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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  Zatrikion: 28.Qh8+ 1-0

Mate if Kxh8 or else loses a lot of material (R+N)

Jun-27-12  poszvald: I do rather think this as easy.

28, Qh8+ Kxh8 (..Kf7 29, Qxh7+ Kf6 (..Qg7 30, Qxg7#) 30, Rxf8#) 29, Rxf8+ Ng8 (..Qg8 Be5#)
30, Be5+ Qg7
31, Bxg7#

Jun-27-12  DarthStapler: Got it easily
Jun-27-12  JimNorCal: Is Qf6 mate in 2?
Jun-27-12  DarthStapler: Qf6 Rxd8
Jun-27-12  SimonWebbsTiger: @<sevenseaman>

<And who is this Bologan? The name sounds as if he could be from the 19th century.>

Blimey.... Victor Bologan is a pretty strong Moldovan GM who has victories at Dortmund and Aeroflot under his belt. He has written some highly acclaimed books: a selection of his best games, a book on the King's Indian and <the> guide to the 4...a6 Slav "the Chebanenko Slav According to Bologan" (New in Chess, 2008).

Jun-27-12  psmith: <Patriot> I had exactly your lines.
Jun-27-12  LIFE Master AJ: 28.Qh8!+, (then ♖x♖+ and ♗e5+)
Jun-27-12  sevenseaman: <SimonWebbsTiger> Thanks. I googled him later and saw the Wiki entry on him. Winning the Dortmund is no joke, there is always a classy field.

Somehow the coin did not drop into the slot. I kept thinking of Boguljubov and old times.

Thanks for a very desirable correction in the matter.

Jun-27-12  jonnyjack: Wow! I think this puzzle could've even started at "White to Move 26. ?"

"26. Rxd8" is a splindid move with no out for black. Great sacrifice, allowing black to go up material for an unstoppable mate.

Jun-27-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  paulalbert: Seemed too straightforward and forced for Wednesday, but a very pretty combination.
Jun-27-12  Machado: 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.
Jun-27-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  gawain: 28 Qh8+ Kxh8 29 Rxf8+ followed by 30 Be5+ as the coup de grace. What a finish!
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
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  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!!
Jun-27-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  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.

SuperPatzer77

Jun-27-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  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!
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