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Alberto Suarez Real vs Aitor Alonso Alvarez
Hotel La Borona Closed (2014), Gijon ESP, rd 6, Jun-29
Sicilian Defense: Dragon Variation. Yugoslav Attack Modern Line (B76)  ·  1-0



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Jul-22-14  bengalcat47: I caught this one right away. It's the same theme as Blackburne's famous victory against Schwarz.
Jul-22-14  Dr. J: Actually, after 20...Kf8, Black still has a little fight left in him (very little).
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  agb2002: White has a knight for a pawn.

Black threatens 20... fxg5 and 20... bxc3.

The convergence of the dark square bishop and the king's rook on h8 suggest 20.Qxf6, creating a mate net:

A) 20... Bxf6 21.Bxf6 and mate in two.

B) 20... bxc3 21.Qxg7#.

C) 20... Kf8 21.Qxg7+ followed by Nb5 when the black king reaches e8 or d7 (after ... Rxb5 Bxb5+ Black would not have time for ... Qxc2+) looks very bad for Black.

Jul-22-14  diagonalley: ...i confess, i hadn't realised that white was (momentarily) a piece up and also hadn't (but should have!) considered 20... K-B1, but then follows 21.QxB+ K-K1 22.R-R8+ K-Q2 23.B-N5+ RxB 24.RxR and it's all over
Jul-22-14  Caissas Clown: What? Nobody ?? OK , I'll do it :
The attack by Suarez Real-ly bit into Black's defence.
Jul-22-14  morfishine: Pure pattern recognition here:

<20.Qxf6> The Queen is immune; in fact, Black's Bishop is lost

<20...Kf8> The only move that avoids immediate mate

<21.Qxg7+> Black cannot survive long


Jul-22-14  pedro99: can't be the same Suarez can it? Blood on the board.
Jul-22-14  pedro99: ..actually just noticed this one plays for Real
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  Oxspawn: 20 Qxf6 Bxf6
21 Bxf6 Kf8
22 Rh8++

Anything else black can do? If black does not take the queen (e.g 20. Qxc3 or 20…. bxa, white mates on g7 with the queen. None of black’s pieces (bar the bishop) can protect the black diagonal. Black has 20…. a2 with the light squared bishop which is really a spite check since white can reply 21. Ka1 or 21. Nxa2 (or even 21. Kxa2 after which b3+ 22. cxb does not offer black any other checks).

Does 20. Bxf6 work? No because it does not threaten an immediate mate and so gives black time to play 20. bxa3. Threatening Rxa2+. I do not see my way to the end of that but at best it looks messy and at worst fatal. So 20. Qxf6…

Jul-22-14  zb2cr: 20. Qxf6! and now Black's choices are all bad. I have nothing to add to the comments by <FSR>, <Cheapo by the dozen>, <lost in space>, <agb2002>, <diagonalley>, <morfishine>, and <Oxspawn>.
Jul-22-14  En prise: What if 20.QXF6. .....b4Xa3. I don't see why black has to play 20......BXf6.
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  Once: This took a bit longer than normal for a Tuesday, but then I have got an excuse. Today is my 50th birthday. Or as one of my birthday cards said "Is that 50 not out or 50 not caught out?"

Anyhoo, Fritzie finds an exciting chase sequence for us. It's not all forced, but it does look like fun:

20. Qxf6 Kf8 21. Qxg7+ Ke7

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To all intents and purposes the game is over at this point. White is a clear two pieces up and can easily defend against the black queenside attack. After a few seconds pondering, Fritzie finds the killer move ... 22. Rde1

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Amongst other things, white now threatens Nd5+ forking king and queen and Rxe6+ leading to a vicious king hunt. Fritzie reckons that black's best at this point is the frankly dismal 22...Qxc3, but what happens if black snaffles the Nc3 with the pawn? This:

22.... bxc3 23. Rxe6+ Kxe6 24. Qf6+ Kd7 25. Qxf7+ Kc6 26. Qc4+ Kb7 27. Qa6+ Ka8 28. Be4+ d5 29. Bxd5+

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Black has three ways of blocking the bishop check but they all lose to Qxa7#

And if I might be allowed a little birthday present to myself, the way that the black king is chased from one side of the board to another is eerily reminiscent of Benny Hill...

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  Once: <En prise: What if 20.QXF6. .....b4Xa3. I don't see why black has to play 20......BXf6.>

This is the position after 20... bxa3

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White has mate in one on g7 - 21. Qxg7# Or he could play 21. Rh8+ Bxh8 22. Qxh8#, but that would just be showing off.

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  Penguincw: Ooh. I thought 20.Bxf6 was good enough, but it's probably not as forcing.
Jul-22-14  timetraveler: Happy Birthday, <Once>!! Many happy returns, and many more kibitzes!
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  OhioChessFan: <Penguin> The problem with 20. Bxf6 is 20...bxc3 and White doesn't have time to get his attack going because the Bishop can't check on g7 like the Queen can. I think the game would be drawn.
Jul-22-14  dfcx: Two options 20. Bxf6 and Qxf6.

Bxf6 is not forcing enough - allowing Kf8. So
20. Qxf6 Bxf6 21. Bxf6
and there is no escape for black king.

Jul-22-14  Castleinthesky: I'll give myself a double (although I burnt more rubber than an average Tuesday), I got the solution and guessed the opening. I played around with a rook sac for a while and then looked to the bishop. Finally, I found QF6 as the only forcing move.
Jul-22-14  dufferps: Most kibitzers are focusing on 20. ... Bxf6, but as once has shown (and seems quite obvious) black could push the line much better with 20. ... Kf8. I think white still captures the bishop at g7 to begin a king chase (with a slight material advantage), but it will take some skillful play to wrap it up.
Jul-22-14  DrGridlock: <Does 20. Bxf6 work? No because it does not threaten an immediate mate and so gives black time to play 20. bxa3. Threatening Rxa2+. I do not see my way to the end of that but at best it looks messy and at worst fatal. So 20. Qxf6…>

I also tried to make Bxf6 work.
After 20 ... bxa3, Qh4 White has a mate in 6. It is 20 ... bxc3 that saves Black.

20 ... bxc3
21 b4 Qc5
22 Ka1 Qxg5
23 Bxg5
White has a small advantage.

Jul-22-14  SimonWebbsTiger: happy 50th, <Once.>

Today's puzzle saw some bite from Suarez....

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  kevin86: I saw the queen move but missed its "forcefulness". It attacks the bishop. The bishop cannot be moved on pain of mate at h8.

So the gist of this is that it is a queen sac and quickly forces mate if the queen is taken or not and whether the bishop is moved or not.

Jul-22-14  gars: A Tuesday Queen sacrifice. Good!
Jul-22-14  Marmot PFL: 20 Qxf6 is easy enough to find, but this can always to black if he plays the Dragon without knowing the Yugo Attack (9...d5 is thought to be best).
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  Mating Net: Spectacular doesn't even begin to do justice to Qxf6!!
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