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Maia Chiburdanidze vs Gulnara Sachs
"Lady Luck" (game of the day Oct-24-2007)
Forli op (1990), Forli ITA, rd 7, Sep-14
Sicilian Defense: Canal Attack. Main Line (B52)  ·  1-0



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Oct-24-07  Sularus: beautiful knight moves! there is no stopping the mate at h7
Oct-24-07  Defiler: Very good combination. Once again illustrating that f5 is very often such a dangerous square for whites Knight.
Oct-24-07  android21: Hmmm, can anyone help me to get the following's White moves that lead to checkmate pls? I dont quite get it yet..
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  SwitchingQuylthulg: <android21> There's no immediate checkmate but Black is hopelessly lost: 29...Kh8 30.Qh3 and now Black has two defenses against 31.Qxh7#:

a) 30...h6 31.Rxg6 and White threatens 32.Rxh6+ Bxh6 33.Qxh6+ Kg8 34.Qg7#, as well as 32.Nxf4 and 33.Qxh6#. Black is down material and must give up yet more as 31...Re7 fails against either 32.Nxf4 or 32.Ng5 with the idea 33.Qxc8+ with mate coming.

b) 30...h5 31.Rxg6 Qe7 32.Nxf4 exf4 33.Qxh5+ Qh7 34.Rh6 when White is already up three pawns and now wins Black's queen.

Oct-24-07  android21: Owww ok thanks alot switching, i was just wondering what Sularus said about mate at h7, i thought there really is a way to checkmate there.

Oh yeah for your b) line,
What happen if 31. ... Re7 instead? Now Black will not lose his Queen, and he can defend with Rook when 33.Qxh5+ Rh7 34.Rh6 Qe7

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  SwitchingQuylthulg: <android21> 31...Re7 is analogous to the same move in the a) line and loses heaps of material against either 32.Nxf4 or 32.Ng5 because the rook at c8 is loose. Computers spot that White also has 32.Qf5 available, when threats like 33.Qf6+ Kh7 34.Rg7+ Rxg7 35.Qxg7# are impossible to defend against.
Oct-24-07  android21: Dear Switching,
Do you mind to elaborate more on your line there? for example after 32. Nxf4, exf4, I dont see how your Queen can go to 33.Qf6+ yet, it needs to capture the pawn first and thus giving Black another move.


Oct-24-07  android21: OOppps sorry a little bit error there, the Queen is on h3, but still... the Queen cannot move to f6 yet on move 33.... ><"
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  SwitchingQuylthulg: <android21> Looks like a confusion of variations on your part. 33.Qf6+ is part of the 32.Qf5 computer mating line. 32.Nxf4 exf4 is instead met by 33.Qxc8+ winning a rook with more to come.
Oct-24-07  kevin86: In the end,black can lose either quickly or slowly-the truth is,he will lose!

To a Vulcan,there is no such thing as being lucky-it is just that: "Random chance has worked in our favor".

Oct-24-07  patzer2: The in-between move 19. Nh6+! appears to have given White a winning advantage. Obviously Black didn't like 19...hxg6 because of 20. Qg4+ and mate on the next move.
Oct-24-07  ashqevi: It is simply beautiful or beautifully simple!
Jul-17-08  The Ninth Pawn: From Game Collection: The Ninth Pawn's Chess Course :

In Chiburdanidze vs G Sakhatova, 1990 we see a beautiful demonstration of a ZWISCHENZUG with 19. ♘g4-h6+! Now of course not 19. ... g7x♘h6?? 20. ♕e2-g4+ and mates next. And after 20. ♘h6x♙f7+, White wins a whole extra pawn.

Dec-28-10  knt980: Excellent moves by Maia!

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