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Torsten Kahl vs Harald Palmer
Niedersachsen-ch (2006), Verden, rd 1, Jan-05
Indian Game: General (A45)  ·  0-1



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May-19-15  morfishine: <Coriolis> lol
May-19-15  stacase: 21...c3 was as they say, as obvious as the north end of a south bound ...
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  whiteshark: Second <Niedersachsen-ch (2006)> puzzle in a row.

<Ceegee>, do you want to discredit the state I'm living in? I'd like to state that Lower Saxonians aren't chessical nutjobs per se. That requires a large number of implementing regulations...

May-19-15  Sally Simpson: Harald Palmer...Is he not a golfer?

Or is that Arnold?......No Arnold Denker is the chess player, this Harald Palmer must be the golfer.

So where are all the golfing terms?

Black drives down the fairway with Bxc3.

Then a wee chip onto the green with Bxb2+.

White is in the bunker and Black putts home with Qc1 mate.

May-19-15  zb2cr: 21. ... Bxc3 does it.
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  Oxspawn: I have not moved any pieces on a board (always risky for me) but it seems that the obvious move here is the correct one.

21. .........Bxc3
22. bxc3 Qxc3+
23. Kb1 Qc2+
24. Ka1 Qc1+ (if 24. Kd1 Q c2#)
25. Rxc1 Rxc1#
21. .........Bxc3
22. Re2 Bb4+ (discovered)
23. Kb1 (or d1) Qc1#

21. .........Bxc3
22. Ne2 Bxe1+ (discovered)
23. Kb1 or d1 Qc1#
Any other escapes for black?

May-19-15  CHESSTTCAMPS: Black has B+P for a knight and is way ahead in meaningful development - white's Rh1 and Ng1 are on their starting squares. Black's pieces are optimally deployed and he can proceed with immediate demolition of white's weakened castled position.

21... Bxc3 and now:

A.22.bxc3 Qxc3+ 23.Kb1 (Kd1 Qc2#) Qxe1+ 24.Kb2 Qc1+ 25.Kb3 Rc3+ 26.Ka4|b4 Qa3#

B.22.Re2 Bxb2+! 23.Kxb2 Qc1+ forcing mate as in A

C.22.Rd1|f1 Bxb2+ 23.Kxb2 Qc3+ 24.Kb1 Rc5 forces white to give up Q to stop Rb5+

D.22.(other) Bxe1+ or 22... Bxb2+ should encourage resignation.

May-19-15  Marmot PFL: White played about as expected, from a player whose rating barely exceeds three digits. I didn't even think they had ratings under 1200 these days.
May-19-15  fenno: After 21. - Bxc3 white is under serious threat of being mated soon.

Interesting variations arise after
22. b3 Bd2++! (double check does not give white time to do Qc4) 23. Kd1 Qc2+ 24. Ke2 Rfe8+ 25. Kf3 Rc3+ 26. Kg4 h5+ 27. Kg5 Rg3+

Now white king has three squares to move, but black bishop can answer all of them decisively:

A) 28. Kf6 Bc3+ 29. Re5 Qf5X
B) 28. Kh6 Bxf4+ 29. Qg5 Bxg5X
C) 28. Kh4 Bxe1 29. Qxh5 Rg2X, or
D) 28. Kh4 Bxe1 29. Qxf7+ Kxf7 and whatever white does, black mates with 30. - Rg4X

If white is to avoid mate at all costs as long as possible the funny looking lineage: 21. - Bxc3 22. Re3 Bd4+ 23. Rc3 Bxc3 24. Ne2 Bd4+ 25. Nc3 Bxc3 26. Kb1 Bxb2 27. Qb3 looks the most promising.

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  piltdown man: Why are we seeing games from such low rated players? If I want to see games from players rated at 1000, I don't have to go farther than my own games.
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  Penguincw: Ooh, missed this Tuesday puzzle. :| I got 21...Bxc3 22.bxc3 Qxc3+ 23.Kb1, but couldn't figure out what to do next (23...Qxe1+ seems logical).

I did get 23.Kd1 Qc2# 0-1 and 22.Re2 Bxb2+ 23.Kxb2 Qc3+ 24.Kb1, but missed the mate in 1 after (one of those puzzles I would get OTB).

May-19-15  TheaN: Tuesday 19 May 2015 <21....?>

The obvious shieldbreaker <21....Bxc3!> is only half the job for this tuesday puzzle, given that any decent answer by white leads to mate or the loss of a rook.

