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Raimundo Garcia vs Henrique Mecking
Buenos Aires / Rio Hondo Zonal (1966), Buenos Aires / Rio Hondo ARG, rd 15, Jun-??
King's Indian Defense: Orthodox Variation. Korchnoi Attack (E97)  ·  0-1



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Dec-28-10  Shamot: Dear <once>

Are you trying to compare "English" vs. "American" by any chance?!

Dec-28-10  psmith: <JG27Pyth> Exactly. Except you left out the part where I tried to move the pinned Knight.
Dec-28-10  nimzo knight: Presence of no alternative threat made the puzzle solvable. There was no mating possibility for black. All other white pieces were nicely secure.

It leaves only two possibility play for the draw or trap the rook. I looked for knight maneuvers to get at rook. But realized keeping b7 blocked is the key. That leaves king as the only attacking piece, and ya it sure works!

Dec-28-10  johnlspouge: Hi, <patzer2>. Thanks for the tidbit about "The Sound of Music". I had always assumed that "Edelweiss" was written for a non-singing actor, and that an unskilled presentation was supposed make it particularly affecting. So, I was right, but apparently - there <are> limits.

On the other hand, if General Chang had sung "Edelweiss" in Star Trek VI, they never would have cut it.

Dec-28-10  kevin86: The rook is trapped,it was just a short jaunt for the king to pick up the wayward tower.
Dec-28-10  kramputz: I hate JAVA, they are making changes all the time and even is being screwed up by it.
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  Penguincw: ... 27. Ke8 is the winning move for today.

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Dec-28-10  TheBish: Garcia vs Mecking, 1966

Black to play (27...?) "Easy"

This took me a little while; I think it could have been a Wednesday problem. I saw within seconds that White's rook was snared, but about two minutes more to realize how to tighten the noose.

27...Ke8! and White can't prevent 28...Kd8, winning the exchange; e.g. 28. Ba3 Kd8 29. Bxc5 Kxc7.

Dec-28-10  zb2cr: It took me a while to see it, but White's Rook on c7 is trapped. Setting the King in motion with 27. ... Ke8 is the right plan, and it's obvious that Black will win the exchange. This leaves a position where Black is the exchange and a Pawn up. White has some compensation in the Bishop pair and Black's Bishop being restricted in mobility. It's instructive to see how Mecking overcomes these issues in the further course of the game.
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  Once: <Shamot> Only by coincidence. I would rate Bourne higher than Bond, for example.
Dec-28-10  Formula7: 27...Ke8 followed by 28...Kd8 traps White's rook, winning the exchange.
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  scormus: Does something odd happen to the days around Xmas time? 32 moves before 0-1! Hell, If this is a Tuesday puzzle then I'm a former world champ.

To be honest I did fancy 27 ... Ke8 but I was by no means sure if it was winning. Even though 28 gxf4 exf4 29. Bxf4 doesnt work ( ... Bxc3 30. Bxd6 and Bd4+ defends the Nc5 with tempo) I thought there might be something for W which did.

Dec-28-10  wals: The only thing I got right with this is that the Rookc7 was under attack.
Dec-28-10  micartouse: This was an awesome puzzle - hope we see more like this. Not hard, but very pretty. And I love direct tactical puzzles! It gets boring after a while to just find ways to throw your pieces at things.
Dec-28-10  karnak64: Awww, 'fer dumb. Saw the rook was trapped but didn't have a clue. Got to remember the King can take an offensive role, too.

Rest of the game is pretty cool, too.

Dec-28-10  turbo231: It took awhile but I finally found the move. I could see that the rook couldn't move anywhere. I spent too much time trying to get it with the knight. Then I saw the king move. Nothing else was going on.
Dec-28-10  turbo231: <kramputz: I hate JAVA, they are making changes all the time and even is being screwed up by it.>

Please explain. So far I haven't had any problems.

Dec-28-10  RandomVisitor: White should try 22.c5:

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Rybka 4:

<[+0.40] d=23 22...d5> 23.Ba6 Qf8 24.Qa3 Nf6 25.exd5 Nexd5 26.Bd3 Kh7 27.Nxd5 Nxd5 28.Be4 Rxb7 29.Rxb7 a5 30.Qc1 a4 31.Be1 Qe8 32.Qd2 Qe6 33.Qd3 Rd8 34.Bh4 Ra8

Dec-28-10  David2009: Garcia vs Mecking, 1966 Black 27...?

The White Rook on c7 is short of squares, so 27...Ke8 wins the exchange for a Pawn after 28 gxf4 Kd8 29 Rxe7 Kxe7. As Black was a Pawn up to start with, the material advantage should decide. Time to check:
Black chooses an interesting alternative way of surrendering the exchange, and then fights a determined rearguard action for 32 more moves. Full marks for fighting spirit, but the material advantage was simply too great.

Dec-28-10  cjgone: Whew, got this one, missed Monday's puzzle (really bad day for me).
Dec-28-10  BOSTER: <RV> <White should try 22.c5>. I have prepared this position for our kibitzers,but you were ahead. I played without computer and found 22.c5 is very attractive.
Dec-28-10  DarthStapler: Got it
Dec-28-10  SufferingBruin: Got it!

I have little faith that I would have won this game against a club player much less Garcia. However, if "King marches to take rook" is the solution than I will take this as a win.

(looks down sadly) and I need a win... (sob).

Dec-29-10  Yodaman: Any reason why the puzzle-makers didn't start the puzzle one move earlier?
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  Gottschalk: Raimundo Garcia, no doubt. Raimundo Garcia
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