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Michel Jadoul vs Gordon Plomp
TCh-BEL 2002-3 (2003), Belgium BEL, rd 9
Nimzo-Larsen Attack: Modern Variation (A01)  ·  1-0


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  lost in space: Monday queen sac day!

29. Qxg6# hxg6 ( 29...Bg7 30. Qxg7#) 30. h7#

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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Checking the database, it becomes surprising how often Black gets into trouble with the obvious simple choice 4...d6. The most popular move, and the one with best results, consists of 4...Bd6, reminiscent of 5...Bd6 in the Evans Gambit Accepted.
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  agb2002: White has a pawn for a knight.

Black threatens Rxd4.

White wins immediately with 29.Qxg6+ hxg6 (29... Bg7 30.Qxg7#) 30.h7#.

May-08-17  stacase: The object of the game is to checkmate the other guy's King, not take all his pieces, although that usually does work.
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  patzer2: Here's my look at today's Monday puzzle (29. ?) and game with the opening explorer, Stockfish 8 and Deep Fritz 15:

<1. b3 e5 2. Bb2 Nc6 3. e3 Nf6 4. Bb5 d6> The odd looking popular move here is 4... Bd6 = (0.00 @ 39 depth, Stockfish 8) as in the drawn game R Rapport vs Karjakin, 2017.

<5. d4 exd4 6. Qxd4 Be7 7. Nc3> The theory of this rare opening line apparently ends here, as this is the only game with this move in the opening explorer.

<7...a6 8. Bxc6+ bxc6 9. O-O-O c5 10. Qd2 Bb7 11. f3 O-O 12. Nge2 a5 13. Ng3 Nd7 14. h4 Re8 15. Rh3 Bf8> In response to White's Kingside attack, I prefer the active Stockfish 8 suggestion 15... Ne5 = (0.14 @ 26 depth.) It follows the maxim of taking action in the center to counter a wing attack.

<16. h5 Ne5 17. e4 Bc8 18. Nf5 Bxf5 19. exf5 c6?> Allowing 20. h6 (+2.40 @ 30 depth, Stockfish 8), this is Black's first potentially decisive error. Necessary instead is 19... h6 which is barely holding on after 20. Ne4 (+1.04 @ 30 depth, Stockfish 8.)

<20. h6 g6 21. fxg6 fxg6 22. Ne4 d5 23. Qf4 Nd7 24. Qg4 Ne5 25. Qg3 d4 26. c3 Nf7?> Allowing 27. cxd4 (+2.34 @ 29 depth, Stockfish 8,) this unfortunate move misses an opportunity to save Black's game.

Instead, 26... c4 27. Rxd4 Qe7 28. Qh4 c5 = (0.14 @ 31 depth, Stockfish 8) bails Black out of trouble.

<27. cxd4 cxd4?!> This makes it too easy. Putting up more resistance but still losing is 27... Bd6 28. Nxd6 Qxd6 29. Qxd6 Nxd6 30. dxc5 Nf5 31. g4 (+2.10@ 19 depth, Deep Fritz 15)

<28. Bxd4?!> White almost lets Black back in the game. Instead, winning on the spot is 28. Rxd4 Nd6 29. Nxd6 Re6 30. Ne4 Qe8 31. Rd1 a4 32. Qe1 (+5.92 @ 17 depth, Deep Fritz 15)

<28... Rxe4?> The final mistake, allowing mate-in-two. Instead, 28... Re6 29. Bc3 Qc8 30. Qf4 (+1.92 @ 26 depth, Stockfish 8) puts up resistance and makes the win non-trivial for White.

<29. Qxg6+ 1-0> This solves the Monday May 8, 2017 puzzle. Black resigns in lieu of 29...hxg6 30. h7#

May-08-17  saturn2: There was very similar one about 2-3 months ago.
May-08-17  Cheapo by the Dozen: It's always cool when a pawn gives mate.
May-08-17  Iwer Sonsch: Qxg6 hxg6 h7#. Easy.
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  sotto voce meo: It is always gratifying to see a pawn giving the " coup de grace "
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  sotto voce meo: The post by " Cheapo by the Dozen " was not on the board when what turned out to be a superfluous comment was made. Sorry about that!
May-08-17  AlicesKnight: Being Monday, Qxg6+ suggests itself. If .... hxg6 then h7 is mate, and if ... Bg7 then Qxg7 is mate.
May-08-17  leRevenant: Mon Dieu! Look for the Queen sac.
May-08-17  Walter Glattke: 28.-Re6 only to prolong the match.
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  morfishine: <29.Qxg6+> and mate next move after 29...hxg6 or 29...Bg7


May-08-17  Swedish Logician: Bronstein vs Geller, 1961 is a very famous game where the curtain also falls for Black after Qg6 ...
May-08-17  Walter Glattke: Geller resigned, otherwise 20.-fxg6 21.Rxg7+ Kh8 or Kf8 22.Nxg6#
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  thegoodanarchist: I was impressed by the Plomp & Circumstance of this game.
May-08-17  zb2cr: This is straightforward, and I saw it right away. 29. Qxg6+ is the first move of the mate in 2.

It's clear that declining by 29. ... Bg7 is answered by 30. Qxg7#.

The acceptance of the sacrifice with 29. ... hxg6 is answered by 30. h7#. The keys to noticing this are the Black Knight and Bishop blocking the King's flight, the White Bishop covering g7 and h8, and the White Rook protecting the Pawn that advances to h7. Really a nice position.

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  whiteshark: Monday, fun day - you name it!
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  TheAlchemist: Instead of 28...Re4 he should have said "J'adoul, J'adoul!"
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  HeMateMe: this shows that you CAN stand on Plomp and circumstance!
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  chrisowen: Jut one g6s guffaws vs back have then by ganghangs 29.Qxg6+ apathy guffaws vat bud mate 1 ave taurus bull vim again jut von g6s guffaws vs back enter ago mind cap barbeque we vote krush von guv duff lurn it's vat i toe blush faerys it's vat bet i ho viva flav flays hob feisty vide bios hefty boys thief boy vide fetish g6s guffaws heart vint jut von g6s guffaws vs back mint vow us and gas ago;

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May-08-17  Strelets: Few things are more satisfying in chess than delivering checkmate with a mere pawn. Bravo, M. Jadoul !
May-08-17  Iwer Sonsch: And <chrisowen> still manages to write an entire article about the puzzle.
May-08-17  leRevenant: Albeit a relatively short one.
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