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Jean-Baptiste Mullon vs Herve Daurelle
Tradewise Gibraltar (2011), Catalan Bay GIB, rd 9, Feb-02
French Defense: Exchange. Monte Carlo Variation (C01)  ·  0-1


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  luzhin: 24...Ne4! is not so hard to find, but the final mating pattern is very pretty.
Feb-11-11  sevenseaman: A smother mate, out in the open!
Apr-11-11  Valmy: 27...Qg1+ would make a nice monday puzzle.
May-23-11  VincentL: "Very Easy".

This is a very familiar mate.

27....Qxg1+ 28. Nxg1/Rxg1 Nf2 mate.

Too easy even for Monday.

May-23-11  sevenseaman: Lol, smother mate after a long time.

27...Q g1+ 0-1.

May-23-11  IRONCASTLEVINAY: takes two seconds to solve. one second to read that its black to play
May-23-11  VincentL: Perhaps black to play at move 25 would have been a better Monday puzzle.

But in general I think CG do a great job with these puzzles.

May-23-11  estrick: Ho-hum. How predictable. A queen sacrifice followed by mate the next move.
May-23-11  zb2cr: Perhaps three seconds to see the variant on the smothered mate here. 27. ... Qg1+, and no matter whether White retakes with Knight or Rook, 28. ... Nf2# delivers mate.

What a comedic final position. White is ahead by Queen and Rook vs. a Pawn--but the two heavy pieces are useless, as are White's minor pieces. Black has only 2 minor pieces, and they are collaborating perfectly to bring about checkmate.

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  lost in space: 27....Qg1+ 28. Rxg1
(28. Nxg1 Nf2#)


I love Mondays

May-23-11  Nullifidian: Simple.

27... ♕g1+ 28. ♖/♘xg1 ♘f2#

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  dzechiel: Black to move (27...?). White has a rook for a pawn. "Very Easy."

A pretty two-mover, staring with the obligatory Monday Queen Sac:

27...Qg1+ 28 Nxg1

Or 28 Rxg1, the result is the same.


It's always fun to effect checkmate when down really serious material (in this case a queen AND a rook).

OK, this is my last post for a few weeks, we leave tomorrow on vacation (see my forum for an itinerary). <scormus> will be filling in during my absence.

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  M.Hassan: "Very Easy" Black to pay 27....?
Black is behind by a Rook for a pawn.

(RorN)xg1 Nf2#

May-23-11  estrick: Can't believe how White, a 2400, could play so poorly.
May-23-11  psmith: Oh Monday, I'm dreaming of Monday...
May-23-11  scormus: <estrick: Can't believe how White, a 2400, could play so poorly.> neither can I, completely outplayed. e.g. as if he thought "I can win easy here with 15 Bxa6" Ooops!

<dzechiel> thanks for the compliment. Too much for me to live up to. Help!

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  patzer2: White's 20. Bb5 overlooks 20...Qe6!, threatening to win the Queen with a discovered attack with check after 21. Bxe8? Bh2+ 22. Kxh2 Qxa6 .

Instead, 20. Nf3 offers some chance of holding the draw.

Earlier 18. Qxc2! Nc2 19. Bb5 would have assured a strong advantage for White.

The final smothered mate to solve the Monday puzzle provides a quick finish to the winning combination began with 20...Qe6!

May-23-11  SamAtoms1980: 27 .... Qg1+ and that was enough to make mutton out of Mullon.
May-23-11  mohannagappan: smothered mate 27. ...Qg1+ 28. Rxg1 or Nxg1 Nf2++
May-23-11  Dyonis: It's a wonderfull combination after 22. ... Rxe3 !
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  morfishine: This is, after-all, a Monday Puzzle, so I don't see where there's any room for complaining. Frankly, I think the game is quite interesting, especially the move-order: Its just thrust/counter-thrust, threaten/parry, right down to the smothered mate.
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  DarthStapler: Got it easily
May-23-11  APatzer: 27 ... Qg1+ followed by ... Nf3+
Game over.
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  OhioChessFan: <patzer> I'm still trying to decipher this:

<Earlier 18. Qxc2! Nc2 19. Bb5 would have assured a strong advantage for White.>

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  OhioChessFan: Okay, you had to have meant 18. Qxa7 Nc2 19. Bb5
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