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Giorgi Bagaturov vs Verter Cugini
Bratto Festival (2007), rd 4, Aug-26
Pirc Defense: Austrian Attack. Weiss Variation (B09)  ·  1-0



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May-03-11  LIFE Master AJ: I saw 28.QxN/g7+!, QxQ/g7; 29.Re8+, Qf8!; almost right away, but I got stuck here.

Analyzing only from the diagram, I initially convinced myself that White had no win here ...

I found this one far more difficult than the normally "easy" fare which is standard for Tuesday.

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  Once: I am fascinated by the concept of the Big Red Button aka the BRB.

The Big Red Button is the last, most deadly, most dangerous super-weapon. The one you hope you never have to use. But it's always there, shiny and tempting in the middle of the control panel. So big, round and ... ahem, red.

In poker, it's the all-in. Throw all of your remaining chips in the pot and dare everyone else round the table to call you.

In modern-day global politics, it's nuclear war. Just how hacked off with the enemy do you have to be to decide that you want to launch the nukes?

In science-fiction, it's the self destruct button. A tricky concept this one. Just why would you bother with a self-destruct button, especially if you were a baddy? If nothing else, it would be a tricky blighter to wire up. Not to mention how to test that it was working...

"Memo to staff: the self destruct button will be tested on Monday morning at 10 o'clock."

And in the world of James Bond, the BRB is the super-villain's dastardly plot to destroy most of the world so that they can rule what little is left. Let's unleash a deadly virus that only we are immune to. Or provoke nuclear war between America and Russia so that we can pick up the pieces afterwards.

Chess has its BRB too. For us, it's the mass exchange of pieces - the tetrion cascade of "I take, he takes, I take, he takes..."

The problem with the BRB is that you constantly need to calculate what effect it would have. Do you survive and thrive in the nuclear winter that ensues? Does your opponent come out on top? Or does nobody win - a desolate landscape where Mel Gibson copes in a fuel-starved wilderness by driving gas-guzzling V8s very quickly. As you do. But I suppose it would not have been very Mad Max if they had put everyone on bicycles.

And that's what we have with today's puzzle - a forced exchange of pieces into the chill winter of an endgame. The point is that once the queens come off, white wins with the Nf7+ fork to pick up the loose Rd6.

This was a situation when pressing the BRB was a good idea - provided that you avoided the tempting 29. Rxg7? Rxh6.

May-03-11  gofer: A nice simple sequence for a Tuesday...

<28 Qxg7+ Qxg7>
<29 Rxg7 Kxg7>
<30 Nxf5+ Kf6>
<31 Nxd6 ... >

winning a pawn and a piece

The alternative of <28 Qxg7+ Qxg7 29 Re8+ Qf8 30 Rxa8 Qxa8 31 Nf7+ Kg7 32 Nxd6 ...> looks at first to be losing, but black has to extracate its queen and that may not be very easy! White may be able to fork queen and king giving up both R + N for the Q and moving into a winning end game...

May-03-11  gofer: Not thinking today... I missed both

28 Qxg7+ Qxg7 29 Rxg7 Rxh6 (which is still winning for white as white will simply double the rooks, win at least one pawn and move into a winning end game) so not the easy win that I had thought!

But I also missed the quick win in my other line...

28 Qxg7+ Qxg7 29 Re8+ Qf8 30 Nf7+ Kg7 31 Rxf8! which leaves both rooks en prise, so white ends a whole knight up!


May-03-11  sevenseaman: <Once> <BRB> Now that must be quite something! It sent a chill up(or down) my spine just reading your description of it and the gory consequences of pressing it, even if inadvertently.

The first thing I did was to check up my lap top's control panel (you alluded to a 'red, shiny BRB' sitting in the middle of a CP). To my relief I found none.

When a person is happy the whole world looks rosy and he could press buttons any color just for fun.

On a serious note, I think most of us, me included, at times go wrong in situations we expect to be masters of most of the time.

Why does it happen? Do we prestress ourselves to be seen to live up to some imaginary expectations. What kind of pressure can a <CG> daily puzzle put one under where one has no obligation to even write about having 'flopped or spectacularly succeeded'.

Why does the BRB haunt us when we have it totally in our puissance to avoid it?

Its a mystery you <Once> may have to analyse, unravel and expatiate upon, for the benefit of some of us, admittedly psychology plebeians.

May-03-11  Dyonis: <Dzechiel> Dear Dzechiel...for a long time I regard you as ... my mentor in chess... so I wish you less mistakes and good luck in the Blitz tournament... Have a nice day...!
May-03-11  lost in space: Saw it right away.

