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Oliver Chernin vs Eric Schiller
It (open) US Masters (1998), Hawaii (USA), rd 5
English Opening: Agincourt Defense. King's Knight (A13)  ·  0-1

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Mar-28-13  Teris: First time I got a Wednesday puzzle right!
Mar-28-13  Boerboel Guy: Very well played by Black after 14...Bxe5
Mar-28-13  Boerboel Guy: <HeMateMe: Does black also win with the interference play, 32...RxB+ 33. KxR...B-e7+?>

What's wrong with 33.QxR

Mar-28-13  Mnem: 33. ... Rxh3 isn't that faster than 33. ...Ng4 ?
Mar-28-13  Abdel Irada: <<•>File it under g(oodbye)<•>>

With all the heavy pieces on the g-file, intuition tells us Black will break through there somehow, and then deliver the coup de grâce by means of a threat incorporating mate on it and the h-file. It's just a matter of how to begin.

<<•> 32. ...Bxh3! >

White must either recapture or take the rook on g3; anything else merely allows Black to take a critical defensive pawn for nothing.

< (1) 33. Bxh3, Ng4†

34. Bxg4 ... >

Not to be countenanced is (a) 34. Kh1?, Rxh3† 35. Kg1/g2, Nf2†! 36. Kxf2, Qg2#.

< 34. ...Qxg4 >

Black threatens 35. ...Qh3#, forcing White's next.

<35. Bxg3, Qxg3†
36. Kh1, Qh3†
37. Qh2, Qxf1†
38. Qg1, Qxg1# >

So much for taking the bishop. How about the rook?

<<•> (2) 33. Bxg3, Qxg3† >

White has two retreat squares.

<<•> (2.1) 34. Kg1, Ng4 >

Black threatens mate with 34. ...Qh2. Some rook move is necessary to give the king room to run.

< (2.1.1) 35. Rf2, Qh2†
36. Kf1, Qh1†
37. Ke2, Bxg2 >

Black already has two pieces and an advanced passed pawn for a rook, and will soon win the exchange, leaving him over a piece to the good.

< (2.1.2) 35. Rf3, Qh2†
36. Kf1, Qh1†
37. Ke2, Qxg2†
38. Kd1/d3, Qxf3 >

Black is two pieces ahead.

<<•> (2.1.3) 35. Rfb1, Qh2†

36. Kf1, Qh1†

37. Ke2, Qxg2† >

This may be relatively best for White, but Black again has two pieces and an advanced passed pawn for a rook, and White's king is not yet safe.

If not one retreat, what of the other?

< (2.2) 34. Kh1, Ng4 >

To avoid mate on h2, White must move the bishop.

< (2.2.1) 35. Bxh3?, Qxh3†
36. Kg1 ... >

No better is (a) 36. Qh2, Nxf2 37. Rxf2 (else the knight discovers mate), Qxf1#.

< 36. ...Nxe3†
37. Kf2, Qxf1†
38. Kxe3, Rg3†
39. Kd4, Qc4# >

Perhaps another bishop move?

< (2.2.2) 35. Bf3, Bxf1 >

Black is a piece up and the attack lives on. And since 35. Be4 and 35. Bxd5 are no more promising, White must confess himself out of options.

Mar-28-13  Abdel Irada: White's stomach must have been Chernin after he realized he couldn't stop mate.
Mar-28-13  morfishine: My first line was: <32...Bf3> 33.Bxf3 Rxf3 34.Qg2 Qxg2+ 35.Rxg2 Rxf1 but then I found the moves aren't forced for White

My second line was: <32...Bf3> 33.Rxf3 Rxf3 34.Bxh4 Rxh3+ 35.Kxh3 Qg4+ 36.Kh2 Qxh4+ 37.Kg1 Ng4 when I found the moves again aren't forced, but this seems stronger than line #1

My third line was: <32...Bf3> 33.Bxg3 Qxg3+ 34.Kh1 Qxh3+ 35.Kg1 Bxg2 36.Qxg2 Qxe3+


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I thought this looked pretty good

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PM: I never bothered with 32...Bxh3; I should have

Mar-28-13  diagonalley: hmmm... i reckon the lookahead on this rates it harder than 'medium' ... (many thanks to <abdel irada> for the analysis after 33. BxR)
Mar-28-13  olinart: Another winning line is
32 ... Bxh3
33 Bxh3 Rg1
34 Bxf4 Rxf1
35 Bxf1 Qg1+
36 Kh3 Qxf1+
37 Kh2 Ng4+
These are pretty much forced and the discovered checks that follow at least win the queen.
Mar-28-13  mistreaver: Thursday.Black to play. Medium.32?
Black has withering attack and has to break through.
32...Bxh3
i prefer this rather then Rxh3 or Rxg2 since it frees the g4 square for the knight White has some defences:
A) 33 Bxh3 Ng4+
A1)
34 Bxg4 Qxg4
35 Bxg3 Qxg3+
36 Kh1 Qh3+
37 Qh2 Qf1+ and it's game over
A2)
34 Kh1 Rxh3+
35 Qh2 Rxh2 ends the game.
B) 33 Bxg3 Qxg3+
34 Kg1 (Kh1 is only worse after Ng4)
34... Ng4
35 Rb1 Nxe3 and it's also matter of time when white resings. Time to check.
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Wow, nailed it. The only slight innacuracy is that in B line instead of 34... Ng4, 34 ... Bxg2 35 Qxg2 Qe3+ wins the queen. And also, instead of 35 Rb1 Rf2 is a bit more tenacious when black wins as follows: 35 Rf2 Bxg2
36 Rxg2 Qh1+
37 Rg1 Nh2+
38 Qxh2 Qxh2
39 Rxg8 Kxg8.
But i think i can award myself a full point here making it 3.5/4 this week.
Mar-28-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  agb2002: Black has a bishop and a knight for the bishop pair.

