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Lars Bo Hansen vs Jan Timman
Olympiad (1994), Moscow RUS, rd 13, Dec-14
Nimzo-Indian Defense: Classical. Noa Variation (E34)  ·  1-0

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Dec-11-07  Tacticstudent: A nice Puzzle.
Dec-11-07  zb2cr: Found this one quickly. My thinking process pretty well paralleled that of <dzechiel> and <zooter>.
Dec-11-07
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  johnlspouge: 34. Re8 Rxe8 35. Qd6 Re7 36. Qd8 Rd8 37. Qxd8#

Very pretty. Surprisingly, I felt more comfortable with today's solution than yesterday's. A fast mate always feels right early in the week!

WhiteShark, by the way, thanks for the Louis Armstrong clip on your bio. One of my friends is a fan, and he loved it.

I will put up a bio by the end of the week (although it feels a little like writing my own obit).

Dec-11-07  spacecube: After 34. Re8 there is forced mate

34... Rxe8 (Only move). 35. Qd6+ Re7 36. Qd8+ Re8 37. Nd7+ Kg8 38. Qxe8 mate.

Note that 34. Qxg7+ would be an haronious move, after 34... Kxg7!

Dec-11-07  MaxxLange: <spacecube> 37. Qxe8# is the move. Your line is not mate: 37. Nd7+?? Kg8 38. Qxe8+ Kh7
Dec-11-07  Sydro: I feel a little good for seeing the solution to the checkmate.
Dec-11-07  TheEnterprise: I got it! 2/2 this week. : )
Dec-11-07  YouRang: Got it pretty quick.

It seemed pretty evident that:
1. The action was at e8
2. We want to bring our queen in at d6.
3. Our rook is blocking our queen.

With the rook blocking the queen, a clearance sac was called for: 34. Re8! achieves our objective by (1) vacating e5 to open the queen's path to d6 and (2) forcing 34...Rxe8 which causes the black rook to abandon its defense of the d-file.

This permits the 35. Qd6+ and mate in 2 (35...Re7 36. Qd8+ Re8 37. Qxe8#).

Beautiful how the knight sits there unguarded on f6 and makes the attack at e8 possible while also blocking off the king's escape at g8.

Dec-11-07
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  kevin86: White has a forced mate in four moves:

34 ♖e8+ ♖xe8 35 ♕d6+ ♖e7 36 ♕d8+ ♖e8 37 ♕xe8#. It is 100% forced and the quickest way to win.

"Why be cute when you can be effective and win?"-Bill Belichick (not really,but certainly he COULD say it)

Dec-11-07  alphee: This one looked easy: 34. ♖e8+ ♖xe8 35. ♕d6+ ♖e7 36. ♕d8+ ♖e8 37. ♕xe8# Too easy, so I tried something with 34. ♘h7+ ♔g8 35. ♘f6+ .... but it didn't bring anything more.
Dec-11-07  twin phoenix: Found R-e8 and laughed out loud because it was so unexpected. really it was a quite pretty move that must have come as an awful shock to GM Timman. i play moves which are just as surprising to my opponents but alas they are almost always bad!!
Dec-11-07  alphee: As part of the 33.... ♔h8 exercise 35.... ♘f5 seems to leave black alive, as well as 35. ... ♘e6 36. ♕b8 ♕d1 37. ♘f6+ ♕d8 38.♕xd8+ ♘xd8 but there might be other options.
Dec-11-07  DukeAlba: Ah, yes.... yet another puzzle in which Jan Timman is the victim. Leave Timman Alone!
Dec-11-07  DukeAlba: <alphee> I like your avatar. I'm a huge fan of Salvador Dali. I went to the Dali museum in St. Petersburg in Tampa this summer and it was very, very, interesting.
Dec-11-07
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  patzer2: For today's puzzle solution, it's mate-in-four after 34. Re8+!
Dec-11-07  TheaN: 2/2

A rare moment in which I've seen the solution in <1 second, because I immediately looked at and verified the possibility of a mating technique at e8 without spotting the Queen at all: the mate itself was easy followup with.

34.Re8+ Kxe8 35.Qd6+ Re7 36.Qd8+ Re8 37.Qxe8#.

Dec-11-07
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  whiteshark: Yes, it (34.Re8+ Kxe8 35.Qd6+ Re7 36.Qd8+ Re8 37.Qxe8#) was easy to spot as ♔f8 is immobile (stalemate) and ♕g3 will approach with check on d6...

Dec-11-07  Mendrys: <DuaneTiemann: Why would black leave the c pawn hanging at 10? Why wouldn't white just take it?>

After 10. Qxc7 he leaves his own pawn hanging on d4. 10....Qxd4 and now black has the initiative.

Dec-11-07  GannonKnight: Got it ... That was easy.
Dec-11-07  The Sicilian Dragon: ZZZZZZZZZ, yawn, what problem?
Dec-11-07  MaxxLange: everyone starts somewhere...seeing a mate in 4 is a big deal for a beginning player
Dec-11-07  MaxxLange: Timman, of course, was no beginner....hard to believe he lost this way
Dec-12-07  goldfarbdj: <Mendrys: <DuaneTiemann: Why would black leave the c pawn hanging at 10? Why wouldn't white just take it?> After 10. Qxc7 he leaves his own pawn hanging on d4. 10....Qxd4 and now black has the initiative.>

I think DuaneTiemann is asking about 10. ... ♗f5, which seems to allow 11. ♕xc7.

The answer is this: Neglecting development to grab a pawn during the opening rarely turns out well. White wastes a tempo, and will have to waste more time retreating the queen; black will use this time to build up his position and get an attack that will more than compensate for the pawn.

Here's one possible line: 11. ♕xc7 ♘c6 12. ♕f4 (♕xb7 ♖ab8 is worse) ♖fe8 13. ♘f3 ♖e4 14. ♕g3 ♘xd4 when black has regained the pawn and has a big advantage; white is behind in development and has an unsafe king.

Oct-16-10  sevenseaman: Instructive and easy to follow for beginners as it brings satisfaction of puzzle solving achievement, to boot.
Sep-24-15  The Kings Domain: Nice last move.
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