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Igor Nikolayev vs George Rusyniak
RCC Sat Open (2004), Rochester, NY, rd 2, Apr-10
Sicilian Defense: Alapin Variation. Barmen Defense (B22)  ·  1-0



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Sep-22-14  nottogoodabeginner: what's the big deal about being first? There's a verse in the Bible that says the last shall be first and the first last.
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  Sally Simpson: Funny how a wee puzzle like this triggers all kinds of memories from things written or read.

The Yates Hastings Trick:

He played the same idea as White at Hastings in 1923.

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Yates vs G Norman, 1923

....and walked into the same trick as Black at Hastings in 1927.

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Colle vs Yates, 1927

Sep-22-14  Nick46: difficult for a Monday but I gor it
Sep-22-14  zb2cr: 21. Rh8+, Kxh8; 22. Nxf7+, Kg8; 23. Nxd6 and White has Q+2P vs. R+B.
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  Willber G: Second!
Sep-22-14  Monocle: <nottogoodabeginner> Most forums I've been on outright ban people from making inane "First" posts, because it's just irritating and pointless spam.
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  Sally Simpson: ...and they are wrong.

Igor Nikolayev was first!

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  Once: There is perhaps a little more to this than winning the black queen. Here is the position after 21...Kxh8 22. Nxf7+ Kg8 23. Nxd6

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Yes white has won the black queen, but he has had to spend a bishop and a rook doing so. And in general terms a bishop and rook are more or less the same as a queen.

More importantly, white has snaffled a couple of pawns during the exchange. The h7 pawn via the original bishop sac (19. Bxh7+) and the f7 pawn (22. Nxf7+).

It is arguably those pawns that give white the win more than the trade of R+B for the black queen. That and the weakened black pawns left alive.

Sep-22-14  goodevans: <nottogoodabeginner: ... There's a verse in the Bible that says the last shall be first and the first last.>

I believe that refers specifically to queues for public transport.

Incidentally, I think your name is missing an "o". I'm not familiar with the verb "to good".

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  Penguincw: Finally a Monday puzzle! It's been a whole week since the last Monday puzzle. ;)

Anyway, this puzzle is actually a little too easy, as 21.Rh8+ Kxh8 22.Nxf7+ picks up the queen. At the end of all this, white will be up a queen and 2 pawns for rook and bishop.

Sep-22-14  pericles of athens: Rook check sets up knight fork.
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  gawain: Something different indeed. Clearly h8 is the first stop but there is no mate in the offing. Next best thing: a knight fork to win the queen
Sep-22-14  kevin86: The rook sac at h8 nets a family check and winning of the queen.

A twist for Monday!

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  Bubo bubo: No ♕-sac today, but a ♕-win: 21.Rh8 Kxh8 22.Nxf7+ and 23.Nxd6.

21.Ng6 would be cooler and more monday-ish, but Black's queen is protected: what a bummer!

Sep-22-14  LucB: If Black plays 19...Nxh7 (instead of 19...Kxh7), then White can play 18. Qxf7, but then what? Doesn't the attack just fizzle?
Sep-22-14  DarthStapler: Got it easily
Sep-22-14  David2009: Puzzle position I Nikolayev vs G Rusyniak, 2004 White to play 19?:

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<LucB: If Black plays 19...Nxh7 (instead of 19...Kxh7), then White can play 18. Qxf7, but then what? Doesn't the attack just fizzle?> After 19.Bxh7+ if Nxh7 20.Qxf7+ Kh8 21.Ng6#

Black's best was 19...Kf8 but White then has a strong attack a Pawn up.

Sep-22-14  LIzzard: Once - I agree it is the pawns that make this a little more interesting. If the pawn position was even, I may be tempted to keep fighting if I were black
Sep-22-14  schachfuchs: So, 18... Bb7 was the main mistake?! What would have been better to avoid the 'original theme: 19.Bxh7+' ? 18.... h6?! 19.Rg3
Sep-22-14  BOSTER: <schachfuchs: what would have been better to avoid 19.Bxh7+?>.

To play not 17...b6 and 18...Bb7

but 17...Bd7 and 18...Be8 protecting f7.

Sep-22-14  vajeer: <Once:It is arguably those pawns that give white the win more than the trade of R+B for the black queen. That and the weakened black pawns left alive.>

Well said. I would add one more thing - strong knight posted on d6.

Sep-22-14  LucB: Thanks <David2009>.. hmm I guess the attack doesn't fizzle after all!.. more like 'sizzle'. ;)
Sep-22-14  Cheapo by the Dozen: <watwinc>'s post was a rare exception -- perhaps a typo? But solving a position as quickly as possible is important in chess, so I don't see why people are complaining about those who try to race to be first with a puzzle solution.
Sep-30-14  MarkFinan: This is from a game I played in February of this year I think. After Bxd6 ..QxB. It's very very similar to the position on the POTD! Same thing. Sac a piece on h8 for the knight fork. I just saw this on chessgames dot com's facebook post and thought 'I recognize that game'. It's spooky similar!

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Sep-30-14  MarkFinan: I know I say I have a bad memory but I just shocked myself by remembering this position! After Bxd6 QxB.... It's nearly the same position!?

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