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Alexander Khalifman vs Grigory Yuryevich Serper
"Cease and d6" (game of the day Aug-25-2013)
Sankt Peterburg 62/457 (Khalifman,A) (1994), Sankt Peterburg 62/457 Khalifman,A
Queen's Gambit Declined: Ragozin Defense (D38)  ·  1-0


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Mar-09-07  Minty: <NotABanker>

The royal fork is kind of irrelevent, since 32. Nxd6 is mate.

Mar-09-07  consul: <handro1104: Doesn't 29 Qc6+ win handily?> Look at the black rooks!
Mar-09-07  LIFE Master AJ: I didn't get it. (I looked at Rxb7+ for quite a bit, but then discarded it.) As many people already noted, the first Rook sac was one of those "obvious" (not so obvious?) puzzle moves, I never even considered the second Rook sacrifice.

The theme is "denuding" the King. (The idea is to completely expose the enemy King to the fully fury of all of White's pieces.)

Mar-09-07  crwynn: I saw by the rollover feature that it was Rb7, but I was still glad to find the second rook sac - very simple when you see it; hardly any calculation is necessary after White's second move, unusual for Friday puzzle.
Mar-09-07  ahmadov: I found the first move but was deliberating about 2.Qc6+...
Mar-09-07  consul: <mikrobi: 28.Rxc7 Kxc7 29.Qxa7 Rb8 30.d6+! Kc6 31.Qa5! by fritz 8.> Hey, mikrobi, i completely agree with <Gnappo>, the text move is a forcing and early winning one. Let Fritz run a little more, i bet it will find sooner or later the mate!
Mar-09-07  wolfking: why not 29. Na6+ ? and if 29... Kc8 then 30. Qc6
Mar-09-07  Jack Kerouac: Khalifman: 'You Rook Mahvelous!'
Mar-09-07  Wilsonia: There's a rook on h6! Where did that come from? I'm sure it wasn't there a minute ago. At least I'm not the only one who wants to play Qc6 at some point in the combination.
Mar-09-07  Rubenus: The first move is quite obvious, considering it is rook sac week, but I spent more than 5 minutes looking and I still didn't get how to continue. The actual combination is very nice.
Mar-09-07  zb2cr: Saw the first Rook sacrifice, missed the second. Bummer.
Mar-09-07  mkrk17: Simply too good. I missed this one. Lesson learnt.. ? If the opponents king is cramped and split open, then just a few pieces (queen and knight in this case) to deliver mate.
Mar-09-07  Marco65: <Gnappo> <mikrobi> Please help me understand: 28.Rxc7 Kxc7 29.Qxa7 Rb8 30.d6+ Rxd6 31.Nxd6 Kxd6 what now?

Also: 30...Kc8 31.Qa5 Qd8 and Black is cramped but what's the way to finish him?

Mar-09-07  realbrob: I also thought of 29.Qc6+ Kb8(only move) 30. Qxc7+ Ka8 but now I can't see a way to win by force. Anyone can help?
Mar-09-07  Themofro: Saw the first rook sac, missed the second though. Really nice mate.
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  kevin86: A brilliant double rook sac-with twin captures of pawns at b7 and c7. White's threat of 32 ♕c7# can be met by ♖xd6-but it falls to the obvious 33 ♘xd6#
Mar-09-07  JustAFish: I'm so close-minded sometimes. I saw the double rook sac theme, but couldn't make it work with Rxc7 coming first so I gave up. I also considered 28. Rxb7, but didn't follow it up with Rxc7, and, of course, couldn't make it work either. I never even considered reversing the move order so that Rxb7 comes first followed by Rxc7. Gotta' pay attention to that Lev Alburt maxim, "if all else fails, try reversing the move order."
Mar-09-07  Fisheremon: <Gnappo: <unclewalter: what happens if 28. Rxc7?> 28.Rxc7 Kxc7 29.Qxa7 Rb8 30.d6+! Kc6 31.Rd2! Nf6 32.Qa5 Kd7 33.Qxf5+ Kd8 (White has a big advantage, but the combination of the text is forcing)> 31...b6 32.Na5+ Kb5 33.Rd5+ Nc5 34.z4+ Kb4 35.Qxb8 with won endgame (as well as <Marco65: <Gnappo> <mikrobi> Please help me understand: 28.Rxc7 Kxc7 29.Qxa7 Rb8 30.d6+ Rxd6 31.Nxd6 Kxd6 what now?> 31.Rxb7+ Rxb7 32.Qxb7+ Kxb7 33.Nxd6+ <Also: 30...Kc8 31.Qa5 Qd8 and Black is cramped but what's the way to finish him?> 32.Nb6+ Nxb6 33.Qxf5+ Qd7 34.Rc2+ Kd8 35.Qg5+ Rf6 36.Qxf6+ Ke8 37.Rf2 a bit tricky but forced mate.)

<mikrobi: 28.Rxc7 Kxc7 29.Qxa7 Rb8 30.d6+! Kc6 31.Qa5! by fritz 8.> 31.Qa5?, cos' 31...b5 and Black's better (31.Qd4 winning)

Mar-09-07  Fisheremon: 26...Ne5? If played 26...Ne7 instead, how would White continue ?
Mar-09-07  orior: Man, it's really easy to miss that rook on h6.
and yeah, I should have been suspicious, it definitely looks like a tuesday puzzle without that rook there.
Mar-09-07  pggarner: <wolfking: why not 29. Na6+ ? and if 29... Kc8 then 30. Qc6>

Yeah, I was looking at 29.Na5+ (I.m sure that's what you meant) and then 30.Nc6 answering 29....Kc8 or 29...Ka8. Black has to play 30...Rxc6 and after 31.dxc6 White has mate in 2.

Mar-09-07  uuft: Yeeha! I totally found all the right moves. And in the right order, too. Well, kind of. !ahctoG q:
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  fm avari viraf: A beautiful game by the World Champion Khalifman. With 2 Rooks sac. Black's fortress is in shambles & all Black's pieces watch in agony.
Mar-09-07  YouRang: I didn't see it either. Lesson: The queen is a strong piece. It doesn't need much support to deliver mate.
Mar-09-07  Tacticstudent: got it pretty pretty fast. In fact, this is not a "difficult-finding" combination.
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