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Varlam Vepkhvishvili vs Z Rukhadze
Friendly game (1965), ?, Mar-22
Spanish Game: Closed Variations. Chigorin Defense (C97)  ·  1-0



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Apr-26-10  A Karpov Fan: got it, nice too
Apr-26-10  jimmyjimmy: I am also a little new. I have been on the site approximately 50 consecutive days and today is the first day I have correctly answered the puzzle of the day. Spanish games are really the only opening I feel comfortable with as a beginner. I have used level one versus my PC for a long time and usually win or draw on that level.
Apr-26-10  apexin: got it, very well known motive in this combination.. pin x2
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  kevin86: Immediately,I saw the pinning of the queen after she takes the bait at f7-then I saw that the last rank is open to mate.
Apr-26-10  dzechiel: <JG27Pyth>, I almost didn't recognize you in your new outfit.
Apr-26-10  YouRang: Black is in dire straits -- a dangling bishop, a pinned bishop, back rank weakness, Q+B battery hitting f7, queen tied to defensive role, bad pawns.

Black should have resigned already, but since he hasn't, 31.Qxf7+ Qxf7 32.Rd8# should end it. But if white enjoys a slower grind-down win, there's always 31.Qxb5 (threat: Qb8+ & Rd8), followed by pushing the a-pawn.

Apr-26-10  whiteshark: 31.Qxf7+ Qxf7 32.Rd8# The two defending pieces were pinned.
Apr-26-10  Shah Mat: saw the queen sac immediately, then thought Rd8+, tried that out and saw it failed to the 7th rank rook, then went back to the Q sac and found it.
Apr-26-10  KokeFischer: I also learned this kind of moves reading Bobby's book. It focuses on the main goal, typically attack against the King of the other side. And the most frequent entry way is usually f7 or f2, the weakest points of the board.

Thanks for the memories! Cheers, KF

NM Dale: I learned this mate from the book Bobby Fischer teaches chess. I recommend that book. Its especially good for teaching one to interpose a major piece on the back rank so your are not back rank mated.

Apr-26-10  vsadek: Today‚Äôs puzzle was very easy, even for a patzer like me.

31. ♕xf7+ ♕xf7 32. ♖d8#

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  Kasputin: Glad this was a "friendly game" - hate to see what these guys do when they're serious.

The pins on the black queen and bishop reduce the power of both to that of mere pawns.

Apr-26-10  Samagonka: The pinner is the winner once again...
Apr-26-10  jsheedy: 31. Qxf7+ and mate in 2 more moves.
Apr-26-10  turbo231: Got it, but it took too long for me to see the double pin. I would have lost on time, sorry to say.
Apr-26-10  David2009: It is mate in two starting 31 Qxf7+. The double pin allowing the back rank mate in the main variation is nice to see. A bright start to the week.
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  Eggman: <<I am also a little new. I have been on the site approximately 50 consecutive days and today is the first day I have correctly answered the puzzle of the day.>>

May I be the first to say it: congratulations!

Apr-26-10  Jack Kerouac: <Eggman> Coo-Coo Cachoo!
Apr-26-10  VincentL: In this "very easy" position, my first thought was Rxg7+. I am sure this wins as well, but the lines are too long for a Monday.

Then I saw 31 Qxf7+ which is obviously the "solution".

31. Qxf7+ Qxf7 32. Rd8 mate. Very pretty.

31. Qxf7+ Kh1 (only other move) 32. Qxe7 Rxe7 33. Rd8+, and after spite defences with Re8 and Bf8 it is mate.

Apr-26-10  wals: Rybka 3 1-cpu: 3071mb hash: depth 17:
Each side tried desperately to lose the game and Black was finally the winner.

+2.15 23...Ra7, better Be8 0.00.
-0.42 24.Rf3, better Rc3 +2.17.
+2.36 24...Rd8, better Be8 -0.42.
+1.51 25.Ne6, better Rc3 +2.36.
+1.22 27.Bg5, better Rd3 +1.51.
+0.86 28.Bxf6, better Re3 +1.25
+4.79 29...Bg7,better Bg6 +0.86
+#2 30...Qe7, could have dragged it on with Qb8 +3.92.

Apr-26-10  VincentL: Ah.. 32. Qg8 mate in my second line.

Half asleep today.

Apr-26-10  turbo231: <jimmyjimmy>

Welcome aboard, hope you have many more solved puzzles, stay with it.

Apr-26-10  Cibator: <jimmyjimmy>: Now that you've "broken your duck" (as the Brits like to put it) you'll do fine. But if you usually beat the PC on level 1, then I'd say it's time to try and step up a notch or two - only way to improve!
Apr-26-10  gofer: <zanshin: <Quarticom: why doesent black play 25.fxe6?> Good question! Apparently, <Rxf6> and <Qxe6> follow and threaten mate as well as the Bishop on c6>.

<patzer2: Of course after 25...fxe6 26. Qxe6+ Kh8 27. Rxf6, Black does have 27...Bd6 to defend both threats. However, in that event, the reply 28. Bg5! looks to be decisive.>

The position after 25...fxe6

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26 Qxe6+

Black has only two replies Qf7 and Kh8.

26 ... Qf7 27 Qxc6 Qxb2 28 Rxb2 (and then similar threats exist to the line below except that black has trade its queen for a bishop! one such example is) b4 29 Qe6+ Kh8 30 Rxf6 gxf6 31 Qxf6+ winning Rd8

But what happens if black plays Kg8?

26 ... Kg8
27 Rxf6 ...

But then white just has a pawn for all this hard work, but maybe there's more as black must now protect against Qg8# by moving Bf8 and Rf6 is immune while gxf6 Qxf6+ Qg7 Qxd8+ is available.

28 ... Bxa3 29 Bxa3 Rxa3 30 Rf7 winning

28 ... Bb4 29 axb4 winning

28 ... Be7 29 Rf7 ... (threatening 30 Rxg7 Kxg7 31 Bh6+ Kh8 32 Qf7 with 33 Bg7# coming, so black must try to swap queens!) 29 ... Qc8/Qd7 30 Qxe5 Bf6 31 Rxf6 winning

28 ... Bc5 29 Qxc6 Qxc6 30 Rxc6 Bxa6 31 Bd5 b4 32 Bxa6 bxa6 33 Rc3 winning

28 ... Bd6
29 Bg5 Qc8/Qe7/Qd7/Be8
30 Rd1 winning

The point being that the pressure on black's defenses is to great, something has to give and in doing so white will win a piece or force a back rank mate...

Apr-26-10  hedgeh0g: Nice combo!
Apr-27-10  abuzic: The idea why not 25...fxe6?:
in the best line white can sacrifice the queen:
26.Qxe6+ Kh8 27.Rxf6 Bd6 28.Bg5 Bxe4
29.Rc1 Qb8 30.Qxd6! Rxd6 31.Rxd6, and white takes back the black queen which cannot leave the 8 raw. An intersting variation of this line is 30.Rh6.
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