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Gerard Welling vs Kappler
"Welling crushers" (game of the day Sep-09-2021)
Liege open (1983), Liege BEL
Sicilian Defense: Closed Variation (B23)  ·  1-0

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Mar-20-06  whiskeyrebel: wow. Pure beautiful and aggressive chess.
Jan-19-07  aldehyde: i bet, this game will grow into a nice wednesday or thursday puzzle, sometimes in the future.
Oct-06-07  Whitehat1963: Why not 21. Nd5+, forking king and queen? I'm guessing:

21. Nd5+ Kxg5 22. Nxc7 Nxc4 23. Qxh3. Now what?

Oct-06-07
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  whiteshark: <Whitehat1963> There is a zwischenzug, <22...Rh8>, in your line which might cause some trouble: 23. Qxh3 Rxh3 24. Nxa8 Rg3 25. Kf2 Kf4 26.Be2 Nh4 27. Rg1


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Oct-06-07
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  whiteshark: But I wonder which white winning comes after <23...Nxd5!>? I don't see any.


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- <24.Rf5+ Kg6 25.Qg3+ Kh6 26.Qg5+ Kh7 27.Rxe5 dxe5 28.Qh5+> =

- <24.Bxd5 Qd8 25.Rf5+ Kg6 26.Qg3+ Kh6 27.Qf4+ Kg6> =

Aug-15-08  Gejewe: <whiteshark> It is a long time ago but I think we came to the same conclusion, that 23..Nxd5 looks dangerous but in fact leads to a draw. And it was the zwischenzug, just as you indicate, that scared me away from Nd5+.. Very cheeky defence from Mr.Kappler and I noticed it just before walking into the ambush..
Jan-17-09  WhiteRook48: double check and mate!
Feb-09-14
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  GrahamClayton: I had a look at the position if Welling played 18. gxh3. My first choice for Black was 18...♔g7, attacking the Black rook and adding an extra defender to the weak g6 square. The obvious move for White would seem to be 19. ♖ef1, supporting the rook on f6 and adding more pressure to f7.


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An interesting move for Black is 19...♘f5?!, cutting off the support for the Rook. A possible line is 20. exf5 ♔xf6, when White has the choice of two discovered checks 21. fxg6+ and 21. ♘e6+ - something which doesn't happen often in a game.

Unfortunately I can't see a forcing line for White after either check, so maybe Welling was correct to attack the weak point immediately with 18. ♖xg6+, rather than recapturing.

Apr-07-19  jith1207: <aldehyde: i bet, this game will grow into a nice wednesday or thursday puzzle, sometimes in the future.>:

Well, after more than a decade, this game is still ripe for POTD or GOTD and has not been still used. Great game and what a Royal Checkmate!

Sep-09-21
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  OhioChessFan: Not sure if the pun is on Wedding Crashers. Nice game, regardless.
Sep-09-21  Brenin: Beautiful game by IM Welling. Playing White's 28th move must have been a real pleasure. The pun is beyond me.
Sep-09-21  Atking: Winning in a kappler of moves might be a better pun. Beautiful game indeed.
Sep-09-21
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  Teyss: Beautiful attack although as spotted by <whiteshark> 14 years ago, 23...Qd7 was a mistake that led to the following onslaught. Black should have removed the dangerous N with 23...Nxd5. The BK is exposed but White is a R down and there doesn't seem to be anything decisive.

Hence Thursday or Friday puzzle on move 24 because there are quite some variations to consider. 27.Rg6+ is a smart move.

<Brenin> For the pun, <OCF> is probably right, it looks like "Wedding Crashers" since the final blow is also a royal fork.

Sep-09-21  Andrew Chapman: A computer tells me that 23. Nd5 threw away white's advantage. The surprising 23. Rf4 wins.

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