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Neo Zhu vs Alexander Shabalov
44th Eastern Open (2017), Tysons, VA USA, rd 1, Dec-27
Nimzowitsch Defense: Mikenas Variation (B00)  ·  0-1
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Mar-08-18  SpamIAm: Thanks, <thegoodanarchist>. A while ago on an unrelated website I had a sudden inspiration and invented it. How about your name's inspiration?
Mar-08-18
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  Dionysius1: If this should be categorised by cg.com as easy, folks, show me a few other puzzles provided by them, categorised as easy, in which mate comes in 4 moves. At the moment, I agree it should be medium. Claims that this should be marked "easy" aren't just the old fashioned "this was easy for me" showing-off are they?
Mar-08-18  goodevans: <Check It Out: Stupid mobile post and you canít delete and repost.>

Under <Profile>/<Edit Your Preferences> you can disable mobile features. You can then delete and repost then go back an re-enable them.

A bit of a slog but I've posted stuff at times that was so asinine I gave myself no choice!

Mar-08-18
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  morfishine: Bingo, Bango, Bongo

<Check It Out> Use the 'Blow the whistle' option and kindly ask <CG> to delete your post

*****

Mar-08-18
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  kdogphs: Can we expect anything less from Shabalov? Sacrifice a rook? Sure, I'll sac two!

Shabalov-a Ding Dong

Mar-08-18  landshark: 29... Bh3+ mates in every line I can think of.
Mar-08-18  landshark: Just the game continuation is nicer (:
Mar-08-18
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  chrisowen: Lends rg2us gobus vints links to it givebung 28...Rxg2+ dubus overt godus budus mates vints 3 it lowus luvus vowin vimus haves kg2us guffs rf2us flubb kf2us fount qh2us hubus kf1us folds its a 31.Bh3 vests avows duffs evers hucks vints budus mates vints haves lends delicate vints linky vides flips barus brags vamus braus flavs ragus height howus winks vints notus numbs vints croquet quizy jovial it is welly thank it is layer keyus vides withs haves keyus letin wealthy vints heats winks wilys talin wheys laity hewus wails theyve wayus vowus rg2us gobus vints essay vimus haves lends delicate lively iffyus flips pubus braus flavs parus farus vetus blips airus brags vamus flavs ragus garbs binds height howus vides winks notus nutin vints monty numbs mucks vides croquet quizy jovial it is welly thank vints keyus winds to it givebung 28...Rxg2+ dubus overt gourd vides budus mates vints 3 it lowus luvus vowin vimus haves dobus bolds bonds bound dubon bundy rg2us gobin vints godus guffs gongs golds gowns gourd ghost ghoul gumus gobus fogus gongs golds pogos gourd buffs boffs grubs uvsus flung fogus bogus to it evermore 28.Re1 vints klubs ebber budus mates vints 4 it lowus luvus vowin vimus haves to it evermore 28.Ne2 vints klubs egger 1 it lowus luvus vowin vimus haves to it givebuilt 29.Kxg2 Rxf2+ ducks evers fobus about 30.Kxf2 Qxh2+ deous meous hubus its a 31.Kf1 Bh3 vests avows duffs evers hucks budus mates haves nasas nasal vides pound hound wound cosys vints fogus nodus hocus vides umsus cudus eeljar hound achtung hints hours haves lends rg2us gourd;
Mar-08-18
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  thegoodanarchist: <SpamIAm: Thanks, <thegoodanarchist>. A while ago on an unrelated website I had a sudden inspiration and invented it. How about your name's inspiration?>

I created it when George W Bush was president. I was strongly anti-government at the time.

Mar-08-18
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  thegoodanarchist: Anyway, Capablanca said that it is a mistake to use too many pieces to protect the king. This should be done with the minimum number of pieces.

However, he didn't realize that, for some players, he needed to specify that ZERO pieces defending the king is below the minimum number!

After 28.Re1 the last warrior has deserted his king and checkmate is but a few moves away.

Mar-08-18
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  thegoodanarchist: I wonder if the venue was actually "Tysons Corner".

It just says "Tysons", but I am somewhat familiar with VA and don't know of any "Tysons", just "Tysons Corner".

Mar-08-18
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  saffuna: <However, he didn't realize that, for some players, he needed to specify that ZERO pieces defending the king is below the minimum number!>

He's going to learn that when he turns 15.

Mar-08-18
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  Fusilli: Very beautiful puzzle, in that every single black piece is involved.
Mar-08-18  dfcx: <thegoodanarchist: I wonder if the venue was actually "Tysons Corner".>

Yes it was "Tysons Corner". But locals usually just say "Tysons".

http://www.easternopenchess.com/

Mar-08-18  lzromeu: What Hell you are doing mr. Zhu?
Never abandon the king like this.
The pun maybe could be: China wall
Mar-08-18
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  ajk68: <landshark: 29... Bh3+ mates in every line I can think of.>

I went with the same line. Mate-in-5.

