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Gudmundur Sigurjonsson vs Alexandru Sorin Segal
WchT U26 15th fin-A (1968), Ybbs an der Donau AUT, rd 5, Jul-23
Budapest Defense: Adler Variation (A52)  ·  1-0



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Jan-25-07  think: I found this puzzle easier than yesterday's. The only tough part was figuring out what to sac on f6, the sac was screaming to be played.
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: I think you have to see the first 4-6 moves to claim full credit; one of the reasons CG puzzles are so good is that the key move is usually the third or fourth, not the first.
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  Sneaky: I had to toy around with Ng5 before I settled on the right move. In my opinion you had to see Rg6 to get the puzzle. Once you get to that position intuition should tell you that Black is hopeless.
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  WannaBe: Segal is horrible, I had expected a double back flip over a (chess) table, followed a scissor kick, then karate chops the opponent and then mutter something like: "You call that chess?"

Followed by, of course, 20 minutes of car chase, during which Segal gets shot at by some bad-dude wielding an AKS, that holds like 1000 rounds, of which none ever finds the target, and the chase ends in some great explosion.

Think that'll make a great Hollywood blockbuster.

Jan-25-07  princeofdragons: Actually 21. Rg6 is a way deeper move than just 21. Qh6 because Black's Queen is in danger. Why? 21...Rg8 22. Qh6 Rd8 23. Bxf6+ (double check on King and Queen).
Jan-25-07  jsemmens: Just a question, but would 19...Kf8 help black hold out a little longer?
Jan-25-07  aazqua: This one is self evident. There really are no other moves to consider throughout the whole solution. How drab.
Jan-25-07  soberknight: Got the first three moves, but I didn't see ...Rf8, Rg6. Fascinating tactics!
Jan-25-07  ksh123: <princeofdragons> I agree with that. In fact, my solution was 21. Rg6 instead of 21. Qh6, thus trapping the black's queen.
Jan-25-07  Counterpoint: 22.Rg5 is prettier.
Jan-25-07  chessmoron: <WannaBe> We'll be watching more of Seagal multi-raspberry nominee more in February.

21. Rg6 was my consideration as well.

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  al wazir: I think 21. Rg6 is winning. If 21...Bf7, then 22. Rxf6, and if 22...Bxh5 then 23. Rf8 is mate. If 21...Rf8, then 22. Rag1 Bg8 23. Qh6, and black is helpless to defend against the threats of Rg7 and Rxf6.
Jan-25-07  Dr.Lecter: I saw the sac on f6. I wasn't sure how to continue though.
Jan-25-07  mig55: I knew the game, it was a studentsolympiade...
Jan-25-07  Rawprawn: I didn't get 22Rg6
Jan-25-07  Rawprawn: BTW Sigurjonsson has the great honour of being first GM to lose to a Chinese player.
Jan-25-07  goldfarbdj: Hm...I thought Rg1 was going to be the move, followed by 19. ... g6 20. Rxg6+.
Jan-25-07  chopin4525: Got it!In my opinion also 21.Rg6 is a valid option like 21.Qh6 which I didn't consider ^_____^
Jan-25-07  Tactic101: Darn it. I saw Nxf6, Rg1, followed by Qh6. However, I did not see Rg6, which wins the vital f6 pawn.
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  Richard Taylor: <WannaBe> Why is Segal horrible?
Jan-25-07  ianD: Got it including Rg6 which is the key move.
1 min.
Jan-25-07  ianD: User: Richard Taylor

Jan-25-07  Ingolf: Not to be confused with the author of Love Story. Got 22.Rg6. A little easier than yesterday, probably because this one has fewer options.
Jan-25-07  greensfield: Initially looked at 19. Nxf6, 19. Rg1 and 19. Bxf6.
Soon concentrated on the Knight Sac, as this blasts Blacks defenses and after Rg1 and the King retreating to h7 leaves three White pieces in the attack against the King. The Black pawns defending the King can be put under tremendous pressure with Rg6.
Jan-25-07  melv: I saw the first three moves. Does that count?
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