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Martin Fette vs Roland Storm
Oberliga Nord N 9192 (1991), Germany
Sicilian Defense: Nimzowitsch. Closed Variation (B29)  ·  1-0



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Jan-27-12  CHESSTTCAMPS: In this early middlegame position, material is even, but white's control of the open d-file promises to make trouble for black's uncastled king. Black apparently intends h4 to take away h4 as an attacking post for white's bishop, but it's too late:


The direct mate threat does not leave a satisfactory reply for black. The critical choice of 15.Qd3 over Qd2 is best found by forward calculation, but it might be reached on general priciples, i.e.if white's remaining bishop controls dark squares, then the white queen should be on a light square to cover all the bases.

A) 15... Qe7 16.Bh4!! (the key) f6? 17.Qg6+ Qf7 18.Rd8+ Ke7 19.Rd7+ wins queen for a rook.

A.1) 16... g5 17.Bxg5 (Qxg5 18.Qd7#) just chucks a pawn for no benefit.

A.2) 16... Rd6 17.Bxe7 Rxd3 18.Rxd3 leaves black an exchange down and a lost ending, but this is black's best defense.

B) 15... Be7 16.Qd7+ Kf8 17.Qxb7! e5 (otherwise 18.Qxc6) 18.Qb8+ wins.

Not complex tactically, but very instructive. Time for review...

Jan-27-12  CHESSTTCAMPS: I forgot to include the obvious A.3) 16... Qc7 17.Qd8+ forcing mate. Therefore I was surprised to see 17.Qg3 instead of the immediate 17.Qd8+ (but it does get the job done).
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  Penguincw: Well, at least this game doesn't have any accepted sacrifices. Those can be the hardest to find.
Jan-27-12  Apoline48: 17 Qd8 is mat in 2!
Jan-27-12  CHESSTTCAMPS: I set up Crafty EGT with the puzzle position, but it isn't working right now. Anyway, here it is - maybe it will work later:

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  gawain: I keep looking at that d7 square. How will White force his way in? With 15 Qd2 or Qd3? But I am not seeing a win for White after 15....Be7 . Oh well, I give up.
Jan-27-12  David2009: M Fette vs R Storm, 1991 White 15? It has all been said already: indeed <CHESSTTCAMPS> has posted a Crafty link to the puzzle position. So I have edited my own post accordingly The EGT is not responding at the time of posting (the position appears but then blanks as soon as a move is made). Fine analysis by <Jimfromprovidence> to find Black's best defence, and much better than 15...Be7 which was all I couold find as struggle-on defence. Excellent story from <Once>.

Black's mistake was 13...h5 instead on 13...Be7, but White seems better. Interactive link to explore the variations at move 13:

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(M Fette vs R Storm 1991 White to play 13?)

Jan-27-12  SugarRaySam: Here's the solution:

15.Qd3 (threat = 16.Qd7#)

15...Qe7 is the only option for black
(could play Be7 but then 16.Qd7+ Kf8 leads to a world of trouble)

(adds a second threat 17.Qd8 Qxd8 18.Rxd8#)

17...Qd6 is the only option
(if 17...f6 18.Qg6+ Qf7 19.Rd8+ losing the Queen)

18.Qg3 giving the final blow to white's attack

Now there is no way the Queen can prevent Rd8# and it is trap, Black could try in a desperate way 18...QxRd1 but then

19.Qb8+ with mate (if 19...Kd7 20.Qd8#) or (if 19...Qd8 20.Qxd8#)

This must have been a Blitz game or the players probably ran out of time as white missed a mate in two and black did not offer a very long opposition.

Thank you.

Jan-27-12  dzechiel: <SugarRaySam: (could play Be7 but then 16.Qd7+ Kf8 leads to a world of trouble)>

I don't why I didn't consider 15...Be7, because, while it still loses, it does deserve attention. After


white would continue with

17 Qd7+ Kf8 18 Qxb7

and there's no way for black to save the rook. And even if he could, the queen check on the back rank would force 19...Bd8 where it would be subject to capture by the queen and rook.

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  kevin86: I missed solving this one because I couldn't get the rights in the move order. lol
Jan-27-12  ClassZPlaya: Looks like White wins at least the Exchange with

15. Qd3 Qe7 (15. Be7 Qd7+ 16. Kf8 Qxb7 17. e5 Qb8+)
16. Bh4 Rd6 (16. ... f6 17. Qg6+ Ke7 18. Rd7+)
17. Bxe7 Rxd3
18. Rxd3 Kxe7

Jan-27-12  ClassZPlaya: Should be 18. ... Bxe7 in my earlier post.


Black missed 16. ... Rd6 and played 16. ... c4? then White missed 17. Qd8+ Qxd8
18. Rxd8++ but
17. Qg3 should still win easily

Jan-27-12  Jesspatrick: As a practical matter, you only have to see 15.Qe3 Qe7 16.Bh4 and it's enough to make the decision to enter this line. Now as far as the game goes, I'd like to know why White didn't play 17.Qd8+
Jan-27-12  hedgeh0g: Roland Storm sounds like a Marvel Comics superhero.
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  Dionysius1: 15...Be7 might hold on a little longer. But then I suppose 16. Qd7 and 17.Qxb7 wins the rook by compression, as it were.
Jan-27-12  LIFE Master AJ: Fette's last rating was 2293 (FIDE). Got to think that this game was played when he was very young ...
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  Dionysius1: Ach - I'd been saving it up, but I see <dzechiel> and <SugarRaySam> have it covered!
Jan-27-12  LIFE Master AJ: OK, he was born in 1956, so he is older me ... blows that theory. (His FIDE card.)

Jan-27-12  LIFE Master AJ: I discounted 15...Be7 because Qd7+ looked too strong.
Jan-27-12  LIFE Master AJ: Three e-mails already on this game, of course two are from my close circle of friends ...
Jan-27-12  LIFE Master AJ: One person asked that I annotate this game ... I could.

But Black's play breaks all the standard rules. (Moving the same pieces over and over again, bringing the Queen out early, premature wing play, failure to castle, etc.)

Jan-27-12  Nemesistic: <LMAJ> So have Bert and Ernie learnt how to fake email? Wow !
Jan-27-12  Rosbach: Qd3!-15.Qd3 Qe7 16.Bh4 and there is no defense for Black. If f6 then White will win Blacks Queen after Qg6+ or if c4 then Qg3 and Black will loose his Queen or it's mate. Nice puzzle!
Jan-27-12  theagenbiteofinwit: Fastest win is 17.Qd8+ Qxd8 18. Rxd8#, as <Apoline48> pointed out.

I just posted this because I received 4 emails from different supermodels who promised to shower me with fleshly affection for posting on this puzzle.

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