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John Eric Littlewood vs Alan Howard Perkins
British Championship (1975), Morecambe ENG, rd 10, Aug-14
Sicilian Defense: Paulsen Variation. Modern Line (B44)  ·  1/2-1/2

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Mar-05-11  timothee3331: That looks more like a tuesday or am I getting really really good ?!
Mar-05-11  morfishine: <sevenseaman> Good going! I left you a message on yesterdays puzzle: G Grigore vs Holzke, 1993
Mar-05-11  iking: i have seen the combination in less than 1 minute, maybe because the mottif is recurring?
Mar-05-11  sevenseaman: Thanks <morf>, you're a dear. Good you drew my attention; I'd have missed it, and that would have been sad. I'll call on your page, in due time.

I have been into cg's daily puzzle less than 3 weeks now. 75% of the time I love it.

Got sorta sucked into the juggernaut as whenever I analysed a good game, the puzzle solvers' comments irritated and distracted me no end. So one day I took the toro head on. Never looked back. Loved it when you got on the boat.

Cheers!

Mar-05-11  scormus: <Jim why 44 ... Rxg2 doesnt work>

At the time it never occurred to me that W wouldnt simply play 45 Bxe6, but you wouldnt have put the question if it was that easy, would you?

Looking at it again I can see that B can use the R+2Ns to give W an anxious moment, but it looks to me like W can come away with at least Q for R+p.

Of course, W can avoid the possible complications but 45 Bxg6+ and come out ahead.

Mar-05-11
Premium Chessgames Member
  kevin86: it looks like black had a win,but white swindled him out of it.
Mar-05-11
Premium Chessgames Member
  chrisowen: We frigates suffice 35 rg1 got more cam re3 eye the needle wise escher you ring f4 one gamble worth taking. It transpires 35bc3 lurch of feng and JEL is wobbling lag rest maw turned over. 44 bxf5 team approach angle candelabra oo try Eric draw. Salt is rubbed in wounds. Up discovered check fisheeee queen sac but opening rue lane gfile ar chap goldens c3 why front? AHP specs pack it in.
Mar-05-11  Marmot PFL: Interesting that the last Sicilian was also "white to play and draw"...M Czerniak vs K Langeweg, 1966
Mar-05-11  gofer: Okay, white looks to be in real trouble! 2 passed pawns down. Bd3 en prise. Rg2 threatened! I have had a look at most of the continuations for white and the future looks bleak. So I am going to chicken out and go for a draw!

<44 Bxf5 ...>

44 ... Qxf5 45 Qxe7+ Nxe7 46 Rg7+ Kh8 47 Rg5+ Kh7 48 Rg7+ drawing! Now the last thing black wants from this position - well penultimate thing - is a draw so black needs to find an alternative reply. But white has just scammed us out of a passed pawn!

44 ... Qe3 45 Qd6! winning

<44 ... Qf7>
<45 Qd6! ...>

Now black has no choice, black must take the draw or lose!

Time to check...

Mar-05-11  alachabre: Ah, Fridays are not so good for me, between usually working extra hours and dancing to the blues late at night, there isn't much time for chess puzzles. But Saturday, sweet Saturday, nothing to do but laundry and online adventuring.

So, today, 44. Bxf5 looks very tempting, as it deflects the queen and leaves the rook naked if black replies Qxf5. If Black doesn't recapture, a pawn is won and the knight is pinned.

However, White's rook is under pressure, so this variation is possible:

44. Bxf5 Qxf5
45. Qxe7 Nxg2
46. Kxg2 Nh4+

And I really don't want to be the White king right now. So how 'bout, since it looks like an even material trade either way, start with something different that may prevent Black from coming out of this with the initiative:

44. Rxg6 Nxg6
45. Bxf5

Going to go start a load of sweaty gym clothes and ponder this a bit.

