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Mikhail Vladimirovich Golubev vs Gennadij Germanovich Sagalchik
Latvia, Botvinnik School (1983), ?
Alekhine Defense: Saemisch Attack (B02)  ·  1-0



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May-23-16  lost in space: I love Monday’s!

17. Rh8+ Bxh8 18. Qh3! and no defence. Mate next move.

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  gawain: Yes, it had to be 17 Rh8+ Bxh8 18 Qh3 and Black must be mated next move by Q to either h8 or h7.
May-23-16  stst: Exert the force first, R-sac Monday

17.Rh8+ Bxh8
18.Qh3 almost any move

May-23-16  CHESSTTCAMPS: Material is essentially even, but the game is not - white's major piece battery on the open h-file can quickly finish the exposed black king. To disallow a king escape via f7, white must go with the forcing 17.Rh8+! (not 17.Qh3? f5) Bxh8 18.Qh3 and now if 18... Nf6 (or Rf8 moves) 19.Qxh8#; otherwise 19.Qh7#
May-23-16  stacase: Wham! Bam! Thank You Ma'am!

May-23-16  DrGridlock: <To disallow a king escape via f7, white must go with the forcing 17.Rh8+! (not 17.Qh3? f5)>

Actually, the "king escape" is only a temporary one. White has a mate in 10 after 17 Qh3 f5, 18 Rh7 Kf7.

Both 17 Rh8 and 17 Qh3 force mate, though Rh8 is the shorter mating net.

May-23-16  The Kings Domain: Not as easy as the rating makes it out to be. Neat mating finish.
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  patzer2: Today's Monday solution 17. Rh8+ Bxh8 18. Qh3 is a good-to-know basic mating pattern for an attack on the fianchettoed Bishop and castled King on an open h-file.

For a Black opening improvement, instead of the rare 5...g6, I prefer the popular move 5...Nc6 as in Nezhmetdinov vs Spassky, 1959.

Black's game starts to deteriorate after the tempo-wasting 10...b5?! Instead, the immediate 10...Bg4 = to is better.

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  agb2002: White has the bishop pair for a bishop and a knight.

Black threatens the a- and e-pawns.

The open h-file suggests 17.Rh8+, diverting the black bishop and creating two weak spots on this file, 17... Bxh8 18.Qh3 and mate next.

May-23-16  saturn2: I got it, but not as quick as i am used to on this day of the week. I had to verify that 18...f6 is not the spoiler.
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  morfishine: After <17.Rh8+> Black has no time for <f6> escaping
May-23-16  jd4chess: I thought that was tough for a Monday. No capture to hint at the sac, and 3 moves to mate.
May-23-16  zb2cr: A well-known pattern. 17. Rh8+, Bxh8; 18. Qh3 leaves Black helpless against the threats of mate at both h7 and h8.
May-23-16  Doktorn: Took me way to long.
May-23-16  mchess: It's instructive how white ignored black's "threats" on a2 and e5 going for the mate.
May-23-16  mel gibson: I just quickly saw Q-h3 as
a good move & it wins too but takes a bit longer -
having 3 major pieces on the h file
is over whelming for black.
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  whiteshark: ٩(͡๏̯͡๏)۶
May-23-16  dfcx: three move checkmate with the second move non-forcing? harder than usual, more like a Tuesday puzzle.
May-23-16  RonB52734: White to play:

18. Meet my friend!

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  kevin86: after a two rook sac failed, I went for the text: sac one rook and double queen and rook on the file to force mate.

UNMondaylike puzzle.

May-23-16  Joseph Blackcape: 17. ♖h8+ is a mate in 3, but after 17. ♕h3 black has no defense either. The only thing he can do is to throw out the pieces that white takes on route to the mate, be it in 5, 6 or 10 moves.
May-23-16  Castleinthesky: Got it, but a little more time than a usual Monday.
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  Bubo bubo: 17.Rh8+ Bxh8 clears the h-file for the queen, and after 18.Qh3 Black cannot cope with the dual threat of Qxh8# and Qh7#.
May-23-16  King.Arthur.Brazil: I see directly this moves but maybe, you need not to give the R, as Qh3 solves the same way. By the way, everybody in the world, even here in the Chessgames, is seeing the good impeachment of the Brazil's president, thaks god!And, just to make you understand, she is so lier that among paying poor people to make manifestation for her, she spend over 26 million as a kidding game, this year, completely 'forgetting' the economy chaos and backrupt of the country, that she had made. Hope that we never have again such a terrible bandit in power,in our country. LULA and DILMA were the worst persons of Brazil and they went too far, jail is waiting them already. So, please, don't you hear their lies again, and we, in Brazil, are very very ashammed to have someday presented to you such kind of badguys. Sorry us, please. The impeachment and Justice will put them where they belong to stay until their last days. I pray god that our country become guided by some correct men, which show dignity, honor, honesty and be able to make the wipeout of this PT party man's from government, that our people prays. Someone who really think about Brazil, not to make lies to destroy it, as those last ones.
May-23-16  YouRang: You know you're in trouble when you opponent can afford to throw away a rook just to get it out of the way of his queen without losing tempo.
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