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Esteban Canal vs Enrico Paoli
Reggio Emilia (1965/66), Reggio Emilia ITA, rd 6, Jan-01
Bird Opening: Dutch Variation (A03)  ·  1-0



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Feb-28-09  Hugh the Drover: A rook sacrifice on h6 (preceded by ignoring the loss of a Bishop) leads to an elementary mating trap, with the finesse of f5 shutting off any defense of the Q Rook's travel to h3 for the mate.

Canal's famous miniature of 14 moves in a simul, seen in a childhood book, can be viewed on this website. It made me look at a few other of his games, including this.

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  wwall: Perhaps 18...Nxb5 was the losing move. Better may be 18...Nc6 or 18...Nd7, but White still has 19.Rf1

If 19...Qe8, then 20.Rxh6+ Kg8 (20...gxh6 21.Qxh6+ Kg8 22.Rf3 e5 23.Rg3+ Kf7 24.f5 Rg8 25.Qh7+ Kf8 26.Rxg8 mate) 21.Qh7+ Kf7 22.Nf3 (threatening 23.Ng5 fxg5 24.Qxg7 mate) Bd8 23.axb5.

If 19...Nc3, then 20.Rxh6+ gxh6 21.Qxh6+ Kg8 22.Qg6+ Kh8 23.Rf3, threatening 24.Rh3 mate.

If 20...Kg8 21.Rh7 Nf5 22.Qh5 Nh6 23.Rxh6 gxh6 24.Qg6+ Kh8 25.Qxh6+ Kg8 26.Qg6+ Kh8 27.Rf3 e5 28.Qh5+ Kg7 29.Rg3+ Qg4 29.Rxg4 mate

White missed a mate in three. Instead of 24.f5, White could have played 24.Qh5+ Kg7 25.Rg3+ Qg4 26.Rxg4 mate.

After 24.f5 Qxf5 25.Rxf5 Nxf5 26.Qxf5 and 27.Nf3 and White should win.

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  AylerKupp: I wouldn't mind playing Black's position after 24.f5 Qxf5 25.Rxf5 Nxf5 26.Qxf5 Nc6. Material roughly even (though the d5 pawn will go), solid pawn structure, all pieces protectable, and open files for the rooks. Once the Black rooks are mobilized they will harass that White queen to death. And that White bishop is not going to join the attack for a long time.
Jun-21-09  WhiteRook48: that seems to go well

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