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Alexey Suetin vs Ruslan Shcherbakov
Warsaw Legion op (1991), Warsaw POL, rd 11
Sicilian Defense: Chameleon (B20)  ·  0-1



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Sep-13-19  1stboard: Wow , look at those black Knights , centralization with a vengeance.

Reminds me of Mattison - Nimzovitch miniature circ 1920's

Nice finish

Sep-13-19  malt: 36...Nf3+ 37.Kf1

(37.Kh1 Qg3! 38.gf3 Nf2+ 39.Q:f2 Q:f2 )

37...Ned2+ 38.Ke2 Qe4+ 39.Kd1 Qe1+ 40.Kc2 Nd4+ 41.Q:d4 Q:b1+ 42.K:d2 ed4

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  thegoodanarchist: <Nov-29-08 Woody Wood Pusher: Yes I got the whole puzzle quite quickly today.

But unfortunately the puzzles are repeating so I have seen it before...>

The more things change, the more they stay the same.

Sep-13-19  gofer: Well, the first move is obvious and the continuation is very easy to see if the king climbs into the coffin that is h1.

<36 ... Nf3+>

37 Kh1??? Qg3!!!

38 fxg3 Nxg3#

38 gxf3 Nxf2+
39 Qxf2 Qxf2 +-

38 Any other move Qh2#

So the king must run to the centre of the board!

<37 Kf1 Ned2+>
<38 Ke2 Qe4+>
<39 Kd1 Qe1+>
<40 Kc2 Nd4+>

41 Qxd4? Qxb2+
42 Kxd2 exd4 +-

41 Kc3? Nxb1++ +-

<41 Kd3 Nxb1 +->



Sep-13-19  RandomVisitor: Concerning the ending, after 39...Qxf2

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From Basic Chess Endings, 2003 edition:

Queen vs. Rook and One Minor Piece

This is fairly common, unlike the other groups in this section.

Without pawns the ending is a draw, though naturally there will be problem positions where one side or the other may win. With pawns, however, the queen is equivalent to rook plus bishop and pawn. If the pawns are even, the queen wins (though not without difficulty); but <rook plus bishop and two pawns are required to conquer the queen>. When the pawns are equal, the win is easier for the queen if they are not balanced. In that case the superior side can create a passed pawn and capture one of the opponent's pieces or tie him up so badly that some other part of the board will be left defenseless.

Sep-13-19  ASchultz: I figured Nf3+ was a puzzly looking move, but how to follow it up?

Surely Black couldn't go fully Spassky vs. Andruet, could he? G Andruet vs Spassky, 1988

Narrator's voice: yes he could! And he did!

Jan-12-21  Cheapo by the Dozen: Fun one. Black hurls his queen into g3, and none of White's possible defenses suffice.
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  HeMateMe: it's easy once you realize that the first move has to be a queen move.
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  Messiah: I did not find the solution. Embarrassing, but not necessarily surprising.
Jan-12-21  saturn2: 37...Qg3 threatens mate

38. fxg3 Nxg3 mate
38. gxf3 Nxf2+ costs the queen
38. Qxe5+ Qxe5 39. gxf3 same

Jan-12-21  Walter Glattke: A) 37.-Qg3 38.fxg3 Nxg3#
B) 38.Qxe5+ dxe5 39.gxf3 Nxf3#
C)38.gxf3 Nxf2+ 39.Qxf2 Qxf2 40.Rf1 Qg3 41.Bc8 f5 wins
Jan-12-21  Brenin: Easier, because starting a move later, than the POTDs based this game when they appeared in Nov 08 and Sep 19, but 37 ... Qg3 is still a pleasing finish. The passed e-pawn and the exposed White K make the Q vs R+B endgame an easy win for Black.
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  agb2002: Level 1.5: 19.?
Steinitz vs P Scott, 1867

