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|May-24-13|| ||Phony Benoni: Friday is usually the day for a straight line combination, this one being shorter than most.|
|May-24-13|| ||Bartimaeus: Black king seems to be in dire straits with two Knights, a Queen and a Rook bearing down upon him. The position makes it evident that we look for the knockout punch. Qe6+ sets the ball rolling.|
A) 25. Qe6+ Kd8 26. Qe8+ Kxc7 27. Rb7#
B) 25. Qe6+ Kxc7 26. Rb7+ Kd8 27. Nc6+ Rxc6 (Nxc6 Qd7#) 28. Rb8+ Kc7 (Rc8 Rxc8#) 29. Qc8#
Nice combination in the true sense. All the pieces combining smoothly to deliver mate. Seems more straightforward than most Fridays.
|May-24-13|| ||M.Hassan: "Difficult"
White to play 25.?
Sides are equal, but White has a Knight for a Bishop
Black may have two responses:
Time to check. If I'm correct, its way easier than any other Friday of 'difficult' category.
|May-24-13|| ||mohannagappan: it is very easy today|
|May-24-13|| ||agb2002: White has a knight for a bishop.
Black threatens 25... Rxc7 and 25... Qd3+, trading queens.
The first idea that comes to mind is 25.Qe6+, looking for a forced mate:
A) 25... Kxc7 26.Rb7+ Kd8 27.Nc6+ Rxc6 (27... Nxc6 28.Q(R)d7#) 28.Rb8+ Kc7 (28... Rc8 29.Rxc8#) 29.Qc8#.
B) 25... Kd8 26.Qe8+ Kxc7 27.Rb7#.
|May-24-13|| ||Eduardo Leon: Difficult? My ass!
25...♔d8 26.♕d8+ ♔xc7 27.♖b7#
<26.♖b7+ ♔d8 27.♘c6+ ♖xc6>
And mate next one.
|May-24-13|| ||Eduardo Leon: I meant 26.♕e8+ in reply to 25...♔d8.|
|May-24-13|| ||cyclon: Pretty nice little 'reel' by White starting with 25. Qe6+ Kxc7 ( 25. -Kd8 26. Qe8+ Kxc7 27. Rb7X halts immediately ) 26. Rb7+ Kd8 27. Nc6+ Rxc6 ( 27. -Nxc6 28. Qd7X ) 28. Rb8+ Kc7 ( 28. -Rc8 29. Rxc8X ) 29. Qc8 HALT.|
|May-24-13|| ||SamAtoms1980: 25.Qe6+ Kxc7 26.Rb7+ Kd8 27.Nc6+ and Black goes down fast whichever piece he takes the knight with (27....Rxc6 28.Rb8+).|
IMHO this was easier than Wednesday and Thursday, due to the absence of attractive alternatives that were offered on those days.
|May-24-13|| ||woody b: got it. pretty easy, but a nice game!|
|May-24-13|| ||pedro123: This is a one star position.|
|May-24-13|| ||anandrulez: Yes this is 1 star , this week's Monday puzzle was more harder , also the Nf5 one from Karpov !
One of the flaws with puzzle is that you might solve it in the puzzle , but in OTB this might still be 3 star worth :-) I mean I might just blitz off lol .
By solving puzzle though u get some ideas , for example why fianchettoed Knight is nothing more than taking a square from King to move ....|
|May-24-13|| ||Abdel Irada: <<•> Regicide Most Forthright <•>>|
There is no subtle nuance in today's puzzle: Mieses' pieces close in for a quick kill, and turn aside for nothing in their quest to become the next MacDuff.
<<•> 25. Qe6†!, Kxc7 >
A short flight: (a) 25. ...Kd8? 26. Qe8†, Kxc7 27. Rb7#.
<<•> 26. Rb7†, Kd8
27. Nc6†!, Rxc6 >
Regisuicide: (b) 27. ...Nxc6? 28. Qd7#.
<<•> 28. Rb8†, Kc7 >
No better is (c) 28. ...Rc8 29. Rxc8#.
<<•> 29. Qc8# >
A very straightforward puzzle, since it lacks the branches of variations and attractive distractions that make for long and time-consuming solution posts.
|May-24-13|| ||James D Flynn: Material is equal and both sides have yet to complete their development, with both Ks are exposed to attack.
25.Qe6+ Kxc7(not Kd8 26.Qe8+ Kxc7 27.Rb7#) 26.Rb7+ Kd8 27.Nc6+ Rxc6 28.Rb8+ Kc7(if Rc8 29.Rxc8#) 29.Qc8#|
|May-24-13|| ||whiteshark: I take full credit for the solution.|
|May-24-13|| ||Abdel Irada: <whiteshark: I take full credit for the solution.>|
Then in all fairness I suppose someone must now accept full blame for the problem.
(Have you picked anyone yet?) ;-)
|May-24-13|| ||Patriot: Very nice problem!
25...Kxc7 26.Rb7+ Kd8 27.Nc6+! Rxc6 (27...Nxc6 28.Qd7#) 28.Rb8+ Kc7 (28...Rc8 29.Rxc8#) 29.Qc8#
25...Kd8 26.Qe8+! Kxc7 27.Rb7#
This would be sweet to play OTB. The difficulty for me was taking 27.Nc6+ seriously.
|May-24-13|| ||stanleys: The final position is nice, but the line is rather straightforward - and its the first thing that comes to mind|
|May-24-13|| ||JustAFish: You guys are killin' my mojo about getting a Friday puzzle with your "This Ain't no Friday Puzzle" talk.|
|May-24-13|| ||kevin86: 26 Qe6+ and mates in a few moves!|
|May-24-13|| ||BOSTER: Because today <POTD> has no any problem after 25.Qe6+, I want to continue yesterday's discussion.|
<FSR> <Csom confidently plays 49...Nf8>.
I agree. Who wants to tolerate such rook like d7 on the seven.
From black side of the game it was difficult imagine that <Once> <when one of the white pieces en prise, Karpov wanted to put another piece en prise>.
<Patriot> <Houdini says that 47...Qa8 almost a 4 pawns advantage for black.
47...Qb7 is about 0.5 pawn advantage to black.>.
First, thanks for comments move 47...Qb7.
But it necessary to understand something, what separates human from Houdini.
How you know after 49.Rd7 black had two possibility: to play Nf8 and lose a game,or play Ng5 and win a game. It means that your probability to win 50%. This is like in gambling.
For ex. bank has $1000, to win it you have to put $1000. If you are lucky and choose correct side of the coin , you'll win, but it is not-you lose your $1000.
This strategy called all, or nothing.
But after 47...Qb7 your chance to win only about 15%, but chance to lose about zero.
You can choose such strategy- to pay $10 with possibility to win $1000 only 15%.
Houdini can always get 4 pawns advantage for black in this game , but how you saw in the game human sometimes can get only minus.
|May-24-13|| ||lajube: Boster, you should go to yesterday's game to post that.|
|May-24-13|| ||gawain: I am not usually so good at the "difficult" ones--but I solved this one thoroughly. It is a nice enough sequence. Richard III would trade his kingdom for a horse. Mieses trades both his horses for a kinghunt.|
|May-24-13|| ||bischopper: I like saccrificy a horse for open the way to win or someone piece minor or till the Queen if that permit to win...well, I think!|
|May-24-13|| ||Patriot: <BOSTER> Yes that's true. And I agree there is a certain amount of luck in chess. Black thought 49...Nf8 was a simple win most likely and completely missed 50.Nf5.|
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