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Yifan Hou vs Marie Sebag
"Hou, Hou, Hou!" (game of the day Dec-24-2011)
1st Hangzhou Women's GM Tournament (2011), Hangzhou CHN, rd 2, Jul-15
Sicilian Defense: Chekhover Variation (B53)  ·  1-0



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  raymondhow: Very cute ending, nice to see through to mate on a Wednesday.
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  drollere: i had 30. Qxh6+ Bxh6, 31. Rxh6+ Kg7,
32. f8=Q+ Kxf8, 33. Rh8#. unusual, but then all kinds of unusual happens when your K is out swimming in pawn flotsam.
Nov-17-21  Whitehat1963: Clever double-check finish. Wish I could say I found it.
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  al wazir: An easy ♕ sac leading to a four-move mate. All moves forced.
Nov-17-21  mel gibson: A tricky double check forced mate.
It was not that easy to see.
Nov-17-21  Cheapo by the Dozen: Nice combination, and completely forced!

I found it very quickly as a puzzle, but planning toward it from an earlier point might have been a much different matter.

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  agb2002: White has a knight for a bishop.

The black king can escape to g7. Therefore, 30.Qxh6+ Bxh6 31.Rxh6+ (31.f8=Q+ Bxf8; 31.Rf3+ Kg6) 31... Kg7 32.f8=Q+ Kxf8 33.Rh8#.

Nov-17-21  saturn2: You would not think the pawn f7 can progress but he can.
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Beautiful finish to a beautiful game. The position after 21.g6 looks pretty impressive.
Nov-17-21  lentil: It's not often you see a double Queen sac!
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  Teyss: Once you see 32.f8=Q++ is double check so Black has to take with the K not the R, it's easy. Pretty combination.
Nov-17-21  AlicesKnight: Found the gameline sac and combination. White wins after losing two queens. Not a frequent occurrence. Agree with <cheapo> - how do you foresee it?
Nov-17-21  Refused: Not that difficult to spot.
30.Qxh6+ Bxh6 31.Rxh6+ Kg7 32.f8Q+ Kxf8 33.Rh8#

Sebag somehow managed to find the most annoying moment to resign.

I mean, either resign after Qxh6+ or allow the mate. Resigning one move before the mate is well sorta annoying.

Nov-17-21  Stanco: in no time, white promote with double check and it is mate 30.Qh6, Bx 31.Rx+ Kg7 32.f8Q++
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  ajk68: I like the promotion with double-check forcing the capture of the queen and moving the king away from a critical square!
Nov-17-21  JohnBoy: Curious psychological block at this end. I found the solution, but only after 30.Nd5+ ed5 first.
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  Pointtaken: M4. 30.Qxh6+ the obvious try. How does it work after 30…Bxh6 (only move)? 31.Rxh6+, Kg7 (only move), but the king does make contact with the rook threatening Kxh6. 32.f8=Q double check (the rook on h6 is now protected), forces 32….Kxf8, placing the King away from contact with white’s rooks again, and 33.Rh8# follows. One of those tactics that looks like it shouldn't work, but does. You can imagine black thinking that the rooks are neatly lined up to capture on f8 if the pawn promotes, which makes the finish quite amusing.
Nov-17-21  Halldor: I decided to start with the most forcing move, 30 Qxh6+ just to check it out. But after BxQ I saw that the passed pawn can queen, and the following double check did the trick. Magnificent ending!
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Nov-17-21  paavoh: I agree with <cheapo>. Can see the combination here but can't get to that position.
Nov-17-21  Greek73: What happens after Ng4xh2?
Nov-17-21  Greek73: 17Ng4xh2
Nov-17-21  mikealando: wow. nice.
Nov-17-21  abuzic: 19...Nd3+!
Nov-17-21  Stanco: <abuzic> 👍 19...Nd3+ is a great spot! 20 cxd3 Qa2 and etcetera...
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