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Miguel Illescas Cordoba vs Juan Bellon Lopez
Seville op (1992), Seville ESP, rd 5, Jan-??
Sicilian Defense: Old Sicilian. General (B30)  ·  1-0



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  Once: Arnold Schwarzennegger can't dance.

Okay, so he did theoretically "tango" twice in True Lies. But in reality he just walked up and down a bit while his female leads draped themselves sensuously around him. John Travolta in Saturday Night Fever he most certainly was not.

And it's not just the Austrian Oak who has two left feet. Sly Stallone has trouble talking straight, so never expect him to bust a move on the dance floor. Steven (I'm just a cook) Seagal simply points his suit at the bad guys.

And it has to be said that your humble scribe can happily write you a poem, give a speech, recite Shakespeare, tell a joke, but please please don't ever ask me to do the "D" word.

And it's the same with rooks. The big guys just can't do diagonals. You can imagine a rook standing in the corner of the chessboard, all muscles, stonework and hulking power, and he will be huffing and grumbling about those fancy-pants bishops with their oh-so-dainty diagonals.

I suppose that's the truth of the world - the bouncers stay on the outside of the night club. "I don't care if you do know the DJ, you're not coming in..."

With 23. Be6, white drags the Rd7 onto the dance floor and makes him look like a fool. The white bishop pair and a pawn literally dance rings around the poor hulking brute. The rook has nowhere to go. And of course, 23...fxe6 24. fxe6 keeps the diagonal threat going.

But black has a cunning plan. He can't fight the white bishops and pawn with the raw strength of his rooks, but his knight is much more nimble. Think Patrick Swayze as both snake-hipped jivester in Dirty Dancing (the first time around) and rough tough Dalton the cooler in Road House.

So with 23...Nc8 24. Bxd7 Nxb6, black sets up this position:

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And the fancy-pants dancing bishop has no safe square to run to. Has the prancing prelate been outfoxed by a ninja knight?

Nope. After 25. fxg6 Nxd7 25. Rxd6 we get to here:

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And the white rooks jump onto the dance floor and grab the black pieces by the throat. "Now that's what I call dancing..."

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  agb2002: White has the bishop pair for a bishop and a knight.

Black threatens 23... Nxf5.

The rook on d7 doesn't have free squares. Therefore, 23.Be6:

A) 23... fxe6 24.fxe6

A.1) 24... Rdd8 25.Bxd8

A.1.a) 25... Rxd8 26.Rxf6 + - [R+P vs N], Black cannot trap the rook on f6 with 26... Nf5.

A.1.b) 25... Kg7 26.Rxd6 + - [R+2P vs N].

A.1.c) 25... Nf5 26.Bxf6 Rxf6 27.g4 Ne3 28.Rxf6 Nxd1 29.e7 wins.

A.2) 24... Nc8 25.exd7 Nxb6 26.Rxd6 Bd8 (or 26... Nxd7 27.Rxd7 + - [R+P vs B]) 27.Rxg6+ Kh7 28.Rxf8 Kxg6 29.Rxd8 Kf7 30.Rf8+ Kxf8 31.d8=Q+ and 32.Qxb6, winning.

B) 23... Rdd8 24.Bxd8 Rxd8 (24... fxe6 transposes to A.1) 25.fxg6

B.1) 25... fxe6 26.Rxf6 Nc8 (26... Rg7 27.Rf7+ and 28.Rxe7) 27.Rf7 (probably better that 27.Rxe6) b5 28.Rdf1 followed by g7 and Rf8+, winning.

B.2) 25... Nxg6 26.Rxf6 fxe6 27.Rxg6+ Kf7 28.Rg4 + - [R].

C) 23... Rfd8 24.Bxd7 Rxd7 25.fxg6 Kg7 26.gxf7 Kxf7 27.g4 Ke6 28.Bf2 followed by h4 with a won ending.

D) 23... Nc8 24.Bxd7 Nxb6 25.Rxd6 Nxd7 26.Rxd7 b5 27.fxg6 fxg6 28.Ra7 + - [R+P vs B].

Oct-13-10  Sularus: for two stars, i thought pxp was the solution. =(
Oct-13-10  TheBish: Illescas-Cordoba vs J M Bellon Lopez, 1992

White to play (23.?) "Medium/Easy"

I got this in a little under a minute.

23. Be6! fxe6

Or 23...Nc8 24. Bxd7 Nxb6 25. fxg6! Nxd7 26. Rxd6 Rd8 27. Rxf6.

24. fxe6 Rdd8 25. Bxd8 Rxd8 26. Rxf6.

White is up an exchange and pawn, for an easy win.

Oct-13-10  swr: 23. Be6! fxe6 24. fxe6 wins the rook, this should be it.
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  LIFE Master AJ: <Once> Funny, as usual. Really good stuff.
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  LIFE Master AJ:

I won - on my very first try ... (this has not happened in a while!).

The position after 40 moves:

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I did not play to mate, even I could not blow this one ...

This is a really good exercise. If you are serious about improving, you need to do this kind of training.

WARNING! Some days the computer's resistance is so strong, it will be next to impossible to win. You will fuss and cuss ... and pull out all of your hair. (I am completely bald now.)

Oct-13-10  shonetu: Jimfromprovidence - 25 Rxd6 is bad, 25...Be7, if 26 Rxb6 26...Bc5+!!!
Oct-13-10  dakgootje: I really have to improve my endgame technique..

