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Alexander Shabalov vs Anthony Saidy
104th US Open (2003), Los Angeles, CA USA, rd 11, Aug-14
Spanish Game: Morphy Defense. Modern Steinitz Defense (C73)  ·  1-0



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Jun-08-10  zanshin: <benjinathan: it is so rare to see a panw move in a puzzle, especially a Wednesday puzzle.>

<b> It's only Tuesday.

I like this puzzle - partly because I got it - and partly because it is more subtle than giving up material to force a mate.

Jun-08-10  jrlepage: <Once> Very interesting and entertaining post, very well written, as always. Bravo!
Jun-08-10  A Karpov Fan: got it
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  kevin86: A two stepper:First,white chases the bishop-then he checks and exposes the advarse queen to his own.

black loses at least a piece.

Jun-08-10  mastyin: e5 with threat to Ne7 if Queen moves exf6 with nice mating threats
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  chrisowen: Not too shabby. Chic plot the Nd5 daisy chains white's pieces. Black plants cleric peppers kingside forget me not Bf6 o lord? Anthony pot bed row 16..Qxf3 scratches as it un-earth e5. Track or plow pawn scatters bishop and pick up queen vanish. Again poor Saidy had a field's trip, cornered shadily down e5 earns. Shucks 17.Bh4 would have still gripped.
Jun-08-10  benjinathan: <<b> It's only Tuesday.>

It is? Then my comment goes double!!

I was confused by <once>'s post...hmmmmm, the Bangles.

Jun-08-10  YouRang: It took me a moment, but I got it.

I tried to make some hay out of the fact that the g7 pawn was pinned and thus not really defending the bishop on f6. However, the bishop is guarded by the queen, and there seems to be no way to dislodge it (e.g. 18.Rd3? Qxf2 pfft).

So, I moved on to the simple observation that the knight can give check. Does that have any potential?

Yes! As it gives check, it also vacates d5. If that e4 pawn were not there, I would have a lovely discovered attack that wins the black queen!

So, what happens if I move the pawn <18.e5>? It attacks black's bishop, and black must let it go because any attempt to save it falls into the queen-losing discovered check.

BTW, this puzzle is a good example of why you don't want to have unguarded pieces lying about and why you don't want your king to be checkable. Black might get out of this jam if he could move his queen to a square where it attacks a loose piece or gives check. But since white has no such weaknesses, black resigns instead.

Jun-08-10  Marmot PFL: 10...Bxe7 11 Qxg7 0-0-0 was an interesting alternative
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  Once: <benjinathan: ... I was confused by <once>'s post...hmmmmm, the Bangles.>

Perhaps you were expecting it to be just another manic monday?

Jun-08-10  fernandojaume: Bxe7??? Bah!
Jun-08-10  fernandojaume: 10.e5!!!
Jun-08-10  Confuse: I got it!!! Happiness in a cup.
Jun-08-10  fernandojaume: Or... Nh4
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  Jimfromprovidence: This is a similar Tuesday-Wednesday type puzzle from a recent tournament In Los Angeles. White to play and win. Move 19.

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Solution in PGN below.

John Daniel Bryant (2444) – IM Andranik Matikozyan (2564) [B24]

Lina Grumette Memorial Day Classic (3), 22.05.2010

1.e4 c5 2.Nc3 Nc6 3.g3 g6 4.Bg2 Bg7 5.d3 Rb8 6.f4 b5 7.e5 Bb7 8.Be3 d6 9.Qe2 dxe5 10.fxe5 Nd4 11.Bxd4 Bxg2 12.Qxg2 cxd4 13.Qc6+ Kf8 14.Ne4 Bxe5 15.Nf3 Bg7 16.0–0 Qb6 17.Qd5 e6 18.Qd7 Rd8 19.Ne5 Rxd7 20.Nxd7+ Ke7 21.Nxb6 axb6 22.a4 1–0

Jun-08-10  turbo231: It took me hours to finally see the move. Hours and................... once you finally see it you wonder why it took so long.

And sometimes I never see. I wonder how long it would've taken Bobby or Naka to see it 2 or 3 seconds?

Jun-08-10  woodpusher24: Once , What a great kibitzing. Loved the whole analogy!!~
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  Willber G: <Once>...Genius!

Don't let your wife read it though... ;-)

Oh, good puzzle btw.

Jun-08-10  SamAtoms1980: 18 e5!

If Black moves the bishop, the queen goes.

If Black saves his queen, the bishop goes.

Jun-08-10  DarthStapler: Got it
Jun-08-10  Jatayu: <once> I hope you can use your talent. That was very good.
Jun-08-10  M.Hassan: <once>: many nights of the week, enjoy doing puzzles(if I can!!), then double enjoyment comes reading your posts.
Jun-09-10  hedgeh0g: Not too Shabby...
Jun-09-10  dufferps: After reading the brillian analysis and analogy by Sir Once, I realize that I have erred in not applying the strategy that gave me 44 happy years of marriage to my chess game. Is there still hope for me at the board?

But another part of my strategy was a "while there's life there's hope" attitude. I take setbacks as an opportunity to learn, so I persevere. Unlike Dr Saidy, I would have continued the game. Probably 18. ... Qxd1+. True, a losing move, but if my opponent is like me, he/she might blunder.

Jan-18-17  SpiritedReposte: Talk about a poisoned pawn.
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