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Boris Gulko vs Jozsef Horvath
Chigorin Memorial (1985), Sochi URS, Sep-??
Tarrasch Defense: Symmetrical Variation (D32)  ·  0-1



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Jul-28-09  eaglewing: <gofer: exchange on f3> From the white point of view, I would exchange on f3 only if I have to.

35 Rh2 Rc6 36 Qd1 (Did you check your Qh8? Maybe it is indeed not sufficient) Rfc5 37. Rh4 Rc2 (or Rc1 with Q vs R+R maybe?) 38. a4 (no need to force something).

And now? (a5/Rb2 etc faces Rf4) As I said a pawn might be lost, but the white rook(s) should be reactvated then and a black pawn on f3 need not be accepted.

Jul-28-09  kingfu: I know the puzzles are easy so far this week because I solved them! The real victory in this game came when Horvath blocked the White Queen from the Kingside with Re6 and Rf5. This also set up the final attack.
Jul-28-09  zanshin: I got this one up to <37...R6f2+> -much easier than yesterday's.
Jul-28-09  lost in space: 35... Qxg3+ 36.fxg3
(36. Kh1 and mate to follow)

36...Rxf1+ 37.Kg2 or Kh2 37...R6f2+ 38.Kh3 Rh1+ 39.Kg4 f5#

Jul-28-09  YouRang: Good puzzle. It didn't take too long to realize that I had to displace white's f-pawn to give my rook battery some punch, and that I could afford to sac my queen to do it, because it results in a not-too-hard-to-see king hunt:

35...Qxg3+ 36.fxg3 <opens the f-file, and the rest is forced> Rxf1+ Kg2 (or ..Kh2) 37.R6f2+ Kh3 38.Rh1+ Kg4 39.f5#

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  kevin86: The mate involves the steamroller efect of the two rooks with a little pawn mate at the end.

An unusual combination of brute force and pawn finesse.

Jul-28-09  dzechiel: <johnlspouge: 35…Qxg3+ 36.fxg3 Rxf1+ 37.RKh2 [or Kg2] h1+ 38.Kg4 f5# I was sloppy today: I did not calculate the refusal.>

Hey, John,

I notice that you managed to deliver the mate a move ahead of everyone else today (move 38 instead of 39).

I don't know whether to put this down to sloppiness or expediency, but congratulations anyway!

Jul-28-09  LIFE Master AJ: Hmmm, a Q sack ... followed by a mate in four. (Seems a bit stiff for a Tuesday.)
Jul-28-09  YouRang: I see that I screwed up the move numbers in my post above. Of course, it should be:

<35...Qxg3+ 36.fxg3 <opens the f-file, and the rest is forced> Rxf1+ 37.Kg2 (or ..Kh2) R6f2+ 38.Kh3 38.Rh1+ 39.Kg4 f5#>

You know, like almost everyone else has already said. :-p

Jul-28-09  LIFE Master AJ: OK, that does it!

These combo's are just too good and too much fun!!!

Starting today, I am making a ChessBase file of all of these games. If I can keep it up, it should be quite a nice DB in a few months. (The games won't be annotated. I will simply record what day the problem was given, whose move it was, etc.)

And ... I will send it out free to anyone who requests it.

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  johnlspouge: < <dzechiel> wrote: [snip] I notice that you managed to deliver the mate a move ahead of everyone else today (move 38 instead of 39). >

My usual editing accuracy upon "correcting" myself is showing. (I edited the White <-> Black dyslexia that dogs me when Black wins.) I will have to check the home copy after work.

Thanks, Dave. Ouch :)

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  Check It Out: 35...Qxg3+ 36.fxg3 Rxf1+ 37.Kh2(g2) R6f2+ 38.Kh3 Rh1+ 39.Kg4 f5#
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  Once: Interesting that several of us initially thought that the f7 pawn couldn't move. Makes me wonder why.

Perhaps it's because in the starting position, the f7 pawn is nailed in place by a Rf6 and a Rf5. So when we start visualising the 5 move combination, the idea of the pawn being unable to move gets stuck in our minds.

Another theory is that the pawn may appear to be pinned by the white queen in a curved line from d8 to g6 via f7.

Or that the move f7-f5 passes over f6, which is controlled by the white queen.

Or maybe it's just that a pawn move is hard to see after the heavy piece action of a queen sac then doubled rooks.


Jul-28-09  sileps: Pretty obvious what to do here.


White's moves from here are forced.

36.Fxg3, Rxf1+

37.Kg2 (or h2, doesn't make a difference), Rf2+ 0-1. White resigned because of

38.Kh3, ..Rh1+!
39.Kg4, ..f5#

Too bad it wasn't played out till the end, the mating position is almost romantic.

Jul-28-09  Marmot PFL: Nice finish. games like this keep the Tarrasch Defense alive even though they don't occur too often these days.
Jul-28-09  WhiteRook48: bah I was trying ...Qxf2+??
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  JointheArmy: The easiest puzzle in recent memory. Too easy for a Monday.
Jul-28-09  jfshade: <Once: Thoughts?>

Running through it the first time, I thought white had an escape via g4, but then I stepped through the moves again and realized the nice f5#.

Jul-28-09  mig55: I saw this one in seconds, it is a straight combination, one possibility each move, very easy.
Jul-28-09  jfshade: <Once: Thoughts?>
As far as the psychology of it, I think it was those doubled rooks that initially made me forget the f pawn
Jul-28-09  cracknik: Very straightforward even for a Tuesday puzzle. The mate with f5 might be a little tricky but I found it quickly because I saw nothing else.
Jul-28-09  Civhai: Candidates: Every possible queen sacrifice.

I also tried Qf2, but since the king and the rook can take on f2, it's not very useful.

So: 35. ... Qxg3 36. fxg3 (Kh1 37. Qxh4+ Kg2 Rg5#) Rxf1+ 37. Kh2 R6f2 38. Kh3 Rh1+ 39. Kg4 f5# Second try works.

Jul-28-09  SamAtoms1980: 35 ... Qxg3+! 36 fxg3 Rxf1+ 37 Kg2 R6f2+ 38 Kh3 Rh1+ 39 Kg4 f5 mate!!

The lightning bolt that makes the gunpowder go KABOOM. One does not play combos like this, one RIDES them.

Jul-28-09  tjshann: Awfully unsporting of White to resign before checkmate.
Aug-06-09  LIFE Master AJ: <Tjshann> Yes. It would have been ncie for the mate to occur on the board.
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