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Evgeni Ellinovich Sveshnikov vs Ruslan Vladimirovich Shcherbakov
URS-ch58 (1991), Moscow URS, rd 6, Nov-??
Sicilian Defense: Nezhmetdinov-Rossolimo Attack (B30)  ·  1-0
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Oct-19-05  Ger7ry: Followed (of course) by Nf5 check and Ne7 mate.
Oct-19-05  DonMac: Very easy for Wednesday
Oct-19-05
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  Sneaky: That's absolutely gorgeous.
Oct-19-05  blingice: Sorry, <thathwamasi>, you weren't.
Oct-19-05
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  khense: Somebody come up with a pun! (so I can go kov...kov)
Oct-19-05  thomaspaine: <Sneaky> Damn right. I kept looking for Nb5 or other knight moves. Completely missed the text.
Oct-19-05  Eric Xanthus: I thought 24.Qh8+ worked, but it doesn't: 24.Qh8+ Kxh8 25.Nf5 f6 and the party is over. Nf5 must be with tempo, so 24.Qg7+ is it.
Oct-19-05
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  Richard Taylor: I saw this instantly because I had played almost the exact combination (Q sac on b2, Nc4 dble +, then Na3#)in a game myself on Red Hot Pawn - I was playing Black in the Najdorf. It was marvelous to play this in practice!
Oct-19-05  erikcu: The beauty of double checking. I ran through the same faulty reasoning Eric Xanthus did, but you need to KOVer g7 with the bishop and KOVer it with the knight at the same time...

Umm... khense.... does that work?

Oct-19-05
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  WannaBe: I saw Nxp pxN & Qg7... What a D'oh that would have been... What an idiot I am. LOL.
Oct-19-05  chesswonders: I thought of 24. Qh8+. But that is spoiled by 25. .. f6, as told by <Eric Xanthus>
Oct-19-05
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  khense: <erikcu> As far as nice tries go, that was average. A great pun makes one go "kov...kov" (cough...cough).
Oct-19-05  pantlko: oh @#$%.........quite easy but did not get it. i was looking to sacrifice queen at g7 with knight check at e6.........did not look at f5 instead.....

good game in the end.......

Oct-19-05
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  Sneaky: I think I see the theme this week: chuck the queen!
Oct-19-05  snowie1: <WannaBe> I did the same thing; we both saw the immediate problem...move the N and Q mates with B watching hmm..sounds religious for some reason. lol
Oct-19-05
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  WannaBe: <snowie1: move the N and Q mates with B watching> Sounds kinky...
Oct-19-05  carpedieumjoe: queen sacs are always nice...
n obvious
Oct-19-05
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  SamuelS: I got it in a few seconds. I have seen the same theme so many times that I did not have to calculate any other lines than 24. Qg7+ Kxg7 25. Nf5+ Kg8 26. Nh6#. It is all forced so it is very easy.
Oct-19-05  notyetagm: My favorite example of the <Blackburne's Other Mate> checkmating pattern, set up by a beautiful <decoy into a double check>: 24 ♕g7+!! ♔xg7 25 ♘f5++ ♔g8 26 ♘h6#.

Give me props: <It was I who submitted this game into the database last week>. Don't believe me? Check out the Sveshnikov page where I also posted this game.

This game is included in Dr. Nunn's 101 Brillinat Chess Miniatures.

Oct-19-05  prinsallan: Missed it, I got my mind into moving the knight to open up the link between the B+Q, but this doesn´t work since the Queen is threatened by the black knight.

Very nice solution and a beautiful checkmate.

Oct-19-05
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  cu8sfan: Theme of the week: Give up the Queen to let the Knight give checkmate.
Oct-19-05
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  Averageguy: Very easy, got it in about 3 seconds. Of course, in one of the tactical puzzle books I use, Winning Chess Tactics For Juniors, the second puzzle is very much like this, so it was just a case of pattern recognition.
Oct-19-05  logo: I looked at Qg7 and i still couldn't find it....
Oct-19-05
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  ahmadov: Was 21....g6 a bad move?
Oct-19-05
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  Sneaky: From the Sneaky Files: NN-Sneaky FICS blitz (2 min+12/move) - 1. d4 d5 2. Nf3 Nf6 3. c4 c6 4. Nc3 e6 5. e3 Nbd7 6. Bd3 dxc4 7. Bxc4 b5 8. Bd3 a6 9. Bd2 Bb7 10. Rc1 c5 11. b3 cxd4 12. exd4 Nb6 13. O-O Bd6 14. Ne5 O-O 15. Qe2 Nbd5 16. Ne4 Nxe4 17. Bxe4 Qb6? <I blundered> 18. Nd7 <ouch I've been forked> Qxd4 19. Nxf8 Rxf8 20. Bf3 Qh4 <don't give up hope, there's always a way to be sneaky!> 21. g3 Qh3 22. Bg2

Arriving at this position:


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Had I seen this puzzle previously I would have played 22...Qxg2+ instantly. Under pressure I missed such a beautiful mate in three. But everything ended well, as I came up with an equally shocking move which wins in all variations: 22...Nf4! After I played it, he just let his clock run out. I believe his head might have exploded. 0-1

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