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Milica Milosavljevic vs Marija Rakic Vulicevic
SRB-ch U20 Girls (2007), Zlatibor, rd 9, Aug-13
Pirc Defense: General (B07)  ·  0-1



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Jul-13-15  morfishine: An upside down Anastasia!


Jul-13-15  Pedro Fernandez: Pawn b2 and knight e2 betray their king.
Jul-13-15  whiteshark: 23...Qxa2+ is just in time.
<paavoh: Monday puzzles make you feel good about your chess skills.> Right, but then again appearances are often deceiving... ;)
Jul-13-15  VincentP: In my opinion this problem should start one move earlier.
Jul-13-15  zb2cr: 23. ... Qxa2+; 24. Kxa2, Ra6#. Anastasia's mate strikes again!
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  offramp: This is the real Anastasia.
Jul-13-15  CHESSTTCAMPS: The side on the move wins. For the POTD, black wins with a familiar edge mate: 23... Qxa2+! 24.Kxa2 Ra6#. White to move would win with 23.Qxd6 b3 (Rd8|Nc4 24.h6+ K moves 25.Qxf6) 24.Nc3 Nxf1 25.h6+ Kh7 26.Qxf6 removing all counter-chances for black.
Jul-13-15  dfcx: After 22...Nd2+ white would have survived with 23.Kc1.


23.Ka1 Qxa2+ 24.Kxa2 Ra6#

Jul-13-15  CHESSTTCAMPS: <offramp, Penguincw> Thanks, Anastasia was the checkmate name I was forgetting.
Jul-13-15  kevin86: A beautiful version of the Anastasia's mate
Jul-13-15  gars: <Penguincw>: My longest Monday POTD in ages! I must be rusty.
Jul-13-15  goodevans: <saturn2: White's mistakes in my opinion were:

I: White grabbed a pawn on move 17 instead of developing his knight...

II: Instead of 19 Qg3 he should have again developed the knight...>

Maybe "his" biggest mistake was playing in a tournament for girls! ;o)

Jul-13-15  goodevans: <saturn2: Instead of 19 Qg3 he should have again developed the knight. White also has a rock on the d file so eventually he can exchange the queen for two rocks and the queen does not have to retreat.>

But seriously, developing the N and not moving the Q would have been a big mistake since d8 is defended twice and the d1 is undefended except by the Q.

Thus <19.Ng3> would lose to <19...Ne5>: (A) 20.Qxd8 Rxd8 21.Rxd8 Qxd8 loses Q for R; whilst (B) 20.Qxe5 Rxd1# is curtains.

Jul-13-15  M.Hassan: 23....Qxa2+
24.Kxa2 Ra6#
Jul-13-15  BOSTER: If Milica attended any chess school, she'd know
that to keep bishop f1 and rook h1 <untouchable > untill move 23 means to have no good development. Nevertheless, it was only one chance to get <famous > ln <>.
Jul-13-15  thegoodanarchist: <diagonalley: excellent puzzle for novices!>

LOL! yes, for some strange reason that seems to happen every Monday :)

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  Bubo bubo: 23...Qxa2+ 24.Kxa2 Ra6# (<Anastasia's mate> ?!)
Jul-13-15  Shoukhath007: cute queen takes pawn,nice game,and do you know the rules of chess clearly then solve this amazing chess puzzle. bye
Jul-13-15  BOSTER: <VincentP: one move earlier>.

One <cent> is not enough. After 22...Nd2+ White King should go

Jul-13-15  Pedro Fernandez: <<BOSTER>: <VincentP: one move earlier>. One <cent> is not enough. After 22...Nd2+ White King should go 23.Kc1.> Yes!, but if white moves as in the text, then <Vincent> is right since in the game white could have moved 23.Kc1 too.
Jul-13-15  Nullifidian: If it's Monday, it must be a queen sac.

23... ♕xa2+ 24. ♔xa2 ♖a6#

Jul-13-15  patzer2: Things start to take a turn for the worse for White after <19. Qg3 Nb6> .

Instead, Fritz indicates the surprising 19. h5! gives White a clear advantage after 19...Nxh5 20. Nf4 .

Jul-14-15  saturn2: @ goodevans: Thanks for reading and correcting my post. I overlooked the black queen on a5.

In a last week puzzle me and other two users did the same kind of mistake: Overlooking that the opponents pieces can move diagonally back. It is a banal and embarrassing mistake.

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  perfidious: <saturn2: In a last week puzzle me and other two users did the same kind of mistake: Overlooking that the opponents pieces can move diagonally back. It is a banal and embarrassing mistake.>

This sort of error can happen to even very strong players; perhaps you are being overly hard on yourself.

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  perfidious: <saturn2> As an addendum to the post above, see the one note to L Christiansen vs DeFirmian, 1985, in which White overlooks just such an idea, which should be fairly simple for a GM.
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