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Lev Milman vs Joseph Fang
"Defanged" (game of the day Jul-26-2009)
7th Foxwoods Open (2005), Connecticut, rd 6, Mar-26
Caro-Kann Defense: Classical Variation. Main lines (B18)  ·  1-0



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Nov-13-09  MaczynskiPratten: <Pepitin17, drnooo>, The snag with the 28 h6 line is that Black can play the simple Kh7 at some point - there is no quick way to dislodge the King with White's Knight 3 moves away from a check. Also remember White is a Rook down in the initial position! So even if he wins the Bishop on f6 or the exchange on f8, he is still losing. Hence in the Qf1+ line, if 30 Rh1, Kh7, 31 Bxf6 Nxf5, or 31 Nxe3 Bxg7.
Nov-13-09  turbo231: A very good Friday puzzle,one these days I am going to solve a Friday's puzzle. Yeah that will be the day,in my dreams.
Nov-13-09  TheBish: L Milman vs J Fang, 2005

White to play (28.?) "Difficult" - White is down a rook for two pawns.

Well, I noticed that this happened at Foxwoods this year, and I know I saw a snippet of the game after it happened, maybe even this position (maybe in Chess Life). I remember it was a really cool combo, so let's give it a whirl...

With our queen attacked, it has to be forcing (check?). Ok, I see the pattern and it's coming back to me now.

28. Ne7+! Kh7

The alternative is 28...Bxe7 29. Bxe5+ and either mate on g7 with the queen, or Black must "part with the lady" with 29...Qg6 30. hxg6, after which White mates quickly with 30...f6 31. Qh5 and 32. Qh8# or 32. Qh7#.

29. Qg6+!!

Nice move, which brings back memories of Frank Marshall's famous queen sacrifice on g3 (as Black), which could be captured three ways, all roads leading to mate.

29...fxg6 (the other captures lead to the same finish) 30. hxg6+ Kxg7 31. Rh7#.

A unique mating pattern, one we won't be seeing too often! Another demonstration of the power of the double check. The final mating pattern paints a pretty picture: the knight supports the pawn, which in turn supports the rook, which delivers the final blow - very cool indeed!

Nov-13-09  njchess: I found this to be a bit easy for a Friday. I got it in seconds. The queen sac followed by the bishop sac was very elegant. Nice mating net.
Nov-14-09  Smothered Mate: drnooo
<actually i finally see that the pawn to h 6 is a win still and an easy one, but not a forced mate, so even though it wins and easily>

28. h6 Qf1+ 29. Rxf1 Nxg4 30. Rh1 Kh7

and how does white win?

Aug-03-10  sevenseaman: The pieces keep on 'falling', into place and the puzzle unfolds, a beautiful symphony rising into an exhilarating crescendo.
Oct-11-10  eightbyeight: This is the kind of queen sac Alekhine and Tal got to do daily and I wish I could do once.
Jan-23-11  nockuout1: WOW !!!! BOOM !!!! What a game ,with the minor pieces..
Jan-23-11  sevenseaman: If this is not daylight robbery then what is? And the aptest pun!
Feb-04-12  Eduardo Bermudez: Nice Mate !!
Jul-02-12  The Big Lebowski: What a beautiful combo and mate!
Jan-18-13  Cemoblanca: "Fang me if you can". Fang (German) = Catch! ;)

Very nice game and the movie was also very cool! :)

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  Penguincw: Happy last Saturday puzzle of the month?

Uh, nothing to say, other than, wow, gorgeous mate there at the end.

Jan-30-16  dfcx: White can either trade the queen or forge an attack giving up the rook.

25.Qg4! and black can't stop Bxg7 next.

A. 25...Qxd5 26.Bxg7 Qxf5 27.Qxf5 Bxg7 28.h6 Be5 29.f4 wins

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B. 25...Ne5 26.Rxe5 Qxe5 27.Bxg7 Bxg7 28.h6

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C. 25...Ne7 26.Bxg7

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  Gilmoy: It's like a Star Wars Episode IV rerun!!

- PotD 2009/05/09 Sat: 28.Ne7+, 3.5* Very Difficult
- GotD 2009/07/26 "Defanged"
- PotD 2009/11/13 Fri: 28.Ne7+, 3* Difficult
- PotD 2016/01/30 Sat: 25.___, 3.5* Very Difficult

I found this repeat quite refreshing. I remembered the game instantly, and knew the mate, but -- I had to <resolve the puzzle> from the earlier starting point 25.__, which is quite tricky <even when you remember the gist>. White is hanging an R to set up a Q+B sac, and every move must be forcing, like clockwork.

A funny thing happens on the way to (28.N)e7: <both> of its defenders go away, like magic. Now he's got you right where you want him.

Jan-30-16  Nick46: Fang is "up" a queen, a rook and a bishop (for 3 pawns) but unfortunately his king also happens to be checkmated.
Jan-30-16  kungfufighter888: white used all the pieces to checkmate the black king
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  patzer2: By process of elimination, I picked 25. Qg4 Qxd5 26. Bxg6 for my Saturday puzzle solution.

However, I wasn't sure it was winning until I checked it out on the computer with Deep Fritz 15.

One line I was initially uncertain about was 26...Kh7 27. Bxf6 Rg8 (diagram below),

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but after the simple 28. Qf4 it's clear Black is busted.

Also, I didn't consider the defense Black actually played which resulted in a neat mating combination starting with 28. Ne7+! (mate in four to six moves).

P.S.: Black's best missed opportunity appears to be 15... Nd5 when play might continue 16. Bc1 Nxe5 17. dxe5 b5 18. f4 a5 19. f5 Bg5 20. fxe6 Bxc1 21. exf7+ Rxf7 22. Rxc1 Qg5 23. e6 Re7 24. Ne2 Rxe6 25. Nd4 Rf6 = (0.00 @ 20 depth, Deep Fritz 15).

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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Bit too famous for a Saturday, but always fun to study.
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  al wazir: Got it! The key was recognizing that the first move had to be a ♘ check. A discovered check won't work, since white's ♕ is en prise.
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  al wazir: I see this is the third time I've solved this puzzle. I guess I have to forfeit the point.
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  patzer2: Without remembering I recommended 25. Qg4 for a weekend puzzle back in 2009, I instinctively went for 25. Qg4 for today's Saturday puzzle. However, I forgot all the detailed follow-up analysis.

Funny how some combinations stick in memory and I can play them at blitz speed, while others are almost completely forgotten.

Jan-30-16  morfishine: The home page position shows 25.?

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But when you open the game position, it gives White to move 25.

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  SonOfSteel: Curious - The home page prompts for the 25th move while displaying the position before the 28th move. this a trick question ? =0)

Jan-30-16  morfishine: <SonOfSteel> Thats what I saw too
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