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Loek van Wely vs Alexander Morozevich
Corus Group A (2001), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 3, Jan-16
Slav Defense: Alapin Variation (D16)  ·  0-1


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Jun-29-06  Counterpoint: I beg your pardon:

16.Nxg2?? Nf3+! (17.Kg1 Bg3#) 17.Ke2 Qd3#

Jun-29-06  EmperorAtahualpa: I saw it in about 30-40 seconds! Yay. :)
Jun-29-06  eunuch lust: This is a nice change from last week. The puzzles actually seem to be getting easier day by day.
Jun-29-06  Nomen Nescio: Maybe my first thursday. Now if I could just finish writing the memo that I promised the judge for today at noon :(
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  patzer2: For today's puzzle solution, Black uses a clearance combination with 21...Rg8+! to decoy the Bishop to g8 and clear the way for 21. Bxg8 22...Qg7#.
Jun-29-06  EmperorAtahualpa: And the Caissar for most bizarre username goes to <eunuch lust>!!
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  Peligroso Patzer: <KholdStare: I'm a new (I know) but what's an epaulette mate? :D>

<Mole125: As I understand it an epaulette mate is when there is a pair of the player's own peices equally placed on each side of the king which blocks off the king's escape route.>

I would just add to what <mole125> has written that in the classic epaulette mate, the King is on its back rank and the pieces of its own color on either side of it are both Rooks (as in today's puzzle position). The idea is that the Rooks resemble the epaulettes on the shoulders of a military or similar uniform. Where the King is not at the edge of the board and the self-blocking pieces are set back one rank or one file from the King (as in the final position of Keres vs Fischer, 1959 which was featured as the the Game of the Day earlier this week) the term epaulette mate does not strictly apply. The final position in the Keres vs. Fischer game is sometimes referred to as a swallow tail mate because of the resemblance to that bird's tail when in flight.

Jun-29-06  cyruslaihy: its not that hard, i found the mate in less than 30 sec
Jun-29-06  fragile: 16.Nxg2 Nicely declined by white

<Counterpoint>, 16.Nxg2?? Nf3+! 17.Ke2 Qd3 is refuted by 18 kxf3 The right line I think is:
16.Nxg2?? Nf3+! 17.Ke2 bd3+ (18.kxf3 Qh3+ 19.kf4 Bh6#) 18.kd1 Bc4+ and takes the queen.

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  PhilFeeley: <Counterpoint: I beg your pardon: 16.Nxg2?? Nf3+! (17.Kg1 Bg3#)>
17...Bg3# is not possible in this line. The knight at g2 blocks the check.
Jun-29-06  McCool: If you'd like to see some harder puzzles go to User: McCool.
Jun-29-06  Castle In The Sky: Epaulette mates are where the rooks look like "epaulettes" which are military badges or insignia worn on the shoulders used to designate rank. The epaulette rooks serve to hem in the king allowing for a form of suffocation mate by a rook or a queen. This was a harder epaulette for me than the previous ones, but I got it after about five minutes.
Jun-29-06  dakgootje: Afraid we dont get spoiled tomorrow with an other epaulette mate
Jun-29-06  nikolajewitsch: This one was much easier than yesterdays.
Jun-29-06  beatles fan: got it right away, classic theme of removing the defender
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  kevin86: I looked for an epaulette mate on g3-then I noticed that the bishop and knight hemmed the white king to the g-file---so ANY mate along the g file would suffice.

The text move clears the g file for the queen to go to g7-mate follows.

Jun-29-06  chessism: Found out witin one was fairly easy.
Jun-29-06  Tariqov: <McCool> how can a white pawn promote to a black piece??!
Feb-07-07  russep: can someone please tell me how this ends
Feb-07-07  JNewton: Well, after 22. BxR Qg7# or 22. Bg6 RxB#
Aug-09-07  chesscapade: i really like morozevich game!!!!
Feb-19-10  Gouvaneur: LOL, in the end you can see the most beautiful Epaulette Mate ever! Bxg8 Qg7#!!
Aug-11-10  sevenseaman: 13. Bc3 is effete. 13. 0-0-0, White keeps his edge as Rg8 turns into a non-threat. Black Q is on a bad line and if ..13. Rxg2, 14. Bc3 with Nh4 as an option is strong.

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Oct-01-12  LoveThatJoker: Guess-the-Move Final Score:

Van Wely vs Morozevich, 2001.
Your score: 28 (par = 17)


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  plang: 5..c5!? is a rarity quickly avoiding mainline theory. Atalik recommended 7 Nh4 with the idea of e4. 9..Be4 had been played once before; 9..Nc6 was new. Van Wely blundered with 14 Bxf7?; he could have maintained a small edge with 14 Rd1..Qxd1+ 15 Qxd1..Rxd1+ 16 Kxd1..Rxg2 17 Ke2..Rg4 18 b3. A pretty variation is 19 Ng3..Bh6 20 Qe6..Qxe6 21 Bxe6..Bxe3 22 Nf1?..Rg8+ 23 Bxg8..Nf4 24 Nxe3..Nh3#.
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