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Stephen J Solomon vs Paul Anthony Garbett
Novag Commonwealth ch (1983), Melbourne AUS, rd 2, Jan-??
Sicilian Defense: Scheveningen Variation (B80)  ·  1-0



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Jun-02-07  dzechiel: Yup, I'm not cut out to be a grandmaster.
Jun-02-07  chessmoron: Maybe the puzzle can start from 15.Nxe7+!

Does this work: 17. Bxh7+ Kxh7 18. Qd3+ g6 19. fxe7 a1=Q+ 20.Kd2 Qa5+ 21. c3 ?

Jun-02-07  vesivialvy93: what if in the game line blacks plays 20...Qa5+
Jun-02-07  gulliver: I messed up today. I saw 1. Bxh7 Kxh7 2. Qd3+, quite immediately but dismissed it. I thought white has to play the queen to the a file to a3 or directly to a5 to stop Black's threat of promotion.
Jun-02-07  marcwordsmith: <chessmoron> I looked at the same line, and then I see Black playing 21... Re8 and I don't see a forcing continuation for White. White has a dominating position but he's a piece down. How does he press his advantage? Or is there another way for White to proceed after 18... g6?
Jun-02-07  marcwordsmith: Maybe 22. Qf5 is decisively strong in the line above??
Jun-02-07  realbrob: An important thing I realised was that there was no need for White to prevent the a pawn from queening. If he avoids checkmate, White has a lot of opportunities to win one of the 2 Black queens (the e7 one usually).

I was wondering what happens if Black plays 18..Kg8. Now 19.Rxe7 a1=q+ 20.Kd2 Qa5+ 21.c3, Black defends the Nd7 and is still up a piece, even though all his pieces are on the queenside and look unable to help their own king (maybe White can play 22.fxg7 Kxg7 23.Qg3, sorry if I'm not accurate but I don't have a board to check the moves at the moment). Another possible idea for White is 19.Re3, threatening Rh3 and then Qh7#. If Black has no other ways to defend he'll have to play 19..Qxe3 and we'll found a line similar to the real game line.

Am I missing something big?

Jun-02-07  ChesterTheJester: After 18. Kg8 white can just play Kd2. Then after 19. Qd8 fxg7 he wins the rook and gets a pretty crushing attack.
Jun-02-07  greensfield: Its pretty obvious that the Black Queen is there for the taking, but do you put it out of it's misery straight away <17.fxe7 or Rxe7> or open up the Kings defences by whipping off g7 pawn first <17.fg7). Being a puzzle I went for the later option. Now what? Whoops where did that come from <18...a1Q#>
Jun-02-07  Gilmoy: Retrograde analysis: White must have just played exf6, doubling on Black's Q. Black responded bxa2, a Q sac offer for a1=R#. The mate threat simplifies the problem: White's first move shall be a check. White's immediate goal is to clear d2 for his K, and then he can collect Black's Q (unless he mates first).

17.Qa5 Qd8 18.Qxa2 Nxf6 looks blah for White.

17.Bxh7+ and White's Q can check out (which clears d2 with tempo): 17.. Kh8 18.fxg7+ and 19.Q(d3,d4)+ depending which capture Black's K makes. 17.. Kxh7 18.Qd3+ g6 19.Rxe7 and White can sidestep Black's promotion, remove the N, and then Qh3 h6-g7 (or 19.fxe7 20.Qh3+ forking the N). 18.. Kg8 19.Rxe7 similar.

Another idea is to snuff the a-threat with 19.Qa3. Apparently, Black will end up with a Q somewhere, either a/b or d8. Where is she less of a threat? The Q on d8 would still be a target: simply fxg7 forks her and the R. Look for a Black perpetual: 19.Rxe7 a1=Q+ 20.Kd2 two en prise Qa5+ 21.c3 looks solid enough. Whte's R is skewering two loose pieces, so White either gets his piece back (21.. Nxf6 22.Rxb7), or sacks an exchange to remove the N, and mates on g7.

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  kevin86: A unique position at start of puzzle. White attacks the queen twice,but dare not capture it. Instead he gives up a piece of his own and eventually captures TWO queen to end with a winning ♕ vs ♖&♗ ending.
Jun-02-07  Gilmoy: I missed Black's 3rd option: Give up Q+P for both White Rs. It avoids the hopeless Qd8 line. But it's only an even trade. White still forks the N.

