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Ehsan Ghaem Maghami vs Anatoly Karpov
Mate of the King (Rapid) (2009) (rapid), Tehran IRI, rd 1, Feb-01
Nimzo-Indian Defense: Panov Attack. Main Line (E54)  ·  0-1



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Jun-14-10  johnlspouge: Monday (Very Easy)

E Maghami vs Karpov, 2009 (22.?)

White to play and win.

Material: Up 2P. The White Kg1 has 3 legal moves, all light squares. The White Rc1 threatens the Black battery Rc8 and Qc4, but Black has everything under control.

Candidates (22.): Qxc1+

22.Qxc1+ Bxc1 [Qd1 23.Qxd1+]

23.Rxc1+ Qd1 [Kg2 h3#]

24.Rxd1+ Kg2

White is down R+B. What was he thinking?

Jun-14-10  Patriot: 26...h4, an elegant move by Karpov, almost seems to anticipate 27.Rc1.

After calculating the game line, I had to wonder why white played 27.Rc1 (the term "bonehead move" came to mind). But seeing that black is two pawns up and little to no counterplay for white, it's obviously a bluff to give him something to hope for or die trying.

<Once> Are you sure you're not Bond, James Bond? I enjoyed your story.

Jun-14-10  turbo231: got it. don't you love power chess with a mate? only in rapids.

>>once<< you are amazing!

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  chrisowen: Ehsan game termed it Iranian at olive branch rc1? Cook up Qxc1+ Bxc1 Rxc1+ the king lob stirring the pot, white's in hot water h3#. Karpov handle the Panov flipping with ease at stake black tower wind up the mate well done.27 Rc1 it perhaps was meets half way. Surf and turf Qc5 clams up white chopping down the rook. A morsel fatidic for teeny queen.
Jun-14-10  kevin86: For all intents and purposes,this is a back-row mate. Black sacs the queen and chases the white king,where he is mated immediately.
Jun-14-10  Marmot PFL: White must have been very low on time to play Rc1?? Of course he was lost anyway. Old Karpov can still find mate in 3.
Jun-14-10  YouRang: A nice little puzzle. It would be rather drab if the pawn were already on h3 making it a basic back-rank mate with queen sac.

But as presented, it's much more interesting: We force the king to escape the back rank, only to ambushed by a waiting pawn and hemmed in by hiw own queen.

Jun-14-10  YouRang: <Once> In excellent form as usual. :-D

<And in the final reel, our superspy just has to blow up the entire base (usually by pressing a single button or smashing something randomly techie).>

I was just thinking the other day that they don't make shows featuring this idea anymore.

Years ago, computers were big (the bigger the better) and mysterious, and script writers felt no compunctions about telling us that whacking the computer's control panel with a sledge hammer (which just happened to by lying about) would cause the computer to violently explode.

Of course it wouldn't explode immediately. It would first throw sparks and smoke around, giving the hero barely enough time to escape, and the evil computer operators time to run around exclaiming that "it's gonna blow!".

Evidently in those days, computers were so large because they were mostly dynamite.

Today, computers are so familiar, nonthreatening, and small (the smaller the better) that a script writer wouldn't dare propose such an idea. Shoot, he or she is probably writing the script on a laptop more powerful than those old exploding computers.

Jun-14-10  lzromeu: <once>
From latin:
datum -> data
ultimatum -> ultimata
campus -> campi

Forrest once Gump save the game.

Jun-14-10  YouRang: <Once> It just occurred to me that it was common for the evil genius guy (e.g. Dr. White) to have a beautiful female accomplice who would, for most of the show, assist him in his evil.

However, her loyalty would be compromised by her attraction to the handsome hero, and in the end, she would betray the evil genius.

The white queen in today's puzzle kind of reminds me of her.

Jun-14-10  Samagonka: I'm either too dreary from guzzling litres of beer over the weekend or this was just hard for a Monday.
Jun-14-10  thegoodanarchist: This was the hardest Monday puzzle I can recall.
Jun-14-10  zb2cr: The weak back rank, plus, as <Once> entertainingly stated, the obstructed escape hole for the White King, does White in.

