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Fedor Bohatirchuk vs Nikolay Kopaev
URS-ch sf Kiev (1938), Kiev URS, rd 6, May-27
Sicilian Defense: Scheveningen. Classical Variation (B84)  ·  1-0



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Dec-06-22  saturn2: Why not play 24.Qxf4 and win a free piece?
Dec-06-22  jes47: I prefer a line that no one has mentioned so far: 24. Nf6+ and now 24.... Kh8 25. Nf5 Rg8 26. Rd8 Bxg3 27. Rxg8# or 24... Kf8 and white has a choice of mates:
25. Nf5 Rxf5 26. Rxd8+ Ke7 27. Ng8# or
25. Nxe6+ +++
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  al wazir: White is up a ♘ to a ♙. Isn't that already enough to win? And after 24. Nxe6, it's *two* pieces. (If 24...Nxd5 or 24...Rxd5, then 25. Qxb8. If 24. e5, then 25. Qg3 Nxd5 26. Bxd5 Rdxd5 27. Nc6 Rxd3- 28. Rxd3 Rxc6 29. Bxe5, and white is still a piece up.)

What, you want something more dramatic? Then how about this: 24. Nxe6 Bxg3 25. Ne7+ Kh8 26. Bxg- 7#. If instead 24...fxe6/Bxe6, then 15. Qxb7#. If 24...Bh6, then 25. Qxb8.

Dec-06-22  mel gibson: A checkmate with a Queen sac and using 2 Knights and 2 Bishops is not easy.
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  tamar: Bohatirchuk for the hat trick!
Dec-06-22  Cheapo by the Dozen: It's tough to be motivated to check the apparent mating combination when the obvious 24 Nxf4 leaves you two pieces up with a strong attack.
Dec-06-22  MostlyWatch: Nc6. Bon, oui?
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Enough solutions that everyone gets to have one of their own. Very nice.
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  perfidious: Embarras de richesse.
Dec-06-22  boringplayer: Like <raymondhow>, I went with 24...Ne6.
Dec-06-22  piltdown man: Just beautiful!
Dec-06-22  agb2002: White has a knight for a pawn.

Black threatens Bxg3 and Nxd5.

The convergence of the queen and the dark square bishop on g7 suggests 24.Qxg7+ Kxg7 25.Nxe6+:

A) 25... Kg8 26.Ne7#.

B) 25... Kg6 26.Ne7+ Kh6 27.Bg7#.

C) 25... Kh6 26.Bg7+ Kg6 27.Ne7#.


One move quicker is 24.Nxe6:

A) 24... Bxg3 25.Ne7+ Kh8 26.Rxd8#.

B) 24... g6 25.Nf6+ Kh8 26.Rxd8#.

C) 24... Bh6 25.Nf6+ Kh8 26.Rxd8#.

D) 24... Bg5 25.Ne7+ and mate next.


Slower is 24.Nxf4 g6 (24... e5 25.Nf5 and mate soon) 25.Nc6.

Dec-06-22  AlicesKnight: Found the gameline finish. Pretty minor-piece combination.
Dec-06-22  Whitehat1963: Queen sac and using four pieces to mate. Impressive!
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  speleman: Beautiful! Mate in three using only minor pieces. 24. Nxe6, Bxg3 25. Ne7+, Kh8 26. Bxg7#
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  OhioChessFan: Starting off the week with the hardest Monday and Tuesday duo I can remember.
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  chrisowen: I favour men it's Qxg7+ affable it's pub dug edicts uba v u abattoir blav it's aha vim ram beowulf yo it's Qxg7+ ha;
Dec-06-22  Cellist: Many, many solutions again. I started with Ne7+, which leads to mate-in-4 according to the engine: 24...Kf8 25.Qxg7+ Kxe7 26.Nc6+ Rxc6 27.Bf6+ Ke8 28.Rxd8#. I wanted to play 25.Nxe6+ next if the K moves to f8. It also works very well although not as fast.
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  scormus: An embarassment of riches.
I looked briefly at 24 Qxg7+, Nf6+ and Ne7+ but didn't choose any of them after seeing how exquisiteyy crushing is 24 Nxe6. So much so that # would ensue even without the Bb2. The other N+'s would also win, but unfortunately not Qxg7+
Dec-06-22  Chessius the Messius: Completely x-rayed through Monday and Tuesday!

Such a devil

Dec-06-22  Chessius the Messius: PS wait: both were battery puzzles. 100%
Dec-06-22  QueenMe: I totally got it, move-for-move. However, I just sort of sniffed it out one move at a time. I didn't see the mate all at once. I also saw the option for the alternative knight fork at c6, though, but winning the king is better than winning the queen.
Dec-06-22  Damenlaeuferbauer: After long pondering, the very strong Ukrainian-Canadian IM Fedor Bohatirchuk, who beat the great Mikhail Botvinnik 3,5 - 0,5, finally found the mate in 4 moves with the very nice queen sacrifice 24.Qxg7+!!,Kxg7 25.Nxe6++!,Kh6 (25.-,Kg8 26.Ne7#; 25.-,Kg6 26.Ne7+,Kh6 27.Bg7#) 26.Bg7+,Kg6 27.Ne7#. There were so many talented chess players in the former Soviet Union!
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  Teyss: <OhioChessFan: Starting off the week with the hardest Monday and Tuesday duo I can remember.> Agreed. Yesterday was far from obvious, today is forced but one has to calculate the coordination of minor pieces until mate to ensure one didn't sac the Queen for nothing. Of course both 24.Qxg7+ and 24.Nxe6 count as solved even though the latter mates a move earlier.

<scormus: An embarassment of riches.> That's a cute one. Don't know if you did it on purpose but I'll remember it.

Dec-06-22  TheaN: <25.Qxg7+> is apparently not the fastest way to mate (surprisingly), but I know it gets the job done unopposed. <25....Kxg7 26.Nxe6+ Kg6 (Kg8 27.Ne7#; Kh6 27.Bh6+ Kg6 28.Ne7#) 27.Ne7+ Kh6 28.Bg7#>.
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