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Gilberto Garcia vs Klaus Darga
Capablanca Memorial (1963), Havana CUB, rd 10, Sep-08
Queen's Gambit Declined: Tartakower Defense. Exchange Variation (D59)  ·  1-0



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  Phony Benoni: Two moves to consider: 34.Bf6 and 34.Rxd5. The former can be eliminated aftter 34...Nxf6 35.exf6 Rg5.

So 34.Rxd5 Rxd5 35.Bf6. 35...g6 36.hxg6 feels hopeless, so Black runs at once: 35...Kf8 36.Qxg7+ Ke8 37.Qg8+ Kd7. Now I was lucky enough to look first at 38.Qd8+ Kc6 39.Qc8 -hold on, that's mate! Nice!

And encouraging enough to explore the other line: 34.Rxd5 exd5 35.Bf6 Kf8 36.Qxg7+ Ke8 37.Qg8+ Kd7. Hmmm. 38.Qd8+ Kc6 39.Qc8# is good enough, but there's nothing convincing after 38...Ke6. Oh well, don't bother; with the e-pawn out of the way, just go for 37...Kd7 38.e6+ winning the queen and get on with life.

There may be a mate in there, but you can find it.

Oct-03-13  Blunderdome: <Phony Benoni> Ah, very good. I missed 35...Rg5; hard to see because in the initial position, there are two pieces cutting the rook off from that square!

Reminds me of Carlsen vs Aronian, 2013, when black did not play 31...Rxe4 on account of 32. c4 bxc3 33. Rxe4.

Oct-03-13  LoveThatJoker: <34. Bf6> 1-0

A) 34...Nxf6 35. exf6 g6 36. hxg6 fxg6 (36...Kf8 37. Rd8#) 37. Qxg6+ Kf8 38. Qg7+ Ke8 39. Qe7#

B) 34...g6 35. hxg6 Kf8 (36...Nxf6 37. exf6 mating as above) 36. gxf7 Nxf6 (36...Kxf7 37. Qg7+ Ke8 38. Qg8+ Kd7 39. Qd8+ Kc6 40. Qc8+ Nc7 41. Rd6#) 37. exf6 mating soon.

C) 34...Kf8 35. Qxg7+ Ke8 36. Qg8+ Kd7 37. Qd8+ Kc6 38. Qc8+ Nc7 39. Rd6#


Oct-03-13  LoveThatJoker: 35...Rg5 as noted by <Phony Benoni> busts <34. Bf6>.

I struck out like a slap-hitting shortstop swinging for the fences.


Oct-03-13  Patriot: After a few minutes, 34.Rxd5 Rxd5 35.Bf6 g6 36.hxg6 looks pretty darn good for white!
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  FSR: 34.Bf6 gxf6 35.exf6 allows 35...Rg5, hanging on for the moment, so instead 34.Rxd5 Rxd5 (or 34...exd5) 35.Bf6 g6 36.hxg6 with a winning attack.
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  agb2002: White has a bishop for a knight and a pawn.

Black threatens ... b5 to create a distant passed pawn.

The first idea that comes to mind is 34.Bf6 but after 34... Nxf6 35.exf6 Rxh5+ is very unpleasant: if 36.Qxh5 Qxd4 and Black has two extra pawns, or 36.Kg1 Qa1+ 37.Rd1 Rg5 38.Qf3 Qxf6 with three extra pawns, or 36.Kg3 Rg5, etc.

Therefore, 34.Rxd5, removing the defender:

A) 34... Rxd5 35.Bf6

A.1) 35... Kf8 36.Qxg7+ Kfe8 37.Qg8+ Kd7 38.Qd8+ Kc6 39.Qc8#.

A.2) 35... g5(6) 36.hxg6

A.2.a) 36... fxg6 37.Qxg6+ Kf8 38.Qg7+ Ke8 39.Qe7#.

A.2.b) 36... Rd7 37.gxf7+ Kxf7 (37... Kf8 38.Qg7(8)#) 38.Qg7+ Ke8 39.Qg8#.

A.2.c) 36... Qb4 37.gxf7+ Kxf7 38.Qg7+ Ke8 39.Qg8+ Kd7 (39... Qf8 40.Qxe6+ Qe7 41.Qxe7#) 40.Qd8+ Kc6 41.Qc8#.

A.2.d) 36... Rxe5 37.gxf7+ Kxf7 38.Qg7+ Ke8 39.Qe7#.

