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Samuel G A Franklin vs Rasa Norinkeviciute
Hastings (2007/08), Hastings ENG, rd 2, Dec-29
Formation: Hippopotamus (A00)  ·  1-0



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Feb-23-17  Robert Samuels: I'm not usually up this early (UK time), but today I am rewarded with the well-timed 23.Nxe6! cashing in White's pressure to reap rook and two connected passed pawns for the investment of two minor pieces.
Feb-23-17  Robert Samuels: And it's a British game, too! Not bad for a 13-year-old.
Feb-23-17  Doniez: I got the first moves of the combo and stopped after move 26, didn't know where to put the black King. But I really liked white final moves.
Feb-23-17  diagonalley: good example of how to exploit the power of connected passed pawns!
Feb-23-17  YouRang: Thursday 23.?

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White has lots of firepower surrounding black's K. Perhaps most threatening is the potential convergence of the Bd3 and the Q on the Rg6, which is annoyingly foiled by the presence of Pf5. Also, I note that white's Ng6 is attacked by Ph6.

I thought this puzzle wasn't too hard mainly because there wasn't much else to look at except to move our attacked knight: <23.Nxe6+!>

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- It a forcing move (gives check).
- It removes the protector of that annoying Pf5.
- By vacating g5, the Q and B both attack that annoying Pf5.

In exchange for the N, we take advantage of Pf5: <23...Qxe6 24.Bxf5>

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Black, hoping the save the attacked Q and guard the doubly-attacked Rg6 only has <24...Qf7>, but then white recovers material and simplifies with <25.Bxg6 Qxg6 26.Qxg6 Kxg6 27.f5+>

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White has 2 passed pawns, supported by a N and rooks. Black has underdeveloped pieces and an exposed king. Looks awful for black.

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  agb2002: The material is identical.

Black threatens hxg5 and Nxf6.

White has Nxd5, Bxf5 and Nxe6+. The latter looks promising after 23.Nxe6+ Qxe6 (23... Kf7 24.Bxf5 wins decisive material) 24.Bxf5:

A) 24... Qf7 25.Bxg6 Qxg6 26.Ne8+ Kh7 (26... Kf7 27.e6+ wins the queen) 27.Qxg6+ Kxg6 28.f5+

A.1) 28... Kf7 29.Nc7 Rb8 30.e6+ wins decisive material.

A.2) 28... Kh7 29.e6

A.2.a) 29... Nf8 30.Nc7 Rb8 31.Nxd5 and the threat e7 seems to win decisive material. For example, 31... Nxe6 32.fxe6 Bxe6 33.Nf6+ Kg7 34.d5 ends up a rook ahead.

A.2.b) 30... Nb6 30.Nc7 Rb8 31.f6 followed by e7 and f7 seems to win decisive material. For example, 31... Nxd4 32.e7 Bd7 33.f7, etc.

A.3) 28... Kg5 29.e6 looks similar to A.2.

B) 24... Nxf6 25.Qxg6+ followed by 26.Bxe6 wins.

C) 24... Rxg2+ 25.Kxg2 only loses more material.

Feb-23-17  AlicesKnight: It looks as if 23.Nxe6+ Qxe6; 24.Bxf5 should lead to something; 24.... Qf7 or later ...Rxf6 might be next, leaving White's Ps to be backed by the Rs through the middle. Let's see; - yes, that was the break, though I can't help wondering if the advance of Black's K was the best idea.....
Feb-23-17  saturn2: Destroy the guard of f5 by Nxe6 and let Bxf5 follow. The black queen cannot defend the rook and is under attack itself. 1-0
Feb-23-17  The Kings Domain: Good puzzle and good game. Bold sacrifice by white which eventually paid off.
Feb-23-17  Walter Glattke: A similar result could be made with
24.-Rg5 25.Qxg5+ hxg5 26.Bxe6 Nxf6
27.exf6+ Kxf6 28.Bxd5 Nxd4 29.fxg5+ Kxg5
30.Rf8 Rb8 31.(Rc1? Ne2+) Rd1
Feb-23-17  Moszkowski012273: 41.g4+... is mate in four.
Feb-23-17  gofer: I was looking at g4 and Bxf5 and wondering how to make them work. Finally, I saw <Nxe6+> and the light dawned!

a) It is a check.

b) It removes a defender of Pf5 and so threatens Bxf5!

c) It stops Ng5 from being en-prise from Ph6 (so that Ph6 is stuck where it is) and that implies that we have an open g file to the king on g7!

d) It threatens Nc7 followed by any of Ne8+/Nxa8/Nxd5/e6

So this must be it, but what is the best continuation for black?!

