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Ezequiel Garcia vs Maximiliano Preuss
Villa Ballester LV op (2005), rd 9, Jan-16
Sicilian Defense: Dragon. Classical Variation (B72)  ·  0-1



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Mar-23-15  Marmot PFL: getting old and hard to think in the morning. Didn't even see 26...Rb1+ and it took about a minute to find 26...Bh6+.
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  Bubo bubo: Black, who has obviously won the opposite-castling attacking race, lures the white king into mate with 26...Rb1+ 27.Kxb1 Qb2#/Qa1#.
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  benveniste: ♗b3 also works, especially if you enjoy watching a computer find spite checks.
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  TheTamale: Got it. Oh man, it feels good to have my brain back. This trick, as usual, is noticing that it's Black to play.
Mar-23-15  TheaN: Monday 23 March 2015 <26....?>

Material is unbalanced and the queen side is completely open. Black has all his pieces aimed at the white king and looking at luring him out. After <26....Rb1+ 27.Kxb1 Qb2# 0-1> he has done just that. Otherwise, black can abuse the stalemated king by luring the defender of c2 or pinning it: <26....Bh6+ 27.g5<>> the only move that prolongs this an additional move <27....Bxg5+ and 28....Qxc2# 0-1<>>.

Ba2 or Bb3 seem a bit more 'under the belt' but should work nonetheless.

Mar-23-15  beenthere240: With due regards to Once, I prefer ...Ba6+ since it creates a self pin after which the c2 square is not longer protected. Once wants to play Qb2#, I want to play Qxc2#. So maybe it is a matter of different roads to different squares.
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  kevin86: 26...Rb1+ and mate next move! 26...Bh6+ also works and is a little more artisitic than the text.

I guess it is a matter of preference.

Mar-23-15  dfcx: white king is all tied up and only need to force it to b1 and mate follows.

26...Rb1+ 27.Kxb1 Qb2#

Mar-23-15  dfcx: Wait! 26...Bh6+ also works, though one move slower
26...Bh6+ 27.g5 Bxg5+ 28.R/Qc2 Qxc2#
Mar-23-15  A.T PhoneHome: My first ever puzzle here, so umm...

I guess Black's moves 26...Bb3, 27...Bxc2 and 28...Rb1# constitute mate; pardon me for the lack of White's moves. I am really green when it comes to chess. But there is no mating threat for White; White's Queen and Rook cannot mate due to Black's Bishop being on g7 (preventing Qh8#) and if White's Queen moves to h7, Black's King can just move to f8.

Am I correct or not? :P

Mar-23-15  YouRang: I found 26...Rb1+ right away, but I do like the final position after 26...Bh6+ 27.g5 Bxg5+ 28.Qd2 Qxc2#

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Mar-23-15  Pedro Fernandez: <<morfishine>: The deflection <26...Bh6+> forces mate: (1) 27.Qxh6 Qxc2# or (2) 27.g5 Bxg5+ 28.Qf4 Bxf4+ 29.Rd2 Qxc2#> That's right my dear <Murphy>. Just one notes there is a white check on h7 and also that the white bishop is pinned. The rest is very easy. But look at these variations: 26...Bh6+ 27.g5 Bxg5+ 28.Rd2 Bxd2+ 29.Qxd2 Rb1+, or 29.Kd1 Qxc2+ 30.Ke2 Bf4+.
Mar-23-15  Pedro Fernandez: No doubt <YouRang> that the great move is 26...Rb1+!
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  thegoodanarchist: <YouRang: I found 26...Rb1+ right away, but I do like the final position after 26...Bh6+ 27.g5 Bxg5+ 28.Qd2 Qxc2#>

Checking with the DSB does highlight the overworked White Queen's dilemma, and so is less prosaic than 26...Rb1.

However, what I don't like about the line is 27.g5 because it does nothing more for White than, say, an immediate 27.Qd2, or for that matter, 27.Qxh6

Mar-23-15  Leo polla psemata: On Monday's I feel I am a rather strong player, weekends not so strong.
Mar-23-15  Leo polla psemata: Well, Bishop h6 is more fancy
Mar-23-15  1 2 3 4: My first thoughts were Bh6+ but g5 makes it longer!
Mar-23-15  Chess Dad: <dfcx: Wait! 26...Bh6+ also works, though one move slower 26...Bh6+ 27.g5 Bxg5+ 28.R/Qc2 Qxc2#>

Actually, it's two moves slower.

26...Bh6+ 27.g5 Bxg5+ 28.Qf4 Bxf4+ 29. Rd2 Qxc2#

But I guess it might be kind of fun to torture White by making him interpose his Queen on f4 for no other purpose than to simply delay the inevitible for one more turn...

Mar-23-15  Chess Dad: Looking at all of the responses so far, I now wonder if this is even a Monday level puzzle. Bh6+, Rb1+, Ba2, and Bb3 all put unanswerable pressure on White.

Yes, Rb1 is quickest, and was what I saw, but the other options all put White into a really bad position where he can only delay mate, but not avoid it. In the last two he is forced into sacrificing his Queen and both Rooks to make it mate in 9 instead of mate in 2.

Mar-23-15  TheaN: <Chess Dad: <dfcx: Wait! 26...Bh6+ also works, though one move slower 26...Bh6+ 27.g5 Bxg5+ 28.R/Qc2 Qxc2#>

Actually, it's two moves slower.

26...Bh6+ 27.g5 Bxg5+ 28.Qf4 Bxf4+ 29. Rd2 Qxc2#> Neh, 28.Qxc2# is also mate. Qf4 deflects the queen as much as Qxh6 or Qd2 does.

Mar-23-15  CHESSTTCAMPS: I would guess that most kibitzers picked 26... Rb1+ 27.Kxb1 to be followed by either 27... Qa1# or 27... Qb2#. There is also 26... Bh6+ which is only a mate-in-3 after 27.g5 Bxg5+ 28.Qd2|Rd2|Qf4 Qxc2#. I'll guess that less than 5 mentioned that.
Mar-23-15  CHESSTTCAMPS: I was wrong - around 10 or more mentioned Bh6+, and yes that is a mate-in-three against "best" defense not mate-in-4.
Mar-23-15  PJs Studio: I saw Bh6 after ten seconds of looking at everything (missing Rc1 of course).

I laughed at Bh6 because it's so pretty I would've bet $100 it was the answer.

Mar-24-15  morfishine: Slower, faster...doesn't matter: A forced mate is a forced mate, period
Mar-24-15  SimplicityRichard: Long live 'The Dragon'. Stupendous! #
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