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Alexander Belezky vs Nicolas Arsenault
Gibraltar Masters (2005), La Caleta GIB, rd 3, Jan-27
King's Indian Attack: Symmetrical Defense (A05)  ·  0-1



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Jul-29-15  morfishine: <34.Ra2> wins the White Queen

<saturn2> simpler is 34...Ra2 35.Nxc6 Rxb2+ 36.Rxb2 Qg2+ 37.Kc3 Qxc6


Jul-29-15  leow: I especialy like the comment above by IM Belezky who writes very positive and respectfull about his opponnent. I think chess could do with more gentleman behaviour like this
Jul-29-15  stacase:  

 Way too easy for a Wednesday.

Jul-29-15  paavoh: Tuesday at best IMO. 34. -Ra2.35.Qxa2 Qf2+, winning Q for R.
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  Once: So Nicolas Arsenault wins this one 0-1?

When (if) this becomes Game of the Day, I would humbly suggest that the pun should be ... One nil to the Arsenal.

And for those of you whose idea of football is more like back to front rugby with padding, here's the explanation ...

And here it is in all its glory...

Jul-29-15  paavoh: Thanks <Once>, I was not aware of e.g. St. Totteringham Day.
Jul-29-15  whiteshark: Deflection skewer followed by a cash-in skewer.
Jul-29-15  TrollKing: A bit 'soft' for a Wednesday puzzle, no?
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  eternaloptimist: I got this puzzle right instantly. This should've been classified as an easy puzzle instead of medium/easy. This is the only game I've seen (as far as I can remember) where back-to-back skewers were played. This is a nifty trick on Arsenault's part. <LTJ> Actually I talked to GM Alburt on the phone a couple of weeks ago or so. I told him I'm interested in getting his Comprehensive Chess Course series w/ his autograph. He's a nice guy w/ a thick accent & he's a 3-time US Chess Champion also! I'm studying his book "Chess for the Gifted & Busy" now.
Jul-29-15  SpiritedReposte: <Full Arsenal>
Jul-29-15  zb2cr: This one was simple to see, 34. ... Ra2! pins the White Queen and wins Queen for Rook. If White takes on a2, 35. ... Qf2+ wins the White Queen with a skewer. White doesn't have any really useful counterattacks that will distract Black if he chooses not to take on a2.
Jul-29-15  TheaN: The actual skewer and the point after 35.Qxa2 is fairly obvious. What's interesting is black allowing white a discovered attack that's completely futile.

Often discovered attacks on the queen are disastrous, but the clearance of the board plays a part. The more clear a board is, the easier the queen can find a check or counterattack to solve the attack.

Here too. If white does decide to decline the sac (which obviously wins black the game otherwise), neither attack really helps.

35.Nxf7 was what I mainly checked. After 35....Qf2+! black is already out of harms way, 36.Kc3, anything else is a mess really (36.Kc1? Qe1+ 37.Kc2 Ba4#... ouch), 36....Rxb2 and now what? 37.Nxh6+ Kh7 38.Rb2+ Qf6+ with Kxh6 .

After 35.Nxc6, g2 becomes the key: 35....Rxb2+; now hitting on b2 first is kind of crucial due to tempo loss: 36.Rxb2 Qg2+! 37.Kc3 Qxc6 .

Tl;dr, discovered attacks on the queen work as checks or when there is no counterattack available.

Jul-29-15  Abdel Irada: <This is the only game I've seen (as far as I can remember) where back-to-back skewers were played.>

Actually, the first move is a pin, and the second a skewer.

Jul-29-15  morfishine: I agree with many <others> that this was very easy for a Wednesday. But I'm not complaining: While both Wed & Thurs POTD are labeled 'Medium', I invariably have much more problems solving Wed POTD than Thurs POTD (for some reason), so at least for me, an easy Wed POTD is a welcome change :)


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  kevin86: First, a pin to lure the queen from her king and to an undefended spot. They a skewer to capture the vulnerable queen.
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  scormus: <This is the only game I've seen (as far as I can remember) where back-to-back skewers were played.>

The same theme occurred in a remarkable game played in 1976 by Michael Stean, regarded by many as one of the landmark games of the decade

<M Stean vs E Ungureanu, 1976>

Jul-29-15  BOSTER: I'm not sure that black and CG saw this tactics
in pos black to play 32...
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  Penguincw: Hmm, it's only Wednesday, so I still have a small chance of getting it.

I didn't see the solution right away (thought of deflecting the rook followed by skewer), but the millisecond I clicked on the puzzle to find the solution, it just hit me.

Jul-29-15  starry2013: Easy if you see it not easy if you don't. I saw the queen move, and saw there wasn't an obvious checkmate. So I thought maybe you attack the queen. But the rook move, which I considered, simply looked like a sacrifice to me and I didn't see the combination with the queen move. And I didn't see it as a useful pin as the rook could just be taken.
Jul-29-15  BOSTER:

click for larger view

/ Black to play 32...
This more clearly underline the beauty of the puzzle.

Jul-29-15  Chess Dad: <BOSTER: I'm not sure that black and CG saw this tactics in pos black to play 32...> <al wazir: Incidentally, why didn't black go for the skewer sooner by playing 32...Ra2 33. Qxa2 Qxh2+ ? By waiting two moves he gave the white ♔ a chance to escape via 34. Kd4.>

What happens if White simply takes the Black queen on move 33?

32... Ra2
33. Rxh1 Rxb2+
34. Ke3 Bxh1


32... Ra2
33. Rxh1 Rxb2+
34. Kg1 Rb1+
35. Kf2 Bxh1

Yep, it looks like Black missed the first boat. Luckily, it had more than one scheduled run that day....

Jul-29-15  dfcx: the white queen and king are lined up on the same rank. Black can win the queen for rook with

34...Ra2! 35.Qxa2 Qf2+ 36.K any Qxa2

Jul-29-15  BOSTER: <Chess Dad: the first boat>. .After 32...Qxh2+ 33.Ke1
if Qxg3+ Kd1 , and tactics'll disappered.
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  Bubo bubo: Again Wednesday wasn't <medium-easy> for me: I've wasted much time on calculating overcomplicated alternative lines before discovering the nearly obvious pin-and-skewer 34...Ra2 35.Qxa2 Qf2+. Strange!
Jul-30-15  Abdel Irada: That's probably because you expected it to be harder than it was and overthought. Happens to me all the time — and not just in chess. :-D

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