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Oscar Panno vs Boris Spassky
"Book 'em, Panno" (game of the day Mar-29-2018)
Gothenburg Interzonal (1955), Gothenburg SWE, rd 13, Sep-06
Zukertort Opening: Symmetrical Variation (A04)  ·  1-0



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Aug-10-21  Whitehat1963: Got this one in about 10 seconds. Monday?s and Tuesday?s puzzles should have been reversed this week.
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  NMABQjmgChess: Found this one ok. The idea of deflecting the black king to h8 puts it in the diagonal for the white queen.
Aug-10-21  Cheapo by the Dozen: Heavy piece sacrifice on the h-file.
Single forced line leading to a quick mate.

Felt like a Monday puzzle to me!

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  al wazir: Easy-peasy. *Much* easier than yesterday's.
Aug-10-21  goldfarbdj: Agreed! Obvious key move, only one variation.
Aug-10-21  agb2002: White has four pawns for a bishop.

Black threatens Rxb2 and Bxh7.

The queen x-rays h8 and the black pawn is defenseless. This suggests 32.Rh8+ Kxh8 33.Qxe5+ and mate in two.

Slightly slower is 32.Rag7+ Kf8 33.Qa3+.

Aug-10-21  goodevans: I was about to remark on how beautiful a move <28.Nxe5> was when I spotted that it has previously been the subject of a puzzle in 2011 that induced several pages of kibitzing, including from myself!
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  piltdown man: Now THAT"S a good pun!
Aug-10-21  stacase: One has to wonder why Black continued after 32.Rh8+
Aug-10-21  TheaN: <32.Rh8+ Kxh8 33.Qxe5 Qf6 34.Qxf6+ Kg8 35.Qg7#> it didn't even look at Rag7+ which surprisingly enough doesn't even make this puzzle worthy, as it's a simple #5 without sacrifices.

I still don't get why players claim yesterday was hard...... it <was a Monday queen sac #2>; no, not the game line as that was considerably slower.

Aug-10-21  johnnydeep: Got the full sequence in a literal 5 seconds, after having a hell of a time with yesterday's, where I missed the mate in two but eventually figured out the game line.
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  chrisowen: Mortgage i keyums Rh8+ gestate arrive on jekyll a goofball quiffy i keyins mortgage now it worms keyins mourns mr tip keyins big it dally u glad it auld keyins feck it quosh quake its jacks viz it was no heart thunk podgy blimp melly coz joffy keyins addups effort refocus flicks assuage it on koinus ajar so it was cage so it is done Rh8+ ore;
Aug-10-21  Damenlaeuferbauer: After long thinking, the very strong Argentine GM and junior world champion Oscar Panno finally found the mate in 4 moves with the nice rook sacrifice 32.Rh8+!,Kxh8 33.Qxe5+,Qf6 (33.-,Kg8 34.Qg7#) 34.Qxf6+,Kg8 35.Qg7#.
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  chrisowen: Hogger it is auld :)
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  chrisowen: Porridge bit xx
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  chrisowen: Home no thod Rh8+ cheers! no xxx
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  gawain: Very easy--but also very nifty.
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  HeMateMe: Doesn't R-g7+ followed by Q-a3+ also win?
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  Check It Out: <HMM> it does, but it takes longer and you don't get to brag about your rook sac against the up and comer Spassky.
Aug-10-21  Stanco: yes, but only to get back into the same position after 32....Kh8 33.Rh7 Kg8 (if 33...Bxh7 34 Qe5+) and we are back where we were, black king obviously won't pussy foot around f8
Aug-10-21  Stanco: otherwise it would be funny line, 32.Rg7+ Kf8 33.Qa3+ Rb4 34.Qxb4+ Rc5 35.Qxc5+ Qd6 36.Qxd6+ Ke8 37.Rg8#
Aug-10-21  Brenin: <TheaN>, <HeMateMe>, <Check It Out>, <Stanco>: I thought i had been the first to point out the alternative mate starting with 32 Rag7+, but <TheaN> posted it on Jun-07-09.
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  Teyss: <Stanco> Re. your first post HMM certainly meant 32.Rag7+ not Rhg7+ upon which 32...Kf8 is forced, followed by the line in your second post.
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  Teyss: <Brenin> Apologies, didn't give you credit for finding the 32.Rag7+ solution (again), we posted at the same time.
Aug-11-21  Stanco: Teyss, you're right, I omitted that one.
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