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Kasperski vs Isaak Mazel
Minsk (1925)
French Defense: Alekhine-Chatard Attack. Albin-Chatard Gambit (C13)  ·  1-0


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Dec-28-15  stst: 18.Rxh7+ Rxh7 (forced)
19.Qxg6# (supported by B)

Maybe CG can upgrade all POD one notch, every day.

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  Penguincw: Last Monday puzzle of 2015. I've been pretty inconsistent with them recently, but let's see if I can end the year on a high note.

Uh, let's just say, close enough. I saw the queen on f8 and rook on h8, so knew g6 would be involved.

Let's see. I got 18.Rxh7+ Kxh7 19.Qxf6# 1-0.

However, black can last one move longer with 18...Rxh7, which I did not see or consider. However, it doesn't take much brain power to see 19.Qxg6+ Kh8 20.Qxh7# 1-0, so I'll give myself full credit.

1/1 this week.

Dec-28-15  greed and death: Easy once you realize its a rook and not a queen sac.

Damn you CG, you've conditioned me to think Mondays are always queen sacs. Cease your twisted Pavlovian social experiments! ;)

Dec-28-15  abuzic: The knight sac on 13.Ncxd5: the other knight sac was a stronger alternative: 13.Nxe6
Dec-28-15  dfcx: Seems this was a Monday POTD more than 11 years ago.

18.Rxh7+ Rxh7 (Kxh7 19.Qxg6#) 19.Qxg6+ Kh8 20. Qxh7#

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  al wazir: Took me long enough. I kept trying to use the ♘ to fork the black ♔ and ♕.

The ♘ has nothing to do with it!

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  patzer2: Deep Fritz 14 indicates 11...c5 (-0.74 @ 21 depth) would have avoided the problems leading to today's Monday mate-in-two solution 18.Rxh7+ (18...Kxh7 19.Qxg6#) 18...Rxh7 19. Qxg6+ Kh8 20. Qxh7#.

A move earlier White, can improve over 10. Nf4 (allowing 10...Nc6 = to or 10...h5 = to ) with 10. Ng5 = as in D Davy vs D Warner, 2014.

Dec-28-15  dfcx: Black steps into death trap with 16...Kf7. Best defense is 16...Ke7 17.Qxe6+ Kd8 and it's still playable.

As being pointed before white should have played 16.Bxg6+! hxg6? 17.Qxe6+ Kd8 18.Rxh8 wins the queen.

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Dec-28-15  gabriel25: Because it is problem it has a solution, usualy a sacrfice, that was the first one I looked at, I didn't have to look more.

I love Mondays

Dec-28-15  goldfarbdj: I thought this was relatively difficult for a Monday. I kept trying to do things with the queen or knight, and didn't find the rook sac for a while.
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  morfishine: The wrecking ball: <18.Rxh7+>


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  diagonalley: <goldfarbdj> ... me too!
Dec-28-15  Cheapo by the Dozen: A little unusual for a Monday -- remove the defender and go.

And yeah -- it took me longer to solve than Mondays usually do.

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  lost in space: I love Monday’s!

18. Rxh7+ Rxh7

a: 19. Kxh7 19. Qxg6#
b: 19. Qxg6+ Kh8 20. Qxh7#

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  lost in space: Took me a bit longer than usually on Mondays...Tried to make the royal force working first, Ne6+ somehow, without success before even recognizing that there is no Ph2
Dec-28-15  stacase: I spent way too much time trying to make a Knight fork of Black's King & Queen from e6 work. Finally I looked elsewhere.

Hah! Monday's puzzle isn't a Queen sacrifice.

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  agb2002: White has a pawn for a knight.

Black is about to start consolidating with 18... Nf6.

The pawn on h7 stops Qxg6#. Hence, 18.Rxh7+ Rxh7 (18... Kxh7 19.Qxg6#) 19.Qxg6+ Kh8 20.Qxh7#.

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  patzer2: <dfcx: Black steps into death trap with 16...Kf7. Best defense is 16...Ke7 17.Qxe6+ Kd8 and it's still playable.> Yes 16...Kf7? is an error that leads to mate-in-four after 17. Qxe6+ Kg7 , setting the stage for today's Monday mate-in-three solution.

Deep Fritz 14 indicates White's best after 16...Ke7 is 17. Nxe6 Nf6 18. Nxf8 Bxg4 19. Nxg6+ hxg6 20. Rde1+ Kf7 21. Rxh8 Nc6 22. f3 Bd7 23. dxc5 Kg7 24. Rh2 (+2.03 @ 27 depth).

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  Once: Use the force, Luke.

It's the age old question - do you trust the targeting computers or rely on the force? Sometimes we get a battle of Hoth moment and the stormtroopers win. Other times, it's an X-wing on intuition dropping bombs down an exhaust chute to blow up a death star.

In chessy terms, do we calculate variations for trial moves or do we wave our hands mysteriously from side to side and say "this is the variation we are looking for?

Option 1: dress yourself up in white armour over black yoga pants and pick up a blaster. Now we need to look for moves to interrogate, the rebel scum, as we examine every check and capture. And it might take us quite a while to spot 18. Rxh7+ because (a) it isn't a queen sac and (b) the rook can be captured in two different ways.

Option 2: the Jedi way. If we are mindful of the living force, young Padawan, we might spot that Qxg6# could be the move to bring balance to the position. Admittedly we can't try that straight away, but there there is only "do" or "do not". There is no try.

And that's when we spot the rook sacrifice to prepare the way for Qxg6#. Don't worry about throwing away the rook. He is doing his job so that we can do ours.

Sometimes the Empire's "examine every check and capture" gets to the answer quickly. I think in today's position that the Jedi's "this is the position you are looking for" works better.

Maybe tomorrow the Empire will strike back?

Dec-28-15  wooden nickel: I wished I could wave my hands mysteriously from side to side and say "this is the variation we are looking for"... I'd love to play the Alekhine-Chatard Attack, the problem is nobody accepts! Another similar game with g6: Bogoljubov vs Spielmann, 1919 Does anybody know a good chess book that covers this opening?
Dec-28-15  1.e4effort: I must admit that I got suckered into Monday Q sac thinking mode; but I could find nothing pleasing. When I gave up and opened the board and saw that this was a game from 1925, I thought "maybe I'm making things too complicated" and sure enough, the solution was easy to find - once I pulled myself off the track that I was on.
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  kevin86: Almost an epaulette mate, except black shrugged his shoulder to create a flight square and was mated the next move.
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  Gilmoy: Mazel's Tor


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