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Varlam Vepkhvishvili vs Dmitry Gedevanishvili
G.Nikoladze Memorial (1983), ?, rd 6, Oct-03
King's Indian Attack: Spassky Variation (A05)  ·  1-0



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May-09-13  andrewjsacks: This is a vili impressive game!
May-09-13  Moonwalker: Not usually one to solve the Thursday puzzle, I was pleased to quickly see up to and including 36.Rf6+. I reckon the more experienced solvers will find this puzzle on the easy side of medium!
May-09-13  Bartimaeus: A trickier double-edged position today. White has a very good attack going aginst the King. However, black is threatening pawn Queening.

White has to conduct so forceful an attack that black doesn't get time to amplify his forces. This suggests barrage of checks to either trap the king on black's weak back rank or drive him out into the open to die against the White pawn shield.

Initial thoughts led me to Qg5 threatening mate in 2 via Qg6 and Rf8. But Qd3 puts paid to this plan. The Knight can at best play the role of a supporting actor. Thus, the lead role seems to go to the cardinal to lead from the front. Bf5+ sets the cat among the pigeons and leads to a nice king hunt.

32. Bf5+ exf5 (If not white gets to play the Qg5-g6 sequence and the piece is another formidable attacker) 33. Qxf5+ Kh8 (Kxh6 Qg6#) 34. Qf8+ Kh7 35. Qg8+ Kxh6 36. Rf6+ Kg5 37. Rg6+ Kf5 (Kxh5 Qh7#) 38. Qf8+ Ke4 39. Qf4#

Looking at the game line, it seems black chose to end it a bit quicker with 36. ...Kxh5. While involving quite some calculations, its a committing line. Once you've decided to go all in, there's no turning back. The trick is to calculate to the end to ensure that the king hunt succeeds.

May-09-13  Bartimaeus: Qd3 obviously doesn't work due to exd3. Qxd4+ followed by Nxe5 or Qe4 is the correct way to prevent the Qg5 line.
May-09-13  mmousez: After 32. Bxe5+, why can't Black hide his King with 32. ... Kh8, instead of going into the mating line?
May-09-13  M.Hassan: "Medium"
White to play 32.?
White is a pawn up.

I saw a check by Bishop rather soon:

32.Bf5+ exf5
<if...Kxh6 34.Qg6#>

34.Qf8+ Kh7
White can draw the game at this point by repeated checks on f5 and f8 but with a bit of more guts and courage can win the game:

35.Qg8+ Kxh6
36.Rf6+!! gxf6

If Black had declined the Bishop:
32.Bf5+ Kh8
33.Bg6 gxh6

May-09-13  GauraNitai: What pains me is that not many have analyzed 32...Kh8 which actually creates slight complications in white's mating attack. The best line I could work out after that is as follows: 33.Bg6! Qxd4+ 34. Qxd4!
Taking the queen loses immediately for black.
34...c1Q+ 35. Rxc1 Re8!
Now black can take the queen and the back rank is guarded. 35.Qf4 Nd4!
At this stage white can take the knight or refuse and still mate in four. 36. Qf7! Nxe2+ 37. Kh2 Rb8! (trying to save the game) 38. Qg8+!! Rxg8 39. Nf7#

Or if white takes the knight;
36. Qxd4 Rf8 37. Qf4! Rb8 and the same mating pattern follows. Or if 36...a6 37. Qa7 followed by Qf7 and the same pattern leads to mate.

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  FSR: The first thing one notices about this game is the lack of Vs in the players' names. The second thing one notices is that 32.Bf5+ is strong like bull. If Black retreats with 32...Kh8, 33.Bg6 intending 34.Qf8# looks crushing. If 32...g6, 33.Bxg6+ Kh8/Kg7 34.Qf8#.

If instead 32...exf5, 33.Qxf5+ forces mate: 33...Kxh6 34.Qg6#; 33...g6 34.Qxg6+ Kh8 35.Qg8# (or 35.Rf8#); 33...Kh8 (best) 34.Qf8+ Kh7 35.Qg8+ Kxh6 36.Rf6+! Kg5! (36...gxf6 37.Qg6#; 36...g6 37.Qxg6#; 36...Kxh5 37.Qh7+ Kg5 38.Qg6#) 37.Rg6+ Kf5! (37...Kxh5 38.Qh7#) 38.Qf8+! (not 38.Qc8+? Ke4 39.Qg4+ Ke3 40.Qf3+ (40.Qf4+ Kxe2) Kd2!) Rf7 39.Qxf7+ Ke4 40.Qf4#. Whew - hard problem!

