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Vladimir Kramnik vs NN
Paris Arthur Andersen sim 30' (1999) (rapid), Paris FRA, Mar-14
English Opening: Symmetrical. Four Knights Variation (A35)  ·  1-0

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Apr-20-07  evenua: Just solved the 'guess-the-move' puzzle of this game! This new feature looks pretty kool. Keep up the good job, CG! =)
Apr-29-07
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  chessamateur: 12. e5 is very nice move by Kramnik.
May-15-07  BlueMooner: It seems to me that 4...b6 was the start of black's woes and White's plan of attack was focused almost exclusivley around utilising the powerful h1-a8 diagonal to excellent effect in the attack. The combination e5, Rxe6 & Qh5# was the reward for Kramnik's excellent strategy. Is 4...b6 a normal variation in the English Defence? Obviously 4...g6 followed by a kingside finachetto is the normal book move from the Symmetrical Variation, English Defence & 4...b6 appeared to be a disaster waiting to happen therefore surely it cannot be the a valid variation can it?
Feb-14-08  Jim Bartle: The Arthur Andersen simul? Don't think we'll be seeing that again, since AA was Enron's accounting firm and collapsed along with Enron...
Dec-13-11
Premium Chessgames Member
  Penguincw: A rather quick game.
Aug-08-12  Jim Bartle: Arthur Andersen hasn't been sponsoring chess tournaments recently. I wonder why.
Aug-25-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  Phony Benoni: <JB> Things just didn't add up.
Mar-27-18
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  FSR: 14.Nxe6! Qc8 (14...fxe6 15.Qh5+ g6 16.Qxg6#) and now either 15.fxg7 Bxg7 16.Nxg7+ or 15.Nxg7+ Kd8 16.Re8+ is crushing.
Mar-27-18
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  al wazir: I went with 14. Nxe6. If now 14...Qc8, then 15. Nxg7+ Kd8 16. Re8+ Kc7 17. Rxc8+ Kxc8, and white has ♕ vs. ♖+♙+♙.

If 14. Rxe6+, black can play 14...Be7, avoiding immediate mate. After 15. Rxe7+ Qxe7 16. fxe7, white has ♕+♗ vs. ♖+♙.

Not a whole lot of difference.

Mar-27-18  ChessHigherCat: Sort of a variant on fool's mate with 14. Rxe6 Be7 (...fxe6 15. Qh5+ g6 16. Qxg6#) 15. Rxe7+ Kf8 (or queen sac) and it looks like it's still possible to exploit the f7 weak spot with 16. Ne6+ fxe6 (Kg8? Rxg7#) 17. Qh5+ and mate in 2.
Mar-27-18  stst: check if pure eye-balling misses something:
14.Rxe6+.......
(A)............fxR
15.Qh5+ g6
16.Qxg6#

(B).............Be7 (tougher defense)
15.fxg7 Rg8
16.Qh5#

if in (♗)
15.f7+ ♔x♙
16.♕h5 g6
17.♕xg6 let go ♔f8... still some lapses to go..

Mar-27-18  stst: NN takes the easier route, but it's for White!! (to win more easily!!)
Mar-27-18  saturn2: 14 Rxe6+ and black cannot retake
Mar-27-18  stst: <...We're kind of like Pavlov's dogs. :-) Welcome back ... not Volvo, but Rang!!>

Indeed that's some reason supporting NOT TO choose Nxe6... as it RANG!! Mon/Tue take the direct charge... Q/R-sac!! got it!!

Mar-27-18  ChessHigherCat: Correction: 17. Qh5 (not check), threatening Qf7# so black is forced to sac the queen.

Has anyone found a forced mate in this line?

Mar-27-18
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  Cheapo by the Dozen: Now that feels like a Monday puzzle to me!

Oh, it's Tuesday already??

Mar-27-18
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  agb2002: White has a bishop and a knight for the bishop pair.

Black threatens Nxf6.

The black king cannot move and the white queen can go to h5 at once. Hence, 14.Rxe6+ Be7 (14... fxe6 15.Qh5+ g6 16.Qxg6#) 15.Rxe7+ wins more than a piece and a pawn: 15... Kf8 16.Qh5 g6 17.Qxg6 Qxe7 (17... fxg6 18.Ne6+ Kg8 19.Rg7#) 18.fxe7+, etc.

Mar-27-18  Honey Blend: If 14. ... ♗e7 15. ♖xe7 ♔f8, White has the lovely finish 16. ♘e6+! fxe6 17. ♕xd6:


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Followed by 17. ... ♘xf6 18. ♖d7+ etc

Mar-27-18
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  landshark: <Cheapo by the Dozen> It's Monday. Don't be fooled...
Mar-27-18  leRevenant: Much less fuss than yesterday's bleep on the radar.
Mar-27-18  goodevans: I can't see much to choose between 14.Rxe6+ and 14.Nxe6. Both are crushing.

If you need to be able to find a clear distinction between them to solve this "Tuesday" puzzle then I've failed.

Mar-27-18  morfishine: <14.Rxe6+>
Mar-27-18  Mayankk: It probably is more difficult to go wrong in this puzzle. I mean what else can you play!

And even the choice of sac hardly matters it seems.

Mar-27-18  malt: 14.R:e6+ Be7
(14...fe6 15.Qh5+ g6 16.Q:g6# )
15.R:e7+ Kf8 16.fg7+ or 16.Ne6+ wins
Mar-27-18  zb2cr: I went with 14. Rxe6+, Be7; 15. Rxe7+, Kf8; 16. Ne6+, fxe6; 17. Qh5, Qxe7; 18. fxe7+, Kxe7 and White has Q vs. R.
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