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Mike McCann vs Bill Wall
Winston-Salem (1975), Winston-Salem, NC USA, Apr-26
Philidor Defense: Larsen Variation (C41)  ·  1-0



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Jun-06-06  chessic eric: ok, so I missed something in my previous line. After 28.Qe6+ black can play ...Kd8 instead of Kf8. So 28.Bg5+ must be included, and now the f5 line up through move 28 gets the position back to about the same place as the game at move 26, except that the black king is on e7 not e6, and the white f pawn is on f5, not f4:


Can anyone see a way to force mate from move 29 with these differences in position, or should the f6 knight be captured with the bishop as in the game?

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  Gypsy: <wharfrat: ... The best response to 26.Bf6 appears to be 26...Kd7, when White's strongest seems to be 27.Qf7+ transposing to the same type of finale,...> Or <26.Bxf6 Kd7> and now 27.Bd4 Qc7 28.Bxa7 Qxa7 29.Rad1 ... 1-0
Premium Chessgames Member Perhaps he's too modest to mention it, but this week's puzzle line-up was compiled and submitted by EmperorAtahualpa.
Jun-06-06  TheGladiator: As usual, I solved this one a few seconds before I looked at the puzzle. I guess it helps to be clairvoyant on a regular basis.
Jun-06-06  dakgootje: <Perhaps he's too modest to mention it, but this week's puzzle line-up was compiled and submitted by EmperorAtahualpa.> Probably he was too modest, or busy writing an other post about football (or if you guys want it: soccer) on his own busy chessforum ;-)
Jun-06-06  Open Defence: nice one <Emperor>
Jun-06-06  kennel46: After 26. Bxf6 Kd2 instead of the obvious 27. Bd4 play 27. Rad1 and Black is helpless
Jun-06-06  EmperorAtahualpa: That's right, I'm pretty modest. :) There's no reason why I should have particular pride either as I haven't done anything very brilliant.

Basically, I just ran into some puzzle positions which I thought would be nice to run on this site sometimes. All I did is collect those and here you see the result. :)

There's no particular order or theme in this week's puzzles, so every day you guys will have to take a new guess what the solution of the puzzle is.

Jun-06-06  alphee: Got this one too ... thanks to looking at the diagonals but could not find what happen after 25. ♕xg6+ ♘f6 26. ♕xf6+ ♔d7 and being lazzy at this point I asked Crafty what the contination could be and he came up with the long 27. ♕f7+ ♖e7 28. ♗xe7 ♗xe7 29. ♖ae1 ♔c7 30. e5 ♖b7 31. f5 ♔b8 32.♕e8+ ♕c8 33. ♕xc8+ ♔xc8 34. f6 ♗f8 35. e6 ♖e7 36. fxe7 ♗xe7 37. ♖f7 ♔d8 38. ♖d1+ ♔e8 39. ♖d7 ♗g5 where this nice position arise:

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. Fritz 8 suggested 27.♕f7+ ♔c6 [27...♔c8 28.♕xe8+ ♔b7 29.♖ad1 ♗c7 30.♖d7 11.53/10 ] 28.♕xe8+ ♔b7 29.♖ad1 ♗c7 30.♖d7 11.53/10 and a long continuation with 30.... ♖a8 31.♗d8 ♕c6 32.♕e7 ♖xd8 33. ♕xd8 a5 34.f5 a4 ....

Was it worth Black resigning?

Jun-06-06  kennel46: On 25. f5+ gxf5 26. Qxf5+ Qxf5 don't forget the black Queen on c5. Or am I missing something?
Jun-06-06  Halldor: Very nice puzzle, got it but missed the bishop capture in the end. Salute to EmperorAtahualpa!

P.S. Site&Event for this game is "Winston-Salem", I was a bit shocked, but then I saw the year 1975. I hope there are better sponsors than these cancer producers now three decades later.

Jun-06-06  kennel46: Ever hear of Winston-Salem, North Carolina? lol
Jun-06-06  Halldor: <kennel46> What??!!! - - I googled it... Do they really run a whole city in North Carolina... Oh dear oh dear!
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  WannaBe: <Halldor> American stock car racing used to be called Winston Cup, now it's called Nextel Cup.
Jun-06-06  Halldor: <WannaBe> Yes, and Ford is the sponsor, that's fine. Hope they will support chess also!
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  WannaBe: <Halldor> I don't want to go into my match with sponsor's stickers all over my cloth. :-)
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  Gypsy: <EmperorAtahualpa: That's right, I'm pretty modest. :)>

<My dear Watson, I cannot agree with those who rank modesty among the virtues. To the logician all things should be seen exactly as they are, and to underestimate one's self is as much a departure from truth as to exaggerate one's own powers.> (Sherlock Holmes)

Jun-06-06  backyard pawn: Well, I certainly went in the wrong direction. I noticed a simple skewer with 23. f5 followed by 24. Be3 skewering Black's Queen and Rook. Anyway, I never saw the solution to today's puzzle, 23.Bxf7
Jun-06-06  Halldor: <WannaBe> I can imagine that scene!
Jun-07-06  chessic eric: <kennel46: On 25. f5+ gxf5 26. Qxf5+ Qxf5 don't forget the black Queen on c5. Or am I missing something?> Nope, I'm the one missing something. If 25.f5+,gxf5 26.Rxf5 is promising, but now that I've spent this much time trying to improve on an already winning line, I'm giving up. I'll have to content myself with seeing the f7 sacrifice, and hope that were I playing this otb (instead of on the sly at the office) I would have seen 26...Qxf5 and not played 25.Qxf5 thinking it was #.
Jun-07-06  dakgootje: < I don't want to go into my match with sponsor's stickers all over my cloth>
Jun-07-06  EmperorAtahualpa: Thanks for the inspiring quote, <Gypsy>. :) Perhaps my modesty is clouding my objectivity, but I really do think, though, that just anyone could have done the same thing I did.

But I have a nice quote to counter yours, though:

"With pride comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom."

I believe that's from the Holy Bible.

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  Gypsy: <EmperorAtahualpa> You are welcome. (I like that quote so I gladly jumped at the oportunity.)

And thanks for the puzzles!

Jun-21-06  patzer2: White's little demolition combination with 23. Bxf7+! provides a neat finish to a won game for White.

Black's 6...c5? seems to be the start of his troubles. Perhaps 6...Nd7 would have improved his chances of equalizing.

Feb-25-09  WhiteRook48: slammed into the wall
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