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Matthew Sadler vs Daniel Alsina Leal
4NCL (2017/18), England ENG, rd 4, Jan-14
English Opening: King's English Variation. Kramnik-Shirov Counter (A21)  ·  1-0



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May-28-19  saturn2: After 23. Bxf6+ Kxf6 24. Ne4+ Rxe4 25. fxe4 fxe4 white wins an exchange.

Since the rooks doninate files and lines white can gain pawns. 26. Rb4 Bg4+ 27. Kd2 Bf5 28. Rc7 h5 29. Rbxb7

May-28-19  BxChess: 33. Rbg7 leads to a slightly quicker mate
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  agb2002: White is one pawn down.

Black threatens Rxh4 and is about to play b5.

The rook on c4 is defenseless. Hence, 23.Bxf6+ Kxf6 24.Ne4+, winning the exchange. For example, 24... Rxe4 25.fxe4 Bxa4 26.Rxb7 h5 27.exf5 with a rook for a bishop and a pawn.

May-28-19  LoveThatJoker: 23. Bxf6+ Kxf6 24. Ne4+ and White's advantage is nearly decisive. LTJ
May-28-19  LoveThatJoker: PS. Lovely finish.
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Beautiful mating pattern at the finish, and quite unusual opening as well. What happens after 9...Qxd5?
May-28-19  stacase: The first thought, 23.Bxf6+ to take care of the Rook's attack on the Bishop turns out to be the move. It took way too long to see that it set up the discovered attack on Black's Rook & check 24.Ne4+ winning the Rook for a Knight. The rest comes under the heading of one of those little messages you get when you post that says, "The hardest game to win is the won game."
May-28-19  Cheapo by the Dozen: So is this Discovered Attacks Week?
May-28-19  malt: Have 23.B:f6+ K:f6 24.Ne4+ wins the exchange.
May-28-19  Manu2: @An Englishman I think 9....Qd5 brings with some decisive attack for white which Bc4 pressure on f7 and possibilities of Rc1 following up as well. I would not like to be black in such a position.
May-28-19  TheaN: Saw the entire setup, but was slightly wary of 23.Bxf6+ Kxf6 24.Ne4+ fxe4 (from a theoretical point of view I don't see why Rxe4 would be better for Black) 25.Rxc4 b5!.

White's still winning, but this seems to keep the queen side sort of intact for Black meaning he still has somewhat of a game. SF9 agrees entirely with this line and gives 26.Rc7 exf3+ 27.gxf4 Rd8 28.a5! where White returns the favor of a pawn move and effectively paralyses Black.

May-28-19  zb2cr: White wins the exchange, but has to work for 15 more moves.
May-28-19  TheaN: Oh wow I actually missed the finish: somehow my viewer stopped after Rxg6+ the first time around. That's actually a beautiful combination to let two rooks do the talking: guess Sadler saw the g3 mating idea in advance otherwise taking e4 or d6 (after Kxh4) would have been safer. Glad this was played.

CG'd want to save '35.?' for a(nother) Tuesday/Wednesday puzzle

May-28-19  patzer2: To become a better tactical player, it's important to visualize combinations played by strong players. To become a better positional player, it's important to learn how strong players set up combinations.

Prior to today's Tuesday puzzle (23...?), White set a trap for Black with 20. Bh4 offering a poison pawn on b2.

Black fell into White's trap (set with 20. Bh4), and was busted after 20...Nxb2? 21. Rab1 (diagram below).

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Here 21. Rab1 +- (diagram above) forces 21...Nc4 22. Bxc4 Rxc4 which sets the stage for today's Tuesday puzzle solution 23. Bxf6+ Kxf6 24. Ne4+! +- (+2.73 @ 30 ply, Stockfish 10).

Instead of 20...Nxb7?, Black should have played 20...Na5 21. Ba2 b5 22. b4 Nb7 23. a5 Nd8 = (0.00 @ 38 ply, Stockfish 10) with a level position.

P.S.: My 10-year-old Grandson recently began to work to improve his positional play, mostly by studying a book by Jeremy Silman ("How to Reassess Your Chess" 4th edition). As a result, his rating soared 200 points in less than a year. He moved from class C to class B, and should show up on the USCF top 100 list for ten-year-old players next month.

May-28-19  King.Arthur.Brazil: The "easy" is true: directly 23.Bxe6+ Kxe6 24.Ne4+ Rxe4 25. fxe4. I stopped here. However, wondering about the following moves of the game and verifying the "answer", I desagree about the 33.Rb1. In my oppinion, the move 33.Rb4 would be much more effective, because it threats Rxe4# for which black has no defence. The forced sequence is 33... Rc1+ 34. Kh2 Bc2 35. g3#. If 34...Rh1+ 35.Kxh1 Bc2 36.Kh2 a5 37.g3#. End.
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  thegoodanarchist: Before the game, the crowd was saying, "We feel Leal will seal the deal"

But they were wrong.

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  whiteshark: 23.Bxf6+ Kxf6 24.Ne4+ and White's an Xchange up.
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  gawain: Usually in the Monday or Tuesday puzzles it would not enough to win the exchange. But here White's position is superior and the modest material win is decisive. And the game finish is quite clever.
May-28-19  JohnBoy: Spent a while trying to see if 23.Ne4 could pick up a full piece. Then settled on game continuation. Beautiful finish!
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  Jimfromprovidence: Had to love 34 Kh2 below, instead of the more prosaic winning 34 Rxd6.

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The threat is 35 Rh1 followed by 36 Kg1+, The only moves black had were 34...Bf5, forcing the rook to move up the g file, or 34...Bh3, but neither can influence the outcome one bit.

Excellent game.

May-28-19  Damenlaeuferbauer: After long pondering, my old friend Matthew found of course the little combination 23.Bxf6+,Kxf6 24.Ne4+, winning an exchange and the game. Sometimes chess can be very easy, even for super grandmasters!
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  Breunor: Patzer 2, congratulations for your grandson! Top 100 is a great accomplishment.
May-30-19  patzer2: <Breunor> Thanks! His parents, grandparents and friends are all proud of his accomplishments. Chess has also helped him with his academic accomplishments, as he's recently been selected for the Duke Talent Identification Program (TIP) as a candidate for early college admission.
May-30-19  mckmac: <Patzer2> That's very exciting news about your grandson. Interesting that you say chess study has been beneficial for his school work. I look forward to seeing his games light up these pages one day!
May-31-19  patzer2: <mckmac> Thanks! My Grandson is pretty good at tactics and endgame play. So his games are often quite interesting. Recently he drew with an expert, using a clever endgame technique he had recently learned.
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