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Johannes Steckner vs Vladimir Burmakin
Zuerich Open (2004), Zuerich SUI, rd 2, Dec-27
Caro-Kann Defense: Exchange Variation (B13)  ·  0-1



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Jan-01-15  diagonalley: hmmmm ... i went 31... RxR 32.RxR BxP 33.Q-K1 QxP+ etc... seemed good enough to win
Jan-01-15  patzer2: For today's Thursday new year's day puzzle we have a single strong solution with the pin tactical shot 30...Rxg3!! 31. Rxg3 Bxf4! (not 31...Qxh4 32. Nh3! ) 32. Nh3 Rxg3! (not 32...Bxg3?? 33. Rxg3 =) 33. Qxg3 Bxg3 .

The clear losing move according to Fritz was 30. h4? which allows the winning shot 30...Rxg3!! Instead, White needed to try 30. c4 Rg6 putting up more resistance and avoiding immediate loss.

Earlier in the opening, I prefer 8. Bf4 = to as in White's nice win in V Georgiev vs E Iturrizaga, 2008.

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  agb2002: Black has a bishop for a knight.

The obvious move is 30... Rxg3, weakening the dark squares around the white king:

A) 31.Rxg3 Bxf4

A.1) 32.Qe2 Qxh4+ 33.Nh3 (33.Kg2 Qxg3+ 34.Kf(h)1 Qxg1#) 33... Rxg3 34.Rxg3 Qxg3+ followed by 35... Qxh3+ - + [B+3P].

A.2) 32.Qe1 Qxh4+ 33.Nh3 (33.Kg2 Qxg3+ 34.Kf1 (34.Kh1 Qxh3#) 34... Qxh3+ 35.Ke2 (35.Kf2 Qf3#) 35... Qd3+ 36.Kf2 Qf3#) 33... e3 with the idea of promoting the e-pawn after trading the heavy pieces on g3. For example, 34.R1g2 e2 35.Rg1 (35.Qxe2 Rxg3 36.Rxg3 Qxg3+ 37.Kh1 Qxh3+ 38.Kg1 Be3+ wins) 35... Rxg3 36.Rxg3 Qxg3+ 37.Qxg3 Bxg3+ 38.Kxg3 e1=Q+ wins.

A.3) 32.Qxf4 Qxf4 33.Nh3 Qd6 - + [Q+2P vs R+N] (33... Qxh4 34.Rxg8#; 33... Qd2+ 34.R1g2 + -). For example, 34.Ng5 Rg7 35.Kh1 (threatening 36.Nf7+) 35... h6 wins the knight.

A.4) 32.Ng4 Rxg4 wins. For example, 33.R1g2 Qxh4+ 34.Kg1 Bxe3+, etc. Or 33.Qe1 Qxh4+ 34.Kg2 Rxg3+, etc.

B) 31.Nh3 Rxg2+ (31... Rxe3 32.Rxg8#) 32.Rxg2 Rxg2+ 33.Kxg2 Qxh4 - + [B+2P vs N].

Jan-01-15  morfishine: With a Bishop lined up on the King, and the Queen
lined up on the Queen and King, Black has a forced win

Fireworks start with <30...Rxg3> forcing 31.Rxg3 Bxf4

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The short fireworks display leaves White helpless:

(1) 32.Nh3 Rxg3 33.Qxg3 Bxg3+ 34.Rxg3 Qxh4
(2) 32.Qe2 Qxh4+ 33.Kg2 Qxg3+


Jan-01-15  TheaN: 1 January 2015 <30....?>

Happy New Year to all at CG! They didn't let us off the hook with this Thursday puzzle, because this combination is a difficult one. As usual with a puzzle spotting the first move is usually not the problem, and because it has the stamp 'puzzle' the continuation is usually found. Otb, this would be tricky to calculate.

Though material is even, black has a stronger piece and a passed pawn, though this pawn of part of a doubled pawn. The g-file is currently in semi-control by black, and it quickly becomes clear g3 is white's weak spot keeping both the black bishop and queen at bay. The breaks sideways don't work (30....Qxh4+? 31.gxh4 makes no sense and 30....Bxf4? 31.Qxf4 only consolidates white's position), so we go right through the middle: <30....Rxg3!>.

Declining this sac is not even a reasonable alternative. <31.Rxg3 Bxf4 32.Qe1> mind that after <32.Qe2?<>> white surrenders a defender of g3 <32....Rxg3! 33.Rxg3 Qxh4+ 34.Kg2 (Nh3? Qxg3+ 35.Kh1 Qxh3+ ) Qxg3+<>> black already won the rook back <35.Kf1 (Kh1 Qh2#) e3! <>> and the position soon collapses. <32....Qxh4+ 33.Nh3 (Kg2 Qxg3+ )>.

