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Robert J Richmond vs Graham K Burgess
4NCL (2001), Birmingham ENG, rd 1, Sep-22
Slav Defense: Exchange Variation (D10)  ·  0-1



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  dzechiel: Found 24...Bf3 straight away (actually the first move I found was 24 Rf8+ leading to mate or the win of a rook, then realized that it was black to move), because any other move allows white to come crashing in.
Dec-22-06  Larsker: <In the follow through, 27...g4+ is a great move that might have eluded me, hence the "almost".> Same here. Got it up until g4+.
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  al wazir: To solve this you have to find a win for black after 25. Kf2. I guess 25...Qh2 is good enough, because after 26. Rg1 black plays 26...Rf6 27. Raf1 Bxg2+ 28. Ke1 Bxf1 29. Rxf1 Qxg3+ 30. Ke2 Qg2+ 31. Ke1/Kd1 Rxf1#.

I didn't find either line before looking.

Dec-22-06  consul: <Bare Beginner>: if 24 .. ♖h6, then 25 ♖f8+. In fact i got Bf3 since close the column for the white rook. The following moves are less straightforward.
Dec-22-06  Chris1Clark: Half a mark for the cummulative danger of 3 pieces on f8 and a need to block the channel with Bf3, as ever always need to worry about offered material. My continuation for black was 25...Rh6 with threat of mate on h2 so white is forced to 26.Kf2 Qh2+ 27. Ke1 Qxg3+ 28 Kd1 exf3 and it all looks nice for black with options of f2 and the rook on the h file etc. Didn't go to a close ran out off steam and don't have a board on my desk. Nice puzzle though.
Dec-22-06  MenisfromVenis: Got the first 2 moves right, missed g4.
nimzo knight: 27..Rf6 also seems to work; 28 Kg4 Qe2+ 29 Kh3 RxR 30 RxR QxR+ 31 Kg4 and I think Black runs out of steam.
Dec-22-06  melv: Bf3 same as yesterdays puzzle. Took me about five minutes to see it.
Dec-22-06  Soltari: In this puzzle 24...Bf3 was very obvious to me, it's about the only move that keeps black alive for a couple more turns. However the second move is much harder to find, there are a lot of options for black. I chose 25...Rh6, can anyone tell me if that move wins??
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  crafty: 25...♖h6 26. ♔f2 ♕xf3+ 27. ♔e1 ♕xe3+ 28. ♔d1 ♕d3+ 29. ♔e1 =   (eval 0.01; depth 12 ply; 500M nodes)
Dec-22-06  Tacticstudent: Why was the black pawn on g4 untouchable for white? I got everything right, except this :/
Dec-22-06  Simple Man: I don't think that 25... exf3 is the best move. White can play 26. Rac1 Rh6 27.Rc2, and the h2 square is protected !!

The right move for black is Rh6 immediately after 25. gxf3 !!!

Below is a logical series of moves for 25. gxf3 Rh6 :

24... Bf3 25. gxf3 Rh6 26. Kf2 Qh2+ 27. Ke1 Qxg3+ 28. Kd2 Qg2+ 29. Kc3 Qe2 30. Rfd1 Rh2 31. Kb3 a4+ 32. Kc3 Rb8 33. Qf8+ Rxf8

White's Queen is out and black has a much better game !

Dec-22-06  outplayer: First time I solve a friday puzzle.
Dec-22-06  Selangor: Well played move by Graham Burgess.
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  bright1: I think if white plays 27. Kxg4 then Rg6+ wins.
Dec-22-06  haha: <TrueBlue: got it in 20 seconds, I am scared how good I am getting :)>

wow, I spent almost 5 minutes on it, and didn't get it :"(

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  Peligroso Patzer: < nimzo knight: 27. ... Rf6 also seems to work>

< cu8sfan: *** In the follow through, 27. ...g4+ is a great move that might have eluded me ***>

It certainly seems that 27. … Rf6+ is at least as strong as Burgess’s 27. … g4+, for example: 27...Rf6+ 28.Kg4 Qe2+ 29.Kxg5 (or 29.Rf3 Qxf3+ 30.Kxg5 Rg6+ 31.Kh4 Qg4#) 29...Rg6+ 30.Kf4 Qg4+ 31.Ke5 Re6#.

Dec-22-06  Themofro: Got it no problem. The clue in the position is white's line up on f8, so black must 1. stop that, and 2. strenghten his own position, as such Bf3 is the only move that does both and works. Not that hard at all for a friday.
Dec-22-06  chaarl: <tacticsstudent>
after 28.Kxg4 Rg6+ 29.Kf3 Rg3+ Kf4 Qh4+ it looks to me as though white is going to get mated quite soon
Dec-22-06  greensfield: Got this one straight away because you have to do something about White's nasty threat. Black is on the defensive, white threatens Rf8!! So sac Bishop on f3 for Pawn, blocks this threat. Black is now on the attack. For instance Rook is poised to flip along the 6th rank to get to the h-file to double up with the Queen & drive King out into the open.
Dec-22-06  YouRang: Well, I was helped along by the mate threats by White: I knew that I either had to check, or block the mate threat.

Seeing no way to check effectively, I looked for a way to block the mate threat (i.e. the f1 rook) in such a way that carried it's own threats or weakened white's defense.

With this line of thinking, I considered 24...Bf3 pretty quickly, but after 25. gxf3, my follow-up was 25...Rh6, which seems pretty strong and forcing (26. Kf2 Qh2+ 27. Ke1 Qxg3+, and between the queen, the rooks, the e4 pawn, and threats on the f1 rook, Black seems to have a nice king hunt going.)

I couldn't see it all the way to conclusion, but was happy enough that it was winning.

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  playground player: Yahoo! Got a Friday puzzle! Never would've solved it a few months (or even weeks) ago. Proof that really does work as a chess educator!
Dec-22-06  DeepThought: If you wonder why you so easily got this week's puzzles, think again:

This is's Christmas present to you.

Season's greetings and Merry Christmas to all of you (especially those not being able to visit this website tomorrow :-))

Dec-22-06  avidfan: <Tacticstudent> 28.Kxg4 Rg6+ 29.Kf5 Qh5+ 30.Kf4 Qg4# or Rf6#

29.Kf4 Qxg3+ 30.Kf5 Qg5#

♕,♖ often combine effectively in a king hunt.

Declining the g4-pawn was worse as 29...Rf6# is up next in the actual game.

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  kevin86: I saw Bf3 only because of a few similar puzzles earlier this week. The final position is amusing-the threat of a subtle but brutal mate by the rook costs white his queen for a rook.
Dec-22-06  ALEXIN: I let Fritz 8 run 10 minutes and fritz prefers 25 Rh6. I think that in this puzzle the most important move is Bf3 !! with a lot of compensations for the future.
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