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Raffael Altshul vs Rudolf Mueller
SenWM (2008), Bad Zwischenahn GER, rd 3, Oct-30
Indian Game: East Indian Defense (E00)  ·  1-0


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  al wazir: I would have played 26. Qxh5+. delaying the finish by one move. But after 27. Qf7+ the same mate is still there.
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  brosnya: easier than yesterday°¶
Oct-10-18  goldfarbdj: I tried Ne8+ first, with similar continuations if the rook takes. But if the queen takes, too many squares are now guarded. Then I realized that the other knight check doesn't allow queen takes.
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  agb2002: White has a bishop for a knight and a pawn.

White can start a mate attack with 24.Nh5+:

A) 24... Rxh5 25.Qf7+ Kh8 26.Bf6+ Nf7 27.Qxg7#.

B) 24... Kg8 25.Qf7#.

Oct-10-18  Poulsen: Easy - however it's worth noting, that trying to get the same motif with 'the other check' 24.Ne8+ - actually my first thought - fails to 24.-,Qxe8.
Oct-10-18  saturn2: The knight gets out of the place with tempo

24. Nh5+ Rxh5 (Kg8 25.Qf7#) 25. Qf7+ Kh8 26. Bf6+ Ng7 27. Qxg7#

Oct-10-18  Walter Glattke: 24.Ng8 Qf8!
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  patzer2: Mate-in-four, starting with 24. Nh5+!, made for an easy solution to today's Wednesday puzzle.

P.S.: So where did Black go wrong?

According to Stockfish 9, Black's decisive mistake was 11...f6? allowing 12. Nf4! +- (+2.73 @ 29 ply).

Instead, 11...0-0 ±, 11...Nc6 ± or 11...c5 ± would have avoided immediate disaster, and might have given Black drawing chances.

Early in the opening, I prefer the most popular move 3...Bb4 = over the seldom played 3...b6 4. e4 ⩲ to ±. Our Opening Explorer shows Black has had significantly more success with 3...Bb4 = or 3...d5=.

Oct-10-18  saturn2: <24. Ng8 Qf8 25. Bh6+ Rxh6 26. Qg5+ Rg6 27. Rxf8 Rxg5 28. Rxa8>
Oct-10-18  dTal: Really easy today, but I'm not complaining!
Oct-10-18  stacase: White's Knight is in the way. Hmmm what to do?

24.Nh5+ and White Queen squash Black King like bug.

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  malt: 24.Nh5+ R:h5 (24...Kg8 25.Qf7# )
25.Qf7+ Kh8 26.Bf6+ Ng7 27.Q:g7#
Oct-10-18  TheaN: Wednesday 10 October 2018


Woah woah woah are we now throwing Mondays/Tuesdays on a Wednesday? I really can't remember having a #4 combination on a Wednesday: there is usually some sort of escape variation with a material plus, or a deadly blow then.

All of that ain't here after <24.Nh5+> not sure if that even deserves a ! <24....Rxh5 (Kg8 25.Qf7#) 25.Qf7+ Kh8 26.Bf6+ Ng7 27.Qxg7#>. No Wednesday material, imo.

Oct-10-18  TrollKing: Fairly easy for a Wednesday. The Queen\Rook battery on the f-file kind of stood out.
Oct-10-18  Mayankk: With 4 powerful White pieces adjacent to the Black King, all you need to do is to shout check on every move till itís mate.

The two candidate checks here are Ne8+ and Nh5+. Ne8+ unnecessarily brings Black Queen into play (for all you know it may still work given how hapless Black King is) but to keep things simple, we may rather go ahead with Nh5+. The rest plays itself out.

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  Marmot PFL: White is a pawn ahead with a dominant position, out of several ways of ending this the most efficient seems 24 Nh5+ Rxh5 25 Qf7+ Kh8 26 Bf6+.

I would rate this as easy for Wed as black neglected development and made several weakening pawn moves that greatly eased white's task. Thurs tends to be difficult, for me the biggest jump usually seems like Wed-Thurs.

Oct-10-18  TheaN: <Walter Glattke: 24.Ng8 Qf8!; <saturn2 24. Ng8 Qf8 25. Bh6+ Rxh6 26. Qg5+ Rg6 27. Rxf8 Rxg5 28. Rxa8>>

24.Ng8?! Nf4+! (Qf8? 25.Qg4! +-) ± 25.Rxf4 (Qxf4?! Qh3+ ⩲) Qxf5

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  Karne: Easy move.
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