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Volkhard Ruehrig vs Guenter Stertenbrink
Bundesliga (1983/84), Germany
Sicilian Defense: Hyperaccelerated Dragon (B27)  ·  1-0



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Jul-30-14  abuzic: Position after 23...Kh8

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24.Qh6? Rg8 25.Rd7 Be2+
<25...Qe5?? (POTD) 26.Qxg7!+ Rxg7 27.Rd8+ Rg8 28.Rxg8+ Kxg8 29.Ra8+ Qb8 30.Rxb8#>

26.Kxe2 Qe5+ 27.Qe3
<27.Kf3 Qxf6+ Kmoves 28.Qxa1>

27...Qxa1, position equal

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White wins after 24.Rd7! Qxh2 25.Rxf7!

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Jul-30-14  JG27Pyth: -- Volkhard, play hard.
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  Willber G: <Volkhard, play hard.>

I like that, good pun!

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  whiteshark: I love Mondays!! <26.Qg7+!!>, and that's it.
Jul-30-14  David2009: <jdc2> Excellent problem!

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1.g7 Rf7! 2.Nh5! Bxg7 3.Rxf7 wins a piece: if 2...Rxg7 3.Raxg7+ Bxg7 4.Rxg7+ also wins a piece. The immediate 1.Nh5 probably also wins but Black can fight on for a time with 1...Rfc8

Jul-30-14  Bubo bubo: Among others, Black threatens Be2#, therefore White is in a hurry and cannot afford Rxf7. Instead the queen has to sacrifice herself for the gain of one tempo: 26.Qg7+ Rxg7 27.Rd8+ Rg8 28.Rxg8 Kxg8 29.Ra8+ Qb8 30.Rxb8#. (Of course 27.Ra8+ will work, too.) Nice!
Jul-30-14  GM Rounak Pathak: is this site for cry babies
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  Penguincw: 26.Rxf7 was my neat jerk reaction, but black can escape with 26...Qh5+, forcing the exchange of queens.
Jul-30-14  Refused: Qg7 Rxg7 Ra8+ (or Rd8+ doesn't matter)
Rg8 Rxg8+ Kxg8 Rd8#.

Ofc Black prolong the inevitable by throwing in Qb8 after Ra8+, but that doesn't change the big picture.

Jul-30-14  hcgflynn: <abuzic> How about 26. Ke4?
Jul-30-14  abuzic: <hcgflynn: <abuzic> How about 26. Ke4?>

26.Ke4 g5 27.g3
<27.Ke3 Bb5 28.f3 Qe5+ 29.Kf2 <(29.Kd2 Qb2+ is worse for white)> Qxa1

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black is B+2P up>

27...Rg6 28.Qxg6
<28.Rda7 Bf3+ 29.Kxf3 Rxh6 30.Ra8 Rxf6+ 31.Ke2 Qxa8 32.Rxa8 Kg7

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clear advantage for black>

28...hxg6 29.Raa7

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not clear how any side can break through here

Jul-30-14  Herma48852: First tried Qxh7 sac to no avail. Then the attraction sac worked to exploit the weak back-rank for a mate in 5:

26. Qg7+ Rxg7 27. Rd8+ Rg8 28. Rxg8+ Kxg8 29. Ra8+ Qb8 30 Rxb8#

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  kevin86: I saw a mate in five, slightly different from the text: 26 ♕g7+ ♖xg7 27 ♖d8+ ♖g8 28 ♖xg8+ ♔xg8 29 ♖a8+ ♕b8 30 ♕xb8#
Jul-30-14  jdc2: <David2009> Thanks, it's a mate in 5 problem though:

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1. g7 Rf7 2. Ra8+ Rb8

(2... Kxh7 3. g8=Q#)

3. Rxb8+ Rf8

(3... Kxh7 4.g8=Q#)

4. Rxf8+ Kxh7 5. g8=Q#

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  gawain: Fantastic puzzle! 26 Qg7+ Rxg7 27 Ra8+ or Rd8+ forces mate.
Jul-30-14  jffun1958: 26. Qg7+! Rxg7 (forced)
27. Rd8+ Rg8 (forced)
28. Rxg8+ Kxg8 (forced)
29. Ra8+ Qb8 (forced)
30. Rxb8#
Jul-30-14  Arcturus: File under "Removal of the defender."
Jul-30-14  BOSTER: Black to play 25...
g5 ! <Fantastic puzzle > ,and nice POTD.
Jul-30-14  zb2cr: The presence of the White Rook on a1 makes the puzzle possible. 26. Qg7+, Rxg7; 27. Rd8+ (Ra8+ also works), Rg8; 28. Rxg8+, Kxg8; 29. Ra8+, Qb8; 30. Rxb8#.
Jul-30-14  RubinSteinitz: <chrisowen> Glutten load askance plucked Rhode Island bespeckled booby prize...Ra1?
Jul-30-14  TheBish: Oh my gosh... another person who speaks chrisowen's language? I might ask <RubinSteinitz> to translate into English, but I'm not sure I want to know!
Jul-30-14  TheBish: V Ruehrig vs G Stertenbrink, 1984

White to play (26.?) "Medium/Easy"

This was a fun one for me, because for awhile I didn't see the rook on a1, which is very essential for White to win the game! Black is threatening 26...Be2#, so the first move is quite obviously not 26. Rxf7! (Note that the exclam here is normal punctuation and not chess punctuation!)

26. Qg7+! Rxg7 27. Ra8+ Rg8 (Qb8 delays things a move) 28. Rxg8+ Kxg8 29. Rd8#.

The queen sac worked because it decoyed the Rg8, opening the back rank with tempo so the remaining rook (after exchanging the other one) could deliver the final blow, with the pawn on f6 serving a vital function that the rook could not.

Jul-30-14  RubinSteinitz: <TheBish> LOL no, only Chris knows how to speak his special parlance. I just like to try my hand at it once in a while. But I just can't make any hidden messages like he can. Very creative if you ask me.
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  chrisowen: <RubinSteinitz> Threaten said ogle diagram pride a g7 h6 queen squabble mash tier.
Aug-03-14  hcgflynn: <abuzic>i agree. after 29. raa7 black has material advantage which i don't think is enough for a win, if white plays carefully.
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