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Anatoly S Lutikov vs Mamadzhan Mukhitdinov
4th Soviet Team-ch final (1955), Voroshilovgrad URS, rd 3, Sep-??
Queen's Gambit Accepted: Showalter Variation (D24)  ·  1-0



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  perfidious: <PB>, unless, of course, your answer does not fall victim to a recount and disappear altogether.
Nov-03-20  stacase: I sincerely hope that PB's absentee comment doesn't get diverted into a burn bag somewhere along the way by some nasty person.
Nov-03-20  nalinw: <PB> Your absentee answer will never be delivered because the postal service can't handle the load ....

36. .... Rxe7 seems forced because

36. .... Kh8, Bf7 lead to mate


36.... Kg8 37. Nf6+ also forces mate or loss of material

37... Kf8 38 Nxd4+ Qf5 39. Qxf5+ and 40. Rxd7

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  agb2002: White has a knight for a bishop.

The e-pawn protects f6. Therefore, 36.Rxe7+ Rxe7 37.Qf6+:

A) 37... Kh7 38.Qxe7+ Kh8 (38... Kg8 39.Nf6+ Kh8 40.Qh7#) 39.Qf8+ Bg8 (39... Kh7 40.Nf6#) 40.Nf6 wins (40... Qd5 41.Nxd5).

B) 37... Kg8 38.Qxe7 Kh8 39.Nf6 Qd1+ 40.Kh2 Bg8 41.Qf8 wins.

Nov-03-20  saturn2: Acutally it is more than a pawn white gets out of 36. Rxe7+ Rxe7 37. Qf6+ 

After 38....Kg8 rhere is the forkthreat Nf6
and after 38 ...Kh7 38. Qxe7+ Kh8 the end is also near

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  agb2002: In my line A, 41.Qxh6+ Bh7 42.Qxh7# is obviously better.
Nov-03-20  Walter Glattke: 35.Rxe7+ Rxe7 36.Qf6+ Kg8 37.Qxe7 threatens Nf6+ B) 35.-Kg8 36.Nf6+ Kg8 (Kh8 Rh7#) 37.Nxh5+ Kxe7 38.Qf6+ Ke8 39.Ng7+ wins, B2) 36.Re8+ Kh7 37.Nf6+ and NxQ B3) 36.RxR C) 35.-Kh8 36.Qf6+ Kg8 37.Qg7#
Nov-03-20  mel gibson: Easy peasy -
Black must lose the Queen or be check mated.
Nov-03-20  Brenin: Too much aimless opening horseplay by Black. As others have noted, the obvious 36 Rxe7+ nets the K or Q. Earlier, 31 Rxd5 would have been an interesting strategic sacrifice: after 31 ... cxd5 32 Qxb7 it's hard to see a good defence for Black.
Nov-03-20  AlicesKnight: 36.Rxe7+ seems to do the trick; ....Rxe7; 37.Qf6+ Kg8: 38.Qxe7 followed by Nf6. A little curious to see the Black e-pawn unmoved.
Nov-03-20  goodevans: <stacase>, <nalinw>, If 36...Kg8 then white's quickest win is 37.Qb8+.
Nov-03-20  stacase: <goodevans: <stacase>...If 36...Kg8 then white's quickest win is 37.Qb8+.>

True enough, I play these puzzles move by move as if it were a real game. And Black didn't move 36...Kg8 or 36...Kh8 He took the Rook and then resigned when White moved 37.Qf6+ Always accept a resignation (-:

Considering what I wrote, it's up for grabs If 36...Kg8 were the actual game if I would have seen the 37.Qb8+ mating attack. But you're right, taking the Rook after 36...Kg8 isn't the the way to go.

The actual solution to this puzzle is seeing that 36.Rxe7+ works.

Nov-03-20  LewisKing: Even though he lost, I still want to name my kid Mamadzhan.
Nov-03-20  TheaN: White wins on account of <36.Rxe7+!> as this rather forced 'simplification' puts the White pieces into striking positions. Black can't decline on account of mate in 2s: 36....Bf7? 37.Qxf7+ Kh8 38.Qg7#; 36....Kh8? 37.Qf6+ Kg8 38.Qg7# and 36....Kg8? 37.Qb8+ Rd8 38.Qxd8#. I'll be honest, yes, I did also go for Nf6+ in the last line. Something something pattern repetition.