A) <22.bxc3 Qxc3+ 23.Kb1 (Kd1 Qc2#) Qxe1+> removing the back rank defense; black is winning, but: <24.Kb2 Qc3+ 25.Kb1 Qc1# 0-1>.

B) any non-Re1 move or Re8/e7/e6/e5 surrenders at least the exchange by respectively <22....Bxe1+> or <Rfxe8/Qxe7/fxe6/dxe5>. There might be better for black, but they are nonsense moves by white.

C) <22.Rd1> looks odd, taking away an escape square. <22....Bb4+!> is the true threat here, taking away d2 from the king and finishing with the major battery <23.Kb1 Qc2+ 24.Ka1 Qc1+! 25.Rxc1 Rxc1# 0-1>.

D) <22.Rf1> seems more logical but is essentially the same because the bishop also defends e1. <22....Bb4+ 23.Kd1> Kb1 is the same as C <23....Qc2# 0-1>.

E) <22.Re2> defending the second rank might be a reasonable idea. <22....Bb4+> continues to work <23.Qc4 Qxc4+ 24.Kb1/d1 Qc1# (Rc2 Qxc2#) 0-1>.

F) <22.Re3> not really that great, but at least this move keeps tabs on c3. <22....Bb4+ 23.Rc3 Bxc3> and now the bishop is still immune due to <24.bxc3 Qxc3+ 25.Kd1 (Kb1 Qc1#) Rfe8! > and mate soon.

G) <22.Re4> the last hurdle for black: however, this move does essentially nothing against <22....Bb4+> yet again, if <23.Rc4 Qxc4+ 24.Qxc4 Rxc4+ > is white's best, I consider it won.

May-19-15  TheaN: Perhaps the most interesting display of dominance is 22.Re4 Bb4+ 23.Rc4 Rfe8!?. Okay, Qxc4+ is best, but now 24.Rxc7 Rxc7+ and mate in three.
May-19-15  Lambda: No need to calculate much here. 21... Bxc3 is clearly a good idea if taking it loses, and after 22. bxc3 Qxc3+ white already has to choose between mate in 1 and losing his rook, so it does.
May-19-15  houtenton: if not mentioned before by anyone:
after 22.Re2 Be1+ saves one move for
Harald (23..Qc1#).
May-19-15  houtenton: <TheaN> in your last line maybe 22..Bxb2+ is a better answer on 22.Re4; 23.Kd2 Qc1+ 24.Ke2 Rc2+ 25.Kf3 Qf1+ and f.i.Kg4 Qg2#.
May-19-15  Mating Net: Given that menacing Queen/Rook battery, Black was in a position to sac first and ask questions later.
May-19-15  1stboard: 1stboard: If I was white on move 21 I would have played Rh2 [ blocks black's mate threat ], followed later by that rook ( h2 ) to E2 to double the rooks on the E file
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  kevin86: Whether or not white takes the sacrificed bishop, mate will come very soon.
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  Bubo bubo: Black has won the opposite-castling attacking race: 21...Bxc3!

White must not capture: 22.bxc3 Qxc3+ leads to mate after either 23.Kd1 Qc2# or 23.Kb1 Qxe1+ 24.Kb2 Qc3+ 25.Kb1 Qc1#.

Therefore he will lose at least his rook due to the threat of Bb4+ followed by Qc2+ and back-rank mate.

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  Bubo bubo: <houtenton: if not mentioned before by anyone: after 22.Re2 Be1+ saves one move for
Harald (23..Qc1#).>

It saves a move only if Torsten refuses to play the desperation move 23.Qc~.

May-19-15  Pedro Fernandez: <<Oxspawn>: Any other escapes for black?> No way <Ox>, black is mated holomorphically sir.
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May-19-15  BOSTER: < Marmot PFL:... a player whose rating barely exceeds three digits>. Even in such games you can find interesting ideas. After 10.h4 ,sacr g4 pawn Nxg4 ,white could play 11.h5 opening " h " file.
May-19-15  Sally Simpson: Come lads, don't be such grading snobs. If these 'low rated games' upset you so much then skip Monday and Tuesday.

Tartakower said even Masters can learn from amateur players.

Also, sometimes games between our weaker brothers can produce something that raises a smile. It's what it's all about.

Just posted this. The finish. ( move combination.) should cheer you up

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