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Nikolay A Legky vs Leonid Totsky
Zhavoronki (1995)
French Defense: Winawer. Advance Variation (C17)  ·  1-0



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Aug-03-07  Defrogger: Got it all the way, and also saw that Black cannot play ...♕x♖6, but didn't get hxg6. Kudos to those who saw it was more forcing.
Aug-03-07  MostlyAverageJoe: <noTALent: Sorry I meant Rxc6> Still a draw. Complete line after deviation from the game:

34. Rxg7+ Qxg7 35. Qxe6+ Kh7 36. Rxc6 a2 37. Rc1 a1=Q 38. Qg6+ Kh8 39. Qe8+ Kh7 40. Qg6+ <repeats>

Aug-03-07  Fezzik: I think we agree that positions that require us to find only brutal forcing moves against the king, no matter the number, are easier than those that ask for quiet or less brutal continuations.

I was unlucky/lucky in that I had seen this position in the last week or so and already knew how the game went. I'm trying now to relocate where I first found it.

Aug-03-07  vibes43: I fell for the 32 Rxc6 blunder - probably like Totsky wished Legky would have. Very instructive puzzle. I need to think more about pushing opponent's K around like in the last 2 puzzles.
Aug-03-07  Magic Castle: After 34....Rg6 capturing the rook with the pawn (35. hxg6) looks better that capturing with the Queen (35. Qxg6) because of the threat of mate in 37. Qf7#, should black's queen captures the rook. If black queen stays in the 7th rank to defend. The rook checks at the 8th rank,(Rc8) as in text, is crushing.
Aug-03-07  sataranj: we thought in the same lines @al wazir
Aug-03-07  euripides: Does 33.Rxc6 also work ? e.g. 33...Rxg6 34.Rc7 Rxd6 (if 34...qxc7 then 35.hxg6+ followed by 35.dxc7) and now 35.Rxd7 Rxd7 36.hxg6+ Kxg6 wins Q for R but the ending remains murky, but 35.Qxd6 looks devastating. Or 33...a2 (or Rxd6) 34.Qxh6+ Kg8 35.Rc8+ Kf7 36.Qxg7 mate.

Aug-03-07  wouldpusher: From the text, these lines also win:

(a) 35. hxg6 followed by ♖c8+

(b) 36. ♖c7!

Aug-03-07  Tactic101: I'm happy with myself today. I was first enamoured by Rxc6, but after Rxe5, now what? So Bxg7 first, then Rxc6! After all this, I decided this must be the win. I can definately award myself full credit for this one.
Aug-03-07  patzer2: White solves today's puzzle with the demolition of pawn structure decoy pseudo-sacrifice 32. Bxg7!! After the forced 32...Rxc6, the deflection 33. Qxh6+ and the decoy 34. Rxc6! put Black into a mating web. The final deflection 37. Rc8+! leads to mate after 37...Qxc8 38. Qe7#.

Aug-03-07  Marmot PFL: Not as hard as I expected at first, once the overworked queen theme is spotted.
Aug-03-07  uuft: 9 minutes to figure out Bxg7 was the finest horse in my stable as we say 'round here.

I looked at Rxc6 first, but yes: Rxe5 would be black's response.

I tried some other stuff with the rooks as well, but then it hit me: maybe we're not looking for a forcefull move on 32... So, let's see what happens after 32. Bxg7... I had been looking at it before, and bingo it was.

Now what about my credit, CG? How much for a desperate attempt that turned out to be the solution? 4 + 1 = 5 you know. Please? :)

Aug-03-07  Crowaholic: First thing I notice is that the h6 pawn is doubly attacked but only has a single weak defender.

32. Bxg7 Rxg7 33.Qxh6+ Kg8 but now what I'd really like to do is checkmate but the BQ prevents this. Maybe

32. Rxc6 Qxc6 33. Bxg7 (is this forcing enough?) Rxg7 34. Qxh6+ Kg8 35. Qxg7#

Since this is a Friday puzzle, there are complications:

33. ..Qd7 34. Qxh6+ Kg8 35. Bf6+ Rg7 36. Rxg7+ and Black has to sacrifice the queen to delay the mate a bit.

