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Efim Geller vs Yuri Averbakh
"Bakh in the USSR" (game of the day Sep-26-2010)
USSR Championship (1954), Kiev URS, rd 7, Jan-17
Formation: King's Indian Attack (A07)  ·  0-1

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Nov-06-15  Mating Net: This is the second game where Efim Geller, one of the all time great players, was victimized by a brilliant Rook move. In this case, 46...Rd1! completely places a Rook en prise.

In this game, Geller vs Euwe, 1953 Black again places a whole Rook en prise and wins a brilliancy.

Geller must have developed a serious case of Rook aversion.

Feb-11-17  yadasampati: Wow, i would say the real puzzle is 46. ... Rd1!! What an amazing rook sacrifice, unexpected and devastating. White resigns, with 2 rooks against 1. The power of blacks pawns is undeniable and decisive.

By the way, 41. ... Rxe5 and following exchanges were quite obvious to me.

Feb-11-17
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  ChessHigherCat: <yadasampati: Wow, i would say the real puzzle is 46. ... Rd1!! What an amazing rook sacrifice, unexpected and devastating.>

Exactly, I saw the first four moves quickly but the beautiful Rd1 would never have occurred to me (although you can bet I'll remember it if I ever get the opportunity in a similar game)

Feb-11-17  Doniez: Despite my post dated 2013, I found the right move order very quickly today.
Feb-11-17  YouRang: Saturday 41...?


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Black is up 3 pawns and has a passer on b2 and a couple others not far behind. Black also has a rook battery on the d-file that could help the pawns greatly, but that Pd4 is in the way. Of course, black's Q is under attack.

My tendency would be to think "I've got a good game -- play it safe", and so I figured the simple <41...Qf5> to get the Q out of take and threaten ...b1Q.


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Here I figure white takes the pawn <42.Rxb2>, and then exchange bishops <42...Bxe5 43.dxe5>, which opens the d-file.


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Now black has <43...Rd1!>


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This threatens ...Qg4+, e.g. 44.Rxb4 Qg4+ 45.Kf1 Rxe1+ 46.Qxe1 Rd1 (pin & win Q)

White's best may may be <44.Rg2> (preventing ...Qg4+ and threatening Rxg4+), but then black can counter with <44...Rxe1+ 45.Qxe1 b3>


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White won't be able to cope with attacks on the exposed K, as well as having to stop Pb3.

An unusual Saturday puzzle. It felt more like "black to play an not blow the won game".

Feb-11-17  groog: I haven't been able to solve a Saturday puzzle for quite some time, so was pleased to find this rather easy.
Feb-11-17  The Kings Domain: Got this one after quite a think. Good puzzle and a memorable game.
Feb-11-17  AlicesKnight: I think this is familiar (to little me at least) from Gerald Abraham's books. Do we exchange everything on e5 and then play ...bxc3, followed by ....Rc1? - or something like that? Let's see - yes, that's the one. The Q-side Ps are stronger than TWO rooks.
Feb-11-17
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  Caissalove: There are a host of winning moves. My first calculation was 41.....Qxe5 which wins just as convincingly.The themes are the same with .....Rd1 at some point and taking the c3 pawn.
Feb-11-17
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  agb2002: Bakh in time.
Feb-11-17
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  agb2002: If CG adds an average of about 150 games a day to the database it should be more and more unlikely to repeat puzzles.
Feb-11-17
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  Benzol: The ending of this game reminds me of the ending in this one

Smyslov vs Botvinnik, 1941

Feb-11-17  gofer: This one is way too easy for a <Very Difficult> Saturday.

Black is already three pawns up and most of those are on their way to promotion, so all we need to do is avoid losing our queen for nothing and trade off a rook for another pawn and the bishop and we are on our way...

<41 ... Rxe5>
<42 dxe5 Qxe5>
<43 Qxe5 Bxe5>


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Okay, what now?!

44 Rxb2 Bxc3!

44 Rxe5 b1=Q+

<44 Rxg5+ ...>

White vacates the defence of the second rank in favour of taking the bishop, black has multiple choices;

a) defend the bishop (temporarily) and distract the g rook for one move longer)

or

b) give up the bishop (immediately) and get the king to relative safety, so that Rd1 can come into the action...


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44 ... Bg7

45 h6 bxc3
46 Rxg7+ Kh8
47 Rg2 Rd2

45 cxb4 c3
46 h6 c2 (Rc5? Bd4+ )
47 Rxg7+ Kh8
48 Rg2 c1=Q

45 Kf2 bxc3
46 Reg1 c2
47 Rxg7+ Kf8
48 Rg8+ Ke7
49 Rxd8 Kxd8 (or the immediate c1=Q)
50 h6 c1=Q
51 h7 Qc2+

Black doesn't even have to try to defend the bishop! White has such a weak back rank that the bishop isn't necessary!

44 ... Kh7
45 Rgxe5 bxc3
46 Rb5 Rd1

Lots of choices...

~~~

Yep!

Feb-11-17  morfishine: Mundane, obvious, well known

*****

Feb-11-17
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  mycroft2120: The real clue that everyone missed was that it was Averbakh -- the master of the endgame -- playing black! Knowing that, it was not hard to imagine that he would see the value of the unstoppable pawns so close to queening.
Feb-11-17  Cheapo by the Dozen: This is the sort of puzzle that a lot of us might get right over the board in a leap of Spielmannesque faith.

What I didn't calculate all the way to was ... Rd1.

Feb-11-17  Whitehat1963: Wow! What a finish! To see that from so far back is impressive.
Feb-11-17
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  LucB: "Wow, 'gotta love pawns!" - Philidor

Well, maybe not a direct quote, but close enough! ;-D

Feb-11-17  wtpy: I was looking at white resources if he didn't exchange. Didn't find many, not what you expect on Saturday. Game as played showed the pawns way more powerful. Black would win even without clever Rd1.
Feb-11-17  clement41: 27...Rxd3 and 28 Bxc5! would follow (I didn't find it, my engine did) (28 Qxc6?! would activate for free the Rb8 with immediate consequences e.g. 28...bc 29 Bxc5?! Rxb2 30 Reb1 (avoiding Ra2 as in 30 Rab1 Ra2) R3d2
Feb-11-17  johngalt5579: I was totally outplayed , I thought it was white to win!
Feb-14-17  Moszkowski012273: Missing the super strong 28...f5 only to play the amazing ...Rd1 18 moves later.
Sep-01-17  Whitehat1963: Monday puzzle after 46...Rb5.
Feb-08-22  stridergene: Happy 100th Birthday Grandmaster Yuri Averbakh
Feb-12-22  newzild: Our hero the centurion might have missed the crushing 28...f5, 29...g4 idea, but his 46th move more than made up for it.
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