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Zbigniew Doda vs Bogdan Sliwa
"Zip-a-Dee Doda" (game of the day Feb-19-2006)
Rubinstein Memorial (1963), Polanica-Zdroj POL, rd 13, Aug-21
Torre Attack: Classical Defense (A46)  ·  1-0



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Oct-09-13  Abdel Irada: <Nick46: Zbigniew will advise us on how to deal with him.>

On a grand chessboard, no less.

Oct-09-13  eblunt: I had a completely different idea :

19 f4 ♕xf4 (♕ has no good square to retreat to) 20 ♗b5+ ♔c7 (♔d8 ♖d1 ) 21. ♕c5+ (intermezzo to get ♕ to protect e3) ♔b8 22 ♗xe8 wins the rook, black has no threats that aren't easily defended by Whites ♕e3 / ♕f2

Oct-09-13  Kikoman: <Puzzle of the Day>

19. Bb5+! Kc7/Kd8 20. Bxe8 and White is Rook up. And if 19...Qxb5 20. O-O-O/Rd1+ Kc7/Kc6 21. Qd6#

and that's it! :D

Oct-09-13  johnlspouge: < <Abdel Irada> wrote: "Bog Dan" sounds a right creepy character: perhaps the villain for the next series of slasher movies? >

The name has Slavic roots meaning "God given", similar in meaning to Emmanuel or Dieudonné.

The authors of "Nightmare on Elm Street" probably considered naming their villain "Emmanuel Krueger", but wisely changed their minds ;>)

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  doubledrooks: <eblunt>: If 19. f4 then 19...exf3+ e.p.
Oct-09-13  patcheck: 19. Bb5+ Qxb5 20. o-o-o+ Qd5 21. c4 ! (better tan 21. Rxd5+ exd5 and black has some compensation) Qxd1 (if any other move then 22. cxd5) 22. Rxd1+ Kc7 (or Kc6) 23. Qd6#
Oct-09-13  patcheck: I missed 21. ... Qd3 which gives too compensation for black.
Oct-09-13  eblunt: <doubledrooks 19...exf3+ e.p> Damn, yes of course, completely missed that.
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  kevin86: I missed the brilliant bishop move.
Oct-09-13  LoveThatJoker: <19. 0-0-0+!>

A) 19...Kc6 20. Qa4+ and Black loses a Rook

B) 19...Kc7 20. Bb5! Rd8 (20...Qxb5?? 21. Qd6#) 21. Qe7+ Kb6 (21...Bd7 22. Bxd7 ) 22. Rxd8 Kxb5 23. Qb4+ Kc6 24. Rhd1


Oct-09-13  sfm: Black plays the sooo natural 9.-,Nc6. 'Can't possibly be a mistake'.

10.Qa3! What a cruel wakeup. A pawn will have to go with no compensation at all. Die slowly or die fighting? Black tries some tactics.

We now know that 17.Ne5+! was a decisive move. What a position to have after 17.-,NxN 18.exN. It's over, Rd1+ and Bb5+ are murderous, and can't be prevented. 18.-,Qxe5 was surely the best try.

Oct-09-13  LoveThatJoker: Man, I've definitely lost my way in Chess. Now that I can move the pieces around, I see that after 19. 0-0-0+ Kc7 20. Bb5 Rh8/Rg8 Black is very much still in the mix.


PS. Then again, maybe after 19. 0-0-0+ Kc7 20. Bb5 Rh8/Rg8 21. Rd4 White is actually doing alright on the attacking front. Not to say that this is better than the text, but it may be objectively OK.

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  keypusher: Here's one I definitely got only because it's a puzzle and I'm looking for something that isn't obvious. If this happened OTB 19.0-0-0+ would be almost automatic for me.
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  Once: Once upon a time there were three ways of making a decision. Let's call them Daddy Decision, Mummy Decision and Baby Decision. They all lived in a cottage in the middle of the woods.

And because bears lived in the house next door, it was a smelly wood because ... ah, but you know the rest, don't you?

Daddy Decision was the head of the household, and this gave him certain inalienable rights. In particular, it gave him the right to make the big decisions affecting the household. This included who to vote for, how to rescue the world's economy and whether there was life on other planets. He was also, coincidentally, in charge of the television remote control.

Daddy Decision had a great way of making a choice. He had what was known as a single track mind. An idea would occur to him and he would decide whether it was a good idea or not. If it was a good idea (in his opinion) he would do it. If not, he would look for another idea. Repeat.

