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Nigel Short vs Ljubomir Ljubojevic
Phillips & Drew Kings (1982), London ENG, rd 13, Apr-30
Sicilian Defense: Canal Attack (B51)  ·  0-1



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Jan-28-14  Matein9: 27.BC5 () looks too artificial. perhaps 27.Nf5() if you really feeling sexy on the day!
Jan-28-14  HowDoesTheHorsieMove: Too tough for me. Good puzzle, though.
Jan-28-14  JG27Pyth: Much harder than the usual Tuesday! I can usually count on getting thru Thrusday without much trouble but I failed here. -- sincerely, LifePatzerJG

But it _should_ have been easy. You just need to notice the king is boxed in (as <LMAJ> helpfully pointed out)and think about exploiting that... a lesson I learned (years ago) precisely from solving these puzzles! Ugh.

Jan-28-14  john barleycorn: Are we in a contest for hkotd caissars?
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  agb2002: Black has a bishop for a knight.

White threatens 38.Rxf3.

Black can threaten mate in two with 37... Re8:

A) 38.Rxf3 Ree1 and mate soon (39.Rb7+ Kxh6 40.Rh3+ Kg5 41.Rg3+ Kf4).

B) 38.Rd2 Rxf1 - + [B].

C) 38.c3 Ree1 - +.

Jan-28-14  Beancounter: Always good to see Shorty getting tonked.
Jan-28-14  RandomVisitor: After 3...Nd7:

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Rybka 4.1 x64:

<[+0.19] d=27 4.a4> Ngf6 5.Nc3 e5 6.0-0 Be7 7.d3 0-0 8.a5 Nb8 9.Bd2 h6 10.Re1 Qc7 11.h3 Nc6 12.Bc4 a6 13.Nd5 Nxd5 14.exd5 Nd4

Jan-28-14  BOSTER: The inaccessible fortress built by white pawns b2,b3 and black b4, a5 ,where white king had to stay too long looks like Castle of If.
The fat shadow from the long range rook on d1 ,cut the day light and all hopes to escape. The story knows only one escape -Monte Cristo.
Jan-28-14  awfulhangover: I gave up. It seemed too easy. When I looked at the solution, I noticed that it was black's move :-)
Jan-28-14  BOSTER: <sfm: The hardest Tuesday I can recall.> The pattern ,when the players use the mating net created by such pawn structure like in POTD ,is very popular. Ex. Alekhine vs Colle

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White to play.

Jan-28-14  GREYSTRIPE: black♖f7 protects the ♔black and is square...
Jan-28-14  GREYSTRIPE: Nigel Short vs Ljubomir Ljubojevic
Phillips & Drew Kings (1982) · Sicilian Defense: Canal Attack (B51) · 0-1

Below manifest for same:--88

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  Once: This is one of those "easy when you know the pattern" sort of gubbins.

Purdy told us to "examine moves that smite". And 99 times out of 100, he's right. Checks, captures, threats and all that macho stuff.

But not today. 37...a4 begs to be examined because ... because 99 times out of 100 it would be the answer. Push the pawn that opens line against the stalemated white king. And I'm willing to bet that 99% of us started out on today's Tuesday adventure absolutely convinced that the answer was going to begin with "a" and end with "4".

Except that it doesn't work. If anything 37...a4 lets the white king out of his prison cell via bxa4 and Kb3.

So if the machismo doesn't work, what do we try? Well, it's time for a bit of emotional intelligence. Getting in touch with our feminine sides. Unless you are already a female of the feminine persuasion in which case it's just getting in touch with your ... ahem ... side. Or something like that.

So it's time to wear a splash of pink, share a gossip over a skinny latte, buy some shoes, have a hug, allow yourself the chance to cry, have another hug.

In other words, it's time for a spot of empathy.

No, not empathy with the Ra8. We know what he wants (don't they all?). He just wants a full frontal assault down the a file. He's nothing but trousers, testosterone and Purdy's moves that smite.

No, we need to get in touch with the white king on a2. What does he want? what does he really want? Really? And don't tell me that what he really really wants is to zig-a-zig ah. We tried that brand of girl power and it turned out to be little more than marrying a famous footballer and buying lots of handbags. Oh, and naming your kids after the place where they were conceived. Which is possibly why the Best Boy in the World rejoicing in the middle name of Caravan. Or then again maybe not.

What does the white king on a2 want? What all men want - freedom. He is stuck in a dead-end relationship caused by the pawns on b2,b3, b4 and a5. And that's the clue. The white king would love to break up those pawns. Or as the Queen B would have said, if you like it then you should have put a ring on it. So put your hands up ...

That means that the very last thing we should be doing is playing 37...a4. Why break up the pawns that are doing such a good job?

And as my first wife (aka the ice queen) knew only too well, sometimes you need to know what someone wants in order to give them the opposite.So what does the white king not want? A nasty check on a1, that's what.

And that is all she wrote, girlfriend. Talk to the hand. Leave dem pawns where dey be. Give away that good fer nothing bishop. Slap down Re8 then R8e1 then Ra1#. Sure he gets to wriggle and play some moves in between. But he's stitched up as tightly as a Gucci handbag. He just doesn't know it yet.

Jan-28-14  Shamot: <Once:....he's stitched up as tightly as a Gucci handbag.> Well knit, sir, as usual!
Jan-28-14  Patriot: Material is even.

White's king is stalemated and threatens 38.Rxf3.

37...a4 looks interesting but I don't see anything there.

37...Rae8 is very strong threatening mate in 2.

38.Rxf3 R8e1 39.Rb7+ Kxa6 40.Rh3+ Kg5 41.Rg3+ Kf4

38.Rd2 Rxf1 39.Rd7+ Kxa6

Jan-28-14  Patriot: I meant 39...Kxh6 - I hate it when I do that!

Usually I get Tuesday's in a few seconds but not this!

Jan-28-14  thegoodanarchist: Hard for a Tuesday. Took too long to get!
Jan-28-14  Jim Bartle: This is I did see quickly. For some reason I thought of Karpov vs Taimanov, 1977 and though this one's quicker, it gave me the idea.
Jan-28-14  haydn20: This is a Tuesday? Guess I'm a moron--25 min.!
Jan-28-14  Aware: I didn't get it. I gave up mainly because I'm use to getting Tues puzzles so quick. Definitely not a Tues level puzzle.
Jan-28-14  shrdlu: I got this _because_ it was Tuesday.

I looked at 37... a4 and gave up on it. Then I looked at 37... Bd5, which pins the b-pawn, prepares ...a4, and could lead to the fantasy variation

38. Rd2 Rxd2
39. Nxd2 a4
40. Rxb4 ab+
41. Kb1 Ra1+!
42. Kxa1 bxc2

(Lots of things wrong with that, starting with 38. Ne3)

Then I thought, "Tuesday puzzles aren't that deep. Maybe if the other rook moves - aha!"

Naturally that's a terrible way to think about a real game. Nobody's going to tell you when you have a "Wednesday" opportunity.

On the other hand, it could be useful to ask yourself, "If I make that move, am I giving my opponent a Monday?"

Jan-28-14  Cheapo by the Dozen: Nice one, <BOSTER>
Jan-29-14  mel gibson: I looked at a4 then gave up to see the answer.
It wasn't so easy.
Jan-30-14  kevin86: Put both rooks on the eighth and soon will be mate!
Dec-08-16  Saniyat24: This Game could have a pun like,"Long Wall,fell Short". What a wall of pawns Ljubojevic had as a defensive set-up for his King...!
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