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Alexandr Hilario Takeda dos Santos Fier vs Robert Aloma Vidal
Batumi Olympiad (2018), Batumi GEO, rd 2, Sep-25
Reti Opening: Reti Gambit (A09)  ·  1-0



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Sep-26-18  Jaburu: If 27...Kxh8 28.Rh1+ Kg8 29.Rh8+ Kxh8 30.Qh1+ Kg8 31.Qh7#
Oct-01-18  Jaburu: The applied checkmate for Fier is very rare, but it happens. If there is some collector of that checkmate type I offer my game Vitório Chemin vs Henrique Marinho, Zonal South Paranaense, Curitiba BRA 1969: 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Be2 e5 7.Nb3 Be6 8.Bg5 Be7 9.0-0 Nbd7 10.f4 Qc7 11.Nd5 Bxd5 12.exd5 h6 13.Bh4 g5 14.fxg5 hxg5 15.Bxg5 Qb6+ 16.Nd4 exd4 17.Bd3 0-0-0 18.a4 Rdg8 19.Bd2 Ne5 20.b4 Nfg4 21.a5 Qd8 22.b5 Rxh2 23.Be4 Rh1+ 24.Kxh1 Rh8+ 25.Kg1 Rh1+ 26.Kxh1 Qh8+ 0-1
Oct-18-18  Stanley Yee: 25. Rh1! sets up the rook sacs. 26. Be6! was equally brilliant, as 26... fxe6 fails to the same rook sac routine.
Jan-18-19  raju17: This is should be M0NDAY and not Friday!
Jan-18-19  raju17: This is M0NDAY and not Friday!
Jan-18-19  SpamIAm: Hindsight is always 20/20 of course, but it would seem that 18...Be7 was more prudent.
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  Penguincw: Almost like the hardest puzzle this week, is indeed the Monday puzzle...
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  agb2002: White is one bishop down.

Black threatens cxd3.

The white rooks block the path of the white queen to the king side and the bishop would pin the pawn on g7 if the black king were on h8. Therefore, 27.Rh8+ Kxh8 28.Rh1+ Kg8 (28... Rh6 29.Rxh6+ Kg8 30.Rh8+ as in the main line) 29.Rh8+ Kxh8 30.Qh1+ Rh6 31.Qxh6+ Kg8 32.Qh7#.

Jan-18-19  Walter Glattke: 26.-Nf6!? 27.Rh8+ Kxh8 28.Rh1+ Kg8 29.Rh8+ Kxh8 30.Qh1+ Kg8 31.Bxf6 Bxe4+ 32.cxe4 Qxe4+ 33.Nxe4 c3 34.Bxc8 Rxc8 35.Ng5 c2 36.Qh7# 33.-gxf6 34.Nxf6+ Kg7 35.Nxe8+ Rxe8 36.Bxc4 bxc4 37.axb3 axb3 white Advantage, better 27.Bxf7+ Qxf7 28.Nxf7 Kxf7 29.Bxf6 gxf6 30.axb3 decisive material.
Jan-18-19  ChessHigherCat: The important thing is to notice that the g7 pawn is pinned if black plays Rh6:

27. Rh8+ Kxh8 28. Rh1+ Kg8 29. Rh8+ Kxh8 30. Qh1+ Rh6 31. Qxh6+! Kg8 32. Qh7#

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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Have seen this combination in textbooks but never in its natural habitat, so to speak.

Nice bluff by White in the opening with 6.g3. Black could have tried 6...Bxf3; 7.exf3,e5; 8.Bg2,Ra7 followed by ...c5 and ...Rd7.

Jan-18-19  Olsonist: I love Mondays!
Jan-18-19  Fellipe: @An_Englishman I had the pleasure of making a sac like this in a small tournament game. Only one hook, though.
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  hemy: 2 rooks sacrifice on h8 was in the famous game from Hamburg Olympiad K Richter vs L Abramavicius, 1930
Jan-18-19  Walter Glattke: In Richter-Abramovicius was the option 21.-Qxf6 23.gxf6 Rxc2+ 24.Bxc2 Rc8 25.Ng5 Rxc2+ 26.Kd1 Bg4+ 27.Kxc2 Bh5 28.Qxb7 Nxg5 29.Qb7+ Kh7 30.Qf8 Ne6 31.Qxf7 Kh6 e.g. 32.Qxe6 Winning. Nice continuations possible.
Jan-18-19  stacase: <ChessHigherCat: The important thing is to notice that the g7 pawn is pinned if black plays Rh6:>

I missed that detail, thanks for pointing it out.

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  Willem Wallekers: Crazy behaviour by the engine:
Start it in the final position and it sees the combination. Then enter 27 ... Kxh8 and start it again.
This time it thinks white is lost and wants to play 28. Rxc4
Jan-18-19  malt: 27.Rh8+ K:h8 28.Rh1+ Kg8 29.Rh8+ K:h8 30.Qh1+ Rh6 31.Q:h6+ Kg8 32.Qh7#

I Have seen a similar combination.

31.Q:h6! is a nice finish.

Jan-18-19  schachfuchs: Took me 10 sec to verify that the Bb2 still allows 31.Qxh6+. So, Monday or Tuesday level?
Jan-18-19  Calar: Doule rook sacrifice on h8, Queen comes to h-file with tempo and mates on h7.

My first Friday. Wohooo :)

Jan-18-19  The Kings Domain: Good game and a fun puzzle that's easy to miss.
Jan-18-19  TheaN: 18 January 2019


I <instantly> saw the double Rook sac motif as this is a very famous clearance combination; 'the fodder goes up front' basically. However, the option of Rh6 stumped me way longer than it should: matter of vision: with the King on h8, g7 is pinned, so White can just ram on.

Jan-18-19  TheBish: A H T dos Santos Fier vs R Aloma Vidal, 2018

White to play (27.?) "Difficult"

White wins with a nice series of clearance sacrifices to bring the queen to h7:

27. Rh8+! Kxh8 28. Rh1+ Kg8 (or 28...Rh6 29. Rxh6+ Kg8 30. Rh8+) 29. Rh8+ Kxh8 30. Qh1+ Rh6 31. Qxh6+ Kg8 32. Qh7#.

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  perfidious: Variation on a theme; the standard clearance idea is brought to its culmination with a pin on the long diagonal enabling the climax.
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  drollere: i completely missed this one. i fixated on the Q+B battery, the various moves with the N, doubling the rooks on the h file. i saw the pin on g7 after a rook sacrifice, but still the penny did not drop.
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