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Michael Joseph Freeman vs Christopher Morrison
BCF-ch (1978), Ayr SCO, rd 11, Aug-18
Benoni Defense: Czech Benoni Defense (A56)  ·  1-0

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Mar-24-08  znprdx: <012:> thanx ...don't you wish <CG> had an index or a history bar? Oh this is hilarious quibbling over the execution of a "slam dunk" - but nevertheless more interesting than the "one two buckle my shoe...."variety. In fact<CG> all Monday puzzles should have a precisely correct forced mate sequence with the possibility of getting the wrong move order and drawing or even sweeter: losing. This is a good first step.
Mar-24-08
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  johnlspouge: <<TheaN> wrote: 1/1>

So far, so good. Congrats :)

<Hm. I actually 'forgot' one of Black's defenses here, although the whole point is rather obvious.

29.Qxg7+ Qxg7 30.Rxf8... now I forgot the opportunity of Qxb2 [snip] >

One technique I found to shorten my written analyses (and therefore my mental calculation also) is to identify explicitly the threats implicit in a move. If you check my post, e.g., I write

<29.Qxg7+ Qxg7 30.Rxf8 (threatening 31.Rxg8#)>

Tacitly, Black must answer the threat, so

<now I forgot the opportunity of Qxb2, but this is the same as when black passes, 31.Rxg8#>

becomes redundant.

A sparse style has an added benefit: the fewer the details shared, the more people you fool into thinking that you knew everything all along ;>)

Mar-24-08
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  whiteshark: After <29.Qxg7+ Qxg7 30.Rf8> black can't break the pin without getting mated (30...Qxb2 31.Rg8#). And the threat 31.Rxg8# remains. <30...h5 31.Rxg8+ Kh7 32.Rxg7+ Kh6 33.h4> is hopeless.
Mar-24-08  JG27Pyth: Nice little mating combination finish. This is exactly the kind of thing you want to be able to spot quickly when playing blitz to finish the darn game off... you've got the win, you know you do, but the clock is ticking and where the hell is the mate... and if you settle for some trade-offy inaccurate thing the whole game goes to hell as he wriggles off the hook.

A great start to the week.

<FerociousBeast>I was trying to follow your commentary on my Smurf's chess analysis board... but it was far too deep!

Mar-24-08  YouRang: I don't think I've ever missed a Monday puzzle before, but I might have missed this one except for the fact that it was Monday :-)

For a long time, I didn't see the winning idea, but then I decided, "what the heck, it's Monday, let's try the queen sac". Finally, I noticed that I could follow-up with Rxf8 with Rxg8# next.

Had it been Tuesday, I might have blown it. :-p

Mar-24-08
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  Peligroso Patzer: <YouRang: I don't think I've ever missed a Monday puzzle before, but I might have missed this one except for the fact that it was Monday :-)

For a long time, I didn't see the winning idea, but then I decided, "what the heck, it's Monday, let's try the queen sac". Finally, I noticed that I could follow-up with Rxf8 with Rxg8# next.

Had it been Tuesday, I might have blown it. :-p>

How very well said!

I also required several minutes before I found the right idea. Given that it's Monday, I suppose the first thing I should have considered was a Queen sac near the Black King, but for some reason it took a long time for me to consider 29. Qxg7+ without taking the Black Queen on the next move (30. Bxg7+??, a really pointless move). Once I did hit upon the right idea, the play was completely forcing, of course, so I guess that's another factor in rating the puzzle "Very Easy", but I did not find it so.

Mar-24-08  MagisterMusicae: Tell me the possbibilities for a black better game afrer 21. Ne6. Where is Crafty?
Mar-24-08
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  playground player: This isn't much of an advertisement for the Benoni Defense, is it?
Mar-24-08  wossip: What a nice surprise to see the end of my game on this page! This was my only win in the event.
I came last.
Michael Freeman
Mar-24-08
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  kevin86: An unusual queen sac in that white did it in two stages:

First,he gave up his queen. Then,instead of recapturing the black queen,he allowed the queen to live,but uselessly pinned,white he carved the final coffin for black's king.

