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Stuart C Conquest vs Peter Bauer
Dortmund op (1986), rd 4
Sicilian Defense: Grand Prix Attack (B23)  ·  1-0



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Sep-03-21  newzild: 23. Bh6 forces 23...Qxh6 (23...Ng4 24. Bxg7), after which 24. Nf5 is brutal.

Rather an easy one for a Friday.

Conquest is the only Grandmaster I've ever played over the board. It was a simul in Hamilton, New Zealand (I lost).

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  raymondhow: Yes that's a pretty easy Friday. After 23 Bh6, I thought the bishop was untouchable, expected Ne8 to which 24 Nf5 looks pretty strong. I followed the game line but wanted to play 27 Qxc5.
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  al wazir: Easier than yesterday's, for me at least.
Sep-03-21  mel gibson: I saw the text move straight away but then it took me a minute or so to confirm it was a good move.

Stockfish 14 says:

23. Bh6

(23. Bh6 (♗f4-h6 ♕h5xh6 ♘h4-f5
♘f6-g4 ♘f5xh6+ ♘g4xh6 c2-c3 b7-b6 ♖d1-d7 e7-e6 ♕g3-c7 ♖f8-b8 g2-g4 a7-a6 ♖f1-f2 b6-b5 a4-a5 ♖b8-c8 ♕c7-d6 ♗g7-f8 ♕d6-b6 c5-c4 ♕b6-e3 ♗f8-g7 ♔g1-g2 ♔g8-h8 ♕e3-b6 ♗g7-f8 ♕b6-b7 ♖c8-b8 ♕b7-c6 ♖b8-c8 ♖d7-c7 ♖c8-d8 ♖c7-b7 ♗f8-g7 ♖b7-d7 ♖d8xd7 ♕c6xa8+ ♘h6-g8) +6.15/37 411)

score for White + 6.15 depth 37.

Sep-03-21  Cheapo by the Dozen: Sometimes a mid-week puzzle looks very easy, but when I click through to the game I see a defense I'd overlooked. Indeed, I generally expect that.

In this case, the expectation wasn't fulfilled; the solution really was that easy.

Sep-03-21  Cheapo by the Dozen: By the way -- one player is named "Conquest" and the other is named "Pawn", so there's plenty of pun potential for anybody so inclined.
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  Jimfromprovidence: I saw 23 Be5, below, both pinning the knight and allowing for protection by the rook for 24 Nf5.

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  agb2002: White is one pawn down.

Black threatens Ne4.

The lack of a pawn on g6 and the knight ready to go to f5 suggest 23.Bh6:

A) 23... Qxh6 24.Nf5 Qg6 (24... Ne4 25.Nxh6+ wins) 25.Nxe7+ wins decisive material.

B) 23... Ng4 24.Bxg7 wins a piece.

C) 23... Ne8 24.Bxg7 Nxg7 25.Nf5 as in A.


Another option is 23.Re1 to trap the black queen but 23... Nd5 24.Be5 (24.Re5 Nxf4 25.Rxh5 Ne2+) 24... f6 and Black seems to hold (the black queen can go to f7).


I'd play 23.Bh6.

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  Teyss: Agreed with above, rather easy. According to the <agb2002> weekly rating index, it's Wednesday-ish (3 main variations: 1 per weekday). As well as to the <Teyss> index (if I can solve it, it's Wednesday material at most).

Still a pretty combination. Don't know why Black kept on playing after move 25 or even 23.

Sep-03-21  nikonoel: Is today still Wednesday? Aestetically pleasing, though.
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  Dionysius1: A pretty solution. Not even 23...Ne8 works.
Sep-03-21  Autoreparaturwerkbau: <<mel gibson> Stockfish 14 says: 23.♗h6 +6.15 depth 37>

It is actually interesting how a little bit longer SF14 search starts favoring 23.♗e5 instead of 23.♗h6

At depth 39 SF14 says:
<+7.0> 23.♗e5 ♔h8 24.♘f5 ♕g6 25.♕h4 ♖ad8 26.♘xe7 ♕e4 27.♗xf6 ♕xh4 28.♗xh4 ♖xd1 29.♖xd1 ♗xb2 30.♖d7 that brings us here:

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instead of
<+6.2> 23.♗h6 ♕xh6 24.♘f5 ♕g6 25.♘xe7+ ♔h8 26.♘xg6+ hxg6 27.c3 ♔g8 28.♕e5 b6 29.♕c7 ♘h5 30.g4 that brings us to completely different situation

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It seems that in the long run silicon prefers being a clean knight up rather than being Q vs.B+N.

So the true solution for the best move 23.? may be in reality a bit different as in text, but all-in-all any of 23.♗e5 or ♗h6 should win comfortably.

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  chrisowen: No photon beam e5 donkey up in light bh6 no?
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  chrisowen: No epicentre no bh6 I tres bon hang out no?
Sep-03-21  mel gibson: <Sep-03-21 Autoreparaturwerkbau: <<mel gibson> Stockfish 14 says: 23.Bh6 +6.15 depth 37>

It is actually interesting how a little bit longer SF14 search starts favoring 23.Be5 instead of 23.Bh6>

You're right.
I checked that with Stockfish 14 and
is slightly better.

Sep-03-21  saturn2: I saw the game line for some moves and if 23...Ne8 white can also play 24.Nf5 Qg6 25. Nxe7+
Sep-03-21  Stanco: fine Tuesday puzzle. I spot the motive in a blink of an eye 23.Bh6 23...Qxh6? 24.Nf5 Qg6 25Nxe7+ if 23...Ne8 24.Nf5

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