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Per Soderberg vs Mark Taimanov
Rilton Cup (1997/98), Stockholm SWE, rd 9, Jan-05
Sicilian Defense: Delayed Alapin Variation (B40)  ·  0-1



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  Oxspawn: Oxspawn: The black queen would very much like to mate on e1 but the white queen is gently discouraging. So today it is a knight sacrifice.

57. Qg1+
58. Kxh4 (forced) Qf2++

This one is easy to find (once you know there is a win to find) as white will escape if the first move is not a check and Nf5+ is not decisive.

Nov-27-12  tallinn: Once you see that Qe1 would be mate if not the white queen protect that field finding the combination is easy as you have spotted the deadly diagonal.

Does Kg3 deserve two question marks or is the game lost already for white even with a different king move on 57....?

Nov-27-12  The HeavenSmile: <tallinn> Qe1+, Kh2. Granted it will be mate very shortly but it takes another 2 moves. I saw the same thing and thought 'that would be a cool mating position!'
Nov-27-12  Bengambit: 58...Qg1+ forced
Nov-27-12  Bengambit: Going back to move 49.Qf7+ Qg7 then 50.Qe6???? is no good,white did not defend against the a1 square,now 50.Qa2 could have gave white a little fighting room,but being a piece down is another matter.
Nov-27-12  zb2cr: Black has the problem of not allowing a perpetual. Also, the natural move ... Qe1+ is covered by the White Queen at e6. This leads to 57. ... Qg1+; 58. Kxh4, Qf2#.
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  OhioChessFan: <tallinn: Does Kg3 deserve two question marks or is the game lost already for white even with a different king move on 57....?>

The game looks lost to me, though <57. Kf2> keeps some perpetual hopes alive.

Nov-27-12  Marmot PFL: Very easy problem, of course the whole game was one sided.
Nov-27-12  joegalby: finally got one inside a minute lol
Nov-27-12  thendcomes: <OhioChessFan> The game is already lost. After 57. Kf2 Qd2+, there is a forced Queen exchange (58. Qe2) or a quick mate. On move 58, Kg1 is mate in 1 (58. ...Qg2#), Kg3 is mate in 2 (58. ...Qg2+ 59. Kxh3 Qf2#) and Kf1 is mate in 3 (58. ...Qg2+ 59. Ke1 Nf3+ 60. Kd1 Qd2#)
Nov-27-12  ksanat: Qg1+ Kxh4 Qf2....
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  chrisowen: Hind maneovre it kingg3 in pocket exposed to queen cooed in just

about hanging in there until da leg in binds exactly 57...Qg1+ in

ground his bones king forced ace in hole 58.Kxh4 and together in

took me a while to finer detailed 58...qf2#

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  chrisowen: Torque wrench in wiggy it is queen claw back in eg it your boots in

lace up Qg1+ spark in covenant mate in two peck him off tender cage

in h4 58.qf2 egging king onwards in too un - certain territory white

backward d4 a problem in bad queen call it yield in f4 a v our

opening win of queen dominate lights in scalped d2 quick lever in e3?

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  whiteshark: <57...Qg1+! 58.Kxh4 Qf2#> and that's it.
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  BishopofBlunder: This is called the Henny Youngman Attack.

"Take my knight, please!"

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  kevin86: I first looked at Qe1+ except white's queen prevents. So I tried Qg1+...white is forced to take the knight and is mated after Qf2#. So there it is: mate in two!
Nov-27-12  BOSTER: After 57.Qg1+ white king has to play 58.Kxh4, where he found himself in the warm friendly <encirclement>. And now is not very clear who is responsible for mate Qf2.

This is another pos.,where black king being encircled by own pieces creates the combo.

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Nov-27-12  fokers13: <BOSTER>:Qa3+! Kxa3 Nc2#

As for today's puzzle,pretty easy.

Nov-27-12  fokers13: If the K moves out of the way Qxf8 obviously:)
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  gawain: A pretty puzzle. I found a mating sequence that would have been correct--if the Black Q had been on d1 instead of c1. That's where I thought it was. Minor hallucination. But it involved the same winning idea and led to the same Qf2#.
Nov-27-12  francis2012: It takes 2-3 minutes to realize that this position is mate in two moves. 1. ♕g1+ ♔xh4 (Black's ♔ can't take a walk on f3 square because of ♘ on h4, so ♔xh4 is a force move, and followed by 2. ♕f2+#
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  Jambow: About 1 or 2 minutes after I stopped trying to sac the knight with + and just said what does the Q+ do for me. As OCF pointed out I could see how it could be difficult if you get caught in the it's a puzzle rut. This is the opposite of most puzzles as I think this would doubtfully be missed OTB.
Nov-27-12  avidfan: <thendcomes> I enjoyed your lucid analyses of mating the White king - it was like a study problem : Black to mate in 3 moves at the latest.

54 g4 was the losing move - exposing the White King unnecessarily.

Does Black win if Queens are exchanged on move: 50 Qxg7+ ?

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  OhioChessFan: <tec> 57. Kf2 Qd2+ 58. Qe2 Qxe2 59. Kxe2 g5 60. f5 and Black has some work to do to activate the knight. It's possible Black would play 58..Qxf4

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Nov-27-12  Nullifidian: 57... ♕g1+ 58. ♔xh4 ♕f2#
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