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Anthony Miles vs Jonathan D Tisdall
ENG (1982)
Indian Game: General (A45)  ·  1-0



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  Infohunter: Deflection and interference, both in one move. That was pleasing to witness. Too bad I didn't get it on my own.
Sep-06-12  TeaChess: 30.Rb7 is my answer. Does it work?
Sep-06-12  Gryz: 30.Rb7 is answered by Black with Qe1+. Black can give perpetual check with the Queen on c3 and e1.

Imho, the decisive move you need to see is Qd6.

Sep-06-12  sarayu: beautiful.
Sep-06-12  xthred: Why not 30...Rxe6?
Sep-06-12  sevenseaman: Nice (and easy) puzzle for a Thursday.

30. Nxe6+

a) 30...Rxe6 31. Qd8+ Re8 32. Qd6 wins the the R at c5.

b) 30...Kg8 31. Nd4 wins, White having no resource for the Qg7# threat.

'Dat's all' is what Miles might have said to Tisdall!

Sep-06-12  mariola: If 30...Rxe6 then
31. Rb8+ Rc8
32. Rxc8+ Qxc8
33. Qh8+ and 39.Qxc8
Sep-06-12  sevenseaman: <TeaChess: 30.Rb7 is my answer. Does it work?>

30...Qe1+ 31. Ka2 Ra5+ 32. Kb2 Qa1#

Sep-06-12  Djoker: 30. Nxe6 Kg8(capturing the knight ends horribly after Rb8+) 31. Nd4 ...Perpetual check won't work since King will move to a-file. So only move is Kf8 (or Qxd4...loses soon).
32.Qh8+ Ke7
33. Nf5+ picking up a rook at least.
Sep-06-12  LoveThatJoker: Great! A GM Tony Miles puzzle!!

<30. Nxe6+ Rxe6>

[30...Kg8!? 31. Nd4! Qe1+ (31...Kf8 32. Qd6+ ) 32. Kh2 ]

<31. Rb8+ Rc8>

(31...Re8 32. Qd6+ Kg8 33. Rxe8#)

<32. Rxc8+ Qxc8>

(32...Re8 33. Rxc3 )

<33. Qh8+ Ke7 34. Qxc8> 1-0


Sep-06-12  david p: medium is rather high for today`s puzzle esp a Thursday
Sep-06-12  Patriot: How about 30.Nxe6+ Rxe6 31.Qd8+ Re8 32.Qd6+ Kg8 33.Qxc5? There could be something better here but it's late so I'll just see what happened.
Sep-06-12  Robespierre: <<xthred: Why not 30...Rxe6?>>

Has anyone found a refutation for this move suggested by 'xthred'? In my analysis (without a board) it seems to give Black some additional play.

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  Eggman: It seems there's more than one way to skin a cat: 1.Nxe6+ Rxe6 2.Rb8+ Rc8 3.Qxc3 Rxb8 4.Qh8+ skerering the rook.
Sep-06-12  Djoker: <Robes> 30...Rxe6+ falls to the following: 31. Rb8+ (Re8 32.Qd6+ Kg8 33. Rxe8#)...Rc8 32. Qxc3 going into Q vs R endgame with a great advantage.
Sep-06-12  tarek1: White is down a rook for 3 pawns, so he has to do something very good very soon. At first I thought that <30.Rb7> was strong but the problem is that Black escapes with a perpetual by Qe1+ followed by Qa5+ or Qc3+.

So <30.Nxe6+> is more forcing. Now there two possible legal replies by Black : one that loses trivially and another that seems to save the day but doesn't.

In that order :

A. <30...Rxe6 31.Rb8+>

Again Black can choose between two legal moves

1) <31...Re8> the easiest to refute, it's mate in two : <32.Qd6+ Kg8 33.Rxe8#> 2) <31...Rc8 32.Qxc3> Exploiting the fact that the c8 rook is pinned. Now if <32...Rxb8> two rooks for the queen may seem OK for black... if only he could keep them both, but <33.Qh8+ Ke7 34.Qxb8> wins a rook and the endgame R vs Q is hopeless.

B. <30...Kg8>

Here I could insert the usual remark that chess isn't checkers. White won part of the material back but has several problems to solve, in particular his hanging queen on f6, and it looks like he has to go for the endgame (which isn't so bad, 3 pawns for the exchange). But he has this amazing resource :

<31.Nd4!!> The knight goes back right where he was. The difference is that now it's Black to move, but the Black king is on g8, so Qg7 would be mate ! So Black's response is forced, checking on d1 doesn't help him.

