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M R Sangeetha vs Saheli Dhar-Barua
ch-IND Women (2001), New Delhi IND, rd 3, Jun-04
French Defense: Tarrasch. Closed Variation (C05)  ·  1-0



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Apr-04-07  zb2cr: Rats, put me with the 27. Qg5 crowd.
Apr-04-07  Ashram64: Qg5 for me too
Apr-04-07  outplayer: It is a move that a 2000-rated player should see. I didn't see so I know how much I must improve. There's an excuse for me. Maybe I didn't look at the position for sufficient time.
Apr-04-07  Fisheremon: <tbentley: Interestingly, Rxb7 leads to mate too: 27. Rxb7 h6 28. Qc7 Rg6 29. Bxg6 Kh8 30. Rxg7 Qxg3+ 31. Qxg3 Ra8 32. Rh7+ Kg8 33. Rb8+ Rxb8 34. Qxb8#. I guess it shows how hopeless black is.> 27.Rxb7 wins too, but not a quick mate, cos' in your line 27...h6? A better defense is 27...Be4 28.Be2 Qf5 29.Rxg7+ Kh8 30.Rxh7+ Qxh7 31.Rxh7 Kxh7 32.f4 etc.
Apr-04-07  Rubenus: Like 99%, 1. Qg5 was my solution. I am satisfied although 1. Bf5 is stronger.
Apr-04-07  get Reti: I got caught up in Qd4 also
Apr-04-07  nateinstein: I also found the exchange line Qg5. I think it wins just as well.
Apr-04-07  tbentley: I must have input the position incorrectly without the black bishop, so disregard my earlier post.
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  kevin86: As black was making overatures of mate at g2 and h1,something had to be done quickly. ♗f5 does the trick.

If 27...♕xf5 28 ♕xf5 ♖xf5 29 ♖xg7+ and mate in two.

27...♖xf5 28 ♖xg7+ wins the queen now and the king soonest.

27...♕h5 28 ♖xg7+ ♔h8 29 ♖xh7+ again picks off the queen

27...♕a4 (or b4) 28 ♖xg7+ ♔h8 29 ♖xh7+ ♔g8 30 ♖cg7#

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  ClassZPlaya: <outplayer> Don't be too hard on yourself. I am rated over 2000 and I have to admit that, amazingly, even after seeing Bf5 played on the board it took me a good minute to figure out why it is a winning move!
Apr-04-07  realbrob: I was wondering what happens after 26.Qd4 ? Black can't take the queen because it would be mate (26..Qxd4 27.Rxg7+ Kh8 28.Rxh8+ Kg8 29.Rcg7#) 26..R6f7 27.Qxg4 Bxg4 28.Bxh7+ Kxh7 29.Rxf7 Rxf7 30.Rxf7 and White has entered a winning rook vs bishop endgame. Is this winning too or have I forgotten something?
Apr-04-07  MostlyAverageJoe: <realbrob: I was wondering what happens after 26.Qd4>

Qd4 was the first line I looked at, with the same conclusion as yours: white wins the endgame without much difficulty.

Apr-04-07  Crowaholic: My guess was Re8, forcing the exchange of rooks with Rxe8 Qxe8+ Rf8 and then winning the exchange by Bxh7+ Kxh7 Qxf8.

This should be winning, but admittedly it's nowhere near the devastating Bf5!!. On hindsight, Bf5 is very logical, though. If black captures with the queen, there is the double rook mate Rxg7+ Kh8 Rxh7+ Kg8 Rcg8#. If black captures with the rook, the white queen's line of attack on g7 is opened and again Rxg7+ will quickly mate. If black doesn't capture the bishop, then the queen has to leave the g file, but must now defend h7, i.e. Qh5. But then Rxg7+ Kh8 Rxh7+ and black has to sacrifice the queen for a rook with Qxh7 Bxh7 and again, white is winning easily.

Apr-04-07  TrueBlue: It took me the whole day to find Qg5 and now someone tells me it is not winning!??!? Of course it is. You just need to play Bxh7 and then the exchange is yours.
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  playground player: TrueBlue's Qg5 ought to work. In both this and the given solution, the key is to remove the Black Queen's guardianship of the g file. "One way, or another, we're gonna get ya..."
Apr-04-07  TopaLove: Well, I found 27.Bf5. Besides, I checked 27.Qd4, which is a winning move either.
Apr-04-07  tallinn: The move Be6 in the line Bf5 Qh5 Rxg7+ Kh8 Be6 is another beauty as well. Threatening mate in at least three ways (Qxh5, Qxf6 and Rg8+) and the white queen is untouchable. Sad that it wasn't played. What a bishop!
Apr-04-07  independentthinker: <Murphyman: Took me 2-3 mins. Evaluated using Dan Heisman's approach >

Where does he explain this approach? Is it in any of his books?

Apr-04-07  aazqua: I thought deflecting the queen was clearly the way to go. Finally a good puzzle! A few different options but it's clear that the queen and the rook are trapped to their squares. The bishop move then appears!
Apr-04-07  dungsff: Http://youwillovercomethefearofachi...

I think that Black do not see the "suite", it must think about danger to the king before attacking. Maybe Black lack of time to think about the attack with rooks. It's quite stupid to pin the rook, making it worthless.

Apr-04-07  Chess Classics: A pat on the back to cg. This puzzle made me bust my brain for a while. I eventually missed it. I always like it when they make me think.


Apr-04-07  Tactic101: It's always nice when a puzzle has multiple solutions. Then, the only problem is to find the best solution. I feel that people who saw Qg5 should also get full credit.
Apr-04-07  Timex: This puzzle was hard. I gave up in the end.
Apr-05-07  vibes43: Good puzzle. Took about 10 minutes for me to see it through. But I got it.
Apr-05-07  Cannon Fodder: <LexBenaim: Bernz1973: hmmm... Be2 is a win also 27 ... Bxe2 28 Qxd5 Kh8
Are you sure you have a winning line in mind?>

I was looking at 27 Be2 ...Bxe2 28 Qxe2 in order to get the queen off the g file, but the black queen is not forced to recapture; so my "solution" was not so great.

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