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Pavel Blatny vs Vlastimil Jansa
CSR-ch (1986), Prague CSR, rd 14, Jun-??
Sicilian Defense: Alapin Variation. Smith-Morra Declined (B22)  ·  0-1


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  fredthebear: 26...RxNg3+ leads to checkmate.
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  FSR: 26...Rxg3+ 27.hxg3 (27.Kf1 Qh3#) Qh1#
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  lost in space: I love Mondays!

26...Rxg3+ 27. hxg3
(27. Kf1 Qh3#)


Mar-27-17  tjshann: This is my easiest solve yet. White resigned before I could play Rxg3+
Mar-27-17  zb2cr: 26. ... Rxg3+ is the move.

If 27. Kf1, Qh3#.

If 27. hxg3, Qh1#.

Mar-27-17  petemccabe: Is this going to be the theme for the week? Games where one player resigned right before the key move?
Mar-27-17  stst: Monday R-sac:
(A)27.hxR Qh1#
(B)27.Kf1 Qh3#
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  agb2002: Black has a knight and three pawns for a rook.

White threatens Nxh5.

Black can deliver mate in two with 26... Rxg3+ 27.hxg3 (27.Kf1 Qh3#) 27... Qh1#.

Mar-27-17  saturn2: RxNg3
27 Kf1 Qh3++
27 hxR Qh1++
Mar-27-17  Steve.Patzer: Even I could see that.
Mar-27-17  AlicesKnight: 26....Rxg3+ has two responses; a]27.hxg3 Qh1# - and b] 27.Kf1 Qh3#.
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  morfishine: <26...Rxg3+>


Mar-27-17  Abdel Irada: ∞

In some games, players use "premove"; in this puzzle we see "pre-resign."

Mar-27-17  NBZ: Was wondering why White can't play 26. Rxf2 Nxf2 27. Qxf2 Rxf2 28. Kxf2 but then I realized Black has the stinger 28. ... Qf5+ when either the rook or the knight has to hang.
Mar-27-17  saturn2: <NBZ> The exchange you mention leaves the black queen against rook and knight. So it is bad per se.
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  cocker: This game is a cautionary tale for anyone playing 2c3 against the Sicilian.
Mar-27-17  get Reti: My split second instinct was Qxh2+. When that didn't work, I went for Rxg3+.
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  TheTamale: I got REALLY SCARED when I clicked the puzzle and saw that little red subscript by White's 26th move. I thought it signified a trick answer that I missed. But no. 26) ...Rxg3 wins the day, and I dominate them all!
Mar-27-17  RandomVisitor: <A simple set of guidelines for solving the Monday puzzle:

1. Try to sacrifice the queen.

2. Try harder to sacrifice the queen.

3. Try to sacrifice a rook.

4. Try to sacrifice a bishop.

5. Try to sacrifice a knight.>

I solved the puzzle when I got to step 3...

Mar-27-17  BOSTER: Maybe 21.Rxf4 Qg5+ 22.Kh1 Rxf4 23.Qxd7 gave white more chance to escape.
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  patzer2: White's decisive mistake was 17. Qd2? when Black's compensation for the exchange is decisive after 17...Rxf3 18. gxf3 b5! 19. Nd6 Rf8 20. Re4 Nxe5 (-2.96 @ 24 depth, Deep Fritz 15)

Instead, 17. Re4 = would have kept it about level.

Earlier in the opening, an interesting alternative is the gambit try 6. Bc4 dxc3 7. Bxd5 cxb2 8. Bxb2 as in White's win in R Antonio vs M Paragua, 2012

Mar-27-17  NBZ: <saturn2>: Fair enough. I was looking for a way for white to prolong the struggle, but looks like there isn't a way out after Nxf2.
Mar-27-17 Apparently the correct move today is to wait for White to resign. A null move is correct :)
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  gawain: The mutually supporting knights are delightful.
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