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Olaf Ulvestad vs Gordon Holloway
Simultaneous exhibition (1952) (exhibition), Seattle, WA, Jan-22
Philidor Defense: General (C41)  ·  0-1



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Jun-23-14  dfcx: Finally a Monday puzzle for Monday.

16...Qxh2+ 17. Kxh2 Rh4# uncovers the g1-a2 diagonal for the bishop.

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  Gregor Samsa Mendel: <Strombringer>--The white king had an escape hatch at g3 until black played ..Rg8.
Jun-23-14  Funology: <Stormbringer> 15 ...Rg8 was necessary first to cover the g3 square.
Jun-23-14  Funology: Oops, too late. Brilliant minds, eh <Gregor>?
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  Once: You can almost hear Olaf's thoughts in this game. He snaps off the two black knights on a6 and h6, figuring that black will not be able to castle with both his kingside and queenside in tatters.

Then he lunges forwards in the centre, expecting to catch the black king in a vicious frontal assault.

Then he sacrifices a knight to get two passed pawns in the centre. It's all sound sensible stuff. A good day at the office. A typical GM simul slaughter.

Except black hasn't read the script. He uses the open files to post rooks aggressively. Then he pounces on a white mistake and delivers a snap Monday-esque queen sac mate.

Fritzie has white ahead for most of the game until 16. Ne2 allows the mate. Instead 16. Rf3 would have left white with a healthy material plus.

Fritzie also tut-tuts about white's 10. fxe5, preferring instead 10. Nxf5.

A fun little Monday. Unless you are Olaf giving a simultaneous display.

Jun-23-14  Nick46: O, I laffed a lot, but a Hollow laff.
Jun-23-14  offramp: <agb2002: Black has a bishop for a knight and two pawns. White threatens 17.Nxd4.

Pattern recognition finds 16... Qxh2+ 17.Kxh2 Rh4#.>

Is that an explanation of how you solved the puzzle? You solved it by <pattern recognition>?

I can imagine the ending to a Sherlock Holmes Mystery:

<Dr Watson>: How did you solve this baffling mystery, Holmes?

<Holmes>: Easy! I'd solved one like it before. Goodnight, viewers!


Jun-23-14  Cheapo by the Dozen: Did Black's opening actually make any sense, or was it just a way to mix things up for a simul? He did bait White into giving him the 2 bishops, after all, at the cost of pawn structure, and he did get open lines as a bonus.

Anyhow, guys holding simuls try to guess the level of opponents' abilities, and it looks like this guess was pretty accurate. :)

Jun-23-14  stacase: A Queen sacrifice for Monday, what will they think of next?

Why aren't my pieces all in exactly the right place to deliver one of these beauties over the board? That's what I want to know. Well I do know, but let's not go there.

Jun-23-14  morfishine: 16...Qxh2+ 17.Kxh2 Rh4#

A neat controlling of all the relevant squares allows Black to sac his Queen

Jun-23-14  Morttuus: It seems like the white double-pawn in the middle rather protects the black king instead of threatening him.
Jun-23-14  zb2cr: 16. ... Qxh2+ begins the final movement, After 17. Kh2, Rh4# not only delivers a check--it also unmasks the Black Bishop's attack against g1, sealing the last escape hole and making that Rook check into a checkmate.
Jun-23-14  1.e4effort: Is this the easiest Monday puzzle ever? Maybe white was too smug, because zip zip zip and it's done. Not that this has anything to do with anything, but this POTD is from the year of my birth, so it is an ancient relic. Maybe that's why it's so easy. Olaf loafed so Holloway had a holiday.
Jun-23-14  Herma48852: It Monday, its Q-sac day .. yeah it works once I realized the horizontal slide over by the mate delivering rook vacates the d4 square allowing the black B/c5 to cover g1.

16 .. Qxh2+ 17. Kxh2 Rh4#

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  Penguincw: Well that was pretty easy. Just sac the queen and swing the rook over.
Jun-23-14  M.Hassan: <al wazir: I wonder why white didn't play 14 Qf3, aiming at 15. Qc6. Since it was a simul, he wasn't spending very much time per move, and he clearly didn't take his opponent seriously enough, but 14. Qc1 seems pointless.>

Agreed, no point in Qc1 and Chessmaster confirms your view as well: 14.Qf3 Ne7 preventing Q to c6
15.fxe6 but gain a piece ...Rf8

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  kevin86: Notice black's coy 15th move: a second rook is need to keep the king to escape to g3.

Mate in two: 16...(♕xh2+ 17 ♔xh2 ♖h4#- as the bishop now blocks g1

Jun-23-14  BOSTER: If you notice,< CG> represented the< mobile version> , where at least you can't read the name of the opening. What is the reason for such switch?
Jun-23-14  Chess Dad: 17.... Qxh2+ 18. Kxh2 Rh4#
Jun-23-14  yureesystem: Wow!!! This is sad, black played a bad opening and still won. He should of been punish for bring his knights to the edge of the board. Maybe starting with 8.Qd3 and planning to place a knight on h4 and push a pawn to f4, to opening the f-file. This a lesson to play accurate and not allow any counter-play, follow Karpov and Capablanca example.
Jun-23-14  sombreronegro: <Wow!!! This is sad, black played a bad opening and still won. He should of been punish for bring his knights to the edge of the board. >

right after taking the bait again after move 7 white does not work well to close the position. The two bishops just mauled him.

Jun-23-14  offramp: <BOSTER: If you notice,< CG> represented the< mobile version> , where at least you can't read the name of the opening. What is the reason for such switch?>

It is not hard to change.

Restart your computer, press F8, then type in "C:/FORMAT".

Answer yo! to everything and your changes will be in effect.

Jun-23-14  BOSTER: < offramp : press F8>. Thanks for advice, but I play with i-phone.
Jun-23-14  ajile: White should be winning according to Rybka 3 after either 10.exf5 or 10.Nxf5.
Jun-25-14  autom: Playing thru the the game I noticed 10.Qh5+ and played it against Fritz and eked out a win being down a piece but having enough extra pawns.
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