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Alexander Alekhine vs A Munoz
Sabadell Tournament (1945)  ·  Queen's Gambit Declined: Ragozin Defense. Vienna Variation (D39)  ·  1-0
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  lost in space: I saw that 15. Nf5! wins, but much more interesting was why 15. Qg5 not

15. Qg5? Nxd4 16. Qh6
(16. h3 Ne2+ 17. Qf4+ and it is black to win)

16...Ne2+ 17. Kf1 Ng3+ 18. Kg1 Qf1+ 19. Rxf1 Ne2#

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Apr-24-17  aporia: 15. Nxc6 also wins, right?

If 15. ... QxQ, then 16. Ne7++
If 15. ... bxc6, then 16. QxQ
If 15. ... Qxc6, then the black Queen cannot get back in the game to stop Q-g5, h6, g7++

It didn't strike me as "very easy," though.

Apr-24-17  Walter Glattke: After 15.Nxc6 Qxc6 black one move too slow for Rd8/Qe8/Qf8.
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  lost in space: Yes, also 15. Nxc6 wins
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  jith1207: Royal checkmate!
Apr-24-17  saturn2: Nf5 wins the queen
Apr-24-17  stst: N-sac..
15.Nf5 will make Black very uncomfortable...
(A).......QxQ, 16.Nh6 fork and mate.
(B).......exN, 16.QxQ ... rest easy
(C).......Qc1+ meaningless, 16.RxQ...
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  diagonalley: <aporia> ... agreed... i went that way too!
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  agb2002: White is one pawn down.

Black threatens Qxd4.

The black queen is defenseless and Nh6 would be mate. Therefore, 15.Nf5:

A) 15... Qxg4 16.Nh6#.

B) 15... Nxe5 16.Ne7(h6)#.

C) 15... exf5 16.Qxc4 + - [Q vs n].

Apr-24-17  AlicesKnight: Moving the N to threaten mate and attack the Black Q is the answer; 15.Nf5. The position after move 8 is quoted anonymously in Abrahams' "Chess Mind" - it's unclear if he saw it as a game or an analysis.
Apr-24-17  leRevenant: I close ranks with APORIA & DIAGONALLEY.
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  cocker: FRITZ prefers 15 Nxc6
Apr-24-17  morfishine: <15.Nf5>
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  whiteshark: <15.Nf5!!>, and that's it.
Apr-24-17  zb2cr: I went the 15. Nxc6 route as well.
Apr-24-17  mel gibson: The computer says a different move but
it's the same idea.
15. Nxc6

15. Nf5 (15. Nxc6 (♘d4xc6 ♕c4xc6 ♕g4-f4 ♕c6-c3 ♖a1-f1 ♕c3xe5 ♗f6xe5 f7-f6 ♗e5xf6 ♗c8-d7 ♕f4-c7 ♖f8xf6 ♕c7xd7 ♖a8-f8 ♕d7xb7 ♖f8-f7 ♕b7-b5 ♔g8-g7 f2-f3 ♖f6-f5 ♕b5-b2+ e6-e5 ♖f1-c1 ♖f7-e7 ♖c1-c5 ♔g7-g8 ♕b2-b4 ♔g8-g7 ♕b4-b5 ♔g7-f6 ♔g1-f2) +10.45/15 89)

score +10.45 depth 15

Apr-24-17  xela: There's a cute variation earlier in the game (thanks, Stockfish!): instead of 11 Kf1, the move 11 Qd2 is nearly as good, because black can't accept the double rook sacrifice: 11 ... Qxa1+ 12 Ke2 Qxh1 13 Nxe6 with a winning position.
Apr-24-17  malt: 15.Nf5 and 16.Nh6#
Apr-24-17  Walter Glattke: To the smothered mate of lost in space I found, that 15.Qg5 always lose after 15.-Nxd4, so with 16.Re1 Ne2+ 17.Rxe2 Qxe2 18.g3 Qh5 or maybe 16.g3 Nf3+ or 16.h3 Ne2+ as shown, but still 16.-Ne6
wins then.
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Apr-24-17  Walter Glattke: Oh, sorry, 15.Qg5? Nxd4 16.Qh6 Nf5!
16.h3 h6 17.Qxh6 Nf5 18.Qd2 Kh7, of course Ne6 is impossible.
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  patzer2: Here's my look at today's Monday puzzle position (15. ?) and game with the opening explorer and Deep Fritz 15:

<1. d4 d5 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. Bg5 Bb4+ 5. Nc3 dxc4 6. e4 c5 7. Bxc4 cxd4 8. Nxd4 Qa5> A slightly better alternative IMO is the current popular move 8...Bxc6 = as in the drawn games A Giri vs Aronian, 2015 and A Giri vs Harikrishna, 2017.

<9. Bxf6 Bxc3+ 10. bxc3 Qxc3+ 11. Kf1 Qxc4+> The popular alternative and my preference here is 11...gxf6 as in Black's win in Hracek vs Wang Hao, 2013.

<12. Kg1 O-O?> Black is probably lost after this move. Instead, the second player can stay in the fight with 12... Bd7 13. Rc1 Qb4 14. Bxg7 Rg8 15. Bf6 Rg6 16. a3 Qa5 17. Nb3 Qb6 18. Bh4 Na6 19. h3 Bc6 20. Nd2 Qd4 = to .

Another playable alternative here is 12...Nd7 as in the drawn correspondence game Z Caputto vs S Letic, 1962.

<13. Qg4 g6 14. e5 Nc6??> This blunder loses the Queen after 15. Nf5! Black can put up more resistance with 14...Qc5, but is probably still losing after 15...Qc5 15. Qf4 Re8 16. Nb5 Nd7 17. Rc1 Qf8 18. Nc7 Nxf6 19. exf6 e5 20. Qa4 Bf5 21. Nxe8 Rxe8 22. h4 to .

<15. Nf5! 1-0> This solves the Monday Apr 24, 2017 puzzle as White wins the Queen or mates next move.

White can also win with 15. Nxc6 as 15...Qxc6 is met 16. Qf4 Qc3 17. Rc1 Qb2 18. Qh6 Qxc1+ 19. Qxc1 (#9, Deep Fritz 15 @ 31 depth).

Apr-24-17  leRevenant: <cocker: FRITZ prefers 15 Nxc6> Well then FRITZ is stupid, for a machine.
Apr-24-17  crwynn: Alekhine plays a very modern-looking opening in today's puzzle.
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  cocker: <leRevenant> Don't understand your comment. 15 Nf5 wins Black's queen for a knight. 15 Nxc6 wins Black's queen for nothing, and finishes game quicker.
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