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Boris Gelfand vs Evgeny Alekseev
Russian Team Championship (2008), Dagomys RUS, rd 4, Apr-05
Semi-Slav Defense: Anti-Moscow Gambit (D44)  ·  1-0

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Apr-06-08  outsider: an excellent attack by gelfand. mates, watch this game. it's worth the time
Apr-06-08  gorash: wow, the attack starting with 28.Rxc6+ is brilliant
Apr-15-08  minasina: http://chesspro.ru/chessonline/onli... http://google.com/translate?u=http%...
Jul-03-13  notyetagm: https://webcast.chessclub.com/icc/i...
Apr-09-17  RKnight: First Sunday puzzle I ever got! After lots and lots of tries. However instead of 37. Nc8, I think 37. exf5, followed by 38. f6 is even deadlier. No matter, Alekseev had enough either way.
Apr-09-17  yadasampati: Intuition did it again! After one minute the initiative that white gains with Rxc6+ became apparent to me. Enough for me to go for it. Another perfect Sunday :-)
Apr-09-17  Walter Glattke: 26.Rxc6 always wins, even with counter play 26.-Kb8 27.Rfc1 exd4 28.Rxd6 Ne5 29.Bxe5 Qxe5
30.Nxe7 with material advantage.
Apr-09-17  Muttley101: <yadasampati: Intuition did it again! After one minute the initiative that white gains with Rxc6+ became apparent to me. Enough for me to go for it. Another perfect Sunday :-)>

Congrats :)

Apr-09-17  mel gibson: Didn't see it but the computer did:

(26. Rxc6+ (♖c1xc6+ ♗b7xc6 ♖f1-c1 ♗d6-b8 ♕a5xa6+ ♔c8-d8 ♖c1xc6 ♖e6xc6 ♕a6xc6 ♖g8-e8 ♕c6xb5 ♖e8-e6 ♕b5-b7 h6-h5 ♗f3xh5 ♕g7-h6 ♗h2xe5 ♗b8xe5 d4xe5 ♕h6-c1+ ♔g1-h2 ♕c1-c6 ♕b7-b4 ♕c6-c5 ♗h5xf7 ♕c5xb4 ♘d5xb4 ♖e6-h6 e5-e6 ♖h6xh4+ ♔h2-g3) +4.20/18 165)

score = +4.20 depth 18.

Apr-09-17  yadasampati: Thanks <Muttley101>. This is a perfect Sunday in more than one respect, because here in the Netherlands the sun is shining beautifully, and i am about to leave for a fantastic bike trip to the north. Greetings from Amsterdam!
Apr-09-17  ChessHigherCat: I got 26. Rxc6+ Bxc6 but then I played Qxa6+, expecting Bb7 followed by Rc1+. My approach was too direct and in fact the whole puzzle is a good lesson in "delayed matification", where you have to forget about taking pieces and stay focused on the mate.
Apr-09-17  Cheapo by the Dozen: The idea was very easy to find, because if White doesn't attack he's in considerable danger. Unless one of his bishops survives, he's in strong danger of being mated, and both are at considerable risk of being made to go away.

That said, I would have played <ChessHigherCat>'s continuation rather than the game one.

Apr-09-17  gofer: The start is simple; a rook re-loader.

<26 Rxc6+ Bxc6 (Kb8 Rxd6 )>

<27 Rc1 ...>

27 ... Kb7
28 Rxc6+ Kxc6
29 Qxa6+ Nb6
30 Qxb6+ Kd7
31 Qb7+ Kd8 (Ke8 Qc8#)
32 Nb6 f5 (Re7 Qc8# or Bc7 33 Qc8+ Ke7 Nd5# or f6 33 Qc8+ Ke7 34 Nd5+ Kf7 Bh5+ ) 33 Qc8+ Ke7
34 Qd7+ Kf8 (Kf6 Nd5+ )
35 Qxe6

<27 ... Nb8>
<28 Rxc6+ Nxc6>

<29 Qxa6 Kd8>
<30 Qb6+! ...>

The all important check!

Having had a look, at this point black tries save the knight with Kd7 which I reasonable, but still loses. It leads to the continuation above (more or less) where Re6 is done for.

30 ... Kd7
31 Qb7+ Kd8
32 Nb6 f5
33 Qc8+ Ke7
34 Qd7+ Kf8
35 Qxe6

But is there an alternative? (Not 30 ... Kc8 31 Qxc6+ Kd8 32 Nb6 mating as above)

<30 ... Ke8>
<31 Qxc6+ Kf8>


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Now what?

Apr-09-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  malt: I got R:c6+ but did not see 27.Rc1
Apr-09-17  schachfuchs: @gofer:
32.dxe5 Bb4!? (32.Bxe5 33.Qc5+; 32...Ba3 33.Qa8+) 33.Qxb5 Ba3 34.Qa5 and I think the bB is lost?! Then we count: pair of B+N+4P + further attack vs. 2 R. Is that enough?

Wish you all a beautiful sunday!

Apr-09-17  schachfuchs: btw: I also think the computer line 27...Bb8 is a little bit better than 27...Nb8.
Apr-09-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  whiteshark: <Sac-Explorer> After 28...Nxc6 white is actually ♖ + ♖/♗ down
Apr-09-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  morfishine: I had <26.Rxc6+> which doesn't seem that insane

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Apr-09-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  agb2002: The material is identical.

Black is about to increase the pressure on g2 with Rg6. At the moment, exd4 is not a threat due to Bxd6 and Qc7#.

I found the line 26.Rxc6+ Bxc6 27.Rc1 (27.Qxa6+ Bb7 28.Rc1+ Kb8 29.Qxb5 looks insufficient) 27... Kb7 28.Rxc6 Kxc6 29.Qxa6+ Nb6 30.Qxb6+ Kd7 31.Qb7+ Kd8 (31... Ke8 32.Qc8#) 32.Nb6 f5 33.Qc8+ Ke7 34.Qd7+ Kf6 (34... Kf8 35.Qxe6) 35.Nd5+ Kg6 36.Qxe6+ + - [B+N+2P vs r].

However Black can play 27... Nb8 and after 28.Nb6+ Kb7 29.d5 Bc7 30.dxe6 Bxb6 White doesn't seem to have compensation for the piece.

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Another option is 26.Nb6+ Nxb6 27.d5, trying to open the black castle.

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I don't know and don't have time for more but probably would play 26.Nb6+.

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