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Tony Miles vs Stuart Rachels
United States Championship (1989), Long Beach, CA USA, rd 12, Nov-??
Queen's Gambit Accepted: Central Variation. McDonnell Defense (D20)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Aug-14-06  Zaius: <watch the dog>

If. 77...Rb3 78. Bd3 and the game is no longer a forced draw and white has a very slight edge.

Aug-14-06  EmperorAtahualpa: Yep, I spotted the crazy rook! There were not many other options any way. To see more of these kinds of forced stalemates, I recommend <Sneaky>'s Game Collection: Crazy Rooks.



Looking for a different kind of puzzle? I’m running a new side-show on my EmperorAtahualpa chessforum: the daily INSTRUCTIONAL chess-problem! Every day you can expect to find a new daily problem in my profile page. Feel free to give your answers and discuss with each other about your answers in my forum. The answer to the puzzle will appear in my forum on the next day, along with a new puzzle. These puzzles will improve your chess skills in a different way than the daily puzzle run by the administrators, but I assure you it will be just as entertaining! Unlike the puzzles that are about finding winning tactical combinations, my puzzles are often positional and strategic in its nature. And by giving your answer, you’re not only expected to give some moves, but to motivate your answer as well.

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Black to move.

Black, whose ...f7-f5 was answered by exf5, has to recapture his pawn on f5. What’s the best way to do this? Please explain your answer!

ANSWER TO PROBLEM 1: To be given in my forum on Tuesday, August 15!

Aug-14-06  ckr: Yep, beats losing.
Aug-14-06  RandomVisitor: 64.hxg5 Rb1 65.Bf5 Re1 66.Rb3 Nf7 67.Rb5 Kg7 68.g4 Nxg5 69.Rxa5 Nf7 70.Rb5 Rd1+ 71.Kc5 ± (1.20) Depth: 29

Aug-14-06  Marco65: <EmperorAtahualpa> Very interesting initiative! I just hope that:

- engines are not allowed
- not all puzzles will be from Jeremy Silman's Reassess Your Chess, unfortunately I remembered this one

Aug-14-06  NotABanker: <Marco65 & EmperorAtahualpa> - This was easy to remember because it is the first problem in Jeremy's book. It is an interesting problem though.
Aug-14-06  EmperorAtahualpa: <Marco65> <NotABanker> Engines are of course not allowed to solve the puzzles and in principle I expect that people will not even be interested in using engines because it won't help improving their understanding of the positions. Also, engines can't give you an elaborately motivated answer in common English and that is what I expect from people when answering these daily problems!

And yes, this is the first puzzle from Jeremy's workbook. I was hoping not many people would know that book because I have the impression that by far most of the people only read his main theoretical book. I will use Jeremy's book more in the future but also other literature for the puzzles!

Aug-14-06  Jack Kerouac: You rook mahvelous, darling.
It is better to rook good than to feel good.
Aug-14-06  Castle In The Sky: I didn't get this one. It was harder than any monday puzzle I've previously done.
Premium Chessgames Member This is "Defensive Combination" week. Each day this week it will seem as if you're in hot water, but there is a way to draw or even win the position.
Aug-14-06  CapablancaFan: Thanks <chessgames>. I think a lot of kibitzers need excercises like this because the fact is you won't be attacking all the time, more often than not, you will be subjected to some kind of attack, and you will have to have the necessary tools to be able to survive these. Petrosian's games are an especially good study for learning how to make good defensive stances.
Aug-14-06  YouRang: Got it...Pretty easy once you realize that Black can move nothing but his rook, and that he can only look forward to losing as White advances his a-pawn.

<An Englishman: Good Evening: These drawing combinations never grow stale. Heh, heh. Heh, heh. Get it? Stalemate? Drawing combination? I probably should go home now.>

I liked it! Perhaps you thought nobody would like your pun, but you shouldn't go drawing conclusions. (Hehe, get it? *drawing conclusions*? Heh.)

Aug-14-06  Chess Classics: Got this one. Great idea <>!!


Aug-14-06  kevin86: I guessed that black had no possibliity of win-and with only one piece mobile-I sniffed out a stalemate trap.

In this case,he can sidle his rook to the white king and continue to do so perpetually. White's only escape is to stalemate black.

Aug-14-06  drnooo: Too easy: in fact just glancing at the position I assumed it was white on the move and fiddled with it for about a minute before I looked again and saw that black was up. Then just, oh stalemate, has to be. But if this week is gonna be seven stalemates, the Evans Reshevsky is probably on tap. The lead up to this, black a pawn to the good was interesting: very hard to back up the problem much further with a black to move and make it enticing. Just wonder if Miles saw the end a few moves back, otherwise why not just offer the draw the second the rook checks him.
Aug-14-06  jackpawn: Found immediately. As I stated in a previous posting, if you ever fell into this trap (I have) it sticks with you forever.
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  al wazir: I wondered about a lot of the moves made in the course the endgame maneuvers. To take just one example at random, why didn't white play 48. Bxe6 ? After 48...Rxe6 49. Rxc5 Re2+ 50. Kb3 Rxh2 51. Rxa5, white has equalized in material and has the outside passed ♙. And why didn't black play 51...Rc6 or Nd4 and try to hang on to the ♙?
Aug-14-06  Chess Lou Zer: Well, I definitely looked at this one the wrong way!
Aug-14-06  dzechiel: Found it the moment I decided that black should be playing for a draw.
Aug-14-06  sandmanbrig: easiest puzzle ever. i solved it the minute i saw it
Aug-14-06  harcee sarmiento: blood and ashes.... miles did grab the draw.
Feb-27-09  WhiteRook48: running 78 miles
May-27-09  WhiteRook48: 76 Kxa5 looks bad
Sep-26-13  Howard: I'm fairly sure that I read once that Miles had the much better game, AND that he did miss a forced win somewhere.

Any ideas/suggestions on that ?

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  tamar: <Howard> Miles had good winning chances with 64 hxg5

<RandomVisitor: 64.hxg5 Rb1 65.Bf5 Re1 66.Rb3 Nf7 67.Rb5 Kg7 68.g4 Nxg5 69.Rxa5 Nf7 70.Rb5 Rd1+ 71.Kc5 ± (1.20) Depth: 29>

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