10/13/2011 - Keller-Barda Moscow 1956

Helps when you know you have a winning position, guaranteed !

awesome

Looking at the moves that led up to this in the actual game, I think white (black in the daily puzzle) could have made a game of it with 27. Qxf3 (rather than the rather hopeful-but-anemic 27. Qd5)

EDIT:
Black's next move would have been ... Be5, pinning White's queen.  Would white then capture the bishop, sacrificing his queen? or would he move 28. Be2.  Either way, white would have traded his queen for the knght and bishop.  The black queen could then force the King away from the g-file - probably to f1.

I would still count white's situation as a material advantage (or at least equal): 2 rooks, a bishop and five pawns, vs a queen, one rook, and three pawns.  But white's rooks are still pretty much "out of play," and his pawns are all isolated and on black squares,  small help to a white-squares bishop.  It still looks bleak for white.

dufferps wrote:

Looking at the moves that led up to this in the actual game, I think white (black in the daily puzzle) could have made a game of it with 27. Qxf3 (rather than the rather hopeful-but-anemic 27. Qd5)

Rook+Bishop+2 pawns against a Queen is doable, but seems like a losing battle in this case.

good

nice sarcifice

nice!

jaf299 wrote:

Is there also a smothered mate here?

Qg5+  Kf8 (forced)

Re8+  R x e8

Qg8+  R x g8

Ktd7 (or Kth7) mate

Weird how you failed to see that the king could go to either g7 or e7 after the knight checks.

cool

Cool

Highly ambiguous puzzle .

There are two different solutions even to give mate in 3 moves:

Not only

1.Qg5+ Kf8 2.Qh6+ Rxh6 3.Bxh6#,

but also

1.Qg3+ Kf8 (1...Kxf6 2.Qg5#) 2.Bh6+ Rxh6 3.Qg8#

is mate in 3

easy

Excellent use of the minor pieces.

clever

Good one.

:D

mohandisusa wrote:

again, its a queen sac going 4 a mate...

You can mate without using the queen sacrifice.

ilmago wrote:

Highly ambiguous puzzle .

There are two different solutions even to give mate in 3 moves:

Not only

1.Qg5+ Kf8 2.Qh6+ Rxh6 3.Bxh6#,

but also

1.Qg3+ Kf8 (1...Kxf6 2.Qg5#) 2.Bh6+ Rxh6 3.Qg8#

is mate in 3

That's what I tried.  Is anything missed?

good one

Very cool queen sack!