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Nick de Firmian vs Zurab Azmaiparashvili
"Nick at Knight" (game of the day Apr-05-2017)
Yerevan Olympiad (1996), Yerevan ARM, rd 14, Oct-01
Scandinavian Defense: Richter Variation (B01)  ·  1-0



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Apr-20-10  Patriot: I like moves such as 46.Rxf5, because they are easy decisions. The pawn can be taken with impunity since black does not have a good refute (46...gxf5?? 47.Nxf5#).

I wonder what the point was with 46...Rb5, tactically and positionally? It could be a case of time trouble because neither one seems to make sense. We all know it fails tactically because of a forced mate but even if white traded rooks he has two knights plus a pawn vs. a rook--a technical edge.

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  kevin86: Shoot! I was looking for a rook sac and missed the mate in three:

47 ♘g4+ ♔g7 48 ♘e6+ ♔g8 (or h8) 49 ♖f8#

Apr-20-10  YouRang: ** How to solve todays puzzle **

Start by making the most obvious checks and ...well, that's about it.

It still took me a minute. :-p

White knights = jumps; Black rooks = stumps

Apr-20-10  Eduardo Leon: 47.♘g4+ ♔g7 48.♘e6+ ♔(any)8 49.♖f8#
Apr-20-10  Eduardo Leon:

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Is this a boring drawish position?


Apr-20-10  VincentL: This "easy" position looks a bit like some from last week.

This has taken me a good couple of minutes, but now I see it.

White mates with 47. Ng4+ Kg7 (only move) 48. Ne6+ Kg8/Kh8 49. Rf8#

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  chrisowen: As may approach I feel like a teenager. My advice is grab g4 getting mated is black, would work..Ng4+ Kg7 Ne6+ Kg8 Rf8#. Shish am I cutting it fine? Rg5 only draw. Joint plan of dovetail rook and knights kind of like arabian mates. Me think Zurab tirips rcb6 it smells like horse f5# after rook xf5 is not spotted. Nevermind shank off the king's defence nails him.
Apr-20-10  Sydro: Odd puzzle. The simplest and most obvious moves are the solution here.
Apr-20-10  lzromeu: Cool. got it
Look at the f pawn... three times do the lose thing.
Apr-20-10  dukesterdog2: I spent a minute trying to find a way to cut off the flight square at g7 before playing Ng4+. Once I looked at Ng4+ as the first move, quickly found the forced mate.

As my first attempt to post an FEN game position, the following is a position from one of my recent online games and an appropriate Tuesday level puzzle:

White to play

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  gawain: Very pretty mate in three starting with 47 Ng4+.

46 Rxf5 was the real jaw-dropping move! Poor Azmaiparashvili.

Apr-20-10  turbo231: I think it's a 3 mover. Yes 2 knights and a rook did the trick.
Apr-20-10  felixd: Pretty easy mate. I saw it in like 5 seconds... But it's a very nice finish. Maybe 46.? would have been a better puzzle.
Apr-20-10  wals: Rybka 3 1-cpu: 3071mb hash: depth 21:

With a Rook for two Knights and down 0.98, Black went further into rhe pit by:-

+2.13 45...Rcb6, (better was Kg7 +0.98)

and compounded the error by:-

+#3 46...Rb5, (better was Kg7 +2.13)

Apr-20-10  The Rocket: rxf5 was an awesome move
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  thegoodanarchist: We must assign a "??" to Black's 46th move, a horrendous blunder which frees the sixth rank for the White horseman on f4.

The only move for Back now is 47...Kg7, which will be met with a smack in the mouth: 48.Ne6+ and a back rank mate with the rook on move 49.

Even the GMs are human and overlook simple tactics that are only complicated enough for a Tuesday puzzle...

Apr-20-10  iking: the easiest tuesday puzzle that i solved, 15 sec puzzle. WHEW!
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  LIFE Master AJ: Got it. Pretty simple, VERY linear. (No side variations to make things difficult.)

47.Ng4+, Kg7; 48.Ne6+ and mate (by the WR) next move.

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  LIFE Master AJ: Just about right for a Tuesday, nice play by Nick.
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  patzer2: Though White was probably still winning, Black could have put up more resistance with 45...Kg7 when practical drawing chances are still a real possibility.

After 45...Rcb6? 46. Rxf5! White is clearly winning. Of course with 46...Rb5??, instead of 46...Kg7, it's a piece of cake for a GM to find the mate-in-three with 47. Ng4+!

Apr-21-10  Eduardo Leon: <dukesterdog2>, in your diagram, <1.♘xf6!> threatens 2.♖h7#. Possible game prolonging continuations are <1...♖xf6 2.♕xf6+ ♔g8 3.♕g7#>, <1...♖f7 2.♖xf7 ♖xd6 3.♖h7#>, <1...Qc7 2.Rxc7 Rf7 3.Rxf7 Rxd6 4.Rh7#>, etc.
Apr-05-17  Ironmanth: Nice finish!
Apr-05-17  The Kings Domain: Nice ending.
Apr-05-17  AlicesKnight: In R vs. 2 minors games the thinking seems to be; can the minors find strong central or influential squares? Not much doubt here - and what <Ironmanth> and <The Kings Domain> said....
Apr-05-17  ajiteshjaiswal: How does white respond after :
46. Rxf5 Kg7
47. Ne6+ Rxe6
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