May-09-13  abuzic: 32.Bf5+
if 32...Kh8 33.Bg6 threat Qf8#, and black will be mated. Even Q sac will not save him. If 33...Rf7 34.Nxf7+ Kg8 35.Nh6+ and mate next,

if 32...exf5 33.Qxf5+ Kh8 34.Qf8+(or Qc8+) Kh7 35.Qg8+ <alternative 35.Qf5+> 35...Kxh6 36.Rf6+ Kg5
<36...Kxh5 37.Qh7+ Kg5 (or Kg4) 38.Qh4#; and 36...gxf6 37.Qg6#>

37.Rg6+ Kf5 38.Qf8+ Kf7 39.Qxf7+ Ke4 40.Qf4#

and if 32...g6 33.Bxg6+ and mate next

Today's theme should be 30.?

30.Nxh6+ Kh7 31.Bxe6!

<white played 31.h5? Qc3?; black could escape with 31...Nxd4! 32.Kh2 Nxe2 33.Bf5+ Kh8 34.Qg5 exf5 35.Nxf5 c1Q 36.Rxc1 Nxc1 37.Nxe7 Qc2+ 38.Kh3 Ne2, black even stands better>


<31...Rxe6 32.Nf7 Rg6 33.Ng5+ Rxg5 <(34.Kh6 Ne6+ 35.Kh5 Kh2 winning)> 34.hxg5, not bad for white>

32.Bf5+ Nxf5 33.Nxf5 Rc7 34.e6, and white has excellent position.

May-09-13  SamAtoms1980: I gave 32.Bf5+ a look but that was it. I was trying to make 32.Ng8 work.

36.Rf6+ is just classy.

May-09-13  mistreaver: Thursday.White to play. Medium.32?
The first thought was: Boy, is Bf5 a nice move.
32 Bf5+
black can't take the bishop:
32... exf5
33 Qxf5+ Kh8 (Kxh6 34 Qg6 mate)
Here i thought
34 Qf8 is mate, but black can go back, and i think white doesn't have more then perpetual: 34 ... Kh7
But i think this works out:
35 Qg8+ Kxh6
and now:
37 Rf6+ Kg5
38 Rg6+ Kf5
39 Qf8+ Ke4
40 Rg4+ Ke3
41 Qf4+ Kxe2
And black king somehow escapes.
B) 32... Kh8 is more dangerous
33 Bg6 Qxd4+
34 Qxd4 Nxd4
35 Rf8 mate
I don't know, i have the feeling that Bf5 is the move, but can+t find the continuation if black accepts the gift. Time to check and see how it went.
Ahhh, so close, in my variation A1 i overlooked mate in 1 on move 40, after 39... Ke4 40 Qf4 is just mate
May-09-13  cyclon: Nice, nice, nice! I like this one. My solution in Today's Puzzle is; 32. Bf5+ exf5 ( 32. -Kh8 33. Bg6 wins immediately. Also 32. -g6 33. Bxg6+ Kg7/Kh8 34. Qf8X )

33. Qxf5+ Kh8 ( 33. -Kxh6 34. Qg6X , or 33. -g6 34. Qxg6+ Kh8 35. Qg8X ) 34. Qf8+ Kh7 35. Qg8+ Kxh6 and now; 36. Rf6+ ( the whole main-line is based on this powerful move ) 36. -Kg5 ( 36. -Kxh5 37. Qh7+ Kg5/Kg4 38. Qh4X, or 36. -gxf6 37. Qg6X ) 37. Rg6+ Kf5 ( 37. -Kxh5 38. Qh7X )
38. Qf8+ Ke4
39. Qf4X. So, 32. Bf5+ gets cufflinks for White.

May-09-13  PinnedPiece: Medium? No, this one ish vili easy.
May-09-13  cocker: Saw the idea but hard to be sure that there is a mate on move 39.
May-09-13  Nick46: I got the first move (which is all I try for) so doubt vanished & today's problem didn't give me the willies.
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  agb2002: White is one pawn ahead.

