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R A Tony Dowden vs William Petch
Otago Easter Tt (1982), Dunedin, NZ, rd 4
Sicilian Defense: Alapin Variation. General (B22)  ·  1-0



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Apr-16-12  hugogomes: White ends up 2 rooks and 2 knights ahead! This could be a friday puzzle to find the best continuation. 20. Rxf8, Kg7 (only move)
21. Rf7+, Kh8 (only move)
22. Bh6!, Be6 (only move)
23. Bg7+, Kg8 (only move)
24. Bxe6, Qd6 (only move)
25. Rxe7+, Qxe6 (only move)
26. Rxe6, Kxg7
27. Rc7+, Kh6
28. Nxa8 and black can now MAYBE think of resigning
Apr-16-12  solskytz: Quoting Nimzowitsch, "White's Queen has all of black's pieces as her travel companions to the next world"
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  kevin86: Not as easy as usual for a Monday-true,white wins,but it does take a few extra moves.
Apr-16-12  abuzic: <James D Flynn: I believe there is a mate after 18.Qxd8+ Nxd8 19.Rxd8+ Bf8 20.Rxf8+ Kg7 21.Rf7+ Kh1 22.Bg7+ Kg8 23.Rxe7#>

You mean <21...Kh8>, but even then, there must some missing moves in this line because 22.Bg7+ is not possible, and this is the position after <21...Kh8>:

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But you are right about mate after
18.Qxd8+ Nxd8
19.Rxd8+ Bf8
20.Rxf8+ Kg7
21.Rf7+ Kh8 <21...Kg8 22.Bh6 Be6 23.Bxe6 Kh8 24.Bg7+ Kg8 25.Rxe7#.>

22.Bh6 Be6
23.Bxe6 Qd6 <(23...Qf8 delays mate one move)>

24.Nxa8 Nc6 <24...Qxe6 25.Rxe7 Qg8 26.Nb6 fxe4 27.Rc8 Qxc8 28.Nxc8 Kh8 29.Nd6 black moves 30.Re8#>

25.Bb3 Qb4
26.Rc7 Qf8 <26...Qe7 27.R1xc6 bxc6 28.Rc8+ Qf8 29.Rxf8#>

27.Bxf8 h5
28.Bd6 fxe4
29.R1xc6 bxc6

Apr-16-12  stst: Miss yesterday, got Monday..Q-sac again!!
18.QxR+ NxQ
19.RxN+ Ng8
20.RxN# (supported by B)
Apr-16-12  stst: <Mondays? Moi non plus> always some mystery, saw that B-interpose, but Black couldn't defend any longer if W goes Bh6 first.
Apr-16-12  sevenseaman: Je t' non plus..BB.

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White plays and wins. (Tres facile)

Apr-16-12  bachbeet: Got it. Very easy indeed.
Apr-16-12  SuperPatzer77: White to play and win - see diagram below:

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18. ♕xd8+! ♘xd8, 19. ♖xd8+ ♗f8, 20. ♖xf8+ ♔g7, 21. ♖f7+ ♔h8, 22. ♗h6! ♗e6, 23. ♗g7+ ♔g8, 24. ♗xe6 (Δ ♖xe7#) ♕d6 ▢, 25. ♖xe7+ (discovered check) ♕xe6, 26. ♖xe6 (White has great material advantage with two knights, one bishop and two rooks)


Apr-16-12  dragon player: It's monday, which means a queen sac:

18.Qxd8+ Nxd8
19.Rxd8+ Bf8
20.Rxf8+ Kg7
21.Rf7+ Kh8

Winning a lot of material for the queen, and the c8-bisshop is lost either.

Time to check.


Indeed right. Maybe there's a mate, but this is winning.


