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Jan Plachetka vs Gyula Kluger
Lublin (1972), Lublin POL, rd 11, Jul-??
Spanish Game: Closed Variations. Closed Defense (C96)  ·  1-0



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Aug-03-21  Brenin: Black threatens mate with Rh1, so desperate measures are needed, namely 38 Qxg8+ Qxg8 (Kxg8 39 e8=Q+ Kg7 40 Rc7 with mate next move) 39 Rc8, stopping Black's attack, regaining the Q, and allowing the e-pawn to promote, with a clear win.
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  OhioChessFan: I bet I'm not the only person who found this easier than yesterday. Black's Queen is overworked. Disaster ensues.
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  Honza Cervenka: Quite sad story for black. After immediate 34...e4 white could just resign.
Aug-03-21  Walter Glattke: 36.Qxg8+ Qxg8 (Kxg8? e8Q+) 37.Rc8 Rh1+ 38.Ke2 Rxc1 39.Rxg8+ Kxg8 40.e8Q+ Kg7 41.Bxc1 +15.0
Aug-03-21  areknames: < After immediate 34...e4 white could just resign.> Yes, after 35.Ke1 (forced) Rh1+ White must part with a rook. As is usually the case, what a difference a tempo makes.
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  perfidious: This had to be zeitnot; it is only too obvious that, as noted by others, after 34....e4, White's game is in its last throes.
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  drollere: black threatens Rh1#, so forced moves required. i had 36. Qxg8+ with either:

Kxg8, 37. e8=Q+ Kg7, 38. Rc7+ Qd7, 39. Rxd7#


Qxg8 37. Rc8 Rh1+, 38. Ke2 Rxc1, 39. Rxg8+ Kxg8, 40. e8=Q+ Kg7, 41. Bxc1

and yes, <OhioChessFan>, i also thought this was easier than yesterday.

Aug-03-21  mel gibson: That took me 4 seconds to see.
White has to play 36. Qxg8+
or be checkmated.

Stockfish 14 says mate in 19

36. Qxg8+

(36. Qxg8+
(♕d5xg8+ ♕g4xg8 ♖c2-c8 ♖h3-h1+ ♔f1-e2 ♖h1xc1 ♖c8xg8+ ♔h8xg8 e7-e8♕+ ♔g8-g7 ♗e3xc1 a6xb5 ♕e8-e7+ ♔g7-g6 ♕e7xe4+ ♔g6-f7 ♕e4xh7+ ♔f7-e6 ♕h7xh4 ♔e6-e7 ♕h4-e4+ ♔e7-d7 ♕e4-f5+ ♔d7-e7 ♗c1-a3 b5-b4 ♗a3xb4 ♔e7-f7 ♗b4xd6 ♔f7-g7 ♕f5-d7+ ♔g7-g6 ♗d6-f4 f6-f5 ♕d7-e7 ♔g6-h5 ♕e7-g5+) +M19/58 142)

Aug-03-21  Refused: <Honza Cervenka: Quite sad story for black. After immediate 34...e4 white could just resign.>

I would make a few more moves.

34...e4 35.Ke1 Rh1+ 36.Kd2 Rxc1 37.Kxc1 and now after 37...Qxe2 I'd play 38.Qf7 and pretend to have threats. I mean, I can still resign after black finds 38...Rc8+

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  al wazir: <OhioChessFan>: Yes, this was easier than yesterday's puzzle.

Black is threatening mate on the move, 36...Rh1#. The only way for white to try to stave off defeat is to give up his ♕. There really isn't anything else besides 36. Qxg8+. And as it happens, that does more than postpone losing: it wins.

I recall advice <dzechiel> once posted (I think it was in reference to Monday puzzles): Always look for the most forcing move.

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  An Englishman: Good Evening: In desperate straits, White sets an amazing little swindle with 34.cxb5, which actually sets up a mating attack on the Kh8. Can hardly believe my eyes. 36...Kxg8; 37.e8/Q+,Kg7; 38.Rc7X.
Aug-03-21  saturn2: 36.Qxg8 and later e8Q. The balance is a rook.
Aug-03-21  stacase: No brainer
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  agb2002: White is one pawn down.

Black threatens Rh1#.

The rook on g8 controls the promotion square of the e-pawn. This suggests 36.Qxg8+:

A) 36... Qxg8 37.Rc8, followed by e8=Q, wins.

B) 36... Kxg8 37.e8=Q+ Kg7 38.Rc7+ Qd7 39.Rxd7#.

Aug-03-21  AlicesKnight: Qxg8+ serves; either capture allows Rc8, removal of Black's Q and queening the e-pawn. Black took the eye off the ball.
Aug-03-21  Walter Glattke: White play crushes after 34.-e4 35.Ke1 Rh1+ 36.Kd2 Rxc1 37.Kxc1 Qxe2, 34.-Rxe7? 35.Rc8+Kg7 36.Qg8#
Aug-03-21  Walter Glattke: Correction: 34..-Rxe7? 35.Qa8+ (Rc8+Qxc8) Kg7 36.Rc8!? Rh1+ 37.Qxh1 Qxc8 38.Qxh4
Aug-03-21  TheaN: <36.Qxg8+ Qxg8 (Kxg8 37.e8Q+ Kg7 38.Rc7+ Qd7 39.Rxd7#) 37.Rc8 +-> and Black has no proper way to defend against Pe7.

Indeed a sad outcome for Black, who set up a good game and ferocious king side attack (19....Bxg2! for example) in a Black Ruy Lopez; 38....Rg8? is a true game swinger, turning the game by <13> points: -8 to +5.

I had a similar move once, don't have the notation nearby but I saw the winning move to win queen for rook, decided that an alternative worked too with a better position, only to realize it didn't work and analyzing it way too little before playing. Bye game. In fact, that followed a rather complicated endgame that I screwed up due to the psychological blow from missing the win. Mindset is half this game, really.

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  chrisowen: Hiccup no g8 no?
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  chrisowen: Tally up it shorty no x
Aug-03-21  johnnydeep: Much easier than yesterday.
Aug-03-21  Cheapo by the Dozen: Fun puzzle.

I made it harder than it needed to be by not quickly seeing that if Black chooses to recapture with his king, White can simply queen the pawn. I spent a fair amount of time checking that the rook check also wins (engine says it mates in 8), before seeing why the whole calculation was unnecessary.

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  gawain: <OhioChessFan> Quite right. The solution to this one leaped out at me. Yesterday, not so much.

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