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Semyon Furman vs Ratmir Kholmov
USSR Championship (1963), Leningrad URS, rd 4, Nov-28
Nimzo-Indian Defense: Normal Variation. Botvinnik System (E49)  ·  1/2-1/2



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  adamico: Wow, pretty combination. I calculated through 33. Ke7, but i abandoned it because it seemed that the king would get away and I never considered going after material instead of a checkmate. But I think it's interesting to look at my shortcomings in attempting to solve this puzzle. The position screamed checkmate to me because of the potential for a setup with rook or queen on h8 or queen on g7 protected by the bishop. I definitely should have noticed the hanging queen and looked for opportunities to exploit it, especially when I realized that the king would be escaping in that direction. But being fixated on a checkmate, I couldn't find the right continuation which in hindsight would be a fantastic outcome for white even without a checkmate (yet).
Jun-14-14  Patriot: <agb2002> Your analysis matches mine exactly. After taking a break from this site, I come back on a Saturday and probably spend no more than 5 minutes on it. I'm wondering if vacations make that much of a difference? Or maybe it's just a "good day" for me because it seemed very easy. I expected everyone to talk about how easy it was.
Jun-14-14  engmaged: The systematic analysis of the static position of the pieces would, amazingly, alert us about the only two loose pieces. The white's rook and black's queen!. This can initiate the desire to look for a hunt. Specially when your queen is attacked and you want keep the initiative of your king's side superiority.
Jun-14-14  CC0112358: <agb2002> and <Patriot> Same here. Rxh6+ seemed obvious and from there the path to White's win, while shifty, looks reasonably straightforward. After looking at Furman's approach I was a bit miffed. Not sure what he was thinking. He is obviously smarter than I.
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  kevin86: This one had too many red herrings for me.
Jun-14-14  Sally Simpson: Hi wordfunph,

"game's tidbits based on Genna Sosonko's Russian Silhouettes..."

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Blunders & Brilliancies (puzzle No.69) come in from the angle that Furman looked at 30.Rxh6+ but assumed that Kholmov would not have allowed it if it had been sound. So he talkied himself out of playing it.

As another lad says, it's one of those positions that would pop up in a game and the shot would not get played. (infact we cannot argue with that, the actual game is proof.)

However, it's a set puzzle, today is Saurday, a 3½ stars rating, so look for something spectacular.

Jun-14-14  offramp: These two players in conversation:
Jun-14-14  dfcx: Rxh6 seems to be the only interesting move here.
30. Rxh6 gxh6 (Kg8?? 31. Rh8+!! Kxh8 32. Qh6+ Kg8 33 Qxg7#)

31. Qf5+ Kg8 32. Qg4+ Kf7 33. Qg7+ Ke7
34. Qe5+ and wins
34... Kf8 35. Bc5+ R/Ne7 36. Qh8#
34... Kf8 35. Bc5+ Kg8 36. Qxe8 wins
34... Kd8 35. Qb8+ Ke7 36. Bc5+ wins the queen

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  al wazir: Of course 30. Rxh6+ had to be the key move, but to justify that it was necessary to visualize the whole 8-move combination in advance, which was more than I could do. (More than Furman could too.)

He could have won less dramatically by playing 26. Qxe8 Rxe8 (Nxe8) 27. Rxa7.

Jun-14-14  amateur05: 30. Rxh6 gxh6 (...Kg8 31. Rh8 Kxh8 32. Qh6) 31. Qf5 Kg8 32. Qg4 Kf8 33.Qg7 Ke7 34. Qe5 Kd8 (...Kf8 35. Bc5 Ne7 36. Qh8) 35. Qb8 Ke7 36. Bc5
Jun-14-14  amateur05: Forced line -> easy puzzle
Jun-14-14  cormier: 30.Rxh6+ gxh6 31.Qf5+ Kg8 32.Qg4+ Kf8 33.Qg7+ Ke7 34.Qe5+ Kd8 35.Qb8+ Ke7 36.Bc5+ Kf6 37.Qxe8 Nb6 38.Kh2 Kg6 39.Bxb6 axb6 40.Qxd7 Kg7 41.Qd4+ f6 42.Qxb6 Kf7 43.e4 Ke7 44.f4 f5 45.exf5 Kf7 46.Qxh6 Ke7 47.Qg7+ Kd6 48.f6 Kd5 49.f7 Kc4 50.f8Q Kb3 51.f5 Kc4 52.f6 Kb3 53.f7 Ka4 54.Qe8+ Ka5 55.f8Q (35.63) Depth: 31/87 00:29:19 1677mN
Jun-14-14  BOSTER: When Furman, who spent a lot of time teaching Karpov and Korchnoi, should spend extra night to see the solution, when <dzechiel
spent 9 years to publish his solution,
when <Patriot: probably spend no more than 5 minutes,because it seemed very easy>, When Kholmov was right, putting all his pieces on white squares fighting with bishop,

