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Mark Taimanov vs Harry Golombek
Stockholm Interzonal (1952), Stockholm SWE, rd 9, Sep-28
Nimzo-Indian Defense: Normal Variation. Gligoric System Bernstein Defense (E56)  ·  1-0

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Aug-18-05
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  al wazir: <prinsallan>: Huh?
Aug-18-05  Boomie: I saw Rf8 and f5 but missed f6. But since the refutation is the same for f5 or f6, I guess I get full credit for once.
Aug-18-05
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  chessgames.com: With the new "White to play" format it really means "What's White's best move?" Most problems will be like the ones we've seen this week: the side to play has a winning move. However, other possibilities exist. One possibility is that we'll give you a position that looks hopeless, and the best move will be one that draws. Another possibility is that we'll give you a "spoiler"--a position where a certain tactic looks appealing, but in fact fails to the best defense, and so the answer to the puzzle would simply be "any reasonable move that doesn't lose material." Be on the lookout for such puzzles in the near future!

That being said, this is just an experiment, and we may revert back to the familiar format in the future.

Aug-18-05
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  TheAlchemist: <chessgames> I find the new format very good, it resembles more actual play, where I usually don't know for certain, whether there's a win or not.
Aug-18-05  EmperorAtahualpa: I was wondering if 30...Kg7 can save Black?
Aug-18-05  humanehuman: Drat! I new it would be a relatively simple back rank exercise, but still couldn't see it.

I may have to take up Monopoly

Aug-18-05  awfulhangover: Got it, but it took several minutes ..
Aug-18-05  2ndNature: <chessgames.com> I don't know whether "White to play" is better then "White to play and win" but I know that I prefer former to the later (and you gave good resons as for why it is actually better).

Todays puzzle is nice, and I've found the winning move without much difficulty. But again I can't say that I solved it. After 30.Rc7 f6 I was considering 31.Rxe8+ Qxe8 32.Qxf6 (threatens mate on g7, so 32...Qf8 is forced) 33.Qe6+ Kh8 34.Qxd5 and White has more pawns and better paws (especially this one one on the d file), hence he should win. I failed to notice move from the text (32.Qh6!) - as sombody put it - sloppy.

Aug-18-05  trumbull0042: <Be on the lookout for such puzzles in the near future!> i.e., tomorrow?
Aug-18-05  ckr: I looked at Rxe8 and saw the exchange went nowhere and then saw Rc7. I reasoned that black could not recapture, it bore down on f7 and that was enough for me, thinking 30...Rf8 31.R(e)e7
Aug-18-05  likestofork: <EmperorAtahualpa> Give me a room filled with gold, and another couple filled with silver, and we won't execute you. But if we're not playing conquistador games, 30...Kg7 leads to 31 Qxf7+ followed by mate next move.
Aug-18-05  arifattar: Got it within 5 seconds.
Aug-18-05  Koster: Nice game by MT. As for black, having played a6, why not continue with b5? Also after 13. Ne4 h6 looks OK, avoiding the ugly Bxg5 Nxg5 g6 with weak dark squares. Black is always in trouble after that. All his good pieces get traded and he's left with the almost useless QB.
Aug-18-05
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  jahhaj: <Koster> b5 would just encourage White to line up his queen and bishop on the b1-h7 diagonal, something he wants to do anyway.

Some weakening of the black kingside seems inevitable. I guess Golombek decided that g6 was the lesser of several evils.

Aug-18-05  alexandrovm: I haven't look at it long enought, how about 30. Rc7 and if black plays very badly, like Qxc7 comes 31. Rxe8+ winning the queen. But black can play 30....f5 and this variation would not work anymore. But I think it goes from there, with Rc7
Aug-18-05  snowie1: I got it...almost! I used Rd6, not nearly as good, and when I saw the text move, I could see that Q could not capture, either way. I was only interested in grabbing the Q instead of preparing the mating net.
Aug-18-05  NakoSonorense: At first I thought 30.Rd6, which involves *almost* the same idea as 30.Rc7. But then I realized that there was something more than winning a pawn, so I used the same idea but this time moving the rook to c7.

I'm happy. I solved it 'till the end! :)

Aug-18-05
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  kevin86: "White to play" sounds better than "Find the best move for White"-which is really what is meant.

I saw Rd6 instead of Rc7-but it doesn't lead to a win like the text does.

Aug-18-05  sharpnova: got it. all my analysis revolved around attacking the f7 pawn
Aug-18-05  Robin01: I came up with Rd6 also. I only give myself 5 minutes to do these.
Aug-18-05  snowie1: Actually, I spent about 2.5 min. Now,
if 30.Rd6..Qc8 31.Rf6...and if black plays Rf7 32. Re7...now we have 3 pcs attacking f7. I wonder how long Mark T. pondered this move?
Aug-18-05  Montreal1666: <chessgames.com> Thanks. This week's puzzles have been very good.
Aug-18-05  ajile: I got it in about 5 minutes. Black is weak on the 7th rank.
Aug-18-05
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  BishopofBlunder: I spent more time on this puzzle than Bill Gates did stealing..er..inventing Windows and I still didn't get it. I gave Rc7 only a cursory glance. This isn't so difficult that I shouldn't have solved it. The sad part is, I have seen this game before and I still couldn't figure it out...
Aug-19-05  EmperorAtahualpa: <likestofork> Oops thank you.
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