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Frantisek Rous vs Jan Cervenka
Prague tch 2000/ (2001), rd 1, Jan-11
Italian Game: Evans Gambit. Anderssen Variation Cordel Line (C51)  ·  0-1



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  keypusher: <The BB> Not stupid at all. If you scroll through the comments you'll notice a lot of people had the same problem.
Feb-28-07  zb2cr: Way to go Honza! This is a very neat trick!
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  Peligroso Patzer: <Honza Cervenka: <arminsson><but what if white simply takes the Rook and then checks with his own Rook, so as to force black´s king away from the 1. row?> Where do you want to check with white Rook after 60.Kxf4 f2?>

I suspect that this kibitzer (like others who were disoriented regarding the direction in which the Black pawns advance) forgot that the Black pawn on b6 controls the c5-square. If there were no Black pawns attacking squares on the fifth rank somewhere from the a- to e-files, this idea (59. ... Rf4 60. Kxf4 f2 61. Rc5+, etc.) would indeed seem to be a saving resource that would hold a draw for White. But, in the actual position, White has no useful checks, so the interference tactic (59. ... Rf4) is totally winning for Black. Nicely done!

Feb-28-07  nikolajewitsch: Got this one surprisingly fast...although I could probably spoil the resulting endgame, letting one of the pawns pass or so....
Feb-28-07  nimzo knight: I got this one. Its shouldnt be a surprise to spot it quick, as there arent many options. But the point is could I have seen it in a game. Our just said to myself that its a draw.
Feb-28-07  Marmot PFL: Rc4 wins easily enough, it just takes a little longer. I would resign if my opponent played either move.
Feb-28-07  laskereshevsky: saw it in a glance.....
i love the simply positions.........:)
Feb-28-07  YouRang: I found it pretty quickly, but still it's a very cool puzzle. Nice work Honza! :-)

I guess 59...Rf4! would be considered a decoy? If 60. Kxf4, then the king has been drawn to a square where it blocks its own rook from stopping the promotion.

The black pawn on b6 plays a big role in preventing Rc5+.

Feb-28-07  ianD: Well played Honza!
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  gawain: Elementary yet lovely. I did see it, as (it seemed to me) it was the only possible move in the position--when presented as a PUZZLE.

But to have seen it over the board while moving rapidly is admirable. Kudos to Cervenka!

Feb-28-07  WarmasterKron: I got this surprisingly quickly. Obviously, Black intends to push the f-pawn. 59...f2? is met with 60.Rf5, so the interference 59...Rf4! suggested itself after I realised 60.Kxf4 f2 and the king is doomed to be one step behind.

Simple, elegant, effective. Good stuff, Honza.

Feb-28-07  DrKurtPhart:

Harrwitz vs Morphy, 1858

Feb-28-07  RonB52734: <radu stancu> thanks for having an eye on my comment

<consul> lest there be any misunderstanding, my little <very little> joke was meant out of respect for Honza, who did indeed make the move otb.

I'm sure some day one of my games will be a puzzle of the day. Unfortunately, I'm equally sure I will be "NN" with the black pieces in a "white to play and win" puzzle.

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  kevin86: The winning tactic is a little unusual,but is a simple KO like the average Monday puzzle.

59...♖f4!! If 60 ♔xf4 f2 and white has no checks and cannot stop the pawn and the king now blocks the f-file and ♖f5. Here is a variation on the theme:

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White draws by: 1 ♖f5 ♔xf5 2 g4+ followed by ♔g2

Feb-28-07  cannibal: <kevin86>
Nice puzzle, but white also gets a rather easy (though not an immediate) draw with the bunker idea Rh3.
Feb-28-07  kbaumen: It was easy for me, but only because of the fact that few weeks ago I saw this idea in another puzzle - black to move and win:

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  playground player: Fap! He's on Team White...
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  fm avari viraf: This little tactical blow 59...Rf4 may be there in Reuben Fine's Rook & Pawns Endings where either side can inflict a K.O.
Feb-28-07  Themofro: Got it eventually although it took me a while because i was distracted by Rc4. I beleive that that would also win however, is that true?
Feb-28-07  Akavall: <Themofro> Yeah, 59...Rc4 wins as well.
Feb-28-07  thedoyle: i saw this relatively quick also but i envisioned it 59.... Rxg4+ 60. Kf5 Rf4 [if 61. Kxf4 f2] and no way of stopping promotion.
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  Honza Cervenka: <thedoyle: i saw this relatively quick also but i envisioned it 59.... Rxg4+ 60. Kf5 Rf4 [if 61. Kxf4 f2] and no way of stopping promotion.> I am afraid that 60.Kxg4 can be a little hole of this idea. Black Pawn f3 is not covering g4.:-)
Mar-02-07  arminsson: (Peligroso Patzer) How strange - and yes, you are correct. It´s almost an optical illusion. a
Mar-02-07  Fisheremon: <consul: I missed it! :(
I was convinced 59 .. Rc4, with the threat of Rc5 would have worked, but then i realized that 60 Rd6 neutralizes it,>
< greensfield: Missed this one. Concentrated on (a)59...Rc4 continuing 60.Rd6 a4 61.Rxb6 Kd1 62.Rb1+ Ke2> 60...Rc5+ 61.Kg6 a4 62.Rxb6 a3 ( )
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  Honza Cervenka: <Fisheremon> <Although the rook ending was drawn: 55.Rd5? losing (55.Re5!?), so 56...f4! winning.> 55.Re5 would have been objectively a bit better as then black has not that trick used in the game but 55.Re5 Rxa4 56.Kxg6 f4 57.g4 (Alternatives 57.gxf4 Rxf4 58.Kxh5 Rxf3 or 57.Kxh5 fxg3 58.Rg5 Rc4 59,Rxg3 a4 do not solve white's problems as well) 57...hxg4 58.fxg4 f3 59.Kg5 Rc4! is still winning without doubts.
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