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Kevin Spraggett vs Carlos Pereira dos Santos
Boavista Masters (2000)  ·  King's Indian Defense: Orthodox Variation. Aronin-Taimanov Defense (E97)  ·  1-0
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May-08-07  Alphalegacy: this is screwed up, the king knight is missing
May-08-07
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  dzechiel: Took me a few seconds to figure out which piece to sacrifice. A pretty ending.
May-08-07  evenua: A cute ending =)
May-08-07  aazqua: My god but this one is easy. I actually thought monday's puzzle was a little more challenging, but it's generally slim pickings until at least Thursday.
May-08-07  THE pawn: Easiest chessgames puzzle yet? probably.
May-08-07  BaranS: Don't you all realize that it is supposed to be easy? If it is so easy than why do you brag? The puzzles are here for everyones enjoyment and that includes begining players.
May-08-07  asmama: i thought c4 should be english opening ? do we have to consider the transpose position also before we can note which opening the game is played ? this is confusing to me.
May-08-07  lentil: <asmama> yes. the 'opening' is not defined until the pieces coalesce into a standard pattern. here, the pattern happens after about move 5. it's a king's indian.
May-08-07  chessmoron: Beautiful ending. 34 Bxh6+ Kxh6 35 Qxf8+ Kh8 36 Qh8 mates.
May-08-07  EngageEight: more like, 34.Bxh6+ Kxh6 35.Qxf8+ ... if Kh7 Nf6++ or Kh5 Qh8++ i guess you just mistyped, beautiful ending indeed :)
May-08-07  PAWNTOEFOUR: bravo,baranS!! you couldn't have said it better if i had typed it myself...one thousand grandmasters worldwide,and three million of 'em are right here on chessgames!!...and i didn't see bxh6+ right away,i eliminated two other moves first
May-08-07  Zaius: This isn't the easiest chessgames.com puzzle yet because of this line:

34. Bxh6+ Kh8 35. Qxf8+ Ng8 36. Bg5! followed next move by Bf6+ and a mate in two.

Note that 36. Bg5 is deep in the line for a Tuesday and not the easiest of finds.

May-08-07  openingspecialist: I got Bxh6+ Kh7 Nf6+ Kxh6 Qxf8+ Kg5 Ne4+ Kh6/4 Qh8#
Also for some weird reason i chose after Bxh6+ Kxh6 Qxf8+ Kh5 g4?+ Kh4 Qf6?+ g5 Qxg5#. Well both won and it doesnt matter as both ways are forcemate
May-08-07  ForeverYoung: Bxh6+ just leaped out at me. It is mate in all three lines.
May-08-07  imatos: imatos: <Zaius: This isn't the easiest chessgames.com puzzle yet because of this line:

34. Bxh6+ Kh8 35. Qxf8+ Ng8 36. Bg5! followed next move by Bf6+ and a mate in two.>

But 36. Bg5 isn't necessary to win in that variation. Pretty much any sane-looking move wins easily at this point. In fact, *any* move with the knight wins, if nothing else then by enabling the d3 bishop to enter the action. (Not all of them lead to a quick mate, though.)

I usually like to point out the complications possibly unseen by boastful kibitzers :-), but in this case, it doesn't seem like there's any non-trivial analysis after 35. Qf8+.

May-08-07  razarahman: What about 33. .. Qb7 instead of Bb7, does it save for the black?
May-08-07  C3r3brum: Muahahah what a horrible blunder from black :-) All variations suddenly leads to mate in 2 - 4 after 33. ... Bb7 34. Bxh6!
May-08-07  siu02jm: <Zaius: This isn't the easiest chessgames.com puzzle yet because of this line:

34. Bxh6+ Kh8 35. Qxf8+ Ng8 36. Bg5! followed next move by Bf6+ and a mate in two.

Note that 36. Bg5 is deep in the line for a Tuesday and not the easiest of finds.>

having enjoyed your little variation. i didn't see the Kh8 move. but i must say the 36. Nf6 has similar (maybe more) astetic value as Bg5(nice insight though), this being because we will be bringing white bishop to join the party incase of the unforseen.

but frankly if an enemy is down a piecce it suffice to resign!

May-08-07  logo: I was too fast and thought Nxd6, wins a pawn... I guess i forgot it was thuesday.
May-08-07  Whitehat1963: I didn't get this one. But here's a question, how might it go after 34. Nf6? (If BxQ, then Ne8+ recovers the queen, and if Kxf6 35. Qxf8#) Unfortunately, that's what I was looking at.
May-08-07  mkrk17: I guess Bxh6+ wins.

It did take me more time than Mondays(which takes just 2 seconds). Hence, compared to other tuesdays, this is much tougher.

Also, at the 1800-1900 levels, this is the type of tactic you will get more frequently. If you identify these, you can easily win.

May-08-07  mkrk17: <THE pawn: Easiest puzzle yet..> I would disagree. Because mondays and tuesdays are generally puzzles which you can solve in less than 5 seconds.

Whereas, for this, it actually took some 30-45 seconds...

May-08-07  goodevans: Nice combo, but surely not so difficult that someone with a rating of nearly 2400 should fall for OTB.

The lack of alternative candidates detracted from it as a puzzle: Bxh6 just screamed out to be played (although I acknowledge that <Whitehat1963>'s Nf6 was also worth a look). About par for a Tuesday.

May-08-07  NotABanker: Nice comeback by white almost out of hope and blam a move.
May-08-07  siu02jm: i retract what said, i think 36. Bg5 is correct
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