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Garry Kasparov vs Ljubomir Ljubojevic
SWIFT Blitz (1987) (blitz), Brussels BEL, rd 17, Apr-26
Modern Defense: Queen Pawn Fianchetto (A40)  ·  1-0



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Apr-21-05  lopium: Ah yes! I thought 37.Qe6, but it doesn't win as Qg6.
Apr-21-05  EinZweiDrei: That is a PHENOMENAL solution.
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  jahhaj: Very easy for a Thursday. I didn't get Wednesday or Tuesday, but this took about a minute.

Given the position of the Black king and the White knights, smothered mate had to be the theme. I saw that Qg6 was possible and was looking for a justification when I noticed that the h5 pawn was undefended.

Apr-21-05  Shokwave: Well, I finally missed one. I NEVER considered Qg6. Part of the problem is that there seemed to be so many choices for white that looked promising, like Nxg8 or Nxf7 or Ng6, or even e6 straight away...there was a lot to look at here, and every line got tactically complex fast. Good puzzle, and way tougher than the last several as far as I'm concerned. It is hard to put the queen there! Kaspy is amazing...imagine seeing THAT in a blitz game, sheesh.
Apr-21-05  awfulhangover: I saw it in 30 seconds. Wow, I have Kaspy's strength! :-)
Apr-21-05  zb2cr: Madman99X,

Thanks for the correction...and I never considered 37 ... Qb6 for a defense!

Apr-21-05  zb2cr: <thebeginner>,
In the line you give, had you considered that Black might play 39 ... Kh8 instead of 39 ... Rxf7? Then the play would run like 39 ... Kh8; 40 Qxd8, Rxd8; 41 Rxd8+, Bf8; 42 Rxf8+, Kg7; 43 Rdd8, Qa2 and White has a materiel edge of 2 R + B vs. Q and a strong Queening threat.

I bring this up to urge you to consider all possibilities--which as you can see from my dialogue with Madman99X, I don't always do either.

Apr-21-05  JustAFish: This one took me about 5 minutes, which is very good for me on Thursday puzzles. (I'm a pretty slow thinker.)

After mulling over options like Ng6+, Nxf7+, and e6, I eventually noticed that placing a white Knight safely on g6 would enable a lovely mating pattern with the two knights.

At this point, my slowly chugging train of thought ran thus: <chuuuug... chuuuug> I pondered how to get knight there safely. <chug, chug> Aha! If some piece were taken with the f7 pawn on g6, then I could immediately play Nxg6#! The only piece able to sit on g6 right away was the queen. <chugga-chuga-chugga> Would black have to take it? No. But, happily, Qxh5+ leads to mate on h7. <chugga-chuga-chugga-chugga> Any moves to defend? Nf6 seems a bit problematic as it allows the bishop on g7 to move, thus killing the pretty night mate by giving the king a little air. But Wait! <chugachugachugauachuga...> after the bishop takes on f6, queen moves to h6 and mate in two! Anything other than desprate delaying moves? No... <CHOO-CHOO!>


Apr-21-05  JustAFish: Okay, stupid question:

What's the difference between the Robatsch and the Pirc?

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  Sneaky: <difference between the Robatsch and the Pirc> The only person in the world who understands that is Ray Keene, and frankly I wonder if he's not bluffing.
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  Sneaky: Funny about this problem, if the names where "Blackburne vs NN" I would have solved it in a second, but since it was Kasparov vs Ljubojevic I wasn't even thinking along the proper lines.
Apr-21-05  The beginner: <zb2cr>

Thanks. Nice observation, my thought was that all lines lead to the big exchange on d8. Most of these puzzles are to hard for me. I often see the idea, or have and intuition which move is right, but i have dificulties to win them.

White has and easy win in the final position in your variation though :)

43 Rdd8 .. Qa2
44 Rg8+ ..Nxg8
45 f8Q+ ..Kh8
46 Qh6 mate


45 f8Q+ ..Kg6
46 Rd6 mate

Apr-21-05  YouRang: Funny - I found this not hard at all. Right away, you notice the black K is immobile, so any check (that can't be blocked or captured) is mate.

Next, you notice that the N at e7 is one hop away from delivering check at g6 -- except that the pawn at f7 could capture it.

