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Lev Gutman vs Timothy Taylor
New York International Open (1984), rd 5, Apr-??
Queen's Indian Defense: Classical. Traditional Variation Nimzowitsch Line (E18)  ·  1-0



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May-26-14  MountainMatt: Heh, for a moment I thought 27. Rc8 worked, but noooo. Silly me! It's Monday, of course it's a queen sac! 27. Qxf7+ Rxf7 and NOW 28. Rc8+ Rf8 29. Rxf8#. Happy Memorial Day all!
May-26-14  Cheapo by the Dozen: What was Black envisioning with the knight sacrifice? Maybe he planning Bc5, didn't like what he saw after recalculation, and panicked?
May-26-14  M.Hassan: 27.Qxf7+ Rxf7(forced)
<if...Kh8 28.Qxf8#>
28.Rc8+ Rf8
obviously Rf is pinned and can not move but is an excellent support.
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  Phony Benoni: <Cheapo> Maybe he had just read "Bobby Fischer Teaches Chess" and had back rank mates on his mind.

Seriously, with White threatening both 24.Qxg4 and 24.Ba5, Black is in a fix. The point he missed may have been 23...Nxf2 24.Rxf2 Bc5 25.Rxc5 Qxc5 26.Bb4.

May-26-14  Jedzz: 26. ... "Oh hey! Free pawn!"
May-26-14  Madman99X: Mondays make me feel good about myself. 27. Qxf7 check is of course the winning move. After 27... Rxf7 28. Rc8+ Rf8 I then found the unnecessary winning move 29. Bd5+!!! (Three !!!'s is a brilliancy prize, right?) and after 29... Qe6 30. Be6+ Kh8 31. R(either/or)xf8#
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  agb2002: White has a bishop for two pawns.

Black threatens ... Rxa2.

Black's back rank is defenseless. Therefore, 27.Qxf7+, diverting the rook on f8, 27... Rxf7 (27... Kh8 28.Qxf8#) 28.Rc8+ and mate in two.

May-26-14  diagonalley: urrrrrgh... took me a full three minutes to realise that the wretched pin on the white rook didn't matter a toss! :-(
May-26-14  morfishine: 27.Qxf7+ forces mate

<diagonalley> Well, it was still only 3 minutes and you got it right and thats all that matters

May-26-14  Nick46: Good man, a Classical, Traditional tailor-made finish.
May-26-14  TheBish: Funny, I almost had the same type of tactic in my tournament game this morning (queen sac on f7, followed by rook check and mate on the back rank). Instead, my opponent saw that and anticlimactically gave up his queen for a rook.
May-26-14  SimonWebbsTiger: pure "Bobby Fischer Teaches Chess." Following on from Jen Shahade and Yasser Seirawan at the US Chp 2014: 20 press ups if you miss a back rank!
May-26-14  goodevans: On Mondays I often play the through the puzzle game backwards to see where a supposedly strong player could have gone so wrong. Sometimes a one-move-deep blunder turns a balanced position into a catastrophe, but not here as black is already well and truly lost by the time he overlooked the simple mate. Like <Cheapo>, I got to questioning the N-sac but, as <Phony Benoni> points out, he probably had nothing better to solve his many problems.

I've come to the conclusion that black's fate was sealed as early as <19...Qb6>. At first glance this looks like a solid enough move but it allowed two moves later the very excellent shot <21.Na4!> after which white was always winning.

Maybe <21.Na4> will itself be a puzzle one day, but definitely not on a Monday.

May-26-14  therevolver17: 27.Qxf7+ (..Kh8 28.Qxf8#) Rxf7 28.Rc8+ Qd8 29.Rxd8+ Rf8 30.Rdxf8#
May-26-14  goodevans: On second thoughts, maybe black isn't too bad after <22...Rab8>.
May-26-14  epicchess: 17. Nxf5!! should be a problem of the day for thursday or friday in this game: M G Isakov vs Srinivasan Ramanujam, 2014
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  Dionysius1: Nice of Taylor to play it right through to mate.
May-26-14  BOSTER: Many classic books claim that we should not think about pinned piece as a defender. And this creats an illusion that rook f2 can't take any part in action.
May-26-14  gars: God bless Mondays!
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  perfidious: The conqueror of numerous GMs--by his account, anyway--is beaten like a borrowed mule in this Monday POTD, by a player who was not even a GM at the time.

Anyone suppose Taylor would embellish his record by omitting to mention that he lost to a mere IM?

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  Once: A couple of odd things happen in this game. First, black virtually compels white to play the winning combination. This is the position after 23. Qxa4

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Black is a pawn down and struggling. If he doesn't do anything, white will grind out an endgame win by pushing his queenside pawns, exchanging off all the pieces, then dragging the black king to the queenside to prevent a white pawn from queening, then sprinting his king across to the kingside and winning by promoting his h pawn on move 73. Or something like that.

It's a grisly slow-motion way of spending the next few hours of cheerless prospectless defending. And, no, I won't mention my first marriage at this point.

Instead black decides that if he is going to die, it will be with his boots on and a sword in his hand. So he embarks on an heroic attempt to kick off counterplay against the f2 pawn.

23...Nxf2?! 24. Rxf2 Bxg3 25. hxg3 Rxd2

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You see the plan? Black has exchanged a piece for a couple of pawns plus activity. Now black figures that white will have to add another defender to his Rf2, when black can go on gobbling pawns. And that means we have an interesting imbalance of extra black pawns versus a white bishop.

So when white plays 26. Qf4, black thinks that white is defending his pinned Rf2. The position on the board is largely the one that black has forced - the missing black backrank rook and the half open f file for the amusement of the white queen and rook. All these things will kill black, yet he was the one who made them happen.

Odd, most odd. It almost feels like a helpmate puzzle. Black forces white to mate him by setting up a trap for himself to fall into.

The second odd thing about this POTD? That would be the name of the opening. I know what the Queen's Indian Defense is, even if I would spell it "defence"...

I'll pass on the "classical" and "traditional" variations, which seem a bit off for such a hypermodern opening...

But who the Dickens is "Nimowitsch"?

May-26-14  zb2cr: The pinned White Rook on f2 adds a bit of difficulty to seeing the right combination, but:

27. Qxf7+, Rxf7. If 27. ... Kh8; 28. Qxf8#. Now, however, the fact that the pinned Rook can still support an attack comes into play. 28. Rc8+, Rf8; 29. Rcxf8#.

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  patzer2: White starts to take control of the game after 16...Qb6!? (16...Re8 =) 17. e4! .

Black could have put up a bit more resistance with 17...Be7 or 19...Rac8 , but even then his game was difficult.

After the discovered attack 21. Na4! to it's hard for Black to find a drawing resource against White's strong play.

My guess is 22...Nxf2? was a move made out of the sheer frustration of trying to hold a technically lost position.

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  kevin86: Despite the fact the white rook is pinned and doubly attacked, it can still defend the queen against the adverse king. Black must open the back flank and be mated there.
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  kevin86: Since the winner's name was GUTMAN, can we this one time refer to the back row as: Sydney Greenstreet? lol
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