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Alexey Sokolsky vs Grigory Grigorievich Krupsky
BLR-ch (1960), Vitebsk BLR, Apr-??
Polish Opening: General (A00)  ·  1-0



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May-05-08  parmetd: qd6 is a huge huge mistake. exactly the type of error people playing b4 want to see.
May-05-08  Terry McCracken: <parmetd: qd6 is a huge huge mistake. exactly the type of error people playing b4 want to see.>

Not isn't. Black is =. Bf6?? was a huge mistake.

May-05-08  whiteshark: Good beginning of the week!
May-05-08  stacase: For a change, Monday's puzzle is indeed very easy!
May-05-08  wouldpusher: Wow, it's the Polish AKA Sokolsky AKA Orangutan Opening, and Sokolsky himself wins with it.

9. ... ♕b6 10. ♖c1 ♗d8 11. ♘xe5 might have resulted in a less decisive defeat for Black. 9. ... ♕b8? resulted in the QR being trapped.

May-05-08  johnlspouge: Monday (Very Easy): White to play and win.

Material: Even. Black has physical possession of the center with Ps, but White is better developed, with Nb5, Bb2, Rc1, and Nf3 already active. White can give a check, Nd6, presently harmlessly, but the Black Qb8 prevents the check while guarding Bc8 against Rxc8. The Qb8 is therefore overburdened.

Candidates (11.): Rxc8

11.Rxc8 (threatening 12.Rxb8)

The Qb8 has no flight square, so

11…Qxc8 12.Nd6+

forking Qc8 and Ke8 and winning Q for R.

May-05-08  DarthStapler: Got it easily, just like the problem said
May-05-08  Riverbeast: The Polish strikes again!!
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  playground player: I use this opening against my toughest opponents, and it serves me very well. Maybe because people just don't see it all that often, and make mistakes in dealing with it--whatever the reason, it works!
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  kevin86: At first,I thought this was a Fischer-random game (by the appearence of the black pieces.)

The win is easy;white captures the bishop at c8-diverting the trapped queen into a fork from the knight at d6. Black moving of the queen on the second move surely outguns the white initial move in being the kooky move of the month club member.

May-05-08  YouRang: <kevin86> I had the same impression about Fischer Random with the odd arrangement of black's back row, lol.

But it's easy indeed: The knight check at d6 looks juicy, if only we can shift black's queen on c8, where it is (1) no longer guarding d6 and (2) in range of the knight fork.

Of course, once you get that far, 11.Rxc8 jumps into you face.

May-05-08  whiteshark: As a matter of course this game is mentionend in Sokolsky's book about the <b4-Opening>.

Event of this game: Championship of White Russia (Byelorussia) in 1960. Opponent was 'Krupsky'.

Instead of 8...Bf6? <8...a6> was necessary.

May-05-08  PhilFeeley: How many nanoseconds did it take everyone to get this?
May-05-08  Samagonka: Wicked move! I didn't get it.
May-05-08  wals: Static Evaluation: Material is even. Black has two pawns in the centre.

Dynamic EValuation: Black is underdeveloped, only one piece out from the back row.

Abstract Assessment: Rookc1xc8, the Queen must take as any escape square is covered. Nd6+, hammers the last nail in the coffin.

candidate move:= Rc1xc8

11.Rc1xc8 ...Qxc8 12.Nd6+ ...Kf8 13.Nxc8 and the show should be over


Very easy.

May-05-08  alphee: Easy monday ...
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  patzer2: For today's easy Monday puzzle, 11. Rxb8! initiates a winning Knight Fork combination.
May-05-08  234: Sunday puzzle <41. ?> May-04-08 E Inarkiev vs M Kazhgaleyev, 2008
May-05-08  Stelling: Too bad 11. R:c8! arrived before Krupski had time to play Nf8!!
May-05-08  YouRang: I suppose that terminology geeks (like myself) are gratified to observe that 11.Rxc8 is truly both a deflection and a decoy.

It's a <deflection> because it makes the queen <go away> from b8, from where it was guarding the d6 square against Nd6.

It's a <decoy> because to makes the queen <come to> c8, where it may be impaled by one of the prongs of the Nd6 knight fork.

May-05-08  johnlspouge: <<YouRang> wrote: I suppose that terminology geeks (like myself) are gratified to observe that 11.Rxc8 is truly both a deflection and a decoy.>

Thanks for explaining the subtle difference between a deflection and a decoy, <YouRang>. (I must be a terminology geek, too.)

May-05-08  DavidD: Puzzles like this one--typical of Monday puzzles--show a certain type of chess position: one in which tactics predominates. In these positions, calculation of exact variations takes priority over positional considerations. Comments on material or center control or weak squares aren't really going to help much. You have to concentrate on concrete threats such as captures and checks first, then look for double attacks, pins, skewers, etc. Given that, the first move to consider is Rxc8 which in this case works due to Nd6+ next move. Kotov and other GMs have repeatedly made the point that this type of position requires exact calculation of highly tactical lines. So use this type of position to calculate, not think positionally. It's important to recognize these two types of thought processes (tactical positions--calculate lines; strategic positions--look at positional factors, formulate plans) in a chess game.
May-05-08  zooter: <patzer2: For today's easy Monday puzzle, 11. Rxb8! initiates a winning Knight Fork combination.>

You mean Rxc8

May-05-08  zenpharaohs: kevin86: "At first,I thought this was a Fischer-random game (by the appearence of the black pieces.)"

I had the same thought.

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  Sebastian88: Championship of Belarus - Vitebsk 2-26.4.1960.

2...Qd6: Polish Opening: German Defense.

Krupski = Grigory Grigorievich Krupsky

Better: 4...e5! 5. Nd4 Qg6!? 6. e3 Nf6 =

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