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Peter Dani vs Gyula Mester
Debrecen Aranybika op 5th (2002), rd 3, Dec-28
Nimzowitsch Defense: Kennedy. Linksspringer Variation (B00)  ·  0-1



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Nov-18-13  lost in space: I love Mondays!

26...Qxa2+ 27. Kxa2 (only move) Ra6#

Nov-18-13  M.Hassan: It's a mate in 2
27.Kxa2 Ra6#
Lovely Mondays!
Nov-18-13  YoungEd: Even I'm a genius on Mondays!
Nov-18-13  estrick: Well, this is the first 'queen sac Monday' we've had in three or four weeks . . .
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  agb2002: Black is one pawn ahead.

White threatens 27.fxg5.

Black delivers mate in two with 26... Qxa2+ 27.Kxa2 Ra6#.

Nov-18-13  jaybruce: So... 25 Bxc5 looks like white can defend??
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  offramp: Monday. P Dani vs Gyula Mester, 2002. Black to move. Easy.

Black is one pawn ahead.
He has <DOUBLED PAWNS> on the c- and g-files. The <VANGUARD> c-pawn is a <KLAGGER>.

White is exerting <PRESSURE> on the square f4.

White has a <DISTENDED CROTCHET> on d5 and e4. He has a <RUPTURED TRIPLET> at a2, b3 and c2.

The black bishop on g5 in <EN PRISE>.

Black has a <SWOLLEN DISTENDED & RUPTURED PLEXUS> on g7, g6 and h6.

All this leads to the solution:

Nov-18-13  TheaN: Monday 18 November 2013


Black set a Anastasia-like mate trap on the a-file, and white decided to ignore it (or, maybe had no way to defend against it, we'll see in a bit). The pure mate ensues <26....Qxa2+ 27.Kxa2 Ra6# 0-1>.

There is some psychological effect to how this mate was set up. The capture-chain exchanges on both wings seem to be in black's favor, although it is beyond me why white played 17.Qxf4 instead of 17.gxh7+ Kh8 18.Qxf4. 18.g5 also raises questions but after 21.b3, which is by then kind of forced, the fun starts.

21....Rb4 threatens 22....Rxc4 23.bxc4 with Qb6 and mate. After 22.Ka1 Qb6 reinforces the threat, and white decides on 23.Rb1 (I don't see why Be2 would be unplayable on move 22 or 23). After 23....Ba6, there is not much left for white but to capture 24.Bxa6 Qxa6. Maybe with the bishops off the board, white thought he'd lost a graet deal of pressure, but this position is very risky. 25.a4 as defense mates with Rxa4+, and only because the rook can't lift to the a-file this is not winning on the spot. Take note the g5 bishop is covering c1, so there is no apparant escape for white.

After 25.Bg3 trying to create a flank defense via d6, black seals the deal. 25....Rb6 serves as a reload on the a-file via a6 and it defends d6. White can only prolong with 26.a4 (26.Rg1 Qa3 27.Rb1 Qxa2+ 0-1), however, even this fails to 26....Rb4 27.Rg1 Rxa4+ 28.bxa4 Qxa4+ 29.Kb1 Rb8# 0-1.

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  FSR: 26...Qxa2+! and that's it.
Nov-18-13  morfishine: 26...Qxa2+ Splat


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  Oxspawn: So what was wrong with 17. gxh7+?. There must have been some reason not to play it? Can someone explain... White seems to sleep walk into this ending
26.... Qxa2+
27. KxQ Ra6 ++
Nov-18-13  zb2cr: 26. ... Qxa2+; 27. Kxa2, Ra6#. A quick shift of scene onto the a-file and it's allover.
Nov-18-13  gars: <lost in space>: who doesn't? only the masochists!
Nov-18-13  goodevans: If <26.a4> then <26...Rb4> so white was doomed to lose at least a rook as soon as he chose <24.Bxa6?>.
Nov-18-13  TheaN: <goodevans: <...> at least a rook as soon as he chose <24.Bxa6?>.>

Not sure if any other move would be a real improvement. The idea for black is 24....Bxc4 25.bxc4 Rb2, followed by 26....Rxa2+, Qa5+ and Rb8#. White can keep the bishop on the diagonal with Bd3 (risky) or Bf1, but after c4 black maintains clear advantage.

Nov-18-13  TheTamale: Black Mester been thrilled to see that combination over the board.
Nov-18-13  MostlyWatch: <Black Mester been thrilled...> Dani went and made a couple silly moves, har har har
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  kevin86: Our Monday queen sac is back!

26...♕xa2+ 27 ♔xa2 ♖a6# tableau!

Nov-18-13  rotgut: When I first looked at the position, I said, "White has to do something forcing, because Black threatens mate in two." Then I realized it was Black's move.
Nov-18-13  Doniez: After a long Monday in the office, nothing compares with the Monday queen sacrifice. 26...Qxa2 followed by 27. Kxa2 (forced) Ra6#
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  Penguincw: One of the easiest Mondays ever.
Nov-18-13  Patriot: 26...Qxa2+ 27.Kxa2 Ra6# - Finally a problem I can solve!
Nov-18-13  Clodhopper: 26. f4? Really?
Nov-18-13  LoveThatJoker: <26...Qxa2+ 27. Kxa2 Ra6#>


Nov-18-13  chesssalamander: Even I got this one quickly. Mate in two.

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