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Alex Sherzer vs Sergey Kudrin
13th World Open (1985), Philadelphia, PA USA, Jul-??
Sicilian Defense: Dragon Variation. Yugoslav Attack (B77)  ·  1-0



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  Penguincw: Thursday puzzle, entering today 3/3.

Damn, nearly got it! I got 24.Rxh7+ Kxh7 25.Rh1+. At this point, I went for 25...Kg8 26.Ne7++ 1-0 (double check and mate). 26.Nf6++ 1-0 works as well.

However, black here played 25...Kg6. While I didn't consider that in my calculation, I'm not sure if I would've seen the rest of the moves OTB.

Mar-10-16  diagonalley: 24.RxN+ is an absolute must! ... easy for a thursday :-)
Mar-10-16  dfcx: white is already up an exchange with B+P for a rook. But the material count does not matter as much here, as white hunts down the king.

24.Rxh7+ Kxh7 (Kg8?? 25.Nxf6#) 25.Rh1+ Kg6 26.f5+ (not Q+ as black plays f5) Kxf5 27.Ne3+ Kg6 28.Qxg6 Kf7 29.e6+ Kg8 30.Bh6 Rf7 31.Qg6 and mates in two.

Mar-10-16  stacase: <diagonalley: 24.RxN+ is an absolute must! ... easy for a thursday :-)>

Pretty much my thoughts, but like Penguincw I don't know that I could have concluded the merry chase that ensued with a win. Great positions can sometimes evaporate.

Mar-10-16  FlashinthePan: After 30.Bh6, Black has only 30...Rf7 and now the zwischenzug of 31.Qg6! before 31.exf7 (allowing 31...Kxf7 then 32.Qxg7 Ke6 and avoids immediate mate) is crushing.
Mar-10-16  Lowie: <Shadout Mapes: Here's a nice game with a humorous ending.> Funny too, that after 20...Bf6 the bishop stays en prise for 10 moves. And when he finally does move, it is to end the game.
Mar-10-16  gofer: Well lets start at the very beginning, its a very good place to start...

<24 Rxh7+ ...>

24 ... Kg8
25 Nxf6#

<24 ... Kxh7>
<25 Rh1+ ...>

25 ... Kg8
26 Nxf6#

<25 ... Kg6>
<26 f5+ ...>

26 ... Kxg5
27 Qf4#

26 ... Kf7
27 Nxf6+! d5 (e6 Qxe6#)
28 e6#

<26 ... Kxf5>
<27 Ne3+ ...>

28 ... Kxe5
29 Qd5#

28 ... Kxg5
29 Qxg4#

<27 ... Kg6>
<28 Qxg4 ...>

White threatens Bh6+ mating and Qf5+ mating and Qh5#!

<28 ... Kf7>
<29 e6+ Kg8>
<30 Bh6 Rf7>
<31 Nf5 > mating!

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The only other attempt at defence for black is to try to create some "luft", by giving up a bishop, but this fails to actually work though it does make the mate a little trickier, but in some ways it is even nicer!

<25 ... Bh5!>
<26 Rxh5+ Kg6>
<27 f5+! ...>

27 ... Kf7
28 Nxf6+ mating as given above

27 ... Kxh5
28 Ne3! ...

White threatens Qxg4# but mate is unavoidable...

29 ... Kxg5
30 Qxg4+ Kh6
31 Qg6#/Qh4#!

29 ... fxg5
30 Qxg4+ Kh6
31 Qh3#!

<27 ... Kxf5>
<28 Bh6+! ...>

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28 ... Kg6
29 Qxg4+ Kf7
30 e6+! Ke8
31 Qg6+ Rf7
32 Qxf7#

28 ... Ke6
29 Nf4+ Kd7
30 e6+ Ke8
31 Qb5+ Qd7
32 Qxd7#


Yep... BUT, lots to see and plenty of choices. Very nice POTD !!!

Mar-10-16  WorstPlayerEver: I can't take this game any seriously.
White plays Bc4-Bb3-Bc4 to finally get uh Black rook on c4 (RxB). That's just too ridiculous!
Mar-10-16  morfishine: <24.Rxh7+> Yada, Yada, Yada...
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  Dionysius1: Ah now that is a heartlift! Talk about a mating net. I particularly like 27. Ne3+ when black can't make either of the legal captures, and 28.Qxg4. Not even a check but the threat of Qh5 is lovely/horrible.
Mar-10-16  CHESSTTCAMPS: Not only does white have the material advantage of an exchange for a pawn, but the black king is very exposed. With both the bishop and Rh5 en prise, white can commit to the forcing exchange sacrifice without thinking twice.

