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Wolfgang Unzicker vs Mikhail Tal
"Zick Moves" (game of the day Apr-29-2022)
Milan (1975), Milan ITA, rd 1, Aug-20
Sicilian Defense: Kan. Knight Variation (B43)  ·  1-0



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Jun-07-22  TheaN: Nothing to add to myself from two weeks ago.
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  chrisowen: <TheAn> Can't no see your information :)
Jun-07-22  AlicesKnight: The game looks won anyway, but to get it over with, Qxe5+ wins a piece whether Black captures or not, thanks to the f4 skewer if ... Kxe5. Perhaps the 'pun' is about 'zlick moves'? What matters is the interesting game.
Jun-07-22  cade: 32. c4 also wins a piece I think but leaves the Queens on the board
Sep-16-22  jerseybob: Excellent game by Unzicker in all phases: the opening where he foils Tal's efforts to saddle him with doubled c-pawns, and the attack. Great finish!
Sep-29-22  Brenin: Yet again? 32 Qxe5+ worked last time, and I think it still works now.
Sep-29-22  Cheapo by the Dozen: Really easy as a Wednesday puzzle.
Sep-29-22  jrredfield: Actually Komodo Dragon prefers 32 c4 over 32 Qxe5+. Komodo Dragon doesn't look quite as deep as Stockfish (late move reduction isn't quite as drastic). However, it has deeper positional analysis in most cases. The two engines are very close in strength according to the latest engine ratings. It's interesting how in this position, it differs considerably from Stockfish 15.

Analysis with Depth = 38:

White +27.57: 32.c4 ♔d7 33.c5 a5 34.♕g8 ♗f6 35.♕f7+ ♗e7 36.c6+ ♔d6 37.♗f4+ e5 38.♗xe5+ ♔xe5 39.♕f4+ ♔d5 40.♕xc7 ♗c5+ 41.♔h1 ♗f5 42.♕f7+ ♔e5 43.♕g7+ ♔d6 44.♕f6+ ♗e6 45.♕f8+ ♔c7 46.♕xc5 ♗h3 47.♕xa5+ ♔d6 48.♕d8+ ♔c5 49.c7 ♗g2+ 50.♗xg2 ♔b5 51.♕d7+ ♔c4

White +14.67 32.♕xe5+ ♔xe5 33.♗f4+ ♔d4 34.♗xc7 ♔e3 35.h4 e5 36.h5 ♗f5 37.c3 e4 38.♗f4+ ♔d3 39.♗b7 ♔c2 40.h6 e3 41.♗xe3 a5 42.c4 ♔d3 43.c5 ♔xe3 44.c6 ♔d4 45.c7 ♔e5 46.h7 ♗xh7 47.c8♕ ♗b1 48.♕c3+ ♔d6 49.♕xa5 ♔d7 50.♕d5+ ♔e7 51.♕e5+ ♔d8 52.♕f6+ ♔c7 53.♕c6+ ♔d8 54.♕d6+ ♔e8

Sep-29-22  mayankk06: The whole game has a very Tal-like feel, except that Tal is at the receiving end. Felt strange the first time I saw it And still feels the same.

Starting from the poor 23 ... Rh7 defence after which White takes the f7 pawn anyways, it just feels that White was toying with Black.

As for the puzzle itself, one reason it is being recycled so often maybe is that the admin have a somewhat aversion to Tal.

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  agb2002: Level 2: 28.?
Steinitz vs Schlesser, 1863

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Sep-29-22  saturn2: <Really easy as a Wednesday puzzle> In my place it is already thursday which raises questions about the level of this puzzle more.
Sep-29-22  mel gibson: <jrredfield: Actually Komodo Dragon prefers 32 c4 over 32 Qxe5+. Komodo Dragon doesn't look quite as deep as Stockfish (late move reduction isn't quite as drastic).>

Hi Jrredfield,
I tried Stockfish 15 for a longer time than
4 months ago and got this:

32. Qxe5+

(32. Qxe5+ (♕g5xe5+ ♔d6xe5 ♗e3-f4+ ♔e5-d4 ♗f4xc7 ♔d4-e3 h2-h4 ♗c8-d7 h4-h5 ♗d7-e8 ♗c7-f4+ ♔e3-d4 ♗a8-f3 ♗e8-f7 ♔g1-f2 ♗f7-g8 ♗f3-e2 ♗g8-h7 ♗f4-e3+ ♔d4-e5 ♗e2-d3 ♗h7-f5 ♗d3xf5 e6xf5 ♔f2-f3 a6-a5 a2-a4 ♔e5-f6 ♔f3-f4 ♔f6-e6 ♗e3-a7 ♔e6-d5 ♔f4xf5 ♔d5-c6 h5-h6 ♔c6-d6 ♗a7-e3 ♔d6-d7 h6-h7 ♔d7-c6 g3-g4 ♔c6-d5 g4-g5 ♔d5-c4 h7-h8♖ ♔c4-d5 ♖h8-a8 ♔d5-c6 ♖a8xa5 ♔c6-d6 ♖a5-a6+ ♔d6-d5 ♖a6-a8) +58.02/47 817)

score for White +58.02 depth 47.

