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Nana Alexandria vs Irina Levitina
Moscow cf (Women) (1975), rd 9
Sicilian Defense: Kan. Knight Variation (B43)  ·  0-1
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Nov-26-06  chessmoron: SCORE!!! I was devastated by 38. Qh8+? but saw John Nunn's notes and I was happy to find

38. a5 Ra6 39.Qf6+ Ke8 40.Rxh7 Qb4+ 41. Kc1 Qe1+ 5. Kb2 Qb4+ and into the 3-fold repetition.

Nov-26-06  vibes43: I got it! I got it! A Sunday puzzle and I got it. OK, I verified my choice 38.a5 OTB and wasn't sure until peeking because I didn't see a win for white. But this was easier than previous two puzzles and, easier for me than most week ending puzzles. Thanks again for a great puzzle.
Nov-26-06
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  mig55: I studied a5 and the cosequences, but found no win:-)I saw also that Rxe6 would be mate...
Nov-26-06  Rubenus: How late is it now in the US? Here in the Netherlands is it 11.27 am.
Nov-26-06  greensfield: Solved this one. Got the line 38. a5 leads to Black forcing the draw and the capture 39...Rxe6 results in a forced win for White . Also saw that 38. Qh8+ (the line played)and 38. Qf6 was losing for White. To make me feel even better, I,ve awarded myself 300%
Nov-26-06  Fisheremon: <mig55: I studied a5 and the cosequences, but found no win:-)I saw also that Rxe6 would be mate...> The point is that the square e6 is 'reserved' for Black King. So as in the game Black could win quicker 39...Kxe6.
Nov-26-06  dakgootje: < How late is it now in the US? Here in the Netherlands is it 11.27 am.>

Of course that depends on the location in the USA, the east coast is in another timezone than the west coast etc.

Besides that there are several kinds for the time zones to start, GMT, EST, UTC and PST to name some of the more used ones. Besides that there are some countries/states working with daylight-saving time and some are not. However i assume, considering your dutch, you meant 11.27am GMT+1?

Nov-26-06  xfer: what happens after 36.Qf6+?
Nov-26-06
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  playground player: I like Qf6+, too. After...Ke8, 39. Qf7+, Kd8 40. e7+... and it looks to me like White can wind up queening the pawn and coming out no worse than a rook ahead. Still, a5 was a brilliant move and I never saw it.
Nov-26-06  TrueBlue: I just checked it out with a computer, Qf6+ doesn't seem to work :( (that's why I deleted my previous post)
Nov-26-06  Fisheremon: Black's attack was slipped on 28th move 28...Rc6?! Instead 28...Rc5 gives a winning attack.
Nov-26-06  greensfield: <playground player: I like Qf6+, too. After...Ke8, 39. Qf7+, Kd8 40. e7+... and it looks to me like White can wind up queening the pawn and coming out no worse than a rook ahead.> Now 40...Kc8, and White has no more effective checks, as Black can block or take with the Bishop, taking the initative with a discovered check, and White is soon mated.
Nov-26-06
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  kevin86: There is no win in this position for white-he must force black to draw.

A good,instructive puzzle.

Nov-26-06  Slink: What do you guys make of 38.e7+?
Nov-26-06  TTLump: <slink: What do you guys make of 38.e7+?> same result only quicker ...

38. e7+ Kxe7
39. Qe5+ Kd8
40. Qb8+ Kd7
41. Rxh7+ Ke6
42. Rxb7 Rc6
43. Qe8+ Kf5
44. Rf7+ Kg4
45. Qd7+ Kg3

and White has run out of checks.

Nov-26-06  TTLump: Black missed a nice continuation at move 40.

Black played 40 ... Qe7, but could have played 40 ... Kc8!, leading to ...

41. a5 (white has no more checks, certainly not Qh8+?, else 41... Be8+!)

41 ... Bd3+!
42. axb6 Qxc2+
43. Ka1 Qa4+
44. Kb2 Qb4+
45. Kc1 Qb1+
46. Kd2 Qc2+
47. Ke3 Qe2+
48. Kd4 Qb2+
49. Kxd3 Qxf6 (winning the Queen).

Nov-26-06
Premium Chessgames Member
  Sneaky: I like this puzzle because this is what chess is usually like. The cold realization that you're going to lose the game if you don't play perfectly, and then you brace yourself to try to calculate a bunch of slippery hard-to-see variations. It doesn't have the stunning beauty of some fabulous sacrifice, but then chess isn't always about some fabulous sacrifice.
Nov-26-06  haha: This one is so hard...

Most chess players (like me) will go for the quick checks, lol. xD :(

Nov-27-06  vibes43: <TTLump: Black missed a nice continuation - 40 ... Kc8! etc,> Nice find, TTLump.
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