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Sergei Movsesian vs Michael Adams
Corus Group A (2009), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 2, Jan-18
Italian Game: Deutz Gambit (C55)  ·  1-0



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  Once: An odd one. I approached the puzzle with a fair degree of trepidation. As a result of last night's reunion with some old work colleagues, my condition this morning is somewhat delicate. A hangover and a saturday CG puzzle normally do not mix.

But, what's this? It seems Tweazy. I want to play Qxh6#. Only the black queen defends, so the standard tactic is to deflect the queen with 36. Rd8. Then the rest of the game line seemed pretty obvious. In the final position, I wanted to move the queen away from the knight's reach, say Qe4 to gain a tempo against the rook and then hit the pinned knight with h5.

Three unplugged diagrams today. From here ...

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1. Qxh6# Ditto from here ...

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2. Qxh6+ Qh7 3. Qxh7# And finally ...

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1. Rg3 pins queen against the king. The trick with this puzzle is seeing how different attacking motifs can be combined so that a couple of mate threats lead to a win of material by a pin or even a fork (if you go down the Bxg6 Qe4 line).

... manfully resists the temptation to say <tweazy for a saturday>. Time for a second cup of black coffee.

Jan-24-09  stacase: Easy easy easy! All that prevented White from Qh6++ is Black's Queen, and the means to get rid of her was obvious. Easy easy easy!
Jan-24-09  blacksburg: this is why you have to play the Two Knights Defense!
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  agb2002: Applying the most forcing move approach one finds that the direct 36.Qxh6+ fails but it suggests 36.Rd8:

A) 36... Qxd8 37.Qxh6#.

B) 36... Ng6 37.Bxg6 Qg7 38.Rxg8+ Kxg8 (38... Qxg8 39.Qxh6+ Qh7 40.Qxh7#) 39.Re8+ is a massacre.

C) 36... Qg7 37.Rxg8+ Kxg8 (37... Qxg8 38.Qxh6+ Qh7 39.Qxh7#) 38.Rg3 Ng6 39.Qe4 Rc5 (39... Re6 40.Bxe6 fxe6 41.Rxg6) 40.h5 winning.

Let's see.

Jan-24-09  Samagonka: Seems easy afterwards, but it being a Saturday, I somehow went on it without much hope of solving it and ended up all wrong.
Jan-24-09  Woody Wood Pusher: Too easy for a Saturday. The attack plays itself.
Jan-24-09  goodevans: I agree with all the other posts that say this was an easy Saturday. I got all the main lines in just a couple of minutes, but I have to confess that, unlike <dzechiel> I wasn’t concerned that (after 36 Rd8 Qg7 37 Rxg8+ Kxg8 38 Rg3 Ng6 39 Qe4 Rc5 40 Bxg6) < ... the white bishop is also pinned (as black could pick up the rook).>

Always good to check the opponent hasn’t got a saving resource, but in this case it’s not too difficult to demonstrate why black can’t pick up the bishop. At this point white is threatening to wrap things up with either 41 Qa8+ or 41 Qe8+, or to win the Q with 41 Bh7+ so black is forced to move his Q (unpinning the B) or K. But now white has no trouble extricating the bishop (e.g. 40 ... Kf8 41 Qa1+ Ke7 42 Re3+ and the B is freed).

Jan-24-09  zooter: I saw 36.Rd8 Qg7 37.Rxg8+ Kxg8 but missed 38.Rg3 after which there is still a bit of work to be done after 38...Ng6 39.Qe4 R moves 40.Bxg6 when fxg6 is no longer possible.

Quite easy for a Saturday, but then again since it was Saturday, I did not look too deep (I usually skip Sat & Sun not because of the difficulty but since I don't get to use the computer much)

Jan-24-09  sfm: 35.-,Qg7 and black is not so bad. For a player of Mr. Adam's quality 35.-,a4?? is a rare blunder.
Jan-24-09  Eyal: <sfm: 35.-,Qg7 and black is not so bad.>

Actually, it loses outright to 36.Rg3 Ng6 (36...Qf8 37.Rd8, of course) 37.Qe4 R-moves 38.h5. It was mandatory for Black to play 35...Ng6, where after e.g. 36.Bxg6 Rxg6 37.Rd7 Re6 38.Rxe6 fxe6 39.Qc7 Rg7 40.Rxg7 Qxg7 41.Qxb6 (or 41.Qd6) White should probably win the resulting Q endgame, but there's still plenty of work to be done.

Jan-24-09  TiTi: I was thinking Bh7, and if Kxh7, then Qe4+ picks up the undefended rook (Kh8 Qxc6). Else, the Bishop picks the rook (Bxg8) winning the exchange. Of course this is probably not best, the game seems to exploit the position better.
Jan-24-09  Salaskan: This game is too recent, I recognized the position. >_<

Badly played by Adams though. He took a risk with letting Movsesian shatter his kingside pawn structure and then didn't take his chances by doubling on the g file. This is a textbook example for beginner's on how to win an open game against a bad defence.

Jan-24-09  njchess: Pretty easy puzzle for a Saturday; more like a Wednesday puzzle.

By move 15, Black is already playing in a difficult position. White has a slight, tangible advantage after 9. ... Be6. An alternative to the text move is 9. ... Bg4!? 10. Bxf7+ Kd7 11. Qe1 Nxc2 12. Qd2+ Nd4 13. Nc3 Kc8 leading to a wild, but essentially equal position.

