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Hannes Stefansson vs Lazaro Bruzon Batista
Capablanca Memorial Elite 36th (2001), Havana CUB, rd 1, May-05
Sicilian Defense: Paulsen. Bastrikov Variation (B48)  ·  1-0



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Apr-10-06  Richerby: <MorphyMatt> You calculated a response to 22... ♗xg5 in that time?
Apr-10-06  Vuroth: 22 ... Rf7 23 Bxg6 Black has:

23 ... Bxg5 24 Bxf7+ Kf8 25 Qxg5 Bxg2 26 Qxg2 and Black can not avoid mate on either g7 or g8

23 ... Bf6 24 Bxf7+ Kf8 25 Qh6+ and white mates on f6 or g7.

Kudos to those of you who saw this right away. Some of us just plod along....

Apr-10-06  myratingstinks: it seems instructive to me that two bishops working in conjunction with one another as they do today is deadly.
Apr-10-06  gerpm: Qh5--beautiful!. Say "goodnight" Lazaro.
Apr-10-06  miguel12: Thanks for Mondays!! 2 seconds, makes me feel like a GM (if only for a day).
Apr-10-06  YouRang: Nice puzzle. The black king is completely frozen, so any check is mate.

The white piece best poised to give check is the light-square bishop, and the h7 square is the most likely square to check from, since it's defended by the knight.

If only we can get rid of the g6 pawn.... At this point, the puzzle solves itself! 22. Qxh5! steals the knight and recapture deflects that g6 pawn, allowing 23. Bxh7#.

Apr-10-06  snowie1: <Zplane> Same here...I like it!
Apr-10-06  kevin86: White threatens mate by Qxh7# of course if 22...gxh5 23 Bxh7#

Black gets choice at what weapon will mate him

Apr-10-06  tomer137: I am looking for a chess tatctics book. I am not really good at chess tactics. I have a USCF rating of 1200. I solved todays puzzle in about a minute. I usualy solve the monday and tuesday puzzles. I solve the wednesday puzzles about 30% of the time. can anybody reccomend me a good chess tactics book.
Apr-10-06  jperr75108: Good problem for a monday. How did Bruzon not see this?
Apr-10-06  Saruman: 22.-Bxg5 23.Bxg6 Re7 24.Bxh7+ Rxh7 25.Qg6+ Rg7 26.Qxg7# is a nice little combo.
Apr-10-06  Saruman: <tomer137> this site is great for tactics
Apr-10-06  Alex S.: <Dres1: Bxe4 Qxh7 mate>

Of course. NOW I look stupid!

Apr-10-06  tomer137: <saruman> thanks it looks a very good web site
Apr-10-06  soberknight: Easy puzzle, but I'm the kind of player who would have taken the knight a move earlier and allowed the mate. :)
Apr-10-06  Titicamara: I finally solved one. Yeah me.
Apr-10-06  dzechiel: Found 22 Qxh5 right away, as it's obvious that black can't take the queen. On 22...Bxg5 white would likely respond with 23 Bxg6! There do seem to be other moves that black can try (some mentioned above), but it sure looks like he isn't long for this world.

<tomer137> A book that had impact on my early game is "Chess Traps, Pitfalls and Swindles". I don't think it's been translated into algebraic notation, but I still think it's worth the effort to read. It started me looking at the board in a different light, and made me look for moves and combinations that I would have missed in the past. Give it a try, I'm sure you can get a used copy from very inexpensively.

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  OBIT: This puzzle is not bad for a Monday, but, as a few other posters have hinted, I'd like this one better if it started at move 21. Maybe that would make it more of a Wednesday puzzle. Some guys in the "find the heaviest piece and sac it" camp would probably blow it with 21. Qxh5?? Qg2 mate.

<Vuroth> 22...Rf7 23. Nxf7?? gxh5 - there is no mate. Instead 23. Bxg6! looks crushing.

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  OBIT: Oops, sorry Vuroth... you had the last post on page 1, and I thought that was the last comment. I see you mentioned 23. Bxg6 on the next page.
Apr-10-06  backyard pawn: <Tomer137> Out of print, but sometimes you can find a copy of Leslie Ault's "The Chess Tutor: Elements of Combinations." Also, any of the little Fred Reinfeld books of checkmate puzzles are at about the level of Mondays and Tuesdays.
Apr-10-06  Fezzik: Someone asked how Bruzon didn't see the mate coming. Well, there are at least two possible answers:

a) he saw it coming and allowed it out of courtesy (or frustration)

b) this is the continuation that was given, but Bruzon resigned a move earlier.

Of course, Bruzon, a 2500+ GM *might* have missed the combination, but then how to explain his previous move? My own theory, based on no evidence other than the game, is that Bruzon allowed the tactic to be played even though he saw it.

I have occasionally allowed my opponent's winning tactic if I missed it in time to resign respectfully. I know this is a very personal choice, but I would rather reward my opponent for his mating attack than resign one move before the culminating combo and rob my opponent of his glory.

Here, Bruzon resigned before move 25, acknowledging the brilliance of his opponent and his own poor form on the day.

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  LIFE Master AJ: Wow, nice game.

I did solve it, although I stared at the position for a while before ... like a rock hitting me in the head ... I went, "DUH!!!" (Of course.)

How does one explain such a brevity? I guess anyone can have a bad day.

Apr-27-06  patzer2: After Black's miscue 20...Nh5?, White's deflection 21. Be4!! sets up a decisive double attack mate threat after 21...Qc8 22. Qxh5! .
May-06-06  spirit: thanks <saruman> for the tactics site
Dec-14-14  mikealando: Nice! Thanks for the compilation
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