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Valeriy Aveskulov vs Michael A Brooks
OCF Winter NAO FIDE Open (2007), Stillwater USA, rd 4, Feb-18
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf. Opocensky Variation Traditional Line (B92)  ·  1-0



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Jul-01-07  Whitehat1963: Neat Tuesday puzzle after 38...b3.
Apr-11-21  stacase: About five seconds to get the first move! So I'm happy!
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Good news, everyone! 6/7 for the week. Bad news, everyone! Flubbed Tuesday. Tuesday. Why can't I do normal screwups like everyone else?
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  drollere: i had 35. Rxg7 Bxg7, 36. Nxg7 Kxg7, 37. Rg1+ Kf8, 38. Qh6+ Ke7, 39. Nf5+ Kd7, 40. Qxd6#
Apr-11-21  Walter Glattke: A) 35.Rxg7 Bxg7 36.Nxg7 Kxg7!? 37.Rg1+ Kf8 38.Qh6+ Ke7 39.Nf5+ Kd7 40.Qxd6# too nice to be true, 36.-Qh4 37.Ndf5 +- B) 35.Nxg7 Bxg7 36.Rxg7 Qf6 37.Rcg1 wins
C) Match 35.Nxg7 Bxg7 36.Nf5!? Bd7 37.Nxg7 Qf6 not so good
Apr-11-21  mel gibson: I wasn't sure.

Stockfish 13 agrees with the text:

35. Nxg7

(35. Nxg7 (♘f5xg7 b4-b3 ♘g7-f5 d6-d5
e4-e5 ♖b8-b6 ♗a2-b1 b3xc2 ♗b1xc2 ♖b6-g6 ♘f5-d6 ♗f8xd6 e5xd6 ♖c8xc2 ♕d2xc2 ♕d8xd6 ♘d4-f5 ♕d6-f4 ♖g1xg6 f7xg6 ♕c2-c3+ d5-d4 ♕c3xd4+ ♕f4xd4 ♘f5xd4 ♔h8-g8 ♖c1-c8 ♔g8-f8 ♖c8-a8 ♘h7-f6 ♘d4-b5 ♔f8-e7 ♖a8-a7+ ♔e7-d8 ♘b5-d6 ♗e8-c6 ♘d6-f7+ ♔d8-c8 ♘f7-e5 ♗c6-b7 ♖a7xa4 g6-g5 ♖a4-c4+ ♔c8-b8 ♘e5-c6+ ♔b8-c7 ♘c6-a5+ ♔c7-d6 ♘a5xb7+ ♔d6-d5 ♘b7-a5 ♘f6-d7 ♖c4-a4 ♔d5-c5 ♖a4-a3 ♘d7-e5) +6.20/45 1096)

score for White +6.20 depth 45

Apr-11-21  Brenin: <drollere>, <Walter Glattke>: In your lines, after 35 Rxg7 Bxg7 36 Nxg7 Kxg7 37 Rg1+, playing 37 ... Kh8 (instead of Kf8), with Qf6 to follow, seems to give Black a safe escape.
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  agb2002: White has a bishop and a knight for the bishop pair.

White can try to resume the attack by weakening the dark squares around the black king with 35.Nxg7 Bxg7 36.Rxg7 Kxg7 37.Nf5+:

A) 37... Kf6 38.Qd4+ Kg5 (38... Kg6 39.Qg7+ Kh5 40.Qg4#) 39.Qg7+ Kf4 40.Qg3#.

B) 37... Kf8 38.Qh6+ Kg8 39.Qg7#.

C) 37... Kg6 38.Qh6#.

D) 37... Kg8 38.Rg1+ Kh8 39.Qd4+

D.1) 39... f6 40.Rg8#.

D.2) 39... Qf6 40.Nh6 wins (40... Qxd4 41.Rg8#; 40... Bd7 41.Nxf7#)

D.3) 39... Nf6 40.Rg8+ Kh7 (40... Kxg8+ 41.Qg1+ and mate in three) 41.Rg7+ Kh8 42.Qg1+ wins.

E) 37... Kh8 38.Rg1 Qf6 and Black holds.

I don't know. I'd probably play 35.Rg3 to prepare the attack to have better chances.

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  agb2002: I discarded 36.Nf5 because 36... Bf6 looked to me enough to hold. However, Stockfish gives 37.Qh6 as winning.
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  pittpanther: I played Michael Brooks several times in the late 80s and early 90s. He was a strong player, I think ultimately got to IM. He would play in weekend tournaments - and normally won them. I had one interesting ending that went down to R + 2P versus R+1P, i was down a pawn and was shuffling my rook on the first rank which would have drawn. I made a mistake and took his pawn on the 7th rank (seemed like a good idea, since it was only one square from queening) and got a lost position.
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  drollere: <Brenin: <drollere>, <Walter Glattke>: In your lines ...>

i think glattke's point was that my line was "too nice to be true."

