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Player: Philippines LayZ Style is online LayZ StyleChessHere Silver Member Subject: Puzzle #10

2014-04-26 20:27:49
De Riviere vs. Morphy (Paris 1863)

r1bq1rk1/ppp3p1/7p/3P2n1/2PQ1p2/1N5P/PPP2PPK/R1B2R2 w

Black\'s pieces seem too far away to cause any problems, but Morphy manages to rip open the position. How?

Solution on May 4, 2014. Enjoy!
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1Canada  dsuttlesChessHere Moderator2014-04-30 21:11:46
Well, the immediate temptation is 1 Nxh3. After 1...gxh3, 2 Qh3, with double pressure on h3. But h3 can be defended.-

2England  cc1422628553ChessHere Moderator2014-04-30 21:41:10
It`s a good one. The h3 pawn is vulnerable to the bishop as well, which cant be taken by the g pawn because of the knight check-queen fork.

At the moment I`m looking at
1.Nf3+ gxN

3Philippines LayZ Style is online LayZ StyleChessHere Silver Member2014-04-30 22:04:42
You\'re definitely on the right track there extopian. Let\'s see how you will conclude this combination.-

4England  cc1422628553ChessHere Moderator2014-05-01 20:10:47
1.Nf3+ gxf3
2.Qh4 Rh1
3.Bxh3 then if

5.Q5+ Kh2
5.RxB overwhelming

5Canada  dsuttlesChessHere Moderator2014-05-03 01:31:44
That was difficult.

The chess problem this week reminds me of a line in an old chess column, \\\'The rookie Chess lessons from a Grandmaster\\\', with Stephen Moss and British GM Nigel Short: \\\'It seems I can play like Morphy if I let Morphy play the first part of the game.\\\'

I wonder how many of us would have spotted the opening four moves back?

r1bq1rk1/ppp3pn/3b3p/3P1p2/2P1p3/1N5P/PPP1QPPN/R1B1K2R w


6Philippines LayZ Style is online LayZ StyleChessHere Silver Member2014-05-04 22:14:10
Thanks to dsuttles, we are able to get the score of this wonderful game.

20.Kg2 is not possible because of the Bishop check from h3.

17...Nf3+!? Is this a combination or a sacrifice? Morphy tended to prefer sacrifices to technical combinations, and in this case the sacrifice does not lead, directly, to a checkmate. It does, however, produce a winning position.

18.gxf3 Qh4 19.Rh1

If 19.Nd2 Bxh3 20.Ne4 Bg4+ 21.Kg2 Qh3+ 22.Kg1 Bxf3 and there is nothing to be done about mate at g2.


If 19...Qxh3+ 20.Kg1 would not have accomplished anything.

20.Bd2. This is just a waste of time. 20.Bxf4 Rxf4 21.Qe3 is critical, however, 21...Rf5! does the trick.

20...Rf6. Play might have continued 21.Bxf4 Rxf4. On 22.Qe3 Rf5. The other path is 22.Qxf4 Qxf4 23.Kxh3 Qxf3+ 24.Kh2 Qxf2+ 25.Kh3 Rf8 and mate in 4.

7Canada  dsuttlesChessHere Moderator2014-05-05 14:08:44
White\'s other unsuccessful tries in post #6 can be played out by moving the pieces in the game. The position in #5 is after 13 Bd6. Well played, Extopian, and many thanks again, LayZ. Hopefully we are all going to go away now and play like the American maestro.-

8England  cc1422628553ChessHere Moderator2014-05-05 22:20:14
Well I nearly got it right, must get the board out next time
11...Nh7 is v/nice, waiting for the ambush.
And then where can he put the white queen after 16...Ng5 threatening f3 ?

9Canada  dsuttlesChessHere Moderator2014-05-07 15:06:07
You have a board?-

10England  cc1422628553ChessHere Moderator2014-05-08 11:23:53
Chess Set Maintenance Dept.

Of course, it was a Christmas present when I was around 12 yrs old. Getting on 50 yrs old now. Folding, brown and black squares, bottom corner reads `A Murray Product`. Folded shut I see it is covered in stains .
I`m going to give it a good going over with a nail brush and soapy water.

Job done ! Took a while as there were lots of paint flecks to remove with the sharp end of a small knife. I then half filled the washing up bowl with warm water and a few drops of Fairy liquid and set about dipping each piece in and scrubbing them with the nail brush. When they were rinsed and dry I squirted loads of furniture polish onto a dusting cloth and placed each piece in it and gave them a good smothering. Finished off by wiping the outside of the board with the cloth soaked in polish.

11Australia  ZahnarztChessHere Gold Member2014-05-09 12:25:45
How did you get paint flecks on your chess board exto? I\'ve got a little black and brown chess board/box with tiny chess pieces in it which I used to follow chessbooks when I was 14yo. It got confiscated by my parents on more than one occasion because I wasn\'t doing my homework. Now I\'d clean it with a clean toothbrush I suppose.
Good puzzles LayZ Style.

12England  cc1422628553ChessHere Moderator2014-05-10 08:41:04
The mystery of the paint flecks.
Chapter 1

Beats me Z. I usually sheet up when I roll the ceilings. And I dont have the chessboard laying around waiting to to get sprayed. There must have been an occasion when I painted the ceiling, probably in my old flat, when it happened. Even if it was standing up against the wall those little flecks get everywhere. Getting them off is easy if you wet the surface and use the tip of a pointed knife or similar to ping them off.
Yes I`m an expert at removing paint flecks,
they seem to get everywhere, and it`s the last job you do when you paint for a living.

13Canada  dsuttlesChessHere Moderator2014-05-18 04:13:04
Arizmendi Martinez, Julen Luis
Hoffman, Alejandro
Sant Lluis, 2005

14...Ng4 - 21...Rg6+, just like Morphy but fails.

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