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  gawain: I was certainly too hasty in proclaiming a back rank mate. But Black has to give up too much material to stave off the mate. 17...Rd8 still merits a Yikes!
Apr-16-12  StevieB: Easiest puzzle yet.
Apr-16-12  cyclon: 18. Qxd8+ Nxd8 19. Rxd8+ Bf8 ( -Ng8 20. Rxg8X ) 20. Bh6 Bd7/e6 21. Rxf8+ ( this move first ) and White wins just too much material. What day is it today?
Apr-16-12  cyclon: < VincentL: Or 19....Bf8 20. Rxf8+ Kg7 (Ng8 21. Rxg8# as above). 21. Rcxc8+. Now Nxc8 22. Rg8# > 22. -Kf6.
Apr-16-12  LIFE Master AJ: 18.Qxd8+. Not much of a POTD, IMO.
Apr-16-12  David2009: T Dowden vs W Petch, 1982 White 18?

18. Qxd8+ wins the house. Time to check:
As expected. Rewind to move 17 just before the disaster:

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Afeer 17...Nb6 Black can struggle on with 17...fxe4 giving up the exchange with faint counter-chances against f2. Crafty Endgame Trainer link to practice winning by converting the material advantage: Enjoy finding the win!

Apr-16-12  LIFE Master AJ: Black's play was not the worst I have seen on this site ... but pretty awful, nonetheless.
Apr-16-12  BOSTER: <dzechiel> <I don't see a checkmate>.

I guess in such position white should find a checkmate.

18.Qxd8+ Nxd8
19.Rxd8+ Bf8
20.Rxf8+ Kg7
21.Rf7+ Kh8
22.Rxc8+ Nxc8
23.Bh6 with mate in couple moves.
if 22...Qxc8
23.Nxc8 Nxc8
24.Bh6. with mate in couple moves.

Apr-16-12  Patriot: This looks like a typical Monday "Very Easy" problem--NOT!

18.Qxd8+ Nxd8 19.Rxd8+ Bf8 20.Rxf8+ Kg7 21.Rxc8 Nxc8 22.Rxc8 Qxc8 23.Nxc8 Rxc8

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  chrisowen: Eclaireur out epee a sac ordain string op use I qb8 seethe oven sense me

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over do sit acedia in 19...bf8 20.rxf8 kg7 21.rf7+ kh8 edge point stave

off blunt rookf7 in elly mate in fourteen:

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23.bxe6 queen acroos

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beat in forge the bond and bail inceed again manage beached b6a8 or bg7+

brain chiglet for by for age in backfoot qe6 cherokee plugging forcep as

tame: dirt in drum rxe7+ up petulance nag it within land you deuces cap

a mag reak for arrange lucky i guess for mule crew isnt it book in dread

feast coming heat rookc8 27.re7 second it late wind re8 bone ace seem

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mate in six.

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Apr-16-12  Halldor: I saw a quick mate after 18 Qxd8+ Nxd8 19 Rxd8+ Bf8, and now 20 Bh6!? which seemed to be a killer, but turned out to be an illusion. Black can escape the mate by Q-sac but gets a totally lost position anyway.
Apr-16-12  standardwisdom: <hugogomes: 24. Bxe6, Qd6 (only move)>

Hugo, I am wondering if 24.. h5 is also available to Black.

Apr-17-12  M.Hassan: "Very Easy" White to play 18.?
Dead Equal.

18.Qxd8+ Nxd8
19.Rxd8+ Bf8
20.Bh6 Threatening mate next move
21.Rxf8+ Qxf8
22.Bxf8 Rxf8
White becomes a Knight+Bishop ahead and wins

Apr-17-12  hugogomes: standardwisdom , it is possible for black to play 24... h5 but loses quicker, because h5 doesn't attack the bishop on e6. If 24.. h5 comes:
25. Nd7! (threatening the Queen and mate on f6.)
25... Nd5 (all other moves lose immediately)
26. exd5 (threatens mate and the queen)
26... Qd8
27. Re7+, Kh7
28. Nf6#
Apr-17-12  LoveThatJoker: Monday, April 16th, 2012

<18. Qxd8+ Nxd8 19. Rxd8+ Bf8 20. Rxf8+ Kg7 21. Rf7+ Kg8>

[21...Kh8 22. Bh6 Be6 23. Bxe6 Qg8 (23...Qd6 24. Bg7+ Kg8 25. Rxe7+ Qxe6 26. Rxe6 ) 24. Rxe7 ]

<22. Bh6 Be6 23. Bxe6> 1-0


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