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Aron G Reshko vs Oleg Kaminsky
"Kamin Get It" (game of the day Oct-18-2006)
Leningrad Championship (1972)
English Opening: King's English. Four Knights Variation Fianchetto Lines (A29)  ·  1-0



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  Once: It's all about being able to turn off your powers...

Spiderman wishes he could turn off his sticky fingers when he uses his ipad.

Superman wishes he can disable his x-ray vision when he walks through the old folks home.

And sometimes queens wish they could turn off their ability to move along both ranks and diagonals.

Fun puzzle.

Jul-05-12  Castleinthesky: I knew it wasn't a rook or queen, but couldn't decide between a bishop or knight. Like <reisanibal>, I had a preference for the knight. I'm glad it ultimately also produced a win (I'll take a correct answer whenever I can get one).
Jul-05-12  James D Flynn: 61.a8=B(not a8=QorR, Qf7+ 62.Qxf7 stalemate) Qb3(if Qb1 63.Bd5 and the threat of Bg8+, Bf7+, Bg6# mate wins)62.Qd8(if 62.Qe6 Qb8 63.g5 hxg5 64.hxg5 Qh2+ 65.Kg4 Qg1+ 66.Kf4 Qxg5+ wins) 67.Qg8(else Bd5wins) Qxg8+ 68.Kxd8 Kg6 wins.
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  kevin86: I saw this one:a queen or rook promotion leads to stalemate,so a bishop is needed. The extra piece wins pretty easily.
Jul-05-12  bengalcat47: Here is a nice example of under-promoting to a bishop. White: King on c7, Pawns on a6 and e7. Black: King on a8, Pawn on a7, Knight on c8. It is White to play and win. The answer is: 1.e8=B,Ne7; 2.Bf7, Nc6; 3.Bg6 and wins.
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  Jimfromprovidence: I'm looking at the posts seeing a win if there is a knight promotion. Is there one?

<gofer> <61 a8=N Qa7! (The knight is trapped!) 62 g5 hxg5
63 hxg5 fxg5
64 Qg6+ Kh8
65 Nb6

This is probably winning for white but its a hard slog!>

65...Qb8, below or 65...Qc7 look good for black, threatening 66...Qh2+ with a perpetual.

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<reisanibal> <61. a8=N Qa7 62. g5 hxg5 63. hxg5 fxg5 64. Qg6+ Kg8 65. Qc6 Qf7+>

65...Kh7 is much better here.

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Black needs to keep the queens on the board and not allow white's king to get to g6 because of the threat of a back rank mate.

Now black too has a threat, 66Qd4, seeing 67Qh4#

Jul-05-12  marcwordsmith: Am I missing something or doesn't 62.Qe6 win a bit more easily? No stopping Bd5 on the next move unless Black wants to trade queens, in which case it's over.
Jul-05-12  Manic: <marcwordsmith>

62.Qe6 Qxe6 63.fxe6 g6#

Jul-05-12  marcwordsmith: OOPS!!!!
Jul-05-12  dragon player: 61.a8(Q) is tempting, but 61...Qf7+ results into stalemate. But it's minorpromotionweek, so this should work:

61.a8(B) Qb6 (or anywhere else)
62.Bd5 g6+ (or else 63.Qg8#)
63.Qxg6+ Kh8

Time to check.


The game went a bit different, lets check Rybka.


well, okay, Qb3 prevents Bd5, but the idea is fine.


Jul-05-12  David2009: A Reshko vs O Kaminsky, 1972 White 61?

In underpromotion week, the B underpromotion is very easy to spot. Would I have found it is any other week?

Winning the puzzle position

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against Crafty End Game Trainer requires an adjustment since the EGT assumes all White promotions are to Q: so promote the Pawn to Bishop; and move the K to g5 (White is in illegal double check but who's bothered); then play Kh5 as first move. Link: Enjoy an exceptionally easy victory against the never-discouraged robot!