Mar-24-08  zb2cr: I had a bit of trouble with this, as initially I was looking at 29. Rxf8. I had a "board vision hallucination" that made me think the line with the Queen sacrifice transposed into the line with taking the Rook first.

After clearing my mind of this garbage variation, I then saw that the Queen sacrifice caused Black much more trouble.

Mar-24-08  JG27Pyth: <wossip: What a nice surprise to see the end of my game on this page! This was my only win in the event.>

LOL. Like hearing your band on the radio for the first time. Nice. Well, now that you're incredibly even painfully famous I suppose you should quit your job and prepare to fend off the media circus. Probably shouldn't leave home for a few weeks until it all dies down. You know how it is for chess celebrities. ;) And in all seriousness... too bad about the result in the tourny, but at least in this one you sure showed 'em.

Mar-24-08  pawnofdoom: This was hard for a typical Monday, but the obvious queen sac just happened to work.
Mar-24-08  DeltaHawk: got it
Mar-24-08  Jason Frost: I think it was pretty normal for a monday
Mar-24-08
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  DarthStapler: Got it pretty easily
Mar-24-08  just a kid: Yes, the monday queen sac again!
Mar-24-08  GannonKnight: Wow ... How did I miss that one?
Mar-24-08  thefableddavid: too hard for a monday
Mar-24-08  Jim Bartle: "too hard for a monday"

Not really, because once you know there's a winning combination, Qxg7 is the only possibility.

Mar-26-08
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  patzer2: For the Monday Marchy 24, 2008 puzzle, 29. Qxg7+! sets up an amusing pin to leave the White Queen helpless in stopping the coming mate by the Rook on g8.
Jul-16-11  ToTheDeath: < FerociousBeast: OK NOOBS TIME FOR ANALASSIST:

GM-FEROCIOUSBEAST: Black to move after I go. Black she is up a pawn. "Very Easy for me atleast."

Well, I don't know if I would call this one "very easy" for other 12 year olds on here like tatic12. I spotted the theme right away, but it's certainly not obvious for the rest of you until you plugged it into your fritz or crafty program.

My first idea:
K-KBP-2! (Bringing The King out the white middle diagonal aggressively to get the edge in the end game)

Let's see when white resigned.

Wait after thinking about this for .2 seconds I realized that there must be better options for white.

....N-PKB3! Freeing up your king to prevent a possible smothered mate by an opponents Horse attack from the white pieces! After analyzing some lines for 38-minutes I realized to my horror that it was indeed white to play and not black! But I realized I had not eaten breakfast and Mcdonalds was open So I went down and got myself a combo #4 without lettice. I will continue my in depth work on this solution later.

GM SHIRTLESSROCKETMAN>

lol this guy needs his own chess show.

Dec-11-11  King Death: When I played against the Czech Benoni, I always used Bc1-h6 too. Maybe there's a better way though. It seemed like Black could play ...Ne8-f6-g8 and gain a tempo.
Jan-11-14  wossip: Many comments refer to the ease in finding the final combination because it was featured as a 'Monday morning puzzle'. In 1978, there was no such thing, and during the game no-one raised a flag or told me there was a quick finish! I was delighted to discover there was one, and did so only by considering all options.
Jan-11-14
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  offramp: <wossip: Many comments refer to the ease in finding the final combination because it was featured as a 'Monday morning puzzle'. In 1978, there was no such thing, and during the game no-one raised a flag or told me there was a quick finish! I was delighted to discover there was one, and did so only by considering all options.>

Good point. Nowadays I travel around with that robot from Lost In Space always at my side. When he sees a mating combination he shouts out, "DANGER! DANGER! WILL ROBINSON! A SEXUAL PREDATOR IS LECHING AFTER YOU!!"

Ignore that last bit. It's a very old piece of voice-programing.

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