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Member since Sep-30-20 · Last seen Sep-25-22
Since my (chess) life is utterly uninteresting, I won’t bore you about myself, my favourite players, my simul against Kasparov in 1990, etc. Instead I’ll show as a small present a fantastic puzzle; it’s a masterpiece of simplicity and complexity. If you haven’t seen it, try finding the solution, it’s worth it. If you have, it might be fun to go through it again. Enjoy.

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White to play and win (David Joseph, British Chess Journal, 1922).

Any luck?

Don’t cheat, now.

All right, here it is.

Easy, let’s queen the h2 Pawn before the one on a6 does: 1.h4? axb5 (not a5??). Oops, draw at best. Well that was too simple, let’s take the a6 Pawn then: 1.bxa6? b5 (not bxa6??). Draw again, damn it.

Annoying pawns. Let’s first block the b column: <1.b6+ Kb8!> (not Ka8? or Kxb6? as we’ll see). Aha, now I can queen: <2.h4 a5 3.h5 a4 4.h6 a3 5.h7 a2 6.h8=Q> *yawn* and wins <6…a1=Q> NOT. 7.Qxa1 stalemate, damn, damn. If the Black King were on a8 or b6 White would win, but the bugger isn’t.

Wait I get it, it’s one of these tricky studies, I should have underpromoted.
- 6.h8=B? a1=Q 7.Bxa1 Draw.
- 6.h8=R? a1=Q Black wins: the R could not have controlled the 7th rank as the Q below.
- 6.h8=N?? and maybe my opponent would have collapsed laughing, but it’s a long shot.

So perhaps I didn’t mess it up yet. Patzer sees check, patzer gives check: 7.Qh2+? Ka8 8.Qc7 (threatening Qc8#) Qf6+ 9.Ke8 Qf8+! 10.Kd7 Qe7+! 11.Kc8 Qd8+! Stalemate. Likewise after 9.Kc8 or 9.Kd7. What if 7.Qh3? (same threat) Qd4+ and 8...Qxb6. Still no cigar.

Lemme think. "A mate is a stalemate plus a check." - Shakespeare. So how about <7.Qg8!!> threatening 8.Kd7# or Ke7# (we’ll see why this move and the following deserve two exclamation marks). <7…Qa2!> (not 7...Qc1? or Qc3? 8.Kd7+ Qc8+ 9.Qxc8#).

Uh, stalemate again. You’re pushing it, wise guy. <8.Qe8!! Qa4!> Won’t give up? Is this Groundhog Day? Er… what next? Oh yes, patzer sees check: <9.Qe5+ Ka8 10.Qh8!> Back to starting point, only now your King is exposed, smartass.

<10…Qf4 (or other)> Your desperate attempt does not impress me: <11.Kd7+ or Ke7+ (or Qa1+) Qb8 12.Qa1+ Qa7 13.Qxa7#> Phew, almost blew it. Now call it a draw like in "Holy Grail"!

Great triangular manoeuvre by the Queen to undo the stalemate position. But did you figure out why White did not play 7.Qe8 right away? Or 8.Qf8 before 9.Qe8 (surely, not to save time)? That’s what makes the study most beautiful. Think a bit before looking below.

All set?

(a) 7.Qe8? Qg7!! Draw (trust me).
(b) 8.Qf8? Qa3! 9.Qe8 Qd6+ 10.Qd7 Qxd7+ 11.Kxd7 Draw.

