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Yge Visser vs Jonathan Speelman
Staunton Memorial (2006), Crowthorne ENG, rd 10, Aug-24
Caro-Kann Defense: Karpov Variation (B17)  ·  0-1



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Aug-28-06  scorpius: This is quite a simple tactic, especially one you notice that ...rg1+ doesn't work because white takes with check. Took about 5 seconds ;)
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  gawain: Saw it instantly. Very pretty though. An almost-smothered mate. That would be a "mothered" mate?
Aug-28-06  Chess Lou Zer: I'm embarrassed to say that it took me about 5 seconds.
Aug-28-06  NakoSonorense: 5 seconds to do what?
Aug-28-06  GannonKnight: Nice puzzle. Looked for the smothered first. How about we call it the quasi-smothered mate. Next puzzle in about 16 minutes!!
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  patzer2: Black's discovered check 25...Ne4+!! sets up a neat smothered mate with the followup and daily puzzle solution 27...Qg1+!
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  patzer2: Of course one could argue that Black's winning combination starts with White's dubious sacrifice 19. Bxh6?! and the strong defensive replies 20...Be4! and 21...Ng4!
Nov-17-12  Eduardo Bermudez: Wonderful Mr Speelmann !!!
Sep-14-13  Beancounter: Surprised Viser played on till mate.
Premium Chessgames Member There was a schedule problem with today's puzzle. Two different puzzles (one of them completely meaningless) were temporarily shown before we got it right.

This is truly today's puzzle. In spite of appearances it's not a repeat: we used it before on move 27...? for a simple Monday smother-mate, but now we present the much more subtle version.

Our apologies again about mix-up at midnight.

Apr-06-16  saturn2: After 3 minutes staring at the computer screen I found 26..Rxg3 threatens a. the queen and b. smoothered mate.
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  Once: I don't think anyone noticed the mix-up.

As to the puzzle, I varied slightly for white with 27. Qxg3 Nxg3 28. hxg3

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It doesn't make much difference. White is rook for queen down with no prospects of building a fortress. But it's not a mate.

Neat finish. It's an interesting game to play through because white was initially the one doing the attacking with a bishop sac on h6. Black calmly defended, swapped off a couple of pieces and landed a counter-attack of his own.

Apr-06-16  AlicesKnight: ....Rxg3 threatens ....Qg1+ and Nf2# as well as the White Q; let's find out .... yes. Good to see a sometimes neglected maestro in action like this.
Apr-06-16  gofer: I found the answer in seconds and then wanted to see what happened in the game. At the point of <18 ... h6> you really have to wonder whether Speelman saw his defence to the spurious <19 Bxh6?>.

The first few moves play themselves, so had he prepared Be4! and then Ng4! Both are really "obvious"...

So was <18 ... h6> a trap? or just a safe move? or a bit of both?


<Once: I don't think anyone noticed the mix-up.>

For those conspiracy theorists out there, if no one noticed the mix up then why have none of our esteemed colleagues from over the pond mentioned anything between 5 am (GMT) and 7 am (GMT) when I looked at this and it was fine... ...did <CG> remove their abusive comments?!?!

Why was <CG> the first to post? I have never seen that before!!!

Do <CG> have the equivalent of the MiB neuralyzer...?

So that not only do the posts get wiped, but also the memories of the people that posted them...

Apr-06-16  morfishine: Crunch, Crunch, Crunch, Hooray!
Apr-06-16  CHESSTTCAMPS: In this two-way attacking position, black has a piece for a pawn. White threatens 27.Rxe7 and would be ecstatic to get 26... B moves?? 27.Qh7# However, a strong discovered attack opportunity is unlikely to escape the attention of average tournament players, let alone a former FIDE top 10 GM. Therefore, I would expect

26... Rxg3! 27.Resigns In view of:

A. 27.Q/Rxe7 Qg1+ 28.Rxg1 Nf2#

B. 27.Qxe4 fxe4 28.hxg3 exf3 wins

C. 27.Bxe4 Bxh4 28.hxg3 fxe4 wins

D. 27.Qxg3+ Nxg3+ 28.hxg3 Bd6 (Q for R)

E. 27.Qh7+ Kxh7 28.Rxe7+ Rg7

Apr-06-16  zb2cr: 26. ... Rxg3 is one of those economical moves, setting up a threat on the White Queen as well as a potential mate. Whit can survive for a brief time with 27. Qxg3+, Nxg3+; 28. hxg3. Down by Q vs. R, but not the mate delivered in the actual game.
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  Tabanus: I was able to solve this one! After a minute or so. Quite pretty mate it is. Facing Tal, I might have been more cautious, say, played Bf6 first, and got mated myself :)
Apr-06-16  nalinw: Many people - like those of us in the East who wait for a good excuse to interrupt work mid-morning - noticed the mix-up. Their comments are on the pages related to the relevant games.

Today was the first time I bothered to find out how to switch the board so that I was looking from the Black side (click e7!).

I had forgotten what a difference this makes - but still did not get it :-)

Wasted time on Nxg3+ thinking that the first move had to be a check. Didn't realize that the rook on g3 was the same as a White pawn on g2 - setting up the smothered mate.

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  thegoodanarchist: When one sees a Speelman game, the first question that must be asked is, "Which Speelman is this?"
Apr-06-16  dfcx: Black is already up a piece and can gain more with

White has to take with queen to save mate.

A. 27.Rxe2? Qg1+ 28.Rxg1 Nf2#

B. 27.Qxg3 Nxg3+ 28.hxg3 and black has queen for rook advantage

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  kevin86: Black win by decoy-ing the queen away and mate similar to a smothered mate.
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  patzer2: Really appreciate the recurring themes of decoy/deflection and mate this week. They're great examples to use in teaching tactics to my Grandsons, who I'm visiting in Texas this month.

My seven-year-old Grandson played in a scholastic rated tournament last Saturday where he won two and lost two games.

His two losses were to the first and third place finishers, both strong teen age players in a field of 14 scholastic contenders.

In the final round, my Grandson was a pawn up in a bishop versus knight ending against the third place finisher.

At one point my Grandson had a winning position, but missed a combination to decisively trap his opponent's knight. After missing the win, he wound up trying a futile maneuver to chase and capture the knight. In the process, he got both his Bishop and King out of play, and let his opponent slip in a passed pawn which he was helpless to stop.

So this week, in addition to reviewing basic tactical themes from the puzzles here and Murray Chandler's book "Chess Tactics for Kids," we're emphasizing basic endgame study with examples from Bruce Pandolfini's "Endgame Course" book.

For my five-year-old Grandson, earlier today, we used his Lightning McQueen Red Car as a Bishop (with a Bishop on top of the car) on a large vinyl board to review the move of that piece. Tomorrow, we'll review the Rook move using his Blue car "Doc" with a Rook on top. The book I'm using for the five-year-old is Murray Chandler and Helen Milligan's Chess for Kids, featuring Kirsty the Alligator and his friend George.

P.S.: In addition to Chess, the seven-year-old Grandson won a first place prize in a second grade spelling bee while the 10-year-old placed third in his fourth grade group. All three grandsons had a fun day yesterday in their Tae Kwan Do classes, where the older boys are blue belts and the younger grandson is a camo belt.

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  Bubo bubo: 26...Rxg3 threatens 27...Qg1+ 28.Rxg1 Nf2#, and White cannot avoid this mate and save his queen simultaneously.
Apr-06-16  jith1207: <patzer2>: Very nice to hear about your Grand Sons and how well they are picking up pieces of this great game, especially the novel ways to teach the 5-year old. Much Appreciate such sharing of knowledge that we future generation can catch on.
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