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Jan Schoepe vs Eggert Bock
Potthast memorial (1987), Preetz FRG
Italian Game: Classical. Greco Gambit Greco Variation (C54)  ·  1-0



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May-23-13  GrahamClayton: The exchange sacrifice with 14. ♖xc6 was necessary to preserve the white-squared bishop for the ensuing sacrifice 19. ♗xf7+.
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  FSR: 16.Re1+ Kf8 17.Bxd6+ cxd6 (17...Kg8 18.Bxf7+ is no better) 18.Qxd6+ Kg8 19.Bxf7+ Kxf7 20.Ne5+ Kg8 (20...Ke8 21.Nxd7+) 21.Qd5+ Be6 22.Qxe6+ Kf8 23.Qf7#
Oct-19-17  sudoplatov: Seems easy for a medium problem. White is behind the Exchange and a Pawn and the White Queen in threatened, so only Re1 and Bf7 are candidate moves. After Bf7, Ng5 doesn't work nor does Ne5. After Re1, then Black's d6 Pawn can be taken with Check Bd6 and FSR's line ensues. I actually got this one; I don't usually get things past Monday.
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  al wazir: Easy. After the ♖ check the game just plays itself.
Oct-19-17  radtop: Very easy for a Thursday. One move earlier would have made it harder.
Oct-19-17  diagonalley: <iagonalley> - ever the prosaic - simply continued with 17.QxR ... with an easy material win... DOH!
Oct-19-17  Cybe: 9... B:c3? 9... d5!
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  christian.jimenez.79: 16.Re1+ Kf8 17.Bxd6+ cxd6 (if 17...Kg8, then 18.Bxf7+ Kxf7 19.Ne5+ followed by 20.Nxd7+ ±) 18.Qxd6+ Kg8 19.Bxf7+ Kxf7 20.Ne5+ Ke8 21.Nxd7+ Kf7 22.Ne5+ Ke8 23.Ng6+ Kf7 24.Qe6#
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  morfishine: <16.Re1+>

I agree with <radtop> Black's position is weak, IMO too weak for a Thursday problem


Oct-19-17  mel gibson: Easy first move.
The computer says mate in 10 but it has a different order:

16. Re1+ (16. Re1+ (♖f1-e1+ ♔e8-f8 ♗a3xd6+
♔f8-g8 ♗d5xf7+ ♔g8xf7 ♘f3-e5+ ♔f7-e6 ♘e5xd7+ ♔e6-f7 ♕c6-d5+ ♔f7-g6 ♘d7-e5+ ♔g6-g5 ♘e5-f7+ ♔g5-g6 ♕d5-e4+ ♔g6xf7 ♕e4-e6+) +M10/11 24)

Oct-19-17  ndg2: Immediate 17..Kg8 is more resilient than the game continuation but will still lead to mate after Bxf7+ .
Oct-19-17  leRevenant: Hey, whaddayaknow, I got it.
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  malt: Had 16.Re1+ Kf8 17.B:d6+ Kg8
17...cd6 18.Q:d6+ Kg8 19.B:f7+ K:f7 20.Ne5+ Kg8 21.Qd5+ Be6 22.Q:e6+ and #)

18.B:f7+ K:f7 19.Qd5+ (19.Ne5+)...Kg6

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  malt: Think I've missed out a move

16.Re1+ Kf8 17.B:d6+ Kg8 18.B:f7+ K:f7 19 Qd5+ <Kf6> 20.Be7+ Q:e7 21.Qg5+ Kf7 22.R:e7+ Kg8

Oct-19-17  gofer: What's so tricky about this one? <16 Re1+ Kf8 17 Qxa8 Qxa8 18 Bxa8 +-> and we are a whole knight up! In a game, I would probably take that and bank it. But, it seems there is much more on offer than a lousey knight! We have two raking bishops and multiple active pieces. So although we have the start right the second move is the killer!

<16 Re1+ Kf8>
<17 Bxd6+! ...>

Taking the bishop is actually worse than not taking it!

