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Viktor Bologan vs Etienne Bacrot
"Bacrot Mate" (game of the day Jul-29-2013)
Enghien-les-Bains FRA (2001), It, rd 2, Apr-12
Sicilian Defense: Paulsen. Normal Variation (B45)  ·  0-1
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Oct-14-07  stanleys: Very nice mate!

But before that both players blundered:
25...Nxd3 allows 26.Qf5!! with a winning attack(line given by Bacrot himself)

Jul-29-13  sfm: Terrific! Wild shooting, somebody is going to die.
<stanleys ..26.Qf5!!..> So close. This game is so hard.
Jul-29-13  ajax333221: <stanleys> my engine didn't see the winning attack after 26.Qf5

however, if he doesn't return the knight, I did see the QxP KxQ PxP+ (mate in two)

Jul-29-13
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  offramp: A 19th-century style game. The final mate is easy to miss, I was thinking of ...Ne1.

Enghien-les-Bains is a spa town. It is mentioned in a poem by Arthur Rimbaud.

Jul-29-13
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  Check It Out: This looks like an example of a pure mate.
Jul-29-13
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  morfishine: Wow, Bologan gets sandwiched
Jul-29-13  w0sera: 15... Rfc8 g6! Maybe you could give good results for whites to attack..
Jul-29-13  JureIvanusic: 26. Qxc7 was a mistake, 26. Qf5 would be much better indeed, making pressure on h7.
Jul-29-13  JohnBoy: Nice pun! I'm surprised is has not been used before.
Jul-29-13
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  kevin86: Bologan gets sandwiched by black's minor pieces.Thanks <morfishine> Yes,and the mate is on the "back row".-though not as expected.
Jul-29-13
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  ajk68: Why not 29. cxd3, ?
Jul-29-13  KingV93: Brilliant mate!
Jul-29-13
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  thegoodanarchist: Great pun! Good job to the person who thought it up.
Jul-29-13
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  thegoodanarchist: <ajk68: Why not 29. cxd3, ?>

It fails to the same move, 29...Rxb3+, followed by 30...Bxh1

Jul-29-13  holland oats: Anyone know what the line is from Bacrot? I saw the threat of 26.Qf5 and 27.Qh7+ creating a mating net, but black of course has 26...Ne5! creating a shield for g7 and immune to capture due to white's weaknesses on c2 and e4.

I also see that 26.Qf5 Ne5 27.hxg7 Bxg7 28.Rxh7 Re8 29.Rxg7+ Kxg7 30.Rh1 (30.Rd7 Rxb3+! 31.cxb3 Bxe4+!) Rb6 looks like it holds for black:


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Jul-29-13
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  eternaloptimist: Actually I thought of this pun myself a couple of months ago or so but I didn't find an example of a back row mate by Bacrot. I did some googling on the 'net but it didn't pull up any examples. Btw who submitted this pun?
Jul-29-13
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  Phony Benoni: <eternaloptimist> It was mine. I couldn't find a real "back row" mate either, but this game has a good enough mate to serve.
Jul-29-13
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  eternaloptimist: <Phony> Ok cool! Great minds think alike!! 8 ) Agreed...the end of this game is close enough to a back row mate to suffice. This game shows just how brilliant Bacrot really is!!
Mar-17-15  SpiritedReposte: The final mate after Ka1 needs a diagram


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Very artistic!

Nov-05-17
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  plang: 10 g4 had been played in Spassov-Ehlvest 1990 Manila Interzonal which ended in a draw; 10 Kb1 was new. Lautier questioned whether it was necessary for White to play both 11 Kb1 and 14 a3?!; 14 Bf3 was an alternative. Notkin was critical of 18 h6?!offering the complicated line as an alte30 rnative: 18 Bd2..b4 19 axb..Rxb4 20 Nd5..Bxd5 21 Bxb4..Qxa2+ 22 Kc1..Bxe4 23 Qxe4..d5 24 Qd4..e5 25 Rh3..exd 26 Ra3..Qxa3 27 bxa..Bxb4 28 axb..Nb8 with a slight endgame edge for Black. As mentioned above Black blundered with 25..Nxd3?; easily winning would have been 25..Qxe5 26 Bxe5..Nxd3 27 Rxd3..Rb5 28 hxg..Bxg7 29 Bxg7..Bxe4 30 Rc3..Rxc3 31 Nxc3..Rxb3+ 32 Ka2..Bxh1 33 cxb..Kxg7 34 Kxa3..Kg6. White had 2 minutes left when he played 26 Qxc7?; one possible line after 26 qf5! would have been 26..Ne5 27 hxg..Bxg7 28 Rxh7..Re8 29 Rxg7+..Kxg7 30 Rd7..Rxb3+ 31 cxb..Bxe4 32 Qxe4..Qxd7 33 Bxe5..Kg8 34 g6 with unclear play.
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