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Stewart Haslinger vs A Jaunouby
"Bolton From the Blue" (game of the day Mar-27-2008)
Bolton Easter Congress (2008), Bolton ENG, Mar-18
Modern Defense: Standard Defense (B06)  ·  1-0


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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Very impressive combination, but Black's play was--well, something I wouldn't try. Back in college I used to try 4...a6 vs. 4.Be3, but never ever ...f6. Black's play isn't extravagant enough; 8...h5; 9.h3,Nh6 intending ...h4 in some lines is much more baffling for both players.
Mar-27-08  think: 23. Rd8!! is a bolt, though maybe not from the blue. Black was probably nervous from about move 20, if not earlier.
Mar-27-08  think: Rd8 is based on the theme of overwork. Both the Queen and the Knight are overworked trying to defend the Be5 and the d8 square. The Rook is subsequently deflected to a square where White's combination can work.
Mar-27-08  TurtleKaze: What's the damage if black were to play 24... Nxe5? The black queen seems to adequately protect both g7 and d8.
Mar-27-08  Guguni: and I guess if 24...N:e5 then 25.Rf7 Q:f7 (25...N:f7 then 26.Qg7#) 26.Q:d8+ Qg8 27.Qf6+ Qg7 28.Q:g7#
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  Jimfromprovidence: 15...g5 is one of those moves that's impossible to justify. 15...Bxe5 (below) or 15...Nd7 should have been played.

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Mar-27-08  TurtleKaze: Thanks Guguni, I felt that something was about to give... Just couldn't see what.
Mar-27-08  deadlysin: wow impressive
Mar-27-08  kellmano: <think: 23. Rd8!! is a bolt, though maybe not from the blue. Black was probably nervous from about move 20, if not earlier.>

I'd've been very worried as black at move 9. Yeah it's a nice finish, but it must have been an awful game as black. Playing something a bit unorthodox, then just getting killed.

Mar-27-08  drpoundsign: The last move is #-checkmate here-NO??
Mar-27-08  Granite: <drpoundsign: The last move is #-checkmate here-NO??>

No, Nxd8 is next, then Rf8#

Mar-27-08  biscuitneilston: 22...Bb7 with the rooks now defending each other seems more accurate for black.
Mar-27-08  xrt999: black finally develops his queen's knight with 21.Nc6; alas, never getting the chance to move his LSB even is like he is down 2 full pieces...
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  kevin86: Black's queen was destined to hunt two rabbits-at d8 and at e5. The result is (and always will be) that one must be abandoned. White forces black to substitute a non-line piece (♘) for a lined one (♖). Thus,f8 is open to white attack (and mate).

Funny how the bishop placed at an ugly g1-is able to become such a big part in the attack.

Mar-27-08  xrt999: perhaps black was thinking that 22...Bb7 hangs black's isolated e pawn, which would leave black down 2 pawns, with nothing to show for it. Second, I think black's whole detached plan is revolving around eventual control of the b file, which he hopes to take on with something like Rb8/Na5/b3, but never gets the chance.
Mar-27-08  dabearsrock1010: beautiful combo i played a game like this with a pawn on h6 on a tuesday and it becomes super dangerous for black as this long drawn out combo shows...morozevich beat someone with this theme i involving a queen sac he was playing some russian i dont remember
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  Chessmensch: Malcolm Pein's comment re this game in his column in today's Telegraph is worth noting: 23.Rd8!! (How lovely it is to put a piece en prise in three different ways and to be winning in all lines). Here's the link:
Mar-27-08  groobs168: 23. ? would be a great daily puzzle.
Oct-10-12  vinidivici: wow...23.Rd8 very very deserves POTD...Friday maybe.

If 23...Qx8, its obvious 24.Bxe5
if 23...Nxd8 same line with Bxe5

then there is 23...Rxd8 (just what we have seen).

then again...24.Bxe5 after that there 2 branches...

24...Qxe5 25.Qxd8 Nxd8 26.Rf8

Now the hardest to find is for me this last line.

I was tricked a bit here and need some times to find it. then

25.Rf7 Qxf7 26.Qxd8 Qg8 27.Qf6+ Qg7 28.Qxg7#

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