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Michael Bezold vs David J Ledger
European Club Cup (2008), Kallithea GRE, rd 4, Oct-20
English Opening: King's English Variation. Troger Defense (A21)  ·  1-0
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Nov-06-18
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  Phony Benoni: Are we back ranking after 38.Qxe6+ Rxe6 39.Rb8+? No, black has plenty of guard on e8.

But there are other squares and other checks. 38.Qxe6+ Rxe6 39.Rxg7+ Kh8 40.Rf8# does the trick nicely, with trivial mates if Black doesn't thake the queen.

Just a matter of electing the right idea.

Nov-06-18  stacase: The Black Knight just needed killin"
Nov-06-18  lost in space: Monday level. Sac, check, mate.

38. Qxe6+ Rxe6 39. Rxg7+ Kh8 40. Rf8#

Nov-06-18  Mayankk: Interesting mate. It looked much simpler at first sight. But back rank is not as weak as it looked, till you push the King away with Rxg7+.

Nice position.

Nov-06-18  saturn2: The knight defends g7. So

38. Qxe6+ Rxe6 39. Rxg7+ Kh8 40. Rf8#

Nov-06-18
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  agb2002: White has the bishop pair and two pawns for a bishop and a knight.

White has four pieces to attack the black king and the knight protects g7. Therefore, 38.Qxe6+ Rxe6 (38... Kh8 39.Bxg7#; 38... Bf7 39.Qxf7+ Kh8 40.Qxg7#) 39.Rxg7+ Kh8 40.Rf8#.

Nov-06-18  Walter Glattke: No perpetual this morning, that tricks me out: 38.Qxe6+ Kh8 39.Bxg7# Tricky is 38.-Bf7 39.Qxf7+ Kh8 40.Bxg7# or 40.Qg7# or even 40.Qf8+ Rxe8 41.Rxf8#. If 38.-Kh8 39-Bxg7# as shown above.No option to 38.Qxe6+ is visible.
Nov-06-18  et1: easier than yesterday
Nov-06-18  Cibator: Someone call the Fraud Squad - this win was M Bezold from the Ledger.
Nov-06-18
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  Mendrys: Drats, I should have realized it was a queen sac. I saw 38. Rxg7+ Nxg7 39. Qf6 and figured white had an easy win which he probably does since the only way to prevent mate is either 39...Qa7 or 39...Qd7 where either way 40. Rxa2 is going to be played.
Nov-06-18  AlicesKnight: Found it fairly quickly. Where else could Black go by this time? 37...Qb3; 38.Rb8 Ra8 - but if white simply exchanges down when possible the extra Ps will tell.
Nov-06-18
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  malt: 38.Q:e6+ R:e6
(38...Kh8 39.B:g7# )
(38...Bf7 39.Q:f7+ Kh8 40.Q:g7# )

39.R:g7+ Kh8 40.Rf8#

Nov-06-18  Cheapo by the Dozen: What <Phony Benoni> said. The longer one looks, the better Qxe6+ gets. E.g., the first thing I saw if Black declines the queen was the continuation Qxa2, with brutal material gain. But immediate mate is even better than that!
Nov-06-18  zb2cr: 38. Qxe6+ removes a key guard piece from g7.

A. 38. ... Rce6; 39. Rxg7+, Kh8; 40. Rf8#.

B. 38. ... Kh8; 39. Bxg7#. I nearly fell for 39. Qxe8?, forgetting the Black Queen over at a4.

C. 38. ... Bf7; 39. Qxf7+, Kh8; 40. Qxg7#. Unless you prefer to be sadistic with 40. Qxa2, when Black can't capture the hanging White Bishop on e5 because of the back rank mate, is facing Bxg7# next move, and is down by R+B+2P.

Nov-06-18
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  Dionysius1: Nice one <Cibator>!
Nov-06-18  ChatGrognon: Got it 😎 Nice Queen sacrifice.
Nov-06-18  rainingpieces: Was looking at the opening and after 10.Ne4 the move 10..d5 looked natural. Checked and computer also likes Black after that
Nov-06-18
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  Penguincw: Today's Tuesday puzzle looks easier than yesterday.

I almost got it. At the very end I would've slipped up with 40.Ra7+. It's playable - at the end of the line white is down the exchange for 2 pawns. Black would also have zero passed pawns.

I think I would've gotten that mate in one, OTB.

Nov-06-18
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  gawain: It feels good to be back in action!

White has so much firepower deployed against the Black King, two of whose major pieces are AWOL. Finding Qxe6+ was only a matter of time.

Nov-07-18  areknames: My visualization was too quick and careless, so I ended up playing 40.Rxg6+ which of course allows 40..Rxe5, however 41.Rf8# is still possible! Easier than Monday.
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