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Gilberto Milos vs Pontus Carlsson
"Pontus Autopilot" (game of the day Jan-14-2015)
Chess Olympiad (2012), Istanbul TUR, rd 11, Sep-09
Slav Defense: Czech. Carlsbad Variation (D17)  ·  0-1



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Sep-11-12  Xeroxx: Qh1 represents a nice finish.
Sep-11-12  master of defence: Maybe 25.e3 stops black´s attack.
Sep-22-12  Xeroxx: I, of course, have my suspicions.
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  perfidious: This is a variation I played several times for White in the early 1990s, but the idea 11....g5 is something I'd never seen till now.

<master of defence>: The move 25.e4 is a better way of creating a bolt-hole for the king, as the e-pawn is not lost. After 25.e4 Ne3+ 26.Rxe3 Bxe3 27.Qxf6 Qxg2+ 28.Ke2 looks for White. Another method of hara-kiri was 25.Rh3 Qxh3+ mating.

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  Phony Benoni: Aha! I knew I'd seen this idea before:

Ivanchuk vs Yusupov, 1991

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28...Rg6!, with the idea of 29...Qh1+!.

Fabulous game. If you've forgotten it, take a look.

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  morfishine: <Phony Benoni> thanks for the reminder!


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  Penguincw: 25...? for a future Tuesday/Wednesday puzzle!
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  Gilmoy: <Phony Benoni: I knew I'd seen this idea before:> Me three! It must be thematic in the <19.Nxh4 Rxh4> "reversed-Yugoslav" line:

Xiu Deshun vs J Sriram, 2012, <25.Nh3?>:

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with the same deflection of Bg2 for the same mate.

I think the crux of the position is that <22.Bh6> trumps Kf1 because White suddenly needs <two> more tempi to escape through c2, which justifies two tempi worth of sacs by Black. [4+WBR]-vs-3 is always potentially deadly because one good deflection can expose that WBR.

White's homework (before playing into this line again) is to find a way to return that material with equal urgency. Maybe trade off the Black rook first ...

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  Domdaniel: <Gilmoy> Nice find, and an excellent piece of analysis.
Jan-14-15  varishnakov: vintage carlsson
Apr-25-17  lost in space: 25...Qh1+ 26. Bxh1 Nh2+ 27. Ke1 Rg1#
Apr-25-17  zb2cr: At first it looks as though 25. ... Qh1+; 26. Bxh1, Nh2+ doesn't do anything for Black. But then you notice the Black Bishop at h6 seals off 22.

Then, it becomes clear that 27. Ke1 is followed by 27. ... Rg1#.

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  ChessHigherCat: I think I got it: Qh1+ Bxh1 Nh2+ Ke1 Rg1#. Yeep, checked with <lost in space> before me. It took me about three minutes messing around with red herring royal forks and such before I saw it. A trying Tuesday, following the trend set by monstrous Monday.
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  ChessHigherCat: You can already see at move 14 that the big difference between the sides is that white can't really castle to safety. White thought the missing h pawn didn't compromise his castle but black thought differently and air-conditioned the White House with the exchange sacrifice 19. Rxh4.
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  agb2002: Black has a knight for a rook and a pawn.

The bishop controls the escape square d2. Therefore, 25... Qh1+ 26.Bxh1 Nh2+ 27.Ke1 Rg1#.

Apr-25-17  stst: Position is just right for a pretty finish!!
26.BxQ (forced) Nh2+
27.Ke1 (no other defense) Rg1# (d2 is gunned by B@h6)

Pretty, but Monday material.

Apr-25-17  saturn2: 3 checks - the final one is mate
Apr-25-17  leRevenant: It took me about five minutes....
see <ChessHigherCat> for further comments.
Apr-25-17  Walter Glattke: I have noticed this as mate mechanic M 231, later generations can have an own Fritz-like software then, with special
ready endings or they test mate mechanice in middle game then.
Apr-25-17  newzild: <Phony Benoni> Yes, very good.
Apr-25-17  Cybe: 25. e4 seems to be the better move for White.
Apr-25-17  mel gibson: Mate in 3 but I didn't see it.
I'm crying.
Apr-25-17  FairyPromotion: Good call <Phony Benoni>! I immediately thought of Ivanchuk vs Yusupov, 1991, as well.
Apr-25-17  saturn2: 18 Rb1 seems a poor move to me since he had no time to let b4 follow. Also 19 Nh4 which allows the opening of the g file is questionable.
Apr-25-17  cocker: 25 Qf3 was a help mate.
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