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Iverhov vs Ilianako
USA corr (1957) (correspondence)
King's Gambit: Accepted. Cunningham Defense (C35)  ·  0-1



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Jul-21-08  TheaN: 1/1

Geez. >_>. This is not even monday material.


As taking the Knight...


...discovers the pin nicely...

-b-(Kf2 Qxh1)

...and Black wins a piece to boot.

And White is hopelessly lost.

Jul-21-08  awfulhangover: A correspondance game! Was white an illiterate?
Jul-21-08  get Reti: First look was Bh3, then Nd3.
Jul-21-08  andymac: <ahmadov> "This was probably Iverhov's first ever corr. game..." - I suspect this was his LAST ever corr. game...
Jul-21-08  johnlspouge: Candidates (8…): Ne3+

8…Ne3+ (threatening 9…Nxd1)

9.dxe3 Qxd1+

White can resign after 8…Ne3+, because he must lose at least Q for N.

<<Samogonka> wrote: It doesn't get no easier...>

Umgangssprache! Very nice! I couldn't express it no better myself...

Jul-21-08  number 23 NBer: Ne3 wins the queen. Perfect Monday puzzle.
Jul-21-08  realbrob: Very easy one, as soon as you notice that the white queen is unprotected... 8.Nf3 is a horrible blunder that allows Black to play 8..Ne3+ and win the queen.

It's amusing when you see this kind of things in a cc game. I wonder if White thought for 3 days before playing Nf3?

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  kevin86: I saw this one in an instant;black wins the queen either by fork of direct capture if the pawn takes the bishop.

Quick knockout EI8HT moves!

Jul-21-08  A.G. Argent: Cute game. And it really don't get no easier.
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  playground player: How does this happen to someone who supposedly knows what he's doing?
Jul-21-08  YouRang: That's about as Mondayish as they come. :-)

Incredible that this was a correspondence game. Perhaps white figured he would have to do any serious thinking until he got past the opening...

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  al wazir: White would have had a decent game after 7. Bxf7+, e.g., 7...Kxf7 8. Nxh4 Nxe4 9. Qh5+ g6 10. Qh6 g5 11. Nf3.
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  Once: Now, that was easy. Just as Mondays ought to be.

But let's rewind to the crunch point in this game. Why did white play the lemon 8. Nf3?

His reasoning probably went something like this. My knight is attacked by the black queen. It's also rather offside (knight ... rim .... dim). So let's bring it back to f3.

At this point, his internal alarm bell should be ringing, but it wasn't. It all looks so safe. The black knight on d5 is attacked by the e4 pawn. The white king is awkwardly placed on f1 but immune from bishop and queen checks.

What clues in the position ought to have warned white to look a little deeper? I think there are at least three clues:

1. The white king and queen are sitting on forkable squares - ie squares of the same colour that can be forked by a single knight move.

2. Black has a far advanced knight - and we know that many classic combinations involve one of those.

3. The queen on d1 is unprotected. John Nunn's advice is that Loose Pieces Drop Off.

These three clues should have prompted white to examine the position carefully for knight forks, especially in correspondence.

We can all spot the winning move when it is presented to us as a "black to play and win" puzzle. But it is harder to spot the same tactic a move earlier when our alarm bells don't ring.

Jul-21-08  ChessWhiz2: That was so darn sad! That's why you never play the King's Gambit. The guy who did was terrible! Was he out of his mind or something??????
Jul-21-08  vangogh228: Another example of the appearance of a guy mucking up the King's Gambit. I've played the King's Gambit literally hundreds of times and I have never lost a single game in the opening. This one was lost because of a blunder unrelated to the opening, but the opening continues to get a bad name.
Jul-21-08  capybara: I found the wining move almost immediately.
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  boz: I saw the winning move even before I looked at the position.
Jul-21-08  DeltaHawk: That was fast solving.
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  Bobsterman3000: Geez soooo hard, this one took me 6 hours to figure out.

Is the solution 8...a6? No
Is the solution 8...b6? No
Is the solution 8...c6? No

and so on and so forth...

Jul-21-08  drnooo: A real mind bender. Why did Tal fall for it. That was his well known alias, Iverhov
Jul-21-08  drnooo: Dont be misled by photo or name, Iverhov was Tal. Just goes to show you what a really strong pack of Russian cigarettes can do to even the best.
Jul-21-08  malbase: It took me 5 seconds to solve,
In 2004 DE Jong Jasp vs. Dekonig W.
Black missed the win, retreated the knight and the game was drawn.
Jul-21-08  padman: Whites best move at this point is to feign a heart attack and upset the pieces..

It's correspondence!?!

Get a relative to write to the opponent and let them know that you've just experienced a heart attack.

Jul-21-08  A.G. Argent: The most incredible thing about this game is that Iverhov allowed Ilianako to pull the move 8...Ne3+ on him twice more, once in Linares in 1963 and again in Split in '72 and they remained famous friends. Right on.
Jul-21-08  patzer2: For today's Monday puzzle solution, Black's 8...Ne3+! combines the Knight Fork and Pin tactics to win the White Queen.

White's blunder was 8. Nf3?? Instead, 8. exd5 = holds the position.

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