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George Michelakis vs Vasilios Kotronias
Olympiad (1996), Yerevan ARM, rd 9, Sep-25
King's Indian Defense: Saemisch. Closed Variation 7c6 (E88)  ·  0-1


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May-10-06  jmuller: <beenthere240: Although the whole discussion of the viability of 35 h3 is ludicrous>

Personally, I found the discussion helpful, been. Thx esp to durnstein and artemis.

As for Bxe4, I would play that at durnstein's move 39..., rather than his sugested 39...Bf5. :-)

May-10-06  shy16889: This game is no good sac. 34 stinks
May-10-06  kolio: Didn't get it...
Saw just 34. ... Bh4 which wins the exchange.

Great game!

May-10-06  goldenbear: Any thoughts on 8.h4, with the idea of Nh3? In this way, the light-bishop has a purpose on e2. This looks to me to be a critical continuation.
May-11-06  OBIT: The immediate 34...Ng3+ also looks good to me. Then 35. Nxg3 (35. Kg1 Qxh2+!) fxg3 36. Qg1 Rg5! 37. h3 (forced on this or the next move) Rh5, and after White's next move, Black continues 38...Bxh3 39. gxh3 Rxh3+ 40. Bxh3 Qxh3+ 41. Rh2 gxh2. Regardless of what White played on move 38, Black has many threats, not to mention already up material.
May-15-06  goldenbear: Actually, if you are going to play h4, you may as well play 8.Qd2 first to be more flexible, with the idea of 9.h4. Does anyone know anything about that strategy in this position?
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  Phony Benoni: The Black Queen is probably looking Bishop and saying, "Lazy bum! I'll have to do the sacrifice on h2 instead."
Nov-14-16  zb2cr: 36. ... Qxh2+; 37. Kxh2, Rh6+; 38. Kg1, Rh1#.

All forced.

Nov-14-16  lost in space: I love Mondays!

36...Qxh2+ 37. Kxh2 Rh6+ 38. Kg1 Rh1#

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  patzer2: Black's Mate-in-three starting with 36...Qxh2+ is easy enough for today's Monday solution..

For a White improvement, the computer suggestion 15. Qc2 b6 16. g4 to (+0.62 @ 37 depth, Komodo 10.1) looks good.

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  agb2002: The material is identical.

Black wins by opening the h-file: 36... Qxh2+ 37.Kxh2 Rh6+ 38.Kg1 Rh1#.

Nov-14-16  AlicesKnight: 36.... Qxh2+; 37.Kxh2 Rh6+; 38.Kg1 Rh1#

More interesting to start from move 34; Black has just seen that switch from the N file to the R file will be productive.

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  YouRang: Easy Monday 36...?

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I must admit that I came in with the idea that "It's Monday, so it must be a queen sac."

So <36...Qxh2+> was the first thing I tried, which of course forced <27.Kxh2>

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The the follow-through was pretty straight-forward: <37.Rh6+ Kg1 38.Rh1#>. Good Monday puzzle. :-)

Nov-14-16  stacase: Once you see that Black's Rook can slide over g6 to h6 after the Queen sacrifice, it's game over.
Nov-14-16  leRevenant: <YouRang:
I must admit that I came in with the idea that "It's Monday, so it must be a queen sac." ... Good Monday puzzle. :-)>

Well said.
Nov-14-16  saturn2: Mate in 3.
Nov-14-16  morfishine: Bingo, Bango, Bongo
Nov-14-16  gars: God bless the Mondays!
Nov-14-16  YetAnotherAmateur: What stands out is that white's pieces are all beautifully contained on the wrong section of the board. If black had needed to be more methodical for some reason, Bd8-c7 would have shut down the slightest hint of counterplay.

And that's one reason why throwing away some material leads to a win: 36. ... Qxh2+ 37. Kxh2 Rh6+ 38. Qg1 Rh1# does the job nicely.

And for those wondering, on the previous move, white is already done: 36. Qxg3 fxg3 and any legal move by white leads to Qxh2#.

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  offramp: <morfishine: Bingo, Bango, Bongo>

Personally I'd prefer Bango Bongo Bingo. Bingo last cause it's checkmate.

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  kevin86: I missed the mate, and headed the wrong way.
Nov-14-16  Nullifidian: 36... ♕xh2+ 37. ♔xh2 ♖h6+ 38. ♔g1 ♖h1#
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  jith1207: <And for those wondering, on the previous move, white is already done: 36. Qxg3 fxg3 and any legal move by white leads to Qxh2#.>

How about h3? In case I'm overlooking some attack or legality of that move, White can withhold an immediate mate, I guess, if Rxg3 was not played. At least in that case, Qxh2# cannot be played anymore :-P

Nov-14-16  Cheapo by the Dozen: Odd to see a game from an Olympiad in which both players have Greek names. It turns out that one is from South Africa.
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  offramp: Kotronias towers above his opponent.
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