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Nikola Mitkov vs Bojan Kurajica
18th Open (2002), Skopje MKD, rd 8, Jan-22
Sicilian Defense: O'Kelly Variation. Yerevan System (B28)  ·  0-1

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Apr-26-21
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  Phony Benoni: That's the great thing about being a Master. Their opponents resign after 31. ...Rg3+. Mine would play on.
Apr-26-21  zb2cr: Black wins material with 31. ... Rg3+.

If White interposes the Queen, 32. Qg2, Qxc1+; 33. Kf2, Qe3+; 34. Kf1, Rf3+; 35. Qf2, Qxf2#.

If White takes, 32. hxg3, Qxd2; 33. Rf1, Qxd4+ with Black have Q+B+2P vs. 2R.

Apr-26-21  Walter Glattke: 31.-Rg3+ 32.hxg3 Qxd2 33.Rf1/ 32.Qg2 Qxc1+ 33.Kf2 Rxg2+ 34.Kxg2 Qe3
Apr-26-21
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  Phony Benoni: Now that I actually look at this, after 31...Rg3+ 32.Qg2 shouldn't Black play 32...Rxg2+ 33.Kxg2 Qf3+ 34.Kg1 Qe3+, and it's mate after 35.Kg2 Bh3# or 35.Kf1 Bh3#.
Apr-26-21
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  Gregor Samsa Mendel: After 31..Rg3+ 32 hxg3 Qxd2 33 Rf1 Bh3 black mates shortly. And after 31..Rg3+ 32 Qg2 Qxc1+ 33 Kf2 Rxg2+ 34 Kxg2 Bf3+ and black winds up a queen ahead.
Apr-26-21
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  Gregor Samsa Mendel: And <Phony Benoni's> line after 32 Qg2 is better than mine. Something about Lasker saying, "When you see a good move, don't play it! Search a minute for a better one."
Apr-26-21  Cheapo by the Dozen: Since Black's rook is pinned against his queen, I quickly gave up looking for anything better than the game move (e.g., a fast mate).

Good Monday puzzle. :)

Apr-26-21
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  opus: White Rooks Save the Day...
the King is a Fighting Man

32. hxg3 Qxd2 33. Rf1 Qe3+ 34. Rf2 Qxd4 35. Rh4 Qd1+ 36. Rf1 Be2 37. Rf4 Qxf1+ 38. Rxf1 Bxf1 39. Kxf1 d4 40. Kf2 d3 41. Ke3 d2 42. Kxd2 h5 43. Ke3 g5 44. Kf3 h4 45. g4 a5 46. Kg2 h3+ 47. Kxh3 Kg7 48. Kg3 Kf6 49. Kf3 Ke6 50. Ke4 Kd6 51. Kd4 Kc6 52. Kc4 Kb6 53. Kd4 Kc6 54. Kc4 Kb6 55. Kd5 … etc.

Stalemate

Apr-26-21
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  Gregor Samsa Mendel: And actually I had forgotten that white's h-pawn would no longer be on h2 after 32 hxg3, so 33..Bh3 wouldn't work. Oh well.
Apr-26-21
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  NM JRousselle: I have had games against fellow masters that continued to play in dead lost positions (and I was not in time trouble).
Apr-26-21
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  agb2002: Black has a bishop and a pawn for a rook.

The white queen is defenseless. Hence, 31... Rg3+ 32.hxg3 (or 32.Qg2 Rxg2+ 33.Kxg2 Qf3+ 34.Kg1 Qe3 and mate next) 32... Qxd2 wins.

Apr-26-21
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  drollere: i had Rh3+, 32. Qg2 Rxg2+, 33. Kxg2 Qf3+, 34. Kg1 Bh3
Apr-26-21  Cybe: Faster 31… Bh3!, but it’s much „harder” than 31… Rg3+.
Apr-26-21  stacase: Discovered attack on an undefended Queen and saying check at the same time works for me.
Apr-26-21  Brenin: The combination starts several moves earlier, and for example 29 ... Rxf4+ would have made a good puzzle, not much harder than this very easy one.
Apr-26-21  TheaN: <31....Rg3+ 32.hxg3 Qxd2 -+> is obvious but it's clear White can't escape the snare of the queen and bishop easily. c8 is covered by the bishop so that 'escape' can't even be initiated.
Apr-26-21
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  WorstPlayerEver: I solved the puzzle not too quickly, but now I looked again and I found it curious... is it not mate???

Checked and bingo! Wow

Apr-26-21  Cellist: I saw the text move and also 31. ... Bh3, concluding that there are at least two solutions here. The engine confirms that 31. ... Bh3 is mate in 8.
Apr-26-21
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  chrisowen: Dabble evict Rg3+ finish icicles aileron folds offer Bh3 honor a clung magis choose evict hogs chap again dabble balderdash fibonacci mrs martyr evict waits quick agains pongo chong juicy jovial its aint morbid heffalump foot dips ways evict cuz jitter evict addups flubbs iotas evict dabble goodness its model whick Bh3 mitre it on Rg3+ duff.
Apr-26-21
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  WorstPlayerEver: Dunno, I give myself 50% credits for not seeing mate in the first place lol I've seen this pattern so many times before.
Apr-26-21  Hercdon: So should we give ourselves credit for getting Rg3 or not for missing Bh3?
Apr-26-21  AlicesKnight: 31... Rg3+ wins Q for R on either White response, and if 32.Qg2 the Black B will win at least the exchange immediately after.
Apr-26-21
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  maytintan: what happens after 24. Qxg4 ?
(white threatens mate in one on g7)
24......Qe3+ 25. Kd1 Qxd3+
26.Ke1 Qe3+ 27. Kd1 Qxe5 brings at most a pawn
Apr-26-21
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  Breunor: Maytintan,

Stockfish ranks that line as -2.98. 28 Re1 Qb2 29 Qe6 ch Kh8 30 Qe3 d4 31 Qd3 Rf2 and white is clearly in trouble.

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