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Gyozo Forintos vs Vasilije Tomovic
Belgrade (1957)
Zukertort Opening: Queen Pawn Defense (A06)  ·  1-0



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  kevin86: A nice forced mate. An open-ended epaulette mate. Instead of being blocked by his own pieces,the queen and pawn produce a flower-like pose. The queen guards f7 and h7;the pawn f5 and h5.
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  kevin86: A version on the same theme is the queen mate by:

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Oct-03-08  melv: Good mating pattern to remember.
Oct-03-08  YouRang: Drat. I found the first 3 moves, and was pleased that I could force a perpetual, lol.

Didn't notice that a win was hanging there to be plucked... :-(

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  Jimfromprovidence: Black messed up with 32…Qg1+?. It was one move too early. He should have played 32…Rxb5 first, then, after 33 Qxb5, now 33…Qg1+.

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Black has his own threats; there’s a lot of pressure on the white king now.

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  playground player: Keep the Black King in check, and you're bound to win--but don't let up, because the White King is about to get nailed.

But doesn't 35.Bxg6+ lead to a win for White? How can Black answer?

a) 35...fxg6: Can't do that! 36.Qe7#

b) 35...Kxg6: Oops--my bad. The Black King escapes into perpetual check, and White has to settle for a draw. Didn't see that, first time I looked.

So Rh8+ was right, and was the only right move. *sigh*

Oct-03-08  Miachonzinho: Bxg6 wons too. Right?

35. ♗xg6 ♔xg6 (35. ... fxg6 36. ♕e7#) 36. ♕d6


a)36. ... ♔g7 37. ♕f6+ ♔h7 38. ♖h8#
b)36. ... ♔h7 37. ♕d3+ ♔g7 38. ♕xf3, avoiding mate, with a good end after 38. ... ♖xe5 avoiding the mate 39. ♕c3 takes the ♖ook (39. ... ♕f1+ 40. ♔h4 ♕e1+ 41. ♕xe1 ♖xe1 and white have a won end [in big part because of the doubled pawns on b ])

My analisys...

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  patzer2: For today's Friday puzzle solution, White plays the decoy sham sacrifice 35. Rh8+!! to initiate a mating attack. A second decoy, 39. Bxg6+!, finishes the combination with a mate-in-two.
Oct-03-08  number 23 NBer: Due to my inner brilliance, I managed to get to move forty but missed the mate in 1.
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  fm avari viraf: Though, it's a difficult puzzle but the answer looks very conspicuous to me 35.Rh8+ Kxh8 36.Qf8+ Kh7 37.Qxf7+ Kh8 38.Qf8+ Kh7 39.Bxg6+ Kxg6 40.Qg8#
Oct-03-08  Super Chess Man: This was rather an easy puzzle today !
Oct-03-08  Geronimo: I usually have to set up my board to figure out friday, saturday and sunday puzzles, but this one jumped out at me. I know that in my games I tend to sacrifice a bit too readily (inspired by Tal, what can I say...). Once you realise that white also is under a mate threat than you know to look for forcing moves. The real key here is 39.Bg6. Without that, no real point.
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  agb2002: Black threatens:

A) 35... Qg2+ 36.Kh4 Qxh2 mate.

B) 35... Bd5 defending his KBP and Qe3+ winning the bishop.

C) 35... Rxe5

Let's consider the most forcing moves

A) 35.Rh8+
A.1) 35... Kg7 36.Qf8 mate.
A.2) 35... Kxh8 36.Qf8+ Kh7 37.Qxf7+ Kh8 38.Qe8+
A.2.a) 38... Kh7 39.Qxg6+ Kh8 40.Qh7 mate.
A.2.b) 38... Kg7 39.Qxg6+ Kf8 40.Qxh6+ and after a few checks white can force a position with his queen on f6 and the black king on g8. Then Bc4+ wins the black bishop and rook because ... Kh7 loses to Qf7. The resulting queen ending should be a victory for white.

B) 35.Bxg6+
B.1) 35... fxg6 36.Qe7 mate.
B.2) 35... Kg7 36.Qf8+ Kxg6 37.Qg8 mate.
B.3) 35... Kxg6 36.Qd6+ Kh7 (otherwise mate in two moves) 37.Qd3+ Kg7 38.Qxf3 Rxe5 and I don't see an immediate win.

I'd go for line A). Time to post and check.

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  agb2002: I didn't see Bxg6+ because I thought that the queen alone was not enough to deliver mate. But the queen was not alone...
Oct-03-08  Yodaman: Why not start this puzzle on move 34 instead of 35? It's still a force mate and that would make it Friday difficulty.

I got a Friday faster than I ever have before yet I didn't get yesterdays. They should have switched the two puzzles, this one was easy.

Oct-03-08  Kings Indian: Had to be a forced mate. That always makes a bold strategy a given. The rest was very pretty, but a bit predictable for Friday.

Kings Indian's dad

Oct-03-08  Woody Wood Pusher: 38.Qf8+ was the hardest move to find IMO
Oct-03-08  VooDooMoves: <Miachonzinho> After 35. Bxg6+ Kxg6 36. Qd6+ Kh7 37. Qd3+ Kg7 38. Qxf3 Rxe5 39. Qc3 Qe3+! and white cannot avoid the queen trade as it allows black a perpetual. 40. Kg2 (or 40. Qxe3 Rxe3+ and 41...Rb3) 40...Qe2+ 41. Kg1 Qe3+ 42. Qxe3 Rxe3 43. Rd7 Rb3 44. Rxb7 Rxb2 45. a5 b5 46. a6 Ra2 47. a7 b4 and now a trade of pawns seems likely and with the only pawns left all on one side of the board a draw seems likely. 1 line runs 48. Kf1 b3 49. Ke1 b2 50. Kd1 b1=Q+ 51. Rxb1 Rxa7.
Oct-03-08  newzild: Okay, I'm following Dzchiel's method, which is to write my comments in Notepad and paste them across, so I don't actually know what the move number is...

Assess the position: Both sides are attacking. Black threatens 1...Qg2+ and 2...Qxh2++. This rules out a lot of first moves for white.

Candidate moves:


Let's assess 1.Rh8+ first, because black has only one reply.

1.Rh8+ Kxh8
2.Qf8+ Kh7
3.Qxf7+ Kh8
4.Qf6+ and now...

5.Bxg6+ Kg8
6.Qf7+ Kh8


5.Bc4+ Bd5

and white is stymied.

But white can win the black bishop and chew up all black's K-side pawns in this fashion:

5.Qxg6+ Kf8
6.Qxh6+ Ke8
7.Qe6+ Kd8
8.Qf6+ K any

Is this the winning sequence? I suspect not. But my girlfriend is getting grumpy at me for being on the 'puter for more than 20 minutes. So it's DEFINITELY time to check...

Oct-03-08  newzild: ..Grrr!

I got the key but missed the simple mate, although I think my line wins in the long run.

Oct-03-08  DarthStapler: I got the first three moves
Oct-03-08  I Offer You A Resign: I got it!!! Wooo! I can't believe it! LOL. Man I feel so good. Unfortunately, i usually can't get the other ones >.<
Oct-03-08  MostlyAverageJoe: According to my engine-based evaluation, the difficulty of this puzzle is almost exactly on the average Wednesday level.

This assessment appears to be confirmed by the fact that my 8-year old son figured it out as well after a bit of thinking (Thursdays and later puzzles are usually too difficult for his 1000 ELO rating).

Oct-08-08  Everyone: <braimondi> Yesterday will be so much more hard than today...
Sep-28-12  vinidivici: Deserves GOTD...i think
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