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Heikki Westerinen vs Gudmundur Sigurjonsson
"The Wild Wild West" (game of the day Sep-01-2010)
New York (1977), New York, NY USA
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf. Polugayevsky Variation Simagin Line (B96)  ·  1-0



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  kevin86: <VinnyRoo2002> 25 ♗c1?? is an horrible blunder-it sucuumbs to 25...♕xc2+ 26 ♔e1 ♕xe2#

I didn't answer this one-it looks like a weekend puzzle. I liked the delayed action windmill-and the gobbling up of knight and queen along the long diagonal.

Feb-07-07  micartouse: Windmills are a weird tactic. You can always see them coming from a mile away, but you sometimes succumb anyway since it's hard to know what form they'll take.
Feb-07-07  Sololoy: I agree with Solitari: there is no difference switching moves 31 and 32 (Rf1+). The objective is to protect the rock in order to be able to take the a6 pawn; but I'd rather get the h7 pawn (31. Rg7+) in order to free the h column for my own pawn first.
Feb-07-07  HoopDreams: found Qxg7 and Bd8+ in a couple seconds
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  fm avari viraf: When there are so many pieces lined up for attack, there has to be a sac & Qxg7+ looks more obvious & again the discovered + brings the curtain down.
Feb-07-07  johnsbrother: After about 2 minutes I couldn't find the right spot for the bishop on move 2. Nice puzzle...a little harder than most Wednesdays, but I guess Chessgames is getting some retribution for two Monday puzzles in a row!
Feb-07-07  Russian: What do you think about 25. Bf6
Feb-07-07  Themofro: Saw the queen sac immediatley that much was easy, but played Bh6+ instead of Bd8+!. Nice windmill.
Feb-07-07  Stonewaller2: <MikeChesss, Russian> trouble is that,as <kevin86> pointed out, Black has ... ♕xc2+ and ... ♕xe2# coming. So 25. ♗f6 just loses, while on 25. ♕xg7+ ♔xg7 26. ♗h6+ instead of walking into the mate with 26. ... ♔xh6? 27. ♖h3# or the windmill with 26. ... ♔h8? 27. ♗g7+ Black just walks away with 26. ... ♔f7 and wins the minute White fails to give check.

One point to note (read: that I missed) is that White starts, and after the text ends, a piece up.

Feb-07-07  wharfrat: Preserving the a-pawn is more important than the immediate capture of the Black h-pawn. First of all, it will be very difficult for Black to save the h-pawn after the game continuation without exchanging rooks, so White can have his cake and eat it too. Secondly, the “exchange” of the h-pawn for the a-pawn would allow Black the possibilities of counterplay involving the a-pawn and playing for an ending in which White is left with its bishop and the h-pawn, the infamous “Impotent Pair.” The text move eliminates the first idea and substantially reduces the possibility of the second. While both continuations are winning for White, you should always select the simplest way, which is usually the one with the least amount of counterplay for the defender.

Having said all of that, I don’t think the nuance with 31.Rf1+ has anything to do with the solution to the puzzle.

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  dzechiel: <wharfrat> The rook check on f1 needs to be played before defending the a-pawn to prevent ...Rb1+ from picking up the white rook. However, that check can be played at any time (even at the end of) in the combination.
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  egilarne: Having seen this before, it was a pleasure to re-find the variations of this position. It is a position in Blocks CT-Art 3.0, very good CD for training tactics.
Feb-07-07  Marco65: <patzer2> After 24...Ne5 also 25.Bf6 seems to leave Black only the perpetual, doesn't it?

And I'm not sure if he succeeds in that: 24...Ne5 25.Bf6 Qb1+ 26.Kd2 Qb4+ 27.c3 Qb2+ 28.Ke1 Qc1+ 29.Bd1

Feb-08-07  Brown: <egilarne: Having seen this before, it was a pleasure to re-find the variations of this position. It is a position in Blocks CT-Art 3.0, very good CD for training tactics>.

This disk doesn't work on the Mac platform. Does anyone know of one that does?

Jul-04-09  backrank: From move 20 or so, the 'wild' position seems to stem from a 19th century game ... the finish likewise.

