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Gytis Vaicekauskas vs Kristof Juhasz
Open 14-wycc (2008), Vung Tau city, rd 1, Oct-20
Sicilian Defense: Alapin Variation. Barmen Defense (B22)  ·  1-0

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Nov-20-18  BxChess: Well I got the initial moves, 33. Rxe4 Qxe4. Then I departed with 33. e6, threatening mate on h8 and f7. Black has to give up the queen t stave off mate for a few more moves.
Nov-20-18  stacase: That took just a few seconds. Once you examine 32.Rxe4 you see that it wins the Bishop or wins the game - and then wins the game. Yeah I know, those little sayings that come up when you post? One says "The hardest game to win is the "Won" game.
Nov-20-18  saturn2: I took 33. e6 with

33..f6 34. Bxf6 or

33..Qh7 34. exf7+ or

33..Qxd4+ 34. cxd4 or

33. Kf8 34. Rxf7+ Kg8 35. Qh8#

Nov-20-18
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  WannaBe: Missed this one. I had QxQ first move.
Nov-20-18
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  al wazir: I went with 33. e6 too. But 33. Qxf2+ is clearly better.

I think I can honestly say that I would have seen it OTB.

Nov-20-18
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  agb2002: White has an extra pawn.

The black queen stops Qxf7+ and protects the bishop. Therefore, 32.Rxe4:

A) 32... Qxe4 33.Qxf7+ Kh8 34.e6+ Qxd4 35.cxd4 + - [Q+2P vs r].

B) 32... Qxh5 33.gxh5 + - [B+P].

Nov-20-18  ChessHigherCat: I got it but it took me a while because I kept looking (in vain) at e6, and then at the retarded Rxe4 Qxe4 Qg5+?? before the obvious Rxe4 Qxe4 Qxf7+ Kh8 e6# finally dawned upon me, which ties the two themes together
Nov-20-18  ChessHigherCat: Aha, agb2002 is right, 34.. e6+ Qxd4 35. cxd4+, but it still wins. All in all, very tricky for a Tuesday.
Nov-20-18  Mayankk: Got it easily thankfully.
The trick is that with the Black Queen on g6, the vulnerability of f7 is not very apparent. So after Rxe4 Qxe4, it takes a while to see that Qxf7+ is now feasible.
Nov-20-18
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  ajk68: 26...Qd5? was losing.
Nov-20-18  goodevans: Like several others, I went with 33.e6.

<al wazir: ... But 33. Qxf2+ is clearly better>

Is it? SF has 33.Qxf2+ as mate in 9 with 33.e6 as mate in 8.

Nov-20-18  Cheapo by the Dozen: My answer was like that of <BxChess>.

Mainly, to solve the problem one had to see:
-- White starts out slightly ahead in material.
-- White has mate threats.
-- Black's queen is overloaded.
-- White's queen is protected.
-- Black doesn't have any kind of perpetual check counterplay as long as White's queen hasn't moved yet.

Depending on which subset of the mate threats one sees first, one might come up with different puzzle solutions. :)

Nov-20-18
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  malt: Went with 32.R:e4 Re6
(32...Q:e4 33.Q:f7+ Kh8 34.e6+ Q:d4 35.cd4 )
(32...Q:h5 33.gh5 and 34.Rg4 )

33.Q:g6 R:g6 34.Rf6 a Bishop and pawn advantage.

Nov-20-18  zb2cr: 32. Rxe4 starts things off. If Black plays 32. ... Qxe4; 33. Qxf7+, Kh8; 34. e6+ and Black must give up his Queen to stop mate.

In the face of other moves such as 32. ... Qxh5 or 32. ... Re6, White simply has won a Bishop, and already being a Pawn up, has a straightforward win.

Nov-20-18  DrGridlock: <BxChess: Well I got the initial moves, 33. Rxe4 Qxe4. Then I departed with 33. e6, threatening mate on h8 and f7. Black has to give up the queen t stave off mate for a few more moves.>

Both 33 e3 and 33 Qxf7 are mate in 9.

Nov-20-18
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  thegoodanarchist: Too bad this isn't a team event. The GOTD pun would be

"Gytis a win"

Nov-20-18
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  offramp: Not from a team event sadly; it's from the famous Vung Tau City Open in 2008. I wonder how Gytis Vaicekauskas ended up there.
Nov-20-18
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  boringplayer: I got 33. Re4, but followed it up with 34.Qg5+, thinking, "that ought to work." When low on time in an OTB game, sometimes you just have to go with that, but, in the current instance, that attitude is just plain laziness. Maintaining focus is clearly my weak point, and that's the most pertinent thing I learned from this puzzle.
Nov-20-18
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  Paint My Dragon: I always find <chrisowen>'s analysis needs a little extra explanation.

Anyone here from Bletchley Park?

Nov-20-18
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  Jimfromprovidence: <saturn2> <I took 33. e6 with 33..Qh7 34. exf7+>

There is a nice mate here if 34...Kf8 follows as white has 35 fxe8Q#


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Nov-20-18
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  patzer2: Black's decisive error was 26...Qd5?, allowing 27. Be5! +- (+3.02 @ 29 ply, Stockfish 9).

Instead, 27. Bb7 = removes the Bishop from the line of fire and keeps the game level.

If 28...Qf5 (diagram below)


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White wins with the clever deflection and pin tactical shot 29. g4! +- (+2.75 @ 30 ply, Stockfish 9).

Nov-20-18
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  patzer2: White almost lets Black back in the game with 29. g4?! e5 ⩲ (+1.24 @ 30 ply, Stockfish 9). Instead, 29. Be5! +- (+2.73 @ 25 ply, Stockfish 9) keeps White on the winning track.

Black returns the favor with 29...g5?, allowing 30. Qxh5 +- (+5.90 @ 24 ply, Stockfish 9). Instead, 29...Re6 30. gxh5 Be3 ± (+0.81 @ 25 ply, Stockfish 9) puts up much more resistance.

Nov-20-18
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  gawain: The Black queen must be deflected so that White can invade at f7. A nice finish. Or as I hoped to say, a nice Finnish--except that Mr. Vaicekauskas is Lithuanian.

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