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Alexander Khalifman vs Grigory Serper
"Cease and d6" (game of the day Aug-25-2013)
Sankt Peterburg 62/457 (Khalifman,A) (1994), Sankt Peterburg 62/457 Khalifman,A
Queen's Gambit Declined: Ragozin Defense (D38)  ·  1-0



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  kevin86: A brilliant double rook sac-with twin captures of pawns at b7 and c7. White's threat of 32 ♕c7# can be met by ♖xd6-but it falls to the obvious 33 ♘xd6#
Mar-09-07  JustAFish: I'm so close-minded sometimes. I saw the double rook sac theme, but couldn't make it work with Rxc7 coming first so I gave up. I also considered 28. Rxb7, but didn't follow it up with Rxc7, and, of course, couldn't make it work either. I never even considered reversing the move order so that Rxb7 comes first followed by Rxc7. Gotta' pay attention to that Lev Alburt maxim, "if all else fails, try reversing the move order."
Mar-09-07  Fisheremon: <Gnappo: <unclewalter: what happens if 28. Rxc7?> 28.Rxc7 Kxc7 29.Qxa7 Rb8 30.d6+! Kc6 31.Rd2! Nf6 32.Qa5 Kd7 33.Qxf5+ Kd8 (White has a big advantage, but the combination of the text is forcing)> 31...b6 32.Na5+ Kb5 33.Rd5+ Nc5 34.z4+ Kb4 35.Qxb8 with won endgame (as well as <Marco65: <Gnappo> <mikrobi> Please help me understand: 28.Rxc7 Kxc7 29.Qxa7 Rb8 30.d6+ Rxd6 31.Nxd6 Kxd6 what now?> 31.Rxb7+ Rxb7 32.Qxb7+ Kxb7 33.Nxd6+ <Also: 30...Kc8 31.Qa5 Qd8 and Black is cramped but what's the way to finish him?> 32.Nb6+ Nxb6 33.Qxf5+ Qd7 34.Rc2+ Kd8 35.Qg5+ Rf6 36.Qxf6+ Ke8 37.Rf2 a bit tricky but forced mate.)

<mikrobi: 28.Rxc7 Kxc7 29.Qxa7 Rb8 30.d6+! Kc6 31.Qa5! by fritz 8.> 31.Qa5?, cos' 31...b5 and Black's better (31.Qd4 winning)

Mar-09-07  Fisheremon: 26...Ne5? If played 26...Ne7 instead, how would White continue ?
Mar-09-07  orior: Man, it's really easy to miss that rook on h6.
and yeah, I should have been suspicious, it definitely looks like a tuesday puzzle without that rook there.
Mar-09-07  pggarner: <wolfking: why not 29. Na6+ ? and if 29... Kc8 then 30. Qc6>

Yeah, I was looking at 29.Na5+ (I.m sure that's what you meant) and then 30.Nc6 answering 29....Kc8 or 29...Ka8. Black has to play 30...Rxc6 and after 31.dxc6 White has mate in 2.

Mar-09-07  uuft: Yeeha! I totally found all the right moves. And in the right order, too. Well, kind of. !ahctoG q:
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  fm avari viraf: A beautiful game by the World Champion Khalifman. With 2 Rooks sac. Black's fortress is in shambles & all Black's pieces watch in agony.
Mar-09-07  YouRang: I didn't see it either. Lesson: The queen is a strong piece. It doesn't need much support to deliver mate.
Mar-09-07  Tacticstudent: got it pretty pretty fast. In fact, this is not a "difficult-finding" combination.
Mar-09-07  aazqua: This must be painfully obvious week. Maybe the whole puzzle thing is just too easy in general.
Mar-09-07  OneArmedScissor: I understood the theme of blasting open the black king's position, but I missed the subtle move of the pawn.
Mar-09-07  Larsker: <euripides: Just in case you're wondering how Botvinnik would pay this position> Rubles?
Mar-09-07  Fezzik: Thanks Chessgames, for making difficult puzzles seem easy. This week's theme has been Rxg/b7 sacs, but the nuance this time was the relatively quiet d6.

I think I would have found the solution to today's puzzle even without knowing the theme because of the forcing nature of the attack. Still, Khalifman's gem deserves to be remembered.

Mar-09-07  ALEXIN: Very impressive but note that the black long castle is under heavy pressure. There are 4 pieces attacking and only two defending. Moreover the black queen is a little far from the struggle.
Mar-21-09  WhiteRook48: and Serper once played a tremendous sacrificial game himself
Aug-25-13  NewLine: It's raining rooks, hallelujah!
Aug-25-13  nisarg1: The pun is 'Seek and Destroy', I guess.
Aug-25-13  shivasuri4: <nisarg1>, isn't it "Cease and desist"?
Aug-25-13  nisarg1: my bad, i matched it with the only phrase that came to mind.
Aug-25-13  RandomVisitor: As mentioned earlier, 13...Nc6 is not best, and is the start of the downfall. Better were either:

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Rybka 4.1 x64: <d=19>

0.00 13...0-0 14.Be2 c6 15.Bxg4 Bxd2+ 16.Kxd2 Qa5+ 17.Rc3 Nd7 18.a3 Nb6 19.Bxc8 Nc4+ 20.Kc2 Qa4+ 21.Kc1 Qxd1+ 22.Kxd1 Rfxc8 23.Bf4 Kg7 24.Kc2 b5 25.Kd3 a5

0.00 13...c6 14.Bd3 0-0 15.0-0 f5 16.f3 Qe7 17.Nb3 Bb4 18.fxg4 Qxe3+ 19.Bf2 Qf4 20.Be1 Qe3+ 21.Bf2 Qf4 22.Be1 Qe3+ 23.Bf2 Qf4 24.Be1 Qe3+ 25.Bf2 Qf4 26.Be1 Qe3+

0.00 13...f5 14.Qc2 c6 15.Bd3 0-0 16.Bf4 Qf6 17.h5 Nd7 18.0-0 Bb4 19.Rb1 a5 20.f3 Qg7

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  kevin86: two go.
Nov-17-14  disasterion: Such a beautiful finish.

"Of course it is not complicated, but ... when I discovered the combination, for a long time I couldn’t believe that such a thing could actually happen in a real game." - Khalifman, quoted here:

Dec-05-14  kia0708: beautiful attack on the King
Apr-03-18  cunctatorg: Valery Salov and Alexander Khalifman; I don't think there are nowadays players of such quality, such artists and ideal, extreme lovers of the game!!

Well, to be fair I do believe that that a rainbow of such extreme quality was a by-product of the Fischer-Korchnoi-Karpov-Kasparov era and the establishment in the summit of the Chess Pyramid of such players as the last two K have been!!...

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