But it can't capture the N if it's already captured the Q! So put the Q there first, which incidentally threatens mate with Qxh5, etc.

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  kevin86: I looked at the knight check at g6 followed by the queen capture at that square-I never really considered the simple, straight Qg6!!
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  WannaBe: <JustAFish> Pirc is used for e4 and Robatsch is used for d4 (This is my understanding from MCO)
As <Sneaky> said, Mr. Keene will be a much better person to ask. 8-))
Apr-21-05  DP12: This pattern is quite standard even for an old has been lik me it is almost instantaneous. Ng6+ probably also wins, right? 37...fxg6 38.Qxg6 what is the reply for black well honestly I am not sure if 38...Bxe5 Qxh5+ Kg7 Rxd7+ wins. If 38... Qb6 Rd6. If 38... Nf6 39.exf6 Rxf6 40.Qxh5+ Rh6 41.Nf7+ wins the queen. Just random nonsense from a fish. Any other ideas for a defense for black after 37.Ng6+?
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  benveniste: I was pleased to solve this in two minutes, but spent more time looking backwards. 36 ... Bg8 was clearly the fatal blunder, but how did Kh1 trigger it?

The alternative 36 ... Bc2, leads to a won endgame for white, with an extra piece to black's extra unpassed pawn. But Ljubojevic had a fighting chance until he went pawn hunting with 29 ... Qxa2?. In response 30. Nxa6 wins very quickly.

Apr-21-05  brianj: yes, I guessed it!
(although I have bad hobby of hardly not considering at 'real' chessgame)
Apr-21-05  DP12: The maneuver Bg6-c2-g6 did not help Lubo's case. Maybe could have tried Qa4 instead but the position is probably lost also.
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  patzer2: Although Kasparov's 32. Rcd1!? led to a pretty win, he could also have won with 32. Nxg6+!(setting up a decisive discovered check in the line below):

32. Nxg6+! fxg6 33. Rc7 Nxe5 [33... Qb3 34. Kh2 (34. Rxd7? Qxg3 =) 34... Nb6 35. Qe4 Qd3 36. Nf7+ Rxf7 37. Qxd3 Rxd3 38. Rxf7 Rd7 39. Rxd7 Nxd7 40. e6 Nf6 41. Rc1 Kh7 42. Rc7 ] 34. Bxe5 Rxd4 35. Rxg7 .

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  patzer2: Kasparov's clever 37. Qg6! decisively exploits Black's weakened castled position. Black resigns as he has no answer to the threat 38. Qxh5+ with a quick mate to follow:

37. Qg6! Qb6 [37... Nf6 38. exf6 Bxf6 (38... Bh6 39. Qxh6+ Bh7 40. Qxh7#) 39. Qxf6#; 37... Nb8 38. Qxh5+ ;37... Nxe5 38. Qxh5+ ] 38. Rd6 Qe3 39. Qxh5+ Bh6 40. Qxh6+ Bh7 41. Qxh7#

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  patzer2: Although Black's 36...Bg8 allows White a quick win after 37. Qg6!, other 36th move alternatives also lose for Black:

36... Bc2!? 37. Rxc2 Nxe5 38. Qxd8! Rxd8 39. Rxd8+ Qxd8 40. Rc8 ;

36...a6!? 37. e6! fxe6 38. Nxe6 Nf6 39. Nxd8 Ne4 40. Qb8 Bf6 (40... Nxd2 41. Nf7#) 41. Rd7 Qb5 42. R1d5 Nc5 43. Rc7 Ne4 44. Ng6+ Bxg6 45. Nf7+ Kg7 46. Nh6+ Bf7 47. Rxf7+ Kg6 48. Qxf8 .

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  harrylime: Gazza's knights run riot.How he subdues and eventually dominates the black bishop pair with his knights is very impressive,I mean, the black white squared bishop ends up on g8 lol ..and the finish is aesthetically pleasing.

I went for 35.e6 instead of 35.Red1 but looking at the finish Gazza must be right lol

Cool game, because in the early middlegame I thought whites' pieces slightly akwardly placed.

Oct-11-12  LoveThatJoker: Guess-the-Move Final Score:

Kasparov vs Ljubojevic, 1987.
Your score: 75 (par = 59) <Par is now 60>


Sep-18-17  Xeroxx: Qg6!!
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