24.Rxh7+! initiates a king hunt, pretty much forced anyway. 24... Kxh7 (Kg8 25.Nxf6#) 25.Rh1+ Kg6 (Bh6 26.Bxh6 is winning) 26.f5+! and now:

A.26... Kxg5 27.Qf4#

B.26... Kxf5 27.Ne3+ Kg6 28.Qxg4! Kf7 (fxg5 29.Qh5#) 29.e6+ Kg8 30.Bh6 wins

B.1 27... Kxg5 28.Qxg4#

B.2 27... Kxe5 28.Qf4#

C.26... Kf7 27.Nxf6+ d5 (e6 28.Qxe6#) 28.Nxd5 and the panoply of threats (Nxe7+, Bxe7, Qxg4) is overwhelming.

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  agb2002: White has a rook for a bishop and a pawn.

Black threatens 24... Bxh5 and 24... fxg5.

White can expose the black king with 24.Rxh5+ Kxh7 (24... Kg8 25.Nxf6#) 25.Rh1+:

A) 25... Kg6 26.f5+

A.1) 26... Kxg5 27.Qf4#.

A.2) 26... Kxf5 27.Ne3+ Kg6 (27... Kxg5 28.Qxg4#; 27... Kxe5 28.Qd5#) 28.Qxg4

A.2.a) 28... fxg5 (or 28... f5) 29.Qh5#.

A.2.b) 28... Rh8 29.Bxf6+ Kf7 30.e6+ Kf(g)8 31.Qxg7#.

A.2.c) 28... Kf7 29.e6+ Kg8 30.Bh6 and mate in three.

A.2.d) 28... Bh8 29.Bxf6+ Kf7 30.e6#.

A.2.e) 28... Rg8 29.Bxf6+ Kf7 30.e6+ Kf8 31.Bxg7+ Rxg7 32.Rh8+ Rg8 33.Q(R)xg8#.

A.3) 26... Kf7 27.e6+ Kg8 28.Bd2 and Black is helpless against Qxg4, Rg1, etc.

B) 25... Kg8 26.Nxf6#.

C) 25... Bh5 26.Rxh5+ Kg6 27.Qd3+ f5 (27... Kxh5 28.Qh7+ Bh6 29.Qxh6#; 27... Kf7 28.Bh4 + - [N vs P]) 28.Rh4 + - [N vs P].

D) 25... Bh6 26.Bxh6 just loses a piece.

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  patzer2: Today's Thursday puzzle reminded me of the Carole King song "You're so far away" with the lyric "Doesn't help to know you're just time away."

Got as far as 24. Rxh7+! Kxh7 25. Rh1+ Kg6 26.f5+ Kxf5 27. Ne3+ Kg6 in my calculation, but did not see enough ahead in this King Hunt to realize that 28. Qxg4! (diagram below) forces mate-in-five (Deep Fritz 15 @ 25 depth):

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Here (diagram above) after 28. Qxg4!:

If 28...fxg4?, then 29. Qh4#.

If 28... Rh8, then 29. Bh6+ Kf7 30. e6+ Kf8 31. Qxg7#.

If 28...Kf7, as in the game continuation, then the mate-in-five goes 29. e6+ Kg8 30. Bh6 where Black resigns in lieu of 30...Rf7 31. Qg6 Bc6 (31...d5 32. exf7+ Bxf7 33. Qxg7#) 32. Qxf7+ Kh7 33. Qxg7#.

In looking for a Black improvement, the computer suggestion 18...Rxc3! looks much better than 18...Rxc4 =.

After 18...Rxc3! (diagram below),

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Deep Fritz 15 indicates play (diagram above) might go 19. Qxc3 Nxg5 20. hxg5 dxe5 21. fxe5 Qb8 22. Qe3 Qxe5 23. Rhe1 Qxe3+ 24. Rxe3 Re8 25. Ne2 Bc8 (-0.83 @ 20 depth) with two pawns for the exchange and an advantage for the second player.

Mar-10-16  Eduardo Leon: I haven't consulted with an engine, or even used a physical chessboad to check the following lines, so this analysis might be flawed. The main line is highlighted.

