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Arthur Feuerstein vs Bennett
"King Arthur's Court" (game of the day Oct-26-2011)
New York (1955), New York, NY USA
King's Indian Defense: Fianchetto Variation. Immediate Fianchetto (E60)  ·  1-0



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  kevin86: A rare game where BOTH queen go after rooks. The final move ids quite ironic. A queen traps a rook by staring him right in the face!
Oct-26-11  Pantagruel: This is the only game that made me laugh.
Oct-26-11  cuppajoe: Lesson learned: if you're going to fianchetto your ♗, fianchetto your ♗!
Oct-26-11  TheFocus: Arthur is a very nice man and a class act. I have exchanged a few e-mails with him.

Nice to see this as GOTD.

Aug-26-16  plumbst: Unusual position in the opening with several pieces hanging. However there seems to be any easy win with 9.Qxc3!, threatening mate.

After 9...Nc6 10.Qxh8 Qxh1 11.Bh6 Kd8 12.Qxf8+ Kc7 13.Nf3 White is up a piece.

Aug-26-16  plumbst: Didn't see 10...Nd4. Differing from the game line White can still win in the same way with 11.Rc1 Qxh1 12.Bh6 Ne6 13.Nf3! after which Black is helpless against the ideas of Ng5 or Kd2 followed by Bh3.
Aug-26-16  YouRang: Friday 9.?

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It seems that the black N just took our knight at c3, and white has choices of how to recapture.

(1) 9.bxc6, (2) 9.Bxc6, (3) 9.Qxc6, or even (4) 9.Qxh8

Of these the one that seems to cause most trouble for black is <9.Qxc6>, which gets the knight back, but also forks Rh8 and Bc8.

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So, it seems pretty easy for a Friday (although I thought yesterday's puzzle was easy for a Thursday, because I overlooked a continuation).

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  agb2002: White is one knight and one pawn down.

Black threatens Qxd4 and Qxh1.

White can recover the piece with tempo (c8 is defenseless) while keeping an eye on h8. This suggests 9.Qxc3:

A) 9... Qxa1 10.Qxc8#.

B) 9... Qc6 10.Qxh8 Qxh1 11.Bh6 d6 (11... d5 and 11... Kd8 doesn't seem to make much difference) 12.Qxf8+ Kd7 13.Nf3 ends up a piece ahead and traps the queen (O-O-O followed by Bh3).

C) 9... Na(c)6 10.Qxh8 as in B.

D) 9... f6 10.Qxc8+ Kf7 11.Nf3

D.1) 11... Bh6 12.Qxh8 Bxd2+ 13.Nxd2 (13.Kd1 Ba5+ and the black queen has a number of checks) 13... Qxh1 14.Nf3 as in B.

D.2) 11... Bg7 12.Qc2 + - [B vs P].

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  patzer2: Fell for the bait and missed this Thursday puzzle by going for what I thought was the "obvious" with 9. Qxh8?!

I expected an easy win after 9. Qxh8? Qxh1 10. Bh6 (-5.42 @ 19 depth, Deep Fritz 15).

What I overlooked is Black can more than equalize after 9. Qxh8 with 9...Ne4! when play might continue 10. Bh6 Qa5+ 11. Kd1 Nxf2+ 12. Kc1 Qc5+ 13. Kd2 Qb4+ 14. Kc2 e6 15. a3 Qe7 16. Bg2 Nxh1 17. Nh3 Nf2 18. Nxf2 d5 19. Ng4 Nd7 20. Rf1 b6 21. Qxh7 Ba6 (-0.51 @ 18 depth, Deep Fritz 15).

With the game move and puzzle solution 9. Qxc6! White creates the decisive dual threat 10. Qxc8# and 10. Qxh8 .

After 9. Qxc6! Nc6 10. Qxh8, Black cannot equalize by taking the White Rook with 10...Qxh1 as the first player wins a piece and the game after 11. Bh6 Kd8 12. Qxf8+ Kc7 13. Nf3 (+6.53 @ 19 depth, Deep Fritz 15).

Black falls behind early in this game by initiating a premature attack with 6. Ne4?! Instead, Black should focus on development in the opening with 6...Bg7 = (0.00 @ 29 depth, Komodo 9.42).

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  offramp: Suffern Succotash!!
Aug-26-16  AlicesKnight: Didn't see Qa7 at all. White still "has the first move".
Aug-26-16  gofer: Nice easy <Friday>...

<9 Qxc3 ...>

White regains its lost piece without losing tempo. White threatens Qxc8#, so black must waste a move defending that threat and that is the end of black's chances in this game.

