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Alexander G Beliavsky vs James Tarjan
Bogota (1979), Bogota COL, Apr-??
Spanish Game: Open Variations. Classical Defense (C83)  ·  1-0



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Sep-24-14  diagonalley: <al wazir> ... (me too! ...blinded by the prospect of capturing the enemy Q!)
Sep-24-14  HowDoesTheHorsieMove: After a Tuesday that was too deep for me, it is nice to see an easier Wednesday.

Thought process:
Bd5 looks like mate - no, the knight takes.
Ok, try Rg6 - blast, the knight again!
Wait, back to Bd5, once NxB then Rg6 is good. And when the black king moves then e6+ should finish things off.

Sep-24-14  gofer: Not much to say today...

<44 Bd5+ Nxd5> (Qf7 Rg6# or Qe6/Ne6 Bxe6+ )

<45 Rg6+ Kf7> (Qg7 Qxg7#)

<46 e6+! Qxe6> (Ke8 47 Rg8+ Qf8 48 Qxf8#)

<47 Qg7+ Ke8>

<48 Rxe6+ Ne7>

<49 Rxe7#/Qxe7#>


<raviarun>: The problem with <44 g6> is <44 ... Rxd6!>

<44 g6 Rxd6!>

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The point being that the rook is immune.

45 exd6? Qe1+
46 Kh7 Qf2+/Qg3+
47 Kh1 Qxf3+
48 Kh2/Kg1 Qg2#

Also Bd5+ is no longer available, suddenly white's best offer seems to be...

<45 Qh7+ Qxh7>
<46 gxh7+ Kxh7>
<47 exd6 Kg7>
<48 Bd5! ...>

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But even this may lead to a draw...

Sep-24-14  Checker2: When we are presented with the puzzle, the black rook cannot hit d5 so I was admiring the beauty of my "solution":

44. Rg8+ Nxg6 45. Bd5+ Qf7 (? necessary since I couldn't see the black rook) 46. Qxg6+ with a simultaneous royal skewer and fork to win the pinned queen and mate.

But I realized my error, swapped the move order to redirect the knight the other way, then cast about far too long evaluating rook and queen manoeuvres in the corner before noticing e6. Not my finest moment but I got there.

I take comfort in the fact that Tal fell prey to a similar type of chess blindness in last Monday's puzzle. If I can blunder like the great master, maybe one day I can attack like him.

Sep-24-14  Nick46: Wednesdays are generally tricky for me but got today's straight off. No mucking around.
Sep-24-14  stacase: Dislodging Black's defending Knight was key.
Sep-24-14  morfishine: <al wazir> Same here
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  OhioChessFan: I'm in the Rg7+ crowd.
Sep-24-14  David2009: Puzzle position Beliavsky vs Tarjan, 1979 White 44?

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Diverting the N with Rg6+? doesn't work because the R guards d5, so divert the N the other way: Bd5+ etc.

After 44.Bd5+ Nxd5 45.Rg6+ Kf7 I missed 46.e6+! seeing only 46.Rg7+ Ke8 47.Qc6+ Kf8 48.Rxe7 Kxe7 49.Qxc4 1-0 eventually.

PS - I see I am in good company!

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  agb2002: White has a bishop for a knight.

The knight prevents 44.Rg6+. Hence, 44.Bd5+ Nxd5 45.Rg6+ Kf7 46.e6+ Ke8 47.Rg8+ Qf8 48.Qxf8#.

Black can avoid this line at the cost of catastrophic material losses only to delay the mate attack a few moves.

Sep-24-14  patzer2: In solving today's Wednesday puzzle, one decoy (44. Bd5+ Nxd5) and two deflections (45. Rg6+ Kf7 46. e6+ Ke8) allow White to complete a mate-in-five with 47. Rg8+ Qf8 48. Qxf8#.

Black can delay by giving up his Queen with 46...Qxe6, but, as <gofer> posted, White then makes it a mate-in-six with 47. Qg7+! Ke8 48. Rxe6+ Ne7 49. Qxe7#.

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  Penguincw: Grr. These mid-week puzzles are pretty hard to solve (for me at least0, but seem so easy one the solution is revealed.
Sep-24-14  Beancounter: To me, this is easier than yesterdays, which probably just means I just tend to miss the less obvious pawn moves like g2+ as in yesterdays puzzle.
Sep-24-14  awfulhangover: I am a Rg7+ patzer too.
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  doubledrooks: 44. Bd5+ Nxd5 45. Rg6+ Kf7 46. e6+ was my choice.
Sep-24-14  LIzzard: I went with 46: Rg7+ as well - works, but should have seen e6+
Sep-24-14  Cheapo by the Dozen: That knight looks overloaded.

44 Bd5+ Nxd5
45 Rg6+ Kf7
46 Qg7#

seems to work fine.

Black's only alternative is to give up material with check in an even-material position, and in that case White quickly mates anyway, e.g.

44 Bd5+ Ne6
45 Bxe6+ Qxe6
46 Qxe6+ (K moves)
47 Rxd8

and mate swiftly follows.

Sep-24-14  kevin86: The knight must be lured away, so that the queen and rook can do their magic.
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  gawain: Hooray! This was a gratifying puzzle.

Although it was clear enough that the combination had to begin with 44 Bd5+ (forcing 44...Nxd5 to deflect the knight), followed by 45 Rg6+, I could not (at first) see how the King was to be prevented from escaping via e8 and d7. Fortunately there is a pawn standing by waiting to be summoned to do the job.

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  ClassZPlaya: So .. I looked at 44. Bd5 and so the whole line after 44. .. Nxd5, but couldn't find a win for White after 44 ... cxd5. I spent a lot of time on this. Then I realized that pawns don't capture backwards. ROTFLMAO
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  Zhbugnoimt: I am in the Rg7+ club! but hey, i beat a 2479 today. On ICC, but still, 2479 is a pretty big deal.
Sep-24-14  Cheapo by the Dozen: Whoops. Saw a mate where there wasn't one. So at best I got the puzzle part right.
Sep-24-14  Pedro Fernandez: I didn't see immediately 46.e6+!, lol!
My mate (if any) was a bit strange,

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47.Rg7+ Ke8 48.e6

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48...Rc8 49.Qh8+ Qf8 50.Qh5+

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50...Kd8 51.Rd7 mate

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Sep-24-14  morfishine: One cannot help thinking that Black should not have lost this game
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  Bubo bubo: My first idea was 44.Bd5+ Nxd5 45.Rg6+ Kf7 46.Rg7+ Ke8 47.Rxe7+. Now White has a queen against rook and knight, which should be enough in view of his two passed pawns... but: the pawns are isolated and relatively vulnerable, so the win might not be trivial.

Therefore I prefer 44.Rxd8+ Qxd8, and thanks to the bishop guarding the long white diagonal as well as d1, White can afford 45.g6, attacking the Nf4 and threatening mate in two. So White wins a piece with at least one of his passed pawns surviving, and this should suffice.

But I suspect that neither of these lines is the correct solution...

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