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Pascal Charbonneau vs Hussein Ali Hussein Al-Ali
Olympiad (2008), Dresden GER, rd 6, Nov-19
French Defense: Rubinstein Variation. Blackburne Defense (C10)  ·  0-1


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Nov-19-08  Illogic: Charbonneau misses the simple two-mover Qa5(check)-Qf5 and he has nothing for the piece.

Pascal also had a game at Foxwoods Open this year where he was dead lost after 13 moves. Bone up on those openings ;)

Nov-21-08  Eban: Embarrassing.
Nov-25-08  notyetagm: How to stop the intended 14 ♕h5-h7# ?

13 ... ?

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13 ... ♕d8-a5+! Δ ... ♕a5-f5 0-1

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<Illogic: Charbonneau misses the simple two-mover Qa5(check)-Qf5 and he has nothing for the piece.>

Nov-25-08  notyetagm: <Illogic: Charbonneau misses the simple two-mover Qa5(check)-Qf5 and he has nothing for the piece.

Pascal also had a game at Foxwoods Open this year where he was dead lost after 13 moves. Bone up on those openings ;)>

And just think, 11 ♗d3xh7+?? was played by the same guy who beat Anand in the last Olympiad: P Charbonneau vs Anand, 2006.

Damn, chess is a *hard* game.

Nov-25-08  notyetagm: P Charbonneau vs H A Hussein, 2008

11 ?

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<The question facing White is this: is the Greek Gift sacrifice (Bxh7+) working? Two cases where it almost never does is when Black can play ...Nf6 or ...Bf5, but when those moves are unavailable White's prospects are generally quite favorable. But here?>

11 ♗d3xh7+??

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Premium Chessgames Member Today's puzzle is a "spoiler" -- any sensible move other than 11.Bxh7+ should be regarded as correct.
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  benjinathan: Groan...
Dec-17-08  zb2cr: Well, I fell for it ... I was suckered by the prospect of 11. Bxh7+, the "classic Bishop sacrifice" according to Vladimir Vukovic's book <The Art of Attack In Chess>.

Better luck next time.

Dec-17-08  Manic: OK I admit it I got sucked in too.
Dec-17-08  goldfarbdj: I guessed it was a spoiler puzzle because the bishop sac was so obvious -- usually a Wednesday puzzle is harder to find than that. But I didn't discover Black's defense.
Dec-17-08  patzer of patzers: the "White to move and lose" confused me...*shrug* but I'd've picked Bxh7 anyway, I don't feel like thinking very hard today
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  PhilFeeley: I knew the next move that Charbonneau made because I watched the game live during the Olympiad. A sad end for our Canadian champion.
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  dzechiel: White to move (11?). Black is a pawn up. "Medium/Easy."

At first glance this looks like the standard bishop sacrifice on h7 followed by the knight and the queen. Let's give it a try and see if this actually works.

11 Bxh7+ Kxh7

Not accepting the sacrifice gets messy, but I don't think it helps black, eg: 11...Kh8 12 Bd3 (with the threat of 13 Qh5+ and 14 Qh7#) 12...g6 13 h5 (threatening 14 hxg6+) 13...g5 14 Qe4 and it's all over but the shouting.

12 Ng5+

Ouch. What is black to do? His candidates are

- 12...Kh8
- 12...Kh6
- 12...Kg8
- 12...Kg6
- 12...Bxg5

None of these are pleasant. For instance

12...Kh8 13 Qh5+ Kg8 14 Qh7#


12...Kh6 13 Nxf7+ Kg6 14 Nxd8


12...Kg8 13 Qh5 Bxg5 14 hxg5 f6 15 g6 with mate next.


12...Kg6 13 Qe4+ Kh5 14 Qh7+ Kg4 15 Nh2+ Kxf4 16 Qe4#


12...Bxg5 13 hxg5+ Kg8 (13...Kg6 14 Qe4#) 14 Qh4 f6 15 g6 with mate next (a transposition of moves from the line above).

