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Gerardo Barbero vs Gilles Andruet
Montpellier (1986), Montpellier FRA
Queen's Indian Defense: Kasparov-Petrosian. Andersson Variation (E12)  ·  1-0



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Nov-30-17  mel gibson: The computer says mate in 12

30. Nf5+ (30. Nf5+ (♘h4-f5+
e6xf5 ♕h5xh6+ ♔g7-g8 ♕h6-g5+ ♔g8-f8 ♖c6-h6 ♔f8-e8 ♕g5-f6 ♕b7-c7 e5-e6 f7xe6 ♕f6xe6+ ♔e8-f8 ♖h6-f6+ ♔f8-g7 ♖f6-g6+ ♔g7-h8 ♕e6-f6+ ♔h8-h7 ♖g6-h6+ ♔h7-g8 ♖h6-h8+) +M12/17 26)

Nov-30-17  patzer2: Got the first four moves of today's Thursday puzzle (30. ?) with 30.Nf5+ exf5 31.Qxh6+ Kg8 32.Qg5+ Kf8 33. Rh6 +-.

After 33...Ke8, instead of 34. e6 +- (mate in 23, Stockfish 8) my pick was 34. Qxf5 (mate in 28, Stockfish 8). The quickest route to mate is 34. Qf6 (mate in 8, Stockfish 8).

P.S.: For a possible early Black improvement, instead of 8...Bxd3 9. Qxd3 = to ⩲ (+0.20 @ 33 ply, Stockfish 8) I slightly prefer 8...d5 = to ⩲ (+0.14 @ 32 ply, Stockfish 8) as in Kramnik vs Vaganian, 1995.

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  ajk68: Black has so many bad pieces in the middle of the game. There isn't a strategy here. The development is haphazard.
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  ajk68: 21...g6 really has me stymied. Why weaken the king side?
Nov-30-17  morfishine: Pathetic play by Black


Nov-30-17  saturn2: Blacks pieces are in the corner far from the king. I dont know if 31 Rxh6 also works after 31..Rg8
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  agb2002: The material is identical.

Black threatens Qxc6.

The position of the black king suggests 30.Nf5+:

A) 30... exf5 31.Qxh6+ Kg8 32.Rf6 (threatens 33.Rxf5 and 34.Rg5#; 32.Qg5+ Kf8 33.Rh6 Ke8 34.Rh8+ Kd7 35.Qxf5+ Kc6 36.Rh6+ Kc7 37.Qxf7+ Kb8 unclear)

A.1) 32... Qc8 33.Qg5+ Kf8 (33... Kh8 34.Rh6#) 34.Rh6 Ke8 (34... f5(6) 35.Qf6+ and mate soon) 35.Rh8+ Kd7 36.Qxf7+ Kc6 37.Rxc8 wins decisive material.

A.2) 32... Qd7 33.Qg5+ Kf8 34.Rh6 f5(6) 35.Qf6+ and mate next.

A.3) 32... Qe7 33.Rxf5 f6 (33... Qf8 34.Rg5+ Qg7 35.Qxg7#) 34.Rxf6

A.3.a) 34... Qg7 35.Rg5 wins decisive material.

A.3.b) 34... Qh7 35.Qg5+ and either 36.Rh5 or 36.Rg5 will pin the black queen.

A.3.c) 34... Rf8 35.Rg6+ Kf7 36.Rg7+ wins decisive material.

A.4) 32... Nc5 33.Rxf5

A.4.a) 33... Ne4 34.Rh5 f5(6) 35.Qh8+ Kf7 36.Qh7+ and 37.Qxb7 wins.

A.4.b) 33... f6 34.exf6

A.4.b.i) 34... Kf7 35.Qh7+ wins.

A.4.b.ii) 34... Rf8 35.Qg6+ and mate in two

A.4.b.iii) 34... Qf7 35.Rg5+ and mate next.

A.4.b.iv) 34... Ra7 35.Qg6+ Kf8 (35... Kh8 36.Rh5+ Qh7 37.Qe8#) 36.Rh6 wins.

B) 30... Kh7(8) 31.Qxh6+ Kg8 32.Qg7#.

C) 30... Kg8 31.Qg4+ Kf8 32.Qg7+ Ke8 33.Rxe6+ (or 33.Nd6+ Kd7 34.Nxb7 Kxc6 35.Qxf7, etc.)