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   Teyss has kibitzed 725 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Sep-25-22 Julius Baer Generation Cup (2022) (replies)
Teyss: Carlsen's goal was to reach 2900, he made it. +19 -1 =7 against a crowd averaging 2700 😮 And without cheating. As was said about Fischer, congrats to Erigaisi for winning the tournament, and thanks to Carlsen for participating to the ...
   Sep-25-22 Wang Hao vs Bu Xiangzhi, 2019
Teyss: Good play by White but helped by a series of inaccuracies by Black (no time to analyse now, anyhow other users do this much better). At the end if the BQ moves, 27.Qg5+ Kf7 28.Re7+ Kf8 or Kg8 29. Qxg7#.
   Sep-24-22 S Williams vs Carlsen, 2005 (replies)
Teyss: Carlsen was only 15 but it's surprising how he played. If he wanted to go for Rxh4 he should have done it earlier as mentioned above. After the Q exchange the BB and BN are too remote to prevent the WP from advancing. Even later <keypusher>'s 30....Nd6 is good as it gets the BN ...
   Sep-22-22 Alekhine vs E Serracino Inglott, 1935 (replies)
Teyss: There's an echo phenomenon on this site.
   Sep-21-22 Niemann vs Carlsen, 2022 (replies)
Teyss: <MissScarlett: Here's the article in question> This is an extremely interesting article, not because it confirms what I believe (it might help a wee bit), but because it's articulated and deep: the conclusion is not essential, it's how he gets there. Especially worth thinking ...
   Sep-18-22 Huebner vs A S Segal, 1969 (replies)
Teyss: <OhioChessFan> Thanks, didn't make the link. Was going to bash the pun for irrelevance but the year the game was played connects the dots. One small pun for Missy, one giant game for Segal.
   Sep-18-22 Sinquefield Cup (2022) (replies)
Teyss: <Check It Out> Missy left a backlog of 7000 GOTDs that will randomly be displayed daily so we're ok for 20 years. Let's hope an algorithm will avoid repeats and "A Safety Pin". Oh no, just looked at the homepage, actually all the puns left to pick are Missy's. Nice way to go, ...
   Sep-17-22 Andrea Botez (replies)
Teyss: Will Niemann beat Botez to win a date with her? Most impressive is how Hans with only 45 seconds on the clock can blabber to confuse her, but then the rating difference is approx 1000 points. (courtesy of <FSR>).
   Sep-17-22 Wead vs P Larsson, 1967 (replies)
Teyss: <goodevans> You were saying? ;) V Bergraser vs M Weiner, 1973 (kibitz #8) OK, it's an easy one. <thegoldenband> I had to look to look for that.
   Sep-17-22 A Riazantsev vs A Iljushin, 2010 (replies)
Teyss: I was concerned that after 20...axb5 21.Nxc6 Rxa1 22.Nxe7+ Kh8 23.Bd2 Ra8 followed by ...Re8 the N might be lost. [DIAGRAM] But the simple 24.Bb4 followed by c6 or 24.Nc3 forcing Rd8 win.
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  agb2002: <It's good you solve when you're not at 100% capacity so we don't feel too much like patzers in comparison.>

I'm afraid that early in the morning is the best moment I have to face the POTD, even if I am so sleepy as to fill my coffee cup with chess pieces instead of cereals.

My only competition is against aging so I'm not interested in kibitzer comparisons but in the logic to produce a suitable solution, not necessarily the best one.

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  Teyss: <agb2002> Agreed, the best competition is against oneself. I should have added a smiley to my former comment which was an indirect compliment.
"I am so sleepy as to fill my coffee cup with chess pieces instead of cereals." That's a funny one!
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  OhioChessFan: <The pun, could it apply to the 12,345 games of the database where a side sacrifices a Queen and still wins? >

Yep, exactly what I thought. I am trying to avoid criticizing puns, but when I see pedestrian puns praised by kibitzers, it's tough. I almost referenced your 54,321 post from last week, but decided to let it go. It became 12345 today in your post. I think 12345 would be a nice shorthand term for all such puns. It's especially tough with the current chuff in charge of puns, absolutely the worst person on the site to be in charge, picking such lame puns and praising himself for the self proclaimed great job he's doing.

All that said, if either player had been named Marley, it'd be outstanding. But, no players with that name in the database, so no go. If there was, but it was a low quality game, the usual crowd would have complained. Can't please everyone, but give me the pun, and I'll settle for a lesser quality game.

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  Teyss: <OhioChessFan> Apologies for the delayed answer, just saw your post. Glad to know we're aligned. I'm fine with an average game if the pun makes me smile. Conversely I can stand an average pun if the game is interesting... and relatively unknown else it's somewhat pointless.

I really appreciate your participations to this site and your enthusiasm but wouldn't be too harsh on <MissScarlett>, he's doing this on a voluntary basis (hopefully) and probably spending a lot of time (OK now you can say I'm lenient because one of my puns was selected). The real issue is CG not being able to organise a better process with a larger "jury". Certainly other users would be more than willing to participate.

