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Arturo Reggio vs Jacques Mieses
"Mieses Pieces" (game of the day Feb-16-2018)
Monte Carlo (1903), Monte Carlo MNC, rd 15, Mar-02
Sicilian Defense: Four Knights. Exchange Variation (B45)  ·  0-1



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Mar-08-06  RandomVisitor: <Fezzik>After 26.Rh1 Qxa2 White has:

27.Rc1 Re8 (forced)
28.Bf6 Re7 (or Qa5+ Kf1 Qb5+ Kg1 Re7)

and Black must offer his Rook in exchange for the Bishop.

White seems to have some kind of counterplay to whatever Black chooses as his 26th move.

Mar-08-06  dakgootje: <raydot>

On-topic again: nice puzzle, but first thought Bh4, and realised that the king could escape, but was to lazy to click on the previous bottun before this page had loaded

Mar-08-06  YouRang: <For those suggesting 22...Rxg2>, how do you reply to 23. Rd2. If 23...Rxd2 24. Kxd2, then what?
Mar-08-06  Mating Net: I think that prior knowledge of the epaulette mating pattern was necessary to spot this combination. A nice mixture of interference, removal of the guard, and a skewer.

However, in spite of Black winning the Queen, I'm in agreement with <cu8sfan> <I think White wasn't really lost until he had played 29.xd5+, giving his two rooks for the queen.>

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  Pawn and Two: Reggio also had winning chances in this game.

After 12. Q-h5+ Kd8, White is considerably better than Black. Over the next few moves White's advantage is varible but generally increases.

At move 21, Reggio could have played 21. Bc3-d4! Qb6-d8 22. 0-0, with a strong advantage: (2.07) (15 ply) - Fritz 9 analysis.

The tournament book indicates that Reggio was probably considering the promising sacrifice of his Bishop when he played 22. B-q3??. The tournament book and Fritz 9 confirm that White's correct move was 22. Bxa6.

Mieses then played the brilliant 22. R-g3!, winning White's Queen and gaining the advantage. However, I am not sure that one can prove that 22. R-g3! is a winning move.

At move 26, Mieses errs with 26. R-g8?. After 27. Rxh7+, Fritz 9 evaluates the position as (.00) (16 ply).

Then Mieses errs again on move 27. He should have played 27. K-d8 instead of 27. K-c6?.

Now Reggio could have played 28. R-c1! R-c8 29. a4 K-b6 30. B-d4+ K-a5 31. R-c3. This variation was given by Fritz 9 at 20 ply and appears to lead to a winning Rook and Pawn endgame for White.

Even if Mieses had played the better 26. Qxa2 or 26. R-e8, I have not been able to prove a win for Black.

If 26...Qxa2 27. Rxh7+ K-c6 28. R-c1 K-b5 29. B-d4! a5 30. Rh7-c7! - Fritz 9 evaluates this as (-1.17) (16 ply) but I do not see how Black can make progress.

If 26...R-e8 27. B-f6 h5 28. Rxh5 - Fritz 9 evaluates this as (-1.36) (16 ply). Again this would seem to be a difficult ending for Black to win.

Mar-08-06  arenafootball9: I saw 23. Bd4 instead of QxR like JustAFish. I though if 23...Qxd4 white would play Bb5+ winning the black queen. What am I missing?
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  OBIT: <YouRang:> After 22...Rxg2 23. Rd2 Rxd2 24. Kxd2 (or 24. Bxd2 Bxd3 25. Qxd3 Qxb2) d4! 25. Bxa6 dxc3+ wins a bishop.
Mar-08-06  Sami Jr: To me, it seems that white's downfall isn't really after moves 22-26. After the series of exchanges, sure white lost his queen but he has an extra bishop and rook that black does not have (sure I'd prefer a Q to a R+B but they are almost equal. Certainly, it's not an automatic loss for white, and he has more pieces to attack with). My question is why 29. Rxd5+ ...? Here white gave two of his rooks for black’s Q. In this case, this led to his certain demise. It’s almost impossible to go B vs R in endgame. Is it not conceivable that white’s R+B could have been used more effectively?
Mar-08-06  Sami Jr: <YouRang> and <OBIT>. I do not understand why 22...Rxg2 is suggested. White takes it for free 23. Qxg2. This also prevents blacks Q mate on as white has his bishop and queen (followed by his king if necessary) that can intervene on e2 in case of check. Am I missing something here?
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  kevin86: I saw the shadows of an epelautte mate at e3-but I saw that there were too many obstacles in the way. The rook sac and the unsupported queen pin sure cleared them away!

A little too involved for a Wednesday,I think----seems like a Friday puzzle.

