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Xie Jun vs Bent Larsen
Monaco, Wom-Vet (1994), rd 1
Modern Defense: Two Knights. Suttles Variation (B06)  ·  1-0
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Jan-27-06  SamuelS: <dakgootje>, ah, there is the problem, I forgot that f3 was covered by the pawn on g4. Thanks!
Jan-27-06
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  Richard Taylor: I found this and I found g4!! Well I got three out of 4 - which is a miracle as my chess playing lately is abyssmal...must be due to return to form!
Jan-27-06
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  Richard Taylor: < chessgames.com: The idea is easy but the execution requires precision. The key here is 31.g4! which seals Black's fate> Exactly I saw that - and it is beautiful. Xie played an excellent game also.
Jan-27-06  cyclemath: Sometimes I don't get Friday's, but I thought this one was pretty straightforward.
Jan-27-06  Richerby: This game was covered in a recent chesscafe.com article by Mark Dvoretsky, so I got it pretty quickly. :-) His analysis is very interesting; the article's at http://www.chesscafe.com/text/dvore...
Jan-27-06  EmperorAtahualpa: I saw 30.Bxe6 fxe6 31.g4, but I missed the rook mate on f3! Very creative puzzle..
Jan-27-06  Hudson Hawk: I'm with the Emperor... looked right at that combination but didn't see the mate in two (or winning of a rook) immediately following. I just liked it because it seemed to really mess up black's pawn struture.
Jan-27-06  Halldor: This I find easier than yesterday, I began to think about how to exploit the awkward position of the black king. I had nearly decided R1d3 before g4 which would spoil everything for White..., but after g4 Black loses significant material or will be mate.
Jan-27-06  Averageguy: I missed 31.g4, thinking that 31.Rd3 would force mate, but now I see that black could play 31...g4 and stop mate. Great puzzle, and a picturesque pawn structure on the kingside at the end as well.
Jan-27-06  caga1971: I didn't see the mate... It looks easier after look at puzzle's solution...
Jan-27-06  lisyaron: Managed to solve the problem in less than a minute this time. I agree with "An Englishman", 22 Nb1 was one of my favourite moves! Out of curiosity, I was wondering whether someone would state what thought processes they used to solve this puzzle? I provide mine below:

My first impulse was that the Black King was starting to run out of squares and that to remove the g7 escape square, one had to capture the knight (recaturing with the K leads to mate with R1d6 and so a pawn capture was necessary). Now, since the king could not escape from one more check, and a check by the rook on d1 required 2 moves, one had to prevent any new escape patches from forming. The only escape would be to move a pawn. So, you had to force black's pawns into a 'static position' and this leads to a winning position!

The logic in chess never ceases to amaze me! I hope that by studying thought processes, we can all improve! In the meantime, I hope everyone enjoys playing or solving some more brilliant games!

Jan-27-06  Zplane: My thoughts typically aren't on finding the elegant mate but rather setting up position to win the end game. When given a chance to double up pawns on a rank file with a fairly even exchange I take it. After the saw Black's only option was to use the pawn to take the B it was apparant this set up an elegant mate as well.
Jan-27-06
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  kevin86: A very elegant finish!! (I looked for something on the seventh rank or the possible win after Rd6.) Today's text win was fast,lethal,and quite clear.
Jan-27-06
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  YouRang: Oohh, I came close to getting this. I saw 30. Bxe6 fxe6 (practically forced) and how that set up a mating net (mating tunnel?) for Rd3->Rf3#.

I got so excited (evidently, I need a life) when I saw this that I looked at the answer before REALLY checking it out, so I failed to notice the necessary 31. g4 to seal the trap. :(

Jan-27-06  CapablancaFan: There is no defence to 32.Rd3 33.Rf3#. Good win for Ms.Jun.
Jan-27-06  Stonewaller2: not exactly a defense maybe but as <Hongkonger> already told you Black can spring his ♔ from durance vile at the cost of a ♖ with 31. ... ♖d8.
Jan-27-06
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  Richard Taylor: <lisyaron: Managed to solve the problem in less than a minute this time...Out of curiosity, I was wondering whether someone would state what thought processes they used to solve this puzzle?> At I first I looked atitand tought - well it's Larsen so it's going to be hard - then I looked at BxN

I thought for a bit the noticed that the king could escape at g7 - I then realise that as the King has only one move there had to be some way of setting up a mate - and from there I saw the solution including g4 to stop Black's g4 - of course at the "back of my mind I probably realised that this is an epalautte mate...

Jan-27-06  misguidedaggression: Actually, there are are several defences to the mate. Even a minor master would tell you 31...Rd8 ...Re8-e7 or...Rf8-f7 had to be played to prolong the game. And Fritz would agree with him!
Jan-30-06
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  patzer2: The deflection 30. Bxf6! removes the guard, while the next move 31. g4! removes the flight squares to allow the mating attack threat 32. Rd3 (threatening 33. Rf3# ).
Jan-30-06  CapablancaFan: Embarrassing position for Mr.Larsen. His king is trapped in a mating "tunnel".
Apr-21-08  Funicular: misguidedaggression: Actually, there are are several defences to the mate. Even a minor master would tell you 31...Rd8 ...Re8-e7 or...Rf8-f7 had to be played to prolong the game. And Fritz would agree with him!

(....)

Sorry, but ehm....no.

Nov-26-08
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  Ladolcevita: Bravo,XieJun
Jun-04-12  Melonhead: Funicular: misguidedaggression: Actually, there are are several defences to the mate. Even a minor master would tell you 31...Rd8 ...Re8-e7 or...Rf8-f7 had to be played to prolong the game. And Fritz would agree with him! (....)

>>>Sorry, but ehm....no.

LOL

Jun-04-12
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  moronovich: An answer of 6 years delay is better than no answer.
May-29-16  clement41: Amazing study-like mate. g4!! sealing black's fate is awesome OTB.
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