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Zbigniew Czajka vs Ada Zakaria
Cappelle op 10th (1994), Cappelle-la-Grande FRA, rd 7, Feb-??
Torre Attack: Fianchetto Defense (A48)  ·  0-1



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  Infohunter: <Abdel Irada: I believe the same applies to Czech.>

Almost as much as it does to Polish, though Czech does not have the letter combinations 'cz', 'rz' or 'sz', as Polish does. This serves to increase the frequency of the letter 'z' even more in Polish, as does the fact that it has a couple of special characters based on 'z', to wit, 'ż' and 'ź' (though it is to be admitted that Czech has one as well, namely 'ž').

<FSR: <Abdel Irada> Decades ago, there was a fellow in the Chicago telephone directory (supposedly) named Zeke Zzypt. As you might imagine, his was the last name in the directory. I think he even made it into the Guinness Book of World Records.> As a matter of fact, you are right, <FSR>. My copy of the Guinness Book, which I received brand new as a Christmas present in 1975, mentions him in the context of having been aced out of first place. I was going to try to dig out my copy of the book to get the exact quote but, upon seeing what a massive project that would be, decided instead to try to quote it as best I can from memory: "The palm for the most determined attempt to be last in the telephone book must now go to Zachary Zzzzra, of San Francisco. He has outdone his nearest rival, who was a mere Zeke Zzzypt of Chicago...."

Oct-08-12  Abdel Irada: I seem to recall seeing Zzzzra in the phone book when I played at Mechanics' Institute. At the other end of the spectrum was the mysteriously named "A," who was always assured at least a tie for first listing.
Oct-08-12  Abdel Irada: I've heard that Zzzzra's name was the result of narcolepsy. The judge asked what he wanted to change his name to, and he briefly fell asleep while answering.
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  Once: I sometimes think there should be sound effects in chess. Okay, so maybe not out loud over the board. But playing in your head, like an internal sound track.

You want a fr'instance? When your king, or your opponent's king, is stalemated, I can imagine two distinct sounds. One is a gravelly male voice announcing "We are now at defcon 2".

The other is the theme tune to Jaws. Dubba-dubba-dubba-dubba. Admittedly, it does sound a bit scarier in stereo.

The point is that a stalemated king ought to be a signal that scary things could happen. Like being at that point of your nearest and dearest's lunar cycle, if you know what I mean. Be afraid, be very afraid. How many women does it take to change a lightbulb on a certain date in the month? Two. Why? BECAUSE IT JUST DOES, OKAY???

And when you hear either one of those sounds (or you hit that date), you know you need to be extra careful (if you are the stalematee) or extra brave (if you are the stalemater).

In today's POTD, both players seem to be playing with the sound effects on mute. They both miss opportunities to defend against the mate (white) and to mate a couple of moves earlier (black).

For white ... 26. Nxe5?? throws away a pleasant edge to put black's bishop on e5. To be fair to him, he might have been afraid of black playing Ng4+.

Then 27. Nf3 prevents the deadly f3+ discovered check but allows an even more deadly mate in two starting with 27...Qg3+.

Then black throws it all away with (temporarily) with 27... Qh5. Now white has two moves to stop the black mate with either Nxe5 or Re1. But he spends those two moves grabbing prawns. And the rest you know.

The moral is clear. Listen to the music, always listen to the music. And when a king is stalemated, examine every check and capture <no matter how stooopid they might seem>.

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  Once: Zeke makes a nice choon:

Oct-08-12  morfishine: <29...Qg3+ 30.fxg3 fxg3 mate>

Refreshing, unique combination

At least for me, its

"Z Big New Czajka-mate"

Oct-08-12  LoveThatJoker: <29...Qg3+! 30. fxg3 fxg3#>


Oct-08-12  captainandrewwiggins: something that confuses me: why didn't black play it earlier: 27...Qg3+

it seems like a game that white should have won. black's queenside good bishop, and rook as well were undeveloped. i'm no grandmaster, but i think that maybe white should have capitalised on that superior development; black catches up soon to white's demise.

Oct-08-12  captainandrewwiggins: ah..........going shopping for pawns while the house is on fire
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  Oxspawn: The terms “very pretty,” “very easy”, and “very silly” can describe the same experience from three perspectives. This is a very pretty mate:
29. … Qg3+
30. fxg3 fxg++

“Very easy?” Yes if you know (as we do) that there is a devastating move for black.

However, my first thoughts were 29. Qxg2+ or finding some way to move the knight so I could have the discovered check from the bishop.

Over the board, I would probably have discarded Qg3+ as “very silly”.

