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Valentin Arbakov vs Alexey Vyzmanavin
Moscow-ch (1981), Moscow URS
English Opening: Symmetrical Variation. Hedgehog Defense (A30)  ·  1-0



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Jun-01-20  Xeroxx: 31.Bg8! beauty
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  Predrag3141: the position before 31 Bg8 was the easiest puzzle so far this week, even though it's Thursday.
Oct-08-20  Walter Glattke: Manoeuvre from Van Popiel - Marco, Monte Carlo 1902 with 31.Bg8 threatens Qh7# 31.K orRxg8 32.Qxd7 look the Monte Carlo match.
Oct-08-20  Walter Glattke: Ignatz von Popiel vs. Georg Marco
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  agb2002: White has a bishop and two pawns for a rook.

Black threatens Rxd5.

White can create a double threat Qh7# and Rxd7 with 31.Bg8:

A) 31... Kxg8 32.Rxd7 Rxd7 (32... Ra8 33.Qd4 with a won ending) 33.Qxd7 Qe4+ 34.Kh2 Qxb4 35.Qxa7 Qd2 36.Qa8+ Kf7 37.Kg2 with the better ending [2P].

B) 31... Rxg8 32.Rxd7 + - [2P].

C) 31... Rxd4 32.Qh7#.

Oct-08-20  chesssantosh: "You don't win a game by resigning."
Oct-08-20  vonKrolock: Or have a look at Stahlberg vs Najdorf, 1947 for a more sophisticated reference
Oct-08-20  Brenin: Imagine the look of triumph on Arbakov's face when, after a few quiet moves such as 28 Kg2, 29 h4 and 30 e3, he induced his opponent to place his active R on the apparently strong square d7. Did he bang his B down on g8 and slam the clock, or simply place it there, sit back and smile sweetly while observing his opponent's reaction? A pleasant choice to make. Arbakov went on the win the Moscow Championship, jointly with Sokolov.
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  OhioChessFan: As <WG> said, it immediately evokes Von Popiel vs G Marco, 1902
Oct-08-20  cocker: I agree with <Predrag3141>.
Oct-08-20  malt: Came up with 31.Bg8

(31...R:g8 32.R:d7 )
(31...K:g8 32.R:d7 R:d7 33.Q:d7 )

Oct-08-20  mel gibson: Took me a while to see that.

Stockfish 12 says:

31. Bg8

Bg8 (♗d5-g8 ♖d8xg8 ♖d4xd7 ♕e5-b2 ♕d3-b3 ♕b2-f6 e3-e4 a7-a5 a2-a3 ♖g8-c8 ♕b3-d1 ♖c8-f8 ♕d1-d4 ♕f6-f3+ ♔g2-g1 ♖f8-g8 b4xa5 b6xa5 a3-a4 ♔h8-h7 ♕d4-d3 ♕f3xd3 ♖d7xd3 ♖g8-b8 ♖d3-d5 ♖b8-b4 ♖d5xa5 ♖b4xe4 h4-h5 g7-g6 h5xg6+ ♔h7-g7 ♖a5-a7+ ♔g7-g8 ♖a7-a8+ ♔g8-g7 ♔g1-g2 h6-h5 ♖a8-a7+ ♔g7-g8 g6-g7 h5-h4 ♔g2-h3 ♖e4-b4 a4-a5 ♖b4-a4 ♖a7-a8+ ♔g8xg7) +7.37/36 144)

score for White +7.37 depth 36

Oct-08-20  Cheapo by the Dozen: Easy indeed. No idea comes to mind except a discovered attack with the bishop, and no significant threatening bishop move presents itself other than Bg8. That wins the exchange, leaving White up two pawns in what simplifies down to a queen-and-pawn ending.
Oct-08-20  belgradegambit: A lot of easy puzzles this week. Could have been a Monday puzzle since it’s a one mover.
Oct-08-20  TheaN: A one move Thursday is pretty rare. Justified here? Perhaps. It's either 'see or don't see'.

White has nothing else but <31.Bg8>. Once you spot Bg8, <31....Kxg8 (Rxg8 32.Rxd7 +-; else Qh7#) 32.Rxd7 Rxd7 33.Qxd7 +-> plays itself; you got to be critical and check 33....Qe4+ 34.Kh2 Qxb4 35.Qxa7 +-, but if this would be fruitless for White, so is the entire combination as it's all forced.

The only alternative is 31.e4 ⩲ and this does not drastically change the position; which is typically better for White, B+2P v R, because bishop's a rock.

I like 31.Bg8. Worthy of a Thursday puzzle, given it's a one-mover and no actual alternatives... jury's out.

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  thegoodanarchist: <OhioChessFan: As <WG> said, it immediately evokes Von Popiel vs G Marco, 1902>

Which evokes this:

Oct-08-20  AlicesKnight: The first move sprang out, but it leads only to regaining the exchange leaving the pawns-plus in place; winning a Q ending still needs care to nullify the mobile Black consort. Fortunately White can centralise his Q effectively, which does the job.
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  perfidious: I, for one would have much fun with a mobile consort.
Oct-08-20  moncul36: Seemed like more of a monday puzzle.
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  Fusilli: <OhioChessFan: As <WG> said, it immediately evokes Von Popiel vs G Marco, 1902>

Yes. Pattern recognition at work. And you know, "Fool me once..." Marco was fooled for all of us. They can't fool us again on this one.

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  gawain: The only tough thing about this puzzle is that the winning combination leaves White only a slight material edge.

At around Wednesday or Thursday of each week you have to re-calibrate your conception of what result is decisive enough to count as winning.

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