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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

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.
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+
34 Bxg4 Qxg4
35 Bxg3 Qxg3+
36 Kh1 Qh3+
37 Qh2 Qf1+ and it's game over
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.
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.
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  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.
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  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#

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  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.

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  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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