If I force Stockfish to play 32. c4 and
giving it the same processing time:

2. c4

(32. c4 Bb7 (♗c8-b7 ♗a8xb7 ♕c7xb7 ♕g5-d8+ ♔d6-c6 ♕d8-e8+ ♔c6-d6 ♕e8-f8+ ♔d6-c6 ♕f8-f3+ ♔c6-c7 ♕f3-f7+ ♔c7-b8 ♕f7-e8+ ♔b8-c7 ♕e8-e7+ ♔c7-c8 ♕e7xe6+ ♕b7-d7 ♕e6xd7+ ♔c8xd7 b2-b3 ♔d7-e6 ♔g1-f2 ♗e5-f6 ♔f2-f3 ♔e6-f5 h2-h4 ♔f5-g6 c4-c5 ♗f6-d8 c5-c6 ♔g6-h5 ♗e3-f2 ♔h5-g6 g3-g4 ♔g6-f7 h4-h5 ♔f7-e6 ♔f3-e4 ♔e6-d6 ♗f2-e3 ♗d8-h4 h5-h6 ♗h4-f6 h6-h7 ♔d6xc6 g4-g5 ♗f6-h8 ♗e3-d4 ♗h8xd4) -24.04/36 822)

score for Black -24.04 depth 36.

So Stockfish 15 disagrees with Komodo Dragon but both moves are very strong.

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  FSR: Pretty late in the week for a pseudo-queen sac, isn't it?
Sep-29-22  Chessius the Messius: What can I say? "Wolfgang" is an appropriate name for a chess player :)
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  FSR: <Chessius the Messius> Dances with Wolves: Unzicker vs Uhlmann, 1962. I submitted the pun.
Sep-29-22  goodevans: Is it Monday already? What happened to the weekend?
Sep-29-22  Socrates2: Not quite a "medium" puzzle - it's a bit easier than that.
Sep-29-22  GlennOliver: 32. Qg8 wins

But not as neatly as the given solution.

Sep-29-22  TheaN: Where have I seen this before... oh wait yeah on CG. Twice.
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  Teyss: This game is becoming the "Safety Pin" POTD of the site: Monday puzzle in 2018, Tuesday puzzle in June of this year, now Thursday puzzle.


<agb2002> Thanks for this nice one. Found the first move (won't spoil) but on Black's best defence took the two Rs instead of going for mate. Half a point.

For info if you want to include a link to a game before move x, just add "&m=x" at the end of the link, x.5 if it's Black to play. So in this case "": Steinitz vs Schlesser, 1863

Sep-29-22  AIC: I think I already saw this a while ago. Pretty easy to see for a Thursday...
Sep-29-22  sfm: <Pretty late in the week for a pseudo-queen sac, isn't it?> It's a new psychology education by CG.

At times people do not find even the easiest moves, because they don't believe they are there.

Had this been rated 'Easy' I would have found it in a second. As 'Medium' I looked for something advanced and spent 10 or so.

Wait for the 'Insane' on Sunday. There's a mate in one.

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  chrisowen: I mot quack five Qxe5+ arrive it hoh in abled it's leeway choose ignatius bluffed it zoid clubbed cox I back wait Qxe5+ fog;
Sep-29-22  jrredfield: <mel gibson So Stockfish 15 disagrees with Komodo Dragon but both moves are very strong.> Yes interesting that the two engines differ considerably in their search and evaluation heuristics, and yet fight for the two top spots in the ratings.

Stockfish 14 64-bit 4CPU 3535
Stockfish 13 64-bit 4CPU 3534
Stockfish 15 64-bit 4CPU 3534
Stockfish 2021-01-11 64-bit 4CPU 3534
Dragon by Komodo 3.1 64-bit 4CPU 3531


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  agb2002: <Teyss:...
For info if you want to include a link to a game before move x, just add "&m=x" at the end of the link, x.5 if it's Black to play. So in this case "": Steinitz vs Schlesser, 1863>

Thank you! I know this detail although don't use it much.

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