17 ... cxd6
18 Qxd6+ Kg8
19 Bxf7+ Kxf7
20 Ne5+ Kg8 (Ke8 21 Nxd7+ Kf7 22 Qe6#)
21 Qd5+ Be6
22 Qxe6+ Kf8
23 Qf7#

<17 ... Kg8>

<18 Bxf7+! Kxf7>

<19 Nd5+! ...>

19 ... Kg8
20 Qd5+ mating

19 ... Ke8
20 Nxd7+ Kf7
21 Qf3+ Qf6 (Kg8 22 Qd5# or Kg6 22 Re6+ Kg5 (Qf6 23 Nxf6 mating) 23 h4+ Kxh4 24 Qh3+ Kg5 25 f4# ) 22 Re7+ Kg6
23 Qg4+ Qg5 (Kh6 Nxf6 mating)
24 Ne5+ mating

19 ... Ke6
20 Nxd7+ Kf5 (Kf7 transposes to the line above)
21 Re5+ Kg6 (Kg4 Qd4#)
22 Qe4+ Kh6 (Kf7 23 Qf5+ Qf6 (Kg8 Qe6#) 24 Re7+ Kg8 25 Qd5 mating) 23 Re6+ g6 (Qf6 Qh4+ Kg6 Ne5+ Kf5 Qg4# or Kg5 Qd5+ Kg4/Kh4 Re4#) 24 Bf4+ Kg7 (Qg5 25 Bxg5+ Kxg5 26 h4+ Kh6 27 Qf4+ g7 28 Re7+ Kg8 Qf7#) 25 Qe5+ Kg8 (Kf7 Rf6+ mating)
26 Re7 mating

<19 ... Kf6>
<20 Nxd7+ ...>

20 ... Kg8
21 Qd5#

20 ... Kg6
21 Be7+ mating

20 ... Kf7 transposes to a line above

20 ... Kf5 transposes to a line above

20 ... Kg5
21 Be7+ mating


For those saying that this one is too easy. They are indeed correct as long as black chooses the weakest defence. <17 ... Kg8> is a much more resilient defence with lots variations and multiple solutions.

<Malt> went for <19 Qd5+>

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<mel gibson>, <christian.jimenez.79> and I preferred <19 Ne5+>

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  patzer2: <gofer: What's so tricky about this one? <16 Re1+ Kf8 17 Qxa8 Qxa8 18 Bxa8 +-> and we are a whole knight up!> That was my quick calculation and assessment of today's Thursday (16. ?) puzzle, as I didn't bother to look any deeper for the clever mate which follows with 17. Bxd4! cxd6 18. Qxd6+ 19. Bxf7+! Kxf7 20. Ne5+ Kg8 21. Qd5+ Be6 22. Qxe6+ Kf8 23. Qf7#.
Oct-19-17  flokahn: The whole (spectacular) combination was made possible by 15...Bd7, which turns out to be a blunder that speeds up the win of white. The better move was 15...Ke7 (16. Qxa8 Be6 ...), after which the white is also in advantage, but the black keeps some chances for a draw.
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  patzer2: In addition to <flokahn>'s recommendation 15...Ke7, Black might also improve in the opening.

According to our Opening Explorer, the 8...Nxc3 line has strongly favored White. Instead, Black has had much more success with the popular alternative and engine choice 8...Bxc3+ ⩱.

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  patzer2: Although 8...Bxc3+ ⩱ is probably Black's strongest opening choice, all is not lost with 8...Nxc3 9. bxc3 as Black can improve over 9...Bxc3?! 10. Ba3! ± with 9...d5 =. Our Opening Explorer and the engines indicates Black has level chances with 9...d5 =.
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  perfidious: The recommendation 8....Nxc3 9.bxc3 d5 noted by <patzer2> was well known theory at the time this game was played; see <Open Gambits> by Botterill.
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  kevin86: White sets up a mate at f7.
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  NM JRousselle: I don't like this "puzzle". The simple Qa8 wins easily enough.
Oct-19-17  saturn2: I saw both the piece winning on a8 and the six check sequence of the game.
Oct-19-17  Marmot PFL: A brute force solution, utterly devoid of artistry as the late Howard Cosell used to say.

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