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Mark Taimanov vs Raaphi Persitz
Hastings (1955/56), Hastings ENG, rd 4, Dec-31
Queen's Gambit Declined: Exchange. Positional Variation (D35)  ·  1-0



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Aug-16-10  Everyone: <thegoodanarchist> I'm very sorry that Everyone isn't able to follow your drift.
Aug-16-10  YetAnotherAmateur: Cute 2-mover: 28. Rg8+ Rxg8 29. Nf7#

Principles involved here are deflecting defenders and smothering the king with his own pieces.

Aug-16-10  Patriot: An easy Monday puzzle. 28.Rg8+ Rxg8 29.Nf7#.
Aug-16-10  lost in space: <Yet I looked at this one for at least a minute (and maybe a whole lot longer) before I realized, "DUH!!!" (Rg8+! and mate next move.)

What in the world is going on?????>

Age, BSE, Alzheimer or bad mental state today.

Aug-16-10  StevieB: Two knights and two rooks, almost impossible to defend against. Black wasted too many moves on useless knight positioning and paid the price.
Aug-16-10  Patriot: <lost in space>

LOL...You are bad.

Aug-16-10  jimmyjimmy: I answered correctly quickly but I seldom do that on any other day of the week.
Aug-16-10  VincentL: "Very easy".

White┬┤s artillery is all lined up aiming at the black king.

I think several moves win here, but the simplest continuation is a forced mate in two.

28. Rg8+ Rxg8 29. Nf7 mate.

I imagine that black resigned after Rg8

Aug-16-10  cuppajoe: Thought process: "Well, Rg8+ followed by Nf7+ wins the Queen ... oh, and it's checkmate."
Aug-16-10  PierreTheLion: @cuppajoe, lol I did the exact same thing, I couldn't see past the royal fork winning the queen to the fact that it also wins the king
Aug-16-10  kevin86: Easy-with a twist:the diversion to a fork is MORE than that,it's checkmate.

Mate in two by 28 ♖g8+ ♖xg8 29

Aug-16-10  randomsac: First I saw a queen fork waiting to happen. Then I saw it was actually a mate since the Rg1 covers the escape square. Funny how things work out.
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  chrisowen: Dam looks Persitz tent pays off for white ha stings black king out polishing big top brass. 28.Rg8+ basic lewd conduct getting his knights to 11..Ng7 mix up. Daylight robbery it plods in A Ne4 more over exec rook patches the gap enrolling up and a carriage across down free for Nf7 charge #.
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  scormus: <randomsac> yeah right, called fuzzy logic. Drat, now where did I put my mouse
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  benveniste: Oddly enough the default Monday answer, ♕xe4, still wins pretty decisively even though it allows Black to defend against the immediate mate.
Aug-16-10  YouRang: I saw that line right away, except that at first I thought it was all about forking the K+Q -- It was a moment later that I realized it was mate. :-\
Aug-16-10  MaczynskiPratten: One interesting alternative to 27...Ne4?? is 27...Rg8. This looks sensible for Black, trying to exchange off the dangerous Rooks and uncage his King.

But White seems to have 28 Qxf5! Rxg2 29 Rxg2 and if Nxf5 30 Nf7#, so White simply wins a piece. So if Black had done this, we would have had a <real> Monday puzzle with a Q sac.

Aug-16-10  cuppajoe: @ other who couldn't see past the royal fork: If it wasn't checkmate, the tactic is more complicated:

28. Rg8+ Rxg8

(here, Taimanov gets up for a glass of water and Persitz, unnoticed, puts his King on d8)

29. Nf7+ Ke7
30. Nxh6?? Rxg1+!
31. Kc2 Nxh6

where Black has two Rooks and a Knight for the Queen and wins! Instead, White has to play:

30. Rxg1!

with a double attack on the Rook and the Queen.

Aug-16-10  amaurobius: Icing on the cake <dzechiel>? 29 Nf7# is a waste of a perfectly good fork.
Aug-16-10  cuppajoe: In my above comment, I, of course, meant that White should play 30. Rxg8! (not Rxg1).
Aug-16-10  wals: I got it, so it had to be very, very easy.

Black must have suffered a dizzy spell to cause him to move the d6 Knight to e4, leaving the key square, f7, unguarded.

Two of the best alternative moves were,

Analysis by Rybka 3 1-cpu: depth 19. time 3min 25.

1. (1.35): 27...Nh4 28.Rg3 Rxf4 29.exf4[] Qxf4+ 30.Qe3 Qxe3+

2. (1.36): 27...Ne7 28.Rh1

Aug-16-10  rapidcitychess: <I sometimes find that if I have been studying strategy and tough tactical puzzles that I can develop a bit of a blind spot for the simplest of tactics. It's as if your brain struggles to shift down all the way from fifth gear into first.> Ooh, nailed it. Just got why you have that avatar. :)
Aug-16-10  DarthStapler: Got it easily
Aug-16-10  felixd: Lol <Cuppajoe> i tought the same... Rg8 wins the queen and... Oh it's checkmate :D
Aug-16-10  zooter: easy enough

28.Rg8+ Rxg8 29.Nf7#

Leaped out at me in a second!

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