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Sergey Kudrin vs Rudy C Douven
GMA Baleares Open (1989), Palma de Mallorca ESP, rd 6, Dec-??
Caro-Kann Defense: Classical Variation. Main lines (B18)  ·  1-0



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Apr-01-16  Dilbertarian: White to play and mate (Thierry Falissard, Nov 2015)

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Apr-01-16  gofer: I knew it was going to be an <April Fool>, so was prepared not to look too long...

...still I checked that it wasn't a spoiler first, (i.e. that Qxh6 gxf4 Qxf4 wasn't suddenly mated and also f7 gxf4 Qg8 wasn't either)...

Apr-01-16  morfishine: I got it in two seconds

April Fools!


Apr-01-16  leRevenant: I usually wind back a move or two before pushing forward ("il faut reculer pour mieux sauter") but it didn't see me through to move n°51.
Apr-01-16  ndg2: Could not solve it because i didn't consider en passant. Sometimes it's really important to see the game score in its entirety or look at least at the last move.
Apr-01-16  cocker: 36 f7 gave away most of White's advantage; 36 Rg4 looks much better
Apr-01-16  not not: queen is threaten and rook is under attack too; I could not see how to parry both threats

I was thinking to simply push the pawn, and give the rook up, but it sucks (I dont see how pawn is going to promote)

Then I was thinking rook d4, but it loses rook (playing rook down is better than playing queen down)

with 2 threats, it is better to ignore both, and find your own counter threat, but I couldn't see one

rook e5? rook f5? all these move seems losing

this puzzle is too hard

Apr-01-16  not not: very funny joke for fools day: taking en-passant? how am I supposed to know last move was g5?
Apr-01-16  ozmikey: It's funny, I didn't think of the April Fool's aspect at all - from the position on the board it's pretty obvious that g7-g5 was the last move (otherwise Black would be turning down either a free queen or a free rook!). But a retrograde analysis fiend would no doubt contradict me there...
Apr-01-16  Captain Hindsight: I didn't see that coming.
Apr-01-16  stacase: First thing I looked at was, "What was Black's last move?" to know if the g5 Pawn was available for en-passant capture. Otherwise, this game was much like yesterday's offering initiating a big slaughter of the major pieces reducing the situation down to a Bishop and a Pawn against a Knight.
Apr-01-16  rogl: I see 36. f7 as a good pragmatic move. White gets an endgame he knows he could win in his sleep. Bishop vs knight, pawns on both sides and with an extra pawn.
Apr-01-16  Timi Timov: What? Sorry, but who can know if the en passant rule was still available? ._.
Apr-01-16  setnwrap: I actually set up this on a board and spent like an hour, starting with f6..
Apr-01-16  schachfuchs: Even without realizing the date, I guessed that the simultaneous attack of the Qh7 and Rf4 must stem from 31...g5. After that and seeing that the Bb2 supports a promotion on h8, I was convinced that the solution of today's puzzle must be 32.hxg6 e.p. Besides, is there any other promising continuation for white?!?
Apr-01-16  WorstPlayerEver: This one is better :)

G Welling vs R Douven, 1982

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  PawnSac: < offramp: > Yes, the Smullyan book The Chess Puzzles of Sherlock Holmes was a fun read ( i still have it) It is filled with puzzles requiring retrograde analysis. Once you do a couple it gets much easier to figure them out. Was a pleasant diversion.
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  kevin86: No fair? or chessboard magic? en passant key move::: Shame!
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  scormus: This is the one I like best ;)

N Pogonina vs Short, 2014

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  patzer2: Correction: For a Black improvment, instead of 20...Nd7?! 21. Rg4 (+0.66 @ 20 depth, Deep Fritz 15), the computer pick <20...Nd5> = (0.16 @ 23 depth, Deep Fritz 15) looks good.
Apr-01-16  RandomVisitor: After 27.Bc3

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<+0.00/40 27...Na6> 28.a3 Nc7 29.Qxg7 Nd5 30.Rxf7 Nxc3 31.bxc3 Qa4 32.Rxd7 Rxd7 33.Qf8+ Rd8 34.Qf3 Qxa3+ 35.Kb1 Rd2 36.Qf8+ Kc7 37.Qf7+ Kd8 38.Rc1 Qxc3 39.Qxa7 Qb4+ 40.Ka2 Qc4+ 41.Kb2 Qb4+ 42.Ka1 Qc3+ 43.Kb1

Apr-01-16  castleguy12: I dont understand. What kind of language is that.
Apr-01-16  jith1207: <Castleton> Welcome to Chessgames. Add a matter of fact, you need to learn that language to survive here. We all do.

<36.rg4 looks better than f7> 36.Be5 also looks better, with mate in one that at Rc7.

Apr-01-16  jith1207: Sorry, meant to call <castle guy>. Damn, auto correct.
Apr-01-16  PJs Studio: I never considered ep was possible. Qxd7 Rxd7 f7 seems ok(?) but Qxd7 wins for black.
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