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Oleg M Romanishin vs Anatoly Vaisser
Chigorin Memorial (1982), Sochi URS, rd 5, Dec-??
English Opening: Symmetrical Variation. Hedgehog Defense (A30)  ·  1-0

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Jul-21-20  Walter Glattke: What they played, I found it at once, 35.-Rf7 36.Rd8+ or 35.Qf8 36.Rd8 Rxf3 37.Rxf8+ Rxf8 38.Qxc5 hope, no surprise for me this morning. In the match mate cannot be stopped after 36.Rd7 Rb1+ 37.Kg2 37.-Qxf3/Rg1+/Rf7 only prolongation, mate follows.
Jul-21-20  Cheapo by the Dozen: Nice one.

35 Qe7 forks the f6 rook and the d8 fork square. The only way for Black to stop both parts of that threat is ... Rf8, and that allows the game move, which calmly forces fate.

I solved it, as I imagine most people would, in reverse order, by which I mean:

A. Qe7 both attacks the f6 rook and starts to line up a mate threat with the plan of Rd7. Black has an obvious defense with ... Rf7, although it does leave pawns hanging and so on.

B. Oh, wait, Rd8+ refutes that defense.

Jul-21-20  JohnTal: He is reputed to have said that "Draws make me angry"
Jul-21-20
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  agb2002: White has a knight for a rook.

The rook on f6 and the square d8 are defenseless. Therefore, 35.Qe7:

A) 35... Rf8 36.Rd7 wins.

B) 35... Qf8 36.Rd8 wins.

C) 35... Qa(c)6 36.Rd8+ and mate follows.

D) 35... Rf7 36.Rd8+ wins (36... Kg7 37.Qxg5#).

E) 35... Rb8 36.Qxf6 wins decisive material (36... Qxf3 37.Qe6+ followed by Qd6(e5)+ and Qxb8).

Jul-21-20  saturn2: 35 Qe7 threatens Rd7, Rd8 and Qxf6; a triple threat so to say..

No way out for black. For example
35... Rf7 36. Qxg5+ Rg7 37. Rd8+ Kf7 38. Qxf5 loses the queen

Jul-21-20  Brenin: Good Tuesday puzzle. It took a few seconds to see that checks and attempts to fork the hanging rooks were useless, but that 35 Qe7 threatened QxR, or mate along the 7th rank with Rd7, or winning the queen with Rd8. Too much for Black to defend against.
Jul-21-20
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  Once: Of course, the game shouldn't have ended there.

Black should cry "aha!" and thump down 36...Qa1+!!

After white plays 37. Kg2, black makes another length of the board moves with 37...Qh8!!!!

In two moves, the black queen has traversed the length of the board. Twice. If Once is great, two Onces must be fabulous.

Instantly, black should then stand up and grasp his shocked opponent by the paw and cry "draw!" before sweeping up all the pieces from the board.

What do you mean 38. Qxg5+?

Jul-21-20  Honey Blend: 31. ... ♗f6 looks like it loosened up the hinges on the defense of d6. ... ♗d4 to block the d-file might have been the plan but it was too slow. Probably better to put the Queen back to the center or add some defense to e6 too.
Jul-21-20
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  OhioChessFan: <Once: What do you mean 38. Qxg5+?>

Let the Queen rest after her exhausting maximummers. 38. Qe6+

Jul-21-20
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  Once: <OhioChessFan: Let the Queen rest after her exhausting maximummers. 38. Qe6+>

I like it! The black queen on h8 covers h7 and g7, so let's mate on f7 instead. Very cruel, in a Game of Thrones sort of way.

Jul-21-20  malt: 35.Qe7 with a threat of Rd8+ also,
35...Rf8 36.Rd7 Qa1+ 37.Kg2 Qh8 38.Qe6+

(38.Q:g5+ Qg7 39.Q:g7# )

38...Rf7 39.Q:f7#

Jul-21-20  et1: "Oh une idee cest si rare" - it is easy once you spot it.
Jul-21-20  Walter Glattke: E) One can play 35.-Rb8 36.Rd7 Qa1+ 37.Kg2 Rh6 38.Qxg5+ Rg6 so 36.-Qxf6 must be played as shown by agb.
Jul-21-20
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  gawain: I tried 35 Qe7 (I could not see anything else to try) and failed to see why it wins. Embarrassing.
Jul-21-20
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  Predrag3141: Wait, why not take the fee pawn on e6 instead of 33 exf5? Oh, that's right. It's because of the whole point of today's puzzle!

Some day we might see a puzzle from this game starting on move 33.

