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Sabina-Francesca Foisor vs Edward W Formanek
National Open (2012), Las Vegas USA, rd 2, Jun-15
Slav Defense: General (D10)  ·  1-0



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Nov-20-13  diagonalley: unusually, i got this one pretty much straight away... must be easier than normal wednesday puzzle
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  agb2002: The material is identical.

The black queen lacks mobility. This suggests 35.Bb8 with the double threat 36.Rh2, winning the queen, and 36.Bxa7.

Nov-20-13  Nick46: <diagonalley: unusually, i got this one pretty much straight away... must be easier than normal wednesday puzzle> Oh yeah, you think so? It looks like I must practice up on my queen traps.
Nov-20-13  mistreaver: Wednsday. White to play. Medium/Easy. 35?
1 Bb8 Rplays
2 Rh2
and queen is trapped.
Time to check.
Nov-20-13  hedgeh0g: Lovely queen trap!
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  offramp: Such disrespect to a venerable gentleman.
Nov-20-13  zb2cr: Found this one rather quickly.
Nov-20-13  morfishine: <35.Bb8> with the double-threat 36.Bxa7 and 36.Rh2 trapping the Black Queen wins for White


Nov-20-13  stanleys: Nice one!
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  patzer2: 35. Bb8! combines the clearance, double attack (discovered attack) and trapped Queen tactics in one quick combination.
Nov-20-13  DrGridlock: Black's best defense has not yet been mentioned. After 36 Bb8, 36 ... Re7 nets Black at least a pawn for his rook:

36.Rh2 Re3 37.Qxe3 Qxf5

Nov-20-13  8284: lack of remorse, as indicated by being indifferent to or rationalizing having mistreated from another...
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  Once: Well that was funny. Black has battened down the hatches so a quick mate seems unlikely. The most likely avenue of attack seems to be the black queen on h3 which does not have many moves.

But how to trap her? We would need to introduce another piece into the equation, but which one?

I couldn't see anything promising so I switched my attention to the loose rook on Ra7. Maybe that is a piece that can be cunningly snaffled?

So I look at 35. Bb8, but then the rook dances out of the way with Ra8 or Rb7 or Re7.

Then the penny drops. 35. Bb8 has freed the a2 square with tempo. 36. Rh2 is the killer.

It turns out that the black queen was the target after all, but I had to be distracted by the Ra7 first to find out how.

Nov-20-13  TheaN: Wednesday 20 November 2013


An unusual clearance combination by White. Black grabbed something poisonous on the kingside, and this will cost him a rook or queen for rook. White traps the queen with <35.Bb8 Rb7 (Re7) 36.Rh2 >.

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  paulalbert: Nce combination! Surprisingly I saw the idea immediately, even though it's a somewhat unusual pattern.
Nov-20-13  LoveThatJoker: <35. Bb8!> 1-0

A) 35...Rb7 36. Rh2! as the Black Queen is trapped.

B) 35...Qf1 36. Bxa7


Nov-20-13  David2009: S Foisor vs E Formanek, 2012 White 35?

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Here's the puzzle position interactively linked to Crafty End Game Trainer: You are white, drag and drop the move you want to make.

The ever-resourceful EGT finds a way of prolonging the game, but the material deicit should(?) be too great. Enjoy playing out the win agaist a resourceful robot.

Nov-20-13  WoodPushkin: Easy to see something is there but it required sum calculation time to see Queen limitation; which is wrong. First you analyze then do math. Sadly this took about three minutes...sigh...time for more Polgar mate in two/three puzzles to ramp up my chess vision. JAH Love
Nov-20-13  DoctorD: Bb8 is a really neat clearance move for which an annotator could use (correctly, for once) the phrase, "a problem-like move." As <paulalbert> notes, the pattern is unusual; this sort of paradox adds to the problem-like character.
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  Penguincw: This one just stumped me. :(
Nov-20-13  BOSTER: After
Formanek lost the game vs S Foisor, hi won vs M Foisor.
Nov-20-13  Patriot: 35.Bb8 Rb7 36.Rh2

I don't see a good response for black.

Nov-20-13  Patriot: <David2009> Thanks for the Crafty link! Wow, it's amazing what that thing finds.

35.Bb8 Re7 36.Rh2 Re3!? 37.Qxe3 Ng4!?

I played 38.Qe8 Nxh2 39.Bd6 Qxf5 40.Qxf8+ Kh7 41.Bxh2 and I went on to win.

37...Ng4 especially made me think and apparently 38.Qe8 is good enough to win.

Nov-20-13  MountainMatt: <Penguincw: This one just stumped me. :(>

Me too. :(

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  kevin86: White clears the way to trap the queen.
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