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Bruce Hayden vs William Arthur Winser
Hastings 1947/48 Minor tournament (1948), Hastings ENG
Polish Opening: Zukertort System (A04)  ·  1-0

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May-11-18
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  agb2002: White is one pawn down.

Black threatens Bxh6 and gxf5.

The position of the black queen and the rook on d8 suggest 25.Bxe5:

A) 25... Bxh6 26.Nxh6+

A.1) 26... Kf8 27.Bxc7 wins a piece.

A.2) 26... Kh8 27.Bxf6#.

A.3) 26... Kg7 27.Bxc7

A.3.a) 27... Kxh6 28.Nxf7+ Kg7 29.Nxd8 + - [R+B+P vs n].

A.3.b) 27... Rdc8 28.Bxc8 Rxc8 29.Bxb6 axb6 30.Nhxf7 + - [R+N+P vs b].

A.3.c) 27... Nbd5 28.Bxd8 Rxd8 29.Ng4 + - [R].

B) 25... Qxe5 26.fxe5 Bxh6 27.Nxh6+ Kg7 (27... Kf(h)8 28.exf6 + - [N]) 28.exf6+

B.1) 28... Kxh6 29.Nxf7+ Kh5 30.Re5+ g5 31.Rxg5#.

B.2) 28... Kxf6 29.Ng4+ Kg7 (else 30.Re5#) 30.Re7 + - [N vs p].

C) 25... gxf5 26.Qxf6 wins.

D) 25... Nbd5 26.Bxc7 Bxh6 27.Nxh6+ Kg7 28.Bxd8 Rxd8 29.Nhxf7 + - [R+P].

May-11-18  Eduardo Leon: <ChessHigherCat> Your line 25.♗xe5 ♕xe5 26.♗xf6 makes no sense, because 25...♕xe5 captures the very same bishop that's supposed to capture the ♘f6.

However, 25.♗xe5 ♕xe5 26.fxe5 ♗xh6 27.♘xh6+ ♔g7 28.exf6+ ♔xh6 29.♘xf7+ wins an exchange, and, with it, the game.

May-11-18  Walter Glattke: White threatens mate, e.g.Bxf6 and Nh6, black can play 25.Bxe5 Bxh6 26.Ne7+ Kg7 27.Bxd8 or 25.-Qxe5 26.Rxe5 Bxh6 27.Nxh6+ Kg7, rule 2 says, "both players move alternately" - changing chessmen for chessmen. 25.-Qxe5 26.Qxf8+? -+
May-11-18  Walter Glattke: I just see, 26.fxe5 instead Rxe5 is better.
May-11-18
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  ChessHigherCat: <Eduardo Leon> Sorry, I meant this:

25. Bxe5 Qxe5 26. fxe5 Bxh6 27. Nxh6+ Kg7 28. exf6+ Kxh6 29. Nxf7+ Kh5 30. Re5+ g5 31. Rxg5#

It doesn't just win the exchange, it mates, right?

May-11-18
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  ChessHigherCat: In this line white just wins a piece, but it's hard to believe there's nothing better:

25. Bxe5 Qxe5 26. fxe5 Bxh6 27. Nxh6+ Kg7 28. exf6+ Kxf6 29. Ne4+ Kg7 30. Ng4

May-11-18
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  al wazir: After 25. Bxe5 black captures the white ♕, but in the process allows himself to be attacked by a swarm of minor pieces. I saw the key move and the ♕ sac, but missed some details.

Better for black but still losing is 25...Qxe5 26. fxe5 Bxh6 27. Nxh6+ K moves 28. Nhxf7.

If 25...gxf5, then 26. Qxf6. (Not 26. Bxc7 Bxh6 27. Bxd8 Rxd8 28, Bxf5, and white only has ♖+♙ vs. ♗+♘.)

May-11-18  gofer: <Eduardo Leon>: <However, 25.♗xe5 ♕xe5 26.fxe5 ♗xh6 27.♘xh6+ ♔g7 28.exf6+ ♔xh6 29.♘xf7+ wins an exchange, and, with it, the game.>

29 Nxf7+ is much much more than just <winning an exchange>. It is mate in two more, which means that 27 Nxh6+ wins a piece, because black cannot play 27 ... Kg7, with the aspiration to take Nh6.

May-11-18  Mayankk: Nice puzzle. Saw most of it - starting with the fact that Bxe5 should be the first move since It makes the Queen hide for cover (Qxe5 is disastrous for Black). After that I did cheat in a way to see Black’s response i.e. Qd7. The rest of the moves were then clear to me, Bxf6 for a Queen sac and mate shortly afterwards.

This is how I would have played in a real game - just Bxe5 first since it’s a strong move in any case and then figure out the sparkling tactics once Black responds.

May-11-18  leRevenant: Friday Q-sac (Yawn)
May-11-18  Cheapo by the Dozen: The main trick was to realize there were a bunch of lines in which mate didn't seem to happen, and then to check that a nice material advantage happened in those lines instead.
May-11-18
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  Richard Taylor: I didn't find this. I thought Bxe5 was too obvious (not quite seeing it was a mate as in the line given). So I thought it was 25. fxe5 but that doesn't work.

