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Alexander Morozevich vs Victor Bologan
"Bologan Sandwich" (game of the day May-28-2008)
Russia Team Championship (2004), Sochi RUS, rd 2, Apr-21
Caro-Kann Defense: Maroczy Variation (B12)  ·  1-0



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Jun-27-12  pericles of athens: <Beancounter> I agree! Can't explain how,

but found it very very quickly.

Jun-27-12  Eyal: <I think this puzzle could've even started at "White to Move 26. ?">

Or even move 24, which is where the forcing combination that wins this game begins (though that, of course, would be a puzzle for a different day):

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<24.Rxd4!! Qxh1+ 25.Ka2 Qxh3>

25...Rxd4 26.Bxe6+ Kh8 27.Qxd4 with a mating attack, e.g. 27...Nf5 28.Bxf5 Qb7 29.hxg7+ Qxg7 30.Be5.

<26.Rxd8 gxh6>

The main alternative, defending against the mate threat on g7, is 26...Nf5 - and now White can win "simply" by 27.Rxf8+ Kxf8 28.hxg7+ Nxg7 (28...Kg8 29.Qf6 Nxg7 leads to the same thing) 29.Qf6+ Kg8 30.Be5 Ne8 31.Qh8+ Kf7 32.g6+! Kxg6 33.Qxe8+ Kf5 34.Qxb5;

or more spectacularly with 27.Qe5 Qh5 (27...Rxd8 28.Qxe6+ Kh8/f8 29.hxg7+ Kxg7 [29...Nxg7 30.Qxh3] 30.Qf6+ Kg8 31.Qxd8+ Kf7 32.Qd7+ Kf8 33.Bd6+ and Black has either to give up the queen with 33...Nxd6, or to allow mate: 33..Kg8 34.Qe8+ Kg7 35.Be5#) 28.Qxe6+ Qf7 29.Qxf7+ Kxf7 30.g6+!! and Black has to lose at least a rook with 30...Kxg6, since after 30...hxg6 31.Rxf8+ Kxf8 32.h7 he can't stop the h-pawn from queening.

<27.gxh6 Qg4 28.Qh8+!!>

Jun-27-12  kevin86: This one is easy:

1. give up the queen at h8
2. Take the rook at f8
3 Move bishop to e5 and capture the queen with pawn at g7:

28 ♕h8+ ♔xh8 29 ♖xf8+ ♘g8 30 ♗e5+ ♕g7 31 hxg7# or 29...♕g8 30 ♗e5#

Jun-27-12  Alex56171: <JimNorCal> 28. Qf6 Rxd8 29. Bg5 and black must give up the Q. But no mate in two.
Jun-27-12  Djoker: 28. Qh8+ ...Kf7 (Kxh8 29. Rxf8+...Ng8 30.Be5+ ...Qg7 31. Bxg7#) 29. Qxh7+ .... Kf6
30. Rxf8#
Jun-27-12  Mudphudder: That is one pretty ending!
Jun-27-12  romni: Must admit I missed it..Took a quick look and thought '28.Rxf8+,Kxf8 29.Qf6+ Ke8 30.Bd6'..This wins also, but 28.Qh8+ is much more aesthetic!
Jun-27-12  MarkFinan: I haven't really been looking at the POTD for a month or two now, but I did find this one easy, and saw the Qh8+ shot straight away. Surely the pun belongs with those CG are currently posting on there main page, because It's gone straight over my head.. Don't get It!!
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  Once: Surely we have to deliver the final mate with the pawn and not the bishop?

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So much more artistic, ironic, sardonic, carbolic, alcoholic. I wandered lonely as a pawn, that mates on g7 like a ... like a ... mating thing. Oh, I don't know. Death by teddy bear, perhaps.

Jun-27-12  SuperPatzer77: <romni: Must admit I missed it..Took a quick look and thought '28.Rxf8+,Kxf8 29.Qf6+ Ke8 30.Bd6'..This wins also, but 28.Qh8+ is much more aesthetic! >

<romni> 28. Rxf8+ Kxf8, 29. Qf6+ Kg8 (better than 29...Ke8). Like you said, 28 Qh8+!! is the best because it can lead to quick mate.


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  chrisowen: Quicketh queen in the major to dandy cull i on hone feed 28.qh8+

lacky for queen in atmospheric h8 too plutarch extri-cate drop rook

also bishop het up the grateful crumble in load 24.Rxd4 Qh1+ 25.Ka2

Qh3 party for AM it once in g7h6 a vindicate lay it fowl in gq4 mate

in for won i blue profess hind remark in d4 coming to back in g4 er

bill to rights as in escry am rub in g4 rookd8 in back hi neat!

