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Miguel Quinteros vs Zoltan Ribli
Montilla-Moriles (1974), Montilla ESP, rd 8, Aug-29
Nimzo-Indian Defense: Classical. Berlin Variation Pirc Variation (E39)  ·  0-1



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  OhioChessFan: I'd have played like Tal and made the move dxe3 on intuition. Didn't hurt knowing that the win was there. ;)
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  LIFE Master AJ: I actually got this one, and in well under five minutes.

After RxQ/d8, RxR/d8; Black threatens a mate in one, so Be2 appears to be forced.

For a while, I fooled around with thoughts of ...Rd4; (tring to win a tempo off the WQ); but playing the Rook to d2 seems to be alot better.

I don't know about g4!?, but White was close to being in Zugzwang here.

First Saturday puzzle I have gotten all the way through in a very long time before. Of course its probably easier than some, and I don't think I have seen this game before.

Jan-14-06  Mistereous1: Don't you hate spending all the time analyzing the position...coming up with what you think the best move is, and THEN realizing it's Black to Move.


Jan-14-06  jackpawn: <OhioChessFan> 'Didn't hurt knowing that the win was there'. I agree. I've been going to these puzzles daily for several months now. It has definitely increased my tactical awareness - I'm solving practically all the puzzles now. The problem I have is that in an actual game there isn't anyone there to tap you on the shoulder and tell you there's a winning shot in your position. In speed games I'm still overlooking shots all over the place.

Throwing this out to others - do you find these puzzles have helped your results in actual games? Maybe I'm just dense.

Jan-14-06  TopaLove: What about 20... ♖d4 trying to gain a tempo(attacking the queen) to double de rooks on d file and keep threatening mate on d1?
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  kevin86: The queen sac seemed the only obvious move. Even without the queen,black's mating attack is deadly to white.
Jan-14-06  EmperorAtahualpa: I didn't even dare think of 18...dxe3!
Jan-14-06  morpstau: Waht a game what
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  Richard Taylor: I fnd this move - after 18. ...dxe3 19. Rxd8 19. Rxad8 Be2 20.Be2 Rd2 21. Kf1 Rfd8 wins and laso probably after 21. g5 Rfd8 also wins Black's positon is clearly going to win if not soon lead to a mate. Quintersos got sidetracked and forgot to develop his K-side.

So I have solved everything this week. So far! I dont think I have ever got every puzzle so this might be a record... but problems seem to have been a bit easier this weak -iit very interesting.

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  Richard Taylor: I would have played dxe3 with almost without hesitation even with a cursory anaylsis it is clear White is lost - cramped on the King side and underdeveloped -but it still takes a bit of bottle to sac a Q but it is thematic surely... <dakgootje> If you saw the main ideas of dxe3 and missed g4 then you DID solve it - you realised that Black is winning strategically and thus tactically - by the Q sac all the Black pieces are efficently onto the White king - there are no rules about how you solve a problems here!! Of course it "counts" even if you didn't see one (desperate) move !!
Jan-14-06  blingice: I saw that, but I couldn't think of any way to improve after losing the ♕.
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  patzer2: The puzzle solution 18...dxe3!! wins with a neat sham Queen sacrifice to open on a decisive mating attack against White's undeveloped King and Kingside pieces.

Black could have won easy enough with the simple 18...a5! 19. exd4 (19. b5 Qe7 20. a4 Qa3 ) 19...axb4 20. dxe5 bxa3 21. Rxd8 Rfxd8 . But with White's miserable development (almost like he gave odds of not moving his Kingside pieces for the first 20 moves), Black could easily afford to play for a brilliant finish.

Here's some analysis of the key combination with Fritz 8:

<18...dxe3!!> Black could have won more easily with 18... a5! 19. exd4 (19. b5 Qe7 20. a4 Qa3 ) 19... axb4 20. dxe5 bxa3 21. Rxd8 Rfxd8 . <19. Rxd8 Raxd8 20. Be2 Rd2 21. g4> If 21. Nh3 (diagram below),

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Black has mate-in-six after 21...Rxe2+ 22. Kf1 Rd8 23. Nf2 Rxf2+ 24. Qxf2 Rd1+ 25. Qe1 Bd3+ 26. Kg1 Rxe1#.

<21...Bd3 22. Kf1> If 22. Bxd3 (diagram below),

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Black has mate-in-one after 22...Rd1#.

<22... Nxe2 23.Nxe2> If 23. Kg2 (diagram below),

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Black has mate-in-two after 23...Nf4+ 24. Kg3 Rg2#.