Very nice mate though by this player who seems to have only a couple of games up.

May-11-18
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  Richard Taylor: <leRevenant> yawns! But it was a complex position and the mate is very beautiful.

Quite a gem.

May-11-18  takchess: Well I got the B x e5 part as Black has the right pieces to flood the zone. I didnt see the Queen was en prise....As Purdy said: sometimes it is better to look around than to look ahead.
May-11-18  eblunt: Hayden certainly ties Winser in a knot there.
May-11-18  mel gibson: I saw the first few moves but wasn't quite sure how to end it.

Stockfish 9 says:

25. Bxe5

(25. Bxe5
(♗b2xe5 ♗f8xh6 ♘f5xh6+ ♔g8-g7 ♗e5xc7 ♖d8-e8 ♘h6xf7 ♖e8xe1+ ♖c1xe1 h7-h6 ♘f7-d6 h6xg5 ♖e1-e7+ ♔g7-h8 ♘d6-f7+ ♔h8-g8 ♘f7xg5 ♗c6-d5 ♗c7-e5 ♖a8-e8 ♗e5xf6 ♖e8xe7 ♗f6xe7 ♘b6-c4 ♔g1-f2 ♔g8-g7 a3-a4 a7-a5 ♔f2-e2 a5xb4 ♗e7xb4 b7-b6 ♔e2-f2 ♗d5-c6 ♗h3-e6 ♘c4-a5 ♗b4-c3+ ♔g7-f8 f4-f5 g6xf5 h2-h4 ♘a5-b7 ♗e6xf5 ♘b7-a5 ♗f5-e4 ♗c6-e8 ♗c3-f6 ♗e8-c6) +6.92/33 36)

score for White +6.92 depth 33

May-11-18
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  morfishine: Hayden go seek
May-11-18  Carlos0012358: 25.....Qd7 is black's suicidal blunder that accelerated an already sure death. Exchanging the Queens would have extended play.
May-11-18  Eduardo Leon: <ChessHigherCat> <gofer> My bad! I saw that white would win at least the exchange, and abruptly stopped thinking.
May-11-18  eblunt: < Carlos0012358:> Yes, but at best loses a piece in the exchange.
May-11-18  njchess: Not that difficult for a Friday. 25. ♗xe5 comes readily enough as does 26. ♗xf6 with the rest being fairly easy tactics. I'm not sure if Black could have defended better. Probably, but White would still be winning.
May-11-18  messachess: I didn't envision the last position (the rook!) As pointed out here already, exchanging queens looks better for black.
May-11-18  Kretenos: Easy for a Friday, once you see the possibility of the bishop covering the black squares next to the king, the solution comes very naturally.
May-11-18  cormier:


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Analysis by Houdini 4: d 23 dpa done

1. = (0.00): 21...a5 22.Qg5 Nfd7 23.Qxe7 Bxe7 24.Nxe5 Nxe5 25.Bxe5 Na4 26.bxa5 Bxa3 27.Ra1 Re8 28.Rxa3 Rxe5 29.Nf3 Rxe4 30.Rxe4 Bxe4 31.Rxa4 Bxf3 32.Ra3 Bc6 33.Bg2 Bxg2 34.Kxg2 Kg7 35.h3 Ra6 36.Rb3 Rxa5 37.Rxb7 Ra3 38.h4 Ra2 39.Kf3 Ra3+ 40.Ke4 Ra4+ 41.Kd3 Ra3+ 42.Ke4 Ra4+

2. = (0.00): 21...Re8 22.Rcd1 Bb8 23.Qg5 Nfd7 24.Qxe7 Rxe7 25.Bf1 a6 26.Nd2 Nf6 27.Nhf3 Kg7 28.Kg2 Bc7 29.Rc1 h6 30.Ba1 Re6 31.Nb3 Na4 32.Nbd2 Nb6 33.Nb3

3. + / = (0.31): 21...Nbd7 22.Qg5 Ne8 23.Qxe7 Bxe7 24.Bxd7 Bxd7 25.Nxe5 Be6 26.Nhf3 a5 27.Nd4 axb4 28.Nxe6 fxe6 29.axb4 Bxb4 30.Red1 Rxd1+ 31.Rxd1 b5 32.Rd7 Bf8 33.Nf3 h6 34.Rb7 Nd6 35.Rb6 g5 36.e5 Nc4 37.Rxb5 Ra2 38.Bd4 Kf7 39.Kg2 g4 40.Rb7+ Kg6

May-11-18  landshark: Got it but it took a long time for me to settle on the game continuation, which is fairly simple. What made me pause was making sure Black didn't get too much counterplay with Rd2 at some point. Which made me consider 25 Qh4, which seemed to also win - until I finally saw 25...Nd7! which looks to stave off mate just long enough to let Black into White's position with a very disruptive ...Qb6+. Really interesting puzzle because of the range of options you have to consider -
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