After Nh3, white is completely paralyzed. The g3-rook and knight are pinned, and the queen, g1-rook and king are crucial for the defense of g3 and h3. Black demonstrates this, and wins, with <33....e3!>. After <34.Kh1?! Rxg3 35.Rxg3 Bxg3 36.Qf1 e2 <>> black simplifies into a winning endgame. If white 'passes' <34.a3 e2!> black just moves further up the board. A pass again is fatal <35.a4 Rxg3 36.Rxg3 Qxg3+ 37.Qxg3 Bxg3+ 38.Kxg3 e1=Q <>>, but after <35.Qxe2 Rxg3 > white's queen got lured away from e1.

Jan-01-15  TheaN: Got the principle of the paralyzed white position. Slight improvement in the <33....e3 34.Kh1 Rxg3 35.Rxg3 Bxg3 36.Qf1> variation is <36....Qe4+!> because after 37.Qg2? both e2! and the simpler Qxg2 promote for black (the former does so with the bishop still on the board) and after <37.Kg1 e2! 38.Qf6+ Kg8 39.Qg5+ Qg6> it also happens after some spite checks. Nonetheless, for humans the <36....e2> line is much easier to play.
Jan-01-15  stacase: 30 ... Rg3 is obvious and it plays itself after that.
Jan-01-15  CHESSTTCAMPS: Black has a good bishop against a passive knight and doubled rooks on a semi-open file near the king. With all major pieces aimed at the WK, the only question is which sacrifice is right to break up the white pawn shield. 30... Bxf4(??) 31.Qxf4 doesn't go anywhere, so it has to be:

30... Rxg3! removing the lynchpin that defends against both the B&Q lines of attack. The threat is 31...Qxh4+ forcing mate.

A) 31.Qxg3 Bxf4 32.Kh3 Bxg3 33.Rxg3 Rxg3 34.Rxg3 f5 prevents counter-play Ng4 and black's pawns will decide.

B) 31.Rxg3 Bxf4 32.Qe1 Qxh4+ 33.Nh3 e3!

Now white's predicament is clear: Nh3 and Rg3 can't move because they are pinned, while K and Q can't move because Rg3 will not have enough defenders. Not quite a zugzwang, but a lethal squeeze.

34.R1g2 e2! (Black can force the issue) 35.Qxe2 Rxg3 36.Rxg3 Qxg3+ 37.Kh1 Qxh3+ wins.

B.1 32.Qxf4 Qxf4 33.Nh3 Qc7 34.Ng5 h6! 35.Nxf7+ Qxf7 36.Rxg8+ Qxg8 37.Rxg8+ Kxg8 leaves a simple K&P ending.

B.1.1 35.Nh3 Rxg3 36.Rxg3 f5 and black's pawns will prevail.

B.2 35.R1g2 Rxg3 36.Rxg3 Qxg3+ 37.Bxg3+ followed by 38.e1=Q wins

Time to review what happened...

Jan-01-15  CHESSTTCAMPS: I did not foresee 32.Nh3, although it's pretty easy to see through. The actual finish was similar to B.1.1
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  Penguincw: Didn't seem to hard for a Thursday puzzle, although I didn't consider 30...Rxg3 due to 31.Qxg3 (even though 31...Bxf4 and white is in trouble).
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Jan-01-15  varishnakov: 30...RxP 31.RxR BxP 32.Q-K1 (to keep an eye on the KN3 square) QxP+ 33.N-R3 P-K6! and the pawn can march making it clear how tied down white is.

After which, black can exchange all wood and then queen the youngster.

I didn't consider the move played in the game (32.N-R3). Thought white would try to keep material a bit more, rather than just going to a losing endgame with no tricks left in his sleeve.

Jan-01-15  PolishPentium: Not trying to start the year off with snarkiness, but PP cannot help but observe that no one now ever bothers to refer to chrisowen's incomprehensible and random stream-of-consciousness musings. Is he actually a real person posting something (though only heaven knows why since it is impossible to discern meaning from it), or is some hacker program using a random number generator to create equally random text? Any insights, anyone?
Jan-01-15  Rookiepawn: <Polish Pentium> I'm one of chrisowens' fans. First I thought my English was worse than I thought. Then I realized he almost makes sense and his comments are related, though weirdly, to the game, so he actually writes them I guess...

CO's older posts were "normal" so to say, you can spot some. So it seems he gradually grew into craziness. Or genius, who knows.

