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Jacques Mieses vs Adolf Albin
Monte Carlo (1903), Monte Carlo MNC, rd 19, Mar-07
Danish Gambit: Accepted. Copenhagen Defense (C21)  ·  1-0



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  Phony Benoni: Friday is usually the day for a straight line combination, this one being shorter than most.
May-24-13  Bartimaeus: Black king seems to be in dire straits with two Knights, a Queen and a Rook bearing down upon him. The position makes it evident that we look for the knockout punch. Qe6+ sets the ball rolling.

A) 25. Qe6+ Kd8 26. Qe8+ Kxc7 27. Rb7#

B) 25. Qe6+ Kxc7 26. Rb7+ Kd8 27. Nc6+ Rxc6 (Nxc6 Qd7#) 28. Rb8+ Kc7 (Rc8 Rxc8#) 29. Qc8#

Nice combination in the true sense. All the pieces combining smoothly to deliver mate. Seems more straightforward than most Fridays.

May-24-13  M.Hassan: "Difficult"
White to play 25.?
Sides are equal, but White has a Knight for a Bishop

Black may have two responses:

A) 25............Kxc7
26.Rb7+ Kd8
27.Nc6+ Rxc6
28.Rb8+ Rc8
<27......Nxc6 28.Qd7#>

B) 25............Kd8
26.Qe8+ Kxc7

Time to check. If I'm correct, its way easier than any other Friday of 'difficult' category.

May-24-13  mohannagappan: it is very easy today
May-24-13  agb2002: White has a knight for a bishop.

Black threatens 25... Rxc7 and 25... Qd3+, trading queens.

The first idea that comes to mind is 25.Qe6+, looking for a forced mate:

A) 25... Kxc7 26.Rb7+ Kd8 27.Nc6+ Rxc6 (27... Nxc6 28.Q(R)d7#) 28.Rb8+ Kc7 (28... Rc8 29.Rxc8#) 29.Qc8#.

B) 25... Kd8 26.Qe8+ Kxc7 27.Rb7#.

May-24-13  Eduardo Leon: Difficult? My ass!

<25.♕e6+ ♔xc7>

25...♔d8 26.♕d8+ ♔xc7 27.♖b7#

<26.♖b7+ ♔d8 27.♘c6+ ♖xc6>

27...♘xd7 28.♖d7#


And mate next one.

May-24-13  Eduardo Leon: I meant 26.♕e8+ in reply to 25...♔d8.
May-24-13  cyclon: Pretty nice little 'reel' by White starting with 25. Qe6+ Kxc7 ( 25. -Kd8 26. Qe8+ Kxc7 27. Rb7X halts immediately ) 26. Rb7+ Kd8 27. Nc6+ Rxc6 ( 27. -Nxc6 28. Qd7X ) 28. Rb8+ Kc7 ( 28. -Rc8 29. Rxc8X ) 29. Qc8 HALT.
May-24-13  SamAtoms1980: 25.Qe6+ Kxc7 26.Rb7+ Kd8 27.Nc6+ and Black goes down fast whichever piece he takes the knight with (27....Rxc6 28.Rb8+).

IMHO this was easier than Wednesday and Thursday, due to the absence of attractive alternatives that were offered on those days.

May-24-13  woody b: got it. pretty easy, but a nice game!
May-24-13  pedro123: This is a one star position.
May-24-13  anandrulez: Yes this is 1 star , this week's Monday puzzle was more harder , also the Nf5 one from Karpov ! One of the flaws with puzzle is that you might solve it in the puzzle , but in OTB this might still be 3 star worth :-) I mean I might just blitz off lol . By solving puzzle though u get some ideas , for example why fianchettoed Knight is nothing more than taking a square from King to move ....
May-24-13  Abdel Irada: <<•> Regicide Most Forthright <•>>

There is no subtle nuance in today's puzzle: Mieses' pieces close in for a quick kill, and turn aside for nothing in their quest to become the next MacDuff.