27. ... Qxc1+; 28. Bxc1, Rxc1+; 29. Qd1 (or the actual game line, which leads to mate on the move). 29. ... Rxd1+; 30. Kg2, h3+; 31. Kf3, Rh1 and White's h-Pawn will soon fall. Down a Rook, a Bishop, and 2 Pawns, White would have to resign shortly anyway.

Jun-14-10  MiCrooks: Hmmm - assumed opponent was just a fish, but he's a high 2500 player. I guess everyone makes mistakes at rapid. If this was a normal game, playing against Karpov two pawns down with nothing to show for it the game would be resigned already. In a rapid game you keep slapping out moves hoping something good happens - like your opponents flag falls before he can mate you :)!

Here even if Karpov didn't have the nice finish he STILL could have played Qf8 so the postion really is pretty sad. As it is the "sack" Qxc1 ends things immediately.

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  Once: <YouRang> Don't you just love it when the bad guys build in an obvious design flaw into their secret lairs? It could be the big red button with "Don't press this!" written in bold letters.

In Mummy II, the Scorpion King lives in a palace where the instructions on how to kill him are written on the walls.

Mind you, I never understood this bit in Mummy I. The pharaoh gets understandably angry with Imhotep for dibbling with his wife. So what does he do? He turns Imhotep into an immortal mummy with the power to bring a plague on all mankind. As you do.

Jun-14-10  chessgolfer: I looked at Qxc1+ right off and dismissed it because my lack of chess calculating brain cells didn't see the line. After aimlessly eyeballing the board for another 2 minutes or so I came back to Qxc1+ and the lights came on. Love it when mate is given by a pawn.
Jun-14-10  TheaN: Monday 14 June 2010


Target: 0:40;000
Taken: 0:15;463

Material: Black up, 2♙

Candidates: <[Qxc1†]>

With 27.Rc1 white was hoping to drive away the Queen to f8, to win the h4-pawn and get reasonable compensation doing so. However, White misses the obvious back rank weakness, often allowing a side to sac a Queen for two rooks or rook and bishop.

<27....Qxc1†! 28.Bxc1 Rxc1† 29.Qd1 (29.Kg2 h3‡ 0-1) Rxd1† 30.Kg2 h3† 31.Kf3 Re1 > and mate to follow pretty quickly I can assume. White probably played 29.Kg2 in desperation. Obvious combination, time to check.

Jun-14-10  M.Hassan: Black is 2 pawns up. "very Easy"
The first thing that comes into mind is a Queen sacrifice. It may continue like this: 27...... Qxc1+
28.Bxc1 Rxc1+
29.Kg2 h3#
OR, white may continue defending by Queen and may end up like below: 27........Qxc1+
28.Bxc1 Rxc1+
29.Qd1 Rxd1+
30.Kg2 h3+
31.Kf3 Rh1 Aiming to remove white h pawn and queen black's h pawn that can be done and seems nothing can stop it. At this point, black has 2 Rooks, 1 Bishop and 6 pawns whereas white has 1 Rook and 4 pawns. Can not defend much further.
Jun-14-10  patzer3844: after the chaotic Sunday comes Monday to raise our self-confidence
Jun-14-10  turbo231: It's good to see that Karpov is still kicking it.
Jun-14-10  SufferingBruin: Got it.

I say we take up a collection and give <Once> a column. Who's with me?

Jun-14-10  sethoflagos: <Once>'s contribution immediately (at <Once>?) reminded me of the evil Smersh agent and Grandmaster Kronsteen in "From Russia with Love", who introduced "a brilliant twist into the Meran Variation of the Queen's Gambit Declined to be debated all over Russia for weeks to come."

Interestingly, in the film, the tournament wallboard showed a position from Spassky vs Bronstein, 1960. A noteworthy game but er.. a bit King's Gambitish!

Jun-15-10  bulmanz5: If white didn't make the move Rc1,white could still have a chance of winning the game.If I was white I would have move my queen to g4 and then to g7.Then is checkmate!Black scrafice its queen to win the game.That is a very rare circumstance.
Jun-15-10  kevin86: white can escape the mate by sac-ing his own queen at d1-but he would be down a rook and bishop and would lose easily.
Jul-11-12  Abdel Irada: <aidfarh>:

The Caro-Kann: Panov-Botvinnik and the Nimzo-Indian: Panov not infrequently transpose into one another.

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