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Garry Kasparov vs Viktor Gavrikov
USSR Championship (1981), Frunze URS, rd 1, Nov-??
Queen's Gambit Declined: Tarrasch Defense. Pseudo-Tarrasch (D30)  ·  1-0



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Dec-09-11  Prosperus: So we have found the second solution!
Dec-09-11  TheoNov: What an interesting game. Tactics abound! Houdini found the earlier possibility 22.Bxf7+! Kxf7 23. Qxh7 with dangerous threats such as Rg6.

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And now, here is another puzzle for you: Can you spot the only move with which Black can now save himself?

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  kevin86: I answered this one correctly-The knight fork/sac allows the rook and queen to come in,with deadly resulys.
Dec-09-11  varishnakov: I also went with the 31.Rxc7 line.

There are many possible continuations in this. One of which is: 31.Rxc7 Qxc7 32.Nd5+ Kd7 33.Qg4+ Kd8 34.Rh8+ Re8 35.Rxe8+ Kxe8 36.Nxc7+ Kd8 37.Qf4

Dec-09-11  EdwardT: Would 31.Nd5+ not work as well?
Dec-09-11  jackalope: <31. Ng6+> fairly leapt off the screen - startled me as this is rated a difficult puzzle. Black's only threat is one rook aimed at the White queen while White enjoys an overwhelming attack on Black's king.

<31.... Kd7 32. Nxe5+ Bxe5 33. Qxe5 Qf8 34. Rhd6+ Qxd6 35. Rxd6+ Kc7 36. Qe7+ Bd7 37. Qxd7#>

<31. ... fxg6 32. Rh7+ Kf8 33. Qxg6 Rf5 34. Rh8+ Ke7 35. Qh7+ Rf7 36. Qe4+ Be5 37. Qxe5+ Be6 38. Qxe6#>

There seems to be any number of mating lines opened after <31. Nh6+>

Time to check...

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  doubledrooks: I went with 31. Ng6+ fxg6 32. Rh7+ Kf8 33. Qf4+.

Now if 33...Bf5, there could follow 34. Rcxc7 Qxc7 35. Rxc7 and:

a. 35...Re7 36. Rxe7 Kxe7 37. Qxb8

b. 35...Rbe8 36. Qh6+ and mates

Dec-09-11  ajile: Wow first time I got 3 times in a row.


31..Ng6+ clears Black's second rank with deadly results.

Dec-09-11  Marmot PFL: Certainly saw this game before as I found Ng6+ almost immediately. Basically giving up the knight to open the 7th rank for Rh7+, king must go back and after Qxg6 there are multiple mate threats.

I remember examining this game when I studied the Tarrasch a few years ago. Later I gave it up as it involves just too much memory and black can quickly get in trouble, as this game shows. Maybe black does better to develop with 13...Bg4 instead of using a tempo on 13...a6 to keep his bishop.

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  chrisowen: 31Nxg6 bring me a higher love, Garry goes for same line as I did it I feel chuffed 31.Ng6+ fxg6 32.Rh7+ Kf8 as far as should have seen simple qxg6, rc7 looks good also poor Gavrikov ill go boil an egg, head up ke7 rc6 decisive king exposure...
Dec-09-11  Patriot: Hi <doubledrooks>. Your move (33.Qf4+) looks winning also. But how about 33...Bf5 34.Qh6+ Ke8 35.Qg7? I don't see a way to stop mate there. And if 33...Rf5, 34.Qh6+ Ke8 35.Qxg6+ Kf8 36.Qg7+ Ke8 37.Rh8+ Rf8 38.Rxf8#.
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  doubledrooks: <Patriot> wrote: <Hi <doubledrooks>. Your move (33.Qf4+) looks winning also. But how about 33...Bf5 34.Qh6+ Ke8 35.Qg7? I don't see a way to stop mate there. And if 33...Rf5, 34.Qh6+ Ke8 35.Qxg6+ Kf8 36.Qg7+ Ke8 37.Rh8+ Rf8 38.Rxf8#.>

I send you my regards, <Patriot>.

To answer your questions:

1. Maybe I'm overlooking something obvious, but I don't see a mate after 35...Re7.

2. I agree that line works; I saw it but didn't type it in.

Thanks for the feedback!

Dec-09-11  TheFocus: It being Kasparov, I immediately thought of Ng6+. Very easy for a Friday puzzle.

I took under a minute overall.

Dec-09-11  TomOhio: Holy moly! I got a Friday one!
Dec-09-11  TheChessGuy: For once I reached the same conclusion as Gazza. Very neat game from his first win of the Soviet championship in Frunze, Kyrgyz SSR during 1981.
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  FSR: <TheChessGuy> You mean first co-win. Kasparov co-won two USSR championships; he never won one outright.
Dec-09-11  mcguigan97: <TomOhio: Holy moly! I got a Friday one!> Me too! including the continuation. A first for me :)
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  Domdaniel: <jackalope & TheFocus> Yep, 31.Ng6+ followed by 32.Rh7+ seemed quite obvious. I wondered why they rated it 'difficult' ... does Black have some better defence?

Not really. I suppose it's 'difficult' because of all the possible tries and tactics, but when you see the winning line you don't need to search further.

Dec-09-11  BOSTER: In India you can meet few alive magic bridges ,which the nature build during 10-15 years. In this game G.Kaspaov built the bridge between c6-h6 much faster.
Dec-09-11  Nemesistic: This is easy for a Friday,i see most other people had no trouble finding the solution either
Dec-09-11  Ratt Boy: As did a few others, I went for ♖xc7+. It's a winning continuation, but of course Kasparov's is winninger. Does that mean that he's a better player than I am?
Dec-09-11  M.Hassan: Last night for "Difficult" category, it was another game that the solution was infact "Easy" It was the game of Alekhine vs Bornholz, 1929. Today on Friday, I see it changed to this one. may be CG has realized that there has been an error somewhere.

For this Puzzle:
"Difficult" White to play 31.?
White has 2 pawns for a Bishop

<if 31...Kd7 32.Nxe5+ Bxe5 33.Qxe5+ Black looses R+B for N>

32.Rh7+ Kf8
33.Qxg6 Qg5
34.Rh8+ Ke7
I think this must be it. Time to check

May-30-12  Anderssen99: Why did Gavrikov choose 30...,Re5? Isn't 30...,Bf5 followed by 31...,Bg6,a better defence?
Dec-28-14  karthick2229: <Anderssen99> Re5 prevents 31Qd5 and 30.. Bf5 dont.
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  perfidious: <FSR....Kasparov co-won two USSR championships; he never won one outright.>

He had better things to do, I think. (laughs)

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