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Victor Markovich Mikhalevski vs Robert Gardner
Edmonton International (2012), Edmonton - Canada, rd 6, Jun-30
Catalan Opening: Open Defense (E04)  ·  1-0
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Aug-20-12  Marmot PFL: I've seen Mr. Gardner at Canadian events where he usually plays very well so this game is a surprise.
Aug-20-12  Marmot PFL: Of course the whole variation with 7...b5 looks suspicious. 7...Nc6 seems much more prudent.
Aug-20-12  gars: <Once>: I choose 18) Qd8+ Rxd8 19) Rxd8# simply because I did not see anything else. But I agree with you about the "fan boy" phenomenon and here goes my contribuition to that:

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Aug-20-12
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  gawain: 18 Qe7+ Rxe7
19 Rd8#

Simple and elegant.

Aug-20-12  msmith5: I think Black would have been wiser to exchange dark squared bishops on move 6, castle, and finish his development.

Making 3 queenside flank moves when your king is still in the center and only two pieces have moved off the back rank doesn't make sense, and invites trouble.

Aug-20-12  waustad: The rook is in the way of a smother, so make him move the rook.

Yup.

Aug-20-12  Crowaholic: Qe7+ or Qd8+? I'd say the move doesn't matter as long as it has the orthodoxy's approval.
Aug-20-12
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  chrisowen: Oy oy captain c6 to the rescue d8+ or e7+ mind you both can work to whites advantage so it's just a matter of preference.
Aug-20-12
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  kevin86: I saw,Qd8+ did I get it wrong,or did the player? lol
Aug-20-12
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  chrisowen: Expecting joey e7 to deliver rook in dreading d8 roost it he in just again knight castle in d7 after e7 Id elephant ring rook it d8 in back to finish cake.
Aug-20-12  nirvanapirate: 18. Qd8+!! KxQ (forced) 19. Rxd8!# 1/1
Aug-20-12
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  Once: <JohnBoy: A more difficult puzzle is to figure out what black's last move was.>

I love retrograde analysis. It's a shame that I know the answer already, but this is how you might have deduced it from the position:


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Find black's previous move...

1. The Rd7 can't have been on the d file. If it had been, black would have played Rxd1+ followed by Qxf6. So we can rule out pawn moves and suchlike.

2. Therefore that rook must have been somewhere on the seventh rank - a7, b7, c7 or e7.

3. White was content to leave his queen en prise - and black didn't take it - which means that there must be a mate threat in the position.

4. So the only place that the black rook can be is on e7 ...


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because 17...Qxf6 allows 18. Rd8#

Aug-20-12  alphee: The retrograde analysis is great! The puzzle was like a 'given put'...
Aug-20-12
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  bharat123: I feel 18.Qd8 is easier to see and looks cool over 18.Qe7
Aug-20-12  Abulherar: Monday Puzzle:Very Easy
White to play:18.?
1st solution is:18.Qe7+ Rxe7 19.Rd8#
2nd solution is:18.Qd8+ Rxd8 19.Rxd8#
Aug-20-12  KingsMartyr: 18.Qd8+
Aug-20-12
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  Phony Benoni: 18.Qe7+ is definitely superior, since the queen only has to move one square instead of two. Besides, physically removing Black's rook from the board is just too tiring. Laziness is next to Godliness.

Besides, 18.Qe7+ is what I saw first.

Aug-20-12  Patriot: 18.Qe7+ Rxe7 19.Rd8#
Aug-20-12  Crispy Seagull: Super simple mate in two:

Qe7+ Rxe7 [forced]
Rd8#

Mondays make me feel good.

Aug-20-12  Nullifidian: 18. ♕e7+ ♖xe7▢ 19. ♖d8#
Aug-20-12  Alex56171: I prefer 18. Qe7 +. It's more cinematic. It's a jab followed by a left cross which knocks the black king out.
Aug-20-12  DonMac: Rob Gardner is a very solid long time Master. Although this game was a disaster for him, his tournament result was outstanding, as he scored an IM norm in this tournament. Chess is a humbling game.
Aug-20-12  ferrabraz: I saw Qd8 first, but I have to admit that Qe7 is more economical (and, yes, lazy!).
Aug-20-12  1stboard: Black should have played 6 bxd2 , white plays Qxd2 black then plays 7 O-O and does not have the fate that befell him ...
Aug-20-12  PinnedPiece: For a change of pace, I immediately clicked today's puzzle without looking at the position for this reason:

There is a slick move somewhere, AND I WANT TO SEE IT WITHOUT BEING PROMPTED!

This is a bit more of a challenge for Monday's i have discovered. I made different moves at 17: Bc6+

And on 18:Qd8+

Don't know if this was complete success for me. Maybe.

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