C.1) 33... fxe6 34.Qxb7 wins.

C.2) 33... Kd7 34.Qxf7+ Kc8 35.Re8#.

C.3) 33... Kd8 34.Qf8+ Kc7 35.Qxf7+ Kb8 36.Re8+ Ka7 37.Re7 wins.

D) 30... Kf8 31.Qxh6+ Ke8 32.Nd6+ as above.

Nov-30-17  gofer: Both the rook and knight sacrifices look tempting, but the rook sacrifice seems premature. This is a simple <Thursday> POTD, but only because black has absolutely no defensive pieces on the kingside (i.e. Na6 is well and truly dim and Ra8 isn't much better!).

<30 Nf5+ ...>

30 ... Kh7/Kh8
31 Qxh6+ Kg8
32 Qg7#

30 ... exf5
31 Qxh6+ Kg8
32 Qg4+ Kf8
33 Rh6 Ke8
34 e6! fxe6
35 Qg8+! Kd7/Kd7
36 Qxe6+ Kd8
37 Qd6+! Ke8
38 Rh8+ Kf7
39 Rh7+ Ke8
40 Qg6+ Kf8
41 Qf6+ Kg8
42 Qh8#

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<30 ... Kf8>
<31 Qxh6+ Ke8>

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Now we seem to have come to a crossroads.

1) We can give up the rook for a queen and a certain win

32 Nd6+ Kd7
33 Nxb7 Kxc6
34 Nd6 +-


2) We can go for something a little more emphatic!

<32 Rxe6+! ...>

32 ... Kd7
33 Re7+ mating

32 ... Kd8
33 Qf8+ Kd7/Kc7
34 Qd6+ Kc8
35 Re8#

<32 ... fxe6>
<33 Nd6+ Ke7>
<34 Qg7+ Kd8>
<35 Qf8+ Kd7>
<36 Qf7+ Kd8>
<37 Qe8+ Kc7>
<38 Qe7+ Kc6/Kb8>

<39 Qxb7#>

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<Patzer2: I am suprised that <34 e6> takes another 23 moves!>

<34 ... fxe6> seems to be only 8 more moves to mate, so it must be from black giving up Q+R+N to form a "defence", with something like... <34 ... Qe7 35 Rh8+ Qf8 36 Qf6 Ra7 37 Rxf8+ Kxf8 38 Qh8+ Ke7 39 exf7> that black puts up more resistence, but another 17 moves to mate...!?

Nov-30-17  clement41: I cannot claim full credit for this one, as I missed 34 e6. Instead I went 34 Rh8 Kd7 35 Qf5 Kc6 36 Qc2 and was not even 100% sure I can force a repetition/perpetual
Nov-30-17  ChatGrognon: Missed e6. That was a nice finish.
Nov-30-17  malt: 30.Nf5+ ef5
(30...Kg8 31.Qg4+ Kf8 32.Qg7+ Ke8 33.Nd6+) 31.Q:h6+ Kg8 32.R:b6 Qa7 33.Qg5+ Kf8 34.Rh6 Ke8 35.Qf6 Qc7/Qb8 36.Rh8+
Nov-30-17  WorstPlayerEver: Not so hard as yesterday

A Schwarz vs Bird, 1873

However, it's adviced to thoroughly study the meaning of open lines when a King is under pressure. Especially a move like 30... Kg8 where White has two pieces hanging, but the threatening fork of the Knight and the open lines make Black's situation hopeless.

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20 pieces (10/10): WS: 6, BS: 14 / QS: W4-B6, KS: W6-B4 / Kg2-Kg8

The position may even become more illustrative when we apply the concept of metamorphose on it:

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Nov-30-17  mike1: Could please someone advise why 31.Rxh6 does not work? Next either Qxg5+ or Rh7+...
Nov-30-17  Walter Glattke: A5) 31.Nf5+ exf5 32.Rf6 Rh8 I think A) is
no good ides.
Nov-30-17  paavoh: After the straight-forward 30.Nf5+ exf5 31.Qxh6+ Kg8 32.Qg5+ Kf8 33.Rh6, I ended up chasing the Black King over to the Q side, without a mate. I failed to spot the power of 34.e6.

