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Ali Farahat vs Aleksei Surjadnji
Golden Cleopatra Open (2001), Cairo EGY, rd 1, May-02
Sicilian Defense: Paulsen Variation. Modern Line (B44)  ·  0-1



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Jan-26-10  zooter: 23...Qxc1+ 24.Bxc1 Bc5 wins the exchange. Initially I thought the interposition 25.Be3 would save white but then noticed the other rook on e8 (which I had subconsciouly registered while counting pieces)

Time to check

Jan-26-10  A Karpov Fan: got it
Jan-26-10  zb2cr: Found the solution. For cogent commentary, see the posts by <chesskidnate>, <dzechiel>, <kevinatcausa>, <mrsaturdaypants>, <johnlspouge>, <lost in space>, <Formula7>, <WhenHarryMetSally>, <VincentL>, <stacase>, <agb2002>, <gofer>, and <zooter>.
Jan-26-10  remolino: 23...Qxc1, yes, I will say it, an easy Tuesday. I am starting to prefer easy days nowdays.
Jan-26-10  DarthStapler: Got it easily
Jan-26-10  casper51: SufferingBruin Glad to see someone else is in my position. :)
Jan-26-10  gropek: got it easily, in 3 seconds. That was easier then yesterday, when i kept several minutes looking at it to find the answer.
Jan-26-10  TheaN: Tuesday 26 January 2010


Target: 1:25;000
Taken: 0:32;781

Material: =

Candidates: Qxc1†, Rxe3, oh wait <[Qxc1†]>

Have to make this kibitz fast so not too much analysis. The fact that White is opting for tempogain with 23.Rc1 Black can probably abuse it in this position. First thinking that this move fails, it actually wins very easy:

<23....Qxc1† 24.Bxc1> what else? It loses a Rook otherwise.

<24....Bc5 > and Black wins a clear exchange as this wins Queen for Bishop back. The endgame should win, time to check.

Jan-26-10  TheaN: 2/2

As well, of course, due to the earlier possibility of Rxe3, 25.Be3 Bxe3 doesn't work as defense. Back to work now! :)

Jan-26-10  kurtrichards: 23. ... Qxc1+ 24. Bxc1 Bc5 winning.
Jan-26-10  CHESSTTCAMPS: This middlegame position likely arose from a Sicilian in which white employed a Maroczy bind pawn structure with pawns on c4 & e4. White has badly misplayed the position: the minor pieces and Q are all misplaced and white does not even control d5 nor the g1-a7 diagonal. Not surprisingly, black can exploit the lineup of Q & K and finish the game:

23... Qxc1+ 24.Bxc1 Bc5 25.Kf1 (Qxc5 is no better) Bxf2 26.Kxf2 Bxd5 and black's extra exchange plus pawn wins easily.

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  patzer2: The sham Queen sacrifice 23...Qxc1+! utilizes a capture as a deflection to set up the pin 24. Bxc1 Bc5 , which snares more than enough material (wins the White Queen and the exchange) to score the full point and solve today's Tuesday puzzle.
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  patzer2: White's obvious blunder was 23. Rc1?? However, other moves (e.g. 23. Bf1 Rxe3! ) also leave White at a clear disadvantage.

For an earlier improvement, white might consider 17. Nab1 =.

On the other hand, Black's 18...d5! is an excellent example of a strong positional pawn sacrifice -- which I suspect is thematic in this sicilian variation.

Jan-26-10  Uncle Mark: Good, also today i see it on spot !
But the hard work will begin tomorrow........
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  chrisowen: Qxc1 Bxc1 Bc5 should seal it. Ali thieves the treasured queen yet caves in loolking around once a couple of arabian knights tangle..Qxc5 Nxc5 Nc3 Na4. The rook/ knight combination unlocks his defence with open ease..same as 26..Bxd5. He jipped white out of a draw.
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  kevin86: Black sacs the queen to set up a pin to win rook for knight.
Jan-26-10  ChessKnightsOfLondon: ok todays winning move what could it be. I shall think on instict lets just take off that rook and pin the queen with the bishop!
Jan-26-10  David2009: Tuesday's puzzle A Frhat vs A Surjadnji, 2001 Black 23...?

White has presumably just blundered away the exchange with 23 Rc1 and Black gratefully accepts with 23...Qxc1+ expecting 24 Bxc1 Bc5 25 Kf1 (or Resigns) Bxd2 26 Kxd2 and Black should win. Not 25 Be3?? Bxe3 losing a further B. Time to check and play throuh the game:
As expected. <gofer> has found White's best move 25th move, 25 Kf1 loses a further P for nothing.

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(Frhat vs Surjadnji 2001, 23?) Crafty on-line link to the above position with White to play: Can you draw or win from this position against Crafty? Alternatively (starting 23 Rc1?) can you save the position?

Jan-26-10  wals: White made at least 3 blunders according to Rybka 3 1cpu 3071mb hash 18.Nab1 (-0.35) better was Bf4 (+0.06)
20.Nxd5 (-0.77) " " b5 (-0.38)
23.Rc1(-2.78) " " Rd4 (-1.02)
Jan-26-10  Chris1Clark: I got it and was convinced I was wrong so there you go. Usually victory in these puzzles is more decisive.
Jan-26-10  YouRang: I got it pretty quickly once I noticed the potential for pinning the white Q+K with my bishop on the c5-to-g1 diagonal.

At first glance, it seems impossible because white's DSB and rook are both guarding the key c5 square, but with another glance one can see that the bishop is also busy guarding that rook!

This means that I can eliminate both guards with 23...Qxc1+ 24.Bxc1 which springs 24...Bc5, and now black gets the queen back for a bishop -- effectively winning the exchange.

Jan-26-10  cyclon: 23. -Qxc1+ wins the exchange (to start with) by; 24.Bxc1 Bc5.
Jan-26-10  mworld: 26...Na4 was a beutiful move to see in advance!
Jan-26-10  WhiteRook48: 23...Qxc1+ 24 Bxc1 Bc5 too easy
Jan-26-10  Moonwalker: <Chris1Clark> , I know how you feel... I did the same: solved it and thought I must be missing something!
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