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Rances Valdes vs Sami Laouini
Olympiad (2008), Dresden GER, rd 8, Nov-21
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf Variation (B90)  ·  1-0
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Dec-15-08
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  whiteshark: bingo!
Dec-15-08  costachess: continue, if 33... Ne6, 34.Rxf1 Qxe6 35 Rh7+
Dec-15-08  costachess: sorry, 35.Re6, not h7
Dec-15-08  costachess: but, what about 32...Rf1 33.Re1 Ne6 34 Rf1 g6. , ?
Dec-15-08  eaglewing: <costachess> I think Black is very fine with 32. ... Rf1+ 33.Re1 Nxb3+ 34.axb3 Rxe1+ 35. Qxe1 Rxe7 36. Qc3 b4 37. Qd4 Re4 and the following gxRh6.

Another point:
For Black, I think, giving the exchange to 17. e5 de 18. Qxa8 exNd4 (Ne4 Qb6) would have been interesting and less passive than in the actual game. Or does anybody see an immediate flaw in this line for Black?

Dec-15-08  TheaN: 1/1

-ML-
Anastasia's mate. Do I have to give the position and move order :)?

White's second to last move is bizarre. It seems that the EASY 32....Rf1 33.Re1 Nxe6 wins very easily for Black: why do difficult with Nxb3? Black's Rf1 prevents another Anastasia.

Dec-15-08  withingrace: could be that to day was a little to easy, or i'm just that good, though i doubt the latter of that statement.
Dec-15-08  Aleman: rh7 followed by rh2 mate lol. so easy.
Dec-15-08  realbrob: 2 things I noticed:

1)After 32..Rf1+ 33.Re1 (forced) Rxe1+ 34.Qxe1 (forced) Rxe7 isn't black winning? How can White avoid to lose a piece? Am I missing anything obvious?

2)If Black plays 32..Nxe2 the Anastasia mate works exactly in the same way with 33.Rxh7+ Kxh7 34.Qh3+ etc.

Dec-15-08  Vishy but not Anand: Rxh7 and followed by mate in two
Dec-15-08  YetAnotherAmateur: realbrob: That's a tough one, but it looks like it might be a perpetual check. After your sequence, white must protect against back-rank mate, and therefor has no recourse other than 35. Rxh7+ Kxh7 36. Qh1+ Kg6 (if Qh5 Qxh5#) and the chase is on. However, if white plays it badly then black can run his king over to the queenside, block off the checks, and mate on the back rank.
Dec-15-08  dukesterdog2: Found the solution quickly. I have yet to win a game with this mating pattern, but the daily cg.com puzzles have trained me to recognize the pattern.
Dec-15-08
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  kevin86: White allowed his queen and rook to be forked and then the queen taken. The result:A perfect Anastasia's mate- a mate as pretty as her name.

However,black may have escaped with an earlier 32...Rf1+,but you have to admit,you have to be almost devine to avoid both a rook AND queen than can be taken!

Dec-15-08
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  YouRang: A real knee slapper (for white), and a head slapper (for black).
Dec-15-08  njchess: Pretty simple puzzle even for Monday.

9. Bxf6 followed by Qf3 is a playable alternative to f4, given that there is no bishop on e7. The benefit of this move is that White gains time for his pawn storm because Black cannot play Nd7.

16. g6? followed by e5 seems to be a nifty piece of tactics winning a rook for White, but after 17. ... dxe5 18. Qxa8 exd4 19. Ne2 d3! 20. Rxd3 Qb6 21. Qg2 Bb7 22. f3 Ne5 Black is better. Instead, the text move lets White keep the initiative.

18. ... Qxd6?? is bad, especially since Bxd6 is so obvious. Maybe he had designs on the h4 pawn, though that would only help White.

19. ... Bb7 is an interesting attempt at counterplay. Another alternative is Qxd1+!? followed by Bxe6. With solid play, White should still win but its playable for Black.

21. h5? nearly lets Black back into the game. Better would have been Nxf8. Black's pieces are not coordinated and White has the rook pair vs Black's bishop pair.

Black misses a chance for equality with 27. ... Qe5 and instead plays 27. ... Bxh6?.

The irony is that after 31. ... Nd4, Black has the winning position! But, he completely misses the simple and winning 32. ... Rf1+. Ouch.

Dec-15-08  ZUGZWANG67: I like these easy puzzles. They are a good training for the most difficult ones. That is, if you want to be able to solve the more complex puzzles, you must work out to keep familiarized with paterns.

33.Rxh7+ Kxh7 34.Rh2+ Qh5 35.Rxh5 mate.

Dec-15-08
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  patzer2: For today's easy Monday puzzle solution, it's mate-in-three with 33. Rxh7+!
Dec-15-08  EdwardT: After 32.. rf1 33 re1 Nxe6 and black wins?
Dec-15-08  muralman: Last week was not a good week for me. Nice to have a cut and dry puzzle to start this week.
Dec-15-08  realbrob: <YetAnotherAmateur>

35. Rxh7+ Kxh7 36. Qh1+ Kg6 37.Qg1+ Kh6! and now if 38.Qh1+ Qh5 , or 38.Qc1+ Re3.

Black is up a rook and wins.

Dec-15-08
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  DarthStapler: Got it
Dec-15-08  SamAtoms1980: Bang, zap!
Dec-15-08  vikinx: Incredibly easy puzzle, even for a Monday. Come on, give me harder puzzles.
Dec-15-08  JG27Pyth: 32...Nxe6?? is the worst move I've ever seen between strong players in a game that mattered. If I ever see Laouini I'm going to throw my shoes at him, the dog.
Dec-15-08  fyad reject: i am glad i was able to solve this puzzle

on monday i think it is best to err on the side of easiness. all of the good players have 6 other days of the week to enjoy their hard puzzles, please just let us terrible players have our one day...

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