The final combination is amazing. The beauty does not lie in the almost obvious queen sac, but in the far-from-obvious move 26. ♗d8!! with the truly stunning mate after 26. ... ♔f7? 27. ♗h5# !, a second mate after 26. ... ♔h6? 27. ♖h3#, the further rook sac 26. ... ♔h8 27. ♖g8+! creating the typical windmill, regaining material with interest, and the final nicety ♖f1+, protecting the rook by the bishop against a possible later ♖b1+ by black. What more can we want for?

White ends a bishop up, however it is indispensable keeping as many pawns as possible on the board, for without pawns, the ending rook+bishop vs. rook is kind of drawish.

Sep-01-10  fetonzio: the fact that Bxg7+ simply allows white to take rook, knight and queen at once along the big diagonal is just weeee
Sep-01-10  pers0n: 25 Qxg7+, great way to indirectly exchange pieces and gain a pawn
Sep-01-10  patzer3844: backrank...give me a break! how can the queen sac be almost obvious while 26 bd8 is far from obvious?Westerinen before trying the queen sac he definitely had foreseen the nice mate after Kf7.If he hadnt he would never have tried the queen sac since it works only if it is followed by Bd8.
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  kevin86: A wild combination-a neat trick how Bd8 closes out the QR from the fray. White ends up a bishop ahead.
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  Once: Who was trapping who in this game?

This is the position just after white played 22. Qb7

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White's last move attacks both black knights. How to save them? Clearly dropping either knight back to b8 just drops the a8 rook.

So black plays 22...Rab8, offering to swap one of his knights for the chance to play 23...Qxb2+. In the sicillian, the speed of the attack is critical, as white hammers away at the kingside and black on the queenside.

Sneaky stuff by black, but white is happy to play into it. Maybe he has seen a little further, or maybe he just thinks that he has...

23. Qxd7 Qxb2+ 24. Kd1

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And now Fritzie says that 24...Ne5 is a drawn position (0.00) with best play as there is nothing that white can do (short of throwing material and ... er ... losing) to prevent a perpetual with Qb1+ and Qb4+. The point is that the knight defuses the queen sac by allowing black to play Ng6 and close the g file.

Instead, black played the seemingly more aggressive 24...Nd4 and wandered into the finish that was an old POTD.

Sep-01-10  ajile: 18..Bxg2 opening the g file looks suicidal for Black. Plus Black's pawn hunting with 12..Qxe5 looks like a bad idea.
Sep-01-10  scormus: <Once> for a self-confessed hater of sharp agressive lines you show a remarkable liking for this game. 24 .... d4 was probably the worst place B could have put his N. Occupying the a1-h8 diagaonal, its not attacking the WQ and it hinders possible BR play on the d-file, Even so, I was surprised Fritz calls it even. After 25 Bc1 Nxd7 26 Bxb2 Rxb2 27 Rxg7+ Kh8 27 Kc1 ..... Ah, I see it, B doesnt have to move the R from b2. instead 27 ... Rfb8 and after 28 Rg8+ its looking ..... equal?
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  Once: <scormus> I don't like playing the sharpest lines, but I do like playing through games that feature them! Call me a voyeur, perhaps?

Mind you, I can see why black wanted to play 24... Nd4. It threatens Qxc2+ which seems to be very difficult to defend against. After 24...Nd4, the only move which Fritz has as an advantage for white is the one he played - the surprising 25. Qxg7+, which clearly black hadn't spotted.

Feb-17-15  NightKnight: Combination is all nice, but yea of the more obvious place. 2 rooks and bishop speaks loud enough.

Probably seen this before too since 26.Bd8 was familiar tactic.

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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Crazy question re: the Bf1. White plays 13.Be2 and the Bishop never moves again and never contributes nothing from the e2 square. In fact, the only reason to move the Bishop consists of clearing the f1 square for the Rh8 next move. So my crazy question consists of this--if White played against the Polugayevsky Sicilian giving odds of the Bishop, does the variation after 13.Rf1 (now possible due to the missing prelate) become a forced win for White?
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