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Gedeon Barcza vs Vladimir Simagin
Moscow-Budapest (1949), Moscow URS, rd 14, Apr-??
Zukertort Opening: Queen's Gambit Invitation (A04)  ·  0-1



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Feb-14-06  Marco65: <pwolff> 50...Ke2 51.Nc3+ Ke1 52.a4 Nb6 53.a5 Na4 54.Nd1 and White wins
Feb-14-06  Cogano: I got the Na3+ part. But I continue beyond that, because I couldn't decide how White would proceed after that. If he goes to e1, it'll lead to mate & if he goes after the knight, Black queens & that may be enough to overpower White despite White's knight & remaining pawns. But I'm not experienced or knowledgeable enough to know for sure. Take care all & have a great day. Cheers!
Feb-14-06  xenophon: seen this recently-I think it was analysed in a recent British Chess Magazine.
Feb-14-06  MaxxLange: This deflection trick is common in Knight endings. I saw it at once - having lost this way in a tournament helps me remember the motif, I think!
Feb-14-06  RodSerling: Got it reeel quick. Now, I'm going to defeat the Monday New York times crossword puzzle, just to get that "Monday Mensa" feeling!
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  Richard Taylor: I saw this immediately and the drawing method yesterday - endgames can be difficult but they are fascinating. I dont think they were playing for a draw - it was the way the game went - 10 e4 was ok I think.
Feb-14-06  dakgootje: Nice tuesday puzzle, not too hard, always love the mondays and tuesdays =)
Feb-14-06  marcusantonius: 50. ... Ke2??
I also thought like some in here that this was at least a possible way to go, but: 51. Nd4+ Ke1
52. Nf3+ Ke2
definitly a draw
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  James Demery: I got it right ... for the first time in history!
Feb-14-06  EmperorAtahualpa: It took me quite a while to solve this puzzle! First I looked at a bunch of other options and saw them all failing. Only then I started taking 50...Na3 seriously, but didn't see Ke2 until after a while later.
Feb-14-06  prinsallan: Hard? Nah, common deflection.
Feb-14-06  Nostalgia: Two in a row?!? Somebody's trying to make me feel better about my skills :)

Here's a topic of conversation: I'm generally quite good at chess puzzles (by 'good' I mean well above my general level of play). When I'm in a game, I have a lot more trouble seeing the moves, even in a position which should yield mate in two or three. I end up staring at a position, without a clue how to continue.

Anyone have ideas on how to bring the skills learned in puzzles into real gameplay?


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  Honza Cervenka: Quite instructive basic Knight endgame tactics.
Feb-14-06  AlexanderMorphy: took me 4 seconds
Feb-14-06  e4Newman: when it's black to play in these puzzles, is there any way to flip the board on screen so i'm looking at it the right way?
Feb-14-06  artemis: <nostalgia> Everyone has the same problem. I remeber reading an article where someone was describing how much stronger Kasparov was when he played freindly games instead of serious ones, and this is Kasparov, so its hard to imagine him playing STRONGER then he already did.

I am personally able to convince myself that the game is not attached to me, but it is like a piece of art, or some mathematical theorem. This detatched manner of looking at the game is difficult, but it allows me to look at it more objectively, and it allows me to play better chess. Unfortunately, I can't do that all of the time, but it is a nice goal to look towards.

An advantage of thinking this way is that when I look to sacrifice a piece or something, I dont have to worry that much. I dont feel like I am sacrifcing MY piece, just sacrificing a piece in general. When I am thinking like this, I find my most inspired ideas (which tend to be flawed somewhere down the line, but that is my personal failing, not the technique's).

Another piece of advice that my chess coach (a life master in Cincinnati) told me, which I have found so helpful and very true is as follows: If you have enough time remaining on your clock, get up and take a 30 second stroll, just long enough to put the position out of your mind. Then come back to the board and look again before sitting down. Then sit down and continue looking. The change in perspectives, while seemingly arbitrary do amazing things to your thought patterns. You literally see the board differently.

One time in a tournament, I was about to make a horrific blunder. Luckily for me, as I went to write down the move (before moving the piece) I dropped my pencil and it rolled across the floor. I went and picked it up, feeling very embarassed, and sat down at the board. I immediately saw that the move I had finally decided on, after about 10 minutes of thought would lead to dropping a piece in three moves.

Also, on my forum, I have a discussion regarding the "critical position," the time in the game when you feel that you are required to take a great deal of time to calculate deeply and accurately. This is advice pieced together from Aagaard, Kotov (and also from the various World Champions he quoted in his books), and my chess coach. I have found that the methods behind critical positions are very helpful in my game, and have allowed me to solve problem like positions on my board during a real game.

I hope that helped.

Feb-14-06  AlexanderMorphy: turn your head upside down!
Feb-14-06  Jim Bartle: Mikhail Tal had a solution to the "distraction" problem, known as Raising the Hippopotamus. I'm sure it's explained on Tal's page, but basically he just couldn't understand a position, so he started thinking of a problem from Russian folklore (?) of how you would raise a hippopotamus from a river. After a while he gave up, and turned his mind back to the game. All immediately became clear, he made a sacrifice, and went on to win.

Of course during all this time the commentators were saying, "Look how hard Tal is concentrating on the position."

Feb-14-06  LIFE Master AJ: I got it, but it took a little while. (About a minute.) ---> I was looking for something really complicated, then I remembered it was only Tuesday.

Feb-14-06  TopaLove: <e4Newman> Use preferences -> flip board
Feb-14-06  alphee: It was not too long to get this one as the only obstacle to "queening" was the nook. It is a good idea to have some endgame puzzles ... Thank you!
Feb-14-06  e4Newman: woops! thx
Feb-14-06  kolobok: how about 50... Nb2 i was thinking about that move looks like it winning too any analysis on that?
Feb-14-06  jperr75108: Got it... Pretty instructive, getting the knight away from the Pawn and Queening square...
Feb-14-06  Castle In The Sky: <kolobok> 50...♘b2 doesn't win because white covers with ♘c3
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