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Alain Spielmann vs Vincent David
Nancy Festival 1st (2003), Nancy FRA, rd 5
Reti Opening: Reti Gambit (A09)  ·  0-1



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Dec-07-04  dbulger: i see you!
Dec-07-04  Milo: Yay! Got one. The finish is Kh2 Bf4+ g3 Rh1#
Dec-07-04  Dave Murray: This was a lot easier than yesterday's, IMO.
Dec-07-04  erikcu: I thought the same thing Dave. But I think this would be easier to miss in an actual game than yesterday's.
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  cu8sfan: I agree with you, <Dave Murray>. Maybe it's because we expected it to be mega difficult after what said yesterday... (-:
Dec-07-04  ArturoRivera: This one was very easy :=), good for chessgames that he let us all be included in this easy puzzules. However the end is subtle and beautifule.
Dec-07-04  white pawn: I got this one. Very nice.
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  Willem Wallekers: Easier than yesterday.
Dec-07-04  Shubes82: Got it easily. Im finding that i am getting these puzzles more on feel than on my evaluation of the position itself. Im new to the game, but the more positions i see, the more i seem to just, well, know where the win is. I this how it should be?
Dec-07-04  azaris: <Shubes82> Of course with practice certain patterns become more obvious, like here forcing the king on h2 and then delivering mate from behind using the rook. Being able to just see such patterns is of course important, but it's equally important to be able to calculate the outcome precisely.

In this case the task is to simply find a line of forceful moves. Not too hard, but the resulting mate is definitely satisfying.

Dec-07-04  cheski: This started off as an A09 Reti and by move 8 turned into a D27 QGA classical. Transpositions scare me.
Dec-07-04  The Ellimist: easy one...
subtle yet expected
Dec-07-04  pawntificator: Good puzzle.

18 Re1, giving up control of the d-file didn't seem like a very good idea in order to support a pawn push.

Then I think white shouldn't have traded dark-squared bishop for knight on move 20, after retreating on move 19, not merely because black had castled. There was no hurry. And control of those dark squares does seem to become a problem.

Because, from the time black takes control of the d-file on move 23, until the time he doubles his rooks on the d-file move 29, white accomplishes nothing but to move a few pawns about. The pawn structure remains basically the same from move the whole time and the piece manuevering involves black rather easily infiltrating the aimless gallop of white's knight.

And after I noticed in the puzzle that white had completely given up rook control of the 1st rank, along with the expedient position of the bishops, the queen sacrifice just jumped out.

His final mistake, white could have gone on after 39. Rxe5, if not for long.

Good game, hats off to Dave. I mean Vinne. Mr. Dave. Vinnie Dave.

Dec-07-04  pawntificator: In fact, after 39. Rxe5 Qxe5, I think white has done pretty well to eliminate any major advantage black had. WHite might have even had chances to win if not draw.
Dec-07-04  DexterGordon: <pawntificator>, I think you're right about the "aimless gallop". Starting at move 24, White makes five straight moves with the ♘ which accomplish nothing that I can see.

White seems to think he has a ♔-side attack coming after 21. e5, but he has no minor pieces on that wing to support the ♕. Not too impressive by Mr. Vinnie!

Dec-07-04  Nickisimo: Yes this one was actually easier than yesterday's, but I look forward to the challenges promised by the staff this week.
Dec-07-04  mineiro: the easiest puzzle of all the times.
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  kevin86: The x-ray attack through the white rook is neat-the theme the same as a couple of weeks back. I semi-cheated on this one only to confirm I had the first two moves and immediately came up with the last two.
Dec-07-04  Dudley: This one was a 10 second think for me, but when you look at the number of moves involved it seems like it should be harder. By contrast, yesterday's looked easy but actually was much harder. Today's puzzle seems to play itself once the first move is found.
Dec-07-04  62tr3a: I place such high value on my queen, I often overlook the sacrifice even though the end justifies the means.
Dec-07-04  Castle In The Sky: True this is a quick one, but it demonstrates a number of important ideas for combinations such as poor piece protection (the rook).
Dec-07-04  Saruman: <Schubes82> In actual play I actually tend to search the position for sometimes 30 secs, just to get a "hunch" on what patterns there might be out there. And only then start to calculate. This has a been very effective approach so far for me, especially during longer games. Most of the time I spend trying to identify key squares, or squares where my pieces concentrate and prepare an attack.
Dec-07-04  DanielBryant: Same as <erikcu> : Much easier than yesterday, but I doubt I would have found this OTB.
Dec-07-04  delf: congrats to you these problems especially when i get em.

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