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Garry Kasparov vs Stefano Tatai
Chess Olympiad (1986), Dubai UAE, rd 13, Nov-29
Queen's Gambit Declined: Ragozin Defense (D38)  ·  1-0



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May-05-05  panigma: Here's my question about play at this level...why does black play 40...♔xd6 at all? Fine, he sees that white will win the queen if he moves 40...♔d8 and in his mind he figures that if he sees it, then Kaspy sees it too. But if his intent is to make SURE Kaspy has seen it before resigning, why not move to d8, which is a tougher line for white for capturing the Q?
May-05-05  Saph: <panigma> Interesting point about which play to choose for resigning etiquette.

<Ezzy> plonker.. nice word. ;)

I just wish I could see Qh6+ in my everyday games.

May-05-05  stigant: Woot - got a thursday puzzle! And relatively quickly. But I was looking for a way to force the king into a knight fork from yesterday. I'm proud that I saw the queen-skewer (a similar idea) though.
May-05-05  YouRang: This puzzle was certainly easier than yesterday's! At first glance, it looks like black is winning. White appears to have just one threatening move (Qh6+ of course). From there, it's easy to spot the simple skewer tactic (or if 39... Kg8 40.Qxg6+ and mate next move).

My only surprise is that Tatai played all the way into the skewer on move 41.

May-05-05  zb2cr: Found it relatively easily. After convincing myself there was no way to lure Black's Bishop away so that Qe8+ worked, I tried Qh6+ and saw the skewer shortly thereafter.
May-05-05  Shokwave: I got this one, the opening move was very obvious, but it took me a couple of minutes to really think through all the lines and make sure it was the BEST move.
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  kevin86: This one is rather obvious,but sometimes that's what can make it tough. It is a great whim of chess that the win of the queen is so inevitable,though she is so far away.
May-05-05  halcyonteam: Easy, get the idea in no time.
May-05-05  Castle In The Sky: The motto of this game is "Thou shalt not pawn snatch" 38...♕xa3?? started the losing tactical sequence. Better perhaps would have been to trade off queens, which still would have left white with a passed pawn on the fifth rank and a more active king.
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  patzer2: Today's puzzle solution 39. Qh6+!! is a little difficult to classify, since it involves several basic tactical themes:

39. Qh6+!! is a deflection

40. Qg7+! is a second deflection, but more importantly it is also a double attack (threatening a winning skewer as in the game or the threat of discovered check, as pointed out in <who>'s earlier post).

I think I'll put it in my double attack collection, since the double attack threat created by 40. Qg7+ is the decisive blow.

May-05-05  Shams: <Castle In The Sky> <Better perhaps would have been to trade off queens, which still would have left white with a passed pawn on the fifth rank and a more active king.> not to mention the immediate win of the c4 pawn, plus no weaknesses to worry about. The ending would be absolutely hopeless for black. I think we would need to go back a good deal further to find any saving chances for Tatai.
Premium Chessgames Member It's true, the puzzles have been easy this week. But be warned: tomorrow and the weekend should more than make up for it!
May-05-05  zb2cr: <Shams>,

You wrote "not to mention the immediate win of the c4 pawn, plus no weaknesses to worry about."

I'm not seeing what you're talking about.
After the Queen swap <Castle In the Sky> advocated, 38 ... Qxe3+; 39 Kxe3, b5 the c4-Pawn doesn't drop. True, after 40 a4, a6; 41 axb5, axb5; 42 Kd4, Ke7; 43 Kc5 White looks likely to win Black's Queenside Pawns--but I don't classify that as "immediate". Also in that variation, Black can set the trap 43 ... b4?!; 43 Nxc4, bxc3; 44 Ne3, Ba4! when Black doesn't look lost by any stretch.

Can you please explain what I've missed in your reasoning and my subsequent analysis?

May-05-05  Shams: <zb2cr> o strange named one, thank you for your interesting analysis. you are RIGHT! I was one tempo off in my brain. do you ever have days like that? I literally saw it as the immediate win of the pawn, i.e. Nxc4. sigh. dumb shammies.

how about:
39.Kxe3 b5
40.a4 a6
41.a5! (it's not often the knight can zug the bishop but I think this might be the key here) ...Ke7 42.Ne4 f5 (to gain d6 for the king, but if black has an improvement it's likely here) 43.Nc5 Bb8
44.Kd4 Kd6
45.f4 1-0

thanks for calling me on my b.s.
how does that line look to you?

May-05-05  aw1988: This was easy, due to the simple fact that white has too little material to really do anything else to win.
May-05-05  riqhi: yes, it was easy for a thursday puzzle.
May-05-05  ChessChimp: (39. Qh6+) (LADY) (GIVE) (MAN) (PONY) (LADY) (EAT) (LADY) (FOOD?)
May-05-05  aw1988: What??
May-05-05  dac1990: Um, primate musings aside, I got this one. Things to note: undefended pieces (d7 and a3).
May-05-05  notyetagm: 39 ♕h6+ and then

39 ... ♔g8? 40 ♕xg6+ ♔h8 (40 ... ♔f8 41 ♕f7#) 41 ♘f7#

39 ... ♔e7 40 ♕g7+! ♔d8 (40 ... ♔xd6? 41 ♕f8+ and 42 ♕xa3) 41 ♕f8+ ♔c7 (41 ... ♗e8 42 ♕xe8+ ♔c7 43 ♘b5+ and 44 ♘xa3) 42 ♘b5+ ♗xb5 43 ♕xa3

So the winning tactics are <skewer> (40 ... ♔xd6? 41 ♕f8+ and 42 ♕xa3) and <discovered attack> (41 ♕f8+ ♔c7 42 ♘b5+ ♗xb5 43 ♕xa3).

May-05-05  zb2cr: <Shams>,

The line you present looks much more convincing. As to your comment on having days when brain function seems suspect, I have those all the time. This is why I asked, since I sometimes overlook moves when analyzing.

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  Richard Taylor: 29..Qh6 sems bad ...better to stay in the cemtre with 29...Qf7 - no?
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  patzer2: Decided to reclassify the combination as a skewer, as that's how the game ended. However, it could as easily have ended with a discovered check.
Sep-23-05  ChessMan94: I think Black had good options afer 29 ...Qh6. Kasparov moves 30.Qc2 and probably Tatai could have moved 30 ...Kg7. Assuming Kasparov still moves 31.e4 Tatai can reply with 31 ...Rh8 which I think applies enormous pressure on the h file. This could then be followed with 32 ...Bh3. Can anyone spot any interesting variations if Black had played 30 ...Kg7?
Sep-23-05  RookFile: 30..... Kg7 31. e4 dxe4 32. Nxe4 0.47

30..... Kg7 31. e4 Rh8 32. exd5 Qh2+
33. Kf1 1.31


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