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Player: LayZ Style Subject: Puzzle #19
Mikhalets vs G. Kuzmin
Black to play
Three pieces for a queen is a very unclear material balance and the assessment all depends on the specifics of each position. Here White is in trouble because of his exposed king. How did Black win the game?
Good luck and enjoy!
Solution on August 5, 2014.
|1 dsuttles||2014-08-04 20:30:07|
|I was thrown off for a few days by the key move being \'natural\'. |
1 Bc5 Qg3
2 Be3+ Kc2
One of those knights checks on b4, the rook delivers mate on d2, but my break is over.
|2 kai2011||2014-08-05 08:58:30|
|And after 3. Ncb4+(3.Ndb4+) cxb4 and 4. ...Kc3! Sorry, but no mate.||-|
|3 dsuttles||2014-08-05 09:32:41|
|Maybe both knights to b4.||-|
|4 kai2011||2014-08-05 09:37:21|
|5 dsuttles||2014-08-05 09:50:06|
|Heh heh, time for bed.||-|
|6 kai2011||2014-08-05 10:28:58|
|Let\'s have a bit of laugh ! Many years ago, the coach of the women\'s Soviet chess team offered to his ladies position on tactics. One of them offered a sacrifice of a knight( originally it was the wrong decision). Coach calmly took the knight, lady sacrifices in the same field second knight! Then the coach walked across the hall, and gathered together all the knights, brought to her and said,\"Let\'s continue!\"||-|
|7 LayZ Style||2014-08-05 17:16:27|
|Sorry for the delay on the solution. Have been busy the past few days that I completely forgot about the puzzle.|
Mikhalets - G. Kuzmin
Well, I believe that both of you got 90% of the solution right!
3...Ndb4+! (solution from the book)
I believe that 3...Ndb4+ is the right move because it opens the d-file for the Rook and at the same time limits the mobility of the White King.
6.Bd2#! is the finish.
Hope you enjoy this puzzle as much as I do. Thanks. :)
|8 dsuttles||2014-08-05 22:29:58|
|9 kai2011||2014-08-05 23:09:26|
|OK! But it dosn\'t work after 1. ... Bc5 2 .Qh4||-|
|10 ANZARBOND||2014-08-06 07:56:12|
|11 kai2011||2014-08-06 20:42:31|
|Really good puzzle. But not quite comprehensible formulation Larry. If he wanted us to find how the game ended, he had to write: \"After 1. ...Bc5 white played 2.Qg3... how black won?\" As it turns out, it was necessary to find the second move of white..||-|
|12 dsuttles||2014-08-09 04:51:34|
I am still mulling over this one. According to a book I bought and lost recently, this problem would be diminished as a composition by virtue of its unaesthetic - \'natural\' - key move (1...Bc5), while White\'s resource 2 Qh4 would be a fatal flaw. However, I am pleased by this \'imperfection\'. For once my headache was similar to the headache I feel when switching to and from my active game tabs.
I distinctly recall I heard an echo of Tal\'s infamous hippopotamus story as I placed White\'s queen on g3.
- \'... there was a large number of possible variations; but when I began to study hard and work through them, I found to my horror that nothing would come of it. Ideas piled up one after another. I would transport a subtle reply by my opponent, which worked in one case, to another situation where it would naturally prove to be quite useless. As a result my head became filled with a completely chaotic pile of all sorts of moves, and the infamous \"tree of variations\", from which the chess trainers recommend that you cut off the small branches, in this case spread with unbelievable rapidity.
And then suddenly, for some reason, I remembered the classic couplet by Korney Ivanović Chukovsky: \"Oh, what a difficult job it was. To drag out of the marsh the hippopotamus\".
\'I do not know from what associations the hippopotamus got into the chess board, but although the spectators were convinced that I was continuing to study the position, I, despite my humanitarian education, was trying at this time to work out: just how WOULD you drag a hippopotamus out of the marsh? I remember how jacks figured in my thoughts, as well as levers, helicopters, and even a rope ladder.
After a lengthy consideration I admitted defeat as an engineer, and thought spitefully to myself: \"Well, just let it drown!\" \' -
The horror still lingering in my mind after all this is that I am not sure exactly how unreasonable I was to drop White\'s queen on g3. I mean, how do you think you would have proceeded as White after 1...Bc5?