From the position of David2009's crafty endgame-link it took me 55 moves to win against aforementioned crafty.. >.<

Oct-13-10  JG27Pyth: Reti? Just because of 1.Nf3? Come on CG, a little more sophistication in the ECO identification algorithm please... 1...c5 2.e4 transposes to a Sicilian right away.
Oct-13-10  kurtrichards: 23. Be6
Oct-13-10  gofer: The humble pawn can become effectively a bishop in some positions and this is one...

23 Be6! ...

The rook on d7 is attacked and cannot escape, the point being that Rf8 cannot protect both Bf6 and Rd8, so the following variations all lose...

1) 23 ... fxe6 24 fxe6 ...

1a) 24 ... Rd8 25 Bxd8 ...

25 ... Rxd8 26 Rxf6 winning
25 ... Kg7 26 Bxe7 Bxe7 27 Rxf8 Kxf8 28 Rf1+ Ke8 29 Rf7 winning 25 ... Nd5 26 Rxd5 Bxe8 27 Rxf8+ Kxf8 28 Rxd6 Ke8 29 Re7 winning

1b) 24 ... Nc8 25 exd7 Nxb6 26 Rxf6! Rd8 27 Rfxd6 Nc4 28 Rxg6+ moving into a winning endgame

2) 23 ... Rdd8 24 Bxd8 fxe6 25 Bxe7 Bxe7 26 f6! Bxf6 27 Rxd6 Be7 28 Rxe6 Rxf1+ 29 Kxf1 Kf7 30 Rxe5 winning

3) 23 ... Rfd8 24 Bxd8 ...

3a) 24 ... Rxd8 25 fxg6 fxe6 26 Rxf6 Nd5 27 Rxe6 Ne3 28 Rexd6! winning

3b) 24 ... fxe6 25 fxe6! Rxd8 26 Rxf6 winning

4) 23 ... Nc8 24 Bxd7 Nxb6 25 Rxd6 Nxd7 26 Rxd7 ...

4a) 26 ... Rb8 27 fxg6 winning

4b) 26 ... gxf5 27 Rxf5 Bg7 28 Rxb7 winning

Time to check...

Oct-13-10  howlwolf: Pretty simple problem. The rook runs out of squares and that combined with the loseness of the black bishop decides it. It looks like earlier 14. . Nxf5 may be prefferable to Nc6. I think after 15Bb6 Rd7 16 Qf3 white may still be a little better but black is certainly in better shape than in the game.
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  whiteshark: Nice finish, I mean Black's position is really crushing.
Oct-13-10  5hrsolver: for those looking for more, the game of the day has black to play and win at move 17.
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  kevin86: An amusing trap of the black rook by the bishops-of course if black takes the bishop,the pawn will do the dirty work.

A similar rook trap occurred in the Fischer-Spassky 1972 match-I believe game 8.

Oct-13-10  gofer: Nice post <Once>. Pity I didn't read it before posting my garbage... :-(
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  Jimfromprovidence: <shonetu> - <25 Rxd6 is bad, 25...Be7, if 26 Rxb6 26...Bc5+!!!>

No, just retreat the rook to d1 and he's OK.

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Now if black follows with 26...Rd8, then it does get tricky. White now has 27 fxg6, below, threatening 28 Rxf7 if black takes the bishop.

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Oct-13-10  CHESSTTCAMPS: The positions diagrammed by <Jimfromprovidence>:exactly follow my game against Crafty earlier this morning. I ended up giving back the exchange and winning an opposite-colored bishop ending with a 3 pawn advantage.
Oct-13-10  cjgone: Got it but took way to long. Kept trying to find a continuation to the pawn on the f-file... Then I noticed that his rook was trapped and did the bishop move. :P
Oct-13-10  wals: Black's downfall.
(+4.66)22...Ne7. forking Bd5 and pawn f5, but open to the match winning 23.Be6. Much better,

Analysis by Rybka 4 x64:depth 20 : 4 min:

1. (0.95): 22...g5 23.Rd2 Kg7 24.Rfd1 Ne7 25.Be6 Nc8 26.Bxd7[] Nxb6[] 27.Be6 fxe6 28.Rxd6[] Be7 29.Rxe6[] Bc5+ 30.Kh1[] Rxf5 31.g4 Rf7 32.Rxe5 Be7 33.b3 Bf6 34.Rc5 Re7 35.Rd6 Na8 36.Rf5 Rf7 37.Kg2 Nc7


2. (1.35): 22...gxf5 23.Rxf5 Kg7 24.Rh5 Ne7 25.Be4 d5 26.c4 Rd6 27.Bc5 Rc6 28.Bxe7 Bxe7 29.Bxd5 Rb6 30.Rxe5 Re8 31.Rf5 Rxb2 32.Rxf7+ Kg6 33.Kh1 Re2 34.Rb1 b5 35.cxb5 Re5 36.Bb3 axb5 37.Rf2 Kh6

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  chrisowen: Aorta Be6 pumps magic air in white's attack pin.

Rook cushion in board on a plain constric space. Hey Nc8 make room deep but head the black sheep got blackmailed again. Mal o ne7 prep g5 tips equal.

It yields loads, put nicked bishop en prise caveat ribs trivial prescription 24xb6n buckminsterfulirene. Trade g6 singe list dealing goodnight.

Oct-13-10  WhiteRook48: 23 be6 not that hard
Oct-13-10  midknightblue: that medium easy problem wasn't so medium easy for me. Never even consider Be6
Oct-13-10  turbo231: I saw the move but I didn't think it would work, but it does. Once again I failed to see a discovery, it's never ending.
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