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Marcos Llaneza-Vega vs Ricardo Brosa Alvarez
Asturias-ch (2004), Oviedo, rd 6, Mar-19
French Defense: McCutcheon. Lasker Variation (C12)  ·  1-0



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Oct-07-14  Bubo bubo: 33.Rxc8+ Kxc8 34.Nd6+, and Black loses either his king (34...Kb8 35. Qb7#) or his queen.
Oct-07-14  M.Hassan: <diagonally>, <gofer> & <morfishine>

Thanks for very nice comments. I saw 33.Rxc8+ line but failed to see the continuation and I quite agree that it is a more forcing line. As a similie, I can say that the text line is like the bite of a dangrous venomous snake that kills fast but my line is like an annaconda wrapping around the prey and killing the prey by asphyxiation.

<morfishine: However, better is 34.Rxc8 34...Ka7/b7 35.Qd7+ forcing mate....> You probably mean 33.Rxc8 Ka7/b7 . King can not go to b7

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  Willber G: <newzild: I went for the first win I saw, which was 33. Qd8. After Qh5+ 34. Ke1, Black has no more checks.>

What about 34...Qe5+

Oct-07-14  dfcx: 33.? white to move, easy.

The black bishop is protecting the king, removing it with 33. Rxc8+ Kxc8
34. Nd6+ Qxd6 (Kb8?? 35. Qb7#)
35. Qxd6

Oct-07-14  morfishine: <M.Hassan> Very good, but I'm not sure of what you mean by 'King cannot go to b7'

Looks like he can

Oct-07-14  stacase: Wham Bam!

Forced all the way.

Only took a few seconds to make sure it all worked.

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  kevin86: The rook sac at c8 works. White either mates in three or wins black's queen for a rook.
Oct-07-14  HowDoesTheHorsieMove: I saw the Rxc8 line. I found this easier than yesterday, but I did have to think about whether to call a queen against a rook a win.
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  Domdaniel: Much as it pains me to do this to the French, I saw the entire winning line in a second or two.

Oh well. As a committed French player, it helps to see one's opponent's possibilities.

Oct-07-14  pericles of athens: First line I considered wins. 33. Rxc8 1-0
Oct-07-14  M.Hassan: <morfishine :<M.Hassan> Very good, but I'm not sure of what you mean by 'King cannot go to b7'>

If 33.Rxc8+
King has to take the Rook because White Queen is sitting on e7.

Am I missing something?

Oct-07-14  Castleinthesky: This puzzle is a good example of the "distraction" tactic, where the sac of a piece forces another piece to move to a disadvantageous (usually mating square).
Oct-07-14  BOSTER: <Domdaniel: As a commited French player ,it helps to see>.

In Anderssen's era in the pos. black to play 23...(diagram).

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Everybody would play 23...Bd7 sacr. the rook.

If 24.Qxa8 d3 25.cxd3 Ba4+ 26.Kc1 Qe1+ 27.Kb2 Qxe2+ 28.Ka3 Qxd3+ 29.Kxa4 Qd4+ 30.Ka3 Qc3+ 31.Ka4 Qxa1 and black is better.

Oct-07-14  Chess Dad: <M. Hassan> and <morfishine>:

You two are talking past each other.

Yes, if 33. Rxc8+ then Ka7 is illegal.

However, if 33. Qe8 Rxb5 34. Rxc8+ Ka(b)7 35. Qd7+ Ka6 36. Ra8#.

Both variations force a fairly easy win of the black queen. In the first, the black queen must take Nd6 on move 34 to avoid the mate, in the second, the black queen must take Rc5 on move 33.

From that point, I'm sure there's a forced checkmate, eventually, but it's beyond the range of stockfish within a minute or two. (Though both score in the +9 or so range.)

Oct-07-14  David2009: I am coming very late to this particular party (M Llaneza-Vega vs R Brosa Alvarez, 2004 White 33):

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I looked at 33.Rxc8+ and, like <Once>, could not quickly spot the follow-up so went with 33. Qe8 stopping Black checks and it seemed to me winning. I am pleased to see from the kibitzes, notably from <M.Hassan>, that it does do so. Unlike <Once>, I did not find the follow-up to Rxc8+ until I saw the game.

<Once> asks why he didn't spot it straight away. In my case I put it down to age (I am seventy-two) and the brain gets less plastic. If chess is all about pattern recognition, there is a limit to the number of patterns one can store or new patterns one can create. The pattern in this game is relatively unfamiliar.

Oct-07-14  patzer2: Today's Tuesday puzzle is easily solved in two moves by 33. Rxc8+! Kxc8 34. Nd6+! , which forces Black to surrender Queen for Knight to avoid mate.

However, there seems to be an alternative solution with 34. Qe8+!? which, though not as strong as 34. Nd6+! offers an interesting and highly instructive look at the possibilities in a ♕ and ♖ versus ♕ and ♘ middle game to end game transition.

One possibility played out move-by-move with Fritz is 34. Qe8+!? Kb7 35. Qd7+ Ka6

35... ♔a8 36. ♕c6+! ♔b8 37. ♕xb6+ ♔c8 38. ♘d6+ ♔d7 39. ♕b7+ ♔xd6 (39... ♔d8 40. ♕c8+ ♔e7 41. ♕c7+ ♔f6 42. ♕f7#) 40. ♕b8+ ♔d7 41. ♕xe5

36. Nc7+ Kb7 37. Nxd5+ Kb8 38. Qd8+ Kb7 39. Qxb6+ Kc8 40. Qxa5 Qd4+ 41. Qd2 Qg4+ 42. Qe2 Qd4+ 43. Qd3 Qg4+ 44. Kd2 exd5 45. Qxd5 Qxh4 46. Qc5+ Kb8 47. a3 to .

Oct-07-14  Muztang: <Once> : It's a nice try, but I don't think it works. Sorry.

Thanks! ;-)

Oct-07-14  paavoh: Seemed pretty straightforward to me. Rxc8+, Nd6+, and Qb7 mate or winning a Queen at d6.
Oct-07-14  paavoh: @Domdaniel: I felt your pain too, but Black was, it seems, at the same time, too greedy for White pawns and played meek defensive moves.

BOSTER's suggestion about distracting the White Queen is very good.

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  Penguincw: Not the easiest Tuesday puzzle ever, but I came up with it. :)
Oct-07-14  mistreaver: Tuesday. White to play. Easy. 33?
33 Rxc8 Kxc8
34 Nd6+ and now either
34... Qxd6
35 Qxd6
34... Kb8
35Qb7 mate
therefore best move is
34... resigns.
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Oct-07-14  morfishine: <M.Hassan> NP, I was referring to your line starting with <33.Qe8> followed by 33...Rxb5 and now I was noting that 34.Rxc8+ is better than 34.Qxc8+

The game continuation is <33.Rxc8+> :)

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  Longview: Recognizing that I must check the black king or be attacked nonstop motivated me to consider abandoning my first thoughts of N-d6, my first instinctual move. Realizing that I could sacrifice the rook and still keep the check going via the same Knight move gave me the answer. Some forcing situations force one to come to the right conclusion....given time.
Oct-07-14  M.Hassan: <morfishine:<M.Hassan> NP, I was referring to your line starting with <33.Qe8> followed by 33...Rxb5 and now I was noting that 34.Rxc8+ is better than 34.Qxc8+ The game continuation is <33.Rxc8+> :)>

Right! Thank you, in your original message 33...Rxb5 was not mentioned and that's why I got puzzled. The game continuation is 34.Rxc8+
Thanks again, cleared now:)

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