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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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  scormus: Clean elegant 6-move #, al +s and completely forced. So easy, isnt it? Well, I'm not sure I'd see it OTB and the opening Q-sac cannot be played without seeing the possibility, and seeing it definitely wins.

So what would I play OTB? Well, against a player of my own strength I'd probably play something else. But against a master I'd play Qxh7+ as theyd resign immediately and I wouldnt have to do any more work. OK you say, what if it's not sound? Doesnt matter, if 24 Qxh7+ is wrong I'm going to lose anyway

Jun-13-12  LoveThatJoker: <sevenseaman>

1. Rb8+ Kd7 2. Qd5+ Kc7 3. Rb7+ Kc8 4. Qc6+ Kd8 (4...Rc7 5. Qxc7#) 5. Rb8#


Jun-13-12  TheBish: Sutovsky vs Smirin, 2002

White to play (24.?) "Medium/Easy"

I know I just saw this recently, maybe a few weeks ago (probably on another site). Forced mate in 6, as I recall.

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

Jun-13-12  kasputine: If 23 ... Qf6 instead of 23 ... Rg8
we have the following nice variant:
24 Rh4 Qg6
25 Ne7 Qg7 (if 25 ... Qxc2 then 26 Nf5! wins)

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26 Rf6!!

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26 ... Rb8
27 g3 Re8
28 Rxh7+ Qxh7
29 Rh6 and mate cannot be avoided

Jun-13-12  Eduardo Leon: If everything is forced, then things are really easy:

<24.♕xh7+ ♔xh7 25.♖h4+ ♔g6 26.♖h6+>

The key. Now the black king is confined to the g file, where he will meet his end.

<26...♔g5 27.h4+ ♔g4 28.♘e3+ ♔g3 29.♖f3#>

Jun-13-12  Nullifidian: Mate in 6 with forced moves all down the line (which I like because it simplifies the analysis!).

24. ♕xh7+! and the king begins his fatal march to the bottom of the board.

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

Jun-13-12  gofer: Nice forced mate in 6. Also it wasn't obvious! <24 Qxh7 Kxh7 25 Rh4+ Kg6 26 Rh6+ Kg5 27 h4+ Kg4 28 Ne3+ Kg3 29 Rf3#>
Jun-13-12  sevenseaman: <LoveThatJoker> Perfect!

You know what happened with me. I played Qg8+ as my first move and CT computer says;

'Qg8+ was a good move but the computer does not think it is the best. Keep looking for a better move'. And it returned my Q to c4, its starting place.

It is computer's way of giving you another chance if your move is not too bad but not the best. And I found the solution.

Here's another one I liked. Simple but the timing is important.


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Black on play.

Jun-13-12  LoveThatJoker: <sevenseaman> The fact that ChessTempo gives the player an extra opportunity to find the 'computer move', is what makes it such an excellent site for studying/learning/teaching.

It would be cool if (i.e., Chess Tactics Server) had that feature as well - instead of forcing the player to find the #1 computer move at bullet speed! It sure has helped my game to train on Chess Tactics Server, but it would be nice to have certain of the better ChessTempo features on there as well.

Anyways I like this <#78618> problem. The winning line for Black here is clearly

<1...Nd4! 2. Bc4>

(2. d8=Q Ne2#)

<2...a2! 3. Bxa2>

(3. d8=Q a1=Q#/3...a1=R#)



Jun-13-12  grobmaverick: 24. Qxh7+ Kxh7 25. Rh4+ Kg6 26. Rh6+ Kg5 27. h4+ Kg4

This is as far as I can go without setting up a board.

Any tips on improving this aspect welcomed.

Jun-13-12  poszvald: Nice puzzle, the king will march to line 3 to be doomed:

24, Qxh7+ Kxh7
25, Rh4+ Kf6
26, Rh6+ Kg5
26, h4+ Kg4
27, Ne3+ Kg3
28, Rf3#

Jun-13-12  sevenseaman: <LoveThatJoker> Yes, comprehensive. The line adopted by the computer is;

1... Nd4

2. Bc4 a2
3. d8=Q a1=Q# *

Its good that you have h/l the purpose of 2. Bc4.

About that feature of CT offering ALTS. Till about two days ago I had been working w/o this option. (If you do not have the option, failure rate escalates.)

2 days ago the computer offered me this option with a recommendation and I toggled for ALTS. Its good and interesting.

Jun-13-12  sevenseaman: <scormus> <So what would I play OTB? Well, against a player of my own strength I'd probably play something else. But against a master I'd play Qxh7+ as theyd resign immediately and I wouldnt have to do any more work.>

Gambler, you do hedge your bets. Knowing your chess I have little doubt you would have seen all the 6 moves. (Besides, they are all forcing; once you go that route, no stopping). I too was surprised by the early resignation. I can agree Vishy will see to the end in 5 secs; you and me will perhaps take 50 instead. Goes w/o saying the Q sac can only be played if you see all the way.

Haven't <CG> just excelled the last two days?

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  chrisowen: Sutovskys on netting in spit hog roast c4 lot in calc a mostly it

dressed in f5 wonderful dismantling time on kingside to pry it open

in h6 creak in very precise it her in d3 seals the deal i buy in

rook slide earlier instead of qb6 blac has in got too patch up his queen to create counter chance surely it is wiser finding room for

h8 g8 and i htink-

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  chrisowen: Around nice in f5 quoffing back aim it net in no time like do it

often in good game it I skarper in low jiggle for black in got it

yellow in oose key it hope in has in him bless you for goof re am in

gilly it nose in front it h7 in yeah pawn inh4 pony in e3 up

jurisdiction for heading off in gersatz in couple it her h7 in

decision again par for glib reason course in felled rf3 lower

thinned in crop it tame too favours in champ holding his belt?

Jun-13-12  dufferps: Five checks in a row, each leaving black king with only one option - then a sixth with no options for black: checkmate.

24 Qh7+ Kxh7 (forced)
25 Rh4+ Kg6 (forced)
26 Rh6+ Kg5 (forced)
27 h4+ Kg4 (forced)
28 Ne3+ Kg3 (forced)
29 Rf3#
But I had to play it out to see it;
Sutovsky saw it and sacrificed his queen; Smirin saw it and resigned right off.

Jun-13-12  zb2cr: For once, my board vision was good enough to see a variation this deep, helped along by the fact that it was all forced.
Jun-13-12  LIFE Master AJ: My first instinct was to sack the Queen on h7, but you have to be sure that it works.

I remember one time, it was the last round of a 5-round swiss. I decided to "win big," sacked my Queen ... and came up short. (I had an easy win, as I was a piece ahead.)

Jun-13-12  dragon player: There's a forced mate:

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

Time to check.


Black instantly resigned.


Jun-13-12  SimonWebbsTiger: Gosh darn it, Please stop posting famous and well known finishes. ;o)

Qxh7 of course. Good job to those who, unlike me, have never seen this finish before and found it.

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.


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