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Padmini Rout vs Mohamad Naser Al Sayed
Tradewise Gibraltar (2016), Catalan Bay GIB, rd 7, Feb-01
Italian Game: Italian Variation (C50)  ·  1-0



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Jan-17-17  saturn2: <agb2002..35 Qh6+ Kg8 36 Qg6+...> why not 36 Qg7++ instead?
Jan-17-17  lost in space: 34. Rxf7+! Rxf7 35. Qh6+ Kg8

(35...Rg7 36. Qxg7#)

36. Qg7#


34. Rxf7+ Kg8 35. Qxg6+ and mate next move

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  al wazir: Terrible play by black. Up an exchange and couldn't save the game.

After 33...Qh2+ 34. Kf1 Qh1+ 35. Ke2 Re8 36. Rxe8+ (36. Qc5 Qh5+) Kxe8 37. Qe5+ Kd7, white has nothing.

Jan-17-17  diagonalley: very instructive, neat finish!
Jan-17-17  AlicesKnight: 34. Rxf7+ breaks open the position. The King cannot take and ...Kg8 allows Qxg6+ with mate in the corner, so 34....Rxf7; 35.Qh6+ Kg8 (...Rg7 does not help), 36.Qg7# thanks to the pin.


Jan-17-17  Mayankk: f7 appears a weak point, so sac a Rook there and let Queen do the rest.

Now if only life was so easy in actual games...

Jan-17-17  mel gibson: Black blundered he should have moved

Re8 (33. .. Rd8 (♖a8-d8 ♖e7xf7+ ♖h7xf7 ♕g5-h6+ ♔f8-e8 ♕h6-e3+ ♔e8-d7 ♕e3-h3+ ♔d7-c6 ♕h3-f3+ ♔c6-b6 ♗b3xf7 ♕d6-d1+ ♕f3xd1 ♖d8xd1+ ♔g1-g2 ♖d1-d6 ♗f7xg6 ♖d6xf6 ♗g6-e4 ♖f6-d6 b2-b4 c7-c6 ♔g2-g3 ♔b6-b5 f2-f4 ♔b5-c4 f4-f5 ♔c4xc3 ♔g3-f4 ♔c3-d4) +2.51/18 38)

score +2.51 depth 18
Black is winning!

not 33... Re8
which is a blunder - mate in 3.

Jan-17-17  zluria: This was a tricky one. The first move that caught my eye was 34.Qxg6 fxg6 35.Rxh7 with seemingly unstoppable mate on h8. However, the in between move 34. ...Qh2+ defends the h7 rook and wins for Black. Then I started to look at 34.Qh6+ deflecting the Black rook, so that after Rxh6 35. Rxf7 Kg8 White can give a discovered check. However, I couldn't find a way to finish things off.

Only then I looked at 34. Rxf7, and quickly realized that 34. ... Rxf7 35.Qh6+ Kg8 36.Qg6+ Kh8 is forced. However, the natural move 37. Bxf7 gives Black the chance to give some checks. I missed the more accurate 37. Qh5+! followed by taking f7 with check.

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  morfishine: After <34.Rxf7+> the rout is on

Nuff Sayed


Jan-17-17  wooden nickel: in case somebody doesn't like to win, Qh6 makes a nice draw i.e. 34.Qh6+ Rxh6 35.Rxf7+ Kg8 36.Re7+

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  whiteshark: This is really cute: <34.Rxf7+! Rxf7> (kinda Epaulette-like configuration) <35.Qh6+ Kg8> (into the pin) <36.Qg7#>
Jan-17-17  Ninamoja7884: 33..Re8?? the rough mistake, black had better continue 33...Rd8! and white is lost. But after 33 ...Re8, white made a beautiful combination.
Jan-17-17  Sularus: Rxf7+, RxR, Qh6+, Kg8, Qg7++
Jan-17-17  Sularus: in the final position, that white f6 pawn is boss
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  Willber G: <notyetagm: <Dirkster: Hello, everybody - this is my first kibitz!! (I can tell you're all thrilled...)>

Welcome to <CG.COM>!>

He has kibitzed many times in the year since that post! ;-)

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  rodchuck: Hello Dirkster, according to your user profile you have kibitzed 23 times, the last time being yesterday Jan 16 on the Karajkin-van Wely game. But my memory is also getting weaker, so I'm glad I'm not alone!
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  rodchuck: Didn't notice the date. Duh!
Jan-17-17  ventricule: <wooden nickel> For some reason that's the first line I came up with, and I got stuck a while trying to make it work.
Jan-17-17  dzechiel: At first I spent time looking at 34 Qh6+ Rxh6 35 Rxf7+ Kg8 but the following discovered check got me nowhere. The black king hides safely on h8.

Then I looked at 34 Qxg6, but that seemed to be even worse.

Finally I considered 34 Rxf7+ Rxf7 35 Qh6+, but had to see 35...Kg8 36 Qxg6+ Kh8 37 Qh5+! as the move that put the final nail in the coffin (37...Kg8 38 Qxf7+, or 37...Rh8 Qxe8+).

Jan-17-17  stst: The B@b3 striking the diagonal a2-g8 is deadly: 24.Rxf7+ supported by B:

(A) the escape line: 24.. Kg8
(Here, By a disc+ the R can harass the Black Q, but a direct kill is more handy:) 25.Qxg6+ Rg7 (if Kh8, QxR# - same result) 26.QxR(g7)#

(B) The interjection line: 24..Rf7
25.Qh6+ either Rg7 interject again or Kg8 (but pinned by B@b3) 26.Qg7 (or Qxg7, same deal) #

It's like a 1/2 Monday POD, though a little prettier.

Jan-17-17  ColeTrane: Routed Proper
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  tamar: That's What Mohammad Sayed
Jan-17-17  Mess With Da King: Hmmm, something very odd happened with this puzzle. Both agb2002 and dzechiel are excellent contributors to this site, and way stronger players and problem solvers than me. But they both missed that after 35 ...Kg8, White has 36 Qg7 mate, due to the pin on the rook, which I saw in a couple of seconds. That should give hope to all of us patzers...
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  Diocletian: A good puzzle that I admit to finding harder than "easy" but that gives way to the great principle,'see-a-check-give-a-check," and respecting the powerful pawn.

Now the knight sac 12. Ne5 - is it really sound? Is there an equally simple principle here, or must I calculate something!? A question for my further study and an engine's verdict. Thank you, chessgames!

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  agb2002: <saturn2> <Mess With Da King>

It's again the old typical problem of finding a winning maneuver and not stopping for a moment to see whether there are better alternatives.

Although a win is a win, I normally much prefer the shorter, more efficient option.

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