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Natalija Pogonina vs Nina Dudareva
St Petersburg Rudenko mem (2006), rd 3, Aug-26
Spanish Game: Steinitz Defense (C62)  ·  1-0



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Sep-26-09  Oliveira: Go Pogonina! :)
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  Penguincw: A trickier than average Monday, and probably a trickier than average Tuesday, as I usually do get Tuesday puzzles, but not today.

I contemplated on a bunch of moves, including 34.Bxf7+ 34.Rxf7, 34.Qd8 and 34.f4.

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  Phony Benoni: Two thoughts spring to mind: 34.Rxf7 and 34.Bxf7+. The former doesn't look forcing at first glance, so let's try <34.Bxf7+ Rxf7 35.Qd8+>, and all Black's responses allow the White rook to check with a sneak attack on the queen.

If Black continues <35..Kg7 36.Rxf7+ Kh6>, then <37.Rxh7+ is insistent.

Apr-26-16  Steve.Patzer: I actually saw the correct moves but took some time calculating the final moves.
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  agb2002: White is one pawn ahead.

Black threatens 34... Qxe7.

The first idea that comes to mind tries to exploit the defenseless black queen with 34.Bxf7+ Rxf7 35.Qd8+ Rf8 (35... Kg7 36.Rxf7+ Kxf7 37.Qxg5 + - [Q+2P vs B]) 36.Rg7+ Kxg7 (36... Kh8 37.Qxf8#) 37.Qxg5 + - [Q+2P vs R+B].

Apr-26-16  dfcx: Two candidate moves for white,

Rxf7 and Bxf7.

34. Rxf7 Rxf7 and there is no good move for white to recover the lost rook

34.Bxf7 Rxf7 35.Qd8+ Rf8 36.Rg7+ reveals a sneaky discovered attack on the queen. White gets queen plus pawn for rook and bishop. will win the end game.

If black plays 35...Kg7?? 36.Rxf7+ gets both rook and queen.

Apr-26-16  not not: i would go for

34 Re5 (pinning bishop)
35 Rxa5 (two connected passers win)

Apr-26-16  AlicesKnight: 34.Bxf7 - Rxf7 (forced); 35 Qd8+. If ...Rf8 then 36 Rg7 wins the black Q; if ...Kg7 then 36.Rxf7 also wins the Q. Is there something faster?
Apr-26-16  dick50: Black declined two offers of Queen exchange, but finally had to give up Queen for Rook and Bishop
Apr-26-16  saturn2: 34 Bxf7 Rxf7 then my first thought was 35 Re8+? Rf8 36 Qh8+ KxQh8 37 RxR+ but this is no backrank mate since Black has Kg7. So I had to look for the alternative 35 Qd8+
Apr-26-16  mel gibson: I was looking for checkmate but there wasn't one.

It just a swap - Rook & Bishop for a Queen.

Apr-26-16  leRevenant: 2/2 ! roll on Wednesday.
Apr-26-16  morfishine: Figured this one out backwards: Once I saw White couldn't follow up Rxf7 with Qd8+ (since his rook has now unmasked <d8>), this meant the rook must not uncover <d8> at all, so 34.Bxf7+ is the move. Now after 34...Rxf7 35.Qd8+, and its White who has the last laugh snaring the Black Queen after 36.Rxf7+
Apr-26-16  CHESSTTCAMPS: The forcing 34.Bxf7+ wins decisive material: 34... Rxf7 35.Qd8+ Rf8 (Kg7 36.Rxf7+ Kh6 37.Qf8+ forces mate) 36.Rg7+ Kxg7 37.Qxg5 wins Q+P for R+B, with a straightforward advance of white's queen-side majority in view, assisted by the mobile queen.
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  thegoodanarchist: < Penguincw: A trickier than average Monday, and probably a trickier than average Tuesday, as I usually do get Tuesday puzzles, but not today.>

Yes, very tricky for a Tuesday.

Apr-26-16  geeker: Tougher than usual puzzles so far this week. With regard to the underlying game, I have to make the "Big Lebowski"-like comment that the Dude did not abide.
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  gawain: Got it! A nice discovered attack. The only problem was to convince myself that getting Q+P for R+B was decisive enough to count as the solution to a Tuesday puzzle.
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  kevin86: The battery is set up with the rook and queen. When the battery is sprung, black's queen will fall. White will be ahead a Queen and two pawns for rook and didn't feel strong enough to play on.
Apr-26-16  starry2013: I saw the candidate moves and saw some of the others except the final move, but there's no checkmate and Tuesday is a checkmate. So you just lose a rook for queen it seems, after sacrificing a bishop for a pawn.
Apr-26-16  stst: Can only think of the more constructive line
34.Bxf7+ RxB
35.Qd8+ Rf8
36.Rg7+ KxR
37.QxQ etc

The other line
34.h4 Qh5 or h6
35.Qf6 Be6
does not yield any advantage follow-up for White....

see what's missing...

Apr-26-16  posoo: Punguinneous TODAY IS NOT tusday.
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  Penguincw: < posoo: Punguinneous TODAY IS NOT tusday. >

What? (was that post directed toward me)

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  Bubo bubo: I don't see anything better than 34.Bxf7+ Rxf7 35.Qd8+ Rf8 36.Rg7+ Kxg7 37.Qxg5, giving White a queen and two pawns against rook and bishop.
Apr-26-16  posoo: Yes Pungineka dat post was directed at you. YOU CONFUSED ME and I did not know wat day it was.
Apr-26-16  patzer2: Spent about ten minutes on today's Tuesday puzzle (?) and settled for 34. Re5 (+2.69 @ 19 depth, Deep Fritz 15).

My 34. Re5 is one of 10 moves Fritz lists as scoring two or more points for a winning White advantage.

However, by far the strongest move is Pogonina's 34. Bxf7+ (+5.81 @ 20 depth, Deep Fritz 15) which initiates a decisive discovered attack with check combination to win the unprotected Queen after 34...Rxf7 35.Qd8+ Rf8 36.Rg7+ Kxg7 37.Qxg5 .

I showed the puzzle position (34. ?) to my seven-year-old Grandson who has been studying discovered attack and discovered check combinations for the past week, and what I couldn't find in 10 minutes he found in about 10 seconds as he quickly visualized the entire discovered attack with check combination 34. Bxf7+ Rxf7 35.Qd8+ Rf8 36.Rg7+ Kxg7 37.Qxg5 .

In addition to today's Tuesday discovered attack with check combination, the game itself is instructive in providing a good plan of attack for White in dealing with 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc3 3. Bb5 d6 (diagram below)

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in the Ruy Lopez.

For an early Black improvement, I'd ditch 3...d6 entirely in favor of 3...a6 or 3...Nf6. However, even though White easily maintained a slight advantage afterwards, 3...d6 isn't the only reason for Black's loss.

Maybe the computer suggestions 10...g6 11. Be3 Bc8 (0.44 @ 25 depth, Komodo 9.3) or 10...Bc8 11. f4 Nd7 = (0.28 @ 28 depth, Stockfish 6) are worth trying for an improvement to help salvage 3...d6 for Black in the Ruy Lopez

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