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Stanislav Savchenko vs Vladimir Savon
UKR-chT (1999), Alushta, rd 6
Old Indian Defense: Two Knights Variation (A54)  ·  1-0



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  al wazir: I saw 16. Qxd4 Qxd4 17. Bh6+ Kg8 19. Re8#. I didn't see. 17...Qg7 and the sequel, but I think that OTB I would have found my way to the win. Half credit for me.
Feb-23-07  Manic: Hmmm... I kind of looked at the moves in the wrong order. I was thinking 16.Bh6+ first but obviously 16...Qxh6 17.Qxd4 Rg8 is not immediately winning.
Feb-23-07  Tactic101: Easiest Friday ever? Top marks if you saw the continuation after Qg7. I saw that. But the first move of the puzzle is simple to find. 5/5 this week. Hope that tommorrow is a bit harder. Maybe its opposite week, with puzzles getting easier. Or maybe Chessgames is luring us into a false sense of security, so that they can launch a GM level puzzle for Sunday.
Feb-23-07  WarmasterKron: I think I saw everything but 17...Qg7 and the continuations after that. Disappointing.
Feb-23-07  jkiipli: I think that one solved the puzzle only if he saw the coming mate 20.Re1+ Kd8 21.Bf6#, and thus the loss of black rook is unavoidable. Otherwise the final position would leave black up material. I saw the moves palyed, but didn't bother to count material and threats after move 19
Feb-23-07  Skylark: Reasonably simple puzzle. I noticed that if Bh6 could go unimpeded by the black queen then it would lead to mate - then I realised that the white queen was unnecessary for the mate and that the bishop was blocking g7. Cha-chink, the cogs click.
Feb-23-07  greensfield: Got this one. Queen take the Bishop on d4 with the double threat of mate or taking the black Queen. 16.Qxd4!!<threat Qxh8# or Qxh4> Qxd4 17.Bh6+ Qg7 <forced if 17...Kg8 18.Re8# > 18.Re8+ Kxe8 19.Bxg7 now if:- 19...Rg8 20.Re1+ Kd8 21.Bf6#
19...f6 20.Bxh8 Kf7 21.Bc8 Nd7 22.Bxd7 Rxh8
19...f5 20.Re1+ Kf7 21.Bxh8
19...Nc6 20.Re1+ Ne5( 20...Ne7 21.Bf6 Kf8 22.Rxe7 ) 21.Bxh8
19...Kd8 20.Bxh8
Feb-23-07  2ndNature: The moment I saw Bh3 looking at d7, which makes Black King's escape from the mating net impossible, I knew I solved today's puzzle. (You have to see 18.Re8+, 19.Bxg7 and 20.Re1+ in that order too.)

Felt too easy for Friday.

Feb-23-07  Soltari: I actually saw the entire combination up to move 21.Bf6# in the puzzle screen and only within a couple of minutes. This week feels so easy, might be my first 5/5 ever.
Feb-23-07  NotABanker: I feel the same as <Soltari: I actually saw the entire combination up to move 21.Bf6# in the puzzle screen and only within a couple of minutes. This week feels so easy, might be my first 5/5 ever. >
Feb-23-07  thesonicvision: what happens if 15..Kd8??
Feb-23-07  KholdStare: I think you get this puzzle if you solve it to Bf6#.
Feb-23-07  goodevans: Seems a bit easy for a Friday. Two sacrificial deflections, first with the queen then with the rook. Saw it much quicker than yesterday.

The hardest part was knowing this was the solution. After all, 19 ... Rg8?? isn't mandatory and once black’s rook has gone he has two pawns for the minor piece, so I spent some time looking round for a more decisive win for white.

Feb-23-07  Tacticstudent: This is a very nice puzzzle, but it took me 10 minutes to see the whole combination =/
Feb-23-07  handro1104: The difficulty in this puzzle is to see that 2 bishops vs knight and two pawns win. I still don't see that.
Feb-23-07  Billy Ray Valentine: I too thought this was very easy for a Friday... Easier than some of the other puzzles this week.
Feb-23-07  jtd200: I agree that this one seemed easy.. But to get full credit, I think you'd need to see each of the game ending moves, then see that black has to lose his rook to avoid a mate.
Feb-23-07  ounos: <jtd200> And to see that Black indeed loses a rook, one must see that, from the final position, Black can't trap the Bishop with 19. ... f6 and 20. ... Kf7, intending an eventual Rxh8, due to a timely Bc8, forking Black's unfortunate pieces.
Feb-23-07  EmperorAtahualpa: And now for the single WORST move White can make:


(after 16.Rh1 follows 16...Qf2# because the king can no longer escape to h1)

Feb-23-07  zb2cr: Oddly, I saw this one in short order--less than 30 seconds. I spent more of my analysis time on 16. ... Qxe1; 17. Qxh8, Ke7; 18. Bg5+ than on 16. ... Qxd4; 17. Bh6+ etc.

Feels good. I normally get Friday's puzzle roughly 50% of the time, so this is why it was odd to see it so quickly.

Feb-23-07  Ashram64: looks like a tuesday material
Feb-23-07  TrueBlue: I got the line from the game, although not sure that white has a clear advantage ...
Feb-23-07  another italian tony: 19... f7 isn't a move my friend.
Feb-23-07  MiCrooks: zb2cr - then you missed the right continuation :) as Qxe1 Bh6+ leads to another quick mate as Kg8 Qg7++ or Ke8 Rxe1+ Kd8 Qf6++.

I too think this seemed easy, but only because Qxd4 was so obvious. And once you get to Bh6 Qg7 it isn't hard to see Re8 (it's really the only try). But if you think about it, you really have to see quite a lot, especially the end finding Bc8 as well to compensate for the Bishop getting trapped in the corner.

Feb-23-07  awfulhangover: I saw this correctly in 10 seconds. My personal best for Friday. But it looks like a Tuesday, doesn't it?
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