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Stein Kristian Bru vs Sergei Mushegovic Movsesian
ECC (2001), Panormo GRE, rd 2, Sep-24
English Opening: Anglo-Indian Defense. Queen's Knight Variation (A16)  ·  0-1


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Mar-29-07  mkrk17: <al wazir: All you virtual GMs> I guess f3 is not very helpful for white, because, then black simply plays Qxh1. He is then a rook up, and also has lots of threats.
Mar-29-07  dukeofnewyork2003: Sorry about the 37.f2 it's actually f3. I didn't realize f2 was a flight square. Oh well better luck next time.
Mar-29-07  mkrk17: Well, in the game, white plays Nxe5 (creating a flight square for the king). Black plays dxe5. And white resigns, because when the king moves to g4, black simply play Bd7#.

Mar-29-07  ianD: Wow got the thursday puzzle quite easily. 10 or so seconds.

Never done that before.

Mar-29-07  Tactic101: Amazing. Nailed it within 20 seconds. Something like this hasn't happened before. Qf1!! not only attempts to deflect the rook away from the defense of the h3 pawn, it also threatens mate on g2 and attacks h3 once more. Too much for white to handle.
Mar-29-07  Shark82: <Tactic101 Amazing. Nailed it within 20 seconds.> It takes more than 20 seconds to understand all of this position. Maybe you spotted the move in 20 seconds, but it takes a few minutes to check everything.
Mar-29-07  goldfarbdj: Like many here, I spent a lot of time looking at Rxh3+. I didn't notice 37. Rh6+ Kf7 38. f3, but it seemed to me that after 37. Rh2 black had no really good way to press the attack. Finally I noticed that Rxh3 would be mate if not for the rook on h1 and realized that I could bring the queen to f1 immediately.
Mar-29-07  triangulation: great position. got this one in under a minute. had to deflect the rook. Qf1 did it with perfection.
Mar-29-07  realbrob: <al wazir: All you virtual GMs> 36.f3 Qxh1 37.Kf2 Rxh3 the only way to avoid mate is 38.Qe2 which loses everything, 37. Rh2 Rxh3+ and mate follows in a few moves. I personally got it in around 10 seconds being the furthest thing in the world from a GM and maybe that was a little easy for a Thursday..
Mar-29-07  gambitfan: Again the theme of the Queen's diagonal like yesyerday's game of the day...
Mar-29-07  Tactic101: Actually, my thought process was this. I noticed immediately that Rxh3 would be mate had the h1 rook not been there. A deflection sacrifice was in my thoughts. So, I quickly found Qf1. Then, after finding the move, I looked deeper for the true benefits of Qf1. The threat of mate on g2, along with yet another attacker on the besieged h3 pawn (the knight, the rook and the queen) made it obvious that white could not defend further. Of course, white can play f3, but after Qxh1, black is attacking and is a full piece up to the boot. Completely winning here. The thought process DID take only 20 seconds, but I've done a lot of work for some time.
Mar-29-07  gambitfan: I was referring to Ulf Andersson vs E Jelling, 1994

which was game of the day on Wednedday 28th of March 2007...

We had following position...

White to play (49th move)

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  pittpanther: I quickly found Qf1 but after f3 I missed the obvious Qxh1, I was trying to find complicated traps (but could not!) involving Rxh3, etc. Found the hard move (Qf1) but missed the basic follow up to f3. Arrgggh!
Mar-29-07  Fisheremon: After 24...Rxh5?! White got a won position, but he missed several clearly winning chances (27.f3, 32.Bd2, 33.Ne3) and finally came to 35.Rd2?? with mate combo for himself.
Mar-29-07  uuft: My initial thought was Qf1, but I just did yesterday's as well. Proved to be pretty helpfull.
Mar-29-07  nuwanda: <al wazir: All you virtual GMs who didn't consider the line with 36. f3 (I didn't either!) can subtract that "too easy" point you just awarded yourselves. If you play a sac in a game without looking at *all* your opponent's options, you'll soon be standing in the gallery with the other losers, looking up at someone else's moves on a big screen.>

A good post, but with the wrong move 36.f3, this move must not be considerd as some users pointed out

But with the game continuation 36.Nxe5 this post makes sense, cause this move really creates a flight field at g4, so that after 37.Rxf1 Rxh3 38.Kg4 the move 38...Bd7 has to be seen

I suppose this was missed by most posters, because the only speak about Rh3 mate or as <MostlyAverageJoe: <Ingolf: <aazqua> The mate isn't on h3, it's on d7.> In what line?>

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  ahmadov: I found Qf1 very quickly, even so quickly that I was surprised... I did not expect White playing Nxe5...
Mar-29-07  venk98: perhaps a bit too excited, i cudn't figure out this mate...
Mar-29-07  Rubenus: A very nice puzzle. It takes some time to figure out what the possibilties are because the position is complicated. PATPAT-60
Mar-29-07  R00K33: I don't understand. After 35...Qf1, then 36...Qg2#, unless you guard g2 (36.f3) or take the Q (36.Rxf1). I understand that white is attempting to guard d7, but 36...Qg2#, it's over. What am I missing?
Mar-29-07  JustAFish: PATPAT45s

Got the the whole thing, deflection, rook takes pawn and white bishop included.

Mar-29-07  Ashram64: thursday queen sac
Mar-29-07  Ashram64: <R00K33: I don't understand. After 35...Qf1, then 36...Qg2#, unless you guard g2 (36.f3) or take the Q (36.Rxf1). I understand that white is attempting to guard d7, but 36...Qg2#, it's over. What am I missing?> that's why white resign..there isnt any good way to stop the Rxh3 mate. Qf1 is a classic deflection
Mar-29-07  R00K33: <Ashram64: that's why white resign..there isnt any good way to stop the Rxh3> You miss the point, if white doesn't guard g2 or take the queen at 36, it's over 36...Qg2#. not mate at h3
Mar-29-07  R00K33: The way I see it white's only options at 36 are h3, Qh3, Rh2, Rg1, or Rxf1. Or hope black makes a mistake, which everybody has seem to do, unless I'm missing something. What am I missing?
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