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Pawel Blehm vs Albert Hernandez
Final Four Championship (2004), Lindsborg, KS USA, rd 2, Apr-03
Sicilian Defense: Dragon Variation. Yugoslav Attack Early deviations (B75)  ·  1-0



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Sep-06-04  Minor Piece Activity: This wasn't so bad. After you see the pin, it plays itself. I wanted another Bxh7 though. :(

I guess judging from all the thematic Bxh7 sacks, is testing out its sacrifice explorer? =D

Sep-06-04  drcdwil: Maybe this week will be rook (psuedo)sacs. Rook offers at best.
Sep-06-04  Chesspatch: Monday... hehe.
Sep-06-04  who: Wow! White has nice combinations throughout the game.
Sep-06-04  BadTemper: I'd see this in 1 second too if I was playing the game myself and wasn't told white to play and win. Easy 1 2night.
Sep-06-04  iron maiden: <BadTemper> It's Monday, so it's supposed to be easy. Please don't go the way of FerociousBeast. :-)
Sep-06-04  Tiamat: Wow I totally missed that one, I would have kept thinking, however, I glanced to see how many moves there were and I accidentally caught the move when I checked if it was a checkmate.

I think it would have been move obvious as well if I were playing the game.

Iron maiden, what do you mean the way of FerociousBeast.?


Sep-06-04  UmbraPlaudat: Well, I saw 34. Rd7+, but I wasn't quite sure of the reason behind black's resign, was it because of:
35.Qxc7 Qxc7
where white is up by a rook
or are there better combinations which I fail to recognize?

-B. Mikel

Sep-06-04  greystar69: <UmbraPlaudat> Black has a choice between 34.... Kh6 35.Qxc7 Qxc7 36.Rxc7 to go a rook down or 34... Rxd7 35. Qxb8 to go rook for queen down. It's as simple as that - such a loss of material without positional gain is irrecoverable.
Sep-06-04  dac1990: These kind of problem ar easy because moves like Rd7+ are usually the only winning possibility. Truly hard problems are more complex.
Sep-06-04  Larsker: In order to be a true FB wannabee, your comments have to comprise two elements: 1) Boasting about solving the puzzle in a nanosecond or less. 2) Deprecative remarks about those who didn't fare so well. BadTemper's kibitz only comprised the first element and therefore does not qualify as a true FB post.
Sep-06-04  artemis: <Larsker> you for got to mention pretending to be able to play at GM strength when he feels like it :).

While I say this out of jest, we should remember the rules on the kibitzing, "No personal attacks against other users"

I do so love the yugoslav attack... when I am not playing against it! I find it very interesting that Kasparov has as recently as this year opted to play the scheveningen over the dragon in decisive matches. To all who hate the Yugoslav attack, but love the dragon, Kasparov has found a way around both problems. Play the scheveningen. If your opponent plays the set up of the Yugoslav, you can play against it as normal, without the draw back of having a weakened kingside (the yugoslac attack against anything besides the dragon is known as either the english attack, or the verisimilov attack [ I am not sure of the spelling of the last name]). If they castle kingside, then you can do likewise, and refionchetto your kingside bishop. Although this seems like a waste of time, your opponent will likely have to set up a very difficult attack, including f2-f4, and g2-g4-g5. With both bishops fionchettoed, and with the possability of opening up the f file for your second rook, your attack should be overwhelming, with the control of the two long diagonals, and the domination of two open or semi-open files. A warning to all: The sicilian scheveningen is considered one of the most difficult variations to play, but the rewards are incredible!

Sep-06-04  Knight13: 34. Rd7+? I thought it was a blunder.
Sep-06-04  MatrixManNe0: <Knight13> No, actually 34. Rd7! is quite the opposite of a blunder. With white's 34th move, white is guaranteed the exchange (at least):

34. Rd7

i) 34... Rxd7 35. Qxb8
ii) 34... Bg7?? 35. Qxg7#
iii) 34... Be7?? 35. Qxe7+
iv) 34... Kh8? 35. Qxc7
v) 34... Kh6? Qxc7

But then again greystar69 has already posted these, so whatever.

Sep-06-04  worktobedestroyed: <artemis>.. sounds interesting, do you have any games we could look at?
Sep-06-04  notyetagm: Very nice. This problem took me a bit of time to solve because there are quite a few piece interactions to consider. But once I realized that the Black queen on b8 was undefended so that the Black rook on c7 was pinned, I saw 34 Rd7+! very quickly.

Lesson learned: <ALWAYS UNPIN!>.

Sep-06-04  samikd: I missed the puzzles of Fri,Sat,Sun and they are really important to me. Can somebody tell me how to find missed puzzles. If there is no way to do it, can somebody tell me what games those were, so I can look 'em up ?
Sep-06-04  Larsker: <samikd> On the front page, click on Members area (upper right part of the page). Choose Tactics archive. There you'll find those games.
Sep-06-04  VStrider: This one was easy. It took me about 40 secs. Like <Minor Piece Activity> said, after you see the pin, it plays itself.
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  kevin86: I solved this one very quickly;note how with his queen en prise,white puts his rook in danger also---and he WINS material. Fine finish.
Sep-07-04  samikd: <Larsker> Thanks a lot

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