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Gennadij Germanovich Sagalchik vs Hikaru Nakamura
"Naka on Heaven's Door" (game of the day Jan-04-2005)
Torneo Continental Americano (2003), Buenos Aires ARG, rd 9, Aug-27
French Defense: McCutcheon Variation. Wolf Gambit (C12)  ·  0-1


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  Marmot PFL: Thought it was easier than yesterday, an obvious check (36...Rg1+ 37 Ka2 <forced>) followed by the sac (37...Qxa3+) and the same finishing move (38...Ra1 mate) however black replies.
Mar-30-11  stst: 36.... Rg1+
37.Ka2 Qxa3+
38.Kxa3 or Pxa3, Ra1#

The only way W wants to avoid getting into this grave is 37.Qc1, then naturally RxQ, Bk losing the exchange for a long shot.

<should this be put on Monday??>

Mar-30-11  EXIDE: Got the sequence of moves correct this time. I also considered the black Queen sacrifice as the leading move, but that fails because then the white Queen can transpose herself between the black rook and white King. Just looking for an alternate, in keeping with this weeks theme, but there is not any. Nice puzzle.
Mar-30-11  BOSTER: <sevenseaman> <For me at least,Naka's ability to see 37...Qxa3 is far from the ordinary>. From the beginning I knew that this picture reminds the well-known episode from game Shirov vs R.,where Shirov having only a few seconds cought the mate on b2,when black could play Ra1+ and after Kxa1 Qxa3 and Qxb2#. In our puzzle b2 is well protected ,but the same idea works if we change the order of moves. So 36...Rg1+,37 Ka2 (if Qc1 Qd3+) Qxa3 38.Kxa3(or bxa3) Ra1#. Playing 33...c4 Naka could not see that this pawn help to create mating net.
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  takchess: Sweet Checkmate! Like <David> I spent time on 36...Rg1+ 37 Ka2 Ra1+ 38 Kxa1 Qxa3+ Kb1 work with no success. It was unclear to me that Ra1 worked at the end. The importance of the advanced pawn which makes this work blocking the escape square b3.
Mar-30-11  MaczynskiPratten: A nice game all round. Nakamura's exchange sac with 23..Rxg3 gives him plenty of activity, then 31..cxd5 deflects the c pawn to allow b5 and c4. White thinks he has found an ingenious solution to his trapped Rook with 34 Rxb5 and 35 d6. Maybe he breathed a sigh of relief after 36 Rxf5, and felt secure until the Qxa3+ bombshell! That would be hard to see at move 34...
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  takchess: as well as the bishop stopping escape square d4 which wasn't something I took into calculation...

good rule of thumb. Clearly Note what squares can't serve as escape squares. (squares that are covered)

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  LucB: <A friend of mine called he solved the puzzle, played through the game and then said, triumphantly, "Nakamura is the American Bobby Fischer."

I'm not sure what he meant, either>

Don't forget that Fischer was Icelandic... :D

Mar-30-11  ARubinstein: <LMAJ: His past aside, Nak is one of the world's best players today. This is a very pleasing combination.>

Ah yes, "his past aside," you mean your own false and slanderous cheating allegations against him because he beat you easily?

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  Eric Schiller: I've known Hikaru since he was 5 and he constantly amazed me with his tactical prowess. I didn't expect him to pass his brother Asuka but he did. I was lucky to beat him in our only encounter when he was 10. He has fully earned all his honors.
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  Penguincw: Nice puzzle.I was thinking 36...♘c5 for the following reasons:

1.It allows the bishop to attack the rook.If that rook would be allowed to capture,white will lose the exchange and bring their queen away from attacking the bishop.The bishop would then have time to move out of the way.

2.It's getting ready to hop into the weakest point in the white camp,b3. From there,it would be taking away 2 squares from the white king.Also,it is within attacking distance of all 3 major pieces for white.The knight would like to get to d4,which would form a deadly fork.It's also within checking distance (d2).

3.It closes up the diagonal against the black king.At some point,white might gets their queen on the g1-a7 diagonal and maybe start checking black's king around.

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But 36...Rg1+ is the winning move.

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  morfishine: <Penguincw> I haven't analyzed your continuation but i like your thought process. For all we know, it wins too, and thats what counts: its good practice (over here) in that we may be able to profit/capatilize in the other game going on...:) Morf
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  Penguincw: Thanks. :)
Mar-30-11  MaxxLange: reverse the move order of the familiar pin trick with ...Ra1+ and ....Qa3+ and hey, it's mate
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  morfishine: <David2009> Good work! We'll need that in the other game going on. <Unfortunately none of my original solutions has been sound and none of my sound solutions has been original> Doesn't matter as long as we win. Morf
Mar-30-11  MountainMatt: Wow. I barely got Monday's, was stumped yesterday, but here, 36. Rg1+ 37. Ka2 Qxa3+ with mate to follow jumped right out. Not sure what to make of that, but whatever, I'll take it!
Mar-30-11  TuxedoKnight: i guess i will go to


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  morfishine: <TuxedoKnight> Went to your site! Tough puzzles...took me awhile to get 14/19
Mar-30-11  Fuegoverde: 36... Rg1+ and white must loose his queen with 37 Qc1 or if 37 Ka2 Qxa3+! and mate in the next move.
Mar-30-11  WhiteRook48: I wanted to play 36...Qxa3 right away, but white can resist with 37 Rf1
Mar-30-11  alachabre: This one took a few moments of pondering before the pattern emerged. First, the back rank is undefended and White's pieces are not coordinated in retreat to defend, thus the rook may gain the rank unchallenged with check, forcing the king to move. A possible queen sac on a3 doesn't seem to go anywhere, until the pattern of bishop plus rook cooperating on a1 focuses out of the haze:

36 ... Rg1+
37 Ka2 Qxa3+
38 bxa3 Ra1#


38 Kxa3 Ra1#


37 Qc1 Qd3+
38 Rc2 Rxc1+
39 Kxc1 Qxf5 and massive material advantage.

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  perfidious: <LMAJ: His past aside, Nak is one of the world's best players today. This is a very pleasing combination.>

Nakamura's past-as this poster terms it-hasn't anything to do with this nice combinative wind-up.

The river of innuendo and unsubstantiated accusations flows apace from the <Site Flamer> (wonderful anagram, that!).

Wherever you're skulking, those of us who know the truth about you will call you out when you spread your bacillus of intolerance, lies and hatred towards others.

Do the world, as well as yourself, a favour and live the beliefs you profess.

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  kingscrusher: I have video annotated this game here:

Cheers, K

Dec-22-14  ndg2: Honoring the true value of game puns: as silly as it is I was able to google the game quickly because of it.

As for the game: "the king is now save in it's corner, let's see what we can do with blacks's weal f7 pawn". BAMMM, Qxa3+ !!!
I would have loved to see white's face at that moment.

Dec-26-14  boykamote: To Eric Schiller> My Mom bought me 3 books from you STANDARD CHESS OPENINGS,ENCYCLOPEDIA OF CHESS WISDOM AND UNORTHODOX CHESS OPENINGS. I read them all and liked it very much, there are some very minimal typo errors though, but in general it's evident that you worked very hard to make your books into works of art.
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