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Lothar Schmid vs Andreas Dueckstein
Europe-chT qual (1963), Bad Pyrmont, rd 3
French Defense: Winawer. Retreat Variation Armenian Line (C18)  ·  0-1



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Sep-30-13  Nick46: <OhioChessFan:> Perhaps, but I also think it has something to do with the fingers, like knowing a code when you have to tap it out, but not being able to recite it off pat.
Sep-30-13  Abdel Irada: Seeing the combination is the easiest part. The bit that requires thought is making sure White's h-pawn isn't dangerous.

Sep-30-13  patzer2: In this game, one good skewer combination (i.e. 33. Be2+!) leads to another (i.e. 36. Rxe4!).
Sep-30-13  zb2cr: 36. ... Rxe4+; 37. Kxe4, Bc6+! The skewer (or X-ray attack) wins the White Rook. Black is up by 2 pieces vs. a Pawn. White's only counter-chance is to try to push the h-Pawn, but Black has so much force at his disposal, he can stop it easily.
Sep-30-13  PhilFeeley: What?!? A Monday without a queen sac? Did you run out??

Of course, set up the skewer:

2. Kxe4 Bc6+ gets the rook in the corner.

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  kdogphs: Nice skewer...
Sep-30-13  YetAnotherAmateur: <Phony Benoni: I hate Marxdays.>

Thankfully, Margaret Dumont didn't.

But yes, 36. ... Rxe4+ and if 37. Kxe4 Bc6+ 38. Kmoves Bxh1. And otherwise, press the attack with something like Nf5.

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  Phony Benoni: Interesting that if Black ddidn't have the knight 36...Rxe4+ wouldn't work: 37.Kxe4 Bc6+ 38.Kf4 Bxh1 39.h5

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and the bishop can't stop the pawn. The knight on e7 simply moves to f5.

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  Domdaniel: The Swiss-Armenian line of the Winawer French, aka The Swarm. My favourite opening.
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  Domdaniel: A simple finish to a complicated game.
Sep-30-13  LIFE Master AJ: 36...RxB/e4+ and 37...Bc6+; winning the Rook on h1.
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  LoveThatJoker: <36...Rxe4 37. Kxe4 Bc6+> 0-1


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  kevin86: Black gives up the rook for a bishop,then skewers to win a rook for free.

Where is our Queen Sac?

Sep-30-13  Abdel Irada: <Where is our Queen Sac?>

Locked into a closed timelike curve.

Sep-30-13  Nullifidian: Slightly on the difficult side for a Monday, but not impossible.

36... ♖xe4+ wins a piece. If white takes with 37. ♔xe4 then 37... ♗c6+ follows with ♗xh1 on the next move.

Sep-30-13  BOSTER: <Nick46> <I think it has something to do with the fingers. Are some of the neurones to be found in the fingers?>.

When during many years you produce the same movements, your brain develops the "natural instinct".

Many years ago Anand said that his fingers were able to choose the piece to move without looking at the chess board. This acts like autopilot.

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  gawain: Well, OK, first we stop looking for a clever mate in the middle of the board. Winning material will be good enough. Rook takes bishop, king takes rook, Bc6 skewers the white K and the R sitting on h1. Game over. A little different for a Monday.
Sep-30-13  Morttuus: Interesting endgame,I could hardly imagine the "popular" ending knight and bishop against the king...:-)

P.S. The h-pawn would be dangerous only with the rook support.When the rook falls,it's over.

Sep-30-13  Ed Frank: Easy tactic to find. 36. Rxe4, 37. Kxe4 then 37...Bc6+ skewers the king to the rook, and Black's position is winning after taking the rook. That h pawn can't make it in time.
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  Patriot: 36...Rxe4+ 37.Kxe4 Bc6+
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  Penguincw: You know it's been a rough day when you can't solve a Monday puzzle. I saw the skewer, but no knight check is needed...
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  Honza Cervenka: The Comedy of Errors. For example, 22...Nxf4+ 23.gxf4 Be8 24.Qg5 Bh5 wins the game immediately. Or 32.Rb5?? instead of simple 32.Ra4 is quite strange, not to mention 36.Ke3?? with simple tactical refutation instead of still playable 36.Kb5. White was probably in quite severe time pressure then.
Sep-30-13  pericles of athens: nice skewer
Sep-30-13  pericles of athens: Ke3? is a scary blunder (-5). Fritz thinks Kc5 is the best white can do at -0.4.
Oct-01-13  Abdel Irada: <Nick46: <OhioChessFan:> Perhaps, but I also think it has something to do with the fingers, like knowing a code when you have to tap it out, but not being able to recite it off pat.>

I believe this is an instance of what's sometimes called "muscle memory."

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