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Gulnar Mammadova vs Olga Girya
EYCC G10 (2001), Halkidiki GRE, rd 7, Sep-07
Sicilian Defense: Alapin Variation. Smith-Morra Declined (B22)  ·  0-1



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  gawain: No point in complaining that it was too easy. If you solved it in three seconds, that is only three seconds wasted. And maybe it is even worthwhile to spend three seconds obtaining the weekly reminder about the danger of the backrank mate. Especially when , as in this case, the point is that just advancing a knight or rook pawn does not necessarily remove the danger.
Nov-26-07  gerpm: Always enjoy Mondays
Nov-26-07  Duque Roquero: Not a good puzzle unless you add a new category: “Extremely easy”.
Nov-26-07  alshatranji: Without complaining about how easy it is, I have to say that after playing through the game, the queen's sacrifice becomes a little less obvious. As someone here said, it's a queen's sacrifice after all.
Nov-26-07  alshatranji: randallbsmith

This is one of the funniest comments I have read here.

Nov-26-07  YouRang: Very easy, and yet it took me a long time to solve it because it looked so much like a queen trap!
Nov-26-07  kevin86: I answered this one even before I saw the whole diagram! This one is so easy that you can back it up a move and make it an easy Tuesday puzzle.

33...Be5!} attacked the queen and sealed the white king on the back row-the rest is easy.

Nov-26-07  syracrophy: Aww lovely mondays!
Nov-26-07  Rank Amateur: Honestly, this one took me a while. I try to be methodical, and start by looking at the opponents threats. Often that's part of the solution: noticing that you're about to lose a piece, or the game. After that, it didn't take very long, though I admit, I first looked at Bh2+. Mostly because it's a puzzle.
Nov-26-07  A.G. Argent: Yes, yes, for all of this "too easy" business, perhaps to just use the early-week games as a reminder to watch your back. Nobody, regardless of how much experience they've had, has been immune to a moment of over-confidence and resultant carelessness by having an opponent swoop down and mate 'em while they're thinkin' they're oh-so in control. Especially through the back door. An ego smack-down. Gotta hate it.
Nov-26-07  DarthStapler: That was easy
Nov-26-07  GannonKnight: Why don't they just give the answer?
Nov-26-07  blair45: Regarding the "what if" lines, it was Stephen Leacock who said, "Chess is one long regret."
Nov-26-07  ruzon: <A.G. Argent> I agree. In my best blitz win ever, a player ~200 points higher followed up my Bxa2 with b3, trapping my Bishop. During my furious attempt to save it, I noticed that he had only one Rook on the back rank. After a series of exchanges, his Rook won him material, but my Re1# finished him. Always be on guard.
Nov-26-07  TheaN: 1/1

Game shows the forced solution at move 34 for Black. I was out last week already at Tuesday with a busy on my back, so new week, new chances.

Nov-26-07  baseballplayer: <DukeAlba> I also thought that it was white's move and spent about 5min looking for the best move. I saw Ra1 avoiding back-rank mate but could not even find an attack for white. I then noticed that it was black's move and saw the mating attack.
Nov-26-07  panthercat: Is it just me, or does 30...Rxc3 win another pawn? (31. Rcxc3 Qd1#; 31. Raxc3 Bxc3 and the bishop is untouchable due to ...Qd1#.)
Nov-26-07  SAINTAMANT: I really thought there must be something more the cheap back rank mate. But White fell for this nonsense!! You were right. White let his guard down and OVERCONFIDENT!! If Qe1# Ra1 may started more dynamic play and restriction of White's pieces.
Nov-26-07  SAINTAMANT: Instead of complaining l learned from all of you to find possibilities for both Black and White.

Thank you.

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  OBIT: No, no, this is much too difficult - Monday puzzles are supposed to be easy! May I suggest the following position for the next Monday puzzle?

Micky-Goofy, White to play and win:

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Nov-26-07  soberknight: I got it!
Nov-26-07  MostlyAverageJoe: All right, all right, so the puzzle was so easy that my hamster solved it when I let it walk on the chessboard.

However, note the event name: EYCC G10 2001; this confirms the earlier observation by <vibes43> that it was played by kids:

EYCC = European Youth Chess Championship

G10 = Girls under 10 years old.

Strictly speaking, the game does not really meet CG criteria listed in the PGN Upload Utility (it is not particularly good, and surely neither of the players was rated above 2200). Neither of the two players placed in the top 10 (see

However, CG makes some exceptions to the rule (IMO, quite justifiably for the case of reasonably major tournaments for kids).

Besides, I've seen worse games (aside from some played by myself :-). This one: K Kanakari vs M Przezdziecka, 2006 is my favorite.

Since Mammadova just reached 2200 this year (see, perhaps there is some historical merit to this game, further justifying its inclusion.

Nov-26-07  xrt999: I correctly solved the puzzle in 2.643 seconds
Nov-26-07  dzechiel: <MAJ: Besides, I've seen worse games (aside from some played by myself :-). This one: K Kanakari vs M Przezdziecka, 2006 is my favorite.>

Wow, Joe! That game is breathtakingly bad! I take back everything I said a couple of weeks ago about some games not deserving inclusion in the CG database.

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  jessicafischerqueen: <randallbsmith>


I am <Jessica>.

Your post there has had me laughing my guts out all night here.

I think you are a genius.

Please drop by my forum if you ever feel like it and meet some of my lunatic friends.

We talk about chess a lot, though, I have to warn you.

Oh yes and we are also mad as hatters.


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