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Norman Weinstein vs Michael Rohde
Lone Pine (1977), Lone Pine, CA USA, rd 4, Mar-23
French Defense: Tarrasch Variation. Open System Main Line (C09)  ·  1-0



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  WannaBe: Trick puzzle.... Very well done,
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  Gypsy: <dzechiel: Hmmm..., I looked at 40...f4 41 Kd4 f3! 42 gxf3 h4!...> 42.g3
Dec-09-06  goldfarbdj: Got another one -- I definitely think this week is easier than usual. I found the line Peligroso Patzer quotes, and also the dzechiel's.

Gypsy says: <<dzechiel: Hmmm..., I looked at 40...f4 41 Kd4 f3! 42 gxf3 h4!...> 42.g3>

Isn't 42. g3 an illegal move? White already has a pawn there (remember that in dzechiel's line white doesn't exchange on f4).

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  Gypsy: <goldfarbdj> Oh, yes. Traveling on an automatic...
Dec-09-06  Happypuppet: Missing weekday puzzles left and right and here I am getting Friday and Saturday...
Dec-09-06  dick50: The series of exchanges show that both players were in great hurry to reach a draw. white king on c4 is momentarily away from pawn on e4 and thus f4 advance is possible. This eventually creates passer on h file which is beyond the reach of white king on c4. Black sqandered his asset on h5 and allowed white king to return to center from where in could control kingside pawns and win.
Dec-09-06  mrjoshherman: I also got this puzzle, but only because it reminded me so much of this former chessgames puzzle, which is also in John Collins' Maxims of Chess: A Pomar-Salamanca vs J Cuadras, 1974
Dec-09-06  NBZ: Got the whole line, but took quite some time on it as I was busy analysing g4 (which is the usual move in setting up a pawn breakthrough but doesn't work here since the g-pawns are doubled).
Dec-09-06  greensfield: Queenside is under control, so which pawn to advance on Kingside? I got there in the end, f-pawn to promote h-pawn.
Dec-09-06  Towershield: Ive seen this puzzle many times already.
Dec-09-06  LutherBlisset: So what happens if white play Kd4 straightaway rather than taking on f4?
Dec-09-06  Creg: This is a somewhat well known endgame puzzle, and I see someone posted the correct answer back in April of 2006. Though I find it interesting that the correct answer is not within the actual comments of the game.
Dec-09-06  Creg: <LutherBlisset> 41. Kd4 doesn't change anything. Black plays the same way.

41...e3! 42. fe f3! 43. gf h4 The exchange at h4 still leaves black with a passed H pawn.

Dec-09-06  LutherBlisset: okay, f3
Dec-09-06  avidfan: Why does quirky <Chess Tutor> only load the game up to 16.Qd2 ?
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  thegoodanarchist: The event and site are given as "Lone", but I think it must be "Lone Pine". Does anyone know for certain?
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  playground player: Oh, boy, got it right when Black in real life got it wrong--what was he thinking of when he moved h4?
Dec-09-06  Larsker: Very instructive. You might say that Black, in the Alburt and Krogius line, exploits a couple of simple facts in chess. 1) Pawns take diagonally (which is why the G pawn is diverted from looking after the black H pawn) and 2) The white King CAN get into the square to look after the Black H pawn but, alas, his own pawns on e3 and f3 are obstructing him.
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  ajk68: <Larsker> Black cannot get into the square of the h pawn. He has to mind the a and b pawns.

The key idea here seems to be that white's own pawns obstruct his king from staying in the square of the pawn.

Dec-09-06  WarmasterKron: Curse these trick puzzles, they get me every time!
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  kevin86: Usually the move is to advance the unblocked pawn-in today's case,the reverse is true!
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  Peligroso Patzer: Compare the position in this game (after 40. Kxc4) with: Mamedyarov vs I Sokolov, 2006 (after 48. ... axb4)(colors reversed).
Jun-16-12  Howard: The Good Anarchist makes the inquiry as to whether this game was played at Lone Pine 1977....and the answer is most definitely, yes ! Chess Life & Review (as it was called back then) analyzed this interesting pawn-endgame in its tournament report.
Jun-12-14  Howard: Chess Life and Review (as it was called back then) profiled this strange king-and-pawn in its excellent article on the Lone Pine 1977 event.

It was truly a comedy of errors !

Aug-26-18  Howard: This endgame appears in Endgame Tactics, and also Joel Benjamin's book on pawn endings...

...and for very good reason !!

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