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Donald A Holmes vs Mark Hebden
"Better Holmes and Guardin'" (game of the day Oct-29-2011)
BCF-ch (1989), Plymouth ENG, Aug-??
King's Gambit: Accepted. Kieseritsky Gambit Rubinstein Variation (C39)  ·  0-1



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Oct-24-16  patzer2: I found the first couple of moves of yesterday's Sunday puzzle quicker than I found the 20...Nb4+ solution to today's Monday puzzle. Perhaps that's because after seeing 20...Nb4. Kb1, I took a minute or two extra to evaluate whether 21...Rxe1 or 21...Bxd3+ was the stronger follow-up.

Don't know if it's an improvement for White, but, instead of 4. h4, 4. Nc3 as in White's blitz game win in Ponomariov vs G Sargissian, 2016 looks to be worth a try.

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  agb2002: Black has four pawns for a knight.

White threatens Qxa3 and cxd4.

Black can win the white queen with 20... Nb4+:

A) 21.cxb4 Bxa1 - +.

B) 21.Kb1 Rxd1+ - +.

C) 21.Kd1 Qxa1+ - +.

Oct-24-16  AlicesKnight: 20.... Nb4+ seems to work; capture with the N is impossible (pin of N) while capture with the P (pinned against Q) allows BxQ. 21.Kb1 allows ....Rxe1 (N pinned to K) mating before winning the Q, and 21.Kd1 gives up the Q to mate soon. A pin-cushion piece. Let's see - OK, White felt much the same .....
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  OhioChessFan: Like <abuzic> I started with 20..Bxd3 and I think it is essentially the same thing. But it's 3:30, I'm tired and not in the mood to try to get my balky Fritz to work.

Pretty hard for a Monday in any event. I think too many people said the puzzles were too easy last week and this is cg.c's revenge.

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  scormus: This is Monday isn't it?
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  FSR: 20...Nb4+ and the sky falls in on White.
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  perfidious: This is a more difficult POTD than normal for Monday, and one rife with pin and interference themes.

White fell victim to the known shot ....Nxc3, after which he came into grave difficulties, as illustrated by the game continuation, and one which Hebden, then himself a specialist in the King's Gambit, was not at all likely to overlook.

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  HeMateMe: ten seconds. After n-b4 the white Queen is lost. Easy after you realize the Knight on d3 is pinned. If the white queen moves to the back rank (b1) black has RxR+, as the Knight is still pinned.
Oct-24-16  sudoplatov: The pun is based on the name Holmes and the R guarding the K. There is a magazine in the US called "Better Homes and Gardens" for the other part of the pun.
Oct-24-16  saturn2: Nb4 and white has no good choice
Oct-24-16  morfishine: Holmes clearly wasn't better
Oct-24-16  mel gibson: There is a lot going on in this game -
it took me more than a minute to see the first correct move. 20...Nb4+

From then on I wasn't sure what would happen
but I knew white was in big trouble.

Oct-24-16  leRevenant: As per <OhioChessFan> & <abuzic>
Oct-24-16  et1: Easy as a Monday.
Oct-24-16  zb2cr: 20. ... Nb4+ wins material.
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  Willber G: Took some thinking, this one, and I almost missed that after 21.Kb1 black has mate with Rxe1#
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  Sally Simpson: Black to play and win.

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The 'check the checks first' method of solving will get this one. The time it takes depends on the order you do it in.

On Monday one usually works from the top (Queen checks) and then downwards from there.

If you do it in reverse and consider Bishop's worth more than Knights then you start with a Knight check.

A Knight check wins the Queen.

Sorted and Solved.

They could show this game again tomorrow from here...

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....with Black to play and win.


I'm with Lasker on the King's Gambit.

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White has no need to weaken his King like this. 2.Nf3 is safe, solid and sound. White is not threatening to play 3.fxe5.

Unlike the Latvian where Black is threatening to play 3...fxe4.

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Which just goes to show you how weak 2.Nf3 is. on.... I'm arguing with myself

Just play 1.d4 and bypass all this crap.


Played these two. Lost to Mark in a 5 minute tournament. Learned a lot a few years later when we were swapping coaching methods in a bar in Edinburgh.

A very lucky win v a 16 year old Donald where I managed to bamboozle both us by saccing things. I'll dig it out and submit it.

Oct-24-16  schachfuchs: Does White got any (better) defense after 19....Bxd4? Maybe 20.Nb1? Of course 20....Nb4+ 21.Kd2 (only move: 21.cxb4 Qb2#) or 20....Qa2+ 21.Kc1 Qxh2 is also very nasty...
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  kevin86: Whitr will lose the queen by pin or having the king block communication between rook and queen.
Oct-24-16  Abdel Irada: ∞

To quote <whiteshark>'s signature line:

<<+> ...20. Nb4+ > and it's all over. :-D


Here's the analysis to back it up:

1) < 21. cxb4, Bxa1 >

2) < 21. Nxb4????, Bxc2 > ;-)

3) < 21. Kd1, Qxa1+ >

4) < 21. Kb1, Rxe1+ > (Note that the knight on d3 is still pinned.)


I didn't find this problem difficult. Those who did were probably just thrown for a loop because they expected a sac, and there isn't one.

Oct-24-16  dfcx: No sac needed.

20...Nb4+ wins the queen.

21.cxb4 Bxa1


21.Kb1 Rxe1#

21.Kd1 Qxa1+

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  gawain: A fine puzzle. Took me longer to see than the usual Monday--but once you find the right move there are no complications.
Oct-24-16  steinitzfan: I appear to have misspoke myself when I said there was a skewer involved in this. After 20... Nb4 if White plays 21 Kb1, 21 ... Rxe1 is mate. I'm reminded of a game of Alekhine's. A kibitzer is reputed to have said it's a good thing for (his opponent) that he's in checkmate. Otherwise he would lose his queen.
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  Bubo bubo: The Nd3 and the Pc3 are pinned: 20...Nb4+ 21.cxb4 Bxa1 or 21.Kd1 Qxa1+ wins the queen, while 21.Kb1 Rxe1# is mate.
Oct-24-16  Pedro.Akcio: it took me a while to find the first move. It wasn't hard, only a little complicated for a monday puzzle.
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