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Simon Kuemin vs Ruedi Staechelin
"Kuemin Get It!" (game of the day Jul-12-2009)
Swiss Championship (2005), rd 2, Jul-08
Queen's Gambit Declined: General (D30)  ·  1-0

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Mar-30-06  goldenbear: The game continuation White's best, however White also forces significant material loss in my solution, the immediate Nh6+.
Mar-30-06  goldenbear: for example, 18Nh6+ gxh6 19Qxh6 f5 20.Rc7 or else 19Qxh6 Bf6 20 Be4 and Black is helpless.
Mar-30-06  DP12: Nh6+ g:h6+!(Kh8) Q:h6 f6! Be4 Rf7 .
Mar-30-06  goldenbear: <DP12> yeah f6 is best but in you line how does black meet Rc3 with the threat of a double sac on f6. Also, White has simply e4 (instead of Be4) winning back the piece and keeping the attack. No doubt Nh6 isnt as good as the beautiful game solution but it's winning.
Mar-30-06  blunderqueenagain: I got it! I got a Thursday puzzle! And quite quickly, too, once I saw the bishop on b2.

I know, I know... easy for all you experts, but it's something for a patzer like me.

Mar-30-06  dzechiel: <ckr>Soltis talks about these kinds of moves (forcing) in his book "The Inner Game of Chess."

He says at the beginning of the chapter, "If ideas provide the spark for a calculated sequence, forcing moves are the fuel that keeps it running. Moves that capture an enemy piece, check the king, or, to a lesser degree, threaten such captures and checks, provide the dynamic element to a sequence."

I really enjoyed this book and felt that it had an impact on my game (other books that I felt improved my game were "Chess Traps, Pitfalls and Swindles" by Horowitz and Reinfeld, and "My System" by Nimzovich). Highly recommended.

Mar-30-06  DP12: goldenbear, e4 is correct and white probably has the advantage although it is not clear that he is winning--- he has a positional advantage but material is even. Also Nh6+ Kh8 e4 and it is clear that the check makes sense here as well--- White is winning material.
Mar-31-06  Marco65: <buzzymind> You actually found a flaw in my suggested line 19...Qd8 20.Rd7 Bg5 21.Rxd8 Bxd2 22.Rxf8+ and now 22...Kxf8! 23.Rxd2 exf5 24.Bxd5 Rd8 25.Bxb7 Rxb2 and Black can still fight. Therefore White'd better play 22.Rxa8 so that after 22...Rxa8 23.Rxd2 exf5 24.Bxd5 Black can't pin with Rd8? because of 25.Bxf7+. The judgement on 20.Rd7 doesn't change, it wins a piece.

That's a mistake I make several time, I stop the analysis when the position is not quiescence yet. It's also a consequence of the extreme difficulty I have in visualizing a position after only 8-10 "plies" (half moves). I tend to forget where pieces are. <Everybody> Any suggestion on how to improve on that?

Mar-31-06  ckr: <dzechiel> Thanks,I'll keep it in mind. It's been a day since and I have looked this over a bit. I think if one envisions the rook on c7 (and can put blinders on to the fact that it is enprise) that one can see that the mating possibilities have just increased with the bishop being active and it is accomplished without loss in time. Still it seems like a tough lesson to learn and apply.

May-29-06
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  patzer2: White's 18. Rc7! is a clearance tactic, which facilitates a decisive tripple mate threat after 18...Qxc7 19. Qh6! .
May-27-09  WhiteRook48: 19 Qh6!!
Jul-12-09  goodevans: When I played through this I thought, "Not a great game for gotd but a really good finish. Suitable puzzle material."

Then I saw we'd been there back in March 2006.

Jul-12-09  backrank: 17. ♘f5 is a well-known theme, ♕xd2 fails to ♘xe7+. With ♘d5, Black was hoping to close the d-file. However, he partly opened the long diagonal for the bishop b2 without being aware of that. The truly stunning move 18. ♖c7!! (desperado rook!) is now clearing the bishop diagonal entirely. The final 19. ♕h6! is based on a well-known mating pattern and on the fact that g7 is attacked three times, so that there is no defence.
Jul-12-09  newzild: I fell for this exact same mating pattern in a blitz game last week - after a Thursday puzzle (I think) which also featured the Nh6 and long-diagonal bishop combo.

After seeing three examples in little more than a week, including my own disaster, I hereby swear that I'll never fall for it again...

Jul-12-09  D4n: This is a really nice Queen Sac.
Jul-12-09  randomsac: This is a nice game, and I love the mating pattern at the end.
Jul-12-09  Octal: What does the pun mean?
Jul-12-09
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  whiteshark: <Octal> Maybe it's <Come and get it>, at least I thought so.
Jul-12-09
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  Annie K.: <whiteshark> inasmuch as this is one of my pun submissions (only minus the exclamation mark), yes, that's what I had in mind.
Jul-12-09  DarthStapler: Wasn't this just a puzzle
Jul-12-09  dx9293: I like to show this one to my students! Glad to see it as GOTD.
Jul-12-09  WhiteRook48: it's a really nice rook AND queen sac
Jul-13-09
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  tpstar: Wound up (1. d4 d5), can't sleep (2. c4 e6), can't do anything right little honey (3. Nf3 Nf6)/Oh since I set my eyes on you (4. g3 c6), I tell you the truth (5. Bg2 Be7)/Twisting like a flame in a slow dance baby (6. 0-0 0-0), you're driving me crazy (7. Qc2 b6)/Come on little honey (8. b3 Bb7), come on now (9. Bb2 Na6)/Fire (10. Nc3 c5), smoke she is a rising [last book move]/Fire yeah (11. Rfd1 Qc8), smoke on the horizon (12. cxd5 cxd4)/Fire (13. Nxd4 Nb4), smoke she is a rising (14. Qd2 Nbxd5)/Fire (15. Rac1 Nxc3), oh smokestack lightning (16. Rxc3), smokestack lightning [16. Qxc3 Bc5 17. b4 Bxg2 18. bxc5 bxc5 19. Nb3 ]/Well now shake it up (16 ... Qd7), you're to blame [16 ... Bc5!? 17. Qc2 Rd8 =], got me swayin' little honey (17. Nf5!) [ ]/My heart's a ball of burning flame (17 ... Nd5??), oh yes it is [17 ... exf5 18. Qxd7 Double Attack]/Trancing like a cat on a hot tin shack (18. Rc7!! Qxc7), Lord have mercy [18 ... Nxc7 19. Qxd7]/Come on little sister (19. Qh6!! gxh6), come on and shake it (20. Nxh6# 1-0) - The Cult + Fritz 7, "Fire Woman"

<Annie K.> Congratulations! Great pun and great game! :p

Jul-13-09
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  kevin86: Brilliant! A queen is sac-ed so that a bishop and knight can mate-most artistically.
Jun-09-10  patzer3844: Rc7 is the cool move!!!
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