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Jan-12-21  Damenlaeuferbauer: This is a famous game: After long thinking, the very strong Russian GM Ruslan Shcherbakov, who taught me the Semi Slav Triangle 7 years ago, finally found the very nice queen sacrifice 37.-,Qg3! 38.gxf3 (38.fxg3,Nxg3#) 38.-,Nxf2+ 39.Qxf2,Qxf2 with a winning advantage, because white can't protect every isolated pawn and black creates a free pawn, which will queen. This game shows exactly the way how to play the Kalashnikov Sicilian with the black pieces, although 8.-,f5 (instead of the elder, but not worse 8.-,Be6) is the modern interpretation.
Jan-12-21  TheaN: Somehow this seems familiar, even though I seem to not have solved it in 2008 nor 2019. <37....Qg3> is curtains, given the threat 38....Qh2#, 38.fxg3 Nxg3# and <38.gxf3 Nxf2+ 39.Qxf2 Qxf2 -+> is just a slow, agonizing death.

The position after Qxf2 is relatively trivial considering White's already losing pawns on move 40: 40.Rb3? fails horribly on 40....Qe1+ 41.Kg2 Qd2+ 43.Kg3 (else Qd1+ -+) Qc1!

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Black prepares a mating net; White's best is 44.h4 Qf4+ 45.Kg2 Qxh4 -+ apparently. After say 44.Rd3 Qg1+ 45.Kh4 Qe1+ 46.Kg5 f5+ 47.Kg6 h6#, so Qc1 is just enough to force winning pawns, or more.

Jan-12-21  AlicesKnight: I found the game line (- [K]nights to remember) and wondered about 40.Rf1 instead of Bf1, but I suppose ....Qg3 (that g3 square again!) simply wins the RP and the win comes inevitably.
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  beenthere240: Here’s a Monday pod - start after move 43.
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  Once: i thought I'd seen this one before. Still fun, though
Jan-12-21  zb2cr: I missed this one. I always have more difficulties seeing moves which are not captures or checks. In this case the passive Queen sacrifice 37. ... Qg3, which leaves the Queen <en prise>, did not come to me.
Jan-12-21  King.Arthur.Brazil: Although the answer is simple, after you realize the mate (37...Qg3! 38. fxg3? Nxg3#), when playing and maybe near to the time control, white surely didn't expected such beautiful stroke. I wonder, if white did saw this, and would chose another way like 37. ♔f1 ♘ed2+ 38. ♔e2 ♕e4+ 39. ♔d1 ♕e1+ 40. ♔c2 ♘d4+ (if {41. Qxd4? Qxb1+ 42. Kxd2 exd4, ∓+) 41. ♔c3 ♘xb1+ 42. ♔d3 (or ♔c4) ♕f1+ 43. ♔e3 (or ♔b4) ♕xa5 Now, white cannot reply 44. ♕xb1 ♕e2# (or 44.♕xb1 ♕b5+ 45. ♔c3 ♕xb wins the ♕. In the case of 41. ♔d3 ♕e2+ 42. ♔c3 ♘e4+ 43. ♔b4 ♕xa6... there is no immediate mate, but Black keep on attacking with 2♘ x ♖. Otherwise, it is preferable to follow the simple 42... ♘xb1+ 43. ♕xb1 ♕xa6... with a ♘ advantage. Today, I can't see everything, maybe somebody find another lines to win more quickly.
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  Korora: <White's decisive mistake was 36. h3?, allowing today's Friday puzzle solution 36...Nf3+! -+ (-10.09 @ 40 ply, Stockfish 10).

Instead, 36. Ra1 =, 36. Rc1 = or 36. Kh1 = (0.00 @ 43 ply, Stockfish 10) hold the game level.>

Was Suetin in time trouble? Maybe not, since he saw that 38.fxg3?? was instant death (although he could have seen that while Shcherbakov was thinking out 37...♕g3).

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  doubledrooks: 37...Qg3 Nxf2+ 39.Qxf2 Qxf2 works for me.
Jan-12-21  landshark: Should have had my coffee first -

Saw the right move immediately and then discarded it because I couldn't see the follow-up to 38.gxf3 - which is Nxf2+ of course - as winning because I was fixated on finding a forced mate.

After 15 minutes of distracted staring, the fog cleared and I saw that W has to give up his Q after that, leaving black with a winning material advantage.

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  chrisowen: Queen's up gotcha no?
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