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Alf Roger Andersen vs Anita Gronnestad
34th Norwegian Open (2003), Oslo NOR, rd 2
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf Variation. English Attack (B90)  ·  1-0



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Dec-18-04  nosh: <tpstar>, Ok, I guess... It seemed to me that some people thought white had to mate in order to stop a forced mate for black. Maybe I misinterpreted.
Dec-24-12  Robespierre: If it takes a novice like me under 60 seconds to solve the POTD (which it did this time), this must be a Monday puzzle!

Incidentally, Merry Christmas (or, whichever religious or non-religious end-of-year holiday that you may prefer to celebrate) to all of those regulars whose aliases I see periodically during the course of the calendar year!

Dec-24-12  Abdel Irada: <<•>In the Nick<•>>

Good thing for White that it's his move, or we might be looking at a different puzzle: Black also threatens mate in two, starting with 29. ...Qxc1†.

But White does have the move, and that means it's mate in three:

<<•>29. Ne7†, Kh8

30. Rxh7†, Kxh7

31. Qh4#>

And in reward for his virtuous sac, White gets a full point out of Santa's sack, rather than the lump of helpmate coal that 29. Qh4? would have merited.

Dec-24-12  M.Hassan: "Very Easy"
White is a pawn down and is his turn to play 29.?

29.Ne7+ Kh8 forced
30.Rxh7+ Kxh7 forced

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  FSR: Whoever is on move mates quickly, Black by 29...Qxc1+ 30.Rxc1 Rxc1#. Luckily for White, he has the move, so 29.Ne7+ Kh8 30.Rxh7+ Kxh7 31.Qh4#.
Dec-24-12  stst: The mating net by White is quicker:
29.Ne7+ Kh8
30.Rxh7+ Kxh7
Dec-24-12  SamAtoms1980: 29.Ne7+ Kh8 30.Rxh7+ Kxh7 31.Qh4#.

King over.

Checkmate = Very Yes.

Dec-24-12  Patriot: 29.Ne7+ Kh8 30.Rxh7+ Kxh7 31.Qh4#
Dec-24-12  Kikoman: 29. ♘e7+ ♔h8 ▢ 30. ♖xh7+ ♔xh7 31. ♕h4+# I Love Mondays!!! ;)x
Dec-24-12  morfishine: <29.Ne7+ Kh8 30.Rxh7+ Kxh7 31.Qh4 mate>

A hybrid-anastasia

Same pattern

Dec-24-12  bachbeet: I kept trying to find the Q sac move that would at least lead to mate so I wasted time there. Then I saw the Ne7+ move and it fell into place.
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  Once: Life is full of disappointments, or what Alanis Morissette would call ironic.

John Carter, f'rinstance. Great idea, intriguing premise, but why oh why did they give him the superpower of being able to jump a lot? That's really going to scare the incredible hulk ... He says "Hulk, Smash!" and you reply "boing" and make like a flea.

The end of the world that didn't turn up. Those Mayans, eh? I would love to have been a fly on the wall at one of the gatherings of doomsayers on the 21st. At what point would they realise that it ... er ... ain't gonna happen? Would you dare be the first to suggest that we all got it wrong?

Doomsdayer: I'd like a rail ticket to that village in France where the UFO is going to come to take us to safety while the rest of the world ends, please.

Railway ticket man: Would you like a single or a return?


Turning 40 and instantly becoming invisible to women under the age of 30. Unless you are George Clooney.

Realising that you are not George Clooney. And that you don't look remotely like him. Nor can you afford his ridiculously expensive coffee machines.

Here we have a lovely attack brewing against the black king. It's a monday, so let's look for a way to sacrifice our queen. Nah, nothing there. Okay, let's look for a rook sacrifice: 29. Rxh7 Kxh7 30. Qh4+ Kg6/g8 31. Ne7#

Except that way leads to the crushing disappointment of a black fly in your chardonnay. 29. Rxh7??? Qxc1+ 30. Rxc1 Rxc1#

The problem, natch, is that Rxh7 isn't check. And that means that black can ignore it for the one move he needs to deliver mate of his own. Switch it around so that the knight checks first and all is well.