When Furman,knowing that the base of the chain "g7" should be good protected ,and to destroy the chain g7-h6 it's not necessary to take g7 pawn,enough encourage it to step aside, and all pos.would sharply changed , o[pening "g" file ,

he decided trust Kholmov.

I'd play 30.Rxh6 if I knew that the black king "must" go to g8.

Jun-14-14  Patriot: <BOSTER> I've always looked to <dzechiel>'s posts as good examples of human analysis. And I was pleasantly surprised to see that he had a write-up today.
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  perfidious: <Patriot> As you say, <dzechiel> always does the job. Reading his posts, amongst others, give more of a feel for what actually happens in the mind of a player than regurgitated computer analysis.
Jun-14-14  Cheapo by the Dozen: My main line is:

30 Rxh6+ gxh6
31 Qf5+ Kg8
32 Bc5+ Re7
33 Qe5 f6
34 Qxd5

White will trade bishop for rook and be a couple pawns up.

The other obvious defense fails badly:

30 Rxh6+ gxh6
31 Qf5+ Kg8
32 Bc5+ Ne7
33 Qf6

Mate is unstoppable, although Black can get in a couple of checks first, and choose whether to be mated via Qh8 or Qxe7.

And if Black declines the original sacrifice,

30 Rxh6+ Kg8
31 Qg4

has good chances to at least win a second pawn.

Jun-14-14  BOSTER: About one year ago we had POTD where Korchnoi sacr. the rook on h6. Can you find this game, please.
Does CG has such program, or not?
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  WannaBe: See

Game Collection: Puzzle of the Day 2013


Game Collection: Puzzle of the Day 2012

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  FSR: An astonishing combination, which I very likely would have missed had I not known it was there:

<30.Rxh6+!! gxh6> (30...Kg8? 31.Rh8+! Kxh8 32.Qh6+ Kg8 33.Qxg7#) <31.Qf5+ Kg8 32.Qg4+ Kf8> (32...Kh7? 33.Qg7#) <33.Qg7+! Ke7 34.Qe5+! Kf8> (34...Kd8 35.Qb8+ Ke7 36.Bc5+ wins queen or king) <35.Bc5+! Ne7> (35...Re7 is met the same way; 35...Kg8 36.Qxe8+) <36.Qh8#!>

Jun-14-14  BOSTER: <WannaBe >. <Game Collection> .Easy to find a needle in a haystack. But , thanks a lot.
Jun-14-14  Capacorn: I'm fairly new to this website, so I wasn't sure what to expect from the actual GOTD continuation. In tactics play books, you usually get the correct approach, not necessarily the game moves. Upon examining this particular game, I thought for a moment I was wrong... until reading the member kibitzes.

I'd like to think I'd have played 30.Rxh6+ in a real game, but I didn't see the continuation past 33...Ke7. (Perhaps I would have, if I gave the position more than sixty seconds time. lol) In blitz, I probably would've dived right in and found the right moves. In a tournament game, doubt might've set in and spoiled a brilliancy to be proud of. The moral: fortune favors the brave.

Jun-15-14  1d410: It helps that there are only so many ways to keep white's queen.
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  WannaBe: <BOSTER> Well, you said it was about a year ago, so I'd start with 2013 collection, and you said Korchnoi so use your browser's search function and look for Korchnoi.

In 2013 there is one, Krush vs Korchnoi, so I went back to 2012, there are 3, and one of them is a Rook take, but it's on f6. I did not bother lookin' at the other 2 games.

If you want the answer, you'd have to try harder to find it.

Jun-15-14  BOSTER: <WannaBe>
In my comment was blunder.

In reality it was game Bronstein vs Korchnoi,where Bronstein sacr the rook on h6. This is the pos.

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