Seems that I have company...

Nov-30-17  WorstPlayerEver: 34. Qf6 Qc7 35. e6 fxe6 36. Qxe6+ Kf8 37. Rf6+ Kg7 38. Rg6+ Kh7 39. Rh6+ Kg7 40. Qf6+ Kg8 41. Rh8#
Nov-30-17  patzer2: <Mike1> Your 31. Rxh6 +- also works. The Stockfish application on our Olga viewer gives the following analysis:

1) +7.62 (25 ply) 31...Rg8 32.e6 Kf8 33.Rf6 Rg7 34.exf7 Qxf7 35.Rxf7+ Rxf7 36.Qh8+ Ke7 37.Qc8 f4 38.gxf4 Rxf4 39.Qb7+ Kf6 40.Qxb6+ Kg5 41.Qxa6 Rg4+ 42.Kf3 Rf4+ 43.Ke3 Re4+ 44.Kd3 Rf4 45.Qxa5 Rxf2 46.Qxd5+ Kg6 47.Kc3 Kg7 48.Kb3 Rf6 49.Qg5+ Kf7 50.Qc5 Rf2

Nov-30-17  Marmot PFL: Very tricky puzzle as I underestimated the power of 34 e6! Helps that Na6 might as well be off the board for all the use it is to black.
Nov-30-17  WorstPlayerEver: Perhaps the most clear demonstration of positional passivity/activity exposes itself when when we study the following position:

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Because now it's just a mate in 2 really. I bet y'all missed it. In a brute state of denial regarded to my obvious hint. That what was expected, however.

Never mind, nothing to worry about..

Nov-30-17  wtpy: Clearly there are lots of ways to win after knight sac.
Nov-30-17  Lambda: I went all around the houses with this one: 30.Nf5+ exf5 31.Qxh6+ Kg8 32.Qg5+ Kf8 33.Rh6 Ke8 34.Qxf5 Kd8 35.Rh8+ Kc7 36.Qxf7+ Kc6 37.Qg6+ Kb5 38.Qd3+ Ka4 39.Qc2+ Kb5 40.Qb3+ Kc6 41.Rh6+ Kc7 42.Rh7+ Kc8 43.Rxb7 Kxb7
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  varishnakov: I went with Rxh6, which is also winning. My ideas are laid out below. There were so many variations that I had to go more with a feel for the attack rather than seeing all the possible defensive options and responses.


> 30...Kf8 31.Qxh6+ Ke8 32.Nd6+ wins the queen > 30...Kg8 31.Nxh6+

>> 31...Kf8 32.Rxb6
>> 31...Kg7 32.Nf5+

30...exf5 31.Rxh6 with a strong attack

>31...Rg8 32.Rh7+ Kf8 33.e6
>31...Kf8 32.e6

In fact, now that I think of it, perhaps an immediate e6 is called for after 31...Rg8

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  Breunor: Ironically sad, both players died young.
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  eternaloptimist: I saw the combination all the way until right before 34.♙e6!. ♙e6! is a difficult move to see & b/c of this I think this puzzle should be ranked difficult instead of medium. I see that quite a few of u guys missed ♙e6!. This is a very good combo by the Argentine GM Barbero!
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  Bubo bubo: The sac 30.Nf5+ opens the 6th rank for the rook: after 30...exf5 (otherwise Black gets mated or loses his queen by a knight fork on d6) 31.Qxh6+ Kg8 32.Qg5+ Kf8 33.Rh6 Ke8 34.Qxf5 threatens mate-in-three (35.Rh8+ Ke7 36.Qf6+ Kd7 37.Qd6#), and Black has no sufficient response:

A) 34...Rd8 35.Rh8+ Ke7 36.Qf6+ Kd7 37.Qd7+ Kc8 38.Rxc8#

B) 34...Ke7 35.Qf6+ etc.

C) 34...Kd8 35.Rh8+ Kc7 36.Qxf7+ Kc6 37.Rh6+ loses the queen

D) 34...Qb8/Qe7 35.Rh8+

E) 34...Qc7 35.Rh8+ Ke7 36.Qf6+ Kd7 37.Qxf7+ Kc6 38.Qxc7+ Kxc7 39.Rxa8, and 40.RxN simplifies to a trivially won pawn ending.

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