And can you post the couplet by Korney Ivanović Chukovsky, as I am hoping it will help more than Tal for puzzle # 20.
|13 kai2011||2014-08-09 06:48:57|
My post wasn\'t about Qg3 or Qh4
About couplet by Chukovsky - You want me write it in Russian? Well.
Ох! Нелёгкая это работа -
Из болота тащить бегемота!
|14 dsuttles||2014-08-09 08:26:57|
|Ох! Нелёгкая это работа -|
Cмысл понять этого сообщения
|15 kai2011||2014-08-09 10:10:46|
|16 dsuttles||2014-08-09 11:12:13|
|17 cc1422628567||2014-08-09 16:54:12|
|Isn\'t black winning after|
|18 cc1422628567||2014-08-09 17:12:43|
|OOPS sorry I didn\'t see the rook on h1.But the rook on h1 is only in the first diagram !!!!! After that it completely vanishes.Is there a rook on h1 or isn\'t there????Thank you||-|
|19 LayZ Style||2014-08-09 22:54:38|
|Hello everyone. I want to apologize for not following the forum for several days. kai2011 has a point when he said that the move 2.Qg3 is not forced. What if White moves 2.Qh4! Let\'s look at the diagram again. By the way, there is a White Rook on h1. Sorry for the omission.|
After 1...Bc5 2.Qh4!
If White plays 4.Nxf4
There would follow 4...Rd2+ 5.Kc1 Na5 with an inevitable mate by Nb3#.
What about 4.Rd1?
Black plays 4...Rxd1+ 5.Kxd1 Bb3+ 6.Ke1 Nxg2+, the King moves with Nxh4 to follow.
Aside from 4.Qxd8+ which is a lost for White, White can play
Black has a distinct advantage. White may continue with
With careful play, it is a sure win for Black. Hopefully I got everything covered.
|20 LayZ Style||2014-08-09 23:05:08|
|By the way, the solution does not change in case of 2.Qg3 even with the White Rook on h1.||-|
|21 kai2011||2014-08-10 07:46:06|
|@ Layz Style|
\"Hopefully I got everything covered.\"
Yes! If You mean 1. ...Bc5! But black wins as well after 1. ...Na5!!
|22 cc1422628567||2014-08-10 09:52:39|
|Good job Layz Style Thanks||-|
|23 LayZ Style||2014-08-10 16:33:07|
|Hmm...let me check on 1...Na5!! kai2011. I\'ll post my reply very soon. Thanks.||-|
|24 LayZ Style||2014-08-12 17:37:04|
|Let\'s go back to the original diagram and look at the excellent suggestion by kai2011 of 1...Na5!!|
If White answers 2.cxb4
Black answers with 2...Nxb4 3.Qg3 Nb3+ 4.Qxb3
A definite win for Black.
What if 2.Rd1
Black replies 2...Bc5 3.Rxd5 Rxd5 4.Qe2 Nc4 5.b4 Be3+ 6.Kc2 Rd2+
What then of 2.Re1?
Black then moves with 2...Bc5 3.Qh4 Nb3+ 4.Kd1 Ne3+ 5.Ke2 Rd2+ 6.Kf3 Nxg2 7.Qe4 Nxe1+ 8.Qxe1 Rxh2 9.Nf4 Nd2+ 10.Kg3 Bf2+
Still Black\'s advantage.
2...Nb3+ 3.Kc2 Bc5 4.Rd1 Ne3+ 5.Qxe3 Rxd1 6.Qf4 Rd2+
This solution has 2 feasible answers, 1...Bc5 and 1...Na5. Thank you kai2011 for pointing that out.
|25 neverherebefore||2017-05-29 18:34:03|
|Speaking of puzzles. Here\'s my worst loss ever. White(me) g3 h3 Rb4 Rd4 Qb8 Kg4 Black g5 h6 Qa5 Kf6. Final move of game was B8(Q)|
A lesson for the chess world
|26 neverherebefore||2017-06-02 09:12:41|
|What position is that?||-|
|27 dsuttles||2017-06-02 10:31:07|
|\'I usually play and make my moves from the seat of my pants.\'|
- My best friend
|28 HenriDeToi||2017-06-02 11:39:20|
|... On a hunch||-|
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