<24.♖xh7+ ♔xh7 25.♖h1+ ♔g6 26.f5+! ♔xf5>

26...♔xg5 27.♕f4#, 26...♔f7 27.♘xf6+ d5 28.e6#.

<27.♘e3+ ♔g6>

27...♔xg5 28.♕xg4#, 27...♔xe5 28.♗f4#.

<28.♕xg4! fxg5>

28...♔f7 29.e6+ ♔g8 30.♗h6.

<29.♕e6+ ♖f6>

29...♗f6 30.♕f5+ ♔f7 31.e6+ ♔g7 32.♕h7#.

<30.exf6 exf6>

30...♗xf6 31.♕g8+ ♗g7 32.♖h7.

<31.♕g8 ♕e7 32.♕h7+ ♔f7 33.♘f5 ♕f8 34.♖e1>

And there's no way to stop both threats 35.♘xg7 ♕xg7 36.♖e7+ and 36.♕xg7+ ♔xg7 37.♖xe8.

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  kevin86: The king is forced out in the open by a sacrificial rook.
Mar-10-16  YetAnotherAmateur: 24. Rxh7+ is the obvious place to start.

24. ... Kxh7
25. Rh1+ Kg6 (Kg8? 26. Nxf6# or Nxe7# due to double-check) 26. f5+ Kxf5 (Kf7? 27. Nf4+ e6 28. Qxe6#)
27. Ne3+ Kg6 (Kxe5 28. Qd5#, Kxg5 28. Qxf4#)
Now this is where things get a bit trickier, because white can no longer succeed by simply playing checks. Most of those ideas are met with f5, which stops a lot of the lines of attack on the king.

28. Qxg4 (threatening Qh5#)

A) 28. ... Kf7
29. e6+ Kg8
30. Bh6 and now it's completely hopeless for black.

B) 28. ... Bh6
29. Qh5+ Kg7
30. Bxh6+ Kg8
31. Rg1+ and again there's little for black to do but throw in the towel.

Mar-10-16  schachfuchs: The whole game was a very clear, stringent execution by Sherzer!

@Eduardo In my calculations, I prefered 29.Qh5+ after a short look at 29.Qe6+ ;-)

@Patzer Thanks for great move 18...Rxc3! that changes things completely!

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  whiteshark: Got it in the second running. <27.Ne3+!> was the hardest move to find.
Mar-10-16  Eduardo Leon: <schachfuchs> D'oh! I knew I was missing something. Thanks.
Mar-10-16  scholes: After 27 kg6 i gave up. seemed too long for thursday
Mar-10-16  stst: The inviting initiative is RxB+, else White's R is under attack and other moves loses momentum. So try

24.RxB+ KxR (if
(A) ..... Kg8 will get it into a mating net:
25.Nxf6 dbl+ Kg7
26.Rh7 Kg6
(B)28.Rh1+ (B-i) Kg6
26.f5+ Kxf5
27.Ne3+ Kg6 (if ..... KxB, 28.QxP#)
28.Qxg4 Kf7
29.e6+ Kg8
30.Qh4 and no defense to Qh7#

25.......... Bh6
26.RxB+ Kg7
27.f5 fxg5
28.Re6 Rxf5
29.Qxg4 Rf8
30.Qxg5+ Kh8
(else if .... Kf7, 31.Qg6#)

see if the game proceeds in other lines...

Mar-10-16  dehanne: sac, sac, sac, mate

Dragon variation in a nutshell.

Mar-10-16  Cheapo by the Dozen: What I missed was that on

26 ... Kf7
27 Nxf6+

White's knight is covering g8, and hence 27 ... d5 allows 28 e6#

So I didn't bother calculating out the lines after Black's other 26th move possibilities either.

I like to think I've have played the correct line over the board, given the chance; at the point where I got stuck, White is down a pawn but has a raging attack.

Mar-11-16  saturn2: with RxN 23..Be8 white was begging for RxNh7, so I would have fulfilled him this wish. Then instead of playing immediatly Rh1+ I went for e6, hampering the black position but offering the bishop on g5. After this there is Qf5+ or Rh1+. I dont have a computer but I think black is als lost in this way.
Nov-09-16  clement41: Crushing attack.
I reckon this h4 h5, Bg5 Rc5 line was pionneered by Soltis but I may be wrong
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