I posted some proposals on Phony Benoni chessforum (kibitz #22994) because I didn't know who to go to, still don't understand very well who does what here. Didn't send a mail to CG, they almost never revert. PB didn't answer, probably completely out of his scope, my bad. So we're stuck with a so-so GOTD & Pun selection, sometimes works, sometimes not, the exact proportion being subjective.

Don't hesitate to support me on pun-bashing when appropriate so I don't feel like the Grumpy dwarf. Cheers.

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  OhioChessFan: Yes, you're going too easy on the chuff. Volunteer, well, yeah, but he went to them, they didn't go to him. That makes all the difference in the world. And clearly part of his motivation was to submit many of his own puns, 90% of which are plainly terrible.

It all smacks of a kid in grade school asking the teacher to be in charge of watching the room when the teacher leaves. That person is the absolute last person who should be put in charge.

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  agb2002: <Teyss:... Kukla's book is not chess related ...>

Actually, it is because mental traps can disturb any intellectual activity and playing chess is one of them.

Today's quote of the day is an excellent example of Reversion (in Kukla's terminology):

"You know you have it, it's in your hands, and then you make a terrible move ... and you start chasing the ghost of the win in the past instead of recognizing the reality of the position in your present." --- Maurice Ashley

I didn't remember this quote exactly in August last year so I have waited until CG posted it again.

<Agreed, the best competition is against oneself. I should have added a smiley to my former comment which was an indirect compliment.>

I collaborated with an english engineer side by side for more than a decade. He decided the operations and I implemented them in C/C++. Every time he found a glitch, quirk or plain bug he celebrated the event as if we got a multi-million order. Indirect compliments.

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  Teyss: <agb2002> Nice to hear from you. Don't want to compliment you too much on the POTDs, other users might think I'm partial ;-)

It's a great quote about being (un)able to adapt. I always read the quote of the day, sometimes they are interesting, apparently you do too (with an impressive memory).

I'm not into programming but see what you mean. Nice anecdote.

PS: would you know how to receive an alert when a post lands on the profile page? I only spotted yours with a shortcut for answers which I sometimes check, but it only works if the post includes "Teyss".

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  agb2002: <I always read the quote of the day, sometimes they are interesting, apparently you do too>

Yep. And sometimes they are very demystifying.

<(with an impressive memory).>

I hereby accuse you of blatant partiality...

<would you know how to receive an alert when a post lands on the profile page? I only spotted yours with a shortcut for answers which I sometimes check, but it only works if the post includes "Teyss".>

I'm afraid I don't know. I do the same using "agb" or "agb2002" just to discover that someone found another embarrassing blunder in my last post.

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  Teyss: <agb2002> "Demystifying" indeed, there are two sides to it:
- It brings down GMs from the pedestal we place them on e.g. "Chess is so deep, I simply feel lost" (Kramnik).
- It clarifies concepts e.g. "The threat is stronger than the execution", yes a classic but so true, in life too.

<I hereby accuse you of blatant partiality.> I plead guilty and to make amends promise to learn all R+B vs R endgames.

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  Teyss: <agb2002> PS: if it's any help, to facilitate searching for answers, in Profile / Custom menu / Extras you can create the following link:

Answers perl/ searchkibitzes?search=-user%3Aagb2002+agb2002

(I left spaces after each of the 3 slashes else only the shortcut shows but you should remove them.) A link "Answers" will appear in the menu.

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  agb2002: <<I hereby accuse you of blatant partiality.> I plead guilty and to make amends promise to learn all R+B vs R endgames.>

30 press-ups should suffice. But seriously, may I suggest Shereshevsky's Endgame Strategy? I own the edition by Everyman but not yet the new one by New In Chess.

<Teyss: <agb2002> PS: if it's any help, to facilitate searching for answers, in Profile / Custom menu / Extras you can create the following link: Answers Chessgames Home Page perl/ searchkibitzes?search=-user%3Aagb2002+agb2002>

Many thanks for the tip!

I have created two new links.

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  agb2002: I removed the user related string in

Answers perl/ searchkibitzes?search=-user%3Aagb2002+agb2002

so that

Answers perl/ searchkibitzes?search=agb2002

can collect any post containing the string 'agb2002'.

