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Hermann Pusch vs Marc Andre Fuhrmann
"When Pusch Comes to Shove" (game of the day Aug-08-2013)
12th Süder Sommerpokal (2001), Recklinghausen GER, rd 2, Aug-05
French Defense: Exchange Variation (C01)  ·  1-0



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  al wazir: The game is heading for zugzwang and black has no way to stop it.
Aug-08-13  Blunderdome: Oh, bummer. I submitted "When Pushkov Comes to Shove" recently, they probably won't use both. Looks like FSR beat me by a few years, though.
Aug-08-13  sorch: Another page in zugzwang history: white bishop skates on the long diagonal while mate is coming.
Aug-08-13  Vincenze: Or "the Putsch"
Aug-08-13  morfishine: The final position reminds me of a famous puzzle:

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White to mate in 3


Aug-08-13  TheaN: For those missing the zugzwang, black is forced to defend f6 against mate, 51....Nd7 doesn't threat anything so white can shuffle the bishop: 52.Ba1 g5 53.Bb2 gxf4 54.gxf4 Ne5+ 55.fxe5 fxe5 56.Bxe5#.

After 51....Ne4 52.Kf8 g5, white should be wary for stalemate after 53.Ba1 (53.Bd4 leads to mate) gxf4 54.gxf4 Nc3!, but white can still correct himself with 55.Bb2! Ne4/Nd5 and now 56.Bd4 and 57.Bxf6#.

Aug-08-13  Caissa4ever: The solution to the puzzle morfishine has submitted : 1 Bf6 gxf6
2 kf8 f5
3 Nf7 #
Aug-08-13  azax: This is one of the prettiest zugzwangs (with 20 moves of setup!) I can remember seeing. White does a very good job stopping Black from getting both his knights to look at d5.
Aug-08-13  kevin86: Black will stop the mate,but white will compel the knight to move again...and allow the mate.

Just think,if the winner had stolen some Budwiser,his caper would be known as the Pusch beer haul.

Aug-08-13  faroiden: 51..Ne4 52.Ba3 look´s good.
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  Honza Cervenka: It reminds me another puzzle

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White to win.

Aug-08-13  Abdel Irada: I wonder whether Black felt <nervous> during this game.

Aug-08-13  The Last Straw: Nice! Zugzwang coming up!
Aug-08-13  The Last Straw: It looked drawn for quite a while.
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  perfidious: White just kept Pusching his king.
Aug-08-13  bengalcat47: This reminds me of Tarrasch's famous win against Reti at Vienna in 1922.
Aug-08-13  ZeejDonnelly: nice wordsmithing <FSR>
Aug-08-13  ZeejDonnelly: <bengalcat47> could you link the game? i'm not familiar with this victory
Aug-09-13  NewLine: <Honza> Nasty puzzle!

1.Bd5+ Ng2 2.Ba8 h3

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4.Kc7+ Ng2
5.Kc6 Ne1
6.Kd6+ Ng2
7.Kd5 Ne1
8.Ke5+ Ng2
9.Ke4 Ne1
10.Kf4+ Ng2+
11.Kf3 Ne1+
12.Kf2+ Ng2
13.Ng3# 1-0

Aug-09-13  Infohunter: <morfishine> <Honza> Great puzzles! Any idea who composed them, and when?
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  Honza Cervenka: <ZeejDonnelly> Tarrasch vs Reti, 1922
Aug-09-13  morfishine: <Infohunter> I don't know who composed this puzzle. Someone showed it to me a couple of years ago. I saw it in a book recently and though it looked familiar it took some time for me to solve.

<Honza Cervenka> That is really a great puzzle! I'm going to post it in my forum for a few days and see if there are any takers


Aug-09-13  DoctorD: <Morfishine> - the problem you cite was composed by Alexander Galitzky, Shahmaty Journal 1900, although other publication dates are given. It has often been rediscovered by other composers, and you will note that if you turn the position 180 degrees:

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You will come across another problem composed by Galitzky, this one a mate in four. Talented composers like Galitzky will often turn positions around and around, seeing what the various differences might show.

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  FSR: <ZeejDonnelly: nice wordsmithing <FSR>>

Thanks, <ZeejDonnelly>.

Aug-09-13  Infohunter:

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Solution to Galitzky's inverted problem:

1.Nb5 Kb1
2.Nc3+ Ka1
3.Kc2 b1=Q+

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