<<•> 25. Qe6†!, Kxc7 >

A short flight: (a) 25. ...Kd8? 26. Qe8†, Kxc7 27. Rb7#.

<<•> 26. Rb7†, Kd8

27. Nc6†!, Rxc6 >

Regisuicide: (b) 27. ...Nxc6? 28. Qd7#.

<<•> 28. Rb8†, Kc7 >

No better is (c) 28. ...Rc8 29. Rxc8#.

<<•> 29. Qc8# >

A very straightforward puzzle, since it lacks the branches of variations and attractive distractions that make for long and time-consuming solution posts.

May-24-13  James D Flynn: Material is equal and both sides have yet to complete their development, with both Ks are exposed to attack. 25.Qe6+ Kxc7(not Kd8 26.Qe8+ Kxc7 27.Rb7#) 26.Rb7+ Kd8 27.Nc6+ Rxc6 28.Rb8+ Kc7(if Rc8 29.Rxc8#) 29.Qc8#
May-24-13  whiteshark: I take full credit for the solution.
May-24-13  Abdel Irada: <whiteshark: I take full credit for the solution.>

Then in all fairness I suppose someone must now accept full blame for the problem.

(Have you picked anyone yet?) ;-)

May-24-13  Patriot: Very nice problem!


25...Kxc7 26.Rb7+ Kd8 27.Nc6+! Rxc6 (27...Nxc6 28.Qd7#) 28.Rb8+ Kc7 (28...Rc8 29.Rxc8#) 29.Qc8#

25...Kd8 26.Qe8+! Kxc7 27.Rb7#

This would be sweet to play OTB. The difficulty for me was taking 27.Nc6+ seriously.

May-24-13  stanleys: The final position is nice, but the line is rather straightforward - and its the first thing that comes to mind
May-24-13  JustAFish: You guys are killin' my mojo about getting a Friday puzzle with your "This Ain't no Friday Puzzle" talk.
May-24-13  kevin86: 26 Qe6+ and mates in a few moves!
May-24-13  BOSTER: Because today <POTD> has no any problem after 25.Qe6+, I want to continue yesterday's discussion.

<FSR> <Csom confidently plays 49...Nf8>. I agree. Who wants to tolerate such rook like d7 on the seven. From black side of the game it was difficult imagine that <Once> <when one of the white pieces en prise, Karpov wanted to put another piece en prise>.

<Patriot> <Houdini says that 47...Qa8 almost a 4 pawns advantage for black. 47...Qb7 is about 0.5 pawn advantage to black.>. First, thanks for comments move 47...Qb7.

But it necessary to understand something, what separates human from Houdini. How you know after 49.Rd7 black had two possibility: to play Nf8 and lose a game,or play Ng5 and win a game. It means that your probability to win 50%. This is like in gambling.

For ex. bank has $1000, to win it you have to put $1000. If you are lucky and choose correct side of the coin , you'll win, but it is not-you lose your $1000. This strategy called all, or nothing.
But after 47...Qb7 your chance to win only about 15%, but chance to lose about zero. You can choose such strategy- to pay $10 with possibility to win $1000 only 15%. Houdini can always get 4 pawns advantage for black in this game , but how you saw in the game human sometimes can get only minus.

May-24-13  lajube: Boster, you should go to yesterday's game to post that.
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  gawain: I am not usually so good at the "difficult" ones--but I solved this one thoroughly. It is a nice enough sequence. Richard III would trade his kingdom for a horse. Mieses trades both his horses for a kinghunt.
May-24-13  bischopper: I like saccrificy a horse for open the way to win or someone piece minor or till the Queen if that permit to win...well, I think!
May-24-13  Patriot: <BOSTER> Yes that's true. And I agree there is a certain amount of luck in chess. Black thought 49...Nf8 was a simple win most likely and completely missed 50.Nf5.
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