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Mikhail Tal vs Pal C Benko
"My Pal Tal" (game of the day Apr-19-2014)
Bled-Zagreb-Belgrade Candidates (1959), Bled, Zagreb & Belgrade YUG, rd 14, Sep-29
Sicilian Defense: Hyperaccelerated Dragon (B27)  ·  1-0

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Jan-06-20  Cheapo by the Dozen: It's Monday, and the solution is a rook sacrifice on the h-file. :)
Jan-06-20
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  Jimfromprovidence: How about 30 Re6, below,...


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...seeing 30...Be8 31 Rh8+ Bxh8 32 Nh7#


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Jan-06-20  lost in space: I found 30. Rh8+ Bxh8 31- Nh7#
Jan-06-20  Walter Glattke: Second best is 30.Re6 (threatens Qf7#) e.g. 30.-Qxe6 31.Nxe6+ Nxe6 32.Qxf5+ Ke8 33.Rxe6
Jan-06-20  RadioBoy: I love the easy ones because it gives me a chance to fine tune my gut instinct. Which in this case was rh8+.
Jan-06-20  AlicesKnight: Found Rh8+. If BxR there is instant mate, while if the Black Q goes in, 31.Rxg8+ Kxg8; 32 Rxe7 (among others) will bring quick victory.
Jan-06-20
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  Dionysius1: I had 30. Rd1 and 31. Nh7 etc
Jan-06-20
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  drollere: i liked 30. Rd1.
Jan-06-20
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  agb2002: White has a rook for a bishop and two pawns.

30.Nh7+ is not mate due to the bishop on g7. Hence, 30.Rh8+ and mate next (30... Bxh8 31.Nh7#; 30... Qg8 31.Qf7#).

Jan-06-20  Damenlaeuferbauer: After long pondering, the immortal Mikhail Tal, the "wizzard of Riga" and 8th world champion in the heritage of Wilhelm Steinitz, finally found the mate in 2 moves with 30.Rh8+!,Bxh8 (30.-,Qg8 31.Nh7#) 31.Nh7#.
Jan-06-20  saturn2: More complicated but still winning 30. Rh7 

30...Qg8 31. Rxe7
30...Ne8 31. Ne6+
30...Be8 31. Qxg7#
30...Bf6 31. Rf7+ Ke8 32. Rxf6+

Jan-06-20  Ratt Boy: <An Englishman: Good Evening: Was this the game where Benko wore sunglasses?>

Apparently not. The article re. the tournament (Bled-Zagreb-Belgrade Candidates (1959)) says that took place in the last round, a draw. The Sunglasses Game is apparently a "real" Accelerated Dragon: Tal vs Benko, 1959 .

Jan-06-20  TheaN: Mate in two after 30.Rh8+ with either 30....Bxh8 (clearing the g-file) 31.Nh7# and 30....Qg8 (taking out the defender of f7) 31.Qf7#. Typical in mating combinations that the route to the mate must have clear purpose, Rh8 in this case has two.
Jan-06-20
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  Sally Simpson: ***

It's Monday and this is a Tal game so sac something, go for the artistic finish.


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30.Rh8+ which also follows the check the checks first brute force method of solving.

The Queen and Knight mating pattern should leap out - also there is the Queen pinned mate in case of the desperate defence.

30.Rh8+ Qg8 31.Qf7 mate.

Maybe next year on a wednesday we might be offered the same puzzle from here (White to play)


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With Tal saccing a piece on a empty square. (always difficult to spot) 23.Bf8 to make way for the Queen to get to h6.

***

Jan-06-20
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  thegoodanarchist: I think 30.Re6 also wins, which is the move I chose.

But the old adage is, if you see a good move, look for a better one. I did not.

Jan-06-20
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  mig55: 23.Lxf8 !! is mate in 15...
Jan-06-20
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  gawain: I was stumped for a minute trying to force something at e6. Looked away briefly at something else and then returned to the position--and saw the right solution immediately. The scales had fallen from my eyes!
Jan-06-20  DrGridlock: <Gawain> you actually CAN force something on e6.

The old adage of "if you see a good move, look for a better one" only works if you have a good stopping rule for what a "better one" is.

The e6 combo fit my stopping rule. (Though if I added a "Monday puzzle" criteria to the search, I probably would have kept going to find mate).

Jan-06-20
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  dorsnikov: Count me in with the 30. R-d1 gang. Followed by N-h7.
Jan-06-20
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  gawain: <DrGridlock> Thanks for the observation about Re6. I just looked at your bio. Are you by any chance the Dr. Gridlock who for around 10 years wrote the traffic column for the Washington Post? I'm a fan!
Jan-06-20
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  HeMateMe: I'm glad benko made him play the move. Hey, you never know....easier things have been missed, even by GMs.
Jan-06-20  DrGridlock: <Gawain> I lived in DC for 10 years, but did not write for the Post. The nickname was given to me by friends somewhat in honor of the Post traffic columnist.
Jan-06-20
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  gawain: <DrGridlock> Well, it's a cool connection anyway.
Jan-06-20  Bubo bubo: Mate-in-two: 30.Rh8+ Bxh8 31.Nh7# or 30...Qg8 31.Qf7#

My first post here in 2020 - Happy New Year to all!

Jan-09-20
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  thegoodanarchist: <Bubo bubo>,

Toil and troublo?

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