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Nelma Lopes vs Una O'Boyle
Dresden Olympiad (Women) (2008), Dresden GER, rd 7, Nov-20
Sicilian Defense: Old Sicilian. General (B30)  ·  1-0



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  Penguincw: With the easier than average week last week, I thought today's Monday puzzle would be hard.

And uh, nope.

1/1 this week, and perfect on Mondays this month.

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  WorstPlayerEver: Second!
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  ChessHigherCat: Still, it's mate in 3 if you count the interposed bishop.
Jun-04-18  Cheapo by the Dozen: I made this unnecessarily difficult for myself. After not seeing the mate immediately, I looked at Bd5, which apparently wins a piece. Only after I convinced myself that Black definitely wins the piece right back did I return to looking for a mate ... and on the second try I did find it in a typical Monday seven-seconds-or-less.

To add insult to injury, I checked the engine, and Bd5 is refuted even more easily than I thought. (Black sacs the exchange, never losing a piece in the first place.)

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  ChessHigherCat: <WorstPlayerEver: Second!>

To quote a famous world-weary wiseacre:

<It may be funny if you read this kind of nonsense for the first time, yes. But after a while it gets somewhat weary.>

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  WorstPlayerEver: <CHC>

At least it does not reveal an obsession with long-windedness IMHO.

Jun-04-18  lost in space: I love Mondays!

36. Nxg6+ hxg6 (only move) 37. Qh4+ Bh6 (only move) 38. Qxh6#

Jun-04-18  stst: Monday N-sac:
36.NxP+ hxN
37.Qh4+ Bh6

The Black Q & B remain lookers-on, no action can be started.

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  agb2002: White has a bishop and a knight for the bishop pair and a pawn.

Black threatens Bxf1.

The black king doesn't have legal moves. This leads to 36.Nxg6+ hxg6 37.Qh4+ Bh6 38.Qxh6#.

Jun-04-18  saturn2: The puzzle could be:
find (the only) checks in the next 3 moves.
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  jith1207: White should have played Nf4 in 34th move, which guarantees a win. Qg3 instead brought the position equal before black overlooked the threat and still lost by the text move!
Jun-04-18  goodevans: 35...Bxd3??


35...g5 and black is fine.

Jun-04-18  cocker: I was going to say what <goodevans> said.
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  malt: The key to the fortress 36.N:g6+ hg6
37.Qh4+ Bh6 38.Q:h6#
Jun-04-18  Whitehat1963: I tried to make a queen sac work for about 20 to 30 seconds before seeing it was the knight that must be sacrificed. Then it was another easy Monday again.
Jun-04-18  takchess: Happy Monday All.
Jun-04-18  zb2cr: Mate in 3, all forced, beginning with 36. Nxg6+.
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  thegoodanarchist: 36.Nxg6+ and it's "O'Boy"
Jun-04-18  Patriot: It's kind of funny black resigned there as if she is saying "Ok she sees it!"
Jun-04-18  King Harvest: Puzzle was easy... but mostly I wonder if Nelma's siblings have any children because then she'd be Auntie Lopes.

Hey, it's a Monday level pun too.

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  gawain: I like puzzles where the king is mated out in the open, but I also like puzzles like this one where the king is surrounded by his own pieces which prove useless for defense.
Jun-04-18  Strelets: 36.Nxg6+ and White wins by force. Black has no legal alternative to 36...hxg6 37.Qh4+ Bh6 38.Qxh6#
Jun-04-18  lzromeu: 35.Nf4!!! what a masterpiece, uncommon for 1720 rating players. Black falls in a trap, g5 was needed, but blundered
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  ChessHigherCat: <takchess: Happy Monday All>

Isn't that a contradiction in terms?

<King Harvest: I wonder if Nelma's siblings have any children because then she'd be Auntie Lopes. Hey, it's a Monday level pun too.>

You wouldn't be the king of the corn harvest by any chance?

Jun-04-18  CHESSTTCAMPS: The one available check leads to a forced mate-in-3.

It has been a while since I've visited this forum. Can someone remind me if there is an index that allows direct access to previous puzzles of the day - preferably in reverse chronological order? Thanks.

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