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Aldo Haik vs Spyridon Skembris
Vrnjacka Banja (1981), Vrnjacka Banja YUG, rd 7, Apr-??
Nimzo-Indian Defense: Saemisch Variation. Accelerated (E24)  ·  1-0


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Sep-08-06  goldfarbdj: Saw Rxf6 immediately, but didn't find Ne8!!. I was thinking about Nxf6+ right away instead of Qh5, I figured white had a strong attack even so. So I don't think I got it.
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  dzechiel: Saw all the moves EXCEPT 21 Ne8! I really should spend more time with the position, because I was sure there was a winning move.
Sep-08-06  percyblakeney: 18. Rxf6 was crying out to be played, but then I got lost somewhere after choosing 19. Nxf6+ followed by e5 and soon gave up...
Sep-08-06  EmperorAtahualpa: I saw some elements of this puzzle, and missed some others. First, I was expecting that White would (threaten to) mate on h7, considering the bishop on d3. And second, I got some move orders wrong. I saw Rxf6 and Nxf6 as necessary moves and als Qh6, but I thought Nxf6 would be moved BEFORE Qh6, not after.
Sep-08-06  CannonLad: I think I've missed something here. Can someone let me know why 21. Ne8 is a good move. Doesn't 21...Rxe8 get black out of trouble and a knight for nothing?
Sep-08-06  joebuck: If black plays Rxe8, white can win easily with Rf7 forcing mate in the next move.
Sep-08-06  rookattack: <cannonlad> 21...Rxe8 22.Rf7 and there is forced mate on h7
Sep-08-06  CannonLad: Ah, I missed the Queen going to g7 with nothing to stop it. Thanks guys!
Sep-08-06  franksp: The final move may have been inspired by the game Reti-Bogoljubov New York 1924. In that game a Bishop was the blocking piece.
Sep-08-06  uuft: Oh my God, it's friday? Must have become a GM overnight... Took me about 5 seconds to kick some ass... Tower going down... Is it 9/11 yet? Anyways, gotta love this game!
Sep-08-06  zb2cr: I had the same problem as <dzechiel>. My board vision gave out before I saw the key move that makes the variation work, 21. Ne8.
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  kevin86: The final move is the winner!! Up until then-it was a Tuesday or Wednesday puzzle.

The knight move uncovers a second attack on f8 and blocks its only defender.

There is a slight flaw in <sacracophy>'s one variation. After 21... ♘g6 22 ♕xf8+?? ♘xf8 23 ♖xf8 ♔g7----the rook must take first.

Sep-08-06  fzoozle: The g7 square is attacked by the knight on e8. His line was correct.
Sep-08-06  Marmot PFL: Didn't see this line with 21.Ne8, but picked 16.Nxf6+ followed by Rxf6 and either Qg5 or e5 depending on black's reply. Not as good as the game line but also not bad with two pawns for knight and lasting initiative against the exposed king.
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  kevin86: <fzoozle>you are right,my bad. That nasty knight covers g7.

Please ignore the last paragraph of my previous post.

Sep-08-06  mshah28: This puzzle should really be for white's 21st move. 21. Ne8 is the critical move to the mating attack, and not a very easy one to find! Move 18. Rxf6 is not that hard to see.
Sep-08-06  KOCCMOHAYT: nice indeed
Sep-08-06  YouRang: I'm a bit late for the Friday puzzle today. What a fantastic move with 21. Ne8!! I wouldn't have seen it coming either.

Poor Skembris -- it seems he's been on the losing end of a couple puzzles lately.

Sep-08-06  syracrophy: <kevin86> Check it again. The white knight is on e8 so after 21...Ng6 22.Qf8+! Nxf8 23.Rxf8#
Sep-08-06  Egghead: chessmoron is right -- the combination works only if Black takes the bait. After 18. ... Ne6 White has only a pawn.
Sep-08-06  LivBlockade: Similar to many others - I saw the first few moves but instead of 21. ♘e8! I was planning to try 21. ♘d5, happy that it attacked the Black Knight on f8 and threatened ♕f6+, when the Rook on e7 is pinned to the Queen on d8. Unfortunately, after 21. ♘d5, Black has time to move his Bishop protecting key squares on the back rank such as f8 and d8. If I had the courage to play the first few moves, perhaps (on a good day) by looking at the position before White's 21st I might have found 21.♘e8! at that point.
Sep-09-06  schizoidman: <Ger7ry> If 21...Bf5 22.Qxf8#
Sep-09-06  avidfan: The final position after 21.Nf6-e8! is worthy of a diagram.

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  patzer2: The demolition and clearance move 18. Rxf6!! sets up the neat obstruction 21. Ne8! in the diagram provided above by <avidfan>.
Oct-10-10  sevenseaman: There are many moves that come to mind for the 21st White move. Ne8 is a stroke of genius that precipitates an instant win.
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