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Jonathan F Parker vs Nicholas Pert
"Saint Nick" (game of the day Dec-23-2015)
4NCL (1999), Birmingham ENG, rd 3
Dutch Defense: Alekhine Variation (A92)  ·  0-1



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Jun-24-08  Marmot PFL: For some reason I made it more complicated by playing Rxe4 1st - Rxe4 Rxe4 (otherwise Rxg4)Rh1+ Kxh1 Nxf2+ Kg1 Qxc3 Kxf2 Qxc1. Either way black wins easily but the game line is simpler and better. White played way below his rating.
Jun-24-08  DarthStapler: Solved it
Jun-24-08  notyetagm: <patzer2: For today's Tuesday puzzle solution, Black plays 32...Rh1+! for a winning discovered attack with check. After the forced 33. Kxh1, Black plays 33...Nxf2+, and as <zooter> noted will pick up the <hanging Queen> after Black's reply with 34...Qxc3 for a clearly decisive material advantage.>

Yep, that's the ticket.

Jun-24-08  Castleinthesky: This problem is a king decoy/distraction, forcing the king to move to a disadvantageous square for material gain.
Jun-24-08  SpoiltVictorianChild: I saw the hanging queen, but black's bishop is pretty much locked out, and the rook is blocked from the free file by the lame bishop. Can anyone give me a winning line from there? It'll focus around taking Pe4, but white won't make that easy.
Jun-24-08  jackpawn: I got practically no sleep last night and it shows. I stared at this for 30 seconds before I found the solution. Nobody will mistake me for Tal, but normally I can solve this level in a few seconds.
Jun-24-08  Kasputin: Any bets ladies and gentlemen? Will Wednesday be "something completely different" or more of the same?

I know it is only 2 puzzles into a new week, but so far we have not only had first moves starting with rook checks as the most straightforward solutions but also rook checks along the h file. Moreover these rook checks have set up a knight check with the end result that the losing side loses their queen. (Okay in Monday's puzzle the knight check isn't necessarily made on move 2 in the sequence, but it is certainly there as a central motif).

So will Wednesday be more of the same?

Perhaps the more important question: don't I have anything better to do than to speculate on what sort of puzzle we get next? :-)

Jun-24-08  234: Monday puzzle <17. ?> Jun-23-08 Keres vs Wade, 1954
Jun-24-08  messachess: Easy Easy
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  Once: It's mostly all been said, so no point in me duplicating.

You can spot the answer here in at least two ways. Most people find the answer through the "what if" method. The bishop is pinned, so 32. ... Rh1+ has to be answered by 33. Kxh1. So what if this line appears, do I have anything powerful to follow?

Another way to find the answer is to look for the features in the position. The white queen on c3 is unprotected. So if we can move the d3 knight with check, the queen will be lost. How can we engineer a check? If the white king were on h1, then Nxf2 would win the queen. And this again leads us to Rh1+.

Something similar tomorrow?

Jun-24-08  Benatchess: Can someone recommend some CDs on basics of openings and defences that I could purchase off the internet? Thx.
Jun-24-08  CapablancaFan: <Benatchess: Can someone recommend some CDs on basics of openings and defences that I could purchase off the internet? Thx.> Here are some CD's you may be interested in.
Jun-24-08  messachess: <Benatchess> Try the Nimzo-Rubenstein Sicilian. Every once in a while, you get to rip off the e pawn when white isn't looking!
Jun-24-08  patzer2: <Benatchess> Some old media I find useful are Chess Books. One in particular I like is
Jun-24-08  MaxxLange: <BentaChess> How basic? Susan Polgar has some DVDs that are sort of from beginner to tournament player material, I think.

Some of the ChessBase DVDs may give you what you are looking for if you have a bit more experience - not the ones about one opening, but more like the Daniel King ones. They sometimes have little sample clips for them.

Jun-24-08  Benatchess: Thanks for your help. I'm impressed with most of the comments here, you guys/girls are way over my ability.

I've got some books, but am lazy, DVDs are easier to follow. I'm primarily a blitz internet player, 1750ish. I can handle some of the basics but need better answers to the french defense, english opening, kings gambit, etc. And not just the first few moves, more on follow-on moves to take the advantage and more in-depth strategy about why and how.

Jun-24-08  patzer2: Back to the game, it looks like 32. Qc3??
was the losing blunder which allowed the decisive 32...Rh1+!

Instead, 32. Re3! = appears to equalize by practically compelling a draw by perpetual after either

1. = (0.00): 32...Rh1+ 33.Kxh1 Nxf2+ 34.Kg1 Nh3+ 35.Kh1 Nf2+


2. = (0.00): 32...Qxf2+ 33.Kxh2 Qf4+ 34.Kg1 Qf2+ 35.Kh1 Qh4+ 36.Kg1 Qf2+

Verified with Fritz 8 @ 15 depth.

Jun-25-08  kevin86: Easy as pie:

Black diverts the king to h1.

Checks at f2,uncovering the white queen

Captures the queen-ending up a queen for a bishop.

Jul-04-12  waustad: Talk about a putrid bishop!
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  al wazir: White would have survived after 32. Re3: 32...Qxf2+ 33. Kxh2 Nf4 34. Qf1 or Rg3.
Dec-23-15  raju17: Why not 32.Rf3 this does not allow the white queen to capture at f2 and prevents its advance rather it would need to back off removing pin on white bishop and the black knight is also hanging.
Dec-23-15  Ratt Boy: < raju17: Why not 32.Rf3...>

32...♖xg2 33.♖xg2, ♕xf3

Dec-23-15  kevin86: The attack is will win the queen, then the king later.
Dec-23-15  morfishine: <Once: It's mostly all been said, so no point in me duplicating> It there's no point in duplicating, then why are you "duplicating"?....just wondering


Dec-23-15  RandomVisitor: 28...Bxg4!, 27...h5! or 27...fxe3!
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