45. ... Qxf5
46. Qxe7+

And now I see I missed something dreadfully important in my previous line. The little plus sign after Qxe7! Actually, now I see I'm missing something even more dreadfully important, the kiniget at g6!

So back to the drawing board, now that the coffee has begun to have its beneficial effects. I still like both candidate moves, I just need to see a little more clearly.

44. Rxg6 Kxg6 (Qxg6? 45. Qxe7+)
45. Bxf5+ Qxf5
46. Qxe7? Qxh6+ not pretty. So maybe

45. Qg1+ Kh7

And I love the pressure on g7, but I don't see a way to exploit it. Since

44. ... Nxg6 also seems an adequete defense, I think this line is out.

Maybe I need to start with heavier artillery?

44. Qxe7+ Nxe7
45. Rg7+ Kh8
46. Rxe7+ etcetera. Ok, there's something.

44. ... Qxe7 defends. But, let me put a couple of ideas together now...

44. Bxf5 Qxf5
45. Qxe7+ Nxe7
46. Rg7+ Kh8
47. Rxe7+ Kg8
48. Rg7+ Kf8 looks like the king slips away, but

48. Re8+ Kf7 and slips away here too, so maybe 47. Rxe7 is too ambitious.

47. Rf7+ Kg8
46. Rxf5 Nxf5 and White is left down a piece for a pawn. <sigh>

Ok, time to "cheat" and push pieces.

44. Bxf5 Qxf5
45. Qxe7+ Nxe7
46. Rg7+ Kh8
47. Rg5+ Kg8
48. Rg7+ draw. That's the best I see.

Mar-05-11  alachabre: <Jimfromprovidence> I may be missing something, but in your "side puzzle" it seems to me that the obvious 46. Bxg6+ rolls up Black pretty handily.

44. Bxf5 Qf7
45. Bxg6+ Qxg6
46. Qxe7+ Kg8
47. Qd8+ etcetera, all fairly elementary, no?

Mar-05-11  Patriot: It was pretty easy seeing the draw, starting with 44.Bxf5 Qxf5 and couldn't find a refute for black.
Mar-05-11  vanytchouck: here again, i'm surprised that it's that " easy ".

In fact, it's not if you don't know that it's a draw you have to look for.

As Bxf5 is my favourite kind of move (typically the move i would check on the board), it's fairly easy then to see Qxf5 Qxe7 Nxe7 and the perpetual with Rg7 +.

But i have to admit that i wouldn't have played this move as i would have looked for a win.

Mar-05-11
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  agb2002: White has the bishop pair for two knights and two pawns.

Black threatens 44... Nxg2 and 44... Nxd3.

The convergence of the rook and DSB on g7 suggests the possibility of an attack against the black king with 44.Bxf5, trying to distract the black queen. However, after 44... Qxf5 45.Qxe7+ Nxe7 (45... Kg8 46.Qg7#) 46.Rg7+ Kh8 47.Rg5+ (47.Rxe7+ Kg8 48.Rg7+ Kf8 - +) Kh7 48.Rxf5 Nxf5 Black is winning, so White would have to settle for 48.Rg7+ with perpetual.

I've considered patterns like


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(mate in three: 1.Rg7+ Kh8 2.Rh7+ Rg8 3.Rh8#)

etc. but I've been unable to find lines to reach them. Probably, 44.Bxf5 is White's best chance.

