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David J Ledger vs Peter K Wells
Smith & Williamson ch-GBR (2001), Scarborough ENG, rd 2, Jul-31
Formation: King's Indian Attack (A07)  ·  0-1


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Feb-05-07  Tactic101: Easy, but fairly clever. I also thought about Qh3, but then I switched to Rh1.
Feb-05-07  mrknightly: Maybe it's staring me in the face, but what goes Black do if White takes the Knight on move 31?
Feb-05-07  pawn to QB4: I suppose 31...Qd6+ is good enough.
Feb-05-07  gus inn: <laskereshevsky> same procedure here :)
Feb-05-07  a q maclanahan: if W takes the N on move 31, Black picks off the Rook with 31... Qd6+ and Black has a winning game on 32. Qg3 or 32. Kg2.
Feb-05-07  Jole: <aldehyde: You know, wats KOOL in the game of chess? you play gud, you r playing gud, all is going gud, and then suddenly, your opponent finds a loophole in your innings and a single unexpected move fades all the hopes of your win.

a storming move comes out of no where from your opponent. its not your mistake everytime, sometimes, your opponent just plays a little better.>

sounds like the english cricket team in the last 6 months ;)

Feb-05-07  alphee: Nice and clean!
Feb-05-07  arnaud1959: I think the move to find was the previous one (29.-b5!)
Feb-05-07  supergrobi: My first thought was a knight fork on king and queen after sac'ing the rook when I suddenly saw the checkmate.
Feb-05-07  TiagoF: Took me like 10 sec to solve. Easy one
Feb-05-07  consul: Ok, i got it! But i'm concerned with the problem: is 31. Qf4 wrong? What about Qf2 instead? Well, Qd5 seems stronger but doesn't save the game anyway...
Feb-05-07  rover: First time I see this motif. Not too tough but I'm not sure if I had recognized it 2 or three moves before.
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  Peligroso Patzer: Nice Monday puzzle. Going back a half-move from the given position, White could have held on longer (albeit in a vastly inferior position) with 31. Qd5. I assume he was in time pressure when he played 31. Qf4. It is interesting how in time pressure even a 2300 player (not exactly world class but still pretty strong) can choose a move that typifies a beginner's mistake: preoccupied with creating his own threats (32. Rc7 and 32. Qxh4), he neglected what his opponent was threatening and allowed forced mate in three.
Feb-05-07  sambo: I think what's most interesting about this puzzle is that 31. ... Qh3 is so close to working. 31. ... Qh3 32. Kxh3 Rh1 33. Kg4 h5 34. Kg5 is forced, but no way to deal the decisive blow.
Feb-05-07  greensfield: Rook SAC to force the King into the corner for an easy mate sequence 31...Rh1+ 32.Kxh1 Qh3+ 33.Kg1 Qg2#
Feb-05-07  JustAFish: <mrknightly: Maybe it's staring me in the face, but what goes Black do if White takes the Knight on move 31?>

Black then plays Qd6 and wins the rook.

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  gawain: A pretty little mate. Briefly I thought the kicker was going to be 32... Qb7+ using the long diagonal as the mating avenue (the K cannot escape) and demonstrating the utter helplessness of White's pieces.

The R and N indeed cannot block the diagonal or cover the mating square. But it does not quite work because of (the obvious) 33 Qe4.

The actual mate is still nice.

Feb-05-07  rochade18: a pretty difficult monday puzzle I would miss in a blitz game.
Feb-05-07  zb2cr: Quick and simple. Like several others have mentioned, I toyed with the Queen Sacrifice briefly. Then I saw the Rook move.
Feb-05-07  Ashram64: the usual monday puzzle..sac sac sac!! ;) the ego booster monday!
Feb-05-07  Ashram64: sucks to be's like when everything is hanging by a thread..then all came loose.. no way white can save a piece..might as well give black a niffty sac checkmate
Feb-05-07  mulondab: Too simple
Feb-05-07  laskereshevsky: <consul: Ok, i got it! But i'm concerned with the problem: is 31. Qf4 wrong? What about Qf2 instead?>

Th problem is: 31. ..Rxd1,
and the white cant get back the N (32. gxh ) cause 32. ..Qd6+.

Feb-05-07  drkodos: mulondab: They're only simple if you know them...
Feb-05-07  johnsbrother: Got it quickly. I liked the knight move on move 30.
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