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Kazim Gulamali vs Mariano Sana
US Open (2014), Orlando FL, rd 9, Aug-03
Italian Game: Two Knights Defense. Modern Bishop's Opening (C55)  ·  0-1



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Aug-12-14  The Last Straw: <Fusilli> Nice game!
Aug-12-14  Chess Dad: 29... Qxg5+

If the king moves, then 30... Qg2#

30. hxg5 Nh3+
31. Kh1 (Kf1 Rf2#) Rh2#

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  Penguincw: Oops. I forgot 29...Qxg5+. Otherwise, I got the puzzle. :)
Aug-12-14  Castleinthesky: Missed it, looked at the Qxg5, but I did not follow through with Nh3-nice puzzle
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  Fusilli: Thank you everyone for the nice comments! And thank you <CG> for featuring my game! This was my last round game at the recent US Open in Orlando.

It is a pretty finish, yes, but I am mostly proud of 22...f5! When I ran the game by Stockfish, it is not the engine's first move for 4-5 seconds... then it "realizes" how strong it is. I wanted to break the king's flank open because all my pieces were poised for the attack, but first I wasn't seeing that the bishop on g8 would prevent the queen's mate on h7 after 26.Qb1. (I was seeing up to that move from 22...f5 and thinking "Darn! He forces the queen's exchange and goodbye attack.") When I realized the bishop on g8 would be a super-defending piece, I went for it.

He surely needed 23.Nc5 to kill my bishop. He may have underestimated the force of the exchange sac or maybe he thought he could force the queen's exchange as I first did.

Aug-12-14  jdc2: Got it, though at first I kept trying Nh3 until I realized there was a N at g5 I had to get rid of first. Here are a couple more with black to move, first one easy, second one hard:

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  Once: <Fusilli> Nicely played game! I salute you from over the pond.

Your opponent must have fallen off his chair when he played 29. h4 to "protect" his knight, but you captured it anyway.

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  Fusilli: P.S. This game won me the $2000 for top player in my rating category (solo). We were four with 6 in 8, but I was the only one who won. :)
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  kevin86: Black mates in three: how about that, queen sac on TUESDAY!

29...♕g5+ 30 hxg5 ♘h3+ 31 ♔h1 ♖h2# or 31 ♔f1 ♖f2#

Arabian mate or a close equivalent.

Aug-12-14  Cheapo by the Dozen: Nice mate in three. Queen sac to take out a defender, then the rook mates while defended by the victim's choice of minor piece.

In an alternate line (sac declined), it's mate in two with the queen defended by the rook.

Aug-12-14  Cheapo by the Dozen: And by the way, I like Tuesdays more than Mondays. I can usually do them in less than a minute, but they require a bit of thought during that time. :)
Aug-12-14  dfcx: The puzzle is easy enough. Black wants to play Nh3+, but the white knight at is in the way. Eliminate the white knight and mate follows.

29...Qxg5+ 30.hxg5(Kh1/Kf1, Qg2#) Nh3+
31. Kf1 Rf2# or
31. Kh1 Rh2#

Nice game by black. A super treat with Queen sac on a Tuesday, thanks CG!

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  FSR: It's only easy once you see it! I looked at this one last night for maybe five minutes, couldn't see it, and finally saw the solution when I looked at it today. Congratulations, <Fusilli>!
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  perfidious: <Fusilli> Did you have to fill out a W-2G to collect your winnings, or is something else done in chess events?
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  Fusilli: <perfidious> A W-9. I think you report it under miscellaneous income.
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  perfidious: <Fusilli> Never heard of a W-9; in my profession/avocation, the W-2G is the form.
Aug-12-14  BOSTER: <Fusilli: I am mostly proud of 22...f5!>

Playing white I'd prefer to have the such pos.
As a gift I'd give black the rook
on e1 in return to put the queen on e1.


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white to play.

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  Once: <BOSTER> Yes, yes, Ng6+ followed by Qh5#

Except the white queen isn't on e1.

We would all be world champion if we could put our pieces on whatever square suited us.

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  thegoodanarchist: <whiteshark: I love Mondays!!>

And here I've been thinking all day that it's Tuesday ;)

Aug-12-14  ajile: So I'm guessing Black got a few ratings points for this game.


Aug-12-14  BOSTER: What if
in the pos. white to play 26. he played audacious Re4 taking control under f4, no retreat for knight on g5.
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  OhioChessFan: White's errors led him pasta point of no return.
Feb-21-15  YouRang: After 17 moves, the position was as follows:

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White, evidently and understandably annoyed by the black's LSB pinning his Nf3, decided to kick the LSB with <18.g4>.

Advancing this g-pawn however, weakens the white king's defenses and makes the Pg4 a good target. We see black going to work on that idea over the next few moves:

After <18...Bf7 19.Ne4 Bd6 20.Qc1 Qd7 21.Nh4 Be6 22.f3>

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As you can see, much of black's firepower is now aimed at black's kingside, and such buildups often lead to attacks in which the attacker can afford to sacrifice material to destroy the defenses.

It is at this point where black begins his attack with <22...f5!>, which not only attacks the Pg4, but opens lines of attack for black.

White replied with <23.Ng5>, which wasn't best (22.Nc5 attacking the Q+LSB while being protected by a pawn is better).

Black did find the best continuation with <23...Bg8!>, preserving the LSB such that it guards e6 and f7. Black now threatens Bg3, forking the Re1 and Nh4. White alleviates that threat and takes out the pesky f-pawn with <24.Nxd5>.

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But black seizes the opportunity to dismantle white's vulnerable kingside with the exchange sac <24...Rxf5! 25.gxf5 26.Qxf5>

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Things are pretty drafty for the white king. His best defender is the extended Ng5 which can easily be kicked. Black threatens ...h6 or (even better) ...Nf4.

White playes <26.Qb1> hoping to diffuse black's attack by exchanging queens, but <26...Qf6> maintains the threats. White follows with <27.Qe4> guarding Pf3 but leaving Pb2 unguarded.

<27...Rxb2!> adds another strong attacker on the 2nd rank. White attacks the R with <28.Bc1>.

Black ignores the rook threat because <28...Nf4!> brings another attacker to the kingside and threatens Qxg5+. If 29.Bxb2? then 29...Qxg5+ 30.Kf2 Qg2+ begins a fun (and successful) king hunt for black.

White guards the Nh5 with <29.h4>

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But black's attack is strong enough that removing the best defender is worth more than the queen. The game ends with a pretty flourish: <29...Qxg5!>.

If 30.hxg5, then 30...Nh3+ gives white the sorrowful choice of 31.Kf2 Rf2# or 31.Kh2 Rh2#.

Feb-21-15  optimal play: <YouRang> <White, evidently and understandably annoyed by the black's LSB pinning his Nf3, decided to kick the LSB with <18.g4>. Advancing this g-pawn however, weakens the white king's defenses and makes the Pg4 a good target.>

I'm always wary of kicking away a bothersome bishop-pin by pushing my knight's pawn to the fourth rank for exactly that reason!

I notice <Fusilli> himself did just that only recently T D Andrews vs M Sana, 2015 and paid the penalty!

But in this earlier game he takes advantage of his opponents vulnerable kingside with some inspired play!

Great win against an FIDE Master in the US Open!

Feb-23-15  YouRang: <optimal play> You're right, that other game with T D Andrews does bear some resemblance to this game -- except with the tables turned.

That is, in that game black advanced the g-pawn and white attacked it with the f-pawn. However, it was different in other respects. White didn't prepare a nice offensive buildup prior to the f-push, and black may have been okay except for mistakes later on.

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