33. ..Kg8 34. Bf6+ Kf8 35. Qxh6+ Ke8 36. Rg8+ Rf8 37. Rxf8+ Kd7 38. Rd8#

33. ..Kg8 34. Bf6+ Rg7 35. Rxg7+ Kf8 36. Qxh6 and Qh8# is unstoppable.

The main complication however seems to be

32. Rxc6 Rxe5 33. Qxe5 Qxc6 34. Qxe6 Qd7 and now the Q exchange favors Black, so do 35. Qa2 b4 and 35. Qb3 Qa7. Maybe there is a move order problem and Bxg7 should be the first move.

32. Bxg7 Rxg7 33. Qxh6+ Kg8 34. Rxc6! and now Black has serious problems, e.g. the threat of 35. Rxg7+ Qxg7 36. Rc8+ Kf7 37. Rc7+ with an easy win. I'm too lazy for now to look for a quick mate, but it's kind of obvious that even the a pawn won't save Black.

As in the 32. Rxc6 line, however, 32. ..Rxg7 is not forced, so...

32. ..Rxd6 33. Qxh6+ Kg8 34. Qh8#

32. ..Kg8 33. Bf6+ Kf8 (..Rg7 34. Rxg7+ Qxg7 35. Bxg7 ) 34. Qxh6+ Rg7 (..Ke8 35. Rg8+ Rf8 36. Rxf8#) 35. Qh8+ Kf7 36. Qxg7+ Ke8 37. Qg8#

Ok, spent enough time on this. Seems Bxg7 is winning comfortably by at least winning the queen and 2 pawns so Black should not last out much longer.

Got it, woo hoo! Although I didn't consider 34. ..Rxg6 but this move doesn't really help Black. If the BK walks to the queenside, the game continues as in the text line. If he walks back to the kingside, White plays h6! and then Rc8(+) mates the next move either by deflecting the queen or by Rh8#.

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  playground player: Black has to play pretty sharply, after Bxg7, just to stave off the inevitable... for a while.
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  kevin86: A neat circus of sacrifices! The little pawn on g7 was the key to black's position. When it was removed,his whole position collapsed.

Speaking of collapse:Godspeed to the fine people of Minneapolis-victim of the horrific bridge collapse on 6:09 PM Wednesday.

Aug-03-07  YouRang: Rats - I hate it when I overlook a potential good move. I spent a lot of time working on 32. Rxc6, and 32. Rxh6, but I just zoned out on 32. Bxg7!!. Once I saw the answer, it looked like an obvious move to consider.
Aug-03-07  apple pi: I tried 36.Rc7
Anything wrong with this?
Aug-03-07  percyblakeney: <I tried 36.Rc7
Anything wrong with this?>

I also had the game continuation up until I chose that move, it slows things up considerably because of Rxd6 but is still clearly winning.

Aug-03-07  TrueBlue: 5 for 5 this week, I should find a real hobby !
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  fm avari viraf: If one peeks at the position, one will notice two vulnerable spots in Black's camp 1.B on c6 & 2.pawn on h6. But fortunately, both are protected hence one has to think of a sac to remove the defender. So my first choice was 32.Bxg7 Rxg7 33.Qxh6+ Kg8 Now, the Black's Queen is overloaded, giving protection to Bishop on c6 as well as the Rook on g7. Therefore, 34.Rxc6 Rxg6 35.Qxg6+ & Black is gone with the wind.
Aug-03-07  laskereshevsky: I dont know whats happened to me.....

i saw the attack-line 32. ♗xg7 33.♕xh6+ 34.♖xc6 in few seconds!

Maybe I've always understimated my chess tatcical skill?!.....:)

Aug-03-07  outplayer: I missed this.
Aug-04-07  psmith: Well, I got this pretty quickly, including the hxg6 capture. On the other hand I've missed considerably easier ones. So evidently there's some luck involved here.
Aug-04-07  ALEXIN: I tought 32. Qg3 but 32.Rxe5 seems to be enough for equality.
Jan-01-09  WhiteRook48: Bxg7!!
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