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NN vs Esteban Canal
Barcelona (1935)
King Pawn Game: Alapin Opening (C20)  ·  0-1

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Mar-09-22  Brenin: 8 ... Bxc2 either wins the Q for B+N, or leads to mate by 9 Rxc2 Nd3.
Mar-09-22  mel gibson: A smothered mate - an easy one today.
It still took me 30 seconds to see it.
Mar-09-22  Granny O Doul: Nabetse, lanac, a canal--Esteban.
Mar-09-22  Granny O Doul: Sorry, that's the best I could do. Just goes to show you how hard it is.
Mar-09-22  TheaN: <8....Bxc2> traps the queen, as 9.Rxc2 Nd3#. <9.Qxc2 Nxc2+ -+> is of course not much better.

This is not Wednesday imo. I've seen this almost exactly like this in Stappenmethode's step 3, which is early-combination training for beginners (about double-ply deep). The biggest problem for this puzzle is the severe lack of alternatives: also why it's a puzzle for step 3. Really Bxc2 is the only combination move to consider, and it works.

Mar-09-22  stacase: Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha! After noticing that White's Queen AND King can't go anywhere, it falls apart. What a great Wednesday puzzle.
Mar-09-22  nalinw: This week is going backwards?
Mar-09-22
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  agb2002: The pawn on c2 prevents Nd3#. Therefore, 8... Bxc2:

A) 9.Rxc2 Nd3#.

B) 9.Qxc2 Nxc2+ 10.Rxc2 Qb6 - + [q+p vs B+N].

C) 9.Ng3 Bxd1 - + [q+p vs B].

Mar-09-22  saturn2: Similar to this monday. Remove the defender pawn c2 (mondsy f7) with the bishop and then the knight ckecks.
Mar-09-22  saturn2: 2..Ne2 7.Bd2 How to hamper yourself.

And also Blacks 2...d5 and 5...Nc6 were far from best.

Mar-09-22
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  scormus: OMG, NN took it with the R. That certainly hastened the end.
Mar-09-22
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  Teyss: Not a safety Alapin.

4...Qa5 is the only game in the database, it's the NN-Buster variation. <Amarande> explains very well how White went wrong.

Mar-09-22
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Mar-09-22
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  chrisowen: Ghee x c2 an
Mar-09-22
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  gawain: Easy for a Wednesday. There are very few candidate moves.
Mar-09-22  AlicesKnight: Not as difficult as some; ... Bxc2 seems to win the Q for two minor pieces, the alternative being a smothered mate on d3. Help-mate?

I still don't like the extra pop-ups appearing on opening the POTD.

Mar-09-22  DrGridlock: <<Calculon: Is Ne2 the losing move or just one in a series of bad moves? It seems to serve no purpose; it costs a tempo to free the King's bishop.>>

2 Ne2 is generally considered superior to 2 Ke2.

The later makes an occasional (!?) appearance in grandmaster games :)

Nakamura vs Xiong, 2020

Mar-09-22  Stanco: Good one
Mar-09-22  landshark: I saw that in an instant.
Nice to have an easy one somewhere in the week!
Mar-09-22  Cheapo by the Dozen: Why is this puzzle so late in the week? :)
Mar-10-22
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  FSR: Hilarious!
May-10-22
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  FSR: A Man, a Plan, a Canal. (Yeah, I know it's been done before.)
May-10-22
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  FSR: Rapport played and drew with 2.Ne2 against Dominguez today.
May-10-22  Granny O Doul: A man, a plan, Estaban, a canal--Anacanabatsenalpanama.
May-10-22
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  FSR: Rapport vs Dominguez Perez, 2022.
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