B) 34... exd5 35.Bf5

B.1) 35... Kf8 36.Qxg7+ Ke8 37.Qg8+ Kd7 38.e6+ Kxe6 39.Bxb2, etc.

B.2) 35... g5(6) 36.hxg6

B.2.a) 36... fxg6 37.Qxg6+ as in A.2.a.

B.2.b) 37... Rc7 37.gxf7+ Kxf7 38.Qg7+ Ke6 (38... Ke8 39.Qg8+ Kd7 40.e6+ Kd6 41.Bxb2) 39.Qxc7 + -.

Oct-03-13  morfishine: After <34.Rxd5> Rxd5 35.Bf6 I don't see how Black can protect <g7>


Oct-03-13  zb2cr: Got this one. Final mating pattern is interesting.
Oct-03-13  Kikoman: <34. Rxd5> and <34. Bf6> are the two solutions of <Puzzle of the Day>. Got this one. :D
Oct-03-13  tatarch: What is white's best response to 34.Rxd5 Rxd5 35.Bf6 g6 36.hxg6 Qa3?
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  Phony Benoni: <tatarch> Trying to bring the queen back for defense with <35.Bf6 g6 36.hxg6 Qa3> is a the kind of idea Black needs, but doesn't work.

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White plays <37.ezf7+ Kxf7> (other moves are mate in one) < <38.Qg7+ Ke8 39.Qf8+>:

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Now 39...Kd7 40.Qd8+ Kc6 41.Qc6# is the game finish, and 39...Qf8 40.Qxe6+ is mate next move.

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  paulalbert: Looked at both Rxd5 and Bf6, but correctly decided that Rxd5 was right, seeing the Rg5 variation against Bf6 seemed to complicate matters.
Oct-03-13  sambo: It's worth pointing out that 34. Bf6 Nxf6 35 Rd8+ also doesn't quite work. If 35...Ne8 36. Rxe8+ Kh7 37. Qe4+ looks promising for white, but instead black can play 35...Kh7 36. exf6, after which Rg5 and Qxf6 seem to cover (but I'm not sure what best play is on those lines).
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  kevin86: White needed to rid the defender of f6.
Oct-03-13  MostlyWatch: There are all these designations for openings... why not for the endgame? Like "white queen chases black king all around" or something like that
Oct-03-13  LIzzard: Nice puzzle - got it kind of by accident in that I knew the rook block had to be stopped so started Rxd5 and followed with the chase. Kind of stumbled into a mate that I probably would not have seen in a real game.
Oct-03-13  pericles of athens: Saw that white wants to get his bishop to f6 somehow to threaten mate the next move, so remove the defender of f6 first with RxN.
Oct-03-13  Cannon Fodder: Good puzzle. I missed it because I failed to look beyond 37...Kd7 and see that the a pawn and the e pawn prevent the king's escape.
Oct-03-13  bengalcat47: The black king should execute his rook for being a traitor!
Oct-03-13  mistreaver: Thursday. White to play. Medium. 34?
The first move that one's fingers want to play in this position is: 34 Bf6
however after:
34 ... Nxf6
35 gxf6 Rg5
36 Rd8+ Kh7
37 Qe4+ Rf5
Black would appear to hold.
Therefore, the elimination of the knight seems more logical: 34 Rxd5 plays
35 Bf6 g6
36 hxg6
and white has decisive attack.
Time to check.
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  gawain: I can only echo what has been said by others: this puzzle gives us a short merciless king hunt culminating in a nifty checkmate.
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  Penguincw: I knew I should've taken the knight first.
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  Phony Benoni: You know, if the position after 35.Bxf6 were slightly different, say:

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<35...Qxe5+> would be worth considering. Without the g-pawn White will have trouble producing a passed pawn, and the rook should be able to keep White's king out along the 5th rank.

Not menaningful today, of course, but something to keep in mind.

Oct-03-13  M.Hassan: "Medium"
White to play 34.?
White is a pawn down

I went first for Bf6:
34.Bf6 Nxf6
35.exf6 Rg5

The Black ROOk on g5 aborts attach of White and eventually, the pawn on f6 will also be lost but taking the Knight on d5 paves the way:

34.Rxd5 Rxd5 or exd5
35.Bf6 g5
36.hxg6 fxg6
37.Qxg6+ Kf8
38.Qg7+ Ke8

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