Black threatens 32... gxh6 and 32... Qxd4+.

The position of the black king suggests 32.Qg5, menacing mate in two, and 32.Bf5+, trying to invade the light squares.

In the case of 32.Qg5 Black can play 32... Qxd4+ with some counter chances:

A) 33.Kh2 Nxe5 34.Qxe7 c1=Q 35.Rxc1 Qf2+ 36.Bg2 d4 - +.

B) 33.Kh1 Qd1 pins the rook and prepares d4+.

C) 33.Kg2 Qe4+ 34.Kg1 (34.Kh2 Qxe2+ 35.Bg2 Nxe5 with several threats) 34... Qd4+ repeats moves.

The other option, 32.Bf5+, looks better:

A) 32... exf5 33.Qxf5+ Kh8 (33... g6 34.Qxg6+ Kh8 35.Rf8#) 34.Qg6 (34.Qf8+ Kh7 35.Qg8+ Kxh6 36.Rf6+ Kg5)

A.1) 34... Rf7 35.Nxf7+ Kg8 36.Nh6+ Kh8 37.Rf8#.

A.2) 34... Re8 35.Qxe8+ Kh7 36.Qg6+ Kh8 37.Rf8#.

A.3) 34... Qxd4+ 35.Kh2 (35.Kh1 Qd1) + -.

B) 32... Kh8 33.Bd3

B.1) 33... Qxd4+ 34.Qxd4 Nxd4 35.Rf8#.

B.2) 33... Re8 34.Qf8+ Rxf8 35.Rxf8#.

B.3) 33... g6 34.Qf8+ Kh7 35.B(h)xg6#.

C) 32... g6 33.Bxg6+ Kg7(h8) 34.Qf8#.

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  Dionysius1: 36. Rf6 is a nice move.
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  agb2002: After 34.Qg6 Black wins with 34... c1=Q.

I simply can't explain such blunder.

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  chrisowen: Got to foster inconclusive at queen serf dominate,

see he flow queen fetched in c3 engine falls apart in saving grace nd4 going for free change pawn in be taken since queen invaded gel I b3 in g3 silver white gold black in ever big foot queens lip in c3 having bishop eg hooferd before gg one instigate off re 32.bf5+ mate in eleven keen advocate in,

harbours king hog to 32...kh8 be-line at fetching, him gap 33.bg6 black is a dead duck giving up ply the 33...qxd4+ 34.qxd4 and you have brilliant I matter in 7 you cleared?

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  chrisowen: Tan in 32.bf5+ effect vili voent he take off it now,

in afraid queens fang ok wangle d4 out of the equation do the math queens in food for thought,

again e6xf5 etch a sketch in knighth6 a puree hoot,

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light plugger f6 in banking off...

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  kevin86: Unusual start:how many openings with a pawn on a5?

The mate was a treat-the pieces go behind the king and push him to his doom.

May-09-13  GauraNitai: The best part is, if black had played the best possible continuation by playing 36...Kg5 instead of Kh5, it is followed by 37.Rg6+ Kf5 38.Qf8+ Rf7 39.Qxf7+ Ke4 40.Qf4#

The queen is back to the same square where it was in the beginning of the problem. The beauty of it.

May-09-13  BOSTER: Did black have a win?
Black spent a lot of time and energy to push his pawn on c2. And even their king's side is very weak, and bishop on a8 out of the game,nevertheless, the pawn c2 is a diamond in their collection, and he should try to queen it.

This is the pos. black to play 24...

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What would happened if black played 24...Na2 to break the blockade? Nice game! Brims over with bracing friendship and ravishing wish to win.

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  OhioChessFan: Vili interesting.

May-09-13  MostlyWatch: 32 Bf5+
if 32... Kh8 then 33 Bg6 is good, but 33 Bd3 is charming too

And I'd mark that ! for several reasons, including but not limited to:

If 33... Qxd4+ then 34 QxQ NxQ 35 Rh8#
If 33... Qxd3 then 34 exQ and game soon degenerates
If 33... Re8 then 34 Qf8+ RxQ (only legal move) 35 RxR#

If 33... Rf7 then 34 NxR and more bad stuff happens

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