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Darcy Lima vs Paulo Cezar De Souza Haro
zt 2.4 (2001), Sao Paulo BRA, rd 6, Jun-13
Mikenas Defense (A40)  ·  1-0



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Jul-19-10  C4gambit: Mondays: I feel like the world champion, i can play anyone blindfold, even with ear plugs.

Tuesdays: I am still a GM. No problem playing against those newcomers.

Wednesdays: Its a good game, but i know i can win if i give enough efforts.

Thursdays: Well, i am just a novice, what do you expect?

Fridays: I turn into very deep analyzing chess "expert", trying thousands of variations, explaining and comprehending the situation, positional advantage, themes and theories...and so many things... just to find dead ends. And then be amazed at how simple the solution was!

Saturdays: I feel like changing my hobby to something like mud wrestling.

Sundays: I am not insane, just happy cause tomorrow is monday.

Todays answer - the white queenie captures the black knight grazing at the right upper corner.

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  johnlspouge: 16.Qxh8+ looks good :)

I am going to take a sabbatical from chess puzzles for a while.

Jul-19-10  wordfunph: forced 16.Qxh8+ Kxh8 17.Nxf7+ Kg8 18.Nxd8 Nxd8 and black is rook down..
Jul-19-10  Patriot: I didn't get as far as 18...Nxd8 but knew that the sequence was winning at least a piece.
Jul-19-10  gropek: White to play 16.?

D Lima vs P De Souza Haro

Difficulty: Very Easy

Material is even. White's activity is better. White can't checkmate black right away. Taking the rook on f7 loses material after 16 Nxf7 Nxd4 17 Nxd8 Nxc2+ 18 Kd1 Nxa1. Looking for another possibility it's easy to find the answer:

16 Qxh8+ Kxh8

17 Nxf7+ Kg8

18 Nxd8 Nxd8

Being a rook ahead.

Jul-19-10  gropek: <C4gambit> So true :)
Jul-19-10  Brandon plays: Qxh8 Kxh8 Nf7+ Kg8 Nxd8
Jul-19-10  randomsac: I was trying to find a way to make Nxf7 work, but black's knight fork ruined everything. Then I realized I could use the same strategy to my advantage. Qxh8+ leads to Nxf7+ and it's the exchange.
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  kevin86: An easy one! White sac the queen,then captures the rook forking king and queen. White will gain rook,knight,and queen for knight and queen-leaving him a rook ahead.

The opening is quaint-sort of an Alekhine's defense of the queen side-doesn't look sound,however.

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  chrisowen: Also 13..g6 it was a gaging shot in the dark. Long diagonal bore down 14.Qd4 and black is harrowed, roast pig. Laud over the knight flies 15.Ng5 rook is in a body bag stiffs him.
Jul-19-10  TheTamale: Here Black plays the way I play against my computer after a couple of beers.
Jul-19-10  LIFE Master AJ: 2EZ. 16.Qxh8+! and 17.Nxf7+, etc.
Jul-19-10  YouRang: With 16.Qxh8 Kxh8 17.Nxf7+, white recovers the queen and wins a rook along the way.
Jul-19-10  MaczynskiPratten: Black's play in this opening (particularly the Knight self-imprisoned on h8 by move 16) makes it look like an equivalent of Bill Hartston's famous "Pig and Gibbon Defence", where Bob told George in the pub just before the game about the wonderful Modern Defence, "you can play it against anything - a universal pancreas"; 1 e4 g6 2 d4 Bg7 and that it is essential to play d6 ... so when White began 1 d4, he assumed he should play b6 followed by Bb7 and the very important d6. George won a splendid game and his delight was only slightly lessened when they looked at the book afterwards to discover that his opening play had been total nonsense.

Unfortunately Mr de Souza here was up against someone better than your average pub player.

Thanks to <Jamboree> for explaining how it should be played. But this leaves another question; if you're a 2237 and about to play a weird opening against a 2550 to catch him off balance, shouldn't you learn the key lines first?!

Jul-19-10  JG27Pyth: <JohnLSpouge: I am going to take a sabbatical from chess puzzles for a while.>

I'll miss you and your all t's crossed all i's dotted kibitz's -- but one does need to recharge and reset sometimes.

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  johnlspouge: < <JG27Pyth: <JohnLSpouge: I am going to take a sabbatical from chess puzzles for a while.>

I'll miss you and your all t's crossed all i's dotted kibitz's >

Yeah, I might get it right, but I'll never be as witty as you, <Pyth>.

Jul-19-10  JG27Pyth: <JohnLSpouge: Yeah, I might get it right, but I'll never be as witty as you, <Pyth>>

Well, you can't expect yourself to produce gems of self-deprecating humor when you squander your opportunities getting them right!?

Anyway, Once has put us all to shame with his new literary form: the Chess-Puzzle-as-Parable.

Jul-19-10  jheiner: <JohnLSpouge: I am going to take a sabbatical from chess puzzles for a while.>

Cheers John. Thanks for the analyses. Enjoy the sabbatical and good luck with your games.

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  ZUGZWANG67: I took too long to resolve. I was trying to find a mate.

16.Qxh8+ Kxh8 17.Nxf7+ Kg7 18.Nxd8 Nxd8 wins a R.

16.Nxf7 Nxd4 17.Nxd8 Nxc2+ 18.Kd1 Nxa1 doesn't work: it loses a p.

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  gawain: Qxh8+ will win a rook outright after Nxf7+ forking the K and Q. . It's a nice combination.

"Amen" to <c4gambit>'s Monday through Sunday diary entries.

Jul-19-10  muralman: After not only missed Sundays, I didn't grasp the answer either, this little Queen sacrifice felt as good as a jump in a cold river these hot days; how refreshing.
Jul-19-10  wals: So easy, it's a shame I didn't solve it. I actually went for 16.Nxf7 which finished up something like this.

Analysis by Rybka 3 1-cpu:

1. = (0.00): 16...Nxd4 17.Nxd8[] Nxc2+[] 18.Kf2 Nxa1[] 19.exd5 exd5 20.Bg2 c6[] 21.Re1 Kf8 22.Bd2[] Nc2 23.Rc1[] Bf5 24.Nxb7 Nf7 25.g4 Bd3 26.Bf1 Bxf1 27.Kxf1 Nd4 28.Bc3 c5 29.b4 Rxa2 30.bxc5[] Nb3 31.Bg7+ Kg8

Jul-19-10  ruzon: < johnlspouge: 16.Qxh8+ looks good :)

I am going to take a sabbatical from chess puzzles for a while.>

John, I don't post often, mainly because everything has been said by the time I get to the kibitzing. But there aren't enough people on this site to prevent me from saying that I will miss your commentary.

Jul-19-10  TheaN: Monday 19 July 2010


Target: 0:40;000
Taken: 0:08;814

Material: White up minor piece exchange

Candidates: Qg7†, Nxf7, <[Qxh8†]>

I think Black correctly calculated 15....Nc6 16.Nxf7 Nxd4 17.Nxd8 Nxc2† 18.Kd1 Nxa1= trapping both Knights and an open game. However, he's missing the small shot:

<16.Qxh8†!> well of course, if the Queen is en prise anyway why not just pseudo-sac it.

<16....Kxh8 17.Nxf7† Kg8 18.Nxd8 Nxd8 19.Bg2 > and the game is going to end quickly. Time to check.

Jul-19-10  Bobsterman3000: Inspired by the future greatness of Morozevich...
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