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Heinrich Rolletschek vs Gabriel Lither
88th US Open (1987), Portland, OR USA, rd 1, Aug-02
Scandinavian Defense: Modern. Gipslis Variation (B01)  ·  1-0



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Oct-10-17  Magnus Kasparov: Great game
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  Phony Benoni: The rook on b8 probably figured it was safe with all that stuff on the second rank shielding it. Ha. 26.Rxd7 Qxd7 27.Qe5 destroys the illusion.
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  Once: The pointless career of a knight. The Black King Knight wibbled all round the board until it landed on d7 for the third time and was immediately captured, losing the game.

If you can imagine the Benny Hill music, here we go ...


The net result of all this wibbling is our starting position:

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Even if he didn't have the Rxd7 tactic, White has a comfortable edge. His rook is dominating the open file, he has the bishop pair and he threatens Be5 skewering the black queen and rook. Meanwhile Black's rook is staring at a pawn's backside and his bishop and knight have no targets.

Instead of the knight wibbling, why oh why didn't black play his second rook to d8 when he had the chance?

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  patzer2: A simple double attack with 26. Rxd7 Qxd7 27. Qe5 +- (+7.06 @ 30 depth, Stockfish 8,) threatening mate and the unprotected Rook, solves today's Tuesday puzzle.

Black's decisive error was 25...Nd7?? allowing 26. Rxd7 +-. Instead, 25...Rd8 26. Be5 Qc8 27. Rxd8+ Bxd8 28. Qd2 b6 ⩲ (+0.34 @ 37 depth, Stockfish 8) holds it near level.

Oct-10-17  Walter Glattke: 27.-Bf8 28.Qxb8 decisive
Oct-10-17  saturn2: Also 27..Bf6 does not help because 28 QxRb8 is also a check.
Oct-10-17  Cheapo by the Dozen: I found this on the hard side for a Tuesday. I finally found it as an offshoot of the process "What would have to be different for there to be any hope of a mating attack?"
Oct-10-17  AlicesKnight: 26.Rxd7 Qxd7; 27.Qe5 threatens mate and capture of the R, leaving White a piece up. Good enough.
Oct-10-17  claudi: 25...Knight d7 was a big mistake.
Oct-10-17  Bubo bubo: White wins a piece with 26.Rxd7 Qxd7 27.Qe5: the dual threat of Qxg7# and Qxb8 wins back the rook immediately.
Oct-10-17  morfishine: Easy enough <26.Rxd7> followed by 27.Qe5 with the fatal double-threat mate at <g7> while attacking the hanging rook on <b8>


Oct-10-17  Ratt Boy: <claudi: 25...Knight d7 was a big mistake.>

Yup. 25…♖d8 looks fine to me. After 26.♗e5, ♕b6 White seems to have an edge, but it's far from a catastrophe for Black.

Oct-10-17  zb2cr: 28. Rxd7, Qxd7; 29. Qe5. White is threatening mate and the Black Rook as well. An added bonus is that the White Bishop on f3 prevents a check on d1, So Black has to submit to loss of his Rook, leaving White a piece up.
Oct-10-17  malt: Deflect the Queen, with 26.R:d7 Q:d7
and a double edged attack with 27.Qe5
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  patzer2: <Once> Thanks for the link to the sketch by the late, great British comic and actor Alfred Hawthorne "Benny" Hill. It brought back fond memories.

The Benny Hill "music" was actually the instrumental piece "Yakety Sax" composed in 1958 by "Spider" Rich and famous American saxaphone player Boots Randolph.

Boots can be viewed performing "Yakety Sax" on his saxophone at

"Yakety Sax" was inspired by the 1958 Coasters song "Yakety Yak" written, arranged and composed by Jerry Lieber and Mike Stoller. The Coasters 1958 #1 hit song (R&B and Pop) "Yakety Yak" can be heard at

Oct-10-17  Kyudaime: <26. Rxd7> wins the piece.
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  gawain: Once I decided to stop looking for mate and settle for material gain instead, the combination was obvious.
Oct-10-17  alphee: So nice ...
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  kevin86: mate threatened in two directions
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  Willber G: <Once: The pointless career of a knight.>

Nice post, as usual.

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  Once: <patzer> Enjoyed the links - thanks!

<Willber> My pleasure, my friend.

Oct-10-17  eblunt: Complete fail ... right idea wrong move order.

25 .... Bxg7 26 Kxg7 Rxd7

Wins a pawn for white but that's it

Oct-10-17  WorstPlayerEver: Butter, cheese and eggs etc
Oct-10-17  Whitehat1963: So simple, and yet, search as I did, I never found it.

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