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Ilhan Onat vs Nikolaos Gavrilakis
Thessaloniki Olympiad (1984), Thessaloniki GRE, rd 13, Dec-02
Modern Defense: Queen Pawn Fianchetto (A40)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Mar-04-06  gchristopher: Ahsram64: I saw pretty much the same as you, except that after black's Ba5, there is no reason to wait for the king to come and protect the pinned rook. Anyway, I hate puzzles where the real game solution does not even look close to what I think best. In this case, the beauty in Ashram's solution and mine comes from using a pin on a piece that can defend itself. Black would either gain a piece (with white's worse move), gain quality, or end up winning pawns.
Mar-04-06  MarioBalibrera: I don't usually brag, but I got this one very quickly. ;-) However, I think most will agree that this was easier than the average Saturday puzzle. True, the logic behind the moves is subtle, perhaps even to a Saturday-worthy degree; but the fact is, when material is so reduced, it's just not as hard to find and verify the winning moves.
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  OhioChessFan: I'm with the majority and found the soulution pretty quickly. Might be my first ever Saturday. Those terrifying bishops had to have a combination stored up in there somewhere.
Mar-04-06  DeepBlade: 41. ...Ba6 really felt nice in such position. Althouh I couldnt come up with a mating combination, this should do good to Black

1... Ba6 2. Rxb4 Bxd3+ 3. Ke1 Ba5

1... Ba6 2. Bxa6 Rxb1+

1... Ba6 2. Rd1 Rb1 3. Bxa6 Rxd1+

1... Ba6 2. Nd2 Bxd3+ 3. Ke1 Bxb1

Mar-04-06  WarmasterKron: First Saturday for me, too. 41...Rxb1+ was the first thing I looked at, but I thought it was fairly drawish. After looking at various pawn moves, I eventually stumbled upon 41...Ba6!, which after a little bit of looking at just felt right.

A scientific approach, to be sure.

Mar-04-06  nfazli: nice but kinda easy, for saturday that is..
Mar-04-06  ahmadov: Sorry, but I cannot see anything special here. All the moves seem very natural to me. I thought the task was finding a win for Black.
Mar-04-06  mbt123au: i don't under stand why these types of puzzels are in on here. no one wins and i can't figure anything out. it's time i went and read a book.
Mar-04-06  melianis: Saturday!! 3rd time. I'm so-o proud now that I could play almost anyone, (to get back on the ground...)
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  OBIT: This position isn't too hard to solve if you are looking for it. In a game situation, however, I can easily see myself missing the combo because I am NOT looking for any tricks, assuming the position is a dead draw.

This just points to the importance of staying alert, even in "obviously drawn" positions - first, White, probably thinking there is nothing to worry about, walks into the trap with 41. Rb1??; then, Black, probably thinking there is nothing to find, misses a neat win.

Mar-04-06  Knight13: I saw Ba6!! immediately. Didn't know a Saturday puzzle would be this easy.
Mar-04-06  Chuckles: <it was not a typical sunday puzzle in the view of the diffculty> Also in view of the date :)
Mar-04-06  Helloween: Not typical of a Saturday puzzle to be so easy. 41...Ba6 42.Rd1 Rb1 just jumps at you from the position. Betcha tomorrow will be a killer.
Mar-04-06  dakgootje: Ow, how stupid, how terrible stupid... i thought 41...♗a6 42.♖xb4 ♗xd3+ 43.♔e1 ♗a5 44.♔d2 ♗e4, after which i obviously got most of the puzzle, but missed the brilliant 44. Bf1, which is of course superior to my solution. So i think, even though ive got most of the puzzle, i cant count that ive got it, so i missed it i think. Didnt spent too long on the puzzle, which is probably why is missed it. Was so convinced by my solution that i spent maybe.. half a minute on it total.

moral: for the ones who consider it as solved after only Ba6, calculate a little further next time

Mar-04-06  Zplane: Thanks Patzer2 for your analysis. I couldn't believe BA6 was the incorrect move!
Mar-04-06  RookFile: So after 41.... Ba6 I was immediately interested in the defensive try 42. Bxa6, allowing Rxb1+. Exchange up, but all the pawns are on one side of the board. Maybe it's a draw anyway. But no: 41.... Ba6 42. Bxa6 Rxb1+ 43. Ke2 Ra2+ 44. Kf1 Rf2+ forces 45. Ke1, then Rxg2 and black wins.
Mar-04-06  LivBlockade: <dakgootje> I also (mistakenly) thought 44...♗e4 was simpler than 44...♗f1. However, after 44...♗e4? 45. ♔e3 breaks the pin and attacks the bishop. So to fully solve the puzzle, black has to plan 44. ♔d2 ♗f1!; 45. ♔e1 ♗c4 (or a similar retreat), winning the rook.
Mar-04-06  psmith: <ahmadov> <mbt123au> Read the othe comments!

I have to say I got this almost instantly, while I have stumbled over many Wednesday-Sunday puzzles. So this seems like an easy Saturday to me.

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  kevin86: Here is a case where the master missed the winning move. It is ironic that today's GOTD shows the futility of two bishops vs two knights while this game shows the extreme power of the same bishops.
Mar-04-06  trumbull0042: 41...Ba6 jumped at me immediately for some reason. I did not get as far as 44...Bf1 though, sweeping up the pawns as well.
Mar-04-06  dakgootje: <kevin86> Hey, thats right didnt notice it yet
Mar-04-06  midknightblue: <Knight 13> Yes me too Knight! I am excited to absolutely nail a saturday puzzle. Cool.
Mar-04-06  tjshann: Ba6 was the first move I looked at--the white bishop is in a sense "pinned", because if it moves, even to capture, the white rook is hanging. So that leads to the other pinning theme, and then a very nice finish with Bf1.
Mar-04-06  mitsuo: Man, I'm mad at myself. I saw ...Ba6, but failed to see 44... Bf1, which was pretty much the entire point of ...Ba6. I thought that after the pieces came down to a bishop and knight, it would be a drawn endgame (Bishop doesn't cover h1 queening square).

Today will not be a good day...

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  Richard Taylor: I saw that 41...Ba6 would win - but thought it was very easy for Sunday. But Ba6 was my move chosen so I did solve this one! (As if anyone cares -lol) - interesting use of the pin.
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