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Marin Bosiocic vs Igor Kowalski
European Rapid Championship (2017) (rapid), Katowice POL, rd 4, Dec-16
Trompowsky Attack: General (A45)  ·  1-0



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Dec-18-17  TheBish: Nice three-mover. I remember when most of the queen sacs happened on Tuesday!
Dec-18-17  lost in space: I love Mondays!

31. Qxh7+ Kxh7 32. Rh4#

Dec-18-17  tjshann: Hmm...Qxh7+?
Dec-18-17  stacase: Wham bam! Thank you m'am.
Dec-18-17  diagonalley: attractive finish
Dec-18-17  machak: 32. Rh4# ...not really, but close
Dec-18-17  Cheapo by the Dozen: The queen sac works.

h-file Monday strikes again!

Dec-18-17  patzer2: Always check, it might be mate. It's mate-in-three for today's Monday puzzle ( 31. ?) with three consecutive checks 31. Qxh7+ Kxh7 32. Rh4+ Kg8 33. Rh8#.

P.S.: Black's decisive mistake was 30. Rxe3?? allowing 31. Qxh7+ Kxh7 32. Rh4+ Kg8 33. Rh8#. Instead, 30...h6 ∓ (-1.08 @ 29 ply, Stockfish 8) would have left Black in good shape.

Earlier, Black missed the win with 22...Ba3 -+ (-8.07 @ 29 ply, Stockfish 8).

Dec-18-17  morfishine: 31.Qxh7+




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  agb2002: White has a bishop and a knight for the bishop pair and a pawn.

Black threatens Rxb3+ followed by fxg6 and Be4 with the idea Bxc2+ Bxc2 Qb6+.

White can deliver mate in three with 31.Qxh7+ Kxh7 32.Rh4+ Kh7 33.Rh8#.

Dec-18-17  AlicesKnight: 31. Qxh7+ leads to mate; ....Kxh7; 32.Rh4+ etc. Missable in rapid perhaps.
Dec-18-17  jffun1958: 31. Qxh7+ Kxh7 32. Rh4+ Kg8 33. Rh8#
Dec-18-17  Abdullah Alkhalifi: Why not move 30. Rd4 h6
Dec-18-17  et1: Poor kid, this is what happens when you play a GM. Nice puzzle.
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  malt: Monday is back on track
31.Q:h7+ K:h7 32.Rh4+ Kg8 33.Rh8#
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  Willber G: <lost in space: 31. Qxh7+ Kxh7 32. Rh4#>

Nope, not yet...

Dec-18-17  sid299792: How did I solve this puzzle?

Step 1: Checked where I could sac my Queen

Step 2: Calculated a few moves ahead

This is how I usually eat my Monday meal!

Dec-18-17  JonKing: You feel so good on Mondays :P
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  whiteshark: <31.Qxh7+!!> and that's it.
Dec-18-17  zb2cr: It's not mate in two, it's mate in three.
31. Qxh7+, Kxh7; 32. Rh4+, Kg8. Seems a number of posters here missed that the King has that escape square to temporarily flee his fate. But it's only temporary, as 33. Rh8# is, finally, checkmate.
Dec-18-17  awfulhangover: Saw the correct solution in 0.000001 seconds :-)
Dec-18-17  StevieB: Took a bit but eventually there it was. Good old queen sac on a Monday.
Dec-18-17  Halldor: Obviously a Monday today. Nice three-mover, ― with queen sac of course.
Dec-18-17  benjaminpugh: My first thought on Mondays is usually: how did the position get so bad? Here is a lesson in protecting your king over gobbling up pieces. After 30.Rd4, clearly setting up the rook sweep to h4, instead of protecting mate, black takes the now unprotected e pawn? The simple h6 prevents the attack completely, though black is still behind.
Dec-18-17  JeffH1165: Hard to believe Black let his King get boxed in this late in the game with no means of escape.
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