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Ashot Gamletovich Anastasian vs Sergei Tiviakov
"A Shot Anastasian" (game of the day Feb-13-2012)
Eu Team Ch (1999), Batumi GEO, rd 7, Dec-??
Trompowsky Attack: General (A45)  ·  1-0


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  Travis Bickle: What a dynamic game and an awesome mate!
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  DarthStapler: But I did not shoot Tiviakov...
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  Gilmoy: <DarthStapler> You played Johannes de Leeuw, and de Leeuw won
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  perfidious: <Gilmoy>: I'd much prefer Lisa De Leeuw as an opponent.....
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  Phony Benoni: 'Tis the season for giving, so both side wrap up their queens and throw them at the other. However, only one receives Christmas Joy.
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  Penguincw: < Feb-13-12 Penguincw: This pun perfectly with the game. The last name of the white player is <Anastasia>n, and he delivers an <Anastasia> mate. >

Yeah, it does. Pretty cool though.

And yes, I got this Monday puzzle. 1/1 this week, and month technically, I think.

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  lost in space: I love Mondays!

41. Qxh7+ Kxh7 (only move) 42. Rh3+ Qh4 43. Rxh4#

Dec-19-16  zb2cr: Thought I remembered this one. Saw it before on May 14, 2007.

Mate in 3, beginning with 41. Qxh7.

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  YouRang: Easy Monday 41.?

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Funny, my first thought was to deflect the black queen with 41.Re6, expecting 41...Qf7 (41...Qxe6? 42.Qg7#) 42.Nxg6+, and this does end up with a winning advantage. But I figured that this was surely too complex for a Monday.

Monday! Check the queen sac! Sure enough <41.Qxh7+ Kxh7 42.Rh3+ and mate next>

Dec-19-16  saturn2: The two knights dont give the black king access to the g file so let us open the h file with Qxh7 and let the rook follow.
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  agb2002: White has two knights for a rook and a pawn.

The knights cover all flight squares. Hence, 41.Qxh7+ Kxh7 42.Rh3#.

Dec-19-16  AlicesKnight: It's not hard .... to overlook the R, but as soon as the 3rd rank is seen, 41.Qxh7+ is clear. The Ns cover all the vital squares on the g-file and after 41...Kxh7, 42.Rh3+ mates next move.
Dec-19-16  The Kings Domain: Easy sweetie. White's build up towards the black king's demise is quite a delight.

The pun's a bit strained.

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  gofer: <Anastasia's mate> by Anastasian!

How long has he been looking for one of those!!!

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  morfishine: Pattern recognition leads us to <41.Qxh7+> and mate 2 moves later; a pseudo-anastasia mate with an extra Knight participating: way too much force for Black to resist


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  Dionysius1: Oh my - it's a modified Anastasia's mate, and the winner's surname is a modification of Anastasia! If this is a theme I wonder how long can run it for.
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  Dionysius1: Ach <gofer> you got there before me!
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  thegoodanarchist: Game of the Day pun:

<Ashot not in the Dark>

Dec-19-16  scholes: 40 Qxh7 would have been nice tuesday puzzle
Dec-19-16  abuzic: <AylerKupp: <<abuzic> Why didn't white play the much stronger 66.e7>

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Because the "much stronger" 66.e7 does not lead to anything more than a draw per the Nalimov tablebases: 66...Qe5+ 67.Kg6 Qg3+ 68.Kh7 Qh4+....>

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  gawain: What a good puzzle! Tried Nxg6+ first. Doesn't work. When I finally thought about the queen sac on h7 it was a pleasant surprise to see that the white rook is waiting to slide between the pawns across to the h-file to deliver the coup de grace.
Dec-19-16  stingray0104: Funny, the player's name gave the puzzle away.
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  Willber G: <scholes: 40 Qxh7 would have been nice tuesday puzzle>

Yes, well spotted!

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  Bubo bubo: The Monday ♕-sac is back: 41.Qxh7+ Kxh7 42.Rh3+ and mate next move.
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  whiteshark: Mondayish Pavlovian conditioning at work...
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