Of course, there is a fourth perspective: seen from the viewpoint of white, who must have been hoping to play Qg4, swap queens and work the a and b pawns home, this whole thing is “very galling”.

Oct-08-12  amaurobius: This took me a minute or so.

The fact that the Q has to sacrifice herself on a vacant square, rather than with a capture, makes the mate both more attractive and a little harder to spot. Computers don't understand any of this.

Oct-08-12  Hevelius: It took me a minute as well, but forcing the enemy King to surrender to a victorious pawn is always particularly fascinating...
Oct-08-12  Abulherar: very nice puzzle on monday:{29...Qg3+! 30.fxg3 fxg3#) this ♕ sac remembers me with the most beautiful ♕ sac ever played,it was by marshall in 1912.
Oct-08-12  JohnBoy: Black's structure at move 22 is terrible. Only a horrid blunder by white allowed this very cute smothered mate to arise.
Oct-08-12  zb2cr: It took me over a minute to stop examining such moves as 29. ... Qg2+ or a Rook move. Then the actual move finally came to mind. 29. ... Qg3+; 30. fxg3, fxg3#. A nifty little mate.
Oct-08-12  awfulhangover: It's very easy to miss this mate coz it's a mating pattern that is unique and hard to spot with an analogue brain. Took me a minute, not a 5 sec Monday as normal.
Oct-08-12  Gato: Not the greatest Qg3 in the history but really cute (the one I mean does not have the "+").

Anyone for throwing golden coins ?

Oct-08-12  gars: God bless the Mondays!
Oct-08-12  Zatrikion: 29..Qg3+
30.fxg3 fxg3#
Oct-08-12  Veryrusty: Go back to move 26; I think White's best is 26. Re1, one of few moves to block the sac-mate threats without (a) having to move the f3 knight and opening up a nasty discovered, or (b) allowing 26. ... Nxf3+, 27. gf, Qg1#. As far as I can tell, Re1 stops everything dead.
Oct-08-12  Marmot PFL: <"Only" 2000 isn't really a terribly weak rating. Experts can play quite well, and often do. It's really more a lack of consistency than a lack of talent that separates them from masters.

As for how well Black played, I note that if White had exchanged on e5 rather than play 29. Qd7??, he should have won the ending without too much trouble thanks to his passed pawns on the queenside.>

Your 2nd paragraph almost (though not quite) refutes the 1st.

2000 is a good, solid amateur player, but there is a definite talent gap from there to master, and even more to senior master. Most players of average (or slightly better) ability who play and study regularly can eventually make 2000.

Oct-08-12  dufferps: It would appear that Zakaria was anticipating this attack when he moved 28...Qg7.

Czajka's 29.Qd7 indicates that he did not see it coming. I guess he thought he could somehow exchange queens, otherwise his move was completely pointless.

What would have been the sequence had he advanced his h-pawn to create an escape square?

One line:
29. ... Qg6
30. h4 Qg3+
31. fxg3 fxg3+
32. Kh3 h5
33. Nxe5 dxe5
34. Qd5 (and white has the upper hand)

29. ... Qg6
30. h4 Qg3+
31. fxg3 fxg3+
32. Kh3 gxf2
33. Rxf2 Rh1+
34. Kg4 f6
35. Qc8+ Kh7
36. Qf5+ (and I see a win for white)

But I doubt that Black would have played that Queen sacrifice after 30.h4. I just don't know what he would/could have done.

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  chrisowen: Chap python g6 down to g3 glesson slide in piecemeal 29...Qg3+ one

point behind f4 as tender dig white has to recapture beet route to

his doorkeeper nod in fxg3 head above the parapet in feed him it

reign down on me fxg3#.

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  kevin86: Black had a brilliant double play:sacrifice the queen AND mate with a pawn.

The only flaw is that he had the same mate TWO MOVES EARLIER.

Oct-08-12  psmith: Not only did Black miss the combo on move 27, she (I am guessing from the name) moved away from the possibility of playing it. I am imaging her thought process immediately after 27... Qh5... "Dang, I had a mate and missed it! But he didn't see it either. I wonder if I set up for it again... maybe he'll miss it again? [crossing fingers]...."

But notice this (found with the help of Fritz 5.32):
After 26. Nxe5?? Bxe5, White has no good defense ( ) But 27. Nf3 Qh5?? not only throws away the win, after this White is winning ( ) and it is Black who has no defense. In fact 27... Qg3+ is the only move for Black that does not hand White back a substantial advantage. After 28. Qxb7 Qg6 White blunders again with 29. Qd7?? and Black doesn't let him out of it again. But instead 29. Nxe5 wins for White ( ).
So this is what Fred Reinfeld would have called a "comedy of errors" (showing my age here).

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