Mar-05-11
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  agb2002: I forgot to mention that 44... Qe3 loses quickly to 45.Bd4 Qe1 46.Qd6.
Mar-05-11  parinda: usually i've little (pun intended) inclination to solve the more difficult daily puzzle here . . .and as i sat there willing my mind all over the board to see some combination i knew wasn't there and to no avail i suddenly asked myself calmly after about 5 mins of mindstraining . . .what is the most sensitive point in the black position . . ..and wallah. . . why f5 of course! from there things got easy but not that easy i saw the line but i saw the windmill in terms of moving the rook to g5 to threaten the queen fortunately i don't ruin anything yet until i take the proferred queen and had i reached this point i'm pretty sure i would have declined the lady seeing that i would have been a couple pawns down had i done so. . . .so do i get credit for the solve? not sure. i'm sure had there been only 5 seconds on my clock i might have grabbed her not realizing she was guarded anyway.. . happy hunting chess puzzle people!
Mar-05-11  JamesT Kirk: It seems something like the 1966 match
PETRROSIAN-SPASSKI's 12th game!
Mar-05-11
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  FSR: I saw the draw within a minute, but gave up, thinking I was supposed to find a win for White.
Mar-05-11  WhiteRook48: Yes!!! I solved a Saturday puzzle for once!!
After about a minute, I found 44 Bxf5!! (looking for infiltration on the 7th rank) Qxf5 45 Qxe7+ (infiltration on g7) Nxe7 46 Rg7+ Kh8 and then I just spam discovered checks
Mar-05-11
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  Jimfromprovidence: <alachabre> <I may be missing something, but in your "side puzzle" it seems to me that the obvious 46. Bxg6+ rolls up Black pretty handily. 44. Bxf5 Qf7 45. Bxg6+ Qxg6
46. Qxe7+ Kg8
47. Qd8+ etcetera, all fairly elementary, no?>

Sure, it's all forced, but the point was to see that while white can't force mate with this line, he does not have to settle for a perpetual.

He wins by maneuvering his queen by checks to a position where the knight is vulnerable.


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<morfishine> pointed out this line earlier.

Mar-05-11  alachabre: <Jimfromprovidence> Ok, I gotcha. Thanks.
Mar-05-11  sevenseaman: < vanytchouck: here again, i'm surprised that it's that " easy ".

In fact, it's not if you don't know that it's a draw you have to look for.

As Bxf5 is my favourite kind of move (typically the move i would check on the board), it's fairly easy then to see Qxf5 Qxe7 Nxe7 and the perpetual with Rg7 +.

But i have to admit that i wouldn't have played this move as i would have looked for a win.>

Your last sentence above is 'catch 22'. One keeps looking for a win and gets frustrated. Once you can decide that issue, it again transposes into 'easy' stuff. But that decision is far from 'easy'.

Mar-05-11  M.Hassan: "Very Difficult" White to play 44.?
White has 2 Bishops for 2 Knights and is down by 2 pawns. I tried this line first:

44.h4 Nxg2
45.h5 N6f4
46.Qd4 Qe5
47.Bxf4+ <if 47...Qxf4 48.Qh8#> 47..........Ng6+
48.Qxe5 Rxe5
49.Bxe5 N2h4
50.Bxg6+ Ng6
51.hxg6 Kxg6
White ends up with a Bishop+2pawns vs 4 pawns of Black. I am not certain that White wins. I also tried that if on move 44, Black takes the Bishop instead of the Rook but did not get anywhere: 44.h4 Nxd3
45.Qd4 Ndf4
45.Rf2 Nh5

Mar-05-11
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  Phony Benoni: After a couple of days where the best continuation was a bit murky, today's puzzle was relatively clear-cut. Most found 44.Bxf5 and 45.Qxe7+, and most of those realized White had to settle for a draw.

It's important to realize that these are intended as "Best Play" puzzles, not "To Win" puzzles. You may not expect a drawn result, but if it's the best result available then it's the correct continuation.

In fact, probably the most difficult part of today's puzzle was realizing that White had only a draw with best play. Despite the two pawn deficit, the initial position seems promising. Objectively judging such situationss can be very difficult, even for the best players.

Jul-17-18  Albion 1959: John Littlewood was a tricky player, well versed in tactical play. I got to know him in his later years, he even had a look at some of my games! I was struck with tactical lines that he found, that I failed to spot. In his later years he still a strong player, though perhaps not as strong as he was in his earlier years. He lost none of his passion or enthusiasm for chess. One of the good guys from a generation, the like of whom we will never see again!
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