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Torben Soraas vs Johannes Luangtep Kvisla
Midnight Sun Chess Challenge (2006), Tromso NOR, rd 9, Jul-02
Spanish Game: Morphy Defense. Anderssen Variation (C77)  ·  1-0

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Sep-25-06  ForeverYoung: I got this one in about a heartbeat. the other puzzle is nice example of the sacrifice theme.
Sep-25-06  gus inn: Old trick.Works every time !
Sep-25-06  gus inn: LOL <kellmano>
Sep-25-06  ucbu: If this was the 2nd game Topalov - Kramnik, I'm sure Topa would play 21. Qh5 :(
Sep-25-06  Microbe: Excellent puzzle that I found in literally seconds =D

And very true <notyetaqm>. Veselin seems to be playing very well...until he blunders. It's not like him at all...

Sep-25-06  greensfield: Straight forward. Send the Rook in to bring the King out of his hole, for the Queen to power in, and finish him off.
Sep-25-06  zb2cr: Quick and simple, I saw it in not much over 1 second.
Sep-25-06
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  beenthere240: As soon as I saw this game and saw that Qh5 fails, I knew I had a great post. Alas, ucbu beat me to it. And I'm sad too. Robert Byrne ended his chess column this morning by wondering about the state of furniture in Topalov's hotel room.
Sep-25-06  YouRang: Found in a matter of seconds. :-)

As they say, "look for forcing moves" -- it's often the winning move (especially on Monday-Tuesday).

Sep-25-06  alphee: <think: 20...gxf6 Qh5 > saw this one too but totally missed Rh8 ... :-(
Sep-25-06
Premium Chessgames Member
  kevin86: The three move mate was simple. The real task was to first open the h file and then to exchange black's best defender,the knight at f6.

Divert,corner,and capture.

Divert:force king into open:h8
Corner:confine black's king to g8 and h8
Capture:execute the mate.

Sep-25-06  lvlaple: This puzzle really should've started a move earlier. Anyway, hooray for confidence builders.
Sep-25-06  Resignation Trap: I'm waiting for a tasteless pun to be made from White's name. "Why did Torben play in the Midnight Sun Chess Challenge, instead of the Tour de France?"

No? Well, I don't blame you.

Sep-25-06  R00K33: I played Qh5 @ 21 I don't see what black can do to avoid mate. He can only delay it.
Sep-25-06  YouRang: <Resignation Trap> LOL - There's something paradoxical about puns -- sometimes the tasteless ones are the tastiest. :-)
Sep-25-06  YouRang: <ROOK33> <I played Qh5 @ 21 I don't see what black can do to avoid mate. He can only delay it.>

But after 21. Qh5 fxg6, how does White force mate?

Sep-25-06  scorpius: Easiest monday puzzle in a long time.
Sep-25-06
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  Sneaky: I love this puzzle. So easy, so basic, but there might be a few people among us who missed it totally (probably shamed into silence!) and those are the people this puzzle was made for.
Sep-25-06
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  Eggman: After 16.h4 it seems that Black is forced to play 16...Re8 and 17...Kf8. I can see no other way to offer resistance. A very powerful attack considering that White never even bothered to castle.
Sep-25-06  trumbull0042: Rumor has it that Topalov came by the site last night to do Chessgames.com's puzzle of the day...and missed it. He went for Bc2.
Sep-25-06  chess man: It took me three seconds.
Sep-25-06  Mendrys: I am trying to figure out what black had in mind when he moved 13...Ne7 and 14...Ng6. While these don't seem to be THE decisive mistakes they seem to only help white's cause by giving him all of the attacking chances.
Sep-25-06  schnarre: This was nice & (very) easy!
Sep-25-06
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  Eggman: <<After 16.h4 it seems that Black is forced to play 16...Re8 and 17...Kf8. I can see no other way to offer resistance. A very powerful attack considering that White never even bothered to castle.>>

Actually, to correct myself, after 16...Re8 17.h5 Kf8 18.hxg6 fxg6 19.Rh8+ Ke7 20.Bxf6+ Kxf6 (20...gxf6 21.Rh7+ Kf8 22.Rf7+ Kg8 23.Rd7+ wins the Queen) 21.Qf3+ Kg5 22.Rh5+ gxh5 23.Qxh5+ Kf6 24.Qf5+ Ke7 25.Qf7#, and White has an overwhelming position, so Black must find something better.

After 16.h4, a couple of other tries that don't work:

(a)16...Qe8 17.h5 Nh7 18.hxg6 Nxg5 19.Qh5 mating;

(b)16...Bc8 17.h5 Be6 (17...Bg4 18.Bxf6 Bxe2 19.Bxd8 Bg4 20. Bg5 and White is up a piece) 18.hxg6 Bxb3 19.Bxf6 Qxf6 20.Rh8+, again mating.

So 16...Be7 seems to be the decisive error. Black needed to hurry up with 16...c5 (instead of 16...Be7 17.h5 c5 as in the game) so that after 17.h5 c4 18.hxg6 he could reply 18...fxg6. The only other try would be 16...Kh7 17.h5 Bc8 18.hxg6+ Kxg6, but it's hard to believe Black can get away with such extravagance.

Sep-25-06  manbot: i found this puzzle in no more than 3 microseconds.in fact, i could sense the answer before i even looked at it.
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