<vesivialvy93: 20...Qa5+> 21.Rb4+ Kg8 22.c3 and Black didn't get either R. White's Rs would have overwhelmed Black's weak K-side, so trading down was Black's best shot at a draw.

I don't like 23.fxg7 -- it resolves K-side tension. If White just leaves it there, Black can't ever fix it himself, as gxf6 or g6 both allow mate at g7. The immediate 23.Qxd7 seems clearer -- then White's Q strolls back to g. Sample: 23.. Bc8 24.Qa4 Bf5 25.Qd4 Rfe8 26.Qe3 Rab8 27.b3 a5 28.Qg3 and White mates before Black breaks through.

Jun-02-07  nateinstein: 17 Qa5 is maybe safest, but 17 Bxh7+ is best. Crafty suggested 17 Qa5 with a score of 0.50. It thought Bxh7+ was -1.40 for a little bit, then changed its mind to an even score, then up to 1.11 or so after 18... Qe4 (which is all forced). 17 Qa5 gives black a lot more play in the game.
Jun-02-07  Tactic101: Bxh7 was really the only move that could be played. So I played it, seeing Qd3+ following.
Jun-02-07  goodevans: I reckon the key to this is seeing that black can't win a rook with <vesivialvy93>'s 20 ... Qa5+. <Gilmoy> gives 21 Rb4+, but I saw simply 21 b4, which also seems to work (21 ... dxe4; 22 Qa3+).

Don't understand why black felt the need to give up the exchange with 25 ... Rh8. Before this he seemed to have some chances. I take <Gilmoy>'s point, though, that white may also have played suboptimally before this with 23 fxg7.

Jun-02-07  Fezzik: Since there really was only one variation to consider, this was not especially difficult to play for White.

Perhaps Black could have improved, but this was a *very* easy puzzle from White's perspective.

Jun-02-07  schnarre: Got this one right away! (Love these basic puzzles...)
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  al wazir: I found it hard to believe that the position after move 16 occurred over the board. But I found the right line, though I didn't have an answer for every one of black's alternatives.

For example, what if black plays 24...Rab8 or 24...Bc8 ? White controls most of the board, but material is about even, so the win isn't obvious.

Jun-02-07  Gilmoy: <goodevans: Don't understand why black felt the need to give up the exchange with 25 ... Rh8> Forced. Black was stuck in two different mate patterns.

A. If his R doesn't move, then 26.Qf6+ mates.

B. If his R moves Q-ward, then 26.Qf6+ Kf8 Qh8#, as the Bg5 still owns e7. Kg8 or Kh7 same as #A.

Rh8 lets Black meet Bh6 with Rxh6. If White hadn't initiated the exchange, Black would have.

Jun-02-07  openingspecialist: <chessmoron: Maybe the puzzle can start from 15.Nxe7+! Does this work: 17. Bxh7+ Kxh7 18. Qd3+ g6 19. fxe7 a1=Q+ 20.Kd2 Qa5+ 21. c3 ? > <marcwordsmith: <chessmoron> I looked at the same line, and then I see Black playing 21... Re8 and I don't see a forcing continuation for White. White has a dominating position but he's a piece down. How does he press his advantage? Or is there another way for White to proceed after 18... g6?> After Rfe8 Qh3+ wins Nd7. Since I saw this game I've always wanted to play Nd5 but unfortunately the situation has never arised.
Jun-02-07  safar: This game was played in the inaugural Commonwealth Championship in Melbourne in January 1983. The tournament was won by GM Ian Rogers after GM Raymond Keene was held to a draw by IM Ortvin Sarapu. This game won one of the prizes for the best game -the other prize was awarded to an unkown player from Fiji, Nazim Khan. You will find the game on his website at

The judge for the best game prizes was GM Raymond Keene.

May-20-09  WhiteRook48: <27. Bxh8??>
um, 27. Bd4 or 27. Bc3 are met by 28...Rag8 29 Qh4+ Kg6 30 Bxh8
Jul-24-10  goodevans: <12 Nd5!> was a lovely sac. After <14 ... b3> I think white had time for <15 axb3> or <15 Kb1> but continuing the attack immediately with <15 Nxe7+> certainly made for a very interesting game!

I think <25 ... Rh8?> was a mistake. Wouldn't <25 ... Rg8> have been better?

Jul-24-10  newzild: Paul Garbett beat me twice in tournament games. I missed a draw in the first game, but he kicked me in the second.
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