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Sjestov vs Krovatkin
RUS corr (1997) (correspondence), Russia
King's Indian Defense: Saemisch. Closed Variation (E87)  ·  0-1



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Nov-10-06  chessmoron: 32...c4//34...Kxh7 is better
Nov-10-06  dzechiel: Saw the idea, but not the right order. <sigh>
Nov-10-06  Ashram64: saw the idea...but the solution is pretty deep
Nov-10-06  Manic: Saw the move, but couldn't be bothered trying to calculate after Qxc4+
Nov-10-06  sataranj: i accidentally stumbled on the 1st move. but looking at subsequent moves, i confess, i didn't get it.
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  cu8sfan: <Saw the idea, but not the right order. <sigh>> Same here. There are so many options in this position but none of them seemed to work when I looked at them.
Nov-10-06  aazqua: Finally, the type of position I typically see in my own games!! Ha ha. Ehm. So the first few moves aren't too hard - you look and nothing seems obvious, all the squares covered. Then you notice that q*b k*b b-b5 is a nice mate, so how we can prevent the queen from recapture? Put the rook in the way of course. After that things certainly do get messy - working out all of the lines is a bit of a thicket, but if you have a half hour of clock and nothing better to do ...
Nov-10-06  goldfarbdj: I saw the queen-sac bishop-mate, but blocking the line with the rook didn't even occur to me. Sigh. I was looking at 28. ... Bb5 29. Rxb2 Bxc4+ 30. Qxc4 Re3+ 31. Kxe3 Qxc4, which is reasonable but not as good as the game.
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  mig55: I saw the blocking with the R and the mate with the bishop after the Q sac, but it is hard to go on after the refutation....
Nov-10-06  dwojiow: Hmm, Ok I missed this one. But what about 28...♖xd2

29.♕xd2 ♗b5
30.♗xb5 ♕xb5+
31.♔c2 ♖e2

or 29.♔xd2 ♗b5
30.♔d3 ♗xc4+
31.♕xc4 ♖e3+!

What am I missing?

Nov-10-06  Confuse: a little tough for thurs... oh its friday. nice combo! : )
Nov-10-06  Towershield: This was a very easy one for me-- I spotted 28..Re4 29.fxe4 Qxc4+ 30.Ke3 within 7-8 seconds.
Nov-10-06  Fisheremon: <chessmoron: 32...c4//34...Kxh7 is better> Yes, but perhaps 34...Qd2+ is yet better. Also for White 25. Rde1 could give a chance of saving.
Nov-10-06  Vanish Doom: I got it up to 30...Qxc3+ but couldn't see what to do afterwards. I guess I can't consider it a correct solution.
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  al wazir: Best I could do was 28...Bb5 29. Rxb2 Bxc4+ 30. Qxc4 Re3+ 31. Kxe3 Qxc4. White's ♙s are all loose, and black might pick up two or three of them.
Nov-10-06  thesonicvision: i immediately noticed that if the
white queen weren't on f4...
Qxc4+,KxQ, Bb5#
then i quickly saw that the rooks
could be placed on e4 since white had no immediate checks.

however, i didn't calculate the rest
of the sequence. i pulled a tal
and just assumed black would win
after sac'ng the exchange due to
white's open king and the loose
rook on h1.

Nov-10-06  melianis: B-QN5 and QxQB4 wins the exchange or mates.
Nov-10-06  Ch3ckmate: this was my first friday puzzle i cracked. is this normal friday or was this one just easier?

Nov-10-06  Eurotrash: 28...Bb5 was my choice as well
Nov-10-06  percyblakeney: I actually got this one, trickiest move for me was 31. ... Qc2.
Nov-10-06  melianis: Quite normal for a friday... You get some you lose some; This one I did lose, and did not get either, so the proverb doesn't always apply.
Nov-10-06  Larsker: I did not solve this one correctly - but I enjoyed going through the solution move by move. Great puzzle.
Nov-10-06  NBZ: <dwojiow> 28. ... Rxd2+ 29. Qxd2 Bb5 30. Bxb5 Qxb5+ 31. c4 and the attack comes to a halt.

28. ... Bb5 29. Rxb2 Bxc4+ 30. Qxc4 Re3+ 31. Kxe3 Qxc4 32. Rb7! and the white kings is stalemated, the h7 pawn is very dangerous and if white can get his other rook into play the result could be deadly.

In the final position, Qxf2 Rxf2 Kxf2 appears to fork the rook and bishop but Rf3+! (or Bxe4 which is less spectacular) Kxf3 Bxe4+ maintains the extra piece.

Nov-10-06  NBZ: oops after Rxf2 I meant Ke3
Nov-10-06  kcb: NICE!
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