The N underspromotion 61.a8=N? is met by 61...Qa7! which draws (but you are welcome to check this again starting Kh5 in the next link:

Jul-05-12  dgbuckmeister: I don't understand why Black can't escape with aeven material a likely draw with 61. ..Qxa8 threatening 62.Qxa8 g6#.
Jul-05-12  SuperPatzer77: <dgbuckmeister: I don't understand why Black can't escape with aeven material a likely draw with 61. ..Qxa8 threatening 62.Qxa8 g6#. >

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<dgbuckmeister> You've overlooked the White f-pawn on f5. If {61. a8=B! Qxa8??, 62. Qxa8 g6+ (not mate), 63. fxg6+ White is winning

Final position - White is winning - see diagram below:

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Jul-05-12  dgbuckmeister: Thanks SuperPatzer77.
Jul-05-12  M.Hassan: "Medium" White to play 61.?
White is a pawn up.

Soon realized that 61.a8=Qor R is a no no that results in stalemate: <61.a8=Q Qf7+ 62.Qxf7 forced and Black has no move. 1/2-1/2>

61.a8=B Qc7

Jul-05-12  hrobert5: Looking at SuperPatzer77's "final position" board, Black at best can hold out four more moves: K-g7, 64. Q-a7+ K-g8, 65. Q-f7+ K-h8 66. g7+ K-h7 67. g8=Q mate
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  Sneaky: The greatest under-promotion of all time.
Jul-06-12  trnbg: I think this game is the only practical game in chess history with an underpromotion to a Bishop (or, to be more precise, with an underpromotion to a B. as the only winning move). Is that right?
Jul-06-12  Thanh Phan: At least one other game shown with an underpromotion to a Bishop, Dragoslav Tomic vs Frank Winzbeck D Tomic vs F Winzbeck, 1993 at move 44. cxd8=B avoids stalemate
Jul-06-12  SuperPatzer77: <hrobert5: Looking at SuperPatzer77's "final position" board, Black at best can hold out four more moves: K-g7, 64. Q-a7+ K-g8, 65. Q-f7+ K-h8 66. g7+ K-h7 67. g8=Q mate >

<hrobert5> I know that. I wanted to show <dgbuckmeister> about my analysis. You should take a look at <dgbuckmeister>'s confusing comment. He actually overlooked the White f-pawn on f5.

63...♔g7, 64. ♕a7+ ♔g8, 65. ♕f7+ ♔h8, 66. ♕h7#


Aug-26-12  reisanibal: Wikipedia claims that "In the actual game, White promoted to a knight. White won the game because of an error by Black (Mller & Pajeken 2008:21920)." n_to_rook_or_bishop
So, which one is correct?
Sep-19-14  Ke2: Awesome. Very few situations need a bishop.
Jan-17-17  Albion 1959: A fascinating game to look at in all it's aspects. From move 61 the position becomes a problem-like study, only this is not a composition, but a real over the board game! Move 61.a8=N does NOT lead to a win. The main line appears to be as follows: 61 a8=N Qa7
62 g5 hxg
63 hxg fxg
64 Qg6+ Kg8
65 Nb6 Qc7!
66 Kxg5 Qg3+
With a draw by perpetual
66 Qe6+ Kh7
67 Nd5 Qh2+
Draws again
67 Qe3 Qh2+
68 Kxg5?? Qh6+
Wins the queen
68 Kg4 Qg2+
Virtually impossible for white to make any progress here: Resinbals' analysis is flawed and has a big hole in it. On move 64 black is not obliged to play Kg8, Kh8! Also if 64 Qg6+ Kg8
65 Qc6 Kh7!
Black does not have to play 65 Qf7?? as given by Resinbal, which is a blunder anyway: Verdict - 61 a8 =N does lead to a win and Resinbal needs a stronger search and more powerful engine!
Jan-17-17  Albion 1959: Correction final comment Verdict - 61 a8=N does not lead to a win. Did not quite proof read it properly before posting!
Aug-15-19  clement41: Superb endgame! Nice under promotion
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