Mar-08-18
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  ajk68: 29...Bh3+
30. Kh1 Rxf2
31. Rg1+ Kh8
32. Rg3 Rf1+
33. Rg1 Qg5

Mate follows on next move.

Mar-08-18
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  gawain: White's poor king ends up naked and alone. Except for the e1 rook who is in the way, thus even worse than useless. Sad!
Mar-08-18
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  DarthStapler: I kept trying to make 29...Qg5+ work
Mar-08-18  Cibator: I went with 29. ... Bh3+, simply because the whole tactic (a sac on g2 followed by ... Bh3+) is so standard. Didn't bother to look for more elegant or shorter alternatives.
Mar-08-18  SpamIAm: <Dionysius1>, it is true that "Easy" usually means a two or three-mover. But in the case of this four-mover, all four moves require little calculation. First and second rook sacs have only one alternative, and that would be mate-in-one. The queen move allows for no alternatives, and then the bishop mates. To quote Lubosh Kavalek in a 1976 "Chess Life and Review" article, "the warehouse of furniture on the queenside has nowhere to go". There's not even a spite check available for white. That makes things... easy.
Mar-08-18
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  cormier:


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Analysis by Houdini 4:

<13.Bxh5 gxh5 14.Qxh5 f5> 15.Bh6 Bxh6 + / = (0.68) Depth: 27

...


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Analysis by Houdini 4

<15.Bg5 <Qe8>> 16.Qxe8 Raxe8 17.Rfe1 Ng6 18.exf5 Rxf5 19.Ne4 Nf4 20.Nac3 h6 21.Bh4 Kh7 22.Ra3 Kg6 23.Rb3 Bc8 24.Rb4 Rg8 25.f3 Rf7 26.Rc4 Bf5 27.Bg3 Nh5 28.Bf2 Nf4 29.Be3 + / = (0.70) Depth: 27

.....

<if 15...Rf7>


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Analysis by Houdini 4: d 26 dpa

1. + / - (1.08): 16.c4 Qe8 17.Nc3 f4 18.f3 h6 19.Bh4 Bf8 20.c5 Rg7 21.Qxe8 Rxe8 22.cxd6 Ng6 23.Bf2 Bxd6 24.Nc4 Kf7 25.Nxd6+ cxd6 26.Rfc1 Ne7 27.g3 Rc8 28.Kg2 h5 29.Rc2 Bb5 30.Rac1 Bd3 31.Rd2

2. + / - (1.05): 16.Ra3 Qe8 17.Nc3 f4 18.Rb3 Rb8 19.f3 Rf8 20.Qxe8 Rfxe8 21.Bh4 Kf7 22.Bf2 Nc8 23.Na2 Bf6 24.Nb4 Ne7 25.Nd3 Nc8 26.g3 Rg8 27.Rc3 Bd8 28.Kg2 h5 29.Rh1 Bb5 30.Rd1 c5 31.dxc6

3. + / - (1.05): 16.Nc3 Qe8 17.Ra3 f4 18.Rb3 Rb8 19.f3 Rf8 20.Qxe8 Rfxe8 21.Bh4 Kf7 22.Bf2 Nc8 23.Na2 Bf6 24.Nb4 Ne7 25.Nd3 Nc8 26.g3 Rg8 27.Rc3 Bd8 28.Kg2 h5 29.Rh1 Bb5 30.Rd1 c5 31.dxc6

d 26 dpa

Mar-09-18  ACMEKINGKRUSHER: SHABALOV WINS EASTERN O P E N with a PERFECT Score of 7 WINS! This is ALSO a PERFECT Example of First Round MIS-MATCHES. It would have been a Miracle and we ALL would have heard about it already had NEO, with his mere 1923 Rating, BEATEN Shabalov with his 2544 Rating. What is the Rating Gain for that game for Shabalov? .00001? I see that NEO is now in the 2100's! I sure would have liked to have seen NEO WIN! GO KID!!! The ACME KING KRUSHER!
Mar-09-18
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  perfidious: That 'mere 1923 rating' made White a better than average player already.
Mar-09-18
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  Richard Taylor: <Dionysius1: If this should be categorised by cg.com as easy, folks, show me a few other puzzles provided by them, categorised as easy, in which mate comes in 4 moves. At the moment, I agree it should be medium. Claims that this should be marked "easy" aren't just the old fashioned "this was easy for me" showing-off are they?>

Your point is valid, and important. It is great if someone can see the ideas of such a problem. It is natural of course to feel good that one can solve these things, but it can be upsetting if you miss it.

Nothing in chess is easy. We learn, unless someone is a freak like those prodigies, how to do these combinations with a lot of practice. And what is easy on one day isn't on another.

Kudos to anyone even getting some of the ideas to these moves....But boasting is silly as no one really cares, for example, if I can or cant solve a problem (and a hell of a lot of them have me stumped, I frequently miss what everyone else see or finds "easy"...

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