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Harry Schussler vs Yrjo A Rantanen
Stockholm (1977)
Spanish Game: Exchange. King's Bishop Variation (C68)  ·  1-0



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  gawain: Saw Rd7! but confess that I did not examine any Black reply other than the captures that lose immediately. Oh well. At least my chess intuition is healthy.
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  YouRang: <playground player: I saw Rd7 right away, but I couldn't find a way to beat 25... Ne5. Fap!>

Had black played 25...Ne5, then white wins handily with 26. Rxe5!, as Black is down a piece ♕♗ vs ♖♖:

If 26...fxe5: 27. Rxb7
If 26...Qxd7: 27. Qxd7 fxe5

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  schnarre: <who> Looks like a technical win indeed!
Feb-15-07  simsan: <Kaissa99> After 25.Bxf6? .. Black can play 25. .. gxf6 and white has no win (but rather a loss)

<JustAFish> 25. Qd7? Qxd7 26. Rxd7 Rxe1 Black is a rook up.

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  Black Vampire: <vesivialvy93><chessmoron> Well, if 26.Rxb7??, White lose the exchange (rook for knight), but not a full rook!: 26...Nxg4+ 27.fxg4, Rxe1, as indicates in its annotations.
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  HeMateMe: 20 seconds. Anytime there's a back rank weakness look to deflect the defender away.
Mar-14-19  stst: Rd7 will win... RxR then Rxback rank R#
QxR then QxQ, RxQ .. same Rxback rank R#
if Black Q hides, RxR gains material...
Mar-14-19  ChessHigherCat: I wasted5 very frustrating minutes trying to make Qd7 work before I figured out it the solution was Rd7 (I think):

25. Rd7 Ne5 26. Rxe5 Qxd7 27. Qxd7 with black to move and admit defeat:

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Mar-14-19  ChessHigherCat: Fortunately I didn't see the option of 25. Nh6 because even if I had found the tricky follow-up I would have thought: Just one pawn up, that can't be right...
Mar-14-19  SpamIAm: 25.Rd7! and 26.Qxg7! are spectacular moves that we all dream of making, yet the end result is the 'mere' gain of a couple of pawns. Of course, that's enough to win and that's what matters.
Mar-14-19  Walter Glattke: 28.-Nf8!? 29.Ra8, always 2 pawns more for white.
Mar-14-19  Walter Glattke: 27.-Rxe1! one pawn more for white.
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  agb2002: White has a bishop for a knight.

The position of the black queen suggests 25.Rd7:

A) 25... Qxd7 26.Qxd7 Rxe1 (26... Rxd7 27.Rxe8#) 27.Qxf7 wins decisive material.

B) 25... Rxd7 26.Rxe8#.

C) 25... Rxe1 26.Rxb7 wins decisive material.

D) 25... Ne5 26.Rxe5 wins decisive material.

E) 25... Nh6 26.Qxg7+ (26.Qh3 Qxd7 27.Qxd7 Rxe1)

E.1) 26... Rxg7 27.Rxe8+ Ng8 (27... Rg8 28.Bxf6#) 28.Rxb7 Rxb7 29.Bxf6+ Rg7 30.Ra8 h5 31.Ra7 wins decisive material.

E.2) 26... Kxg7 27.Rxb7 Rxb7 28.Rxe8 wins a pawn at least.

F) 25... f5 26.Qxg7#.

G) 25... Qb6 26.Rdxe7 c4+ 27.Bd4 wins.

Mar-14-19  SpamIAm: <Walter Glattke>, 27...Re1! is a bit impossible for black. It exposes his king to check from the white rook on b7.
Mar-14-19  Walter Glattke: Oh, I see,Re7 cannot take in e1 by check, my mistake.
Mar-14-19  1stboard: Nice combination ....

Also white move 26 R(e)xe7 looks most interesting instead of the text move and looks as if it may win also.

However the text move actually played is safer

Mar-14-19  SpamIAm: Sorry, <1stboard>, if white plays 26.R(e)xe7?? he loses because the reply 26...Nxg4+ is with CHECK.
Mar-14-19  lzromeu: Very nice combination
Luckly, Get it, but I lost some lines of continuations. The Line on sacrifice of the Queen, for example, I got nor close of this
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  wood n tempo: Found the initial move 25.Rd7 very quickly, but did not see blacks retort, which appears quite strong.
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  whiteshark: <wood n tempo: Found the initial move 25.Rd7 very quickly, but did not see blacks retort, which appears quite strong.> Me, too!
Mar-14-19  Momentum Man: I got the first move, but not 26.Qxg7+

What a stunner!

Mar-14-19  schachfuchs: Only calculated 25...Ne5 26.Rxe5 and 25...Nh6 28.Qh3? Sh..
Mar-14-19  schachfuchs: I think with 24.Kf2 White actually sets up the trap 24...Rfe8? 25.Rd7!
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  landshark: <He MateMe> 20 seconds - More like 20 minutes for me, but I found all the right moves, including 26.Qxg7+, which I settled for in guess-the-move mode, thinking I was probably missing something better.

I don't think I'd want to face you in blitz (:

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  Check It Out: < landshark: <He MateMe> 20 seconds - More like 20 minutes for me, but I found all the right moves, including 26.Qxg7+, which I settled for in guess-the-move mode, thinking I was probably missing something better. I don't think I'd want to face you in blitz (:>

Thank you for this pleasant rejoinder.I found HMM’s flippant “20 seconds” remark annoying but your comment answered it nicely, especially the backhanded compliment at the end.

I didn’t get all of the lines but I found this puzzle enjoyable.

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