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John Alfred vs Paul Walsh
E.U. Championship and Cork Chess Congress (2005), Cork IRL, rd 5
Indian Game: London System (A46)  ·  0-1



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Sep-20-10  wals: It's nice to have a win.

Analysis Rybka 4 x 64.

White. depth 22: 20 min:

(-9.02):21.Rc1. Which no doubt ruined White's day.

1. = (-0.14): 21.Ng4 Bg5 22.Bxg5 hxg5 23.Ne3 Rd8 24.f3 Nd5 25.Nxd5 Bxd5 26.Qe3 Qf4 27.Qd3 Qd6 28.Qc3 b5 29.Qc2 Qd7 30.Bh7+ Kh8 31.Be4 Rc8 32.Qd2 f6 33.Re1

2. = (-0.20): 21.Bh7+ Kf8[] 22.h3 Bg5 23.Bxg5 hxg5 24.Qd2 f6 25.Ng6+ Nxg6 26.Bxg6 Bd5 27.Qe2 Qf4 28.Qb5 Rc6 29.Qb4+ Qd6 30.Qd2 Rc4 31.Rc1 Rxc1+ 32.Qxc1 Ke7

Black moppped up,

21...Qxc1 22.Bxc1 Rxc1+ at which stage White resigned as he should after such a disastrous move.

Sep-20-10  Bobby Fiske: A Queen sac AGAIN? I fear there is a lady serial killer somewhere at
Sep-20-10  patzer2: For today's Monday solution, 21...Qxc1+ exploits the weakened back rank by using the Queen sham sacrifice as a decoy to force the interposition of the White Queen, which, after already having won back decisive material, also removes the guard over another helpless piece.

The mistake by White was 21. Rc1??, which was obviously an oversight on the part of this expert player . Instead, 21. Ng5 = holds the position with easy equality.

Sep-20-10  turbo231: my, my, my, I've been looking at this puzzle all day, I thought it was white's move, and I've been thinking it's a Monday's puzzle so there should be something simple.

And there is if you know that black moves first! I've been doing these puzzles for over 2 years and this is the first time I got the side to move wrong. No wonder I couldn't find a winner for white.

This is a new low for me.

Sep-21-10  unferth: well, if it's white to move, I'd say Rxc7 should do the job ...
Sep-21-10  njchess: I can't believe White played 21. Rc1??. Talk about a blunder...
Sep-21-10  turbo231: <unferth: well, if it's white to move, I'd say Rxc7 should do the job ...>

That would most certainly help. I saw the possible mate by black, and I saw Rxc7.... You're right Rxc7 would be the winning move, you've exchange a rook for a Queen! Any time you can do that it has to be good.

So I messed up twice in one puzzle, first failing to see the proper side to move. Then failing to recognize the importance of exchanging a rook for a Queen!

Thanks <unferth> for pointing that out to me, my ineptitude is boundless.

Now I have newer new low.

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  perfidious: <Gregor Samsa Mendel: Perhaps White got caught up in analyzing the consequences of 21...Bxe4, causing him to overlook 21...Qxc1+. I know I've made mistakes even worse than this one by thinking along such lines.>

In one of my encounters with the young Patrick Wolff, when he was 'only' 2300, we had a complex middlegame, and I analysed several possibilities, but forgot to invert the move-order in one of them. Of course, he didn't miss what turned out to be a winning shot, the consequences of which were only too obvious, even before he played the first move of the line.

For all the criticism levelled at the blunder committed in this game, even far stronger players are capable of grave errors.

Jun-22-14  goldfarbdj: So...did someone at CG get confused about what day it is?
Jun-22-14  Quercus: Yes, this is insane ...
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  Gregor Samsa Mendel: I think this the first time I ever solved a Sunday puzzle--it must be a mistake.
Jun-22-14  Jim Bartle: I am fearing next Monday's puzzle...
Jun-22-14  M.Hassan: "Insane"
Black to play 21...?

22.Bxc1 Rxc1+
23.Qf1 Rxf1+
24.Kxf1 Bxe4
Black falls ahead by two Bishops only because the King did not have an escape square! If I am correct, which seems I am, this is the easiest Sunday puzzle ever

Jun-22-14  lost in space: Insane Sunday or my be loved Monday?

1...Qxc1+ 22. Bxc1 Rxc1+ 23. Qf1 Rxf1 24. Kxf1 Bxe4 0:1

Jun-22-14  Coriolis: I thought I must have lost my mind (I've never solved a Sunday puzzle before). Some bell was ringing in my brain like that of Robert Frost's horse:

"He gives his harness bells a shake
To ask if there is some mistake."

Jun-22-14  dunamisvpm: Insane? Or white just made gross blunder on the 21st move?
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  al wazir: There's nothing insane about this.
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  hoodrobin: If you know it is a sunday puzzle then you must look for a sunday solution. If you are playing Carlsen you can't grab the Queen and win. Unless... you got steel nerves... or you don't know the day or the man.
Jun-22-14  paramount: this real?? the puzzle??

Its so easy, swear it. Its for Tuesday.

Im sure this is a mistake.

Jun-22-14  plumbst: Yeah, according to the comments above this was previously a Monday puzzle.. Chessgames you dun goofed.
Jun-22-14  morfishine: This was insanely easy, so there must be a mistake
Jun-22-14  dfcx: Is CG on vacation to the world cup? This is easier than a Wednesday.

25...Qxc1+ 26. Bxc1 Rxc1+ 27. Qf1 Rxf1+
28. Kxf1 Bxe4 and black is ahead by two pieces.

This is the first Sunday puzzle I completely solved, but it won't count:(

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  Once: This was the POTD on September 20 2010.

Which was a Monday.


Premium Chessgames Member Out apologies; we accidentally slipped a rerun of a Monday after Larsen's masterpiece yesterday. Today's actual Sunday puzzle is now online:

Carlsen vs Anand, 2013 22.?

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  Domdaniel: I've played both of these guys. I don't think that either of them is particularly insane.
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