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Nils Michaelsen vs Etienne Bacrot
Bundesliga (1999/00), Porz GER, rd 14
Gruenfeld Defense: Exchange Variation (D85)  ·  0-1

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Dec-05-07  Cuellargacharna: Excellent demostration of board positional awareness.
Dec-05-07
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  moronovich: Been to many places, but never to Denver.
And I will tell that to my shrink.
(And ask him about Denver).
Dec-05-07  MaxxLange: Easy enough to find when you see it as a puzzle; much harder to see over the board, I'm sure.
Dec-05-07  zanshin: I saw Bd8 but didn't think of trapping the Queen.

I like the music of John Denver.

Dec-05-07  znprdx: Seems like a fluke, given that 41.Qc7 was probably played in a time control scramble....Pretty cute not unlike what Judit Polgar recently did to Topalov (or rather like here what he did to himself) <sataranj: i think, after 38.Qh8, black should have immediately taken the bishop.> & <RandomVisitor: 38...Nf6 would have been better play for black:> Sheesh - and miss the chance to find this swindle while singing "queen traps always make me happy" Apologies to both John Denver & Tarrasch:)
Dec-05-07  YouRang: I was in Denver in 1991 (on my way to Boulder, CO - also a very nice town).

I blew today's puzzle, so I am left out of the "Here's how I solved it" discussions. But at least I can join the "I've been to Denver" people!

Dec-05-07  zhivago: I also looked at 42 Qa2 for too long! I didn't have breakfast yet, so I took a break and had a Denver omelet! After that, I got 42 Qa6! immediately.
Dec-05-07  soberknight: Wow, I completely missed the queen trap. It's beautiful.
Dec-05-07  dazone3: I successfully drove through Denver during the summer flood of 1997, and successfully solved this puzzle in the winter blizzard of 2007!

I also drove through Denver during the spring blizzard of 2003, just before said murderous regime invaded Iraq. I'm guessing that will help me out on some future puzzle, possibly during a flood in the Fall of 2013.

Dec-05-07
Premium Chessgames Member
  Jimfromprovidence: I also looked at Qa2 too long.

After I looked at the game I noticed that white played Nh2 one move too early (to keep the queen off of g4 I guess. f3 would have done the same thing). If white had simply played 41 Qc7+, then 42 Kf7 Nh2 he probably would have been OK.

As a grad student at UC-Santa Barbara in the early 80’s, I flew through Denver many times to get back to the East Coast. There’s nothing like flying over the Rockies, except for maybe solving a weekend puzzle.

Dec-05-07  patzer2: For today's puzzle solution Bacrot closes the trap on his opponent's Queen with 42...Qa6!, leaving White helpless against the coming 43...Bd8 .
Dec-05-07
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  kevin86: Missed it-what a week! I was looking at a back row mate-(I know,the pun was used before). Then I looked at a possible zugzwang-an overall lack of mobility by white's forces. I just didn't focus on the queen.

I too was looking at Qa2 in an attempt to trap the bishop,I didn't even see the text move that traps the queen in a hotbox so that she can be captured.

It seemed that last weeks puzzles were too easy,these may be too hard.

Dec-05-07
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  HFlew: Whoo hoo! I got it! :)
Dec-05-07
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  fm avari viraf: Hi- everyone. Due to my very busy schedule, I couldn't post my views for all this time but occasionally I used to have a quick glance at your lovely analysis which I did enjoyed. Still my Academy has to conduct three more Championships on 15th & 16th Dec.07 so again I'm in a tied knot. Now, back to our puzzle, to be candid, first, I saw 42...Bg5 & 42...Qc4 but White seems to be alright. Then suddenly,I saw the dreadful 42...Qa6 trapping the White Queen with ...Bd8! Hence, my pun "Nils scores Nil."
Dec-05-07  TheaN: 3/3

42....Qa6 with Bd8. How strange it seems, yesterday had some variation, today there just isn't one: Black WILL play 43....Bd8 no matter what.

Dec-05-07  ruzon: It is so beautifully random (or randomly beautiful) that two pawns, a Queen, a Knight, a Bishop, and a King can be placed on the board in such way not only to trap the Queen, but to give White one whole move without direct threats and <still> not be able to rescue it despite having even material.
Dec-05-07
Premium Chessgames Member
  Jimfromprovidence: <If white had simply played 41 Qc7+, then 42 Kf7 Nh2 he probably would have been OK.>

Correction of above post.

If white had simply played 42 Qc7+, then 42... Kf7 43 Nh2 he probably would have been OK.

Dec-05-07
Premium Chessgames Member
  howardb86: I did not get it....
going to retire from chess.
So beautiful, why did I not see it?
going to give up chess
Dec-05-07  crazydotaplayer: hi,i got this in a minute and i want to know how can i check my rating?
Dec-05-07  Komapsimnita: Na min, didn't get it either. I thought white would be aiming to get their knight onto f3. I thhought this was a srtrong positional move, protecting from Qa2 attacking the bishop and also protecting the pawn on e4. Anyway looked for ways to combat that idea and missed the sexy, Qa6 move. doh!
Dec-05-07  Komapsimnita: Also I've seen the movie, Things to do in Dever when you dead. No idea where it is like.
Dec-05-07
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  Infohunter: Well, I'm one more who tried 42...Qa2 and didn't see 42...Qa6. Maybe that's because I haven't been in Denver since July of 1967. Funny thing, though: I have a Denver omelet for breakfast every now and then, but somehow that just didn't help either.
Dec-05-07  Steve Case: Yes! I got it. Been to Denver too! I had a only 1400 something rating about 15 years ago so I feel good about seeing it. But yeah, would I see it over the board? Hmmm, I do remember nailing the other guys queen at least once, but I carefully set it up closing off avenues of escape. Great fun (-:
Dec-05-07
Premium Chessgames Member
  OhioChessFan: Wild guess <Steve Case> . You use AOL to access the internet?
Dec-05-07  Steve Case: Nope, no relation wutzizname who owns half of Hawaii.
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