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Rada vs Kostal
"Pin a Kostal" (game of the day Nov-26-2008)
Prague (1942)
Sicilian Defense: Classical. Fianchetto Variation (B58)  ·  1-0



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Jul-23-08  Kasputin: <Terry McCracken: How many of you saw this combination in less then a minute including the fatal blow 22. Re1!...?> Like many others I saw this quickly. The dark square weakness, the double threat of Qxb2 and Qg7# and even the move Re1 after black plays 21 ...Qe5. All very simple in a way. But chess isn't a simple game as we all know. If I were playing black in this game I wouldn't play 21 ...Qe5 because I would be almost certain that my opponent would see 22. Re1. Pretty much every kibitzer here saw the move afterall. So why not try 21 ...f6 or 21 ...Re5? Yes, white will win by taking the rook on b2. But maybe white tries for more and goes wrong.
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  Jimfromprovidence: It's interesting to note that if black simply plays 18...Qa4 instead of Qa5, we have no puzzle.

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Assume we continue with the text 19 Bh6 Rfe8 20 Rxb2 Rxb2. Now, after 21 Qc4 (replacing Qd4), black has the checking move he was lacking in the text to prevent severe material loss.

Kibitzers <MaxxLange> and <patzer2> alluded to this concept.

21....Qe4+ keeps black out of trouble, with likely a draw by perpetual check.

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  patzer2: <Jimfromprovidence> Good observation about 18...Qa4! taking the steam out of the attack with White's intended 19. Bh6.

However, as <TheaN> observes, even after 19. Bh6, the reply 19...Rd8 appears to hold the position. I'd even venture that 19...Bg7 puts up sufficient resistance to leave the outcome in doubt.

Jul-23-08  234: Tuesday puzzle Jul-22-08 <35. ...?> E Piankov vs Psakhis, 1977
Jul-23-08  jovack: spotted it almost instantly

a pretty good puzzle though

Jul-23-08  MiCrooks: Quite easy for a Wednesday, as there aren't a lot of options - play the move you want to play and see if it works...and it does!

You see that you can play Rxb2 as after Rxb2 Qd4 you have the double threat of recapture (piece up) and mate at g7. For a second it may seem like Black has the defense Qe5 blocking the diagonal and xray protecting b2, but anyone familiar with these sort of weak back rank themes will immediately find Re1. Now no matter what black does he is losing BIG material. Either simple capture leads to mate so you have just dropped your Queen ALONG with your Bishop. Time to resign...

Nov-26-08  D4n: Theres just nothing good here for black.
Nov-26-08  ughaibu: Is it a cockney pin, sorry, pun?
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  WannaBe: That's gotta be the worst pun of the year!! =)
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  Once: I actually quite like today's pun, as it hints at pentecostal and the sign of the cross. And that is exactly what we have in the final position - a cross-pin.
Nov-26-08  njchess: Black goes horribly wrong with 19. ... Rfe8??, better was Rfd8 and the position is essentially even. Nice pun...
Nov-26-08  tivrfoa: wonderful!!! just 22 moves hehehe
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  kevin86: The final move is as sharp as a pin. Yes,it is a double pin.

Black will be mated if the queen moves...or be without a queen,if she doesn't

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  Phony Benoni: ROFL.
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  Chessmensch: Kostal went Postal.
Nov-26-08  YoungEd: I thought the pun was weak before I looked at the game, but <Once> is right--it's really very clever! Fun game.
Nov-26-08  green jelly: I go to a Pin a Kostal church.
Nov-26-08  A.G. Argent: Ok, <Gypsy>, who were these guys?
Nov-26-08  TheaN: Looks like that during the puzzle day this game was the daily puzzle, I was quoted and/or referred to quite some times and I did not notice it:

<johnlspouge: Thanks, <TheaN>, for your use of the term <CROSSPIN>, which was a helpful reminder of chess terminology.>

No problem, I use that way of writing a solution just so I do not forget them myself :).

<patzer2: However, as <TheaN> observes, even after 19. Bh6, the reply 19...Rd8 appears to hold the position. I'd even venture that 19...Bg7 puts up sufficient resistance to leave the outcome in doubt.>

Take note that when I review the position objectively after 19....Rfd8, Black still might have been in trouble, but it actually allows the spoiler sacrifice 20.Rxb2?? Rxb2 21.Qxd8.....? Qxd8... missing that the Queen on a5 was defending the d8 square :). You are correct about Bg7, it holds off immediate disaster. Nonetheless I'd consider Rfd8 a better reply though, winning a tempo and not trade off any pieces. But the final outcome? Pc2 will find his way and win for White, probably.

Nov-26-08  Timothy Glenn Forney: PTL brother and raise your hands and shout amen! great game of the day and pun.
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  WannaBe: On a very, very side note, this game took place in Prague, in the year '42. Can this game actually have 'happened' or the recording be accurate?

Just curious... Nothing more.

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  Phony Benoni: <WannaBe> Many tournaments took place in Nazi-controlled countries during World War II. Alekhine played in Prague in both 1942 and 1943, and there were many local events as well.
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  whiteshark: Both names also show up in <CHESS PSEUDONYMS AND SIGNATURES>
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  GrahamClayton: 12... ♗xb2 13. ♗xb2 ♖xb2
14. ♕d4 results in an unusual forking of the Black rooks by the White Queen:

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Apr-09-17  clement41: 20. ? makes an awesome puzzle
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