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Digesh Shanker Malla vs Watu Kobese
Turin Olympiad (2006), Turin ITA, rd 6, May-27
Sicilian Defense: Old Sicilian. Open (B32)  ·  0-1



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Aug-29-22  Brenin: <al wazir> If 30 ... Qc3 31 Qa1 then 31 ... Qd3, with the threat of 32 ... Rb1+, wins, e.g. 32 Rb2 Rxb2 33 Qxb2 Qd1 mate
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  al wazir: <Brenin: If 30 ... Qc3 31 Qa1 then 31 ... Qd3, with the threat of 32 ... Rb1+, wins, e.g. 32 Rb2 Rxb2 33 Qxb2 Qd1 mate.>


Well, it was too subtle for me.

Aug-29-22  TheTamale: <al_wazir: Well, it was too subtle for me.>

Same here.

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  perfidious: This is no POTD at all, merely a position in which Black is a good pawn up and should win, not one with a forcing line which wins with ease.
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: White moved the Ng1 seven times by move 11 only to trade it for a Bc8 that never moved. No wonder Black gained enough of a lead in development to dictate the course of the game.
Aug-29-22  saturn2: The deflection 30....Qc3 threatens the Pa3
31.Qa1 last try but not the best one for Qd3 is the next threat Rb1.
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  agb2002: Black is one pawn ahead.

The white queen and the pawn on a3 are defenseless and the white king might be a victim of a back rank mate. Therefore, 30... Qc3:

A) 31.Qxc3 Rb1+ and mate next.

B) 31.Qa1 Qd3 wins (32.h3 Rb1+).

C) 31.Qd1 Rxa3 wins another pawn.

Aug-29-22  mel gibson: When I didn't see any quick checkmate I gave up.

It was easy to swap off pieces and
then being a pawn up to win.

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  NM JRousselle: The puzzle position reminded me of Euwe - Reshevsky 1938. That game was a Q + R ending where Euwe was chained to the defense of his weak a pawn. In this position, Black has the luxury of being solid pawn ahead. Without White's back rank weakness, any reasonable plan that includes a5,a4 should win without difficulty. However, Black can exploit the back rank weakness for an easy win.

My 1st idea was Qe5. 2nd idea was Qc3. I even toyed with Qh4. I went with Qc3.

Great puzzle. It tests endgame knowledge--not a test on tactics.

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  Check It Out: I saw 30...Qc3 as a good candidate move advantage black, but as with others, no quick win.
Aug-29-22  AlicesKnight: As above, I found ...Qc3 and the win of the a-pawn (other outcomes are more costly) leads to a "won game". Faint (VERY faint?) echoes of O Bernstein vs Capablanca, 1914
Aug-29-22  daladno: As <AlicesKnight>, I noted the theme from Bernstein - Capablanca game instantly, and thus saw Qc3 right away. Then I hesitated for some time seeing that actually the best Black gets is winning another pawn. I was surprised to see White fall on his sword and chose the quick mate. Maybe time trouble, or he just found it aesthetically better to follow the classic than the meaningless fight 2 pawns down. Who knows.
Aug-29-22  goodevans: In most of the UK, today is a ‘bank holiday’ which in many ways is much like a Sunday. In keeping with that I think we’re expected to see beyond the simple win of a pawn and work out exactly how Black wins the resulting endgame.
Aug-29-22  TheaN: Actually saw this, but the day stumped me a bit. <30....Qc3> is decisive, but far from quick, of course 31.Qxc3 Rb1+ with RxQ#. Else, if White wants to defend fancy with 31.Qa1 Qd3 -+ still wins the queen with Rb1+ following. The 'tame' defenses drop Pa3 and the game, ie <31.Ra1 Qxe1+ 32.Rxe1 Rxa3+ -+>. Just the fact that it's Monday puts you off a bit.
Aug-29-22  Tomate: @Mayankk06

On 30..Qe5 31.Re2 would be a mistake because of 31...Qxe2.

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  scormus: 30 ... Qc3. That was it?

30 ... Qg6 is much more interesting. Gives W something to think about just to stay in the game

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  chrisowen: I q growths gamer Qc3 flushed gad accepts mac harks aag aqua it is kong Qc3 brick;
Aug-29-22  Cheapo by the Dozen: I came up with a lot of the above on my own, including the word "subtle".

Then I briefly thought the win was indeed more than just snatching the a-pawn for a great endgame advantage, because I saw why 31 Qa1 fails to limit the damage to the pawn, but overlooked that 31 Ra1 indeed has that effect.

Aug-29-22  saturn2: <Either Qc3 or Qh4 leads to a point where Black can gang up on the a3 pawn paving the way for the Black a pawn to advance. But in all paths, the victory is far off and requires accurate play>

After 30...Qc3 the only way for white to play on is 31.Ra1 If the queen moves instead (for example 31.Qf1) black takes the a pawn after which white has to exchange rooks (if not black wins the queen) and a queen ending with two plus pawns is easy. A rook ending with two plus pawns is not so easy and the only way to reach this is white playing 31.Ra1

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  dorsnikov: A little more difficult than "Very Easy." But I got it. The Black King had no escape from the back rank after his protection was diverted.
Aug-29-22  King.Arthur.Brazil: The King (who?) hoped that Black would resist more, like a boring end of the Chess-master computer game (which only finish, after the check-mate): 31. ♕a1 ♕d3 32. ♖b2 ♖xa3 33. ♕c1 ♖c3 34. ♕a1 ♖b3 35. ♖xb3 ♕xb3 36. h3 ♕b5 37. ♕c1 a5 38. ♕c8+ ♔h7 39. ♕c2+ f5 40. g4 a4 41. gxf5 ♕xf5 42. ♕g2 a3 43. h4 a2 44. ♕xa2 ♕xf3+ 45. ♔h2 ♕f4+ 46. ♔h3 e5 47. ♕e2 e4 48. h5 ♕f3+ 49. ♕xf3 exf3 50. ♔g3 ♔g8 51. ♔xf3 ♔f7 52. ♔f4 ♔f6 53. ♔g4 ♔e5 54. ♔f3 ♔f5 55. ♔g3 ♔g5 56. ♔h3 ♔xh5 57. ♔g3 ♔g5 58. ♔f3 ♔h4 59. ♔g2 g5 60. ♔h2 ♔g4 61. ♔g2 ♔f4 62. ♔f2 g4 63. ♔g2 g3 64. ♔g1 ♔f3 65. ♔f1 g2+ 66. ♔g1 h5 67. ♔h2 ♔f2. Maybe, now someone will learn how to use the extra ♙ of h6! "Chess is culture". lgs.
Aug-29-22  King.Arthur.Brazil: Trying to translate <Chris> "I kill grown-up players with ♕c3, this make run away the unemployed that accept the MACintosh AVG scares, it is like a brick thrown in the water from (Kong) skull island ♕c3!" How about it, my friend? Did I come close? And you said a single phrase only!
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  monopole2313: Black probably did the "watusi" after finding 30...Qc3.
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  perfidious: <saturn2....A rook ending with two plus pawns is not so easy....>

The resultant ending after 30....Qc3 31.Ra1 Qxe1+ is a fairly simple technical win for even an average player.

Aug-30-22  saturn2: <The resultant ending after 30....Qc3 31.Ra1 Qxe1+ is a fairly simple technical win for even an average player.> I would not bet I win it against Stockfish with only 5 minutes on my clock.
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