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10/13/2012 - Muratov - Janovsky, Russia, 1968

  • 2 years ago · Quote · #121


    Good one.

  • 2 years ago · Quote · #122


    Really It is a tough and nice puzzle.

  • 2 years ago · Quote · #123


    wow brilliant so astonished with that 1...

  • 2 years ago · Quote · #124


    why dosen't black move his pawn g7 to g6 on the secound move instead of

  • 2 years ago · Quote · #125


    That one was tough, could not solve it without help.

  • 2 years ago · Quote · #126


    -aQe- wrote:

    Can smb explain why knight is not taken by rook in the beginning?

    Because Qd8+, Rxd8, Rxd8 mate.

  • 2 years ago · Quote · #127


    second move hard but then obvious

  • 2 years ago · Quote · #128


    dufferps wrote:

    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.

  • 2 years ago · Quote · #129


    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.

  • 2 years ago · Quote · #130



  • 2 years ago · Quote · #131


    that was awesome

  • 2 years ago · Quote · #132


    GR8 one

  • 2 years ago · Quote · #133


    difficult and very nice!

  • 2 years ago · Quote · #134



  • 2 years ago · Quote · #135


    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.

  • 2 years ago · Quote · #136



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  • 2 years ago · Quote · #138


    So, in conclusion, both Muratov and Janovsky were complete idiots when it came to this game.

  • 2 years ago · Quote · #139


    Nice smothered mate!

  • 2 years ago · Quote · #140


    Great puzzle.

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