Apr-11-21  King.Arthur.Brazil: In the beginning I chose 35.♖xg7 ♗xg7 36.♘xg7, however it didn't threat anything to make Black go into 35...♔xg7. So, I change to 35.♘xg7 first, for example, 35...♖b7 36.♘7e6 fxe6 37.♗xe6 where White threates both 38.♗xc8 and 38.♖g8# also continuing the attack. Then, Black must accept the ♘}. After, 35...♗xg7, I followed with 36.♖xg7 ♔xg7 37.♘f5+. Now if, 37...♔f8 38. ♕h6+ ♔g8 39. ♕g7# or 37...♔f6 38. ♕h6+ ♔e5 39. ♕g7+ ♔f4 40. ♕g3# or even ♔h8 or ♔g8 it seemed that with 38.♕h6 the check-mate was near, however, for my delusion, the simple 35...♔h8 36.♕h6 ♕f6! and the combination is refuted. I guess that white had carefully analysed this, when continued with 36.♘f5! which I truely didn't imagine at first. Following the game, if Black tries 36...♕f6 37. ♘xg7 ♕xg7 38. ♖xg7 ♔xg7 39. ♖g1+ ♔h8 40. ♕h6 and check-mate next. Also the line 36...♗f6 37. ♘h6 ♗g7 38. ♖xg7 ♔xg7 39. ♖g1+ ♘g5 40. ♖xg5+ ♔f6 seems game is over. After 39.♖cg1, Black could already resign, since 39...♕f6 40.♖h5 and the threat 40. ♘xf7+ ♗xf7 41. ♖h5+ ♗xh5 42. ♕h6# is unstoppable. Nice game!
Apr-11-21  1g1yy: Well, I got the first few moves so I'm happy about that. I often run into problems where I might get the attacker's move, but fail to predict the defenders move correctly. And this was another example of that. White's moves were fairly obvious; Black's? Not so much.

What would really be a cool functionality for this java app (I assume that's what we're using here) would be to add a "puzzle mode" in which I'm expected to find the one player's moves, and if I do so correctly, IT plays the move of the other player so the puzzle can continue. Basically, find the best moves for the winning side and you get credit for a solve.

As was the case several times this week, the defender's moves were a blunder. I don't play strong enough to find the moves all the time anyway, much less when I think I'm on a correct path and the defending player does things like the above.

Apr-11-21  sp12: How about:
36...Qf6 followed by b3 to block white bishop, and then be8 to bd7 etc?
Apr-11-21  RandomVisitor: 34...Qd8 set up the puzzle. Can black improve with 34...g6 and escape with an even game?

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<53/76 55:34 +0.15 34...g6> 35.Bd5 Qd8 36.Rg3 Qf6 37.f4 Rc5 38.Rcg1 Rbc8 39.Qxb4 Rxd5 40.exd5 Bd7 41.Ne3 Qxf4 42.Nc6 Qxb4 43.Nxb4 Bh6 44.Rf1 Ng5

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  Breunor: Looking at the puzzle picture, that has to be among the most pieces on the 8th rank on move 35.
Apr-11-21  messachess: This is a doozy of a problem, very nice.
Apr-11-21  RandomVisitor: Earlier black had 30...d5 or 30...Nh7 for advantage:

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<49/64 1:35:37 -0.81 30..d5> 31.g5 Nh5 32.Bxd5 Bxf5 33.Nxf5 Qf4 34.Qxf4 Nxf4 35.gxh6 g6 36.Nd4 Rc5 37.Nc6 Rbb5 38.Ra1 a3 39.bxa3 bxa3 40.Nd4 Rb6

49/59 1:35:37 -0.29 30...Nh7 31.Rg1 a3 32.bxa3 bxa3 33.g5 hxg5 34.Rxg5 Nxg5 35.Qxg5 Bxf5 36.Nxf5 Rb5 37.Nh6+ Kh8 38.Qxb5 gxh6 39.Qa6 Qc3 40.Rf1 Qxc2

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  opus: 35. Ne6 fxe6 36. Nxd6 Bxd6 37. Qg2 Qe7 38. Bxe6 Qxe6 39. Qxg7# 1-0

35. Ne6 fxe6 36. Bxe6 Bd7 37. Qg2 g6 38. Qxg6 Bg7 39. Qxg7# 1-0

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