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Alexei Fedorov vs Narayanan Neelakantan
Goodricke Open (1999), Calcutta IND, rd 3, Feb-08
King's Gambit: Accepted. Cunningham Defense (C35)  ·  1-0



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  al wazir: I got it, but it took me a while. The difficulty was that I kept looking for a way to make use of those advanced center ♙s, and not finding one.
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  ChessHigherCat: 25. Nf6+ gxf6 26. Qxg6+ Kh8 27. Rg1 and black looks fried after some spite checks.

If you play through the whole game in the "guess the move" mode, you can really see that Fedorov is in another world, a real old-school terminator. I wasn't surprised to see that his highest rating was nearly 2700.

Jul-18-18  stst: A series of forced combo:
The screaming out move is:
25.Nf6+ gxN
26.Qxg6+ Kh8
27.Rg1 Qd7 (nothing better)
28.Qxh6+ Qh7
29.QxR+ Qg8 (can actually resign)

Length of Wed, logic of Mon.

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  agb2002: White has a bishop for a pawn.

Black threatens Rxe8.

White can create a decisive threat with 25.Nf6+ gxf6 (25... Kh8 26.Qxf8#) 26.Qxg6+ Kh8 27.Rg1 Qh4+ (27... Qd7 28.Qxh6+ Qh7 29.Qxf8+ Qg8 30.Qxg8#) 28.Kd1 Qg5 29.Rxg5 hxg5 30.dxc7 + - [Q+B+P vs r+n].

Jul-18-18  landshark: 25.Nf6+ gxf6 26.Qxg6+ has to win. Probably with 27. Rg1 because Black runs out of checks after .... Qh5+ 28. Kd1. At least that's how I'd start in OTB - probably take a more careful look at my 27th move to make sure there weren't any hidden tricks.
Jul-18-18  Mayankk: Solved it. The main Idea is that Black has no useful checks to exchange queens after Rg1. And Black is forced to capture the knight after Nf6 as its King is busy protecting the Rook.

An interesting position. Pieces seem to be scattered all over and still there is a simple move like Rg1 to sound the death knell. Very nice.

Jul-18-18  Cheapo by the Dozen: Nice to get a mate using only 2 pieces. Particularly nice when you have only 3 developed pieces to start with and a wide-open position to defend yourself. :)
Jul-18-18  messachess: Nice first move.
Jul-18-18  Autoreparaturwerkbau: <Whitehat1963> It seems 15...Bxf3? was the key losing move, since the correct 15...Ng6 releases e7-square for d6-bishop (16.Bxg6 Be7! 17.c6 Bxh4 18.cxd7 Bxf3).

Yet the final N.N.'s error was just before today's puzzle position at 23...Rf7? [where Rf8 was necessary to prolong the struggle] which enabled the effective tactical shot 25.Nf6+.

Jul-18-18  Walter Glattke: According to agb2002, no other senseful continuation, decisive material win for white.
Jul-18-18  patzer2: For today's (25. ?) Wednesday puzzle, 25.Nf6+ gxf6 26.Qxg6+ Kh8 27.Rg1 +- forces mate or wins the Black Queen.

The computer indicates Black's decisive error was 15...Bxf3?, which allows 16. cxd6 +- (+2.24 @ 32 ply, Stockfish 8).

Instead, 15...Ng6 16. Bxg6 Be7 17. c6 Bxh4 18. cxd7 Bxf3 19. Bf5 Bh5 20. Bxf4 Bg6 21. Bh3 f5 22. g3 ± (+0.78 @ 30 ply, Stockfish 8) puts up more resistance.

Black's game starts to go bad with 13...Qd7?, allowing 14. c5 ± (+0.69 @ 32 ply, Stockfish 9 analysis of move 14.?).

Instead, 13...Qc8 = (-0.16 @ 33 ply, Stockfish 8) or 13...Bf5 = (-0.05 @ 33 ply, Stockfish 8) would have kept the game level.

Jul-18-18  saturn2: Finally I got the first 3 moves.

Actually the Nf6 followed by Qg6 had been my first thought but without Rg1. And I had been also afraid of queen checks by black.

Jul-18-18  malt: 26.Nf6+ gf6 27.Q:g6+ Kh8 28.Rg1 Qh4+ 29.Kd1

<CHC and black looks fried >

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  Diademas: Qxh7!! Oh, that does not work...
Jul-18-18  zb2cr: Missed this one; did not see the correct followup to 27. Nf6+ and gave up.
Jul-18-18  hdcc: First move jumps straight out, second move follows from that - as has already been pointed out, the tricky part is finding the quiet rook move to finish.
Jul-18-18  CHESSTTCAMPS: White has a bishop for a pawn and might consider an endgame with 25.Qe6+? Qxe6 26.dxe6 Re8 27.d7 Nxd7 28.exd7 Rxe4+ - at which point white would likely regret the decision.

Instead, white has no problems after 25.Nf6+! (examining forcing moves first) gxf6 (Kh8 26.Qxf8#) 26.Qxg6+ Kh8 27.Rg1 Qh4+ 28.Kd1 and black can only delay mate for a while with 28... Qg5.

Jul-18-18  The Kings Domain: Good puzzle and good game. Nice to see a vintage opening played in contemporary times.
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  takchess: Looked at it at first thing this morning and was stumped :tried to determine if this is a Queen Swap which can be forced, a pawn promotion or a material exchange . After breakfast with fresh eyes, saw that there is a useful role for the knight. 3 for 3 this week.
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  takchess: He played the King Gambit quite a bit. My kind of guy.

Jul-18-18  Wallac: This one was quite straightforward and easy .
Got it quickly.
Jul-18-18  lzromeu: Do it, but lost the best winning continuation: 27.Bxf4 but not Rg1.
Jul-18-18  PJs Studio: I got this one. So it can’t be tough. 😜
Jul-18-18  sfm: <patzer2: 13.-,Qd7> Yes, the power of 14.c5 is obvious - especially afterwards. It pays to keep an eye on movable center pawns. So 13.-,Qd7, keeping the queen away from the knight fork on e5. We should be able to figure that out, on a good day.


Rather impossible to calculate. So instead Black accepts the loss of a piece, and can't White's open king position be exploited a bit? Not really. Nice surprising finish.

In blitz one should try 20.-,Nc6 21.dxN, Rae8
It should work 25% of the times.

Jul-18-18  NBZ: An interesting final position. It's crucial that Re8+ is prevented by the Q on g6, and that the N on b8 prevents Rg8 from being a viable defence.
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