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Alina L'Ami vs Alan B Merry
Isle of Man Masters (2015), Douglas IMN, rd 9, Oct-11
Dutch Defense: Classical Variation (A90)  ·  0-1



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Oct-15-15  luzhin: 31...Qa5!! and 32...Qxd2! are top tactics from a teenager.
Jan-25-17  Chizoad: Looks like 32...Qxd2 33.Qxd2 Nf2+ 34.Qxf2 Rxf2 gets the job done. The black queen is immune to capture by the rook: 33.Rxd2 Rf1+ and mate to follow. But the white queen must be given up for a knight, leaving black up the exchange with a dominant position. I didn't see much for white in this position - no forks available and the white King is stuck on the first rank for now.
Jan-25-17  stst: Appears only one approach:
32..............Qxd2 threatening Qg2#
33.QxQ Nf2+
34.QxN (forced) RxQ and Black should prevail.

33.RxQ Rf1#

The instant 32..........Nf2+ fails to RxN and Black will exchange down.

Jan-25-17  saturn2: The white king is locked in the corner and therefore very vulnerable for checks. ..QxR (RxQ leads to mate) seems to win the exchange. QxQ Nf2+
Jan-25-17  wtpy: Not a hard one to spot.
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  agb2002: The material is identical.

White threatens N(Q,R)xd3.

The rook on d1 prevents Rf1+ and the rook on d2 avoids Nf2+. This suggests 32... Qxd2:

A) 33.Qxd2 Nf2+ 34.Qxf2 Rxf2 - + [R vs N]. The d-pawn is not dangerous. For example, 35.d5 cxd5 36.exd5 Rgg2 37.d6 Rxh2+ 38.Kg1 Rfg2+ 39.Kf1 Rd2 40.Ke1 (or 40.Kg1) 40... Rhe2+ 41.Kf1 Rxd1+ 42.Kxe2 Rxd6, etc.

B) 33.Rxd2 Rf1++ 34.Qg1 Rd(g)xg1#.

C) 33.Qxd3 Qg2#.

Jan-25-17  AlicesKnight: 32....Qxd2 looks like the move. If 33.Rxd2 then ....Rf1+ forces mate, so 33.Qxd2 Nf2+ forces 34.Qxf2 when ....Rxf2 has won the exchange. Enough for a win in the long run as Black can establish absolute 7th or force a R exchange. Let's see .... yes. Other White responses also lose the exchange at least.
Jan-25-17  YouRang: Wednesday 32...?

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White's king is immobilized and black has a couple of ways (with Nf2 and Rf1) to give check, which of course means white's pieces are burdened to defend against these threats.

The idea then is to use one threat to spring the other, and see if we can parlay it into an advantage. This prompts <32...Qxd2!>

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Black has removed a defender against Nf2+, and the Qd2 must be captured lest ...Qg2#. However, recapturing with the rook (33.Rxd2?) is no good due to 33...Rf1+ ~#.

So white must recapture with the queen <33.Qxd2>, leaving f2 attacked twice, but guarded only once, allowing <33...Nf2+>

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White has no choice but <34.Qxf2 Rxf2>. In the end, black sac'ed his queen for a rook, forcing white to sac her queen for a knight, leaving black up the exchange.

The rest is "just technique", which fortunately we don't have to play out accurately against a WGM.

Jan-25-17  gofer: Due to threat of Rf1+ mating, white must not move Rd1 off the 1st rank. So that means we know that if we take Rd2 that it will be re-captured by Qe3. From there we can see that Nf2+ will be mate unless white re-captures with the queen and after which we play Rxf2. So a simple sequence where we are guaranteed to win an exchange. After that we just have to see if our position is strong enough in general to win the end game. I would suggest it is!

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Ironically, I wanted to play Rgg2 to double the rooks and in that way control white's passed pawn. But black didn't do that.

What is the reason?!

<36 ... Rgg2>

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Jan-25-17  et1: beautiful and easy
Jan-25-17  thegoodanarchist: Alan be Merry after that game!
Jan-25-17  zb2cr: 32. ... Qxd2 does it. The Queen can't be captured by the Rook, since if 33. Rxd2, Rf1+; 34. Qg1, R(either)xg1#.

But after 33. Qxd2, Nf2+; 34. Qxf2, Rxf2 Black is up by the Exchange and looks to have an easy win.

Jan-25-17  kb2ct: Treat every move of every game as if it is a Chessgames puzzle.


Jan-25-17  jd4chess: Easy but pretty. Biggest challenge was working out if there was anything better (eg a quick mate).
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  Once: <gopher> I looked at 36...Qgg2 as well.

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It's okay, but not quite as strong as it looks. White throws in the cute 37. Nf3 ...

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Of course 37... Rxf3 38. Kxg2 would be embarrassing, but black still wins with 37...Rxb2 38. d6 Rg8

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White won't be able to queen the d pawn.

So if the black g file rook can't stay on g2 there seems no point in putting him there in the first place.

All in all, 36...Rgg2 is okay but not overwhelming. 37. Nf3 is cute but not devastating either.

Jan-25-17  patzer2: For today's Wednesday puzzle, I found the game continuation 32...Qxd2 33. Qxd2 Nf2+ 34. Qxf2 Rxf2, and after 35. d5 cxd5 36. exd5 I deviated with 36...Rd8 (also stronger than the game continuation is 36...Re2 37. Nf3 Rxb2 -5.06 @ 26 depth, Stockfish 8) which wins after 37. d6 Re2 38. Nc4 Re6 39. d7 b5 40. Na5 Re7 (-4.78 @ 20 depth, Deep Fritz 15).

White appears to loses the advantage in the opening following 12. Nf3?! g5! =. Instead, 12. Nxc8 Rxc8 13. Nf3 Ne4 14. 0-0 Bf6 15. Ne5 kg7 17. e4 keeps an edge for the first player.

However, Black gives White a missed opportunity back after the slight inaccuracy 18...Rcf8?! (better was 18...Rhe8 to =). Here, instead of 19. Bxe4 to =, the computers indicate White should have attacked the Black King position with advantage with 19. h4 Nc7 (19...h5 20. hxg5 ) 20. Bxe4 (+1.11 @ 28 depth, Stockfish 071015).

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  kevin86: Two queen sacs pulls this one off!
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  ChessHigherCat: Be Merry, l'ami!
I saw Qxd2 in 10 seconds, as the blitzer I am, but I deviated from the game line on 37 with Rd8 to keep the other rook on the 7 rank and then played King g7 to help stop the passed pawn.
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  gawain: A nice tactic. In this position the win of the exchange is decisive.
Jan-25-17  stst: < Be Merry, l'ami! >

Fantastic!! Sometimes the game is simply decided even before it started!!

Jan-25-17  morfishine: Straight forward forcing move <32...Qxd2> leaves Black up the exchange winning


Jan-25-17  gofer: <Once: Thanks!> I plugged the position into <Crafty> this morning (colours reversed) and he immediately played <37 Nf3>. I then saw the error of my ways... ...pity!
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  FSR: I tried to submit <Merry Christmas> as a pun for this game, but someone beat me to it. :-(

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