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Terry Farley vs Moses Kawuma
Calvia Olympiad (2004), Calvia ESP, rd 7, Oct-22
Sicilian Defense: Grand Prix Attack (B23)  ·  1-0



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Jan-20-15  Cheapo by the Dozen: Re7+, for diversion against Black's king, as in

28 Re7+ Kf6
30 Qxg6+ Kxg6
31 Rxd7

White enters the endgame with an exchange and pawn advantage.

Jan-20-15  Fish55: After 28. Re7+ Kf6, even better is
29. Qh4+ Qg5 30. Qxg5+, Kxg5 31. Rxg7+
ending up a full rook ahead.
Jan-20-15  diagonalley: yep... i went with <Fish55> ... neat twist for a tuesday
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  agb2002: White has a rook and a pawn for the bishop pair.

Black threatens 29... Qxh7.

The black king protects the queen. Therefore, 29.Re7+:

A) 29... Kxe7 30.Qxg6 + - [Q+P vs 2B].

B) 29... Kf6 30.Qh4+ (much better than 30.Qxg6+ Kxg6 31.Rxd7 + - [R+P vs B]) 30... Qg5 31.Qxg5+ Kxg5 32.Rxg7+ followed by 33.Rxd7 + - [R+P].

Jan-20-15  M.Hassan: "Easy"
White to play 29.?
White has a Rook+pawn for a Knight+Bishop
Black King becomes separated from Queen by a check:

<if...Kxe7 30.Qxg6 and Black Queen is lost for a White Rook>

30.Qh4+ Qg5(forced)
31.Qxg5+ Kxg5
32.Rxg7+ Kh6
Queens are exchanged and White gets two Bishops too.

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  Check It Out: 29.Re7+ looks good
Jan-20-15  TheBish: T Farley vs M Kawuma, 2004

White to play (29.?) "Easy", White has a rook and pawn for two bishops.

29. Re7+! Kf6

Obviously the only square to maintain defense of the queen; 29...Kxe7 30. Qxg6 would be hopeless.

30. Qh4+!

It would be easy enough to settle for 30. Qxg6+ Kxg6 31. Rxd7 (as I almost did), with the winning advantage of an Exchange and a pawn. But as the saying goes, when you see a good move, look for a better one!

30...Qg5 31. Qxg5+ Kxg5 32. Rxg7+ Kf6 33. Rxd7 and now the advantage is a rook and pawn.

Easy indeed -- although finding the best line was easy to overlook!

Jan-20-15  stst: not that easy as to mate in one or two steps, and couldn't think of other lines other than


IF (A) 29..........KxR

IF (B)29............Kf6 (doubtful this would be actually played) 30. QxQ KxQ

in both cases, White retains the material advantage (but not mating in a couple of steps?)

Jan-20-15  stst: forgot to mention the follow-up step of Qh4+... looks also good for White.
Jan-20-15  morfishine: <29.Re7+>

29...Kf6 30.Qh4+ (30.Qxg6+ Kxg6 31.Rxd7 also wins)

30...Qg5 31.Qxg5+ Kxg5 32.Rxg7+ Kf6 33.Rxd7 and White is up a rook


Jan-20-15  gofer: Gutted! Poor old black...

<29 Re7+ ...>

Black cannot refuse the sacrifice

29 ... Kf6
30 Qh4+ Qg5+
31 Qxg5+ Kxg5
32 Rxg7+ K anywhere
33 Rxd7

<29 ... Kxe7>
<30 Qxg6 Bd4+>
<31 Kh1 ...>

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Now what? Black is struggling to hold onto Pf5 and Ph2 is a passer!

<Black, it's time to get your coat...>

Jan-20-15  cocker: Not easy if you have to find the 30 Qh4+ line.
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  Once: Now that's funny. The black King is surrounded by minions but has to do all the work himself.

As the scene opens, the black King is simultaneously protecting the Qg6 and "stopping" the white rook from invading on d7.

That is a bit like asking Blofeld to hold Oddjob's coat whilst also oiling the wheels on the volcano's monorail.

29. Re7+ Kf6

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Now our dastardly anti hero has another job. He's given up oiling the monorail (preventing Re7). Now he also needs to protect the Bd7. So not only is he holding Oddjob's coat, he is also going shopping to buy lipstick for Pussy Galore.