<9 ... Nc6>
<10 Qxh8 ...>

Black is now down a full rook and the rook that is on offer on h1 is going to result in a loss as the black queen will be trapped after Nf3!

10 ... Qxh1
11 Bf8 Kd8 (d6 12 Qxf8+ Kd7 is worse as it allows Bh3+ at some point)

12 Qxf8+ Kc7
13 O-O-O

Not sure what black will try instead of 10 ... Qh1, so I am going to have to look...


Yep, black is sunk. The lure of Qxh1 is too much for black and after trapping the queen white's pieces can run amok!

Aug-26-16  7he5haman: Note that after 10...Nd4, 11.Bh6 would lose instantly to 11...Nc2#! :-)
Aug-26-16  wooden nickel: <offramp: Suffern Succotash!!> Right phrase to a firework of sidelines so early in the game!
Aug-26-16  scormus: 13 Qxa7 :D
Aug-26-16  FrogC: Very pretty. I missed the clever defence 10...Nd4, threatening mate and preparing to guard the pinned bishop by Ne6. But White had seen further.
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  patzer2: Correction: With the game move and puzzle solution 9. Qxc3! <not 9. Qxc6>, White creates the decisive dual threats 10. Qxc8# and 10. Qxh8 .

After 9. Qxc3! <not 9. Qxc6> 9...Nc6 10. Qxh8 , Black is lost and cannot equalize by taking the Rook with 10...Qxh1

Aug-26-16  Willber G: So, Friday's puzzle is to find the moves to get to a Monday puzzle. ;)
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  patzer2: Oops! It's Friday <not Thursday>.
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  kevin86: How about this! A rook is trapped by a queen facing him right in the face!!
Aug-26-16  Patriot: After 9.Qxh8, I wondered how long the queen would stay bottled up after 9...Qxd2+ 10.Kxd2 Ne4+ and 11...Nf6?

I went with 9.Qxc3 with two threats to make things tougher for black.

Aug-26-16  YouRang: I guess the main wrinkle in this line (after <9.Qxc3>) is that black can protect Bc8 (e.g. <9...Nc6>), allowing the exchange of rooks: <10.Qxh8 Qxh1>

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But then white has at least a couple strong replies:

[1] <11.Bh6!> threatening Qxf8#.

[2] <11.Nf3!> trapping the queen (threat O-O-O and Bh3).

Aug-26-16  RandomVisitor: After 7...Nxc3 white had another option

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<+1.70/32 8.b4 Qxd5 9.Qxc3> Na6 10.Qxh8 Nxb4 11.f3 Nc2+ 12.Kf2 Qc5+ 13.e3 Nxa1 14.Qxa1 Qc2+ 15.Ne2 b6 16.Qh8 Ba6 17.e4 0-0-0 18.Qc3+ Qxc3 19.Nxc3 Kb7 20.Bxa6+ Kxa6 21.Rd1 Rc8 22.Rd3 Bg7 23.Bd2 Bxc3 24.Bxc3 d6 25.Ke3 f6 26.Bd2 Kb7 27.Kd4 Rc5 28.Rc3 Rxc3 29.Kxc3 Kc6 30.Kd4 a6 31.Kc4 b5+ 32.Kd4

+0.66/32 8.Bd2 f6 9.Bxc3 Qb6 10.Qf4 Na6 11.Bg2 d6 12.Nf3 h5 13.Qd2 Bh6 14.e3 Nc5 15.0-0 Kf7 16.Nh4 g5 17.Nf3 Qa6 18.Nd4 Qd3 19.b4 Qxd2 20.Bxd2 Na4 21.Rac1 Nb6 22.f4 Rb8 23.Rc7 h4 24.Ne6 Bxe6 25.dxe6+ Kxe6 26.Bxb7 hxg3 27.f5+ Kf7

-0.16/32 8.bxc3 Rg8 9.Bd2 Bg7 10.Qc4 Na6 11.Bg2 d6 12.Nf3 Bd7 13.0-0 Rc8 14.Qh4 h5 15.Bg5 f6 16.Be3 Nc5 17.Rfc1 Kf7 18.Qf4 Qa4 19.c4 Rge8 20.Bd4 b6 21.Bb2 b5 22.Nd2 g5 23.Qe3 h4 24.cxb5 hxg3 25.hxg3 Rh8

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  steinitzfan: If I could reliably work puzzles at this level I would be happy. You can forget the weekends.
Aug-27-16  Moszkowski012273: 8.b4 is quite a bit stronger. 8...Rg8 and its pretty equal.
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