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Vladimir Bagirov vs Ratmir Kholmov
USSR Championship 1961b (1961), Baku URS, rd 12, Dec-04
Spanish Game: Schliemann Defense. Dyckhoff Variation (C63)  ·  0-1



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Jan-29-19  laskereshevsky: Re2... Zugzwang!
Jan-29-19  ChessHigherCat: <Granny O Doul: I wonder if White offered a takeback?>


Jan-29-19  AlicesKnight: Saw it fairly quickly. Pretty, in what looks a simple position. Qa1 loses out to ...Qxf2+ and mate while most else loses a R at least. Use it again tomorrow from one move earlier - 24.Rfe1 is grim.
Jan-29-19  whiteshark: L P D O
Jan-29-19  whiteshark: Flash from the past:

Sneaky: 25 ...Re2!!
What an amazing move.
The difference between winning and losing is spotting tactics like this.

Jan-29-19  Nosnibor: Nice move. spotted it within 10 seconds.
Jan-29-19  malt: 25...Re2! 26.Qa1
(26.Q:f6 R:e1+ 27.Kh2 gf6 )

26...Q:f2+ and mate.

Jan-29-19  Socrates2: Cute problem !
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  Peligroso Patzer: Found this one fairly quickly (even though the scale of difficulty seems to have shifted in recent weeks; in former times, I cannot imagine seeing a Tuesday puzzle with a quiet move for its key).

It is more than possible (bordering on highly probable) that I would have missed it OTB if the position had arisen in one of my own games. It surely helps to know the position is a puzzle.

Jan-29-19  zb2cr: Missed this one. Was not looking for the quiet move because I was too hung up on Black's Rook being <en prise>. Figured I needed a violent move. Oops.
Jan-29-19  TheaN: Tuesday 29 January 2019


Oh wow. I found the key move relatively fast and thought I had all the lines, <25....Re2> basically ends it as after:

A) 26.Rxe2 Qxc3 -+

B) 26.Qxf6 Rxe1+ 27.Kh2 gxf6 -+ (basically the key point of Re2)

C) 26.Qa1... <however> here I somehow opted for 26....Qxa1? (Qxf2+ with mate!) 27.Rxa1 Rxc2 -+. Sure it's won, but why make it so tough :>

Jan-29-19  Diana Fernanda: Hello friends chessgames
Jan-29-19  Diana Fernanda: Re2 Is the Solution, Easy And beautiful
Jan-29-19  FrogC: This does seem to be Tuesday level to me. It's an unusual tactic, but possible to get there with a bit of logical thinking, and no long variations to calculate.
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  pittpanther: I thought this was Tuesday level - maybe Wednesday. It is a one move combination.

It is a beautiful play - simple but strong.
(Simple in that it is one move, but it took some time to see it.)

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  mjmorri: This illustrates the danger in trying to simplify the position without carefully analyzing all possibilities.
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  watwinc: Finding the combination is easy. Getting the position to invite the combination - not so much (an update to Spielmann’s comment on Alekhine’s combinations).
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  gawain: This puzzle, though simple, defeated me.
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  Jimfromprovidence: I don't think that white loses because because of the 4 queen side pawns preventing an escape for the queen. Black only needs the c and d pawns, below, to prevent 26 Qc4+ or 26 Qc8+.

25...Re2 still works.

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Jan-29-19  dhotts: At first I was stymied and thought there was no move that wins, until I saw the move was an attacking waiting move...Brilliant, even Bagirov didn't see it coming.
Jan-29-19  cormier:

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Analysis by Houdini 4 d 24 dpa done

1. = / + (-0.38): 24.Qd3 Qf4 25.Qa6 Qf7 26.Qd3 h4 27.c3 Qe6 28.Qa6 Rg5 29.Qd3 a5 30.Rd2 Rge5 31.Kh2 Qc6 32.Qc2 Qd6 33.a4 Re1 34.Kg1 Rxf1+ 35.Kxf1 Qf6 36.Qd3

2. = / + (-0.43): 24.a4 Re2 25.Qd3 Qf5 26.f4 Qxd3 27.Rxd3 R5e3 28.Rxe3 Rxe3 29.Rd1 d4 30.Rd3 Re2 31.c3 dxc3 32.Rxc3 Kf7 33.Kf1 Rb2 34.Rd3 Kf6 35.g4 h4 36.Rd6+ Ke7 37.Rd3 Ke6 38.Ke1 g6 39.Kf1 a6 40.Ke1 Rh2 41.Kf1 b5 42.axb5

Jan-29-19  cormier:

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Analysis by Houdini 4 d 20 dpa done

1. = / + (-0.35): 23.c4 dxc4 24.bxc4 c5 25.Qa3 Qe7 26.Qb3 Rf4 27.g3 Rf8 28.Rd5 Re1 29.Qd3 Qe2 30.Kg2 h4 31.Rd8 Qxd3 32.Rxd3 Re2 33.a4 hxg3 34.Kxg3

2. = / + (-0.37): 23.a4 Qe7 24.Qc3 Qe6 25.Qd3 Rg5 26.c3 Qg6 27.Qf3 Rf5 28.Qd3 Qe6 29.Qa6 Rf7 30.Qd3 Re7 31.b4 a5 32.b5 Rxa4 33.bxc6 Qxc6 34.Qxd5+ Qxd5 35.Rxd5 Ra3 36.Rxh5 Rxc3 37.Rd1

Jan-29-19  cormier:

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Analysis by Houdini 4 <d 24 dpa done

1. = (0.00): 14.a4> a5 15.b3 Be4 16.Ba3 c5 17.Rae1 Rae8 18.Bb2 Bxf3 19.gxf3 Rf5 20.Kh1 Qe6 21.Rg1 d4 22.f4 Rxf4 23.Bc1 Rf5 24.f4 g6 25.Rg3 c6 26.Qe4 Ref8 27.Kg2 Rh5 28.Qd3 Kh8 29.Kg1

2. = (-0.18): 14.Bf4 Qb4 15.Qd2 Qxd2 16.Bxd2 Bxc2 17.a4 a5 18.Be3 Bxe3 19.fxe3 Rab8 20.Rf2 Be4 21.Rc1 Rb4 22.Rxc6 d4 23.Rxc7 dxe3 24.Re2 Bxf3 25.gxf3 Rxf3 26.Kg2 Rbf4 27.e6 Rf2+ 28.Rxf2 Rxf2+ 29.Kg3 Kf8 30.Rc5 Ke7 31.Rxa5 Kxe6 32.Ra6+ Kd5 33.Ra7 Rxb2 34.Rxg7 Ke4 35.Rxh7 Ra2 36.Re7+ Kd3 37.h4 Ra1 38.h5 e2 39.Rd7+ Ke3 40.Re7+ Kd2 41.Rd7+ Ke1

Jan-31-19  Dionysius1: Hello and welcome <Diana F>. I hope you find as much enjoyment in the community here as I have!
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  Fusilli: I imagine that when Kholmov picked up his second rook after exchanging the first, Bagirov must have been expecting 25...Rxe1+ and must have been totally stunned when the rook stopped on e2. Like a bucket of iced water, man.
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