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Emil Sutovsky vs Ilia Smirin
"Emil Fit For A King" (game of the day May-13-2009)
Israeli Championship (2002), Tel Aviv, rd 6, Nov-30
Sicilian Defense: Closed Variation. Traditional (B25)  ·  1-0



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Jun-13-12  sevenseaman: #97077

Fragile! Handle with care

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Aah... and care is all it takes!

White to play & win.

Jun-13-12  Memethecat: At 1st glance I thought simple Mondayesque Q sac : 24.Qxh7+ Kxh7 25.Rh4# but then I saw the Ks 'damn rootin tootin' escape square, still, not to worry, I was on the right track, a few more checks puts the K on g3 then 29.Rf3# & it really is mate this time.
Jun-13-12  poszvald: Sevenseaman #97077:

Nice puzzle but easy either with tempo loss step or letting bandage ineffective:)

1, Kf7 Bf6 (..Bh6 2, Bd5 Bany 3, Bxg7#)
2, Kxf6 Nxe6
3, Kf7+ Ng7
4, Bxg7#

Jun-13-12  sevenseaman: <poszvzld> yes, quite easy. Once you realize the White K, (in check) cannot capture the checking piece(stalemate), there is only one legal move for it. Rest is all forced.

At a casual glance it can rattle many a solver.

Jun-13-12  LoveThatJoker: <sevenseaman> I appreciate the bonus puzzles and the last note you addressed to me.


Jun-13-12  Halldor: Extremely well situated knight on f5 for this operation.
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  kevin86: White chases the king down the board to his death:

24 ♕h7+ ♔xh7 25 ♖h4+ ♔g6 26 ♖h6+ ♔g5 27 h4+ ♔g4 28 ♘e3+ ♔g3 29 ♖f3# kismet

Jun-13-12  LoveThatJoker: I just found this gem by WC Steinitz on Guess-the-Move:

M Hewitt vs Steinitz, 1866

Note the finish as it is similar to this game: a Q-sac, followed by a forced King march culminating in Checkmate!


Jun-13-12  BOSTER: If your king can be taken by force from h8 to g3 and no any piece from your army can protect him, or even to show that somebody would like to, it means that such strategy is wrong.
Jun-13-12  kasputine: The solution is simple and straightforward.

However, 17 ... cxd3 is a very bad move (helping developing the white queen and offering white a tempo), this is very strange and not worth a player with a 2683 rating.

Jun-13-12  David2009: Sutovsky vs Smirin, 2002 White 24?

This puzzle requires accurate calculation:
24.Qxh7+ Kxh7 25.Rh4+ Kg6 26.Rh6+ Kg5 27.h4+ Kg4 28.Ne3+ Kg3 29.Rf3# I think this is all forced. Time to check:
I would never resign OTB in such a position! Instead I would sit at the board frowning in concentration as I let my opponent play out the moves. I would reply slowly and with due deliberation. Once 28.Ne3+ has been played I would stand up with a beaming smile, shake my opponent warmly but silently by the hand with finger on lips, sign the scoresheets, and gesture towards the analysis room (if this luxury exists). Queen sacrifices, like good meals, have to be savoured slowly to be enjoyed to the full.

Here's the puzzle position:

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with a link to Crafty End Game Trainer: On move 6 the all-to-rare message (for me) flashes up: "Checkmate! You win"

A dreadful warning (featured in "The Art of Checkmate" by Georges Renaud and Victor Khan): C Golmayo vs Loyd, 1867 At move 29

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Sam Loyd (Black) announced mate in 7 starting 29...Ra1+ 30.Rxa1 Qg5+ 31.Kb1 Nd2+ 32.Kc1 Nb3+ 33.Kb1 Qc1+ 34.Rxc1 Nd2+ 35.Ka2 Ra8+ 36.Qa4 Rxa4# - and his opponent believed him and resigned.

Jun-13-12  lzromeu: I did it, but I couldn't see all the moves beyond 3 rounds, unless using a board.

In a real game, I will never play that.

Jun-13-12  dzechiel: White to move (24?). Black is up a knight. "Medium/Easy."

I get a sense of déjà vu when looking at this position. White seems to have a mating attack starting with...

24 Qxh7+ Kxh7 25 Rh4+ Kg6 26 Rh6+ Kg5 27 h4+ Kg4 28 Ne3+ Kg3 29 Rf3#

Yup, that's it. All moves by black are forced.

Time to check.

Jun-13-12  k.khalil: For the first time in my life I've managed to calculate this far. The feeling is great. It's a forced variation, but nonetheless the feeling is great, six step ahead and Rf3# beginning with Qxh7+!
Jun-13-12  BOSTER: This is the pos.,where black has two pieces vs two pawns, and what is most important they has the move to play.(move 17).

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The Q. : is black pos. really lost, or white sacr. is bluff.

Jun-13-12  Patriot: Most forcing is 24.Qxh7+ Kxh7 25.Rh4+ Kg6 26.Rh6+ Kg5 27.h4+ Kg4 28.Ne3+ Kg3 29.Rf3#
Jun-13-12  Alex56171: <sevenseaman> Regarding your quiz #67874, I'd appreciate to know what computer program do you use, I mean, the one which said Qg8+ is a good but not the best move? Thank you!
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  scormus: <sevenseaman> Dead right, 2 good ones these last 2 days.

Interesting way for W to play against the Sicilian, more or less ignoring it really. Oddly, the first time I ever tried as B playing the Sicilian, I came undone against almost the same response by W.

Jun-13-12  WhiteRook48: I am pretty sure the winning line is 24 Qxh7+ Kxh7 25 Rh4+ Kg6 25 Rh6+ Kg5 26 h4+ Kg4 27 Ne3+ Kg3 28 Rf3#.
Jun-13-12  stst: QxP+ is the first reaction, but needs to work thru the long sequence of forcing the K to walk along the g file. Yes, the long sequence, works, but is not too beautiful.

One other thought: Rh4 Re8 etc will gain White some material.

24.Rh4 Re8
25.Rxh7+ Kg8
26.Rg7+ Qxg7
27.Nxg7 Kxg7 etc.

Jun-13-12  sevenseaman: <Alex56171> I enjoy the vast hospitality of an innovative and consummate tactical training programme provided by Chess Tempo.

Thanks for asking.

Jun-13-12  sevenseaman: Very nice <scormus>. I'd think to have been on the receiving end of that sequence was still a privilege .

It is a great tactical demonstration and perhaps its only drawback is that it is a tad too well-known now and looks jaded to older hands.

I enjoyed doing it even though I later discovered from an old comment of mine that I had been into the ingenious chess idea quite heavily. In fact I found out that the game was in a collection of mine.

Thanks to a very volatile memory, I am able to enjoy such intriguing situations even when these turn out to be hackneyed to many.

<k.khalil> I think I share your spontaneous delight!

Sep-19-17  LivBlockade: The game A Kazarian vs E Limanovska, 2017 had a nearly identical finish.
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  plang: In the previous round (the 5th) Smirin had won a nice game against Avrukh in the same opening variation with Smirin playing White; surprisingly he repeated the same line in this game except this time with the black pieces. Avrukh had played 12..Nb4; Smirin varied with 12..Na5 in this game. White could have regained his piece with 15 Qe1 but would no longer have had an attack; he preferred to press on in the style of Tal. Black spent 50 minutes on 17..cxd? without solving the defensive problems posed by the attack.

Despite this loss Smirin finished in a tie for first with Avrukh and Gofshtein and won the title via tiebreak.

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  ChessCoachClark: An excerpt from this game was used in Puzzle #745 by GM John Nunn in 1001 Deadly Checkmates.
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