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Irmak Dai vs Monika Motycakova
European Individual Women's Championship (2012), Gaziantep TUR, rd 3, Mar-04
Spanish Game: Schliemann Defense (C63)  ·  0-1


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Nov-11-13  LIzzard: Where it may get a little more interesting is if white plays 21 h3. Didn't have much time to play it out, but I'd like to see if black can still turn things to his or her advantage then.
Nov-11-13  TheaN: Monday 11 November 2013


Ouch, this must have hurt for White. Hunted down over two semi-open files, White finds herself falling for an Anastasia like mate with the knight covering g1 and g3, and his own g-pawn g2. After <22....Rxh2+ 23.Kh2 Rh8# 0-1> it's over, and Black could have even handed over both her bishops. How Wbite could miss the kind of obvious sacrifice on h2 is beyond me after a move like 21....Rh8. Guess pattern recognition did not kick in for White.

Nov-11-13  zb2cr: Quick and simple, 21. ... Rxh2+; 22. Kxh2, Rh8#.
Nov-11-13  LIzzard: Had a quick chance to play it out:
If white makes 21: h3, perhaps:

21: h3 Ng3+
22: fxg3 bxh3
23: gxh3 Rxh3+
24: Kg2 Rxg3
25: Kh2 Rh8#

White may not take h3, but I think this will still benefit black

Nov-11-13  sleepyirv: Common mates- I may forget their names, but I never forget the pattern.

21... Rxh2+
22. Kxh2 Rh8#

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  Oxspawn: I was not sure what day of the week it was until I saw this. Then I knew.
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  playground player: <Esteemed Colleagues> Jimmy Cagney gangster movie pun for this game: <Each Dawn I. Dai>. :)
Nov-11-13  TheTamale: Ha, this took me forever to see. Too many pieces around the White king to distract me!
Nov-11-13  stst: One R not enough, but two will do it:
21...... RxP+
22.KxR Rh8#
(exposed with all neighboring sqaures death pots.)
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  ajk68: <LIzzard>: 23. d4!
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  offramp: Monika is the real Anastasia.
Nov-11-13  Kikoman: 21...Rxh2+ Kxh2 22. Rh8#
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  offramp: <Kikoman: 21...Rxh2+ Kxh2 22. Rh8#> Just soya answer.
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  Penguincw: I almost messed up (first thought 21...Ng3+, but got the puzzle still).
Nov-11-13  MiCrooks: Pure chess blindness or how to lose a won game!!
Nov-11-13  MiCrooks: They played like a bunch of girls ;)!
Nov-11-13  JohnBoy: <Penguincw> - see note above regarding 21...Ng3+. It mates quickly as well. It was my choice as I find it more aesthetically pleasing than the blunt 21...Rh2+.
Nov-11-13  Nullifidian: 21... ♖xh2+ 22. ♔xh2 ♖h8#
Nov-11-13  BishopofBlunder: It appears, to these patzer eyes, that if White plays 21.Nf3 instead of Nb3, he can make a game of it.

I fiddled around with a few variations and, while black can make it rather uncomfortable for white, I can't see a clear win. Anyone else want to give it a try?

Nov-11-13  BishopofBlunder: <playground player: <Esteemed Colleagues> Jimmy Cagney gangster movie pun for this game: <Each Dawn I. Dai>. :)>

Or the epithetical: <You can't have your cakova and eat it too. :)>

Hmm... it was funnier in my head.

Nov-11-13  Patriot: 21...Rxh2+ 22.Kxh2 Rh8# - It's great to see Monday (at least on <CG>).
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  FSR: <BishopofBlunder>: <21.Nf3 Bxf3 22.gxf3 Rh6> preparing ...Rah8 looks crushing, e.g. <23.Re1> [23.Bxb7 Rah8; 23.Kg2 c6 24.Ba2 (24.Re1 Nxc1) d5 25.exd5 Rg8+ 26.Kh1 Rgh8] <23...Rah8 24.Rxe2> (24.Kg2 Rxh2+ 25.Kf1 Rxf2#) <24...Rxh2+ 25.Kg1 Rh1+ 26.Kg2 R8h2#>.
Nov-11-13  BishopofBlunder: <FSR>,

True, it still looks pretty bad, but not as bad as mate in 2, I guess.

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  kevin86: The rook sac followed by mate with the rook from the other coast will do it. A good example of Anestasia's Mate.
Nov-12-13  Elbajacisback: Hi - going back to yesterday's puzzle...anyone know why black did not capture the knight on move 14? E.g. 14...Qxh7. Was it because of a possible draw by repeated check on f6 and h4 I wonder? If so then a brave decision 2 pawns down.
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