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Raset Ziatdinov vs Dmitry Gurevich
Bern op (1995), Bern SUI, rd 3, Feb-12
Sicilian Defense: Richter-Rauzer. Classical Variation (B64)  ·  0-1



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Sep-16-08  Woody Wood Pusher: <once> thanks for looking at that for me, I thought the Nf2 line was at least playable and this proves it. Cheers.

<JFQ> Its the thought that counts so thank you as well!

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  patzer2: For the Sunday September 14, 2008 puzzle solution, Black plays the deflection sham sacrifice 23...Rxc7!! In so doing, he clears the way to weaken and decisively exploit the White Queen-side castled position.

White could have put up more resistance with 25. Ka1, but after 25. Ka1 Qa5 26. Qc3 Qxc3 27. bxc3 Nxc2+ 28. Kb2 Nxe1 29. Rxe1 Nxf3 30. gxf3 f5 Black with five strong pawns should be able to decisively exploit White's four isolated pawns in the endgame.

If 26. Re2, then Black wins easily after 26...Nxf3+ 27. Kb1 (27. Kd1 Nxb2#) 27... Qb5 28. b3 Na3+ 29. Kb2 Qxe2 30. gxf3 Nb5 .

In the final position, Black has a smothered mate after 26... Nb3+ 27. Kb1 Qc1+ 28. Rxc1 Ncd2#.

Sep-15-20  little ernie: Even the laziest king must move after a double check.
Sep-15-20  geeker: 26...Nb3+ is the most forcing discovery because it's a double check, so let's start there. Then the (near) smothered mate with 27. Kb1 Qc1+ 28. R:c1 Ncd2# is pretty clear.
Sep-15-20  Cheapo by the Dozen: Smothered mate!!

Easier and simpler than Monday's puzzle, actually.

Sep-15-20  saturn2: Black can mate in 3 moves
26...Nb3+ 27. Kb1 Qc1+ 28. Rxc1 Ncd2
Sep-15-20  saturn2: There is a shame sacrifice in this kind of Sicilians

10...Nxe4 11. Bxe7 (Nxe4 Bxh4 ) Nxd2 12. Bxd8 Nxf1

Sep-15-20  Walter Glattke: Smothered mate with 26.-Nb3++ 27.Kb1 Qc1+ 28.Rxc1 Ncd2#
Sep-15-20  malt: A Nice smothered mate,
with 26...Nb3++ 27.Kb1 Qc1+ R:c1 28.Ncd2#
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  agb2002: Black has two knights for a rook and a bishop.

Black can win material with 26... Nxf3+ but the knights so close to the white king make possible a variant of the smothered mate: 26... Nb3+ 27.Kb1 Qc1+ 28.Rxc1 Ncd2#.

Sep-15-20  Caissas Clown: Spent about three seconds on this - vs three minutes for Monday !
Sep-15-20  Brenin: What a pleasing variation on smothered mate. Q+N is well known to be an effective attacking force; Q+2N is lethal.
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  FSR: Sweet finish. Kinda reminds me of N Marache vs Morphy, 1857.
Sep-15-20  Brenin: As others noted twelve years ago, 25 Ka1 rather than Kc1 would have left Black only a pawn up, with work to do, after 25 ... Qe5 (or Qa5) 26 Qc3 (not 26 Qxe5 Nxc2#) Qxc3 27 bxc3 Nxc2+ 28 Kb2 Nxe1 29 Rxe1 Nxf3 30 gxf3.
Sep-15-20  zb2cr: An unusual smothered mate, with a Black Knight at b3 holding down control of a1. All forced, starting with the double check 26. ... Nb3+; 27. Kb1, Qc1+; 28. Rxc1, Ncd2#.
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  Predrag3141: I clicked on N Marache vs Morphy, 1857 as <FSR> suggested. Here is the position leading to the two-knight smothered mate, with Black to move.

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Morphy showed great patience with the level of his opposition.

Sep-15-20  TheaN: <26....Nb3+ 27.Kb1 Qc1+ 28.Rxc1 Ncd2#> is forced so that's that.

As has been made apparent, White surrendered the game with 25.Kc1? which ran into the fatal diagonal at will. He probably thought that in case the knights moved he had b1 and a1 available, but after 25....Nec4 -+ the way's shut.

The only way to prevent Nd2 from firing would be 26.Kd1, but an interesting 'double defense' ensues after 26....Nxf3:

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The 'double defense' is a rather unique situation that is in essence a discover tactic. By vacating d2 Black creates 27....Qd2#; the uniqueness is that because both knights cover d2, White can take neither on c4 or f3. After 27.Re2 Nxb2#, and 27.Qd7 Rd8 -+.

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  gawain: A wonderful combination! Try the double check and the Black pieces practically play themselves.
Sep-15-20  Damenlaeuferbauer: After long thinking, the strong Russian-born, but now American grandmaster Dimitri Gurevich finally found the mate in 3 moves with 26.-,Nb3++! 27.Kb1,Qc1+! 28.Rxc1,Ncd2#. 10 months before he won this beautiful game, I met him in April 1994 in Köln-Porz, when he played for Hamburg in the German Bundesliga. This is how to interpretate the Richter-Rauzer system of the Sicilian Defense with the black pieces.
Sep-15-20  vajeer: Not exactly a smothered mate...more like smothered by two knights!
Sep-15-20  schachfuchs: 26.Re2 prevents the smothered mate but it's lost anyway.
Sep-15-20  mel gibson: An easy one and a beautiful checkmate.
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  HeMateMe: lovely double check and smothered mate.
Sep-15-20  newzild: Quite a few people calling this a smothered mate, which is isn't (the a1 square is not occupied).

Still, it's a pretty mate-in-3.

Sep-16-20  Nullifidian: 26... ♘b3++ 27. ♔b1 ♕c1+ 28. ♖xc1 ♘cd2#
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