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Ludovic Lejarre vs Brent Burg
27th Cappelle-la-Grande (2011), Cappelle la Grande FRA, rd 3, Feb-28
Uncommon King's Pawn Opening (B00)  ·  1-0



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Jun-29-15  morfishine: It's mate in three starting with <27.Rxf5+> forcing 27...gxf5 28.Rxf5+ Qf7 29.Qxf7+

<Steve.Patzer> 26...Qe7 or 26...Qf7 would hold out longer than three moves, but doesn't change the outcome due to 27.Qh8+ and White wins the Bishop going up a rook


Jun-29-15  MindCtrol9: Super easy.
Jun-29-15  patzer2: Found 27. Rxf5+ with mate easy enough for a quick Monday puzzle solution.

Looking for an early improvement for Black, I'll start by suggesting my preference for 3...c5 (i.e. closed Sicilian) instead of <3...c6>. Black has a much better winning percentage in the closed Sicilian than in this line.

The near losing move appears to be <11...Bxf3?>, allowing 12. Rxf3 (+1.50 @ 22 depth, Deep Fritz 14).

Instead, 11...Bf5 12. Bxf5 (+0.80 @ 21 depth) gives Black a fighting chance at a draw.

Jun-29-15  Shoukhath007: ohh noooooo my rook... Is sacrificing her self
ha ha ha easy for monday
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  hoodrobin: Monday: back to reality!
Jun-29-15  geeker: Kinda easy even for Monday. Not to nitpick, but isn't it mate in *4*? Black can interpose with ...Nf6 and then ...Qf7.
Jun-29-15  sfm: <The near losing move appears to be <11...Bxf3?>, allowing 12. Rxf3 (+1.50 @ 22 depth, Deep Fritz 14).

Instead, 11...Bf5 12. Bxf5 (+0.80 @ 21 depth) gives Black a fighting chance at a draw.>

Thanks for this! I think the opening sucks severely for real-world players, even with that improvement. White has a lead in development, space advantage and easy attacking plans.

This may not mean anything against precise play, but we are not precise.

White hardly has a chance of making a plausible severe mistake in this game, while when Black plays the natural 11.-,BxN, it's Oops, sorry mate, now it is downhill.

Jun-29-15  Swedish Logician: NO pun? "Burg" means fortress or castle, but it cannot withstand the battering ram on f5. So why not a Luther inspired pun?

"NO mighty fortress"

Jun-29-15  Cheapo by the Dozen: Yes, battering through on the f-file does work ...
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  Oxspawn: Even I got this - on my second sip of tea. Now, tell me again. How do rooks move?
Jun-29-15  Bubo bubo: White breaks through on the f-file with 27.Rxf5+ gxf5 28.Rxf5+, with mate in two moves: 28...Nf6 29.Rxf6+ Qf7 30.Qxf7#
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  whiteshark: <27.Rxf5+>, and that's it.
Jun-29-15  CHESSTTCAMPS: White has a material disadvantage of rook for knight+bishop. White can grab the Bh6 with check (and a winning position), but is better served by taking maximal advantage of the black king's immobility: 27.Rxf5+ gxf5 28.Rxf5+ Nf6 29.Rxf6+ Qf7 30.Qxf7#, a forced mate-in-4.
Jun-29-15  M.Hassan: 27.Rxf5 gxf5
28.Rxf5+ Nf6
29.Rxf6+ Qf7
Jun-29-15  patzer2: Perhaps the most instructive move in the game for novices is 18. g4! . This surprise move uses a pawn protecting the white King to initiate a decisive attack on the weaker Black king position.

This move (18. g4!) does not "weaken" the White King position for two reasons.

First, the Black pieces are locked out of active counter play behind the closed pawn structure.

Second, White's active and developed pieces attacking the Kingside and the pawn on h2 are more than sufficient protection for the White King.

So White's "best defense" after 17...h5 "is a good offense" with 18. g4! .

P.S.: In the follow-up after 18. g4! Qd8, Deep Fritz 14 indicates even stronger than 19. Qg3 (+2.61 @ 20 depth) is 19. Bg5! (+6.15 @ 20 depth).

After 19. Bg5!, play might continue 19...f6 (19... Qd7 20. gxh5 f5 21. exf6 Bxf6 22. Bxf6 Nxf6 23. hxg6 Qg7 24. Rhf3 Nd7 25. Rf7 Rxf7 26. Rxf7 ) 20. exf6 Bxf6 (20... Nxf6 21. gxh5 gxh5 22. Rg3 ) 21. Rhf3 Kg7 22. Bxg6 Kxg6 23. Qxh5+ Kg7 24. Qh6+ Kf7 25. Bxf6 Nxf6 26. Rxf6+ Ke7 27. Qh7+ Kd6 28. Rxf8 Qxf8 29. Rxf8 Rxf8 30. Qxb7 (+14.37 @ 20 depth).

Jun-29-15  TheTamale: I like the 26) Bh6 that precedes it. There's really no decent counter to it.
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  kevin86: The rook sac is obvious; the other rook will replace it and mate will come soon.
Jun-29-15  Kasparov Fan: Obvious rook sac is the solution
Jun-29-15  rozzatu: beautiful finish. But I think that it is too much difficult for monday.
Jun-29-15  Pedro Fernandez: <<MindCtrol>: Super easy.> Well, I can't understand why CG put this kind of "puzzle", and now I'm very disappoint with <Chris> spending his time in this garbage, sorry.
Jun-29-15  jith1207: Note down Chris Owen's post has a word 'brevity'. May be, all need to do try to understand this is the most brief version.
Jun-29-15  zb2cr: Rook sac does the job: 27. Rxf5+, gxf5; 28. Rxf5+, Nf6; 29. Rxf6+, Qf7; 30. Qxf7#.
Jun-29-15  Pedro Fernandez: <<jith1207>: Note down Chris Owen's post has a word 'brevity'. May be, all need to do try to understand this is the most brief version.> Well <jith>, Chris is a case: there are people who hate and blame him, and there are another people we love him. IMO, Chris is our strongest chess player possessing an extraordinary intuition. Although I don't understand his cryptic language (and I don't speak English!), there is a sort of format which transcends his almost indecipherable language.
Jun-29-15  Pedro Fernandez: Yes <zb2cr>, it is M4, not M3.
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  Mating Net: I really like this Monday puzzle. The Bishop is en prise so the first move that gets considered is, of course, incorrect.
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