Still, even though his text move yields little or no counterplay, it is hard to fault Adams. White still needed to play an accurate game in order to get the win.

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  whiteshark: <Deutz Gambit> Any idea where this name came from ? At least there is no player with such a name in the c.g.database.
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  johnlspouge: Saturday (Very Difficult)

Movsesian vs Adams, 2009 (36.?)

White to play and win.

Material: B for N. The Black Kh8 has 1 legal move. The Black K-position is in tatters, and White could play Qxh6#, if not for Qf8. The White Rd1 has an open file, ready to deflect or decoy Qf8 with Rd1-d8. The White Bf5 cramps Kh8 by taking away h7 and blockading Pf6. Only the White Re3 requires activation, but even now, it is lifted to the semi-open 3-rd rank and can remove Ne4 at will. The Black Rc6 is loose. The White Kh1 is secure.

Candidates (36.): Qxh6+, Rxe4, Rd8, Bh7, Qe4, Be4

36.Rd8 Qg7 [Qxd8 37.Qxh6#]

[<I went for 37.Rg3, giving the win of the Q on 37…Rxd8 too much weight. Some beginner habits die hard. Although I understood the importance of the line-up on the g-file, I spoiled the execution of the idea.>]

Jan-24-09  blacksburg: <whiteshark>

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  whiteshark: Muchas gracias, <blacksburg>

Lev Gutman wrote a long article in Kaissiber 23, Stefan Buecker wonderful magazine. He recommended 7 f4. He also called the variation from 5 d4 the <Max Lange Gambit>, as opposed to the Max Lange Attack.”

I managed to get hold of this edition and sure enough there is a big article on the subject. Gutman comes up with some new ideas to try and convince the reader to give it a go. The arguments for and against the opening is carried on in further magazines #24, #25, #26 and #27, which is impressive for a relative sideline.

Kaissiber, for those who don’t know, is a brilliant magazine for people intrigued by offbeat openings, usually with a historic view tracing back the evolution of the opening. A magazine packed with photos, it is published four times a year and is well worth investing in for all players who want to try something a bit different. (-->

At this point I am inclined to think that the line should be known as the <Max Lange Gambit>... Gambit, because the magazine has a good reputation for getting its fact straight....>

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  triangulation: I think I finally got a saturday after a long time.

36 Rd8 Qg7 37 Rxg8+ Kg8 38 Rg3 Ng6
39 Qe4 Rc8 40 h5 and game over I think

Time to check

Jan-24-09  brazil chess: Sneaky: I never try to solve Saturday or Sunday puzzles so it's not my place to say how hard it is or isn't, but when I looked at the final position I was confused at why Black resigned. "What's so bad with ...Ng6?" I wondered. Sure White can play h5, but then Black can play NxQ and what's that, chopped liver?

But then studying it I see the best continuation:

39 ...Ng6
40. Bxg6! fxg6

with the deadly twin threat of Rxg6 and Qxc6.

39.h5 wins it for white

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  Jimfromprovidence: I, too, liked this continuation order a little better. 36 Rd8 Qd7 37 Rxg8+ Kxg8 38 Rg3 Ng6 39 Bxg6 fxg6 40 Qe4.

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Not only as <utopian 2020> <sneaky> and <brazil chess> have pointed out are there the twin threats of Rxg6 and Qxc6, if black tries to save the rook or the queen for rook exchange with 40…Qd7?, then white has 41 Qxg6+, which is a forced mate in 5 more moves.

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  Patriot: White to play: "Very Difficult"

36.Rd8 is the first candidate I considered, trying to remove the guard on h6: 36...Qxd8?? 37.Qxh6#.

36...Qg7 37.Rg3 Rxd8 38.Rxg7 Rd1+ 39.Kh2 Kxg7 looks about even.

36...Qg7 37.Rxg8+ Kxg8 (37...Qxg8 38.Qxh6+ and mate next) 38.Rg3 Ng6 and perhaps 39.Qg4 next threatening h5 or 39.Qb8+ Qf8 40.Qxf8+ Kxf8 41.Bxg6 fxg6 42.Rxg6. Here I like 39.Qg4 better.

I don't expect to analyze this to completion so let's see if I'm even close.

Jan-24-09  Antonius Blok: Found it once again!

Jan-24-09  Wade Keller: I rate this a Tuesday.
Jan-24-09  SpoiltVictorianChild: Wow, calling this 'very difficult' seems a misnomer. I've never gotten a Saturday puzzle before, but I saw this one in a matter of a couple minutes. In fact, I just assumed I had overlooked something, and that it wouldn't have gone like this.
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  fm avari viraf: Thanks for wishing me Happy Birthday! I wish, you all were here to celebrate my Birthday Party. Now, to our puzzle, it seems that Micky is in great trouble as his King is in jeopardy & Sergie can any time exploit the weaknesses. The most obvious move would be 36.Rd8! since ...Qxd8? 37.Qxh6# Therefore, 36...Qg7 Here, White has to be careful & refrain from playing 37.Rg3 as Black would happily go for 37...Rxd8 38.Rxg7 Kxg7 Therefore, the logical continuation is 37.Rxg8+ Kxg8 Black cannot play ...Qxg8 because of 38.Qxh6+ & mates next move. Now, the simple move is 38.Rg3 & wins as Black cannot cope with the multiple threats. Cheers on the rocks!
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