Yup, I think that's everything. Time to check.


OK, I admit I fell for this. As I was first working on the position a small voice in the back of my head was whispering "This is too easy, perhaps it's a spoiler." But I dismissed the voice after I worked out all the above variations, and didn't even look for black's zwischenzug. Shame on me. <sigh>

Dec-17-08  zooter: No way is this easy...

I saw 11.Bxh7+ Kxh7 12.Ng5 with severe losses for black while 11...Kh8 seems safe,

but looks like i'm wrong today :(

Dec-17-08  homersheineken: Wow,
Hook line and sinker :(
Good one CG
Dec-17-08  MiCrooks: I too did not look too deeply into this thinking it must be classic bishop sacrifice, and was even thinking hmmm here is one of those exceptions where having h4 in the mix actually works?! (yes I too have read my Vukovic) And it does work if Black would just oblige by taking the knight!! How ingratious :)
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  RandomVisitor: Perhaps After 9...c5

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best is 10.c3 with a white advantage.

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  White Star: what does Black do after 14) Be2 Qf5 15) Bb4 ..which threatens to pick up the R and maybe a draw?
Dec-17-08  moteutsch: I must admit that I fell for it too...

I guess the real solution is:

1. O-O-O

Which seems to win back the pawn at least..

Dec-17-08  whitebeach: whitebeach: 11. Bh7+ just didn't look right for a Medium/Easy. Then after 13 . . . Qa5+ what? Maybe 14. Kf1 Qf5 15. Be6, but where's the win? Finally I just asked myself what I'd play over the board, and that was easy: 11. 0-0-0, with what I consider to be an overwhelming position no matter how black answers.
Dec-17-08  patzer of patzers: <dzechiel> your line 12. Ng5+ Bxg5 13.hxg5+ Kg6 14.Qe4# is not mate: 14...f5
Dec-17-08  patzer of patzers: <dzechiel> your line 12.♘g5+ ♔g6 13.♕e4+ ♔h5 14.♕h7+ ♔g4 15.♘h2+ ♔xf4 16.♕e4# is not possible since 15.Nh2+ is illegal.
Dec-17-08  sfm: Ah! The old combi we have played so many times.
Ever since I 35 years ago read the comment in the Marshall-Burn "pipe-game", after 10.h4: "Made him think on that one. And he still didn't have the pipe going. The threat is Bxh7+, Kxh7; Ng5+, known as the Pillsbury Attack."

So I jumped right into the trap after one second of thinking.

Sneaky You can't trust anyone these days.

Dec-17-08  TheBish: This is a standard sac on h7: 11. Bxh7+! Kxh7 (or Kh8 12. Bd3, and White's attack continues a pawn up) 12. Ng5+ Bxg5 (if Kg8 13. Qh5 Re8 14. Qh7+ Kf8 15. Bd6+ and 16. Qh8#; or 13...Bxg5 14. hxg5 f5 15. g6 followed by mate on h8; if instead 12...Kh6 13. Nxf7+ wins the queen, or 12...Kg6 13. Qe4+ Kh4 14. Qh7+ Kg4 15. f3+ Kxf4 16. Qe4+ Kg3 17. Qg4#) 13. hxg5+ Kg6 (Kg8 transposes to a previous variation) 14. Qh5+ Kf5 15. Rh4 e5 (else 16. g6+) 16. Qg4+ Kg6 17. Rh6+! wins the queen and/or mates shortly: 17...gxh6 18. gxh6+ and now: a) 17...Kh7 19. Qg7# or b) 17...Kf6 18. Bg5+ Kg6 19. Bxd8+ Kxh6 20. Qg5+ Kh7 21. 0-0-0 followed soon by Rh1#.
Dec-17-08  TheBish: Wow! I had everything worked out except the game continuation! Good one. I would hope I would see such an easy defense in a game, but not knowing there was such a thing as a spoiler here, I developed a big blind spot!
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