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Kateryna Alexandrovna Lagno vs Maarten D Etmans
"Hurricane Kateryna" (game of the day Aug-07-2014)
Corus Group C (2004), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 6, Jan-17
Sicilian Defense: Old Sicilian. Open (B32)  ·  1-0



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Jun-19-06  gerpm: I still like Mondays!
Jun-19-06  YouRang: Good Monday puzzle. A nice, basic, overworked piece theme.

It is solved instantly once you notice the key points:

1. White has two mate threats, with g3# and Rd4#.

2. Both mate threats are stopped only by the black queen (pinning the g3 pawn and guarding d4).

3. The black queen can't effectively stop BOTH threats.

Jun-19-06  Castle In The Sky: A perfect Monday puzzle, this requires a little thought, but not too much to burn out the synapses.
Jun-19-06  RookFile: Only took a second.

Sometimes, it's also useful to recognize black's threats. So, first of all, in the diagrammed position before move 60, black is threating mate on g2.

Recognizing this right away helps you to realize white needs to look for checks to solve Monday's puzzle.

Jun-19-06  lopium: I thought of Qc4, which probably wins but in a longer way. Hard monday puzzle for me, or maybe my skills are leaving me.
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  kevin86: I like Monday puzzles:makes us all look like genyuses. The queen is deflected and allows the lethal pawn to advance one solo square.

Black must have been very sporting (allowing this pretty mate to take place over the board) or very dumb (to miss said mate). Of course if the queen declines to capture,the rook mates on g4-so resigning way the only option.

Jun-19-06  chessic eric: oh my goodness i missed it! Played 60.Qc4+...
Jun-19-06  DeepBlade: I dont find resigning the only option...

''Hey look, a bird!''
*snatches ♕ on f7*
''60. ...Qxd4!!''
''Haha sucker, its checkmate 61.g3+''
''Wuahahaha 61. ...Kh5, and I have a winning endgame'' ''Where is my ♕!?''
*searches under chesstable*
''Hehe, Ill grab your scoresheet, this game never happened!'' ''What the hell is going on ?!''
*runs around crazyly*

Jun-19-06  apawnandafool: i couldn't figure out why this was so easy. i had qxg2 checkmate! oh, i said, it's monday. then i double-checked my answer...yep. checkmate alrighty. looked at the answer, and...nope. i got it wrong. completely wrong. it's not even black's move. :(
Jun-19-06  ExcellingCalculation: Pretty easy puzzle....but of course it is Monday
Jun-19-06  Paladin88doug: I also had spent a little bit of time on the Qc4+ line, just like prinsallan, I had gotten to Kg7 and deduced that the queen trade would be the best way to go with that line, but surely we aren't letting Black get off that easy, huh? Too many moves for Monday! The possibilities of g3 kept haunting my soul (lol) so I finally looked and Rd4+ smacked me right in the face! Game over!
Jun-19-06  nateinstein: <apawnandafool> That's pretty funny. I didn't see Qxg2 for black. I think that would be a little too easy even for a Monday :). Tomorrow's puzzle will be white to move and checkmate on f7 with queen.
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  patzer2: Black's overworked Queen cannot simultaneously maintain the pin on g2 and guard d4. So the puzzle solution 60. Rd4+! allows a quick mate.
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  Peligroso Patzer: <jahhaj:

This game is from the time when Kateryna Lahno was a hot prospect. She's stalled a little since then. Hopefully she'll recover her form.>

I see in her biographical summary that Ms. Lahno won the European Women's Championship in 2005. Not too bad a result for a player in a slump.

Jul-03-08  Chess Guevara: <DeepBlade> nice endgame (outside the board)
Oct-30-08  aazqua: Nice finish.
Sep-03-10  notyetagm: Game Collection: Pinning is a full-time job
Aug-16-11  sevenseaman: A sharp Q sac to round off.
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  Once: And for those of us in 2014 trying to understand, the kibitzing, the Monday puzzle back in 2006 was ...

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White to play.

Aug-07-14  outplayer: 24...Rxg2 25.Kxg2 gxf6 leads to equality.
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  Penguincw: Would've been a little better if this pun was released, say 3 weeks from now. Just saying.
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  kevin86: White breaks pin perforce, then mates with the lowly pawn.
Aug-07-14  DanielBryant: <Penguincw> I think it's better that it not be.
Aug-07-14  VanPoolPlayer: I like 24...Rb2
Aug-10-14  DubbleX: wow! Rd4+
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