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Semen I Dvoirys vs Gyula Feher
Budapest Spring op 7th (1991), Budapest HUN, rd 4
Sicilian Defense: Richter-Rauzer. Classical Variation (B64)  ·  1-0



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  Oxspawn: <<Qg5 is a move you either see or you don’t.>> Qg5 is a move I didn't see and didn't believe when I saw it. The slow realisation that came over me was cartoon-like in its unfolding.
Nov-24-20  morfishine: <FSR: 24.Qg5!! is supposed to be "Easy"?> Well said, the Queen move is the only move I didn't consider LOL
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  scormus: <24 Qg5!> is like the gorilla who walks onto the basketball practice area when everybody is concentrating on their passing skills.

I was looking at ways of doing something with the N or getting pressure on g6. Even realised deflecting the B away from the a1-h8 diagonal would do the trick. But still didn't see Qg5 was the killer. So embarrassing .... :(

Nov-24-20  awfulhangover: I found Qg5!! But, it took me 5 minutes, and I would have missed it in a game when nobody could tell there was a winning move in the position. Beautiful move, tough Tuesday!
Nov-24-20  zb2cr: Did not get this one.
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  pittpanther: I got it after several minutes- this was pretty hard for a Tuesday, more like Wednesday difficulty in my opinion.
Nov-24-20  sudoplatov: Easier than Mondays. Qg5 stands out to the Bishop from h8. White is behind in material so a mating attack is needed.
Nov-24-20  Vermit: Great puzzle
Nov-24-20  Cellist: I found the solution, but only after spending much time figuring out that 24. Nxf6+ and Rh8+ do not seem to work.
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  WorstPlayerEver: Found it! 24. Qg5 Rxd5 25. Rh8+
Nov-24-20  TheaN: <24.Qg5 +->. This is one of those moves that requires no real in depth analysis. The black camp overloads, either by Rh8-R3h7#, Rh8-Qxd8-Qxh8#, Black's best being N:Q or going down a full rook.

<<FSR: 24.Qg5!! is supposed to be "Easy"?>

In this case, 'easy' requires elaboration. In puzzle sense I'd say this is a fair Tuesday (perhaps Wednesday) given that once you <deduce alternatives and consider this deflection> it comes together like a complicated jigsaw puzzle.

In an <actual game>, this is one of those 'tactics that flows from a superior position' that differs the chess masters from the chess experts. Experts see them usually to sometimes depending on strength; masters see them always.

Nov-24-20  Walter Glattke: BRENIN showed several 22nd black moves, I looked there and think for 22.-Qa5, threatens Re1+ 23.b4! nothing else than 23.-Rxd5 24.bxa5 Rxh5 25.Qxa7 but no mate then. 23.Nf6+! Rxf6 24.Rxg7+ Kf8 25.Rh8+ Ke7 26.Qe3 Re6 27.Rxf7+ Kxf7 28.Rh7+ Kf8 29.Qxe6 mating by several variations. But also no option to Brenin moves.
Nov-24-20  Walter Glattke: Correctionm, had Pc4 instead Pe4: no sudden threatening, but seems the same so far.
Nov-24-20  Walter Glattke: Now, possibly no 23.Nxf6+ and no mate, but black lose.
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  gawain: I understood that the h8 square was key but I was stuck on 24 Nxf6+ after which Black might blunder with 24...Rxf6 25 Rh8+ But hoping for a blunder does not count as a solution!

I gave up too soon. Maybe if I had stepped away for a bit Qg5 would have occurred to me.

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  Jimfromprovidence: If black had played 23...g5 instead the first move to this puzzle is more of what we are used to for a Tuesday.

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White to play and win.

Nov-24-20  goodevans: A nice game to play through.

<22.Nd5> was an excellent move, maintaining the R on h5 and giving black even more to think about.

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<22...b6?> was just too slow. I guess it was intended to support black playing <...Re5> to challenge the R. If played straight away that would lose black's extra pawn to <22...Re5 23.Rxg7+ Bxg7 24.Rxe5 dxe5 25.Qxc5> but that would still have been better than what he played.

Nov-24-20  brainzugzwang: For some reason, this patzer saw 24. Qg5 fairly quickly, deflecting the Black B from guarding h8 (and noticing the White N covering the king's possible escape squares after the rook checks) or simply bringing the Q into the attack. I saw what happens after 24...Bxg5; the trick to me was figuring how to continue if Black responded with ...Rxd5 or ...Rxe4 (threatening the back rank) but those were solved without too much fuss. Maybe this one is kind of a Tuesday/Wednesday tweener? Rather unusual that I saw something so many other (presumably better) kibitzers didn't.
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  thegoodanarchist: Damn hard for a Tuesday, because of all the candidate moves which look good at first, but then fail tactically.

I still got the right answer, after about 6 other tries.

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  Breunor: I’m surprised, I’m about the weakest player here and often miss Tuesday puzzles but I saw 24 Qg5 right away.
Nov-24-20  TheaN: <Jimfromprovidence: If black had played 23...g5 instead the first move to this puzzle is more of what we are used to for a Tuesday.>

Is it? I disagree. In fact, I was foolishly looking to breakthrough and couldn't find it, so I consulted SF for the answer. Straightforward yes, but not as puzzle.

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  Messiah: I don't think this one was particularly difficult. It is not super hard to eliminate other moves, even without a physical board, so Qg5 remains as the only viable option.
Nov-24-20  Halldor: A good example of an overworked piece.

I saw the mating pattern and wanted to deflect the bishop. But no way that I could find this move.

Nov-24-20  Nullifidian: 24. ♕g5 overloads the bishop. There aren't any really good moves. If the queen is taken, then 25. ♖h8+ ♔g7 26. ♖3h7# mates.

The king can't run away with 24... ♔f8 because of 25. ♖h8+ ♗xh8 (♔g7 26. ♕h6) 26. ♖xh8+ ♔g7 27. ♕h6#

If you play some move like 24... ♖e5 to threaten the queen, then there's an attractive dovetail mate: 25. ♖xh8+ ♗xh8 26. ♕xd8+ ♖e8 (♔g7 ♕xh8#) 27. ♕xe8 ♔g7 28. ♕xh8#

The only viable solution to keep the game going seems to be moving either 24... ♖e8 or ♖c8 to get a firmer grip on the h8 square. However, after 24... ♖e8, for the sake of argument, there's 25. ♕xf6 and the queen has to be captured or else mate follows shortly. Then white plays 26. ♘xf6+ and if ♔g7, then ♘xe8+. If 26... ♔f8, then 27. ♖h8+ ♔e7 (not ♔g7?? 28. ♘xe8#) 28. ♘xe8 and now white has two rooks and a knight to black's lone rook and one extra pawn, which is a decisive material advantage.

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  woldsmandriffield: Found 24 Qg5 but would not say it was easy!
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