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Ehsan Ghaem Maghami vs Anatoly Karpov
Mate of the King (Rapid) (2009), Tehran IRI, rd 1, Feb-01
Nimzo-Indian Defense: Panov Attack. Main Line (E54)  ·  0-1


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Feb-02-09  Everett: Still strong in the IQP positions, Karpov is.
Feb-02-09  AuN1: nice game from an aging karpov.
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  sleepyirv: Maghami missed something of a known mating attack (or at least I recognized it!)
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  ToTheDeath: Karpov- champion of active defense and counterattack.
Jun-14-10  zooter: 27...Qxc1+ 28.Bxc1 Rxc1+ and now white is forced to give back the queen with 29.Qd1 as 29.Kg2 h3#

In the end black is up a piece with an easy win

Time to check

Jun-14-10  zooter: white decided to get mated than lose a piece? :)
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  Gregor Samsa Mendel: White could have prevented immediate mate by 29 Qd1, but may have preferred a relatively quick and painless death.
Jun-14-10  zooter: Ok, Black is up 2 pieces (a bishop and rook) and not 1 piece; maybe that's why white decided to end his misery!
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  SpoiltVictorianChild: He'd soon be up the other rook too if white didn't quit.
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  patzer2: For today's Monday puzzle solution, 27...Qxc1+! wins decisive material or mates as in the game continuation.

White could have played 29. Qd1 to prolong the agony by going down a whole Rook, but 29. Kg2 submits to mate and quickly ends the misery for him.

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  dzechiel: Black to move (27...?). Black is up two pawns. "Very Easy."

It looks like black is winning a piece after

27...Qxc1+ 28 Rxc1 Rxc1+ 29 Qd1

Not 29 Kg2 h3#

29...Rxd1+ 30 Kg2

and down two pieces and two pawns, white should throw in the towel.

Time to check and see when this one ended.

Jun-14-10  sightlesswisdom: 27 ...Qxc1+ 28 Bxc1 (28 Kg2 h3#) Rxc1+ 29 Kg2 h3#.
Jun-14-10  tjshann: It's Monday, (yawn)so start with a a Queen pseudo-sac. The h pawn will deliver mate.

Yesterday's zugzwang extravaganza was a helluva lot more interesting.

Jun-14-10  muralman: I worked it out to the end simply enough. It was a sweet line.

Still, the multiple moves seemed to me a Tuesday style puzzle.

I can't see why Maghami kept going after Qxc1.

Jun-14-10  TheBish: E Maghami vs Karpov, 2009

Black to play (27...?) "Very Easy"

Very easy because it's literally the only play on the board!

27...Qxc1+! 28. Bxc1 Rxc1+ 29. Qd1

Or 29. Kg2 h3#.

29...Rxd1+ 30. Kg2 h3+ 31. Kf3 Rc3+ and it's high time for White to resign!

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  gawain: I quite like that. Mate administered by a pawn! Or the queen must be surrendered to open an escape hatch. Lose horribly either way.
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  lost in space: Another bloody Monday

27...Qxc1+ 28. Bxc1 Rxc1+ 29. Kg2
(or 29. Qd1 Rxc1 30. Kg2 h3+ 31. Kf3 and it is time for white to resign)


Jun-14-10  tarek1: Black takes twice on c1 then h3#...
Rc1 was a huge blunder
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  Once: It's that old classic plotline - the flawed escape route from the baddy's lair.

Every evil genius needs a secret base: a hollowed-out volcano, an underwater city, a mountain villa, giant spaceship. He needs somewhere from which to take over the world, practise his evil laugh (obligatory), give orders to his deadly but somehow malformed bodyguard, prove he is truly evil by killing a henchman or two, kidnap the pretty girl, hold our hero hostage, issue his ultimatums (ultimata??) to the world and generally be rather naughty.

But every evil genius is also contractually required to be a teensy bit cowardly. So he has his architects build him an escape route. A hidden passageway, a mini-sub or, for the truly wealthy, a personal monorail. You can't imagine how much I have always wanted one of those.

And in the final reel, our superspy just has to blow up the entire base (usually by pressing a single button or smashing something randomly techie). The baddie escapes via aforementioned escape route. Our hero pursues him, kills him in some suitably cinematic way, gets the girl, everything explodes, semi-smutty joke to end. The world is saved.

You see, evil geniuses have to be flawed. And today, Dr White's big mistake was to play for world domination with 27. Rc1? He thought that the black queen would have to retreat, and that this would give white time to exchange rooks.

Dr White thought he would be safe in his hidden base on g2, with his bodyguard Oddjob standing by on f3.

But our hero Karpov is able to destroy everything in sight with massive explosions and when Dr White tries to run away, 29...h3 seals his doom.

Shaken, not stirred.

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  aidfarh: No way is this the Nimzo-Indian Defense: Panov Attack. It's a Caro-Kann: Panov-Botvinnik Attack.
Jun-14-10  stacase: Good ol' Monday, good ol' Queen sacrifice.
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  whiteshark: Mondays always make me feel of understanding chess.
Jun-14-10  Formula7: Got it. 27...Qxc1+ 28.Bxc1 Rxc1+ and here either 29.Kg2 h3# or 29.Qd1 losing the queen.
Jun-14-10  franksp: Walking into checkmate is a nice way of resigning.
Jun-14-10  scormus: Nice easy start to the week that even I got easily, I wonder if it will continue .... I was away Saturday but I'll look at <Jim's> challenge (.... Bf4)> Not that I think I'll get anywhere with it
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