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Gorik Cools vs Leo Boeye
Brasschaat op (2009), Brasschaat BEL, rd 8, Aug-22
Uncommon King's Pawn Opening (B00)  ·  1-0


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Nov-30-16  saturn2: Qh7 should work. Easy
Nov-30-16  weary willy: Wednesday?
Nov-30-16  dfcx: Looks like an easy king chase.

26.Qh7+ Kxf6 27.Rhf1+ Nf3 28.Rxf3+ Ke5 29.Re3+ (Qh8+ also works, but slower) Kf6 30.Rf1#

Nov-30-16  stacase: A whole lot easier than Monday or Tuesday's offering.
Nov-30-16  mertangili: I think after 29 Re3+ black can postpone the inevitable mate for a couple of moves by 29...Kf4. So 29. Qxg6 seems faster as there is no way to aviod 30. Qf5# next move.
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  agb2002: White has a bishop, a knight and a pawn for the bishop pair.

Black threatens Bxh6, Bxe2 and Kxf6.

White can extract the black king with 26.Qh7+ Kxf6 (26... Bg7 27.Qxg7#) 27.Rhf1+ Nf3 28.Rxf3+ Ke5 29.Qh8+ Ke4 (29... Bg7 just delays mate one move) 30.Ng5#.

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  YouRang: Wednesday 26.?

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Basically, this puzzle is "solved" by playing the most obvious moves. Here, with our queen and LSB under attack, what else but <26.Qh7+>, which practically forces <26...Kxf6>.

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Now what's better than bringing a heavy piece into the attack on the open f-file with check? <27.Rhf1+> (preferable to Rdf1+ since the Rd1 rook serves to guard Pd5). Now we can force <27...Nf3 28.Rxf3+ Ke5>

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By now, it's pretty clear that black is in heaps of trouble. I found <29.Qh8+ Ke4 30.Ng5#>,

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...but there are plenty of ways to finish it off.

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  patzer2: The solution 26.Qh7+ Kxf6 27.Rhf1+ to today's Wednesday puzzle can be played on a positional basis.

The winning follow-up after the forced 27...Nf3 is mate-in-three with 28. Rxf3+ Ke5 29. Re3+ Kf6 30. Rf1#.

P.S.: After the ugly 2...Nh6?! there's not much to say in terms of improving Black's play, except perhaps to suggest 16...Nd7 17. f5 is better than losing a piece after 16...Nc6? 17. dxc6 (slightly stronger than the game continuation 17. f4 ).

Nov-30-16  WorstPlayerEver: Boeye!
Nov-30-16  AlicesKnight: The break-in 26.Qh7+ drives out the K allowing Rf1+ and mate to follow. Black had the chance to remove the wishbone N from his throat at move 15 and after but did not.
Nov-30-16  Cheapo by the Dozen: Tuesday level of ease. The most obvious moves work. What's more, as soon as it's clear that Black has to return the piece, it's obvious this is the correct sequence even if you somehow have miscalculated the mate.
Nov-30-16  scormus: I agree wth others who remarked on te level. The hardest part of this puzzle was to realise how easy it was, I was expecting to find obstacles that weren't there.

For interest I tried to hunt down the BK after the alternative 27 g5+, expecting it would be almost as easy as after 27 Rf1+, but B keeps finding a way to delay the execution. Try it if you want to test your problem solving skills.

BTW, I needed some engine help

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  gofer: The first check is simple to find and so is the reply as it is forced.

<26 Qh7+ Kxf6>

But what next?! Immediately I looked at g5+, which goes nowhere, because it separates the queen from being able to attack the king!

<27 Rhf1+ ...>

Much better! Much more forcing, we immediately recover our lost knight and keep the checks coming!

<27 ... Nf3>
<28 Rxf3+ Ke5>
<29 Qh8+! ...>

We get our queen back in the action and keep the checks coming thick and fast!

29 ... Ke4
30 Ng5#

<29 ... Bg7>
<30 Qxg7+ Ke4>
<31 Ng5#>


To those saying this is too easy. It is only <Wednesday>! The hard stuff can wait a day or two...

Nov-30-16  leRevenant: 1/1 today - yay
boooo to the killjoys
Nov-30-16  mel gibson: Wow - so easy - I saw it in 2 seconds & then spent 10 seconds to make sure.
Nov-30-16  morfishine: My visualization is really poor lately: I thought both White Knights were hanging
Nov-30-16  R4f43l L3 M4550n: I agree, this is very easy for Wednesday! Besides, I did not like the opening for black...
Nov-30-16  zb2cr: The first few moves are simple and forced. 26. Qh7+, Kxf6 (... Bg7??; Qxg7#); 27. Rhf1+, Nf3; 28. Rxf3+, Ke5.

Now, how to finish the King hunt? Probably 29. Qh8+, Ke4; 30. Ng5# is simplest to see.

Nov-30-16  FrogC: Took me a surprisingly long time. It just doesn't look like a puzzle move.
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  beenthere240: Smooth opening - why didn't we see 1...Nh6 in the WC?
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  YouRang: <scormus><The hardest part of this puzzle was to realise how easy it was>

Well put.

Nov-30-16  Helloween: I saw this through but naturally went a move extra with 30.Rd4+ cxd4 31.Qxd4#
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  kevin86: Thek night sac chases the king out to doom 9on the north side.
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