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Luke McShane vs Miguel Illescas Cordoba
15th European Team Championship (2005), rd 3, Aug-01
Queen Pawn Game: Morris Countergambit (D00)  ·  1-0


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Jul-08-06  notyetagm: Black resigns in the final position because 42 ♖g1+ is the beginning of a mate in 6:

42 ♖g1+ ♔f8 (42 ... ♔h8 43 ♕xh6#) 43 ♕xd6+ ♖e7 44 ♕xh6+ ♔e8 45 ♖g8+ ♘f8 46 ♖xf8+ ♔d7 47 ♕c6#

Rook sacrifices on g7 are devastating when the rooks are connected and the other rook can use the newly opened g-file. Here White (McShane) gets his king out of the way with 40 ♔f2 so his b1-rook can access the g-file that is opened with his next move, the rook sacrifice 41 ♖x♗g7!.

Jul-10-06  notyetagm: Note the importance of the <FORCING> 43 ♕xd6+ ♖e7 in the above mating continuation.

The point is that 43 ♕xd6+ <FORCES> Black to play 43 ... ♖e7 since it is the only way for the Black king to get out of check. But by putting his e8-rook on e7 to <BLOCK> the queen check, Black <SELF-BLOCKS> this square, so that the Black king can no longer use it as a flight square.

Moreover, the Black piece arrangement of d7-knight, e7-rook, and f7-pawn suggests that White may be able to find a <BACK RANK MATE>.

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  kenilworthian: In SOS #5, Mark van der Werf points to 10.Bc4?! as an error, but he fails to recommend an alternative. White may have expected 10....b5?! 11.d6! Ra7 12.Bg5! But after 10....Bf5! (as in the game) 11.Qf3 b5! White cannot now play 12.d6? bxc4 13.Qxa8 Qb6 14.c3 Nc6 because the queen gets trapped.

Maybe 10.Bg5!? is worth a try.

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