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Wolfgang Unzicker vs Kristian Skold
Dubrovnik Olympiad (1950), Dubrovnik YUG, rd 2, Aug-21
Indian Game: West Indian Defense (E61)  ·  1-0



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May-04-06  tacite: <dakgootje> A few days away from « The Puzzle of the day » and you cought a Ionesco's puzzle-mind disease? Whish I could help :-)
May-04-06  The17thPawn: <Mattheus> - After 18...Qe3 I think 19.Qf6 still brings home the full point. Black looks helpless at that point IMHO.
May-04-06  e4Newman: what kind of insane opening is this?
May-04-06  ice lemon tea: unzicker's week, CG?
May-04-06  dakgootje: <Ionesco's puzzle-mind disease> Uhm...yes of course?!?... i think... yes probably... yes what else could it be that i only write stuf like this... *Begins to count on his fingers*... yes okay i could think of some things...

someone mind to explain what <Ionesco's puzzle-mind disease> includes? =)

May-04-06  Castle In The Sky: Four for four. Woo hoo!
May-04-06  jperr75108: Also four for four. Cool puzzle.
May-04-06  dakgootje: Ah yes, forgot to ask so far: Anything interested happened these days, and were the puzzles hard/easy previous days?
May-04-06  ReikiMaster: At first glance this puzzle seemed to deviate from the theme of the week which is "Unzicker wins a Knight". Well, he did it again! Very good!
May-04-06  chessic eric: <<e4Newman>: what kind of insane opening is this?> A good question.

I guess black was thinking the acceptance of white's gambit with 6...dxc4 allowed a psuedo-gambit of his own with 7...e5. But Unzicker decides not to try to hold the pawn, and invites exhcanges on e5 to open the game with 8.Qxc4. Those exchanges and the sequence 11.O-O,c6 12.Bh6 extended white's lead in development - a crucial advantage in an open game. Black's developing intermezzo 14...Be6 didn't actually gain a tempo, since the white Queen was better on the d-file than c4 - having moved to that square to begin the exchanges at move 8. A possible improvement for black is 16...Bh8, although 17.Ne4 maintains a significant edge for white.

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  patzer2: Of course Black's blunder was 17...Bc4?? After 17...Na6 =, Black is "back in the saddle again" to quote Gene Autry's lyrics @
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  kevin86: With18 ♕d8 white has two crushing threats: 19♕xe8# and 19 ♕f6 threatening inescapable mate,a theme that will in fact come up later in the text. The knight move to d7 guards the f6 square as well as connecting the rooks.
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  patzer2: <DexterGordon> Thanks for the compliment. I'd be embarassed to say how long it takes me to solve some problems or how complex I can find a seemingly "easy puzzle," especially when I try to figure out how the position might have come about.
May-04-06  YouRang: I found 18. Qd8 and the few moves that follow -- enough to satisfy myself that White could finish at least a piece up.

Clearly the key to solving this was to notice and exploit the weaknesses around Black's king (on the back rank and on f6-g7).

May-04-06  YouRang: I agree that Black blew the opening here -- particularly after castling to a weakened kingside position, and allowing white to plant that killer bishop on h6 -- with White's queen roaming about! What WAS he thinking!?

"Gee, I hope Unzicker doesn't notice this perpetual instant mate..."

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  gawain: <jmelton> is right. Following 17 bxc3 with 17 ...Bc4?? was the losing move. I see no win for White after 17... Na6!

17... Na6 18 f5 Bxf5 leads nowhere for W. Likewise 18 Rd2 Bc4. (After the b8 knight has emerged, Bc4 is a good move instead of a blunder.) Does anyone see any other worthwhile try for W?

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  gawain: Sorry to duplicate you, <patzer2>. You got your comment in while I was still editing my post.
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  LIFE Master AJ: White to move, 18.???

Daily problem, Thursday; May 04, 2006.

Nice analysis guys. Apparently 17...Bc4 was a mistake, as <patzer2> has already pointed out.

Thanks to "chessgames" for another puzzle!

May-04-06  HELLOHELLOWATER: Very Very easy fun puzzle About 8 seconds
May-04-06  Sami Jr: This was much easier than the preivious Unzicker puzzles this week!
May-04-06  Paintbucket: I didn't get this one.
May-04-06  EmperorAtahualpa: Found it! I solved all puzzles so far this week, except for Monday's puzzle, oddly enough!
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  Sneaky: How far exactly do we have to have seen to have solved this? I saw up to 19...Bxe2 and thought "gee it looks like Black might get some counterplay but I'm not sure."
May-04-06  c o r e: <patzer2> Same here. Sometimes I see a position and I just can't see how it might have come about, or where it might be going. Some moves, and even some resignations, are just too deep for me to see sometimes.

Today's puzzle didn't look too tough, until I saw black's defense in the text. It would have given me some trouble OTB for certain, but in all I was quite happy finding 18. ♕d8, even if the path to final victory wasn't quite clear.

May-04-06  notyetagm: I found 18 ♕d8!, exploiting the <weak back rank>, and intended to follow it with 19 ♕f6, threatening 20 ♕g7# by targeting the <weak dark squares> around the Black king.

I failed to find the best defense, 18 ... ♘d7, the only move to meet the threats to both the back rank and the f6-g7 dark-square complex.

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