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Michael Rohde vs Kevin Spraggett
"Kick the Kan Down the Rohde" (game of the day Oct-23-2013)
Pan Pacific International (1987), San Francisco, CA USA, Sep-??
Sicilian Defense: Kan. Knight Variation (B43)  ·  1-0



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Oct-22-19  saturn2: I saw the king chase
24 . Rh7+ Kg5 (Kxg6 25. Qxh5#) 25. Qxh5+ Kf4 26. Rf7+ Ke3 27. Re1+ Kd228. Qe2#
Oct-22-19  agb2002: White has two pawns for a bishop and a knight.

Black threatens Rxh3.

The black king is defenseless: 24.Rh7+ Kg5 (24... Kxg6 25.Qxh5#) 25.Bc1+ Rd2(e3) 26.Bxd2(e3)+ Kxg6 27.Qxh5#.

Oct-22-19  Cheapo by the Dozen: The first move was of course obvious. For a second move I was deciding between the two h5 checks, and overlooked the game line. Per the engine, they're both mate-in-4, so I don't exactly feel like a puzzle failure. :)
Oct-22-19  Walter Glattke: What agb says
Oct-22-19  malt: 24.Rh7+ Kg5
(24...K:g6 25.Q:h5# )

25.Bc1+ K:g6 26.Q:h5#

Oct-22-19  groog: as malt says
Oct-22-19  patzer2: Black's losing move is the not so obvious 18...Bb7?, allowing 19. Ng4! +- (+1.74 @ 30 ply, Stockfish 10).

Instead, 18...Na4 19. Bc1 f5 ⩲ (+0.92 @ 35 ply, Stockfish 10) gives Black drawing chances.

Earlier, instead of 15...c5 16. c4 = (0.00 @ 37 ply, Stockfish 10), Black could've secured the advantage with 15...Nc5 16. Be2 a5 17. Nf2 a4 ⩱ (-0.57 @ 37 ply, Stockfish 10).

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  rodchuck: Spraggett was the victim of "Rohde rage"
Oct-22-19  mel gibson: 2 days in a row of beginners puzzles.
Oct-22-19  TheaN: This somewhat hidden mate in four <24.Rh7+ Kg5 (Kxg6 25.Qxh5#) 25.Bc1+ R 26.BxR+ Kxg6 27.Qxh5#> makes up for an interesting Tuesday but not the hardest. Not sure whether Spraggett missed the x-ray defense of h5 after Rh7+ or just decided to go for one more shot in a lost position.
Oct-22-19  King.Arthur.Brazil: Today answer is easy 24.♖h7+ ♔xg6 25.♕h5#. Looking at <patzer2> saying that 18...Bb7 is an error due to 19.Ng4, I don't disagree at all, however a possible continuation could be: 18...h5 19. ♘e4 ♗b7 20. ♘f6+ ♔g7 21. g4 ♖h8 22. gxh5 gxh5 23. ♔f2 ♔f8 24. ♔e3 ♖d8 25. ♖g1 ♗xf6 26. exf6 ♕c6 27. ♖ad1 ♘d7 28. ♕g3 ♔e8 29. ♕g7 ♕f3+ 30. ♔d2 ♕xf4+ 31. ♔c2 ♖f8 32. ♖ge1 ♕d6 33.♗g6 with a complex position, where seems that white has good chances to win, but black has drawing chances. See diagram.

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Oct-22-19  TheaN: I reckon Kevin donated his game to science with 21....Qc6 (at this point White's on +3 anyway) to try a swindle, as 22.fxg6 is +7, and 22....Kxh6 23.Rxf7 is actually #4: because the bishop's defending g6 Black has to immediately do something against h7, but then the mate comes over the dark squares. The 'best' line after <23.Rxf7 #4> is <23....Rh8 24.Rxe7! Qxg2 25.Qxg2 h4 26.Bc1+ Kh5 27.Qg5#>. Instead in the game line mate comes sooner, but with a chance of White slipping up and allowing Qxg2#.
Oct-22-19  zb2cr: Black is threatening mate by ... Qxcg2+, and has White's Queen under threat from the Rook on d3. Therefore there's no time for a quiet move.

24. Rh7+ is the move. Now there are two variations to see. One easy, the other a little more difficult.

a. 24. ... Kxg6; 25. Qh5# is easy.

b. 24. ... Kg5 is more difficult. 25. Qh5+ still works, see <saturn2>'s post; but 25. Bc1+ really leaves Black defenseless. He can throw away a Rook, but eventually he will be forced into taking the g6 Pawn, and then White mates as in variation a.

Oct-22-19  drollere: i spent a minute looking at the g pawn advance or Bc1+ immediately, before finding 24. Rh7+ K:g6 (or Kg5, Bc1+ etc.) 25. Qxh5#
Oct-22-19  Damenlaeuferbauer: After long pondering, my old American friend Michael finally found the mate in 7 moves with 24.Rh7+!,Kg5 (24.-,Kxg6 25.Qxh5#) 25.Qxh5+,Kf4 26.Rf7+!,Bf6 (26.-,Ke4 [26.-Ke3 27. Re1+!,Kd2 28.Qd1/Qe2#] 27.Qg4+,Ke3 28.Re1+!,Kd2 29.Qd1/Qe2#) 27.Rxf6+,Ke4 (27.-Ke3 28. Re1+!,Kd2 29.Qd1/Qe2#) 28.Qg4+,Ke3 29.Re1+!,Kd2 30.Qd1/Qe2#.
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  Check It Out: Um, is there anyone at the wheel here?
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  al wazir: Looks familiar.
Oct-29-19  Steve.Patzer: Just saw this posted a few days ago.
Oct-29-19  Olsonist: Deja viewed.
Oct-29-19  agb2002: Level 2: 17... ?
Marshall vs Capablanca, 1909

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Oct-29-19  stacase: Last week for some reason I didn't see the mate. A lot easier 2nd time around. Will this one show up again next Tuesday?
Oct-29-19  BxChess: <agb2002>: Nice puzzle. I did choose the correct first move, but I didn't see white's response. I think its probably rated three or a four to see the full follow up.
Oct-29-19  goodevans: One useful tactic when you're in time trouble is to repeat puzzles.
Oct-29-19  agb2002: <BxChess> It suffices to see Black ends up an exchange ahead and White doesn't have enough compensation.
Oct-29-19  Momentum Man: This is barely a puzzle since the rook check appears to be forced.
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