<31...Kf8> But now White has this move that wasn't possible before :

<32.Qd6+> winning the rook on c5. White, started a rook down, ends up a piece up + 3 pawns, winning.

There are also perhaps other ways to win but I thought this was the simplest.

Sep-06-12  Abdel Irada: <The case of the disappearing bishop>

White's path to victory is relatively forthright: After <30. ♘xe6†>, Black must choose between getting mated and carrying on a hopeless resistance after losing decisive material.

(1) 30. ...♖xe6
31. ♖b8†..., and either

(1.1) 31. ...♖e8
32. ♕d6†, ♔g8 ▢
33. ♖xe8# or

(1.2) 31. ...♖c8
32. ♕xc3, ♖xb8
33. ♕h8†

White has an easily won queen-versus-rook endgame.

Alternatively, Black can refuse to recapture the knight:

(2) 30. ...♔g8
31. ♘d4!...

This renews the threat of mate with ♕g7, forcing Black's reply, since checking on e1 leads nowhere:

31. ...♔f8

Now we find ourselves back in the starting position, minus Black's bishop on e6 — which turns out to be more important than it looked:

32. ♕d6†...

This move could not have been played with the bishop still on e6.

32. ...♔g8/♖e7
33. ♖xc5 .

White wins easily, with a knight and three pawns to the good and the black king still fatally exposed.

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  Once: The bones of this one have mostly been picked clean. Let's see if we can find a few new wrinkles:

Firstly, after 30. Nxe6 Rxe6, most people have analysed 31. Rb8+ (it was also my pick), but Fritz points out another solution with 31. Qd8+ Re8 32. Qd6+

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And now 32...Re7 33. Rxc5 and black must give up his queen to avoid being mated starting with Rc8+

Or 32...Kg8 33. Rxc5

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And black is in a comical situation. He cannot both protect his queen and prevent white from playing Rg5+ followed by Kh8 and the white queen checks somewhere along the long diagonal leading to h8. Gruesome.

The other alternative solution that Fritz found comes after 30. Nxe6 Rxe6 31. Rb8+ Rc8

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Analysing in human mode, I went for the skewer with 32. Rxc8 Qxc8 33. Qh8+ Ke7 34. Qxc8

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Fritzie, ever the perfectionist, points out a slightly better win exploiting a pin rather than a skewer. After 31...Rc8 32: Qxc3

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It's funny, but I found that one harder to visualise than the skewer starting with 32. Rxc8. Perhaps skewers are easier to visualise than relying on pins to protect pieces which appear to be en prise.

Fritz then offers this: 32. Qxc3 Rxb8 33. Qh8+ Ke7 34. Qxb8

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Perhaps he thinks the position is marginally better than the other line because the white queen ends up one square closer to the a prawn, so black either loses that pawn with check or has to spend a move defending it.

You don't need to see any of this to win, but it's interesting all the same.

Sep-06-12  Abdel Irada: <Once: The bones of this one have mostly been picked clean. Let's see if we can find a few new wrinkles....>

(1) Insert metaphors in blender

(2) Press "Puree."

Sep-06-12  Robespierre: <<Djoker:>>

Grazie, grazie for the clarification!

Sep-06-12  scormus: Nice finish by Tony. 30. Ne6+ wasnt the first move I looked at, and when I did I expected ... Rxe6 31 Qd8+ Re8 32 Qd6+ Re7 33 Rxc5 Qe1+ 34 Kb2 1-0

No doubt B smelt a rat about 30 ... Rxe6, analysed the line and went with ... Kb1. At first sight it looks to cover the bases but 31 Ne4 is a neat dual purpose move.

Two attractive alternative endings, both of which W had to have seen. A classic from the "Tony Miles era"

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  Once: <Abdel Irada> One of the defining features of this website is that it is a community. That means that we tend not to criticise each other for the style of our kibitzes, our spelling mistakes, errors in analysis or - heaven forbid - mixed metaphors.

Can we keep it civil please?

Sep-06-12  pedro123: One thing to note; backward knight moves are as difficult to spot as backward bishop moves. Tony Miles died ridiculously before his time.
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  whiteshark: Added to Game Collection: 55b_Middlegames_Sargnagel on h6
Sep-06-12  Abdel Irada: <Once>: That was intended for humor, not criticism.
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