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Wlodzimierz Schmidt vs Walter Reimer
Muenchen op (1985)
King's Gambit: Accepted. Greco Gambit (C38)  ·  0-1



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Dec-06-10  Patriot: 40...Qxc2+ 41.Kxc2 Ne3+ and 42...Nxd5 should be winning. Black just needs to keep an eye on the queenside pawns. They are white's only chance.
Dec-06-10  TheBish: W Schmidt vs Reimer, 1985

Black to play (40...?) "Very Easy"

I needed an easy one to help erase my memory of how I botched the last one, after getting the right plan. But Mondays are always too easy! Not sure why everyone loves them... they're almost a waste of time (which is why I often skip on the commentary).

Black is up a piece for two pawns, and now will be up two pieces for two pawns after the mini-combo.

40...Qxc2+ 41. Kxc2 Ne3+ followed by 42...Nxd5.

Dec-06-10  zb2cr: Black is already up by a piece for 2 Pawns. 40. ... Qxc2+ wins another piece, since after 41. Kxc2, Ne3+ forks the Queen.

White has a passed a-file Pawn that could become a nuisance, but with Black having a passed f-file Pawn himself and 2 extra pieces that can be sacrificed if necessary against the White a-Pawn, the win should be easy.

Dec-06-10  M.Hassan: 40......Qxc2+
41.Kxc2 Ne3+ Forking King and Queen
Black gains a Knight.
Dec-06-10  FabrikaLaHun: I'm curious to get a ruling on how much is required to have seen on this puzzle to qualify for full credit on the <al wazir> scale?

I saw the Q sac to the Knight Fork and Kd3 then Nxd5. Should be a winning endgame for Black there.

Dec-06-10  Nullifidian: Saw this immediately, after about five seconds of trying to make a winning or even drawing position for White. *blush* I'm used to puzzles where the Black-to-win diagrams are oriented with Black's pieces at the bottom.

Anyway, Black starts with a sham sacrifice of the queen with 40... ♕xc2+ and then there's the royal fork: 41. ♔xc2 ♘e3+ and 42... ♘xd5 on the next move.

Dec-06-10  TheaN: Monday 6 December 2010


Material: Black up, ♗ vs 2♙

Candidates: Qxc2

After a long absence, most probably caused by some personal problems in 2010, I decided to join you guys again in solving at least Monday through Thursday. Nonetheless, I will do so now untimed; it's up for myself whether I took too long or not. That, and I have no Java in this location which makes the stopwatch not work...

Here, Black sets up an easy fork allowing him all kinds of demolisher pieces for White's pawns with:

<40....Qxc2 41.Kxc2 Ne3 42.Kd3 Nxd5 > Black shouldn't try to play this on routine, seeing that the two extra pawns ultimately form an unparrable threat for the two pieces; that and White may try to go into a ♗+♘ ending. Making sure at least the a-pawn doesn't pass, Black's f-pawn should run through and win him the game.

Dec-06-10  Patriot: <TheaN> Welcome back! I hope all is well.
Dec-06-10  awfulhangover: 40. Qxd5?? must have been insane time trouble.
Dec-06-10  Marmot PFL: Easy problem, and from black's POV an easy game. White gets no attack, just some threats that soon fizzle out. That's how it usually is with the King's Gambit these days.
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  kevin86: The game is won already,black being a piece ahead. With the loan of queen at c2 followed by a fork at e3 gains a knight in interest.

B+N is a difficult win but add pawns and it becomes child's play. Even Chucky could win it!

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  doubledrooks: Welcome back <TheaN>!
Dec-06-10  dzechiel: Black to move (40...?). Black has a bishop for two pawns. "Very Easy."

Sorry for the late start on this position, but I took my mother-in-law to the emergency room last night to get 17 stitches in a gash she opened up above her right eye during a fall.

Today's position is straightforward. Black takes all the wind out of white's sails with:

40...Qxc2+ 41 Kxc2 Ne3+ 42 Kd3 Nxd5

leaving black up two pieces for two pawns. The only question is when white resigned, probably after the initial capture.


White seems a bit more feisty that I would have expected.

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  al wazir: <FabrikaLaHun: I'm curious to get a ruling on how much is required to have seen on this puzzle to qualify for full credit on the <al wazir> scale? I saw the Q sac to the Knight Fork and Kd3 then Nxd5.>

I guess I'm the one best qualified to answer. This is a Monday puzzle, worth only one measly point. You can't get fractions; it's either 1 or 0. You got the point.

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  Once: Here's the position one move before the puzzle. Black has just played the apparent pawn sacrifice d6-d5. It is white to play and lose.

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Now if you are deep in an endgame and your opponent offers you a pawn for free, what's the first thing that you must do? That's right, you should check to see if it's poisoined or not. Let's give the other guy some respect - if he has given a pawn away there is a good chance that he has something to gain by it.

White doesn't have his Bravo Sierra detector set to full, overlooks the threat and grabs the pawn. And then becomes immortalised as a Monday POTD. Move 40 so it could be time pressure.

And it is possible that black was a little disappointed when white took the d5 pawn. Okay, so a win is a win but you want the other guy to make a fight of it. 39....d5 is such a clever move that you ideally want your opponent to see the trap and be forced to make a concession like moving his beautifully centralised queen to d3. Then you artistically and elegantly wrap up the endgame, maybe with Nd6-Nc4/ Ne4 or Qg1/Qb1.

