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Vugar Gashimov vs Mateusz Bartel
European Championship (2003), Silivri TUR, rd 1, May-30
French Defense: Winawer. Advance Variation (C18)  ·  1-0

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Jan-18-10  1. h4: Awesome finish!

Surprised that there are no comments until now. 36.Rxe6! deserves to be a puzzle some day.

Nov-19-14  tranquilsimplicity: I have observed that the late Gashimov has many brilliant games that have passed unnoticed. This guy was incredibly strong with many exceptional games. It seems he was not well known; probably because he passed away too young. #
Jan-16-20
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  boringplayer: Missed 38) Qh3, opting for 38) Re7+ instead.
Jan-16-20
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  al wazir: Got it.

After a bad start this week, things are looking up.

Jan-16-20  ASchultz: Re7 is just a perpetual after Rxe7 Qxe7 Kg8 Qe6+ Kh7. Qh3 is such a weird move to find because you don't think of skewering rooks usually, not with a queen--they can just guard each other, right?

...but they can't guard e6 at the same time.

Jan-16-20
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  al wazir: What's wrong with 20. Bh7 ?

Ah, I see: 20. Bh7 Nf5 21. Rh3 Rh8 22. Ng5 Qc4+ 23. Kg1 hxg5.

Jan-16-20  Walter Glattke: 38.-Rd8 39.Qe6# / 38.-Qe4 39.Qxd7+ /38.-Rd6 39.Re7+ Kg8 40.Qxc8+ Kh7 41.Qh8# / Later mate with Qxf2+ Rc2+ and Rxg2+.
Jan-16-20  Walter Glattke: 36.-Qg4 37.Re7+ Kg8 38.Rbe1 Rxe7 39.Qxe7 Qxh5 40.Qe6+ Kh7 41.Nf5 wins
Jan-16-20  saturn2: White wins by 36. Rxe6 Kxe6 37. Re1+ Kf7 38. Qh3 (doublethreat- Qe6 mate and Qxd7) f5 39. Qxf5+ Qf6 40. Qxd7+ Kg8 41. Qxc8+ Kh7 42.-  Qh8# 
Jan-16-20  mel gibson: I saw the first move straight away but I wasn't sure of the next move.
Jan-16-20  malt: Have 36.R:e6 K:e6 37.Re1+ Kf7

(37...Kf5 38.Qg3 Δ 39.♘h4+ )

(or 38.Qh3+ )

38.Qh3, doubling the rooks leads to 39.Qe6#

Jan-16-20  TheaN: Strong, interesting and somewhat hidden combo. The start is relatively straightforward, anchored defending minor pieces tend to be prey for rooks in attacks as they fulfill an important purpose in keeping the position together.

Here, after <36.Rxe6> Black has no major alternatives as with Rb1 still on the board there are no real counter attacking possibilities. After <36....Kxe6 37.Re1+> Black is <actually> best off to play Qe4 +-.

After the obvious <37....Kf7> the surprise <38.Qh3! +-> decides, which skewers the rooks. A queen-to-rooks skewer is not really an issue usually, but it is if the queen also attacks one of the squares in front of them, in this case e6. Black loses a rook or gets mated, and that's that. Mind that after 38.Re7+? Rxe7 39.Qxe7+ Kg8, if 40.Qe6+ Kh7 41.Qxc8? Qd1+ 42.Kh2 Qxh5+ 43.Kg1 Qxg6 -+, White's actually losing.

Slight taint on my solve is that I should have looked a bit deeper at <37....Kf5<>>. It looks like a suicidal move and decided that Qf3+ should win easily. Typically, because the Queen can defend laterally on the fourth rank, White has to play it carefully. Fastest is 38.Qg3! +- and Nh4+ is nigh unstoppable. White does win after 38.Qf3+!? Kg5 39.Qg3+! as after 39....Kf5/Kxh5 40.Nh4+/Nf4+ does the same, but strikingly White has a beautiful mate after 39....Qg4?!


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36.Rxe6 Kxe6 37.Re1+ Kf5 38.Qf3+ Kg5 39.Qg3+ Qg4 White to play

Jan-16-20  Walter Glattke: 39.Qh3+ Qg4 (Kg5 Qxd7 wins) 40.Qe3+ Kg5 41.f4+ Kxh5 42.Re3 Qxg6!? 43.Rh3+ Kg4 44.Kxg6#
Jan-16-20  Walter Glattke: No, I meant 38.Qh3+ instead of 38.Qf3, all one move earlier.
Jan-16-20
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  chrisowen: Wagu Brief.
Jan-16-20  psmith: <TheaN> 40. Re5+! (40... f5 41. Rxf5+! Kxf5 42. Qe5#; 40... fxe5 41. Qxe5+ Qf5 42. f5+ Kg4 43. Qe2 Kg3 44. Qf3#)
Jan-16-20
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  agb2002: White has a knight for a bishop and two pawns.

The position of the black king suggests 36.Rxe6:

A) 36... Kxe6 37.Re1+

A.1) 37... Kf7 38.Qh3 (threatens Qe6# and Qxd7+)

A.1.a) 38... Kg8 39.Qxd7 Qc5 40.Re8+ wins.

A.1.b) 38... Rd6 39.Re7+ Kg8 40.Qxc8+ Kh7 41.Qh8#.

A.2) 37... Kf5 38.Qg3 (threatens Nh4+; 38.Qh3+ Qg4 39.Nh4+ Kg5 40.f4+ Kxh5)

A.2.a) 38... Qg4 39.Re5+ fxe5 40.Qxe5#.

A.2.b) 38... Qe4 39.Rxe4 de4 40.Qh3+ wins decisive material.

B) 36... Rc3 37.Re7+ and mate in few moves.

C) 36... Rdd8 37.Re7+ Kg8 38.Rxg7+ Kxg7 39.Qe7+ Kg8 40.Qe6+ Kg(h)7 41.Rxb7+ and mate in two.

D) 36... Rcc7 37.Re8 wins (37... Kxe8 38.Qf8#).

Jan-16-20  woodenplayer: After 36. Rxe6 Kxe6 37. Re1+ Kf5 38. Qg3 ... the surprising and momentarily disconcerting 38. ... Rc1 has an interesting solution.
Jan-16-20  5hrsolver: 36. Rxe6 Kxe6 37. Re1+ Kf5 38. Qh3+ Qg4 39. Nh4+ Kg5 40. Nf3+ Kf5 41. Nd4+ Kg5 42. Ne6+ Kf5 43. Qd3+
Jan-16-20  5hrsolver: Even better

36. Rxe6 Kxe6 37. Re1+ Kf5 38. Qh3+ Qg4 39. Nh4+ Kg5 40. Nf3+ Kf5 41. Nd4+ Kg5 42. f4+ Qxf4 43. Ne6#

If 42...Kxf4 43.Qe3#

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