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Julen Luis Arizmendi Martinez vs Juan Mario Gomez Esteban
LXXI ch-ESP GpB (2006)  ·  Caro-Kann Defense: Advance Variation. Van der Wiel Attack (B12)  ·  0-1
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Dec-31-09  AccDrag: 36...Rh3+ mating in 3 more moves would make a decent Monday puzzle.
Mar-01-10  Formula7: Got it easily. 36...Rh3+ 37.Kxh3 Qg2+ 38.Kh4 Rh8+ 39.Qh6 Rxh6#
Mar-01-10  prbprb2: I see 36 .. rg2+ followed by 37 ,, rh2+ followed by mate
Mar-01-10  grz: That's a bit tough for a Monday! Why is there no 36th move recorded for Black? Did White resign before black could move?
Mar-01-10  chesskidnate: <prbprb2> 38. Qxh2 stops the threat
Mar-01-10  Kasputin: 36...Rh3+ ought to do it
Mar-01-10  Nullifidian: <AccDrag:><36...Rh3+ mating in 3 more moves would make a decent Monday puzzle.>

It's actually mate in 4:

36... Rh3+ 37. Kxh3 Qg2+ 38. Kxh4 Rh8+ 39. Qh6 Rh6#

Nice mating pattern for a Monday, and a useful one. I've seen positions like this arise in games at our local chess club.

Mar-01-10  zooter: Easy enough for a Monday

36...Rh3+ pushes black king on a journey towards death

37.Kxh3(forced) Qg2+ 38.Kxh4 (forced) Rh8+ 39.Qh6(only move) Rxh6#

Time to check

Mar-01-10  Eduardo Leon: 36...Rh3+ has got to be the end for White: 37.Kxh3 Qg2+ 38.Kxh4 Rh8+ 39.Qh6 Rxh6#.
Mar-01-10  Quentinc: After yesterday's insanity, where Black couldn't force a win with a Q + R against a hopelessly exposed White K, it's nice to have this one.
Mar-01-10  drmariogodrob: <chesskidnate> after 38. Qxh2, there is a new focal point! 38. ... Qg4#
Mar-01-10  prbprb2: drmarlogodrob seems to concur with me about initial move 36 .. Rg2+
Mar-01-10  chesskidnate: i should've been more specific the Qxh2 only works if white plays 37. Kh1! stopping any of blacks checkmates
Mar-01-10
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  lost in space: I love Mondays!

36...Rh3+ 37. Kxh3 Qg2+ 38. Kxh4 Rh8+ 39. Qh6 Rxh6#

Mar-01-10  stacase: 33...Rh3 and it's a forced mate

34 KxR Qg2+
35 KxP Rh8+

White can interpose his Queen, but it's fork time, he's done.

Mar-01-10
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  goldfarbdj: After Rg2+ and Rh2+, Qg4 would be mate if the white king were on h3, but what's stopping white from playing Kh1?

I spent some time on this one looking at Rf3, threatening the queen and mate, but it's met by Rg1; correct is the more forcing Rh3+.

Mar-01-10
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: The entire game is a very fine example of defensive play. White's speculative pawn sacrifice leaves Black's pieces tied in knots. The manner in which the defender unravels the knots, develops his pieces, and launches his counterattack, all the while hanging onto his extra pawn, is impressive.
Mar-01-10  TheaN: Monday 1 March

<36....?>

Target: 0:40;000
Taken: 0:09;942

Material: Black up, P

Candidates: <[Rh3]>

-ML-
Haha this is a pretty nice position. The g-file instantly suggests Black actually wants his Rook out of the way; in fact, he can do so with mate. The first I saw is the winning combination, but take note that 36....Rg2?! 37.Kh1 Rh2? loses to 38.Qxh2 (38.Kxh2 Qg2 0-1). As such Black has to play the nice:

<36....Rh3 37.Kxh3 Qg2 38.Kxh4 Rh8 39.Qh6 Rxh6 1-0> time to check.

Mar-01-10  evlozare: you guys all missed the irony of the puzzle. haven't you noticed that the win was credited to black? 0- 1!
Mar-01-10
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  Once: It's fantasy mate time, and today we play a Harry Potter mate. Black quidditches his queen from g7 to g2, flying over the rook on g3. Thank goodness for the power of a Nimbus 8000!

That gives us a theme of <g2 rook disappears> & Qg2#, but how to make it happen?

With the chance of mate in the air, we shouldn't be afraid to give away material to make our Rg3 disappear. It shouldn't take too long to spot 36...Rh3+ - a perfectly forcing move as white has no option but to play 37. Kxh3. Rookius disappearo!

One slight problem with this variation is that the h4 pawn is loose, giving white the escape route of Kxh4. But no matter - when heavy pieces are around it is actually helpful for us to give away our pawns as long as they are near the enemy king. Now we slam down 37...Qg2+ as advertised.

38. Kxg4 - again forced. 38...Rh8+ 39. Qh6 Rxh6#.

Okay, so it's not quite the same fantasy mate position as the one we first envisioned, but it'll do. This year's winners are indeed Griffindor.

<evlozare: you guys all missed the irony of the puzzle. haven't you noticed that the win was credited to black?> Yup, I think we've all spotted that. Okay so <TheaN> wrote 1-0, but he/she is a very experienced solver and I have no doubts that this was just a slip of the keyboard finger.

Mar-01-10  gofer: After last week's debacle, I will endeavour to less slap-dash.

36 ... Rh3+
37 Kxh3 Qg2#
38 Kxh4 Rh8+
39 Qh6 Rxh6#

Time to check...

Mar-01-10  brettls: to prbprb2 and drmariogodrob:

36..Rg2+ is completely pointless for then 37. Kh1 and there is no attack, e.g., if 37..Rh2+ then 38.Qxh2 and black is down a piece.

36..Rh3+ is the only move because the King has to take it, i.e., 37.Kxh3 and then, as others have already pointed out, 37..Qg2+ 38. Kxh4 Rh8+ 39. Qh6 and it's game over...

Mar-01-10
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  notyetagm: Wow, what a blunder by White, that 36 Re1-e2??, just handing over the g2-square to Black, which now has three(!) attackers (Black g3-rook,g7-queen,g8-rook) versus only the White h2-king defender.

Apparently White only saw 36 ... Rg3-g2+?, which must be met by 37 Kh2-h1! box, as pointed out above.

Apparently White *completely* overlooked the <CLEARANCE> shot 36 ... Rg3-h3+!.

Mar-01-10  andrewleef1: I believe there are two mates, with the first one starting with:

36 ... Rh3+
37 Kxh3 Qg2+
38 Kxh4 Rh8+
39 Qh6 Rxh6#

And the second one:

36 ... Rg2+
37 Kh3 (Kh1 Rg1+ 38. Rxg1 Qxg1#) Rh2+
38 Qxh2 (Kxh2 Qg2#) Qg4#

Mar-01-10  brettls: to andrewleef1:

on your second option the actual outcome would be
37 Kh1 Rg1+ 38 Rxg1 Qxg1+ 39 Rxg1 and black has one rook to white's rook and a queen? As I have already stated, 36..Rh3+ is the only move...

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