30. Qh4+ Qg5

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Misery upon misery. Now Blofeld has three jobs to do. Hold Oddjob's coat (protecting the black queen), fetch Pussy's lipstick (the bishop on d7) and change the litter tray for the white cat on g7.

And with a few quick presses of the self destruct button the volcano explodes. 31. Qxg5+ Kxg5 32. Rxg7+ ... and 33. Rxd7

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In quick succession, Blofeld loses his bodyguard and both of his pussies.

Which is not a sentence that you often get a chance to write.

Jan-20-15  TheaN: 20 January 2015 <29.?>

The king is not a good defender, and especially when he's the sole defender of the queen (or a crucial empty square) you have to wary there aren't any deflection combinations. Just that is what is happening in the position at hand. The black king solely defends the queen, and that is his downfall.

<29.Re7+!> deflects the king. Black's best option is still <29....Kxe7 30.Qxg6 Bd4+ 31.Kh1 > and black can still try to get something going with his bishops against the white queen. The alternative sweeps away the black camp completely, as after <29....Kf6?<>> white utilizes a skewer defense <30.Qh4+! Qg5<>> and now <31.Qxg5+ Kxg5 32.Rxg7+ Kf6 33.Rxd7 <>> and black just lost both bishops and is a rook down. Not the best alternative.

Jan-20-15  TheaN: <Once: In quick succession, Blofeld loses his bodyguard and both of his pussies.>

You can just see it happening when you write it down ^^.

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  Penguincw: Hmm. I got 29.Re7+ Kxe7, but couldn't find the followup. :(
Jan-20-15  zb2cr: Black has a slight material edge in the starting position--two Bishops vs. R+R for White. His position disadvantage is great, however. Black resigns after 29. Re7+, in view of having two choices, both bad:

a. 29. ... Kxe7; 30. Qxg6. This leaves Black down by Q+P vs. 2B.

b. 29. ... Kf6; 30. Qh4+, Qg5(forced); 31. Qxg5+, Kxg5 and now White takes one Bishop with check and the other Bishop without check, to leave Black down by a full R+P.

Jan-20-15  dfcx: 29.Re7+
A) 29...Kxe7 30.Qxg6
B) 29...Kf6 30.Qxg6 Kxg6 31.Rxd7 and white is ahead by an exchange. But there is better way.

C) 29...Kf6 30.Qh4+ Qg5 31.Qxg5+ Kxg5 32.Rxg7+ followed by Rxd7 and white is a whole rook ahead.

Jan-20-15  awfulhangover: Took me 1 second! That's what pattern recognition do for you.
Jan-20-15  TheTamale: <cocker: Not easy if you have to find the 30 Qh4+ line.> Ha ha, my thoughts as well. Funny thing is, over the board I might have seen that line, since I'd be looking for the most powerful continuation. For a Tuesday puzzle, however, I wouldn't, because I'd be expected something simpler.

Usually it's the other way around--I see something here that I'd never see OTB.

Jan-20-15  YetAnotherAmateur: I was proud to find the Qh4+ line - the Qxg6 line seemed to be good, but I had the nagging suspicion something better was out there.
Jan-20-15  Longview: <Once> I hope you have gotten over your Bond Movie Weekend Marathon by the end of the week, but well done! I was able to see the R-e7 forces Kf6 allowing at least the capture of Bd7 but I did not look hard enough to see how to create the opportunity to snatch both...cats. Not sure I would have seen it if instructed to look either.

I also note, going through the game, that the choice of 28. Nxg6 rather than 28. Qxg6 was the better exchange order despite the appearance of an ultimate Queen exchange. The order chosen keeps that option open but keeps the white Queen in the game longer. I sometimes do the novice thing of moving my Queen because she is the nearest piece to the prey. A mistake to allow the exchange of Queens when not needed...yet.

Jan-20-15  catlover: Rats...I missed 30. Qh4+.

Thanks <Once> for your James Bond-ish explanation. As always, your comments are not only instructive but are entertaining.

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  gawain: That was "easy"? Not for me.

I saw two two different ways to win one bishop but I never saw the one way to win two bishops.

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  patzer2: <Once> Enjoyed your post. You're in great form today!

Over burdened Queens seem to occur far more frequently than overworked Kings. Maybe that's because a King, whose first priority is saving his own skin, is a far weaker defender than a Queen.

Of the Kings I've seen involving in games with this tactical theme, I don't recall his royal magesty any more overtasked than in this game.

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