and again the queen is lost although white is still up. If instead of Kg3 white plays
<36. Kg2> black can introduce the white squared bishop <36. Bf1+ 37. Kxg1 Bf2+> revealed check and the queen is again lost and this time black still has the rook. I think Re8+ is the move but I don’t think either queen survives the carnage and it seems to me that black still has high hopes in the end game. What fundamental did I not see?

Dec-19-12  gofer: For those that would like to see what alternatives are out there...

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  PawnSac: The theme of the day is DEFLECTION with Re8+

If black declines the rook, then

..Kb7?? Nxd6+ or

..Kc7 Rxf8 Qxf8 Qf4+ and every white square around the king is subject to a knight check with discovered attack on blacks queen.

If black accepts the rook with Rxe8 then Nxd6 and white has a queen to blacks rook. Black has no real counterplay, with something like Re2 (Re1+ gets nowhere) and he leaves his back rank open for white invasion. White will drive the black king to b5 then pin the rook with Bf1, or drive the king to b7 with some sequence like Qf8+ Kc7 Ne8+ Kc6 Qd6+ Kb7 then play Qxd5+ Kb8 Qd8+ Kb7 Qc8#

Dec-19-12  JohnBoy: The puzzle was not that difficult. What I like about the game is the way white handled the sequence 20.d5 -> 26.Nxe6. Very forceful initiative.
Dec-19-12  QueenMe: Got the first move right away, though it took me a while to see how White should answer 32) ... ♔c7. I guess it was because I was hung up on the knight going back to d8, instead of d6.
Dec-19-12  Marmot PFL: Re8+ easy to find, then some calculation to solve fully (which I did not do), as black's counter-attack could be a problem if not met accurately.
Dec-19-12  Razgriz: Trading queens was useless until I saw the rook sacrifice at Rxe8+, all hell broke loose afterwards.
Dec-19-12  morfishine: <PawnSac> Well put!
Dec-19-12  gars: Howdy there!
There must be a vast number of books which analyze Fischer's games and when I say "analyze" I mean with words explaining the ideas behind the moves, the plans of both players and not those idiot Informant-style symbols and ciphers, which can be good when your ELO is past 2500, but, unfortunately that's not the case. So, I welcome all suggestions. Thanks a lot.
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  chrisowen: At get go 32.re8+ he in rag eli lop 32...Rxe8 otherwise debatable a

king up ply in concrete analysis 32...Kc7 33.re6 or (33.Rxf8 qxf8

qf4+ Kc6 and have knight check in e5, queen flashing off f8,

33...qf6 34.Qxf6 Bxf6 at effectively over the bishops are no match

in flare up rookf8 at sonambulist in him heading off re walk over f6

doesnt a stem the flow ergo ng5 or nh8 Ive won a piece, in cricking

back to re6 blacks cant avoid offhand queen doubled in f4 after f2

referral one aim 33...Bxf2+ 34.Qxf2 again staff in door whites

secret punch in a6 or f8 give spark plug in e6 rook too dominant it

another bind bishop back up hoi polloi now cloth in king stay also

readress what if f8 any it field in d6 drops off is there evermore

in e8 to e2 after nd6? Go heckler f8 in check ko in us bake light

brethren king get worry in light has kingc7, lucky game kaputz in


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  kevin86: I saw the first move,but missed the power of the knight check and attack on the queen!
Dec-19-12  LIFE Master AJ: 32.Re8+ wins the BQ, the second player looks to be too exposed not to lose this one.
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  Penguincw: I don't think the puzzle was too hard. Just find the first few moves, and it's a way anyway.
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  Jambow: Came blitz quick, deflect the R attacking whites Q then take blackes Q open game with a queen and checks no troubles.
Dec-21-12  Abdel Irada: <sushijunkie>, I think you should start collaborating with <Kikoman>. The combination is a natural winner.

Better yet, if both of you can join forces with <Wasabi>, the picture will be complete.

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