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  Teyss: <agb2002> Yes but in that case you'll also have your own posts starting with your name. But maybe that's what you want to double check your (very rare) embarrassing blunders as you say 😉
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  agb2002: <Teyss: <agb2002> Yes but in that case you'll also have your own posts starting with your name. But maybe that's what you want to double check your (very rare) embarrassing blunders as you say 😉>

I prefer this way because it is easier to understand others comments if my offending post appears below.

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  agb2002: <Teyss: <agb2002> Following our discussion about demystifying Quotes of the day: "The player who plays best in a tournament never wins first. He finishes second behind the guy with the most luck." - Tartakower 😉>

This quote always reminds me of Bled (1961), probably because Fischer was the only undefeated player although I cannot claim that he was the player who played best.

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  Teyss: <agb2002> Indeed!
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  Dionysius1: Thanks for the puzzle! I enjoyed following the solution through. Next time I'll see how much I can work through/remember for myself, and so on. Very enjoyable.
Jul-22-22  Atterdag: Thanks, <Teyss>, for your kind words. I am not sure, which forums your acronyms refer to, but I can tell you this. I was a premium member from 2004 until last year, when I should renew my subscription, but didn't want to do it because of the way, the leadership conducted this site. So, I changed my alias and now continue as a free-wheeler, although it's against my principles.

When the leadership makes some efforts to elevate CG to the state it had when Daniel was alive, I am in again. But that has not happened yet - unfortunately.

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  Teyss: <Dionysius1> Glad you enjoyed it. This puzzle has fascinated me for years, don't know why. Well yes, I like miniatures but that one is of a different sort.

BTW, I always appreciate your posts on this site even if I don't respond.

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  Teyss: <Atterdag> Acronym, you mean "Teyss"? It's actually my nickname slightly modified. Is "Atterdag" an acronym?

2004, wow, you're part of the old guard ;-) Too bad you decided to change but I understand your point, I also have doubts about this site. If it's not confidential, what was your previous user name, I surely have seen you around before? Perfectly understandable if it is, you probably don't want to revive old feuds as there are a few here unfortunately. It's good to exchange with positive, moderate people. Take care.

Jul-22-22  Atterdag: <Teyss>.

I meant <Too bad we don't see more of you on the GOTD and POTD pages.> I don't know what GOTD and POTD stand for - pardon my ignorance.

A few good friends here know my previous pseudonym. I had been discontent with that alias for many years - found it too pretentious. So when I wanted to change my attachment to the site, I used the opportunity to change the pseudonym. Atterdag is a name ascribed to the Danish king Valdemar (1320-1375) who managed to gather the split kingdom, pawned to German Dukes and other powerful men. His proverb was, allegedly, "Tomorrow, there is yet another day" - in Danish: "I morgen er der atter en dag." Thus the byname. And oh, the previous alias was Sokrates. It's not a secret, but there is some truth in your guess: I was also stuck in that alias. I have never written a word on the Rogoff forum or engaged debate with people I regard as out of reach, if you know what I mean. But I needed to get rid of the old coat! :-)

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  Teyss: <Atterdag> Pardon my misunderstanding. No issue about not knowing, shows you haven't been much on these pages indeed.

GOTD: game of the day (where users mostly bash/praise the pun).
POTD: puzzle of the day (where some think they found the solution when it's actually only a sub-sub-line).

Both smartass comments above also apply to me of course. Jokes aside, GOTDs are usually very interesting and POTDs are instructive even at the beginning of the week.

Sokrates, I vaguely remember, he was part of the good guys. Apparently you are Danish, nice country. And yes I know what you mean.

Jul-23-22  Atterdag: Hi again, <Teyss>

Yes, I am a Dane, and I'm glad you have that recollection of my previous alias :-)

For some reasons I rarely check GOTD and POTD, sometimes the latter, though, just to reassure myself that I still have the brains for it :-)

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  agb2002: <Teyss: <agb2002: A well known mate pattern (but I don't remember its name now...)> LOL. It's a Lagel mate.>

That's why I chose Maths instead of Law.

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  Teyss: <agb2002> 😂
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