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Soenke Maus vs Mikhail Tal
Bundesliga (1990/91), GER, rd 3, Nov-10
English Opening: Symmetrical Variation. General (A30)  ·  0-1



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  DarthStapler: Got it easily
Dec-22-08  MostlyAverageJoe: <johnlspouge: CG must have its reasons for the present convention (perhaps tradition), but they are beyond me.>

A plausible reason would be to exercise the ability to see the threats that your opponent has available. Although this would really require that sometimes we'd look at the white move from the black side, too.

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  patzer2: For the Monday Dec 22, 2008 puzzle solution, Tal removes the guard and wins the Queen with 28...Re1+!
Dec-29-08  akapovsky: Solved it so fast I went back in time .
Dec-29-08  NewLine: I had a strange feeling of deja vu today. I am probably tired.
Dec-29-08  tjshann: Got it. Deja vu all over again.
Dec-29-08  zenpharaohs: What again?

Ouch! Ouch! Ouch!

Nobody should have to get this done to them twice....

Dec-29-08  sleepyirv: Somehow, patzer2 saw this coming... that's why he put the date in.
Dec-29-08  be3292: Wasn't this the puzzle for last Monday?
Dec-29-08  M.Hassan: I got it easy as well Re1+. One reason being that it looked so familiar puzzle!. yes, it was on display last week!. Looks like chessgames has run out of puzzles
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  whiteshark: Monday puzzle is Monday puzzle, but yeah, it was last Monday.
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  dzechiel: Black to play (28...?). White is up two pawns. "Very Easy."

OK, a couple of days ago I failed to recognize a position that I had seen a year earlier.

But today's position seems AWFULLY familiar. Didn't we see this about a week ago?

Time to check. :D

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  sfm: Really embarrassing for Soenke Maus to make exactly the same mistake against the same player and in the same year.
Dec-29-08  nimzo knight: We saw it last week. CG had another puzzle today that was too tough for Monday: Yermolinsky vs P Hummel, 1999 (Move 24: White to play). Now they repeated the puzzle from last week. It looks like its the holiday time :).
Dec-29-08  akapovsky: Well they don't lie when they say "very easy"
Dec-29-08  YouRang: Okay, until comes up with a new Monday puzzle (assuming they do), try this Monday puzzle:

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White to play 34.?

Answer: Kamsky vs Leveille, 1989

Dec-29-08  goldfarbdj: That does seem like Monday-level difficulty, <YouRang>: Rxf7, and black is in Morton's Fork -- if he takes the queen, white mates with 35 Rf8+ Kg7 (or h7) 36 R1f7+ Kh6 37 Rh8; if he doesn't take the queen, white plays Qxg6+ with another quick mate.
Dec-29-08  TheBish: Oh no they di'n't! What's this, a rerun from last week?! It was easy last week, and it's even easier this week... 28...Re1+! With all the easy positions in all the millions of games played, surely CG can find an original position!
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  cu8sfan: Is it Groundhog Day?
Dec-29-08  MostlyAverageJoe: <YouRang> too easy.

Here's a re-run from over a year ago:

Black to move, <12 ... ?>

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Solution: H Bohm vs R Hernandez, 1979

PS: this was the most difficult of all Monday puzzles I have analyzed. Source of difficulty: white can play f3.

Dec-29-08  sleepyirv: <YouRang> I take it you've been waiting for years for this to happen. It's your time to shine!
Premium Chessgames Member Sorry about the mixup, there's a new Monday puzzle now here: H Karner vs Mass, 1971
Jan-04-09  WhiteRook48: what's the follow-up to 29.Bf1?
Jan-04-09  thebribri8: 29... Qxd4
Jan-05-09  WhiteRook48: oh, and then 30. Rxd4 Rxa1
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