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Helen Milligan vs Sharon Wu
NZ Womens Ch (2008), New Zealand
Elephant Gambit: Paulsen Countergambit (C40)  ·  1-0


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Feb-27-18  saturn2: White sacrifices the exchange but wins back the rook immediatly by the pin Rd1.
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  FSR: What those other guys said.
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  patzer2: Black's game takes an early turn for the worse in this Elephant Gambit opening (1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 d4 ?!) with 6...Bf5? allowing 7. dxe4 ± to +- (+1.43 @ 29 ply, Stockfish 8).

Instead, 6...Nc6 7. dxe4 ⩲ to ± (+0.89 @ 30 ply, Stockfish 8) puts up more resistance.

Black's clearly decisive mistake was castling into the combination with 14...0-0-0?, which allows the pinning comnbination 15. Rxd7 Rxd7 16. Rd1 +- (+7.91 @ 29 ply, Stockfish 8) that solves today's Tuesday puzzle.

Instead, 14...Ne5 15. Rhe1 Rd8 ± to +- (+1.73 @ 32 ply, Stockfish 8) was necessary to give Black a fighting chance to fight for the draw.

P.S.: I'd ditch the Elephant Gambit altogether as a well prepared opponent with the White pieces will probably emerge with an early and clear advantage.

Feb-27-18  stst: Either RxN or BxN, but several moves later show RxN should be the way to capitalize on the diagonal pin: 15.RxN RxR (else if Rg8, 16.Rhd1 double R, after RxB, 17.RxR+ will win) 16.Rd1 (making use of the pin) Kd8 (or again if Rg8, 17.BxR+ will win) 17.RxR+ and will win soon too.
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  agb2002: White has the bishop pair for a bishop and a knight.

Black can defend d7 twice but White can attack it three times. Therefore, 15.Rxd7:

A) 15... Rxd7 16.Rd1 Bc5 17.Rxd7 wins a piece (17... Bxf2 18.Rd2+).

B) 15... h5 16.Rc7+ Kb8 17.Rc8#.

Feb-27-18  EIDorado: Having recently re-read the pin chapter by Nimzowitsch, it was easier than Monday.
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  Once: It's one of Morphy's favourite tricks. Exchange sac on a pinned piece then pin it again with the other rook.
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  ajk68: I can't call this a sacrifice. This is merely a combination.
Feb-27-18  AlicesKnight: Positional advantage to White in any event (2Bs, pawn structure), but 15.Rxd7 Rxd7; 16.Rd1 ensure the win of a piece.
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  offramp: 14...0-0-0 was a move which lacked foresight.
Feb-27-18  leRevenant: Elephant & Castle ?
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  malt: 15.R:d7 R:d7 16.Rd1 Bc5 17.R:d7 Rg8 18.Rc7+ Kd8 19.Rc8+ Ke7 20.R:g8

<ChessHigherCat Snarf'm, pin'm and win'm>

Feb-27-18  newzild: <<offramp>: 14...0-0-0 was a move which lacked foresight.>

Black is losing at least a pawn, I think.

She has to play Ne5 either now or on the next move (after 14...Rd8 15. Rhe1+ Ne5), with White playing Rhe1 and capturing twice on e5.

Other knight moves allow 15. Rhe1+ Be7 16. Be6.

Feb-27-18  morfishine: <15.Rxd7> 15...Rxd7 <16.Rd1> & White wins

Black should've asked Milligan for a mullligan


Feb-27-18  Whitehat1963: Easier than yesterday’s.
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  whiteshark: Pin 4 win!
Feb-27-18  Mayankk: Easiest Tuesday for a while.

8. Ng5 was the key move I think, after which Black was always under tremendous pressure. And he succumbed soon.

Feb-27-18  zb2cr: <<Once>: It's one of Morphy's favourite tricks. Exchange sac on a pinned piece then pin it again with the other rook.>

I thought of that, too, especially from the "Opera Box" game. So: 15. Rxd7, Rxd7; 16. Rd1 wins back the sacrificed Rook and White is a piece ahead.

Feb-27-18  Cheapo by the Dozen: I also love Tuesdays!!
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  thegoodanarchist: <FSR: What those other guys said.>

You mean, including this?

<<ChessHigherCat: Snarf'm,>

Feb-27-18  Cheapo by the Dozen: Black's only hope to keep playing was 14 ... Ne5. White can't quite win the pinned knight, but she does have a great position even so.
Feb-27-18  Pasker: Looked like a Boden's mate at first but there is no queen to sac and the bishop is not in position so I settled down with Rxd7 winning a rook. Surprise!! problem solved!
Feb-27-18  FrogC: Rash choice of opening by Black against a stronger player.
Feb-27-18  bamaexpert: Pasker- if only white's rook were on c3 and white-squared bishop on e2, you would have a Boden's mate, minus the Q! btw Rxd7 wins a minor piece, not a rook :) Black is so tied up in this position, my sadistic side might have played Rd3 and then sliding the other rook over.
Feb-27-18  BOSTER: <FSR:What those other guys said>. Sometimes this doesn't work. <Lost in space:15. Rxd7 Kxd7>- this is illegal move.
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