Mar-08-06  Sami Jr: <RandomVisitor> Thanks for your post in regards to my question. I don't have a chess board to play around with right now and it's hard for me to look too far ahead, but I was able to follow your line of moves. It would be difficult for me to do that in the middle of a game. Very nice. I was briefly thinking 24.Be2 to block the check, but that leads to alot more trouble for white.
Mar-08-06  RandomVisitor: EDIT<Sami Jr>
An alternate move is 22...Rxg2 23.Qxg2 (Rd2 Rxd2 Bxd2 Bxd3 Qxd3 Qxb2; Rc1 Rxh2) Qe3+ 24.Qe2 Bh4+

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25.Rf2 Bxf2+ 26.Kf1 Bxd3 27.Rxd3 Qxe2 28.Kxe2 Bc5 Black is up a pawn.

Mar-08-06  YouRang: <OBIT> Thanks for the explanation.
Mar-08-06  Fan of Leko: I chose Rxg2, which I believe is just as good (likely better)as it ensures Bh4 will be check, ex. Qxg2 Qe3+ Qe2 Bh4+ Rf2 Bxf2+ Kf1 Bxd3 Rxd3 Qxe3. This seems like an easier win than the line in the game.
Mar-08-06  RandomVisitor: Best play in this game could be 26...Re8 27.Rxh7 Re7 28.Rh8 Qxa2 29.Rc1 Qc4 which Rybka scores as -1.01/19.

The Rxg2 line would be my preferred choice in over-the-board play - it scores roughly -1.00.

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  Pawn and Two: I agree with those who say 22...Rxg2 23. Qxg2 Q-e3+ 24. Q-e2 B-h4+ 25. R-f2 Bxf2+ 26. K-f1 Bxd3 27. Rxd3 Qxe2+ 28. Kxe2 B-c5 offered better winning chances than the spectacular 22...R-g3.

In my previous post, I was unable to find, using Fritz 9, a winning line for Black after 22...R-g3. Black had the advantage, but I could not find a conclusive line.

In the actual game, Mieses erred on both of his 26th and 27th moves and found himself in a lost position. Reggio should have then have played 28. R-c1! R-c8 29. a4 K-b6 30. B-d4+ K-a5 31. R-c3. According to Fritz 9, at 20 ply, this leads to a winning Rook and Pawn endgame for White.

Mar-08-06  RandomVisitor: <Pawn and Two>I have not found a winning line for Black either. This does not mean there isn't one.

I started an analysis on my PC at home of the position after 26.Rh1 this morning and I will see what it comes up with when I come home from work.

White has active pieces and can put up resistance.

Mar-08-06  RandomVisitor: So the big question is, which position is better for Black, the one after the Rxg2 line

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White to move

or after the Rg3 line

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Black to move

Mar-08-06  Sami Jr: <RandomVisitor> I prefer the Rg3 line which was actually played. I think having the Q is an advantage over a R+B as it can do many forking checks which can capture many of white's pieces. In addition white's B is severely handicapped when black's K is in a white square.
Mar-08-06  Count Dracula: Fang You very much!!
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  al wazir: <Marco65>: Thanks. That makes me feel a little better about 22...Bh4+, but not a whole lot. I think that pony is still running loose.
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  Richard Taylor: < raydot: <Richard Taylor>"Epaulette Mate," who knew there was a name for it? You learn something new every day...> I was runner up in a Schoolboy (called in those days)tournament in about 1960 (lol!) and I got a book called "The Art of Check Mate" by Victor Kahn and Renaud - an invaluable book -most of the mates are classifed - there is also a book by Tal and Krogius I think - it has hundreds of mate configurations. But I could see that Bh4+ or Rxg2 were candidates but after 22. ... Bh4+ 23. Kd2 Qxb2+!? 24. Bxb2 Rxb2+ 25. Kc1 (not 25. Kc3 as Bf6 is mate!!) Rc8+ 26. KxR Bf6+ 27. Kb1 in thsi line I couldnt find a win - the I saw that Rg3! forces mate or wins the Q (for a R and B)

I also thought that 22. ... Rxg2 won. But White has 23. Rd2.

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  Richard Taylor: It may be that objectively Rg3 is not the best but it is so beautiful - who cares!!
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  Pawn and Two: In addition to 22...R-g3 and 22...Rxg2, I note others have suggested 22...B-h4+ 23. K-e2 d4. In this last variation, White should be able to hold the position with 24. Qxh4.

This was an exciting game with the advantage changing hands several times.

Even as late as move 29, Reggio had a chance to hold the position. Instead of 29. Rxd5+, Reggio should have played 29. a4!. Fritz 9 evaluates the position at move 29 as (-.29) (18 ply)and gives the following line:

29. a4 K-c5 30. R-h7 Qxa4 31. Rxa7 (Fritz 9 rates this position as (.00) (18 ply).

Thanks to Mieses and Reggio, we have had a great game to discuss and analyze.

Mar-08-06  RandomVisitor: <Richard Taylor>Let's not get carried away. The goal here is to find the best move - not the prettiest.
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