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Vladislav Ivanovich Tkachiev vs Maxime Vachier-Lagrave
French Championship (2006), Besancon FRA, rd 4, Aug-17
English Opening: Anglo-Indian Defense. King's Knight Variation (A15)  ·  1-0
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Aug-24-06  kavalerov: Awesome puzzle-like tactic on move 22. The best thing about it is that the kid just asks for it (21. ... e5), for fear of the other knight coming to b6.
Oct-11-06  chessmoron: Got it. Brilliant tactic indeed.
Oct-11-06  think: I was proud of getting this puzzle. Not a theme that appears often. Its funny that the rook can be taken by three pieces, and each one loses material.
Oct-11-06  syracrophy: I didn't get this one. Charming indeed.

23.Rxd7 Qxd7 <23...Bxd7 24.Qxc7 ; 23...Qxa7 24.Rxa7 > 24.Qxb8 winning

Oct-11-06  AniamL: 22.Ne6!? also seems to be winning, but I don't trust my quick, rough analysis:

22.Ne6 fxe6
23.Rxd7 Bxd7
24.c6 Bc8
25.Nc5 Nd5 (25...e4 26. Nxa6 )
26.Bxd5 exd5
27.Nxa6 Qxc6
28.Nxb8

23...Nxd7 transposes into the same thing via

24. c6 Ndf6
25. Nc5 Nd5
26. Bxd5 exd5
27. Nxa6

But alas, in the 23...Bxd7 variation, as I have just found out, 24...Be8 seems to win for black.

Oct-11-06  MR. NIMZO: what about Ne6?
Oct-11-06  chessmoron: Ne6 works but not as a good move as Nc6.
Oct-11-06  johnnyfroaction: Its important to note that the reason for resigning lies after 23. ...QxR 24. QxR there is the threat of 25. Nb6 forking queen and pinned bishop.
Oct-11-06  Confuse: yay i made the not as good move Ne6. : p
Oct-11-06  HelaNubo: Got it in moments, and it is a nice, unusual combo. <AniamL: 22.Ne6!? also seems to be winning [...] chessmoron: Ne6 works but not as a good move as Nc6.> Sincerely said, I do not see how 22. Ne6 could work with same efficacy, as the pawn in b7 remains in place. E.g.: 22. Ne6, fxe6 23. Rxd7 Bxd7 24. c6 Bxc6 25 Bxc6 e4! 26 Rb1 e3! with a sharp but playable position.
Oct-11-06  ganesh957: Excellent!
Oct-11-06  percyblakeney: Took me a long while to see this one, pretty move...
Oct-11-06  prinsallan: Got it fairly quick today. Record time for me on a wednesday I think ^^
Oct-11-06  razarahman: I couldnt understand as 23 ... Qxd7 24.Nb6 Qe8 (or 24 ... Qxa7) 25.Qxb8 white black wins a peice
Oct-11-06  melianis: Impossible...
Oct-11-06  razarahman: I mean balck wins a piece
Oct-11-06
Premium Chessgames Member
  mig55: I thougt after Qx d7, simply Qxb8....And then threatens Nb6...
Oct-11-06  gordio: now the best for black is 23..QxQ but is loser anyway!fritz +2.81 Rxa7
Oct-11-06  greensfield: Got this one after a while. 22.Nc6 winning the exchange. <johnnyfroaction: Its important to note that the reason for resigning lies after 23. ...QxR 24. QxR there is the threat of 25. Nb6 forking queen and pinned bishop.> Black can avoid this by 23...QxQ 24.RxQ, but still losing.
Oct-11-06  banjo: thought about 15 minutes about it
saw once the solution (strange)
but at least voted for Ne6 (why???)
so i'm definitely a <loser> ;-(

where's the next tic-tac-toe club?

Oct-11-06  euripides: A nice game by Tkachiev. Black seems to be in trouble before 21...e5 as Nc6 is threatened and he's short of good moves e.g. 21...b5 22.cb Qxa7 23.ba Rxa7 24.Nc6 or 21...Qe5 22.Nb6 Rd8/Re7 (if Rxd4 then 23.Rxd4 overloading the queen, or 22...Rc7 23.Qxb8) 23.Nc6. Perhaps 21...Nd5 though Black looks ropey.
Oct-11-06
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  jahhaj: Took a long time to see this. Both key moves are hard to spot. I probably would have given up later in the week.

White has lots of possiblities but I figured the only real weakness was the inadequately protected rook on b8, but even so it still took me five minutes or so to spot the key moves.

22.Ne6 doesn't work at all that I can see.

Oct-11-06  cjhasbrouck: This one took me like 10 minutes. :(
Oct-11-06  Marco65: Completely missed that. I considered 22.Nc6 and then rejected because I only calculated 22...bxc6 23.Qxc7 Rxc7 so what?

Then I looked at the solution and still didn't understand what if 22.Nc6 Rxd1. It took me a lot to see that after 23.Rxd1 the knight can't be taken and Black loses the exchange (after 23...Nd7). Not my best day!

Oct-11-06  Castle In The Sky: I 1/2 way saw it. I saw the Nc6 but thought black could get out of it with Rxd1 instead of bxc6. However with Rxd1, followed with Rxd1, white still gets the rook on b8. Nice puzzle.
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