28. Qxg7+ Qxg7 29. Re8+ Qf8 30. Nf7+ Kg8 31. Rxf8+ Rxf8 (or Kxf8) 32. Nxd6 and White is up a minor piece.

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May-03-11  cocker: Far too hard to be 'easy'; far too hard for Tuesday.
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  takchess: With the <BRB> talk, I'm reminded of the Monty Python's version found here.

Missed this one thinking it resulted in a queen,rook,knight trade for a queen and a rook. My line was not the answer or sound....

May-03-11  chesssantosh: i fell for the same trap as <dzchiel> did.
May-03-11  patzer2: I found today's Tuesday solution and followup as given by <lost in space>, but only because I started looking for an in between move after I got stuck after 28. Qxg7+ Qxg7 29. Re8+ Qf8 and couldn't see anything coming from 30. Rxf8?? Rxf8 .

It was then that I considered the knight fork 28. Qxg7+ Qxg7 29. Re8+ Qf8 30. Nf7+! as a zwischenzug or intermediate move before capturing the Queen, when 30...Kg7 (or 30...Kg8 31. Rxf8+ Rxf8 32. Nxd6 ) 31. Rxf8+ Rxf8 (or Kxf8) 32. Nxd6 wins a piece.

May-03-11  gmalino: Easy?

28.Qxg7+ Qxg7


30.Rxe8+ Qg8

would be very nice,but


30.Rxe8+ Qf8
31.Rxf8+ Kg7

holds for black

the same with


30.Rxf8+ Rxf8

and black wins because the Knight is trapped

so there must be something more precise

28.Nf7+ doesn't work in any way

28.Nf5 Nfx5
29.Rxh7+ Kxf7
doesn't work either.....

I resign!

May-03-11  Tigranny: I got this puzzle instantly. Pretty nice ending.
May-03-11  CHESSTTCAMPS: In this middlegame attacking position, material is even, but the entire white force is much more active and coordinated. If white meets the threat to the queen with the defensive 28.Qf4, black should respond with 28... Rf6, defending f7, and there is no clear win available. In view of the back rank weakness and corner mate prospect, white should play the forcing sequence

28.Qxg7+! Qxg7 29.Re8+ and now black must drop a piece:

A) 29... Rxe8 30.Rxe8+ Qf8 31.Rxf8+ Kg7 32.Nxf5+ Kxf8 33.Nxd6

B) 29... Qg8 30.Rxg8+ Rxg8 31.Nf7+

C) 29... Qf8 30.Nf7+ Kg7/g8 31.Rxf8(+) R(or K)xf8 32.Nxd6

May-03-11  zb2cr: Found this one, even rather quickly.
May-03-11  maxfrank: More difficult than a typical Tuesday. Appreciate the honesty of the estimable dzechiel. This took me 11 min. If there is a trend to throw in ringers on the early days - so much the better! The difficulty of this was persisting after there was no 5-minute solution. People who missed it today would likely have solved it if it had been presented on Wednesday or Thursday.
May-03-11  gmalino: ok, this LAST move simply was too much for me....


Because I studidly missed that the N survives this massacre.....

Que mierda!

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  HeMateMe: Straight up, back rank weakness.
May-03-11  turbo231: Too complicated for me, I don't feel too bad since <AJ> missed it also.
May-03-11  TheTamale: Take heart, people. The Tamale got it right. There's hope for all of you.
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  doubledrooks: 28. Qxg7+ Qxg7 29. Re8+ leads to a winning position for white.

For example, 29...Qf8 30. Nf7+ Kg8 31. Rxf8+ Rxf8 32. Nxd6 Rf6 33. Nb7 and 34. Nc5

May-03-11  LIFE Master AJ: <<<Once> "Memo to staff:> the self destruct button will be tested on Monday morning at 10 o'clock.">

OMG, I almost peed my pants laughing!!! (I literally could not stay in my chair.)

May-03-11  LIFE Master AJ: <Once> OK, we are grading you now. (I'm a writer too.)

Today, you "only" get a 10. (Better luck tomorrow.)

The scale is one-to-ten, with a one being the lowest and ten approaching perfection ... if you had to ask.

May-03-11  LIFE Master AJ: <<Once> "This was a situation when pressing the BRB was a good idea - provided that you avoided the tempting 29. Rxg7? Rxh6.">

Good chess point.

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  kevin86: The mating combination is a hybrid of a back row mate and an Arabian mate.

28 ♕xg7+ ♕xg7 29 ♖e8+ but ♕f8 stops the mate... Where do we go?

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