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Igor Yagupov vs R Khusnullin
RUS-Cup (1999), Tula , rd 3
Sicilian Defense: Scheveningen Variation. Matanovic Attack (B82)  ·  1-0

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Jun-08-15  lost in space: I love Mondays! Smothered mate this time.

24. Qxh7+ Qxh7 (only move) 25. Nf7#

Jun-08-15
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  gawain: Smother him!
Jun-08-15  hadi706: ÓáÇã Èå åãå

24.Qxh7+ Qxh7
25.Nf7#

Jun-08-15  Mating Net: A smothered mate without the need for a discovery to make it happen.
Jun-08-15  Aware: <gawain: Smother him!>

FATALITY

Jun-08-15
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  agb2002: White has a bishop, a knight and a pawn for the bishop pair.

Black perhaps thinks he threats 24... Bxe5 25.fxe5 Qxg5.

White can deliver mate in two by distracting the black queen from f7 with 24.Qxh7+ Qxh7 25.Nf7#.

Much slower is 24.Bxd6, winning a piece.

Jun-08-15
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  Sneaky: <A smothered mate without the need for a discovery to make it happen.> Yes, a smothered mate that's not a Philidor mate. You don't see that every Monday!
Jun-08-15
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  Once: It's yet another example of extreme castling not paying off. We've seen this before. Kh1/Rg1 or Kh8/Rg8 can run into problems if the enemy has knights nearby.

It seems that the king does need that empty square next to him. He needs wibble room so he can do the soft shoe shuffle if a knight comes calling.

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Jun-08-15  Jamboree: "agb2002:
Much slower is 24.Bxd6, winning a piece."

That's true. In fact, white is just winning all over the place, even aside from the mate in 2.

He's a pawn up, he has a crushing attack, he can win a piece with Bxd6, and any number of other moves (like 24. Rxe4) win instantly as well, since the mate is still threatened and the bishop is still hanging so the rook can't even be recaptured.

In short, most legal moves win easily for white. But yes, Qxh7 wins fastest.

Jun-08-15  jith1207: This is one place where queen is for the taking and you can go for king mate instead but you should not take queen as you might not always mate afterwards!
Jun-08-15  morfishine: Cool finish: 24.Qxh7+ Qxh7 25.Nf7#
Jun-08-15  haydn20: Oh my, a lovely smothered mate. I remember my dad showing me this type when I was 7, and I thought I'd never seen anything quite so marvelous. Probably helped get me hooked.
Jun-08-15  PhilFeeley: Amusing smothered mate with the black king surrounded by his strongest pieces. Very nice.
Jun-08-15  zb2cr: 24. Qxh7+, Qxh7; 25. Nf7#. A twist on the smothered mate theme.
Jun-08-15  CHESSTTCAMPS: White has an extra pawn for black's bishop pair, but white's biggest advantage is having Q+N working against a king without luft. The quick finish is 24.Qxh7+ forcing mate next move.

If white blunders by touching the knight first, 25.Nxe4 Bxe5 (fxe4 25.f5 wins Bd6) 26.Ng5 still wins a piece with the double threat of 27.Qxh7+ and 27.Rxe5.

Jun-08-15
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  Penguincw: I was hoping this was the puzzle: S Kustar vs A Kranz, 1999.

It would mark the 3rd time I've "solved" a Monday puzzle the day before it was released. Is that a site record?

K Gratka vs M Azadmanesh, 1994 (kibitz #1)

Carlsen vs Nijboer, 2005

Anyway, I'm 1/1 this week, the first time in 3 <weeks> I've been 1/1. :|

Jun-08-15  TheaN: Monday 8 June 2015 <24.?>

White has smothered mate on f7 if the queen on g6 was gone, hence <24.Qxh7+ Qxh7 25.Nf7# 1-0> which is an odd smother.

I'm wondering if the sadistic 24.Qh6 works. I'm guessing that after either 24....Raf8 or Rgf8 white 'only' has 25.Qxg6 hxg6 26.Bxd6 . The rook to d8 (Rgd8) is worse for black due to the same, if 26....Rxd6? 27.Nf7+ . Still interesting, at least it can be shown to black his position is lost.

Jun-08-15  TheaN: And Qh6 is among a few variations that give white +4 to +5: Qxh7+ ends it immediately but it isn't necessary.
Jun-08-15
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  paulalbert: Easy puzzle, but nice, unusual pattern to smothered mate.
Jun-08-15
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  patzer2: Back to a normal easy Monday puzzle today with the Queen sac 24. Qxh7+ leading to smothered mate after 24...Qxh7 25. Nf7#.

The start of Black's slide in this game is <16...Rg8?!> Instead, 16...Kg1 = avoids the smothered mate position and gives Black a much easier game.

The decisive mistake is <19...Bd6?> allowing <19. Nd4! >.

Instead, 19...Qb7 20. Nd4 (+0.68 @ 20 depth, Deep Fritz 14x64) gives Black a fair chance at surviving with a draw.

Jun-08-15  gars: <Penguincw>: you are better than I, my friend. I screwed up this one!
Jun-08-15
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  kevin86: A variation on a smothered mate theme.
Jun-08-15  Bubo bubo: White sets up a smothered mate with 24.Qxh7+ Qxh7 25.Nf7#, somewhat unusual in that the queen is sacrificed not in order to entomb the black king, but to lure away the black queen from guarding the mate square.
Jun-08-15  TheFocus: Nice smothered mate.
Jun-08-15  Pedro Fernandez: This is a nice variation of the well known typical mate, making, in this case, the queen the role of a pawn, LOL!

PS. I'm wondering why, in this trivial puzzle, <Chris> extends his explanation even larger than his usual "marathonic" posts.

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