White threatens hxg5 and Bxg3.

The bishop blocks the action of the other pieces. This invites to play 32... Bxh3:

A) 33.Bxh3 Ng4+

A.1) 34.Bxg4 Qxg4 (threatens Q(R)h3#) 35.Bxg3 (35.Kh1 Qh3+ 36.Qh2 Qxf1+ 37.Qg1 Qxg1#) 35... Qxg3+ 36.Kh1 Qh3+ 37.Qh2 Qxf1+ 38.Qg1 Qxg1#.

A.2) 34.Kh1 Rxh3+ 35.Kg2 (35.Kg1 Nf2+ 36.Kxf2 Qg2#) 35... Nf2+ 36.Kf3 Qg4+ 37.Kxf2 Qg2# (or 37... Rh2#).

B) 33.Bxg3 Qxg3+

B.1) 34.Kh1 Ng4 35.Bxh3 (35.Bf3 Bxf1 - +) 35... Qxh3+ 36.Kg1 Nh2+ 37.Qg2 (37.Kh1 Nxf1+ 38.Kg1 Nxd2 - +; 37.Kf2 Qxf1#) 37... Rxg2+ 38.Rxg2 Nxf1 - + [Q+P vs R].

B.2) 34.Kg1 Ng4 (threatens 35... Qh2#)

B.2.a) 35.Rf3 Qh2+ 36.Kf1 Qh1+ 37.Ke2 Qxg2+ 38.Kd1 Qxf3 - + [B+N+P].

B.2.b) 35.Re1 Qh2+ 36.Kf1 Qh1+ 37.Ke2 Qxg2+ 38.Kd1 Qf3+ 39.Kc1 (39.Qe2 or 39.Kc2 Bg2 followed by ... h3 - +) 39... Bf1 followed by ... h3, etc.

Mar-28-13  sushijunkie: Clear path for gun. Kill everything that moves. Blood Blood Blood.
Mar-28-13  Strongest Force: I miss playing Oliver on his lunch break in City Hall Park. Eric is also a nice guy.
Mar-28-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  perfidious: <SF> Met Chernin at the US Junior Open in bonny Storrs, Connecticut back in 1976.

As an aside, you may remember this thread regarding Storrs from a while back:

J Donaldson vs R Sulman, 2001

Mar-28-13  Strongest Force: Wow, Perf, Rob is my all-time best chess friend. I've been giving him his space however I am sure he's pissed I have not called in a while.
Mar-28-13  Nick46: <Abdel Irada: White's stomach must have been Chernin after he realized he couldn't stop mate.>

Jawohl, ein Schillernder Todesstoß.

Mar-28-13  YetAnotherAmateur: The one I had to look at for a while was:

32. ... Bxh3
33. Bxg3 Qxg3+
34. Kh1 Ng4
35. Bf3

Best from here, as far as I can tell, is:

35. ... Bxf1
36. Bxg4 Rxg4
37. Qf2 Qh3+
38. Qh2 Qf3+
39. Rg2 Bxg2+
40. Kg1 Qf1#

Mar-28-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  chrisowen: At heading hive mind having hoodwinked i need only,

to xray through in bishop hatcher gg on to 32.Bxh3,

shine out for me as the forge it candidate aimed duty anchor dead if I culture in shag pile down ingfile as it were in west side storey in light b-,

rank versus another g-filed building some gall eon.

Mar-28-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  kevin86: silly me,i was looking for a quick mate.
Mar-28-13  LIFE Master AJ: 32.BxP/h3! Nice combo.
Mar-28-13  brainzugzwang: Wow -- two Thursdays in a row that this patzer gets the puzzle. What's going on?

<<Mnem: 33. ... Rxh3 isn't that faster than 33. ...Ng4 ?>> Not seeing what Black does after simply 34. Kxh3. White has all the best entry squares for the Q covered on the g-file.

Mar-28-13  James D Flynn: Material is equal but the locked pawn chains mean the Black N is a better piece than a B. The Black heavy pieces dominate the g file and White’s pieces are stuck with defending their K. 32…..Bxa3 33.Bxg3(if Bxa3 Ng4+ 34.Kh1(if Bxg4 Qxg4 35.Bxg3 Qxg3+ 36.Kh1 Qa3+ 37.Qa2 Qxf1+ 38.Qg1 Qxg1#) Ra3+ 35.Kg2 Nf2+ 36.Kxf2 Ra2+ 37.Kf3 Qg4#) Qxg3+ 34.Kh1 Ng4 35.Bxh3 Qxh3+ 36.Kg1 Nxe3 + 37.Kf2 Rg2+ 38.Ke1 Rxd2 39.Kxd2 Nxf1+ and Black’s material advantage is overwhelming.
Mar-28-13  Abdel Irada: <diagonalley: hmmm... i reckon the lookahead on this rates it harder than 'medium'>

It's been said that the puzzles in general are getting more challenging lately, so perhaps "medium" is a bit harder than it used to be. :-)

Mar-28-13  SBB: Wow, I actually saw this one in less than a minute. That was unexpected.
Mar-28-13  Patriot: I didn't get this one. There were quite a few possibilities. My PV was the same as <morf> - 32.Bf3. I just couldn't see a win but it didn't look losing.
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