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Really It is a tough and nice puzzle.
wow brilliant so astonished with that 1...
why dosen't black move his pawn g7 to g6 on the secound move instead of
That one was tough, could not solve it without help.
Can smb explain why knight is not taken by rook in the beginning?
Because Qd8+, Rxd8, Rxd8 mate.
second move hard but then obvious
Wow! Brilliant! And I missed it all.
1. Nc8! Rxc8, 2.Qd8+ Rxd8, 3.Rxd8#1. Nc8! Nxc8, 2.Qd8#1. Nc8! Bxc8, 2.Qd8#So the Knight is safe at c8; Black must open an escape square.
He chooses 1. ... Nd5, blocking 2. Qd8#, but (because of the threat of Rd8#) it allows white to move 2.Qb4+ and generate a sequence that ends in a Queen sacrifice at f8 and a classic smothered mate.
I cannot help but wonder if black might have made better moves to prevent this checkmate, starting with 1. ... f3 instead of 1. ... Nd5.
Even his second move, 2. ... Kg8, may not have been his best choice.I think he might have fared better with Ke8.
Edit: Reviewing prior comments, I see that Stephen_33 in post #62 had some of the same thoughts
In any case, white's bold play gives him a decided advantage.
Yes.. i had similar thoughts..black could well have just hung on in there with moves like 1...Qd5 or 1...f6 though down in material but avoiding an immediate checkmate.
I agree Hariharan_Sundaram, black made a lot of bad moves. That was the hardest part of the puzzle, I'd never guess black would respond like that.
that was awesome
difficult and very nice!
Why on earth is that first move even in there. Its a blunder, as the knight now becomes under attack by the rook, and a hanging piece. The rook is perfectly capable of moving, and I don't know why it doesn't. And why on earth does the queen move into attack? It could easily be captured on the next turn, as its hanging as well. Also, whites move with the rook could have been avoided altogether, and the end result would have been the same. Also, white's knight could have been captured in the move to g6, as it was hanging, and under attack by a pawn.
So, in conclusion, both Muratov and Janovsky were complete idiots when it came to this game.
Nice smothered mate!
Well, if the rook takes the knight on the first move, white plays Qd8+ followed by Rxd8# when black rook retakes. As for the queen move, if black takes it with his knight, white plays Rd8#. As for the knight move to g8, black was under check by the knight and the queen making it impossible to take the knight as he would still be under check by the queen. That first move isn't a blunder as it leads to mate or a large material advantage for white.
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