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Wolfgang Unzicker vs Friedrich Saemisch
Oldenburg (1949), Oldenburg GER, rd 14, Jun-29
Spanish Game: Morphy Defense. Steinitz Deferred (C79)  ·  1-0



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Aug-07-06  siilarsi: I was starting to panic, since I had problems finding the solution to this monday puzzle, apperently i have been playing too much 1.m. bullet recently. Maybe that was Friedrich Samisch problem as well, since such a strong player could be tricked by such a simple looking combination? :P
Aug-07-06  ChessVip: half second to find it! :)
Aug-07-06  dalbertz: <patzer2: <RandomVisitor> Indeed 21. Ra5! Bd4 22. Nxd4 exd4 23. Qxd4 wins a pawn and still leaves White with complete domination of the position.>

What?? Why not 22. ... Qxg4 threatening mate on Qxg2 or winning the rook on d1?

Aug-07-06  dalbertz: Ah, never mind. Thought you were talking about making that move from the puzzle position.
Aug-07-06  kevin86: Could this be too easy,even for a Monday? 23 ♘g7+ is a check on the king and a "double check on the queen". As both cannot be met,the queen is lost!
Aug-07-06  YouRang: I would have to rate this as the easist puzzle I've seen yet here. I mean, what else is there but Ng7+?

All the things you look for in a puzzle are right there in one simple move: A basic K+Q knight fork, a discovered attack on the queen with check, and blocking the attack on your own queen.

Aug-07-06  Castle In The Sky: TGIM. This is what I call a "sight puzzle", one that can be solved as soon as you look at the board. There have been many other sight puzzles on Mondays, but that's the purose of Monday, presenting a puzzle that most can solve without caffeine.
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  Eggman: A comment after 18...f6, from "Pawn Power In Chess":

"What a position Black now has! Seven pawns and no chance for any duo! Five pieces and only two of them developed (or better, just moved)! He has two Bishops, yes. But under the circumstances the Bishops are lamentably inferior to the Knights."

-Hans Kmoch

Aug-07-06  alicefujimori: Now this is the so-called "Monday Puzzle."
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  keypusher: I think this is a pretty normal Monday puzzle. It once fooled a GM, after all. You're allowed to call it "too easy" if (i) you can prove you solved a Sunday puzzle or (ii) you're willing to come up with a month's worth of puzzles, with each week calibrated for increasing difficulty.
Aug-07-06  pggarner: <sataranj: is there any way to learn the middle game moves such as 12. .. c6?>

In my opinion for whatever it's worth, the key to the middle game is to have a plan and carry it out. In this case black was apparently preparing to open the center with an eventual d5, so he supported it with 12...c6. Also, he may have wanted to get some added protection against a potential Nxb5 by white.

Aug-07-06  zabbura2002: It reminds me of Kramnik sacrificing a knight to win his game against Jobava.
Aug-07-06  jajaja: <dalbertz: What?? Why not 22. ... Qxg4 threatening mate on Qxg2 or winning the rook on d1?>

1) the move should be 22..Qg4
2) blacks pawn on g7 is blocking mate on g2
3) whites queen is protecting the rook on d1
4) 23.Ndf5 would protect the h4 knight, and white would have won the black Bishop for free.

Aug-07-06  Doktorn: I was looking for a sac and mate. Finally I found Ng7+, but continued to look for the mate for a while. But in the end I just had to be happy with the queen.
Aug-07-06  InspiredByMorphy: <21.Ra5 also wins for white> 21. ...Bf8
Aug-07-06  dassy: 22....K C8 gives possibilities for black
Aug-07-06  InspiredByMorphy: My last post is gibberish. 21.Ra5 wins
Aug-08-06  Marco65: <dalbertz> They are talking of 21.Ra5 and not 23.Ra5...

Anyway <patzer2> I can't see why 21...Bd4 losing a pawn is forced, why not 21...Bf8 ?

Aug-08-06  patzer2: <Marco65> It's a won position for White after 21. Ra5!, no matter what Black plays. In this line, 21. Ra5! Bf8 22. Ng6! wins with the threat of 23. Nxf8 followed by 24. Nd6+ , winning a piece.
Aug-09-06  Marco65: <patzer2> I still can't see after 21.Ra5 Bf8 22.Ng6 why 23.Nxf8 is a threat, since Black can take back with the king, and in any case Black has a move to play inbetween, that might be 22...Rb8. Awkward and passive, agreed, but there is no immediate win in my opinion.
Aug-09-06  patzer2: After <21.Ra5 Bf8 22.Ng6 Rb8>, I like 23. Nxe5! fxe5 24. Rxe5! .

Aug-09-06  patzer2: <Marco65> After <21.Ra5 Bf8 22.Ng6> and say <22...Kf7>, the try 23. Nxf8 Kxf8 24. Nd6 may work, but, as you have suggested, it is not the strongest possible threat.

Instead, 21.Ra5 Bf8 22.Ng6 Kf7 23. Nxf8 Kxf8 24. Qe3! or 24. Qd2! or 24. Qd7! all lead to a clearly decisive attack on the cramped Black position.

Aug-09-06  Marco65: <patzer2> 21.Ra5 Bf8 22.Ng6 Rb8 23.Nxe5! fxe5 24.Rxe5! very nice deflection! So 22.Ng6 poses more than one threat.

Thanks for the analysis

Nov-01-06  aazqua: How is this possibly a notable game?? BAd play by black followed by a game ending blunder??
Mar-08-12  Llawdogg: Ouch! Crushing defeat for a big name.
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