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Peter Leko vs Peter Svidler
"Had A Mate But Couldn't See Her" (game of the day Dec-18-2019)
14th Amber Tournament: Blindfold (2005) (blindfold), Monte Carlo MNC, rd 1, Mar-19
English Opening: Anglo-Indian Defense. Mikenas-Carls Variation (A15)  ·  0-1

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Mar-20-05  coffee monster: 26.Rg6+!!
26...hxg6 27.Qxf7+ Kh8 28.Qh7#
26...Rxg6 27.Qxf7+ Kh8 28.Qxh7#
26...fxg6 27.Qf7+ Kh8 28.Qxh7#
26...Kh8 27.Qf6#
26...Kf8 27.Qxf7#
Mar-20-05  aragorn69: Nice find, <cm>. But that´s easy to miss in a blindfold game... ;-)
Mar-20-05
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  samvega: hats off, coffee monster.
Mar-20-05
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  keypusher: <coffee monster> Stunning! And to think that 25...♖g5, by blocking the queen from g6, makes it possible. . . .

I wouldn't see it in a million years. Especially because it looks like black is doing all the attacking.

Mar-21-05  cade: Not often that Leko misses a mate in 3
Mar-21-05  iron maiden: <coffee monster> Very nice work. I wonder if anyone else has found it yet.
Mar-21-05
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  offramp: Superb move!
Mar-21-05  ajit: The move was found on playchess by kibitzers even before 26.Rf2 was actually played. Everybody including Yaz were discussing how he could have missed 26.Rg6 ,then and there itself.
Mar-21-05  aragorn69: Of course, kibitzing with Fritz on, I would find too, in less than a second. What matters is that those guys are playing blindfold and without the assistance of a computer chess engine.
Mar-21-05  acirce: Very strange that none of them saw it. I guess with these time controls they may have been in serious time trouble already.
Mar-21-05
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  cu8sfan: <Very strange that none of them saw it.> Very strange to say that about a blindfold... (-:
Dec-20-05  notyetagm: Nunn saw the clearance sacrifice 26 ♖g6+!! in the press area where the games were being analyzed live.
Jan-31-06  notyetagm: 26 ♖g6+! is one of my all-time favorite examples of the tactical theme of <CLEARANCE>.

Leko should have thought to himself:
<If only my f6-rook was not blocking my f1-queen along the f-file then I could win immediately with Qxf7+ and Qxh7#>.

Leko once again shows you his lack of killer instinct. A great attacking player would have seen this idea, even in a blindfold game, with all of that pressure against the f7-square.

Mar-18-06  MoonlitKnight: <time trouble> These guys wouldn't normally miss Rg6, even in a blindfold game. Mind you, they play at GM strength even without sight of the board. But the rapid time controls at Amber makes it a different story, because the difficulty of blindfold chess increases greatly when the time is limited.
Dec-16-08  notyetagm: 26 ?


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26 ♖f6-g6+!! <line clearance>


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<coffee monster: 26.Rg6+!!
26...hxg6 27.Qxf7+ Kh8 28.Qh7#
26...Rxg6 27.Qxf7+ Kh8 28.Qxh7#
26...fxg6 27.Qf7+ Kh8 28.Qxh7#
26...Kh8 27.Qf6#
26...Kf8 27.Qxf7#>

<notyetagm: Nunn saw the clearance sacrifice 26 Rg6+!! in the press area where the games were being analyzed live.>

<ajit: The move was found on playchess by kibitzers even before 26.Rf2 was actually played. Everybody including Yaz were discussing how he could have missed 26.Rg6 ,then and there itself.>

With 26 ♖f6-f2?? Leko (White) brought the White f6-rook back to defend the weak g2-square instead of forcing <MATE IN 3> with 26 ♖f6-g6+!!.

(CONT)
26 ... h7x♖g6 27 ♕f1xf7+ ♔g8-h8 28 ♕f7-h7#


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Dec-18-19
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  Phony Benoni: One too many Pumpkin Spiced Lattés?
Dec-18-19
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  al wazir: I didn't see it unblindfolded.
Dec-18-19
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Black should have played 24...Qxg2+; 25.Qxg2,Bxg2; 26.Kxg2,Re7, correct? White has drawing chances thanks to the active Rooks, but even so, a pawn up with potentially more to follow doesn't seem *that* awful...
Dec-18-19
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  HeMateMe: 27...Qxe3!

I miss the blindfold amber tournament.

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