But 40. Qxd5? No, no, no. It's like winning the formula one world championship because your nearest rival got a puncture, or becoming world boxing championship when your opponent trips on an untied shoelace and knocks himself out.

If this was an Errol Flynn movie, say the Adventures of Robin Hood, then 39. Qxd5 is when the baddie drops his sword in the middle of the climactic sword fight. And Robin, ever the gentleman, hands him his sword back before fighting on (and winning, natch).

We'll take the win, of course. There is nothing in the rules which allows us to allow the opponent to replay a bad move. But perhaps the winning would not be quite so sweet.

Or maybe that's just me?

Dec-06-10  estrick: <goldfarbdj: As usual on a Monday, the first thing you look at is the Q sac;>


Dec-06-10  Marmot PFL: <Sorry for the late start on this position, but I took my mother-in-law to the emergency room last night to get 17 stitches in a gash she opened up above her right eye during a fall.>

If that had been my family my dad would have taken the scenic route, or maybe just told her to take a couple aspirin.

Dec-06-10  belgian: First thing I noticed was that the white king and queen seemed conspicuously places. I started looking for the royal fork and found it, but it took me longer than it should have.
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  beenthere240: I like the way that white, 2 pieces down bravely charges off into the queenside at the end. f5 finally took the wind out of his sails.
Dec-06-10  Ferro: caray!
Dec-06-10  Ferro: Bueno b5
Dec-06-10  David2009: So what should White have played instead of the disastrous Qxd5?? at move 40 of W Schmidt vs Reimer, 1985 (see <Once's> diagram below). Crafty End Game Trainer defending colours reversed finds Qe1. Can you find the win? Link:

It is tempting to play Qxe1 - this does win but be very careful. If you are unfamiliar with Crafty EGT, please visit crafty chessforum.

<Whiterook48>: do you remember posting a problem on crafty chessforum <is there a win in this position?>

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There is if you amend the position by adding an extra Black Pawn - see my reply to the Crafty forum two posts later.

Dec-06-10  muralman: White's blunder in taking the poison pawn sets up Monday's puzzle. This was a Tuesday or Wednesday IMO puzzle in that it took some concerted thought to work out all the moves.
Dec-06-10  wals: Yea,for the good old Queen sac, with the obligatory Knight fork.

Rybka 4 x 64.

depth: 19 : 5 min :
White error
(-1.78):10.Nb3. Best, hxg5, -1.04.

depth: 19 : 3 min :
Black blunder
(-0.94):10...Bg4. Best, 0.0.0, -1.78.

depth: 24 : 24 min :
White error
(-1.48):16.Bd5. Best, Re1, -0.83.

depth: 20 : 6 min :
Black blunder
(=-0.39):17...Bxf3. Best, Be6, -1.59.

depth: 20 : 4 min :
Black error
(=-0.15):20...Re8. Best, Qf5, -0.70.

depth: 20 : 22 min :
White error
(-1.32):28.Qe2. Best, Qh1, -0.82.

depth: 20 : 4 min :
White blunder
(-2.44):29.Bxb7. Best, Ne1, -1.38.

depth: 19 : 4 min :
Black error
(-1.86):31...Nf5. Best, Qg1, -2.56.

depth: 19 : 5 min :
White blunder
(-4.38):32.a4. Best, Ka3, - 1.86.

depth: 19 : 4 min :
White error
(-5.63):34.Bd3. Best, Ka3, - 4.38.

depth: 21 : 4 min :
Black blunder
(=0.00):34...f6. Best, Qxd3, -5.99.

depth: 19 : 3 min :
White blunder
(-2.24):35.Qe4. Best, Qh3, =0.00.

depth: 21 : 3 min :
White blunder
(-3.36):38.b4. Best, a5, -2.12.

depth: 21 : 3 min :
Black blunder
(-1.44):38...Qf2. Best, Bd2, -3.36.

depth: 22 : 3 min :
White blunder
(-2.39):39.Kb3. Best, a5, -1.44.

depth: 22 : 3 min :
White blunder
(-5.86):40.Qxd5. Best, Qd3, -2.39.

depth: 17 : 3 min :
White blunder
(-11.20):45.Kb5. Best, Kb3, -7.10.
45...f5. -#18.
White resigned.

Analysis by Rybka 4 x64:

d 22 : 33 min :

1. (-#18): 45.a5 f4[] 46.axb6 cxb6 47.Kc4 f3 48.Kd3 Kf6[] 49.c4 Ke7[] 50.c5 bxc5[] 51.dxc5 Kd8 52.b5 Kc7 53.Ke4 f2 54.Kf5 Bd8 55.Kf4 f1Q+ 56.Ke4 Qxb5 57.Kf4 Kc6 58.Kg4 Qe2+ 59.Kf5 Qg2 60.Kf4

2. (-#13): 45.c4 f4 46.c5 Nd5 47.Kc6 Nxb4+ 48.Kb5 Kf6 49.Kxb4 f3 50.Kb5 f2 51.Kc6 Bf4 52.Kb7 f1Q 53.d5 Qc4 54.d6 Qxc5 55.Kc8 Qxd6 56.a5 c6

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  wordfunph: 40...Qxc2+! and one piece up..

if 41.Kxc2 then Ne3+ forking the King and Queen.

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