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Gedeon Barcza vs Vladimir Simagin
Moscow-Budapest (1949), Moscow URS, rd 14, Apr-??
Zukertort Opening: Queen's Gambit Invitation (A04)  ·  0-1



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Feb-14-06  TopaLove: <e4Newman> Use preferences -> flip board
Feb-14-06  alphee: It was not too long to get this one as the only obstacle to "queening" was the nook. It is a good idea to have some endgame puzzles ... Thank you!
Feb-14-06  e4Newman: woops! thx
Feb-14-06  kolobok: how about 50... Nb2 i was thinking about that move looks like it winning too any analysis on that?
Feb-14-06  jperr75108: Got it... Pretty instructive, getting the knight away from the Pawn and Queening square...
Feb-14-06  Castle In The Sky: <kolobok> 50...♘b2 doesn't win because white covers with ♘c3
Feb-14-06  YouRang: Got it. :)

Good Tuesday puzzle. Normally, one doesn't think of forking a knight with another knight. But in some cases (like this) it can be used to deflect the opposing knight away from its key defensive duties.

In this case, the deflected knight is powerless to stop the pawn promotion: ...Ke2 followed by ...d1=Q.

Feb-14-06  Jacobb: (Nostagia) I found the book reasses your chess, very helpful.Also I think basic books that deal with tactics are very important. I have noticed watching strong players that the majority of mistakes that they made are more positional errors, rarely it seems do they miss tactical plans like exploiting a pinned peice or weak pawns etc..Although chess is both a combination of both types of play I think it is good for players of any strength(grandmaster excluded :)) to reveiw basic opening middle and end games untill they are mastered and then move to the meat of chess wich is both tactical and positional play. I am far from anyone who should give advice concernng top level play,although this seems to be the theme wich most grandmasters suggest., good luck to you.
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  al wazir: Okay, I see what's wrong with 46...Ke3: 47. Nb5 d2+ 48. Kc2! Ke2 49. Nd4+ Ke1 50. Nf3+, etc.

Next question: In the game as played, suppose white played 50. Nc6. How does black win? If 50...Ke2 then 51. Nd4+, etc. If 50...Na3+ then 51. Kd1 Kd3 52. Nb4+.

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  al wazir: Ah, I see the answer to that one: If 50. Nc6, then 50...Na3+ 51. Kd1 Nb1!, followed by 52...Nc3 and 53...d1=Q.

This ending deserves to be a classic.

Feb-14-06  Marco65: <al wazir> 50. Nc6 Nb2! in this case wins
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  kevin86: Did you ever have the feeling that you wanted to go? 51 ♘xa3 ♔e2 and queens-and yet you had the feeling that you wanted to stay? 51 ♔d1 ♘xb5 and wins soonest. White is on the horns of a dilemma (or a Durante,if you wish)
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  al wazir: <Marco65>: Thanks. When I talk to myself I sometimes don't understand what I'm saying.
Feb-14-06  Stonewaller2: From the problem position, move the White ♔ to b2, the Black ♔ to e2 and the Black ♘ to f2, then on 50. ... d1=♕? 51. ♘c3+ is drawish, so Black needs 50. ... ♘e4 which again takes away the White ♘'s threat against c3.

There's probably a prettier variation out there somewhere though.

Feb-14-06  klausewitz: I got the puzzle! Historic moment!
Feb-14-06  sfm: It seems like White must try 38.fxe5 as the knight endgame it lost.
Feb-14-06  Halldor: Got it instantly which is very rare because I'm rather slow, but the position was calling for this knight fork so I looked for if it could be of any use... - Fine puzzle!
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  OBIT: I agree sfm. In fact, the more I study 38. Nxe5, the worse it looks. Instead, 38. fxe5! seems fine. The threat is 39. Rxd4, which appears to force the Black knight to move. That could lead to:

38...Ng5 39. Kf2

38...Nc3 39. e6! Nxa2 40. Rxd4! (then obviously not 40...Rxc6?? 41. Rd8mate).

I don't see any problems for White in either of the above lines. The last try is 38...Nd2, which is quite tricky. (I do hope I have this right...): 38...Nd2!? 39.Rc2! Nf3+ 40.Kf2 d3! (40...Nxe5 41. Nxd4) 41. Rc4! Rd7!? 42. Rc1!, and I think White is okay. I especially like the way the rook and knight work together in this line - very esthetic, I think.

Feb-14-06  MorphyMatt: 2.6784432261 seconds, as usual.
Feb-14-06  AlexBabich: Here I see that some people are talking about detachment; about staying above the game; being cool in critical moments. I do realize that remaining present through out the game of chess is the key quality to becoming a great player but it just does not settle in my mind. I always imagine myself at some important tournament and making a blunder during a game and seeing it just after I moved the piece or maybe having a combination and being afraid that my opponent will see it. My heart always pounds insanely during such moments. It's true that I make biggest mistakes at such times but that's what I admire in chess. That emotional connection with the board is what makes chess a reality. If I was emotionless during my games I do not knoww if I would be attracted to chess as much as I am now.
Feb-14-06  Curdit 9: Sheesh, what a way to spend Valentine's Day!
Feb-15-06  doglikegroove: Posting late, due to Valentines Day distractions. Nothing wrong with that.

The Fifth Sign of the Apocalypse is upon us (Five in a row) despite my prediction that I would tank the Tuesday.

But this one took me WAY too long. I saw ..Ke2, but I couldn't get around Nc3, which wrecks everything. I started this puzzle at work, and I think in the rushed environment I checked off Na3 as not working somehow. It took a while for me to wrinkle my brow: "Um, doofus, what was wrong with Na3 again?" Must be the wine.

Feb-15-06  doglikegroove: <nostalgia> I feel your pain. <artemis> brings up a good point about the whole "sacrificing MY piece" thing. I fall prey to that one myself.

I think the simple resolution that's hidden in artemis' response is that the reason we're not having the same results over the board as we do solving chess puzzles is that, well, we're not looking at game positions as if they're chess puzzles.

And why not? People say that it's different because you know you're looking for mate. That's nonsense; barring openings, you should always be looking for mate. That's the POINT. If there isn't one to be found, then you check down to what will give the best position.

I think the real issue is what <AlexBabich> alludes to: chess puzzles aren't against other people. Who are in front of you. Keeping score.

I started playing for real at my summer house, and my friend Ed is quite a good player. But he does this annoying bit in the opening where he jams the rooks in your face way too early, never mind the whole bringing the queen out too early thing. It's really not good development, and I'm quite confident anyone else on this message board would make him pay dearly for it. But he snuck up on me twice with it and now it's in my head, and the minute he does it my reaction is "Damn, this &*$! again. I'm going to put an end to this." And I play differently. And I lose. He's gotten in my head a little. It's psychological. Puzzles don't do that.

By the way: while I haven't read it yet, <Jacobb>'s reference to <Reassess Your Chess> isn't the first glowing praise I've heard about it. Worth a look.

Jul-06-12  vinidivici: 50...Na3 is a MUST.
Nice little sacrifice
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  GrahamClayton: An outside passed pawn is usually powerful in an endgame, bur not in this example - it has not advanced up the board far enough to be a threat, while the Black passed pawn is advanced and is well supported by the King and Knight.
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