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Zhong Zhang vs Yuanming Tong
Tan Chin Nam Cup 4th (1998), Beijing, rd 3, Jun-10
Formation: King's Indian Attack (A07)  ·  1-0

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Dec-26-20
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  scruggs: Rook takes pawn looks pretty good
Dec-26-20  CRAZYGOD: This game is beyond imagination.....deserves to be famous......This should be known as the Chinese Immortal
Dec-26-20  goodevans: <33.Rxh4+> does indeed look pretty good but how best to continue after <33...Nxh4> (forced) <34.Qh7+ Kg5>?

Focusing on the h-file looks tempting but I can't see anything after 35.Rh1 Rh8 so lets turn attention to the pinned B. 35.f3 Nxf3 36.Bxf3 Rf8 is going nowhere so it's got to be <35.Ne3>. Not only does that pick up the B but black's K is going to demand that much of his entourage give themselves up to save him (e.g. 35...Nhg6 36.Nxg4 Rh8 37.Ne3+ Kf6 38.Nd5+ Qxd5 39.Rxg6+ etc.).

Dec-26-20  goodevans: <CRAZYGOD: This game is beyond imagination.....deserves to be famous.....>

The passage of play starting 30.Bxh6+ would certainly be beyond my imagination but when you play through it slowly enough it does all make beautiful sense.

Dec-26-20  Brenin: I saw as far as 35 Ne3. At that point Black had too many responses for me to be sure, but the attack along the g-file, and the threat of Qxe7+ if the Black Q moves away from protecting the N, persuaded me that this would be enough to win.
Dec-26-20  stacase: I got the first two moves, and then 35.Ne3 or 35.Qg7+? Continuing on after a wrong guess, it pretty much plays itself until Black throws in the towel.

If Egemen Gulden vs Andrei Macovei 2018 shows up for a 4th time, I'll be 100% for the week which has never happened (-: Well there has to be something for me to smile about these days.

Dec-26-20  Cellist: After discarding RxBg4 and BxNg6, I found the first three moves of the actual game and thought it was a win from there. I then followed the game and found all the remaining moves except for the last one, where I would have simply done NxQ, which also wins clearly, although less powerfully than the text move.
Dec-26-20
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  FSR: A beautiful sacrificial attack. 30.Bxh6+! ZHONG! 33.Rxh4+! ZHANG!
Dec-26-20
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  Breunor: First two moves are obvious since we are told we have a 'problem solution' but the follow up is really complex. I also got 35 Ne3 but I don't think I would have tried this line if I hadn't been told 'white to play and win. '
Dec-26-20  RandomVisitor: 32...Rf8 traps the queen (except for 33.Rxh4+ Nxh4 34.Qh7+ Kg5 35.Ne3 Rf4 36.Qg7+ Neg6, which stops the attack) and spoils what would otherwise be a nice attacking sequence starting with 30.Bxh6+. This kind of explains why the puzzle begins on move 33.

29.g5 hxg5 30.Bxg5 is the better way to continue the attack, or even earlier with 26.Kh1 or 23.h4.

Dec-26-20  areknames: This is a great game and deserves to be GOTD, maybe with <FSR>'s <30.Bxh6+! ZHONG! 33.Rxh4+! ZHANG!> as (slightly unorthodox) pun? I very much like 5.Bg5, thinking outside the box. Also noteworthy that Black never moves his a pawn. ...a6 is pretty standard in this type of setups, and would probably have been my preferred choice at either move 10 or 11.
Dec-26-20  5hrsolver: There is a nice sequence after 35.Ne3

35...Nhg6 36. Nxg4 Rh8 37. Ne3+ Kf4 38. Qf7+ Qxf7 39. Rg4#

Dec-26-20
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  Dionysius1: Blimey - I solved a Saturday puzzle right through to the end. It all seemed quite logical with its own driving force though, as if the key move came earlier.
Dec-27-20
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  al wazir: <RandomVisitor: 32...Rf8 traps the queen (except for 33.Rxh4+ Nxh4 34.Qh7+ Kg5 35.Ne3 Rf4 36.Qg7+ Neg6, which stops the attack) and spoils what would otherwise be a nice attacking sequence starting with 30.Bxh6+. This kind of explains why the puzzle begins on move 33.>

What does white do after 31...Rf8 ? That's even stronger. Now the ♕ has no escape, because 32. Rxh4+ is answered by 32...Nxh4+.

Dec-27-20  areknames: <What does white do after 31...Rf8 ?>

32.g5+

Dec-27-20  areknames: <32...Rf8 traps the queen> On the other hand, this seems to win for Black. Still a great game, warts and all.
Dec-27-20
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  al wazir: <areknames: <What does white do after 31...Rf8 ?> 32.g5+>

Then 32...Kxg5 33. Kf1+ Bg4. If now 34. Qh7, then 34...Rh8 with a draw by repetition.

If 34. Rxg4+, then 34...Kxg4 35. Rg1+ Kh5 36. Bxg6+ Qxg6 37. Rxg6 Rxf7.

Dec-27-20  areknames: <Then 32...Kxg5 33. Kf1+ Bg4. If now 34. Qh7, then 34...Rh8 with a draw by repetition.

If 34. Rxg4+, then 34...Kxg4 35. Rg1+ Kh5 36. Bxg6+ Qxg6 37. Rxg6 Rxf7.>

In the line above, after 35...Kh5 36.Qh7 is checkmate. If 35...Kh3 36.Bg2+ and mate in 2.

Dec-27-20
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  al wazir: <areknames: <Then 32...Kxg5 33. Kf1+ Bg4. If 34. Rxg4+, then 34...Kxg4 35. Rg1+ Kh5 36. Bxg6+ Qxg6 37. Rxg6 Rxf7.> In the line above, after 35...Kh5 36.Qh7 is checkmate. If 35...Kh3 36.Bg2+ and mate in 2.>

I make it mate in five:

36...Kg4 37. Ne3+ Kg5 38. Be4+ Kh6 39. Ng4+ Kg5 40. Nf6+ Kh6 (40...Kf4 41. Nd5#) 41. Qh7#.

But never mind. I resign first.

Thanks.

Dec-27-20  areknames: Perhaps it's not the most obvious of mates, but after 36...Kg4 above follows 37.Bf3++ Kh3 38.Rh1#.

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