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Nikola Djukic vs Nikola Vajdic
Serbia and Montenegro Team Cup (2005), Herceg Novi SCG, rd 1, May-15
Sicilian Defense: Scheveningen Variation. Delayed Keres Attack (B81)  ·  1-0


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  Phony Benoni: <38.?>

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White played 38.Bd5. Mate is mate, of course, but there was a neater and quicker way.

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  ChessHigherCat: <PB> If you're trying to drive me crazy(er), you've succeeded! What could be neater and quicker than a mate in 2 except a mate in 1, and there isn't any. 38. Ba2 is another mate in 2, but it's no better (unless you mean that black could have protracted the agony with 38. Ra1+ in the game line.
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  Phony Benoni: <ChessHigherCat> Yes, I should have been clearer. 38.Bd5 only mates in two because 38..>Rf5 allows it, instead, Black can extend the game up to seven moves with useless checks (...Ra1+), or sacrifices (...Rf7).

<38.Ba2> cuts it down to four moves no matter what Black does, and (in my opinion, at least) is prettier. But, again. Mater Is Mate.

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  ChessHigherCat: <PB> It's true that 38. Ba2 has a "nice" damned if you do, damned if you don't quality about it: If 39.Rxa2 then Rxf8# and if 39. Rxf5 Rxh7#. And you're right of course that it's always best to chose the fastest mate given optimal play, especially when you're bad on time.
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