<23 Nxe6+ ...>

23 ... Kh8
24 Qxg6

23 ... Kf7
24 Bxf5

<23 ... Qxe6>
<24 Bxf5 ...>

24 ... Nxf6
25 Qxg6+ Kf8 (Kh8 is worse)
26 exf6 Qg8
27 Qxh6+ Ke8
28 Rae8+

<24 ... Qf7>
<25 Bxg6 ...>

25 ... Nxf6
26 Bxf7 Nxh5
27 Bxh5 ...

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White has <three> connected passed pawns g4 (shortly), f4 and e5. When black tries to snaffle then Pd5 becomes weak...

<25 ... Qxg6>

<26 Ne8+! Kf7/Kh7>

<27 Qxg6+ Kxg6>

<28 f5+ >

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Okay, <Once> what does Fritz say!?

Is 26 Ne8+ worth an exclamation mark or is it garbage?!

Feb-23-17  morfishine: Straightforward demolition tactic that gains the positional edge for a modest material investment


Feb-23-17  mrknightly: Franklin lost a game in 17 moves in the same tournament. Ah...the vicissitudes of chess.
Feb-23-17  wtpy: Gofer, I couldn't decide on whether Ne8+ was better than the straight forward Qg6+; both look winning. Perhaps someone with engine will enlighten us.
Feb-23-17  stst: just a glance, either NxP+ or QxR+...guess NxP+ better? need to play thru...
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  drollere: i like that black forges on, two N's against two R's, for 5 more moves after 38.
Feb-23-17  Jack Kerouac: Hardest part of today's is pronouncing that Dude's name.
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  kevin86: Complicated ending, white promoted, is exchanged unto a double exchange, etc. white does win.
Feb-23-17  BOSTER: After sharp 21.Ng5 black could play Rxf6, and if 22.exf6 Qxf6 with good game.
Feb-23-17  patzeroni: what about 23 Ng8(!)? If 23 ... Qe8, 24 Nxh6 and the R can't take. Best defense seems to be 24 ... Qh8, followed by Nxf5+, exf5 and Qxf5. Black must protect the R, White might follow with Kf2 and double rooks on the h file.

Not spectacular but should work.

Thanks for comments, i'm a newcomer.

Feb-23-17  BOSTER: If 23.Ng8 Rxg5
Feb-23-17  awfulhangover: Much easier than this Monday!
Feb-24-17  RandomVisitor: White could have won earlier with 14.hxg6!

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<+1.98/28 14.hxg6 Nxg6 15.Nh5> Be7 16.g4 Ndf8 17.g5 hxg5 18.fxg5 Rh7 19.Nf6+ Bxf6 20.gxf6 Qb6 21.Rf2 Bd7 22.a4 Qc7 23.Be3 Be8 24.Ng5 Rh4 25.Rg2 Rb8 26.Be2 cxd4 27.Bxd4 b6 28.b3 Rd8 29.Qd2 Qb7 30.Bd3 Rc8 31.Kf2 Rf4+ 32.Kg1

Feb-24-17  RandomVisitor: Does black have counterplay with 19...Rxf6?

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<+0.35/30 19...Rxf6 20.exf6 dxc3> 21.Rc1 Ng6 22.Bb5 Qxf6 23.g3 Nge7 24.Qd3 d4 25.Bxc6 Nxc6 26.Rfd1 Bd7 27.Nxd4 Nb4 28.Qf3 Nd5 29.Ne2 Rc8 30.Nxc3 Nxc3 31.Rxd7 Ne2+ 32.Qxe2 Rxc1+ 33.Kg2 e5 34.Qxe5 Qc6+ 35.Qd5+ Qxd5+ 36.Rxd5 Rc2+ 37.Kh3 Rxa2 38.Rxf5 b6 39.b4 Rb2 40.b5 Rd2 41.Rh5 Kg7 42.Re5 Kf6 43.Kg4

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