Jun-27-12  Dr. J: <Eyal> Thank you for a really fine analysis!
Jun-27-12  Dr. J: Hmm. After 24 Rxd4:

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Can't Black play 24... Rxd4 25 Qxd4 Qxh1+ 26 Kh2 Kf7?

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  Richard Taylor: Droll! (I nano second too slow for this one?) You can see Bologan pointing to h8 hoping for Morozevich to play the sac!! Together they getting each others Q sac collection up to...x. If he missed it you would have to take his move back and play it for him and then go for a coffee or whatever and a good laugh...

Needless to say it is "obvious" but only if you are on the lookout!

Jun-27-12  Eyal: <Dr. J: Can't Black play 24... Rxd4 25 Qxd4 Qxh1+ 26 Kh[a]2 Kf7?>

That would work only if White plays 27.Qxg7+(??) Ke8 28.Bd6 Rf7; but after 27.hxg7 followed by Qf6+, Bd6 and/or Bxe6, White has a mating attack.

Jul-25-12  fisayo123: Incredible!!
Jan-17-13  Cemoblanca: Petrosian would be proud of Qh8+. :) Beautiful game. It has so much creativity in it. That's the reason why I love chess & especially the games of Moro. Congrats! :)
Apr-25-16  docbenway: Cemoblanca: Petrosian would be proud of Qh8+. :) Beautiful game. It has so much creativity in it. That's the reason why I love chess & especially the games of Moro. Congrats! :) Exactly so. I was showing that Petrosian Spassky game ending combination at the club last week and then stumble across this book end to it today in time for the club again on Wednesday.
May-30-16  The Kings Domain: Morozevich shows he has the touch of the Victorian in him.
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  tpstar: <24. Rxd4! thrives only in the imagination of a genius> Oh yes.

<The exchange 11...Bxe2 allowed black to get moving with ...c4 and try to get play against the white king. The bishop is going to be hard-pressed to escape its prison of white-squared pawns. A lot of C-Ks feature such exchanges - black gives up the bishops and tries to keep the position clogged. Part of Moro's brilliance here is that he pries the battlefield open anyhow.> Nice overview.

<Bologan comments this game in his DVD guide about the Caro Kann. He says that he had a nice position before the critical positional mistake ...18.dxe4, opening the position for white bishops.> No shame losing to a brilliancy.

Welcome to Fantasy Island. ;>D

Jul-17-18  Inocencio: Wow, what a deadly tricks!
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  plang: Wells after 4..Bb4:
"...After the text-move we are left with the 'Winawer Variation" in which White has the extra move f3 and Black the extra move ..c6. ...For a start, the fact that the f-pawn blocks the move Qg4 prevents White from pursuing many of the most critical ideas from the Winawer proper."

13..Nbc6 had been played in Nataf-Motylev 2003 European Championship at Istanbul (game not included in this database); 13..b5 was new. Perhaps 17..Nxd4!? should have been considered. Morozovich was initially concerned about 20..b4 21 gxf..bxa! 22 gxf..a2! but then realized that 21 Be3! would have maintained White's edge (Wells pointed out that 20..b4 21 Qxb4..Ne2+ 22 Kb1..Qxd1+ 23 Rxd1..Rxd1+ 24 Ka2..Nxf4 25 Qxe7 also would have favored White). Neither Morozovich or Bologan mentioned 23..Ndf5 which seems like Black's best defense though after 24 hxg..Rxd1 25 Rxd1..Nxg7 26 Be5!..Rf3 27 Rd8+..Ne8 28 Rxe8+..Qxe8 29 Bxe6+..Rf7 30 Bh8..Kf8 31 Qh3..Kg8 32 Bd4 White would have had a strong initiative. Another pretty line would have been 26..Nf5 27 Qe5!..Qh5 28 Qxe6+..Qf7 29 Qxf7+..Kxf7 30 g6+..hxg 31 Rxf8+..Kxf8 32 h7.

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  perfidious: Lovely stuff; a game I had never seen, and an effort which showcases Morozevich's unconventional style and tremendous tactical abilities.
Nov-18-22  paavoh: <Lovely stuff; a game I had never seen, and an effort which showcases Morozevich's unconventional style and tremendous tactical abilities.> Could not have said it any better!
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  fredthebear: Six pages of post dating back to 2004. Do you believe such stuff?
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