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Alexey Shirov vs Mohamad Naser Al Sayed
Tradewise Gibraltar (2013), Catalan Bay GIB, rd 10, Jan-31
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf Variation. Adams Attack (B90)  ·  1-0



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Oct-21-13  stst: Q-sac Monday, again?
32.QxP+ KxQ
33.Pa4+ #

Black K can take nothing, and escape nowhere - all rooks around.

Oct-21-13  abuzic: Black couldn't take advantage of Shirov's <28.Kc1?>, he could win with: 28...Qe3+ 29.Kb1 Bg7
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: The entire game is very interesting because Black played a fearless, aggressive Exchange sacrifice and the situation appears to have gotten rather messy for both players.
Oct-21-13  TheaN: Monday 21 October 2013


What I had initially missed was that white is up a rook. That puts this position in a different view slightly... there is pressure but it may cost some to relieve it. In this case relieving the pressure is mate: <32.Ra4+ Kxa4 33.Ra6# 1-0> is a nice one.

More interesting is if whether white had more ways out. The prosaic 32.Qxb5+?! Kxb5! (axb5? 33.Ra4 K/bxa4 34.Ra6#) 33.Rcc6+! Qe2+ 34.Bxe2+ Rxe2 35.Kxe2 wins clearly. But also 32.Ra6+?! Kxa6 33.Rc6+ Ka7 34.Qd7+ will eventually run into mate but is also more farfetched.

Verdict? The row-lasers created by white's heavy pieces all shred black to pieces, but the lower one does so the quickest.

Oct-21-13  dehanne: So that's how you crush those 2500 players.
Oct-21-13  morfishine: 32.Ra4+ Kxa4 33.Rxa6 mate

<Patriot> Good point about luck, though pattern recognition plays a part; For example in your alternate line 32.Rxa6 Kxa6, I'd follow up with 33.Ra4+ taking advantage of the Bishop pin that way. White wins after 32.Rxa6+ Kxa6 33.Ra4+ Kb7 34.Qxb5+ Kc7 35.Rc4+ Kd6 36.Qc6+ (36...Ke7 37. Re4+ or 36...Ke5 37.Qxe8+)


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  whiteshark: <32.Ra4+>, and that's it.
Oct-21-13  abuzic: Shirov offered to crush himself first to this 2500 player: 28.Kc8 which deserves ?s as much as his ratings.

Then black missed to crush Shirov with 28...Qe3+, instead he crushed himself with 28...Bg7.

If we look back to moves: <22.f5> and <27.Rc8> we realize how Shirov was playing lightly below his ratings... playing 22.Ne6+! (crushing) and 27.a4 instead, would be up to his standards.

Oct-21-13  mistreaver: Monday. White to play. Very Easy. 32.?
Took me some time to find a mate in two:
32 Ra4+! Kxa4
33 Rxa6 mate.
very pretty.
Oct-21-13  Morttuus: This position is easy, but tempting, if white wanted to gain a prize for beauty (I don't know the right English term, so please correct me in case I'm wrong :-) ) This needs to calm down and play effectively.

We have two rooks waiting to be sacrificed. Okay, which one? If 32. Rxa6+, then 32...Kxa6 and the black king has a little open space, although the queen and the other rook should make it.

But if 32. Ra4+, then 32...Kxa4 (forced), 33. Rxa6#. Two moves, and it is over. The queen sacrifice seems to be needless.

I have a book from Czech GM Ludek Pachman, which is about chess psychology. There is a warning for players, who like to play "on beauty", with some spicy examples, how a winning position can be thrashed, if the player with the advantage tries to play "on beauty."

Oct-21-13  Caissas Clown: Powerthinker ,

I believe it was this :

B Shipov vs Nezhmetdinov, 1963

Amazing that RGN was not a GM.
His games at least give us much pleasure.

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  Phony Benoni: <Powerthinker? You have the correct game from <Caissas Clown>; the move was Black's 25th (25...?).

I've been keeping a list of these: Game Collection: Puzzle of the Day 2013

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  patzer2: Today's Monday 32. Ra4+! solution is a good example of the decoy tactic, which involves sacrificing (i.e. sham sacrifice) a piece to force your opponent's piece (in this case the King) to a specific square in order to gain an advantage (in this case to mate after 32...Kxa4 33. Rxa6#).
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  TheTamale: This one was kind of tough for a Monday, especially pre-coffee. The queen is involved, but only as a pinning force.

White better do something forceful, because he's about to get mated in one.

