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John van der Wiel vs John van Baarle
"Behind the Wiel" (game of the day Feb-29-2008)
OHRA (1983), Arnhem NED, rd 2, Jul-16
Philidor Defense: Hanham Variation (C41)  ·  1-0


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  lost in space: Had also thoughts about 16. Rg7 but Rf8 is so much simpler - fitting better my brain-status
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  agb2002: White has a pawn for a bishop.

Black threatens Qxh5.

The queen should be on f7 instead of the rook. Therefore, 16.Rf8+ and 17.Qf7#.

Jun-19-17  FSR: Good point, everyone.
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  Once: Fritzie confirms that 16. Rg7+ is mate in 4 while 16. Rf8+ is mate in 2.

One point to watch is 16. Rg7+ Qxg7 17. e7+ Nxc4

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Now the temptation is to magic a second queen onto the board with 18. e8=Q+. Like cheesecake, who can resist a second piece of queen?

Except in this instance we ought to think about our waistlines. The instant coronation would be met by 18...Bf8 and black has a lot of pieces to compensate for white's extra queen.

The win from this position (which others have already mentioned) is 18. Qe8+ Qf8 19.Qxf8#

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Good little puzzle.

Jun-19-17  stacase: White's Queen needs to occupy f7 instead of the Rook. Hmmm, how to move the Rook and not lose tempo?

16. Rf8+ does the job nicely.

Jun-19-17  saturn2: Rf8 clears the f7 square with tempo
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  morfishine: <16.Rf8+> and mate next move


Jun-19-17  saturn2: If one wants to complicate things he can try 16 e7

If 16..Qc1+ 17 Rf1+ winning the queen.
If 16..QxQh5 then 17 e8D+ mate soon
If 16..Bd7 17 Rg5 wins the queen
If 16..NxB 17 Rf8 like in the game

Jun-19-17  SpamIAm: Arnhem/Amsterdam, eh?
A Philidor Too Far.
Jun-19-17  WorstPlayerEver: Oh, thought I blundered with 16. e7
Jun-19-17  5hrsolver: 10..g6 maybe black can try to castle queenside.
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  whiteshark: <16.Rf8+!> and that's it.
Jun-19-17  steinitzfan: This is hard Monday. A short simple solution but a lot of blind alleys.
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  benveniste: I initially found ♖g7+, which is mate in 3. But I figured that was too hard for Monday and eventually got it right.
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  gawain: Whichever of his three moves Black tries, White mates with 17 Qf7. Nice.
Jun-19-17  PJs Studio: I first saw Rf8 is mate in one, so I looked no further. I've found that looking for clearance FIRST, then forks and sacs, is usually best.

Clearance can be assed through searching the board quickly - before going on to other tactics. After exhausting all of your tactical possibilities, positional considerations (which, of course, can be very laborious) come to the forefront.

Jun-19-17  mqhelisi: missed the Monday of all days went for the grinding Rg7+ mate after a hussle
Jun-19-17  PJs Studio: It's games like this that scare me from playing 1...e5!
Jun-19-17  drollere: <If one wants to complicate things he can try 16 e7>

i also went for e7, as nothing seems to win for black and it's just better mayhem.

Jun-19-17  Iwer Sonsch: 16.Rg8+ Qxg8 (Kxg8 Qf7#) 17.e7+ Qf7 18.Qxf7#.

Pretty brilliant for a Monday.

Jun-19-17  Iwer Sonsch: Missed a Monday (17...Nxc4). Still working and more beautiful though.
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  OhioChessFan: Kind of a tough Monday. I apparently am the only person who had a bit of chess blindness in that I was looking for Qe8+ as a followup to Rf8+. That is, my first thought was "If I could only get the Queen past that Rook, the Queen would mate on e8." It took a little longer than it should have to see that the real clearance was the Rook's original square to be inhabited by the Queen.
Jun-19-17  dumbgai: Silly me, I went for 16. Rg7+ which is inferior. It wins but makes white's task harder than it needs to be.
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  kevin86: Rook sac and queen mate next!
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Black to move [ Opening Explorer ]

1) +1.12 (31 ply) 9...Bf8 10.Be3 Nf6 11.Qxd8+ Kxd8 12.f3 Kc7 13.a4 Be7 14.Be2 b6 15.a5 b5 16.c4 bxc4 17.Bxc4 Rd8 18.Rc1 Ne8 19.Nd2 Nd6 20.Be2 Bd7 21.Nc4 Nxc4 22.Bxc4 Bd6 23.a6 Rdb8 24.b3 h5 25.Rd1 Bb4 26.Be2

2) +1.29 (30 ply) 9...Nf6 10.Bxg7 Rg8 11.Bxf6 Qxd1 12.Rxd1 Bxf6 13.a4 Bd7 14.Nd2 Ke7 15.Be2 Rgd8 16.f3 Be8 17.Kf2 Rac8 18.a5 c5 19.Nc4 Bb5 20.Ne3 Bc6 21.g3 Rd4 22.b3 Rcd8 23.Bd3 R4d7 24.Kg2 b6 25.axb6 axb6

3) +1.34 (30 ply) 9...Nb6 10.Qh5+ g6 11.Qe2 Nxc4 12.Qxc4 Qc7 13.Nd2 Rg8 14.Be3 c5 15.a4 Bd7 16.Rfd1 b6 17.b4 Rd8 18.bxc5 bxc5 19.Qc3 Bc6 20.f3 Kf7 21.Nc4 Kg7 22.Qxe5+ Qxe5 23.Nxe5 Be8 24.Rxd8 Bxd8 25.f4 Be7 26.c4 Bf6 27.Bxc5 Bxe5

6.0 minute analysis by Stockfish 9 v010218

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