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Rustam Kasimdzhanov vs Alexandre Lesiege
"Lesiege Under Siege" (game of the day Apr-19-2009)
Istanbul Olympiad (2000), Istanbul TUR, rd 13, Nov-10
Semi-Slav Defense: Meran. Wade Variation (D47)  ·  1-0



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  Honza Cervenka: 18.Bxa3!! with idea 19.Bxh7+! was probably an ugly surprize for black.
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  al wazir: Would 21...Kxg5 have been so bad? If 22. Rxa3, then 22...Qxa3 with a material advantage.
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  Gilmoy: <21..Kxg5> 22.Qh7! <get me behind thee> and 23.f4+ Kg4 is a mating net. Now 22..Rh8 stops 24.Qh3#, or 22..c5 stops 24.h3+ Kg3 25.Rf3#, but Black can't stop both.

A <Kingwich> (king patty between a slice of Queen and three slices of Pawn) is matish. It's worth sacking significant material to achieve that. Lure him out with a marshmallow floater!

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  Once: <al wazir: Would 21...Kxg5 have been so bad?>

Yup. Here are two lines courtesy of Herr Fritz

21... Kxg5 22. f4+ Kh6 23. Qh3+ Kg6 24. f5+ exf5 25. Rf4 f6 26. Rxf5 Kf7 27. e6+ Ke7 28. Rxa5 wins the black queen and the rest is easy.

Gilmoy's 22. Qh7 isn't a mating net, but it wins all the same

22. Qh7 Nxe5 Breaks the kingside mating net, but black loses anyway by being driven into the middle of the board. 23. dxe5 g6 24. f4+ Kf5 25. Qh3+ Ke4 26. Qf3+ Kd4 27. Rxa3

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Now we have a mating net. Fritzie announces mate in 12.

Summary: interesting game, fair pun, awful film ("I'm just a cook")

Maybe CG will give us another Lesiege game tomorrow with the pun "Under siege 2"????

Apr-19-09  lentil: /enable pedant mode/ unfortunately for the pun, the second syllable of mr lesiege's name is pronounced "see ezh" (as closely as i can render it without dipping into the international phonetic alphabet). /pedant mode off/
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  Once: <lentil> For CG's puns, I am afraid that we have to have pedant mode permanently disabled!

Then again, it can't be easy trying to come up with a new pun every dsy.

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  al wazir: <Gilmoy>: Thanks. For some reason I never considered 22. Qh7. 22...Nxe5 puts up a little bit more of a fight but also loses.

I see now that <Once> already noted that. Thanks to you too.

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  An Englishman: Good Morning: What an unusual implementation of the Classical Bishop Sacrifice. I wonder if Lesiege had to play 18...Qd8 and decline the sacrifice, or if his position is already very bad.
Apr-19-09  goodevans: Was it worth black hanging in there a little longer with 24 ... Kf7?
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  Once: <goodevans: Was it worth black hanging in there a little longer with 24 ... Kf7?>

In a 5 minute casual blitz game, maybe. Against decent opposition and traditional time controls, playing on seems rather painful. Although given the theme of this week's puzzles, we probably should know better than to resign too soon!

Here's one line found by Fritz which doesn't give black much hope: 24... Kf7 25. Rbxa3 Qb5 26. Qxf5+ Ke7 27. Qg5+ Kxe6 28. Qg6+ Ke7 29. Rxa8 Qb2 30. Qxg7+ Kd8 31. Qg5+ Kc7 32. R8a7+

Pretty yucky.

Apr-19-09  WhiteRook48: another french pun??
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  kevin86: Another case of bishop takes pawn check ,king takes bishop,knight to knight five check wins!!!-horray!
Jul-20-09  ToTheDeath: Sparkling twist on the classical bishop sacrifice, White's attack is strong enough to give up both bishops.

Rustam shows great restraint not taking the hanging pieces on a3 and f8 as this would reduce his attacking potential and give Black time to defend. The introduction of the last piece into the attack with 23.Rfb1 is terminal.

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