<36....Rxe7 37.Qf6+ Kg8> in this case, 37....Kh7 loses a tempo Black can't lose: 38.Qxe7+ Kh8 (Kg8 39.Nf6+ Kh8 40.Qh7#; Bf7 39.Qxf7+ Kh8 40.Qf8+ Kh7 41.Nf6#) 39.Nf6.

This or Qf8+ first doesn't really make a difference as to defend against mate Black will have to play Bg8 anyway, but it does prevent White to go for simplification with Qxg8 (after 39.Qf8+ Bg8 40.Qxg8+?! Kxg8 41.Nf6+ Kf7 42.Nxh5 gxh5 43.Kf1 +- White's easily winning, but why go here anyway?).

After 39....Qd1+ 40.Kh2 Bg8 41.Qf8 Qd6+ 42.Qxd6 +-, it forcefully follows 42...Kg7 43.Nd7 Kf7 44.Ne5+ Kg7 45.Qe7+ Bf7 46.Qxf7+ Kh8 47.Nxg6#.

<38.Qxe7 +->

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It's striking that Black has no reasonable defense against just a single threat; Nf6. It's different from the Kh7 line because Black can throw Q:N after 38....Qg5 39.Nf6+ Qxf6 40.Qxf6 +- and at the time control White's in the comfort seat with Q:B.

Nov-03-20  zb2cr: After 36. Rxe7+, Rxe7; 37. Qf6+ looks crushing--White not only regains the Rook, but has a good attack. <agb2002> does a good job pointing out alternative lines.
Nov-03-20  Walter Glattke: Sorry to say 35.Rxe7+ instead 36.-Rxe7+, just to inform, that 35.Qxf4 h6?? is a blunder, black must play 35.-Qf5.
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  Gypsy: Black position is totally ruined and different moves easily win here. For instance -- to diverge from the game continuation -- after <36.Qd4+...> Black king does not have a good retreat; e.g; <36...Kg8 37.Rxe7 Rxe7 38.Nf6+...>. Thus, time to resign.
Nov-03-20  saturn2: I dont understand 30 Ng4. This knight could not be chased away from e5 and it covered the pawn d7 forever.
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  gawain: I found Rxe7+ pretty quickly, because yesterday's puzzle (which I struggled with) prepared me to look for a small (but decisive) advantage.
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  gawain: But of course the initial win of the pawn is just the overture. Black cannot effectively meet the threat of Nf6.
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  AylerKupp: <stacase> Always accept a resignation (-:>

This made me think, always a bad thing. Can a player refuse a resignation? No, the FIDE Laws of Chess ( indicate that the game is over as soon as a player resigns, so his opponent has no opportunity to refuse his resignation.

That's a relief. I can sleep better at night now knowing that none of my opponents could have refused my resignations in order to torture me further. :-)

Nov-03-20  Walter Glattke: The match will be count as won for a player, who's opposite declares , he/she resign. I learned that in the 60ies, it is one of the 20 articles, they had still at this time.
Nov-03-20  Cheapo by the Dozen: I missed some nuances in the game line and went with Qd4+ instead. It works too, albeit not quite as thumpingly.
Nov-03-20  Brenin: <saturn2>: I can see White's thinking behind 30 Ng4: it attacks the Black Q, threatens a fork on h6 if Black's Q or R occupies f7, and by defending f2 it frees White's Q to take the b-pawn. However, it retreats from a commanding position at e5, it abandons the mighty d pawn, and it could be dislodged by h5. I think 30 f3 or Re2 would have been stronger.
Nov-03-20  Nullifidian: This is more like a Monday puzzle than yesterday's puzzle.

36. ♖xe7+ and the rook has to be captured because otherwise it's mate in 2 (36... ♔g8 37. ♕b8+ ♖d8 38. ♕xd8# or ♗f7 37. ♕xf7+ ♔h8 38. ♕h7# or ♔h8 37. ♕f8+ ♗g8 38. ♕g7#). Then after 36... ♖xe7, 37. ♕f6+ and after the king moves 38. ♕xe7, when black will have to give up its queen to stave off the threat of ♘f6 and eventual checkmate.

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