Jul-21-20  TheaN: Surprisingly trivial, but that's also because White doesn't have much else. <35.Qe7> is just an ordinary fork if we're technical: on square d8 and Rf6. The only real defense of both threats <35....Rf8> 35....Rf7? 36.Rd8+ Kg7 37.Qxg5# (I settled on 37.Qxf7+ +- at first glance which also wins) and 35....Qf8 (in hindsight, Black's best) 36.Rd8 +- still as now it's a pin rather than fork <36.Rd7 +-> and Black has no proper defense on the seventh.
Jul-21-20  TheaN: Actually... even for a Tuesday this could have started on move 34. Maybe the intention? I don't see the point of starting it on move 35.
Jul-21-20
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  chrisowen: Federal gain no? Nyet cigarette.
Jul-21-20  Damenlaeuferbauer: After long thinking, the very strong Ukrainian grandmaster Oleg Romanishin finally found 35.Qe7!,Rf8 (35.-,Rf7 36.Rd8+ +-, 35.-,Qf8 36.Rd8 +-) 36.Rd7 (36.Qxg5+,Kf7 [36.-,Kh8 37.Rd7 +-] 37.Rd7+,Ke6/Ke8 38.Qe7# is also possible) 36.-,Qa1+ 37.Kg2,Qh8 38.Qxg5+,Qg7 39.Qxg7#. His win with the white pieces against super grandmaster Efim Geller in Yerevan 1975 impressed me deeply 35 to 40 years ago. During the 1970s in the Soviet Union it was suggested, that he will be a possible future contender for the world's title, but somehow he reached the candidates cycle only one time, where he lost clearly in the quarter final against a younger Vishy Anand in 1994.
Jul-21-20
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  Predrag3141: <Damenlaeuferbauer: [Romanishin's] win with the white pieces against super grandmaster Efim Geller in Yerevan 1975 impressed me deeply>

Romanishin vs Geller, 1975

Black was ahead most of the way. You can still see the remnants of this advantage in the center in the critical position:


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Though Black has allowed counterplay on the back rank to balance his central pawns, 33 ... Qe6! still has a good chance of holding. This makes ... Rc8 available to end the back rank threat.

(Some 6-second Stockfish runs are the basis of this analysis)

Jul-21-20
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  thegoodanarchist: Not a Tuesday puzzle. It took me at least 10 seconds to get it.
Jul-21-20  mel gibson: The first move was easy.

Stockfish 11 says:

35. Qe7

(35. Qe7 (♕e2-e7 ♕a8-f8 ♖d1-d8 ♖b3-b8
♖d8xb8 ♕f8xb8 ♕e7xf6 ♕b8-c8 g3-g4 ♕c8-b7 ♕f6xg5+ ♕b7-g7 ♕g5xf5 ♕g7-d4 ♕f5-e6+ ♔g8-f8 ♔g1-g2 ♕d4-d2 ♔g2-g3 ♕d2-c1 ♕e6-c8+ ♔f8-g7 ♕c8-c7+ ♔g7-f8 ♕c7-d8+ ♔f8-f7 ♘f2-e4 ♕c1-g1+ ♔g3-h3 ♕g1-d4 ♘e4-g5+ ♔f7-g6 ♕d8-g8+ ♕d4-g7 ♕g8xg7+ ♔g6xg7 ♔h3-h4 ♔g7-f6 f3-f4 ♔f6-e7 ♘g5-e4 ♔e7-d7 ♔h4-h3 h7-h6 f4-f5) +9.38/34 163)

score for White +9.38 depth 34

Jul-21-20
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  saffuna: The effect of seeing a position as a puzzle, a Tuesday puzzle.

I quickly saw that 35. Qe7 looked good: attacked the rook on f6, threatened to pick off the queen with Rd8, and the white king wasn't threatened with a back rank mate.

But it was a puzzle, so that said "sacrifice" to me. I spent five minutes looking for it.

Jul-21-20  RandomVisitor: After 33.exf5 black has 33...Qxf3 and an even game:


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Lc0_0.26.0_384x30-t60-4300:

28/61 6:18:59 23,957k 1k +0.13 33...Qxf3 34.Qxf3 Rxf3 35.Ng4 Bd4+ 36.Kg2 Rc3 37.fxe6 Rc2+ 38.Kh1 Re2 39.Rd5 Rxe6 40.Rxg5+ Kh8 41.Rh5 Re2 42.Rb1 Ra8 43.h4 Rc2 44.Rd5 Rxc4 45.Kg2 Rca4 46.Nh6 Ra1 47.Rb5 R1a5 48.Rb1 Bg7 49.Ng4 Bd4 50.Nh6 R5a7 51.Nf5 Rc7 52.Rc1 Rcc8 53.Rd7 Rd8 54.Rb7

Jul-21-20
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  Fusilli: <But it was a puzzle, so that said "sacrifice" to me. I spent five minutes looking for it.>

Ha! A reminder that in a real OTB game, every move is a puzzle. It's good to have non-flashy puzzles now and then.

There is some merit to it in that you have to play the right order to build the seventh-rank machine: the queen first, to produce the Rd8+ threat. Playing Rd7 first would fail miserably.

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