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Thomas Luther vs Olivier Touzane
Lippstadt (1994), Lippstadt GER, rd 4
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf. Poisoned Pawn Variation (B97)  ·  1-0



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  Willem Wallekers: I found the solution after looking for something with Qc8.
Dec-14-20  lost in space: 19. Qxe6+! and mate to come.


But it took me much longer than normally on Mondays

Dec-14-20  Nichth: I spent more time then usual on this Monday puzzle, trying to grind out something on the queen's side, making use of the potential pin on the knight, before spotting the very pretty finish
Dec-14-20  awfulhangover: Solved in 0,02 seconds! I have seen same motif hundreds of times. Pattern recognitions works!
Dec-14-20  zb2cr: Took me about 45 seconds or so to find 19. Qxe6+, forcing mate next move. I was hung up on the concept of some Queenside operations and it took me a while to figure out was nothing really promising over there.
Dec-14-20  TheTamale: <awfulhangover>: I got it almost instantly, too, but I'm not convinced I would've seen it in an actual game. When it comes to chess, I seem to be good at pattern recognition only when I specifically know there's something in there.

<messiah> Is that a new profile pic for you? I can't remember what the old one was, but it seems different. (Is it a young Magnus?)

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  thegoodanarchist: One of my favorite checkmates! Arabian mate is also very nice.
Dec-14-20  landshark: Very pretty move. I think this game highlights the saying that the defender's task is more difficult than the attacker's task -

Thanks for the feedback yesterday - very helpful. I sent <CG> an email.

My screen is still making me seasick but hopefully I'll get a useful reply from them (:

Dec-14-20  TheaN: Noticed that I've gotten confused by more recent non-Queen sac Mondays; this took me three seconds instead of two.

Intresting line though. I really dislike Sicilian setups with Nb3; played a horrible game early season against this.

Black botched up 12....Nxe4?! a bit. Of course, after 13.Qxe4 Bb7 it seems like Black's winning the exchange, but he should have calculated a bit further: White has initiative and better pieces, and is better after 14.Qc4 (opposing Queens) Qxc4 15.Bxc4 h6 16.Bh4 Bxh1 17.Rxh1 ⩲ and White won the minor exchange.

In the game line 14....Qb6 Black tries to play on trapping Rh1 which actually works, as after 15.Bd3?! (Re1! ⩲) Bxh1 16.Rxh1 d5 = this ain't worth as much.

With 15....Qe3+? Black seals the deal. The issue is the very awkward position of the queen here. 16.N1d2 Bxh1 17.Rxh1 h6? (d5 18.Qc6 ±) 18.Be4! +-. Black can prevent immediate disaster with 18....d5 still, 19.Qc6 hxg5 (else Qxe6+ or Qxa8+) 20.Qxa8+ +-, among others 20....Ke7 21.Bxd5! exd5 22.Kd1! +-

After 18....Rb8; the rest is history.

Dec-14-20  Damenlaeuferbauer: After long thinking, my German compatriot GM Thomas Luther, who is a relative of the great Martin Luther (1483 - 1546), finally found the nice queen sacrifice 19.Qxe6+!,fxe6 (19.-, Be7 20.Qxe7#) 20. Bg6#. The day after tomorrow, Germany will close nearly everything until January 10, 2021. Merry Christmas and a happy new year to every true chess player out there!
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  scruggs: I love Mondays
Dec-14-20  Nosnibor: Instead of 14...Qb6 Black should have exchanged Queens and then taken the Rook when chances are even. Spotted the winning move in a second.
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  ChessCoachClark: There are two quite recent games with the same motif-- H. Raja (2302) vs R. Faizrakhmanov (2432), Palic 2016, 13 moves which concludes with the Queen capture as seen here (but no Pawn sits on d6); Uwe Kersten (2275) vs Samuel Minor (2224), Germany 2016, 14 moves which continues to the Boden's Mate.

They are not in the CG database yet. I also found two others, one in 2007 and one in 2013, but by players rated 2000 to 2150 only.

An excellent combination to learn well.

Dec-14-20  Nosnibor: Sorry just realised White is already a piece up in my suggested line but at least he hangs on longer.
Dec-14-20  King.Arthur.Brazil: The single way to 'survive' was 18...d5 19. ♕c6. Now, if 19... dxe4 20. ♕xa8+ ♘b8 21. ♕xb8+ ♔d7 22. ♕d8+ ♔c6 23. ♕c8+ ♔b5 24. ♕d7+ ♔b6 25. ♗d8#. But, Black can answer: 19...♗d6 Now, 20. ♕xd6 hxg5! (since other moves allowed 21.♕e7#). However, with 20. ♕xa8+ ♘b8 31.♗c6+ the Black situation is still very bad (can resign).
Dec-14-20  Hercdon: Replaying the previous 2 to 3 moves of the puzzle can provide clues. That really helped out here - Be4 not only attacks the a8 rook but blocks the queen from protecting e6.

I wonder though, is replaying some of the previous moves a form of cheating? What do you think?

Dec-14-20  FlashinthePan: 18.Be4! A clever zwischenzug to cut the black queen from defending e6 while attacking the rook on a8, setting a deadly trap in which Black fell.
Dec-14-20  Nullifidian: 19. ♕xe6+ ♙fxe6 (♗e7 20. ♕Qxe7#) 20. ♗g6#
Dec-14-20  Halldor: Difficult Monday. I didn't have a clue for quite a while, but when I was about to give up, then suddenly I saw the solution, i.e. when I at last saw the solution I saw it instantly... I must be very good at pattern recognition!
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  RadioBoy: My internal clock was still stuck on Saturday so I spent a long minute looking for something evil and nasty.
Dec-14-20  Brenin: <Hercdon>: There's no such thing as cheating with POTD: there are no rules, and it's there for each of us to use as we like. I first look at the position as if in a game, and try to decide what I would play. Then I check the game continuation, followed by the kibitzing, to see whether the original players and other CG members agreed with me. Then I play through the whole game to see how the position arose, and whether either player could have done better. Looking at the preceding couple of moves first would imitate OTB play better, but I would find it hard not to sneak a look at the next move, so I don't give myself that temptation.
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  eternaloptimist: I solved this 1 very quickly since I figured it would be a typical ♕ sac Monday puzzle & sure enough it is
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  drollere: all right. i seem to be the only kibitzer here who did not solve this puzzle.
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  drollere: <I wonder though, is replaying some of the previous moves a form of cheating? What do you think?>

why? it's a puzzle, not a card game.

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  ChessCoachClark: Hurrah for CG! The two games I mentioned in earlier posting are now available in the CG database:

U Kersten vs S Minor, 2016 and Harshit Raja vs R Faizrakhmanov, 2016.

Also, the comment on the Kersten vs Minor game should state that it ends with a Raking Bishops Mate.

Be well.
Be safe.

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