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Sergei Karjakin vs Tauno Metsalu
Keres mem open (2001), Tallinn EST, rd 4, Jul-27
Sicilian Defense: Richter-Rauzer. Classical Variation (B64)  ·  1-0


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  DarthStapler: Got it pretty easily
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  johnlspouge: <<PinnedPiece> wrote: <johnlspouge: I have informed CG that possibly Sergei Karjakin is a variant transliteration of Sergey Karjakin.> See the Sergei player entry. They seem to know what they are doing. (Different players)>

Thanks, <PinnedPiece>.

Feb-25-08  mikejaqua: I saw this one in 0.00015 microseconds. Spent a few full seconds double checking. Then posted this in another 0.5 minutes.

Always wanted to do a post like that.

Feb-25-08  jon01: OK, as I can see some of you are still confused.

I am an Estonian and I know both players: Sergei Karjakin and Tauno Metsalu. Karjakin is a chess trainer in one local chess club. He does not have any connection or relation to GM Sergey Karjakin.

Feb-25-08  s.ahmed: <mikejaqua>: same here..
Feb-25-08  TrueBlue: well, I don't know the terminology and I have no idea what an Anastasia's mate is. Of course, this wouldn't stop me from mating in two :)
Feb-25-08  Harvestman: This is a pattern that I seem to struggle to see. Took me a while to find it here.

I'm better at seeing it since I agreed a draw in a position like the one in the problem, except with a black rook on f8 instead of f7. I took a draw by repetition, instead of finding the mate. Mind you, I was a piece down at the time :-)

Feb-25-08  nateinstein: I met up with the guy that played the white pieces once. He asked if I could give him a ride to a tournament we were both participating in. I had to stop at a store along the way, and when I came out, he took my car! I should have paid more attention to his last name I guess.
Feb-25-08  sotoohy: This pretty mating pattern is worth learning since it does come up in practice. Two examples are Kramnik-Anand in WC New Mexico last year (where it was a threatened by black) and Gelfand-Kasimzhanov in the qualifiers to New Mexico where the threat allowed Kasim a very clever save. Another example occured in one of my more pleasant internet blitz encounters, although this is arguably less significant than the other two examples :)
Feb-25-08  wals: Noting think: being free of mind-altering substances I will now look at the board. 26.Re6 ...Qg1+ 27.Bc1 . no must be better than that 26.Ng6+ ...Kg8 27.Ne7+ s'thing better than that
26.Qxh7+ ...Kxh7 27.Rd3-h3# by george that's it
PM =
Hallelujah or word to that effect
brain score L 0.75 R 0.25
Feb-25-08  D.Observer: Surprised by the solution. I thought of 26. Ng6+, but the correct line was 26. Qxh7+ Kxh7 27. Rh3#.
Feb-25-08  Madman99X: I solved it in about 5 seconds, This is similar to the mating where a bishop sits perched on f7 ready to stop the black king's escape whilst the white queen sits on the h-file and a mobile rook sits somewhere on the third rank ready to administer the coup de grace.
Feb-25-08  Terry McCracken: Deja vu...I've played this mate more times than I can remember during blitz games...and CG has returned to the old format, which of course is "Old Hat":)
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  egilarne: Another example of Anastasias mate in one of Magnus Carlsen's more famous games: J L Hammer vs Carlsen, 2003
Feb-25-08  uuft: Oh yeah!
Feb-25-08  Aurora: Elementary!
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  eternaloptimist: First I looked @ ♘g6+, taking advantage of the pin on the h-file, but I couldn't find a follow-up. Then a few minutes later I looked @ ♕xh7+. Obviously ♔xh7 is forced. Then ♖h3#.
Feb-25-08  just a kid: Qxh7+ was so easy!
Feb-25-08  Steve Case: Ba da Bing!
Feb-25-08  Tactic101: Didn't get the chance to answer for so long since the front page was screwed up. Saw it in a snap. Mating patterns help out a lot.
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  HeMateMe: tactics 101.

the monday puzzle is the "feel good" puzzle, sort of like the Monday crossword puzzle in the New York Times, before you get bamboozled later in the week.

Feb-26-08  TheaN: 1/1

Anastasia with 26.Qxh7+ Kxh7 27.Rh3#.

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  notyetagm: <xrt999: thanks <notyetagm>, your comments really helped me to understand and grasp the complex intricacies of 26.Qxh7+

It wasnt sinking in until I read your post over and over several times.>

You are welcome.

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  iking: 26.?

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boom! Qxh7+!

wonderful Anastasia Mate!

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  Nightsurfer: The <MATE of ANASTASIA> has been the final motive of the games as follows too: D Steinwender vs R Gralla, 1972 and J Gast vs E Bhend, 1987 and T Voronova vs Vo Hong Phuong, 2000 - the beautiful, but dangerous <Anastasia> will live forever ... OTB!
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