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Alessio Valsecchi vs Piero Bontempi
Zagreb Open-A (2012), Zagreb CRO, rd 8, Mar-11
Queen's Gambit Declined: Albin Countergambit. Normal Line (D08)  ·  1-0



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Sep-22-12  Patriot: 25.Qxh6+ Kxh6 26.Rh4+ Kg5 27.f4+ Kxh4 28.g3+ Kh3 29.Bf1# Very nice problem!
Sep-22-12  The Last Straw: Makes me sad. I've fallen for this once.
Sep-22-12  JimmyRockHound: Nice.
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  Once: <The Last Straw: Makes me sad. I've fallen for this once.>

Well ... um ... okay. But please don't tell my wife.

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  perfidious: When one is familiar with the pattern, this is actually very easy, given the forcing nature of the position which lacks viable sidelines in the analysis once White has committed to the sacrifice.

Without knowledge of the pattern? Who knows whether I could, or would, have got this?

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  Eggman: Remarkable and very pretty, but not "very difficult." This mate in 5 could have been a Thursday puzzle, methinks.
Sep-22-12  psmith: This is an entirely forcing line consisting only of checks and leading to mate. I do not think that qualifies as Saturday-difficult. (Yes, I got it, but won't repeat others...)
Sep-22-12  amateur05: Very nice combination but not too difficult to find. Some of the puzzles earlier in the week were more difficult for me.
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  chrisowen: I could do this with one hand in my pocket it a book Albin swanky

in affair spring 25.Qxh6+ king I've smear to the see hive rookh4+ king

jagged g5 trample 27.f4+ feels right instead of my capitals ace in

g3 locking up ply f4 is having unbuckle Qxf6 or d8 jab bat hes shut

in d3 and i lion back in game g5 too f5 gate 10 wine a thread in

toby jug ears king weasel out or quef6 one for dutifuls in f4 look

to pierce the vail a pin Kxh4 i demur rage on g3+ low and behold

poacher turned gamekeeper chafing king rub h6 off mister head rookh4

and come to rest h3 bishop top a zabaione banana skinf1#.

Sep-22-12  Tiggler: This looks like mate in 5 with no defense. On a Saturday? Q + R sac. Mate with Bf1#
Sep-22-12  Tiggler: <Abdel Irada: "I will arise and go now...."> "To the lake isle of Innisfree"

Enjoy your trip. Good luck with the beans... and the bees.

Sep-22-12  bwinner1: i like this very much :))
Sep-22-12  David2009: A Valsecchi vs P Bontempi, 2012 White 25?

Can this

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really be a forced mate in 5 starting 25.Qxh6+? Crafty End Game Trainer link to check: Yes, it is. For once, the inventive robot is single-tracked.

How nice that, in 2012, people still play games involving Q + R sacrifices.

Sep-22-12  James D Flynn: Material is equal but White has a strong n on f6 around which mating nets can be created. 25 Qxh6+ Kxh6 26.Rh4+ Kg5(obviously Kg7 27.Rh7#) 27.f4+ Kxh4 28.g3+ Kh3 29.Bf1# This is hard to believe, if correct it is more like a Monday puzzle, it took me less than 20 seconds to solve. I will set the position up on the board and confirm my analysis looking at the position with Staunton pieces before posting. After posting I will play it out on the board and correct myself if in error. I looked at it on a real tournament board and I still see the same mate.
Sep-22-12  Funicular: Once you've seen ed lasker vs g thomas, you can spot these kind of combinations rather quickly!
Sep-22-12  James D Flynn: 5 checks and mate is not my expectation of very difficult. It has been a strange week in which we kibitzers have refuted one game continuation(Wednesday I think), and made a decisive improvement in Fridays. This should teach newcomers "never trust the book move". By the way, in at least one game White resigned prematurely in a position with Q against 2 rooks. Newcomers should always think twice before resigning: many a loser has complained it was disgraceful of his opponent not to have resigned.
Sep-22-12  erniecohen: A Wednesday puzzle, not a Saturday.
Sep-22-12  sushijunkie: I don't think I ca give myself partial, as I don't think I was finding 27. f4+ in the time I gave myself, and if you don't mate, sacs are bad. Damn.
Sep-22-12  jancotianno: Probably one of the easiest saturday puzzles i've seen although knowing this type of pattern helped a lot.
Sep-22-12  Old Wolf: - So, Bontempi's king got in trouble?
- You might say...
[puts shades on]
"He didn't have a good time"
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  LIFE Master AJ:

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It took a few seconds, but I finally came up with the correct idea.

<< 25.QxP/h6+!!, KxQ▢; 24.Rh4+, Kg5▢;

This is pretty much forced.

</= (Or 24...Kg7; 25.Rh7#.)>

25.f4+!, KxR/h4▢;
(The only legal move?)

26.g3+, Kh3▢; 27.Bf1 mate. <<<>>> >>

I would say that this is the easiest Saturday puzzle in a long time, which is the only real reason I chose to comment on it. (Compared to a few Saturday's ago, where the variations had lots of branches, I would say that this one was a breeze.)

BTW: Someone on this website stated - with some authority - that the "box" symbol "▢" [Forced.] is ONLY to be used when there is only one legal move. This is quite incorrect, I e-mailed the "Informant" guys, and (after a fairly long while before they got back to me); they said that "box" is usually used to mean the "only PLAYABLE line," (my emphasis).

The asst. editor even elaborated and said a line is forced when all of the alternatives are demonstrably worse. So, put that argument to rest - please.

Sep-23-12  Cibator: GOOT = "Get out of that"?
Sep-23-12  David2009: M Dutreeuw vs C Horvath, 1992 White 17?

Try 17.Qxh5 with main variation 17...gxh5 18.Rg3+ Bg7 19.Rxg7+ Kxg7 20.Nxe6+ Kg8 21.Nxc7 Re7 22.Nd5 . Alternative: 18...Kh8 19.Nxe6+ f6 20.Nxc7 . Time to check:
Got the start but I miss the critical and best defence 19...Kh8!. Here's the puzzle position

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with an interactive link to Crafty End Game Trainer: The robot starts off defending as in the game then varies with 23...Qc6 instead of Qc5. Enjoy exploring the possibilities!

Sep-23-12  Prugno: Sorry if I indulge in malevolent gossip, but knowing both players I was very happy to see select this combination (not played in Italy but in Croatia, by the way).

Alessio Valsecchi is in fact not only a strong player but also a very polite person, while Bontempi is notorious for behaviour which can at best be described as eccentric (for instance he often refuses to shake his opponent's hand after the game, stating that "there is nothing in the rules forcing me to do so").

Sep-24-12  Abdel Irada: <Tiggler>: I can't tell you how often, of late, I've wanted to be able to retreat to some idyllic "lake isle." Beans and bees would be a distinct improvement over the neighbors we've been afflicted with.'

I might even be able to breathe air that wasn't filthy with ignorant jerks' dense clouds of wood smoke.

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