<23... Rxe2 24. Kg1> (24. h3 Rd8 25. g5 Rd4 26. Qg3 Rxc4 ) <24... Rd8 0-1>

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  Mateo: <An Englishman: Good Evening: I saw the first move, but the third proved tricky. I thought 20...Rd4 (threatening 21...Rfd8 as well as the Queen) would also win: 20...Rd4; 21.Qh5?,Rfd8; 22.Qxf5?,Rd1+; 23.Bxd1,Rxd1X. But 21.g4 seems to hold.> Your suggestion is fine too. 20... Rd4 21. g4 Rfd8! 22. Kf1 (22. gf Rd1 23. Bd1 Rd1 #) Be6 23. c5 Rd2 . White cannot move.
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  Mateo: <netlava: I got it wrong. I was thinking 18...Nb1 19. Rd1 Bc2 20. Rc1 d3> 18... Nb1 is good too. But after 19. Rd1 Na3 is better. Black wins.
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  Mateo: <The17thPawn: I couldn't make myself sac the queen because I couldn't find a mate or a totally decisive material gain if white plays 21.Kf1 instead of the time wasting 21.g4. perhaps 21...Nxe2 22.Nxe2,Bd3 23.h3,Rd8+ 24.Qe8+, Rxe8+ 25.Kxe8, Bxc4 regains all material and two pawns besides.> Black won two pawns, a decisive material advantage. Your variation was good enough.
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  Mateo: <al wazir: I thought 20...Bd3 would win. It apparently doesn't; the white king can escape via 21. Kf1 Bxe2+ 22. Nxe2 Rd1+ 23. Qe1, and I don't see a way for black to do better than equalize.> 23... Re1 24. Ke1 Nb1 , Black won a pawn and will win another one soon. Easy win.
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  Mateo: <al wazir: why did white play 21. g4, forcing black to do what he was going to do anyway? Better was 21. Kf1, and if 21...Bd3 then 22. Qe1. White gives back his queen for a rook and all proceeds serenely to a drawn endgame.> 21. Kf1 Ne2 22. Ne2 Bd3 23. h3 Rd1 24. Qe1 Re1 25. Ke1 Bc4, Black won two pawns and the game.
Jan-18-07  GeauxCool: Black has a lead in development that was caused by White's Qxc3. He was trying to avoid trebled pawns, but the takeback on c3 expose the White Queen to attack and losing time, but he has a better position to counterbalance. Black's lead in development is countered by the fact that he gives white the two bishops. And so black must attack. If white can complete development, then the 2 bishops will dominate. So when the owner of the 2 bishops has not developed, then the owner of the two knights has to open things up!
Oct-29-07  Amorim: Why not 10. b4? How does black prevents loosing one of the knights?
Nov-15-10  sevenseaman: Miguel Quinteros could wish all he can but his h2 pawn wont vanish into thin air!
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  perfidious: One of Ribli's finest games, and an object lesson in the perils which may befall White when he neglects his development in the 4.Qc2 Nimzo.
Jun-27-14  offramp: Despite the opening there is a real Adolph Anderssen feel to black's play in this game.
Jul-24-17  mcgee: Looking at this on the computer, 18...a5 might actually be stronger than 18...dxe3. If 19 e4, then 19..axb4 followed by 20...bxa3. If 20 b5, then 20..Qe7 and White can resign. 18..dxe3 is a great move to play, but White's position is so riddled with weak spots it doesn't look like the only winning option..
Aug-11-22  nummerzwei: <Amorim: Why not 10. b4? How does black prevents loosing one of the knights?>

Well, Black has the fork 10...Nb3. Nevertheless, it is a move that comes into consideration. In his collection of miniatures <Grandmaster Secrets: Winning Quickly at Chess>(2007), John Nunn considered it to be relatively best. The main line is then 11.Qxe4 Nxa1 12.Be5 a5! 13.Bxa1! (Black threatened 13...Nb3 and 14...a4) ...axb4 14.Qd4

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Here, an illustrative line is 14...Qf6 (14...f6, 14...Qg5 Nunn) 15.Qd1 Qe7 16.e3 bxa3 17.Bd3 e5 18.Ne2 d6 19.0-0 Be6 ⩱

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Black is slightly better due to his material advantage and the a3-pawn.

After the game move 10.Rd1, White should reply to 10...d5 with 11.cxd5 exd5 12.e3, and after 12...Bd7!? (threatening to win material with 13...Ba4), he can apparently keep the position together with 13.f3 Ne6 14.Qxd5 Nf6 15.Qd6:

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  Fusilli: <nummerzwei> Nice analysis. Personally, I'm not a fan of 6.Bf4. I prefer the standard Nf3, g3, Bg2, O-O. The Nimzo can be a bit of a minefield if Black breaks up the center before white castles. As your lines show, black gets super-active play (and a safe king) if white gets too greedy.
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