Here's a funny thought. The world didn't end on 21-12-12. But around about the time that it was supposed to end, gangnam style became the first yoofchoob video to be viewed by 1 billion people. Coincidence? I don't think so.

Depending on your point of view, this either means that the world has ended or that we have entered a new golden age of the 14th baktun.

Dec-24-12  gars: <Robespierre>: Thank you for your wishes and Merry Christmas to you too!
Dec-24-12  King.Arthur.Brazil: The sequence is very easy indeed: Ne7+, Kh8, Txh7+, Kxh7 and Qh4++. Took me few seconds. I suppose that when starting the combination attack black foresees this, but at that time Qc7 was deffending everything, but afterwards, when Q moved to capture c2, the e7 was not deffended anymore. Maybe in time trouble, this kind of mistakes hapen. Studying many games from ANAND, you'll see that many of his wins and deffeats came from tactical errors where the last 3 moves were not enought for the counterplayer get the risk envolved due to ANAND'S speed answer wich induced the opponent to the error. But, when the opponent didn't follow ANAND's trap from the beggining, many times was ANAND which lose the game due to his speed play.
Dec-24-12  Nullifidian: 29. ♘e7+ ♔h8 30. ♖xh7+ ♔xh7 31. ♕h4#
Dec-24-12  Bengambit: 29.Ne7+ Kh8 30.Rxh7+ Kxh7 31.Qh4 mate
Dec-24-12  zb2cr: White needs to give check, or else he himself will be mated, beginning with ... Qxc1+. Happily for White, he has a short forced sequence available: 29. Ne7+, Kh8; 30. Rxh7+, Kxh7; 31. Qh4#.
Dec-24-12  shatranj7: Anastasia's Mate. Very simple!
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  chrisowen: Hat winch akin g8 feet horse sic. racingari anasrasia 29.ne7+ mate in seems specific it hounds in Kh8 tongue, 30.Rxh7+ decked out in grandeur, op era in came 31.qh4 l0 do other sac a3 sinch a good while got any clue Qxc2 jaw in moor door he zig zag zig visual acuity no roaring twenty twenty required in e7+ would bin extra impetus check in enacting knight in giant it h8 iller sussed in heading rook up and own 30.Rxh7+ in winding up low again ghosing along rut 30.qh4#.
Dec-24-12  Bowen Island: Elementary mate, found in the first few pages of any "How to Checkmate" puzzle book.
Dec-24-12  whiteshark: Elementary, my dear Andersen.
Dec-24-12  12.12.12: Indeed.
Dec-24-12  Gilmoy: <Once: John Carter ... why oh why did they give him the superpower of being able to jump <a lot?>> I didn't see the movie, but I did read all of ERB's original novels (decades ago). John Carter's prodigious jumping (IIRC "zak" in the Thark language) is canonical, and was even a minor plot ort: ERB uses it as the "trade" bauble that gives the first minor jed a reason not to kill him, but to essay a road trip to a slightly stronger jed's domain and show JC off for bragging rights.

ERB exaggerated it ridiculously: his JC could easily leap over 20m rock formations, maybe peaking at 60m height, and landing ~100m away. Which humans can't even do on Earth's moon. (Maybe on Phobos :)

Or are you saying that he jumped too <frequently>? :) He didn't in the books -- ERB had more fun playing up the sword dueling.

His son Carthoris could jump maybe 2.5m vertically upwards, which was legendary compared to other red Martians, but nothing like his dad. Which also became a minor plot device: they meet up in a catacombs prison maze with walls 3.0m tall, which immobilized Carthoris long enough for JC to catch up to him.

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  thegoodanarchist: The classical puzzle book problem. I love it!

e7 or e2 is undefended, so Knight deflects King to h-file, followed by a Rook sac on the h7/h2 pawn and the capture is required by rule.

The enemy queen then takes advantage of the misplaced King, going to the h-file for mate.

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  kevin86: mate in three by Anastasia's mate!
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