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Hichem Hamdouchi vs Amon Simutowe
ch-Africa (2001), Cairo EGY, rd 6, Sep-21
Sicilian Defense: Closed Variation. Traditional (B25)  ·  1-0


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  al wazir: <patzer2>: I would be greatly obliged if you would take a look at my reply to your last post on Kavalek vs E Formanek, 1970 and tell me what you think.
Apr-09-07  MostlyAverageJoe: <tdubb43: lol this predicament is basically just a result of 13...Kf8>

I am not sure that 13 ... Kf8 is the losing one. The following seem to be really bad:

16 ... Kg8 (Bg7 would relieve the pressure on g7 before white can bring up the reinforcements)


17 ... Bxd4?? (death by pawn-grabbing). This was one more chance for Bg7. Alternately, if pawn-grabbing was so irresisitible, Qxd4 would've secured the long diagonal as well, but would've relinquished the threat to the white bishop on b5.

Apr-09-07  gnixon: <rozumim: I didn't notice anyone posting this line, which is the one I saw: 19. Be8> 19...Bf6, and that bishop can keep the queen out.
Apr-09-07  MostlyAverageJoe: <gnixon: <rozumim: I didn't notice anyone posting this line, which is the one I saw: 19. Be8> 19...Bf6, and that bishop can keep the queen out.>

You surely mean Bc8-f5.

Be5-f6 would be a suicide.

Apr-09-07  wals: Dumber than dumb. I consider one possibility only and dont even see another one.
Apr-09-07  Crowaholic: I found Qf6 quickly, but I had replayed the first 18 moves in WinBoard. If you know that the preceding move was 18. Rae1 Be5, the back rank mating threat and the Bh6 plus Qg7 mating threat (a recurring theme in chess if you consider symmetries) just add up naturally. After thinking Qf6 through two more minutes or so, I figured that Black's least worst response is Be6, protecting the back rank by means of clearance and interference, but then White just plays Rxe5, and the unstoppable Qg7# can only be delayed for one more move by the queen sac.
Apr-09-07  scorpius: This took me less than a second. Easiest puzzle in a long time.
Apr-09-07  schnarre: As easy to find as it was beautiful!
Apr-09-07  NakoSonorense: A bit hard for a Monday.
Apr-09-07  BabalooMoon: Well I dove in all gung-ho with Rxe5, confident in the protection afforded my queen by the "phantom black pawn" that <acrewoods> refers to, although it's on d6 not d4. Except it isn't.

I'm blaming a sugar rush caused by excessive consumption of Chocolate Easter Eggs.

Apr-09-07  jtd200: Yeah, I chose Rxe5, too, then kinda' brushed it off... I think that's why this puzzle was "hard for a Monday..." Another option looked obvious, even though it wasn't the right one.
Apr-09-07  jtd200: Oh, and by the way, Amon plays at my club pretty often... Maybe I'll get the chance for this kind of tactic against him, but I'm not counting on it! ;)
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  YouRang: Aw, isn't that nice. Today is my anniversary (my wife and I have been married 19 years), so chessgames put up a <mate in 2> puzzle for move <#19>.
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  YouRang: Oops - not quite mate in 2, was it?
Apr-09-07  Fisheremon: 17...Bxd4?? Indeed 17...Bg7!? could save, so 17.Qf3?! A forced combo to show 13...Kf8?! (13...Bd7!?) was: 17.Re1 Be6 18.Rxe6 fxe6 19.Bd7 Kf7 20.Qg4 Rae8 21.Re1 Qxd4 22.Bxe6+ Ke7 23.Bg8+ Kd8 24.Rxe8+ Kxe8 25.Qc8+ Bd8 26.h3 Rxg8 27.Qe6+ etc.
Apr-09-07  LivBlockade: Someone may have already pointed this out, but the line I liked was 19. ♕f6 ♕d4; 20. ♕g7+ ♗xg7; 21. ♖e8+ ♗f8; 22. ♖xf8 mate
Apr-09-07  MostlyAverageJoe: <LivBlockade> 20. Qd8#
Apr-09-07  Dr.Lecter: This one took me forever to find. I'm getting real rusty.
Apr-09-07  vibes43: I saw it quickly per chance. Glad I didn't lock into studying other lines for 5 minutes as I often do.
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  kevin86: <playgroundplayer>If black tries to block the rook threat by Be6,white just captures the bishop by Rxe5. Black cannot stop mate at g7.
Apr-13-07  LIFE Master AJ: < <Apr-09-07 LIFE Master AJ: Too tough ... >

Apr-09-07 Tactic101: AJ, please, tell me you're joking!!!! You're one of the strongest players at this site. >

I was joking ... funny how I had to get about 10-12 e-mails about this before I realized that a lot of people took me seriously!

Apr-13-07  Archives: <I was joking ... funny how I had to get about 10-12 e-mails about this before I realized that a lot of people took me seriously!>

Ha! Good to know that you were joking! I wasn't too myself if you were joking or being serious =)

Sep-20-07  TITIKIZA: Why not Be6 on move 18? very poor play by Simutowe.
Sep-20-07  Shams: <Why not Be6 on move 18? very poor play by Simutowe.>

19.Rxe6 dxe6 20.Bd7 has a certain je ne sais quoi

Jun-08-14  MariusDaniel: Hichem won by resignation,good game played by white
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