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  OhioChessFan: <Polish> the best way to enjoy a genius is not to dissect him.
Jan-01-15  dfcx: Happy New Year!
30...? Medium, the first move must be
30...Rxg3 breaking down the defense
31.Rxg3 Bxf4 forking the queen

A)32.Qe2 Qxh4+
A1) 33.Kg2 Rxg3+
A2) 33.Nh3 Rxg3 34.Rxg3 Qxg3+ 35.Kh1 Qxh3+

B) 32.Nh3 Rxg3 33. Qxg3 (Rxg3? 34. Bxe3) Bxg3

Jan-01-15  diagonalley: <PolishPentium> some time back i dared to refer to master owen's posts as being (to paraphrase) "utter drivel"... only to be instantly castigated by a third party for (essentially) being a philistine(!) :-D ... since which time i have kept schtum and been content to observe said posts as modest and tentative proof of my own sanity.
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  Jimfromprovidence: 30...Rxg3 31.Rxg3 Bxf4 32.Qe1 Qxh4+ 33.Nh3 leads to this.

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As others have stated, 33..e3 forces everything.

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I get the threat of promotion part but I had missed that 33...e3 also prevents 34 Qf2, which would have helped white out some.

Jan-01-15  morfishine: <Jimfromprovidence> Yes, 33...e3 "forces everything". White can try 34.Qxe3 hoping for 34...Bxe3??? 35.Rxg8 mate; but Black always has the same combination in hand, namely first 34...Rxg3 and White is stuck in the same forcing combination and resulting losing position: 35.Qxg3 Bxg3+ 36.Rxg3

Happy New Year and Happy Solving!


Jan-01-15  saintdufus: I am curious to know why the word "genius" is being used to describe a poster (chrisowen) who:

a) seems to be using a simple computer algorithm to post jumbles of gibberish, of which perhaps 9% is identifiable as chess-related terminology, with the rest being nonsense;

b) does so in a very long-winded, repetitive, and disruptive manner.

It's one thing to call a true genius a genius. For instance, the novelist Mark Z. Danielewski really DOES write brilliant gibberish in his book *House of Leaves*. Danielewski really IS a genius--but chrisowen? Not so much.

So then what is he? He's routinely posting massive batches of senseless gibberish in a chess forum--a fact which has no doubt prompted many users to put him on ignore. This, to me, automatically marks Chris as a species of troll, who probably doesn't belong in the forum (he's not contributing anything coherent, let alone chess-related).

He's someone who wants attention, and he's willing to be long-winded, irrelevant, and disruptive in order to get that attention. (How many times have you been perusing the chess-related comments of a game with interest, only to come across one of Chris's gibberish posts and find your train of thought derailed? He's actually *distracting* people from chess: sort of the opposite of the site's purpose.)

I'm a big admirer of off-the-wall, zany stuff, and maybe the first few times Chris did this it was fun or interesting; but doesn't it seem like he's just feeding words into some online word-jumbler or translator and then pasting the results into these threads with a few "g7"s thrown in to make it tangentially relevant?

That's about as much of an "art form" as randomly dumping hundreds of gallons of paint onto a huge piece of paper and then expecting people to call you Jackson Pollack.

I would welcome a coherent explanation from Chris himself about why he's doing what he's doing--I don't want to condemn someone or write them off based solely on speculation. But if he's just going to keep doing what he's doing, with no chess content and no explanation, I would suggest that maybe a nonsense forum might be more appropriate for him than a chess forum.

Jan-01-15  Cheapo by the Dozen: I'm doing this very quickly, but I'm drawn to the plan

30 ... Rxg3
31 Rxg3 Bxf4
32 Qe1 Qxh4+
33 Nh3 e3
34 (Almost any) e2
35 (Almost any) Rxg3
36 Rxg3 Bxg3+
37 Qxg3 Qxg3+
38 Kxg3 e1(Q)

In every deviation I see for White, he winds up down in material.

Jan-01-15  Cheapo by the Dozen: Solved a Thursday puzzle quickly. Happy New Year! Happy Birthday to me! :)
Jan-01-15  stst: pretty involved, my best course:

30....... Rxg3
31 Rxg3 Qxh4+
32 Nh3 Bxf4
33 Kh1 Rxg3
34 Rxg3 Bxe3
35 Rxe3

then with Q and the K-side pawns, Black should prevail

Jan-01-15  TheBish: J Steckner vs V Burmakin, 2004

White to play (30...?) "Medium", even material.

Black breaks through with 30...Rxg3! 31. Rxg3 Bxf4 32. Qe2 Rxg3 33. Rxg3 Qxh4+ 34. Kg2 (or 34. Nh3 Qxg3+ 35. Kh1 Qxh3+) 34...Qxg3+ 35. Kf1 and Black has won all three of White's kingside pawns.

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