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David J Ledger vs Peter K Wells
British Championship (2001), Scarborough ENG, rd 2, Jul-31
Formation: King's Indian Attack (A07)  ·  0-1



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May-17-21  Cheapo by the Dozen: Fun one!

Yes, it's Monday, so the solution is a heavy piece sacrifice on the h-file. Still, it's an unusual one, and challenging enough that I spent a few seconds orienting myself and a few more checking the queen sac before I found the correct move.

May-17-21  Cheapo by the Dozen: As for the game -- it looks like White was in trouble once he pushed b4. Why? Because that led to White's g-pawn being overloaded. It was needed both to defend h4 and block a queen fork at d6.
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  thegoodanarchist: <micartouse: <White should have given up when he got checked. Talk about ineviteble.> Many players believe it's rude to resign instead of playing out the remaining forced moves of a mating combo (although some think it's rude to continue). It's a matter of taste, but I'm certain White wasn't being stubborn.>

I'm certain White was being stubborn, and rude.

May-17-21  Cellist: I spent some time looking what was wrong with the obvious Rc7 - until I realized it was Black to play, not White. Then I saw the solution quickly.
May-17-21  zb2cr: Nice forced mate in 3 with 31. ... Rh1+; 32. Kxh1, Qh3+; 33. Kg1, Qg2#.
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  gawain: Nifty mating combination. I saw this one as quickly as I was supposed to. (For a change!)

For what it's worth, I'm with those who approve White's decision to play out the combination until the mate appears on the board. I view it as a gracious thing to do, not a stubborn one.

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  chrisowen: Messaged it low Rh1+ finish ihasco its aether its over vim visavis messaged it low divots talk eye it link calculate vim camisole it low give it is wibble bin pins prawn to the good against i vow quashed it hq of fiffy juvenile its as vint hood minute fetchy leggy its over mod dob bow wonk vam harp zilch vim Qd5 garrulous adamnation nah Qf4 gobble abridge vim lights heffalump totadd dojo earwig vim fond aka garage its a lench mob mirror Rh1+ duck?
May-17-21  King.Arthur.Brazil: Monday is always a happy start of week. Just to note, I suppose that the opening is a Sicilian closed variation where white make a fianchetto with his ♗. Maybe, you can say that is a transposition, and the position is more or less the same. However, the first moves are clearly a typical Sicilian, so I guess this could be stated correctly. It is the King opinion.
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  eternaloptimist: This is a very easy puzzle to solve but it‘s still a beautiful combination on GM Wells’ part!
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  Once: A tense position with both knights en prise and White threatening Rc7 to pin and win the black queen.

The White king is trying to multi-task by preventing black from infiltrating with Rh1 or Qh3. Insert sexist joke of your choosing.

This gives black a choice of two forcing sequences involving Rh1 and Qh3 in either order.

As it's a Monday, we ought to look first at the thematic queen sac. But it turns out this doesn't work 31... Qh3+ 32. Kxh3 Rh1+ 33. Kg4 h5+ Kg5 We've stalemated the White king but we've running out of checking pieces.

Reversing the order does the trick. 31...Rh1+ 32. Kxh1 Qh3+ 33. Kg1 Qg2#

May-17-21  King.Arthur.Brazil: <Fishouse> didn't say the follow explanation: "if 31. gxh4 ♕d6+ 32. ♕g3 ♖e2+ 33. ♔h3 ♕xc5 ∓ or 32. ♔g2 ♕xc5 33. ♕b7+ ♖e7 ∓ too". Obviously: 32.♖h1+ as the game, kills quick. By the way, congratulations my friend <Chrisroaster>, you are more understandable in the last months. For us, of course, that were not familiar to so many languages dialects that you already know, including maybe some words from (I suppose) Ireland, Scotland, Holland, Germany, etc. and have not your special capacity, becomes uneasy to follow you. Sometimes, I can read some part of your posts, but seldom Google translator can help me. Good to know that Chess moves are universal, and we can check that you find the majority of answers...
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  chrisowen: <King.Arthur.Brazil> Nice to know Rh1 tha way.
May-17-21  goodevans: I'm White and Black has just played 30...Nxh4. That gives me a bit of a problem.

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I can't take the N because of <31.gxh4 Qd6+> forking my K and my R. There's nowhere safe for me to move my Q and still protect my N on d1. What can I do?

I know, <31.Qf4>! The threat of <32.Rc7>, pinning Black's Q, will save the day. Whatever he does to prevent that will give me time to either move my N to safety or take his N. Problem solved!

May-17-21  landshark: Never let someone drop a heavy piece onto your back rank without challenging it
May-17-21  tao46: But why not 31.g+h4 ?
May-17-21  DrGridlock: I misread the position, and thought it was White to play ... in which case Rc7 is pretty devastating.
May-17-21  Hercdon: So easy...
May-17-21  gothenburg: Pity the black pawn wasn't on h5. Then 31...Qh3+ would be esthetically pleasing.
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  chrisowen: No tea for me no
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  chrisowen: Bouncing no
May-17-21  RandomVisitor: White had 19.b3 = . After that, it was black's game...

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<49/35 06:22 0.00 19.b3> b6 20.Rbf1 d5 21.exd5 Nxd5 22.Nxd5 Bxd5 23.Bxd5 Qxd5 24.Re1 Qd7 25.Rfe4 Rxe4 26.Rxe4 Re8 27.Qe3 Rxe4 28.Qxe4 g5 29.Kg2 f5

May-17-21  RandomVisitor: White plays into an inferior position at move 6:

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<56/65 4:09:13 -0.27 6...Nf6 7.h3 e5> 8.Nge2 0-0 9.Bg5 Nd4 10.Bg2 h6 11.Bxf6 Bxf6 12.Nd5 Bg7 13.c3 Nxe2 14.Qxe2 h5 15.h4 Be6 16.Ne3 Bh6

May-17-21  ku0826: knight and rook ,the best combination !
May-18-21  TheaN: Day late but <31....Rh1+ 32.Kxh1 Qh3+ 33.Kg1 Qg2#> was spotted, granted I spend some futile time on 31....Qh3+ 32.Kxh3 Rh1+ 33.Kg4 h5+ and now either Rxh5 or the straightforward Kg5 and Black's out of firepower.
May-18-21  TheaN: Actually, 34.Rxh5 doesn't really help White. Still won after 34....gxh5+ 35.Kg5 +- but then you might as well do it immediately. 35.Kxh5? Ng2+ -+ loses badly.
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