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Garry Kasparov vs Ljubomir Ljubojevic
SWIFT Blitz (1987), Brussels BEL, rd 17, Apr-26
Modern Defense: Queen Pawn Fianchetto (A40)  ·  1-0


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Apr-21-05  PizzatheHut: Beautiful ending.
Apr-21-05  jediknightness: Yeah! i was on this like jelly on toast
Mmmmm toast...
Apr-21-05  CHEG: Awesome to the max, 37 Qg6! if 37..fxg6 then 38 Nxg6#

after 37 Qg6 Mate in 4

Apr-21-05  soberknight: <cade2> man! Watch yoor language! (A curse word with kingside castling?)
Apr-21-05  dac1990: Ouch. Like, "ouch", to the extreme. Like, "ouch" such as any chess player has never seen before. I would absolutely depise playing the black pieces. Ouch.
Apr-21-05  dunforgiven: well as usual, seems like i'm the only one again who did not get this puzzle. i was able to find some solution but it was not mate, just a winning continuation for white.

oh well... :(

Apr-21-05  cjhasbrouck: What an ending.
Apr-21-05  zb2cr: Saw it very quickly. As CHEG points out, the Queen is immune. The threat is 38 Qxh5+, Bh7; 39 Qxh7#. It looks like Black's only defense is 37 ... Nf6 ( 37 ... Bxe5; 38 Qh6+, Bh7; 39 Qxh7#. ); 38 exf6, Qxg5; 39 Qxg5, Bxf6; 40 Qxf6+, Kh7; 41 Nf5! and mate next move.
Apr-21-05  shortsight: It's not very hard to see, but to play it in a blitz game is brilliant.
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  cu8sfan: You know, Kasparov did it twice! Same tournament, same move, a Queen sacrifice on g6 to end the game: Kasparov vs Larsen, 1987
Apr-21-05  Madman99X: I could probably have found that move if I'd studied it for an hour or so, but Kasparov did it in a blitz game?!? That is why he is a gm, and I am not.

37. Qg6 Qb6
38. Rd6 Nf6 (best, although not good)
39. exf6 Qg1+ (Prolongs the misery)
40. Kxg1 Bh6 (Prolongs the misery some more)
41. Qxh6+ Bh7
42. Qh7#

zb2cr, in your line,

37. Qg6 Nf6
38. exf6 Qxg5
39. fxg7#

Black is defenseless in any case.

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  cu8sfan: <Catfriend> I see you removed your post. I reckon you did some research yourself. Even though the pgn tags are different it was the same tournament.

<Madman99X> Are you a regular listener of 99X ( Great radio station!

Apr-21-05  loudubb: BRILLIANT ! 5 continous Moves (22-27) were all by the same Knight leading up to the eventually slaughter. OUCH is right. This guy didnt stand a chance.
Apr-21-05  mravikiran: BRILLIANT. EXCELLENT. FANTASTIC. MARVELLOUS. IMPRESSIVE - this is what the opponent, Ljubomir Ljubojevic, would have felt !
Apr-21-05  Madman99X: What is the time in a blitz game? Is it 5 minutes with five minutes per move?

I haven't listend to 99x, but maybe I need to start. :-)

Apr-21-05  checkpat: the knight pair is always very effective
in rapid....
Apr-21-05  The beginner: I missed this one. I dont even considered Qg6 :(

I thought it was Nxg8, wich wins a rook.

37 Nxg8 ..Kxg8
38 e6 ..Nf6
39 exf7+ ..Rxf7
40 Qxd8+ ..Qxd8
41 Rxd8+

White won a rook, not nearly as briliant as Kasparov, but still winning i think.

Apr-21-05  dunforgiven: <The beginner> this is EXACTLY how i saw it
Apr-21-05  Quant: 37. Ng6 wins as well.
Apr-21-05  niemzo: what about e6?
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  Richard Taylor: For a change I got this - but I was a bit nervous as I have often been just off so many 'solutions' - but Qg6 is very Kasparovian and all variations checked out as a win - beautiful - and Kasparov played so ingeniously to get there !!

The key was to play something that threatened mate - and look for all checks and or captures and mate threats -more or less Reinfeld's advice in Winning Chess - then with Knights near a King - alarm bell: "Smothered mate ! Smothered mate!"

White's doubled rooks also can come down and cut off the black Q and in one line even take on d8...a possible smothered on f7 and so on

<beginner> in Winning Chess by Fred Reinfeld (I know everyone sneers at Reinfeld but his books helped me when I was young) he says to look first at all checks and captures (and also all direct threats -such as mate in one or two in this example - what stopped you looking at Q to g6 was possibly this - it's almost tabu to put a such a valuable piece en prise -so if you haven't studied a lot of check mates this possibly blocks you from thinking of the move (but even if you have studied a lot one tends to shy away from giving up a Queen -(it's not very chilvalrous after all)) - but I've missed similar moves simply because I was l looking at a comletely different line of play - the points is to learn/enjoy the ideas - in only 'get' about 1 in 5 (maybe less) of these I think but I always enjoy looking at the ideas...

Apr-21-05  lopium: Ah yes! I thought 37.Qe6, but it doesn't win as Qg6.
Apr-21-05  EinZweiDrei: That is a PHENOMENAL solution.
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  jahhaj: Very easy for a Thursday. I didn't get Wednesday or Tuesday, but this took about a minute.

Given the position of the Black king and the White knights, smothered mate had to be the theme. I saw that Qg6 was possible and was looking for a justification when I noticed that the h5 pawn was undefended.

Apr-21-05  Shokwave: Well, I finally missed one. I NEVER considered Qg6. Part of the problem is that there seemed to be so many choices for white that looked promising, like Nxg8 or Nxf7 or Ng6, or even e6 straight away...there was a lot to look at here, and every line got tactically complex fast. Good puzzle, and way tougher than the last several as far as I'm concerned. It is hard to put the queen there! Kaspy is amazing...imagine seeing THAT in a blitz game, sheesh.
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