32. Rxa4+ Kxa4

Forced, since the pawn is pinned by the White queen.

33. Rxa6#

Damn, says Black.

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  chrisowen: More to the point see a queen fed diddy long legs,

right rook clop a kind finish inceed rooks d6 plus,

for cuckoo net it a rouser fetch in c4 slide fingers cone king kindly put to bed once find d6 provides the coup rook slots in cub be 32.Ra4+ king force over feed right d6 bodes well in beds re good bishop g7 out of the pictured queen foggy rooks for,

kinderspiele (to lose one turn) offer up ceedence evermore bus serve d6 comes about a6#.

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  Once: This reminds me of a story ...

Samuel L Jackson walks into a burger joint. He is wearing a black suit and sports magnificent mutton chop sideburns.

Standing in front of him in the queue is a man with a shaggy dog on a lead. This dog is so hairy that you cannot tell which end is which. It is the very picture of canine hirsuteness.

Just as Samuel L Jackson is getting his big kahuna burger with sprite, the dog cocks its leg and irrigates his suit leg.

Samuel L Jackson looks at the dog owner and asks "Does your dog like burgers?"

Man: "What?"

SLJ: "What country you from?"

Man: "What?"

SLJ: "What ain't no country I've ever heard of. They speak English in What?"

Man: "What?"

SLJ (eventually): "Does your dog like burgers?"

Man: "Yes, yes, he likes burgers."

At that point, Samuel L. Jackson opens the wrapper on his burger, tears off a chunk of meat and offers it to the dog.

The man is amazed. "My dog pees on your leg and you still want to feed it? Man, that's a noble thing to do."

SLJ. "I got this piece from the bible memorised. The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the inequities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men. Blessed is he who, in the name of charity and good will, shepherds the weak through the valley of darkness, for he is truly his brother's keeper and the finder of lost children. And I will strike down upon thee with great vengeance and furious anger those who attempt to poison and destroy my brothers. And you will know my name is the Lord when I lay my vengeance upon thee."

Man: "What does that mean?"

SLJ: "I wanted to see which end of your dog ate the burger, so I could kick the other end."

All of which is a long way of saying that the black king is hiding behind a wall of hairy pawns. White gets him to poke his nose out with 32. Ra4+ before kicking him in the rear with 32...Kxa4 33. Rxa6#

With apologies to those who have already heard it, follow my profile for news of a book full of silliness like this.

Oct-21-13  LoveThatJoker: Right on, GM Shirov!!

<32. Ra4+ Kxa4 33. Rxa6#>


Oct-21-13  Refused: 32.Ra4+ Kxa4 33.Rxa6#

On a second thought, it feels like 32.Rxa6+ will lead to a mate, too.

Let's see.
32.Rxa6+ Kxa6 33.Rc6+ Ka7/b7 (Ka5 34.Qxb5#) 34.Qd7+

and now 1)34...Kb8 35.Qc7+ Ka8 36.Ra6+ Qa7 37. Qxa7#
2)34...Ka8 35.Rc8+ Rxc8 36.Bg2+ Qe4 37.Bxe4+ Rc6 38.Bxc6+ Kb8 39.Qb7#

Oct-21-13  bachbeet: Very easy indeed.
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  kevin86: One rooks sacs at a4,the other mates at a6. The pawn cannot take,it is pinned.
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  MarkThornton: This could probably have been used for a much more difficult problem, if the setters had chosen a position from several moves back.
Oct-21-13  ruispereira: Interestingly enough, the Queen in f5 is actually not necessary for 32.Ra4+ to work. If back could capture with the b5 pawn, 33.Rxa6 would also be mate, because of the f1 Bishop.
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  Penguincw: For the 1st time in 3 weeks, I got a MONDAY puzzle.
Oct-21-13  Patriot: <morf> Thanks! Very true about pattern recognition. 33.Ra4+ is a perfectly good way to proceed and it takes advantage of the bishop pin like you said. I thought about 33.Rc6+ first with 34.Qd7+ next and an invasion on squares that are undefended.

Generally I think Monday problems should be solved instantly. Truthfully I didn't (was about 2 minutes) because 32.Rxa6+ was the first move I considered. So having been distracted by another perfectly good move (though far more complicated) I felt sort of duped. Before getting too involved in that move I decided to look around to see if there was an easier way and that's when I saw the game move.

Oct-21-13  National Master Dale: I thought today`s diagram looked a lot like that Kasparov Topolov game.
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