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Valery Salov vs Adrian Mikhalchishin
URS-ch sf (1982), Ivano-Frankovsk (Ukraine)
Gruenfeld Defense: Exchange. Modern Exchange Variation (D85)  ·  1-0



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Oct-04-05  JDK: I got this one very quickly also. Maybe I should do all of them at 7am.
Oct-04-05  ahmadov: One of the rare puzzles that I found in a matter of seconds. But I will not include this in my "'s most interesting chess puzzles" game collection as it is too easy for me.
Oct-04-05  chesswonders: <>, the move should be 37. Bh6 +, not just 37. Bh6
Oct-04-05  Joseph21: before i open the i already got the answer of this one. any obejctions?
Oct-04-05  logo: Yep, got it in 3 seconds...
Oct-04-05  SamuelS: I guess Black was in time trouble, because its move 37. In panic, even grandmasters can err.
Oct-04-05  Monoceros: Walking into the discovered check is murder but could any move have held the situation? I thought of 36 ... Rf7; but the Black Bishop looks doomed in any case: 37. d7 Rxd7 (what else?) 38. Bh6 and Black is screwed.
Oct-04-05  prinsallan: Cheesy Easy ^^
Oct-04-05  siilarsi: I got this one so fast that Fritz thought i cheated. Oh wait, it's tuesday...
Oct-04-05  dakgootje: got it, first looked at 37.♖xf8 ♔xf8 38.♗h6 ♔g8 (♔e8 39.♖f8#)39.♖f8 ♔h7 but that didnt seem to work..after that i looked at things like giving check by moving the bishop and soon discovered the winning combination.

Just realised that if my idea did work and the right combo didnt, it protbably hadnt been a tuesday-puzzle...:S

btw i didnt use any board or programs like fritz while solving and writing this down, so it could be that theres a fault like an illigal move because of that, its not that i dont know how the pieces have to move :)

Oct-04-05  Koster: Kf7 loses, but so would any other move.
Oct-04-05  Mountainman1: Very easy today. I mean, what else ?
Oct-04-05  ReikiMaster: An easy beauty! Salov probably saw this 4 moves earlier.
Oct-04-05  Halldor: There are two obvious patterns here, the discovered check and a mate with the rook on f8 after Kxe8, so I would have played 37.Bh6+ instantly in a blitz game, and maybe even captured with the right rook after 37...Kg8.
Oct-04-05  YouRang: Rather easy -- the discovered check potential almost screamed "move the bishop". The key was to discover the best square to move it to. From there, it's not hard to see the mate sequence that follows 37. Bh6+.
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  kevin86: I was walking around this morning with Bh6 in my mind-and I thought it was incomplete-it turned out to be Bh6 CHECK. lol

A double version of th famous Reti mate,but with a twist. Rook and bishop co-operate to deliver the knockout blow.

Oct-04-05  rvade: It's amazing how quickly things started disintegrating after 24... f6. 25... Qf6 is probably the blunder of the game since black has no compensation for white's killer extra passed pawn. Moves like 32... Rc4 just helped white to get their pieces where they wanted. Maybe black could have played 35... Rc8 to try and hold the position?
Oct-04-05  Ruthsarian: How about:
37. Be5+ Kg8 38. Rexf8+ Kg7 39. Rh3#
Oct-04-05  snowie1: Yeah, Gottit..way back in '82! The old poisoned R trick. Black could go Kg8, but R3xf8+ with only Kh7 and g5! Fini...well, after Rh8#, of course. Given the choice between 3 pieces with which to take f6, I agree <rvade> If black took with B, he would have had the edge. And, <> It's 37.Bh6 Discovered +..even bigger difference! Great puzzle.
Oct-04-05  dakgootje: <Ruthsarian> Well if white had played 37. ♗e5 black isnt forced to play the King to g8....Look at whites rook on e8, notice something? Attackers defenders such things...ah well can happen to the best
Oct-04-05  Ruthsarian: <dakgootje> clearly the invisible super queen on e9 would protect the rook.

I always overlook the obvious.

Oct-04-05  melianis: I got it. After 4 pints. So be ready for my comments on todays WC game... maybe i should shut up right now,
Oct-04-05  PivotalAnorak: Well the puzzle may be easy, but I consider Salov's performance in this game to be an excellent one. Indeed, if 36...Kf7 is a "blunder", then how is Black supposed to save the game ?
Oct-04-05  Fezzik: The move Black was probably hoping for was 37.Rf8+ Kf8 38.Bh6+ Kg8! and White has sacrificed an exchange for no good reason. Black was right to wait for 37.Bh6 before resigning. Great game by Salov!
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  patzer2: White's 35. Re8! serves as a temporary pin and decoy to coax the king to play 36...Kf7, after which White has a winning discovered check and mate following 36. Bh6+!
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