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Yevgeniy Vladimirov vs Andrei V Kharitonov
USSR Young Masters Championship (1977), Alma-Ata URS
Zukertort Opening: Queen Pawn Defense (A06)  ·  1-0



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Jul-17-23  Cecco: I agree with <perfidious>. I wish I could say that it was very easy for me to find the solution, but it's not true. It took me a long time. For me it is at least at the Wednesday level.
Jul-17-23  Refused: Not exactly monday level stuff (more like tuesday/wednesday imo) because you have to spot the mating theme (not that difficult) and get the move order right, bit more tricky. Easy enough, but like I said, probably more Tuesday/Wednesday.

32.Qf6+ Nxf6 33.Bc5+! Bxc5 First two moves were to clear the d-file and cut off the King's escape route 34.gxf6+ (or exf6+) Kf8 with the King finally driven back to the back rank with nowhere left to run, time to put him out of his misery 35.Rh8#

Jul-17-23  areknames: <After 32 ... Nxf6 (Kf8 33 Rh8 mate) one has to see the zwischenzug 33 Bc5+> Exactly right. We have the canonical Q sac but as Mondays are traditionally zwischenzug-free this one took a little more effort than usual. Good thing too.
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  raymondhow: The sequence is not too hard to spot, although took my time to be careful. Definitely too hard for a Monday, but way too easy for a Friday as used 17 years ago.
Jul-17-23  King.Arthur.Brazil: I don't know if it easy, but I guess it is beautiful, mainly because of the order of moves: 32. Qf6+! Nxf6 (Kf8 33. Rh8# 33. Bc5+ Bxc5 34. gxf6+ Kf8 35. Rh8#.

Aparently, the other sequece: 32. Bc5+ Bxc5 33. Qf6+ Nxf6 34. gxf6+ Kf8 35. Rh8# is the same, however, this is not true! In this line, Black ♔ can escape with 32... Kd8. I like Mondays!

Jul-17-23  devere: It's a Tuesday problem on Monday. A nice mate in 4.
Jul-17-23  King.Arthur.Brazil: Black blunder seems to be 31... Nd7. In the case of 31... Nd5, Black could survive, e.g. 31...Nd5 32. Qf6+ Kd7 33. Rh7 Re7 34. Rxf7 Re8 35. Ng2 Rxf7 36. Qxf7+ Re7 37. Qxg6 cxb3 38. cxb3 Qe2. White has 2 extra ♙ and good chances to win, but no check-mate yet.
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  takebackok: Mondays are getting good! Had to think a little before sacking the queen.
Jul-17-23  saturn2: 32.Qf6 was easy but 33.Bc5 takes some time. In between you look at other moves to start with.
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  agb2002: White can deliver mate in four: 32.Qf6+ Nxf6 33.Bc5+ Bxb5+ 34.e(g)xf6+ Kf8 35.Rh8#.
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  scormus: Monday, Q-sac day. 32 Qxf7+ doesn't work so it must be Qf6+, with # to follow 3 moves later
Jul-17-23  mel gibson: Interesting checkmate -
a bit hard for a Monday unless
you suspect a Queen sac.
Jul-17-23  goldfarbdj: It being Monday, I kept trying to make Qxf7+ work. It didn't. Then I thought of Qf6+, and had to find Bc5+ — like last week, a little tough for a Monday.
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  jffun1958: I agree to <Cecco>, this POTD is at least tuesday level, but more a wednesday puzzle.
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  HeMateMe: Pretty easy once you realize how badly placed black's King is. Common double check mating theme.
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Jul-17-23  TheaN: Nothing to add to the game line and user-presented lines, as this is a forced #4 from the get-go. Because of that reason I actually <do> think this is an okay Monday puzzle: queen sac with a fully forced mating line. That it adds two moves from the standard doesn't matter, imo.
Jul-17-23  Hercdon: Bc5 is sooo important
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  FSR: Simple enough, but yes, not a Monday puzzle.
Jul-17-23  Andrew Chapman: <Aparently, the other sequece: 32. Bc5+ Bxc5 33. Qf6+ Nxf6 34. gxf6+ Kf8 35. Rh8# is the same, however, this is not true! In this line, Black ♔ can escape with 32... Kd8.> I missed Kd8, but thankfully black is still lost after Qxf7, since the knight is pinned. Mate in 7 according to the engine.
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  paulalbert: Great lesson in precision zwischenzug move order to get the quickest win by denying the Kd8 possibility for the black King by creating a unimpeded file for the Rook on D1.
Jul-17-23  johnnydeep: Pretty tough Monday puzzle. I did see the game line up to 33.Bc5+ but failed to see the quick mate afterwards.
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  GoldenKnight: This was a little difficult for a Monday and it took a few minutes, but I got this one all the way. 32. Qf6+ jumped out at me right away, but the key is to see that you cannot take the N just yet or you allow an escape route for the K via d8 to c8.
Jul-18-23  Halldor: I didn't find this, even though I tried all the text moves. What I missed was delaying the knight's recapture on f6 until after the bishop's sack (Bc5†) which forces the king to f8 instead of letting it escape to the queen's side. — Sometimes reversing the move order fixes the problem.
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  perfidious: <Halldor....What I missed was delaying the knight's recapture on f6 until after the bishop's sack (Bc5†) which forces the king to f8 instead of letting it escape to the queen's side....>

This feature is what elevates the POTD above the typically direct Monday fare and into, at least, a Tuesday puzzle.

< — Sometimes reversing the move order fixes the problem.>

Always useful, both in attack and defence, to analyse thus.

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