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Anthony Miles vs Stuart Rachels
USA-ch (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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Jul-25-04  Calculoso: Haha. The rook chase stalemates are great.
Aug-28-05  Autoreparaturwerkbau: Yea, even better than the queen forcing stalemate :)
Aug-14-06  chessmoron: Did anyone get 76...Re2?
Aug-14-06  think: Ergh, I always assume it is for the win. Missed this one.
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  al wazir: Here's Rachels's homepage:

Aug-14-06  tjshann: It took a few seconds to see that Black couldn't win. So it must be a stalemate, thus Rb5+
Aug-14-06  RandomVisitor: 64.hxg5 was perhaps White's best chance at winning. Black had 75...Re2 for perhaps a slight advantage.
Aug-14-06  hosamsalah: this is traditional........
the first thing to look for in a such position espcialy if you are familiar with cafe playing
Aug-14-06  Yogi1991: sniff!!sniff!!! i got it in about a minute as the king was trapped and white had a pawn to the best possible way Rb5+ only.
Aug-14-06  prinsallan: <Chessmoron>-I thought it was Re2 also.
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  Dim Weasel: I spent a little time figuring out to which direction the pawns are actually moving, then noticed the stalemate possibility.
Aug-14-06  virtuex: Why the white king didn't take black rook on 77th move?
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  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.

BTW, 76...Re2; 77.Bd3.

Aug-14-06  pebble767: very obvious... but it's okay for monday warm-up
Aug-14-06  watch the dog: Did black miss the win at 77...Rb3! and white can't defend the g pawn with 78.Rd3 Nxe4 79.Rxb3 Nc5+ forking the rook.
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.



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Black to move.

Black, whose ...f7-f5 was answered by exf5, has to recapture his pawn on f5. Whatís 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 Ī (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.
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