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Artur Yusupov vs Kevin Spraggett
Candidates Match (1989), Quebec City CAN, rd 3, Jan-??
Tarrasch Defense: Classical. Endgame Variation (D34)  ·  1-0



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Aug-19-06  stanleys: Knight13, 37.g6+ is ok but the next move should be 38.Bf5+! 37...Kh6 changes nothing ,white still playing 38.Bf5!!
Feb-12-08  ounos: Excellent mating attack. I would expect 40. Be6 Rfe7 41. Kg4.

I almost can't believe the Dvoretsky line :-/ probably Yusupov didn't spend much time pondering on the possibility that the hanging d6 rook could prove *that* useful there.

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  tpstar: 37. g6+! is a nice finish indeed.

Strange that the check for 41 ... fxe3+ shows up on the scoresheet but not the gamescore under the "view" prompt.

May-29-10  LarsenBentYou: It hurts to see a fellow Canadian lose... but major props to Yusupov for an excellent game.
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  fiercebadger: yusapov covers this game on chess 24 video
Aug-21-20  Walter Glattke: 37.-g6+ (Bf5+ exf5?? Rh6#, but 37.Bf5+ g6!) 37.-Kxg6 38.Bf5+ Kh5/h6 Rh8# - 37.-Kh6 38.Bf5 Rc2+ 39.Kf3 mating e.g. 39.-exf5 40.Rh8# prolongation with rook sacs possible.
Aug-21-20  dhotts: Even I saw 37.g6! quickly, it's mate in 6... maybe I am a GM?
Aug-21-20  goldfarbdj: <Walter Glattke>: Am I missing something? What's wrong with 37. Bf5+?? exf5 38. Rh6+ gxh6? Similarly, after 37. g6+ Kh6 38. Bf5!! Rc2+ White can just play 39. Bxc2, and now the only move Black has to prolong the game for even a move is Re8.

Thought this was on the easy side for a Friday. The key move was easy to find, and there were only a few variations to consider.

Aug-21-20  geeker: Funny, first move that came to mind was 37. g6, but I discarded it in favor of 37. Bf5+ e:f5, overlooking 37...g6. :)
Aug-21-20  Jamboree: This must be one of those "the game line is NOT the best line" problems-of-the-day. 37. g6+ mates quicker and is more obvious than the game line, as various commenters have noted above. The longest black can last is 37. g6+ Kh6 38. Bf5 Rc2+ 39. Bxc2 Re8 40. Rxe8 Kh5 41. Kf3 Bxd6 42. Rh8 mate. And most of that is just black throwing away pieces to delay mate by one more move.

In the less-accurate game line, black can still stagger on for many moves with 42. ... Rf3+ 43. Kxf3 Kf7 and black gets out of the immediate mating net and can dodge around for ten more moves at least.

Both lines win for white, but 37. g6 is more immediately lethal.

Aug-21-20  Brenin: Finding 37 g6+ didn't take long, after quickly rejecting 37 Bf5+ g6.
Aug-21-20  Walter Glattke: goldfarbdj: see "but 37.Bf5+g6!" in the brackets first line.
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  sackman: Found 37 g6+ after seeing that Bf5+ allowed .... g6. Definitely easier than yesterday's puzzle.
Aug-21-20  malt: Tried 37.f5 at first, Eventually found 37.g6+ Kh6

(37...K:g6 38.Bf5!+ Kh5 39.Rh8# )

38.Bf5! Rc2+ (38...ef5 39.Rh8# )

39.B:c2 Kh5 40.Rd1(Kf3)Rc7

41.Rh1+ Kg4 42.Bd1#

Aug-21-20  Predrag3141: White naturally moved his threatened rook, but for a puzzle solver 37 g6+ was easy to spot.

For the second time in just six days, the game continuation is not the solution. David Norwood and I missed the amazing follow-up that would have made 35 Qd8+ work in Sunday's puzzle:

D Norwood vs Gelfand, 1987

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  agb2002: The position of the black king invites to play 37.g6+:

A) 37... Kxg6 38.Bf5+ and 39.Rh8#.

B) 37... Kh6 38.Bf5

B.1) 38... exf5 39.Rh8#.

B.2) 38... Rc2+ 39.Kh3 wins.

Aug-21-20  Viking707: I saw g6+ as the best winning move, but in chess there are numerous ways to win, as this solution proved.
Aug-21-20  Eduardo Leon: White would like to play 37.♗f5+. Then 37...exf5 38.g6+ ♔h6 39.♖h8# is mate. However, 37...g6 stops the attack. Thus white plays 37.g6+ first.

Capturing the pawn leads to the fastest mate: 37...♔xg6 38.♗f5+ ♔h6 39.♖h8#. But not capturing also leads to mate: 37...♔h6 38.♗f5!, and now 39.♖h8# can only be delayed, not stopped.

Aug-21-20  5hrsolver: Happy to solve this one. Beautiful mating idea. <agb2002> and <Eduardo Leon> gives all the lines.
Aug-21-20  TheaN: A 'hidden' mating net. Once you deduce 37.Bf5+ g6, switch the moves! After <37.g6+ Kh6 (Kxg6 38.Bf5+ Kh5 39.Rh8#) 38.Bf5! #4> White prevented the pawn coming to g6. Now he's threatening Rh8# and there's no practical defense, just spite throws. Nice combination that Yusupov missed, apparently.
Aug-21-20  Walter Glattke: Oh, I see the critic now, there is a lack of a move: 37.Bf5+exf5 38.g6+ Kh6 39.Rh8# not 38.Rh6, my mistake over there.
Aug-21-20  saturn2: If you know it is a puzzle you find 37 g6 but 37. Rd8 is a natural move .
Aug-21-20  cormier: 24... b6? 24...Red7 25.h5 Ne7 26.Bg4 Nc6 27.Rc1 a6 28.Rc2 Ne7 = +0.32 (28 ply)
Aug-21-20  Everett: 37.Bf5+ mates
Aug-21-20  Everett: Whiops, no it doesn’t
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