In essence, he was following the flawed logic syllogism:

1. We must do something.
2. This is something.
3. Therefore we must do this.

In today's POTD, Daddy Decision was certain that he wanted to castle long with check. Because ... well, just look at it! 19. 0-0-0+. That's not a chess move. It's half a box of eggs with a diamond in it.

Mummy Decision was having none of this. She was a woman and that meant that she could multi-task. Her way of making a decision was to weigh up two choices and then decide what was best. Incidentally, she never got to use the television remote control, but it didn't really matter because she always got to choose what the family watched.

Mummy Decision looked at today's puzzle and tried to decide between castling long with check or finding a way to play Bb5+. And in either case she was thinking about winning the rook on e8. Option A or option B? Open the box or take the money?

Baby Decision didn't like either of his parents' ways of making a decision. While Papa was fixated on one idea and Mama was comparing two, the youngling had spotted a third possibility. Maybe the puzzle wasn't really about winning the rook on e8. Maybe it was about getting the black queen out of the way so that the white queen could give mate on d6 supported by a rook on d1. And that gave him: 19. Bb5+ (to divert the queen) Qxb5 20. 0-0-0+ (to plonk a rook on d1) Kc6/Kc6 21. Qd6#

Not simply evaluating the first idea that comes along - the warrior's way.

Not comparing the first two promising ideas that you spot - the accountant's approach.

Finding a third idea through fuzzy thinking and creativity - the poet's plan.

Incidentally, Baby Decision was not allowed the television remote control. He did not decide what they were going to watch. But he was the only one who knew how to operate the television.

Oct-09-13  sfm: <LTJ: Maybe after 19. 0-0-0+ Kc7 20. Bb5 Rh8/Rg8 21. Rd4 White is actually doing alright on the attacking front.> Sure, must be won, but nailing the coffin after e.6. 21.-,a6 is a bit harder AFAICS
Oct-09-13  sfm: For a sec I wondered if 18.-,Re7 would be a chance, but 19.Bb5+,Kd8 20.0-0-0+,Bd7 21.RxB+,RxR 22.Qf8# put an end to that idea.
Oct-09-13  LoveThatJoker: <sfm> Thanks you for that. I was just checking this with Stockfish. After 21. Rd4 in this line, the game is equal. So, no advantage for White.

I am surprised at just how I negated going with 19. Bb5+ simply because I didn't see a major attack going after 20...Qd3, while I was attempting to solve this thing.

I am usually so quick to chop pieces of the board so as to prove a miniscule advantage. This goes to show, that not everything is constant in Chess. There is always much attention to be kept and work to be done:

Shame on me for not considering 19. 0-0-0+ Kc7 20. Bb5 Rg8 while attempting to solve this.


Oct-09-13  SilverLining: Second puzzle anyone?

Still Medium/Easy

Black to play and survive immediate mate after 28. Qxe6

: )

Oct-09-13  whiteshark: 19.Bb5+ followed by 20.0-0-0+, and that's it.
Oct-09-13  SilverLining: Also, white wins a rook after Qxe6 (move 28. mentioned earlier)

Should make the puzzle a little tastier.

Oct-09-13  Doniez: I got the idea of Bb5 to shift the Black Queen, then 0-0-0 to start the final sequence. Very nice puzzle.
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  Penguincw: I didn't even notice the bishop, but saw queenside castling as a possibility.
Oct-09-13  Abdel Irada: <johnlspouge: < <Abdel Irada> wrote: "Bog Dan" sounds a right creepy character: perhaps the villain for the next series of slasher movies? >

The name has Slavic roots meaning "God given", similar in meaning to Emmanuel or Dieudonné.>

Or, for that matter, Theodore.

In any case, I'm sure you realize I was being entirely facetious. The "Bog Dan" was a riff on <Nick46>'s post.

Oct-09-13  Abdel Irada: <Incidentally, Baby Decision was not allowed the television remote control. He did not decide what they were going to watch. But he was the only one who knew how to operate the television.>

Musta been one o' them new-fangled digital tellies: too many complicated controls for the likes of our generation.

Jun-01-14  GumboGambit: Coincidentally, I had cousins named Zbigniew and Bogdan. In the US, they were referred to as 'Chris' and 'Bob', respectively.

Also, Sliwa is Polish for 'Plum'.

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