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Jeroen Piket vs Vladimir Kramnik
Amber Tournament (Rapid) (1999) (rapid), Monte Carlo, rd 7, Mar-23
Semi-Slav Defense: Stoltz Variation (D45)  ·  1-0



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Mar-15-07  Marmot PFL: Pleasant position for white as he can play e5 with the draw in hand if need be. Trading rooks seemed very bad for black leaving the back row exposed. Kramnik underestimated the attacking potential of the Q + N against a weakened king position, as he also did in this game - <Deep Fritz vs Kramnik, 2006;
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  swiss.pawn: I found up to 33.Qd6 Qg6, but then failed to see Qd8. Instead I played 34.Ne7, which leads to interesting complications as it gives black a short counter attack, but would still win: ... Qb1+ 35.Kg2 Qc2+ 36.Kh3, now
either .. h5 37.Qd8+ Kh7 38.Qg8+ Kh6 39. Qf8+ Kh7 40. Qxf7+ Kh6 41. Ng8 mate. or ... Bxe5 37.Qd8+ Kg7 38.Qg8+ Kh6 39. Qf8+ Kh5 40. Qxf7+ Kh6 41. Ng8 mate. Rather more complicated than the text.
Mar-15-07  Marco65: I solved it in an absurd way: 33.Qd6 Qg6 34.Ne7 (missing Qd8+). Wins although doesn't mate.
Mar-15-07  ahmadov: I could not find the solution :( (Probably because I am becoming lazy after working hours and always rush for finding the solution in the actual game... I should change this tendency...)
Mar-15-07  Rubenus: This week's theme is: 'Easy puzzles'.
I scored 4/4.
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  kevin86: The first move was easy-it was dealing with the dances of the two queens that made it hard. Whiute needed to do two things: block the bishop from f6-and then-find ca way to check at f6 with the black ♕ at g8 and ♔ at h8. Black tries to escape,but the monarchs are forced to their fatal spots by white's pieces.
Mar-15-07  MostlyAverageJoe: <everyone who found this puzzle easy>

OK, so what should've black played in move 28? <Sam the sacrificer> proposed 28...Qf8 - looks good, as it prevents white queen's excursion to h6. But now the white can permanently chase the bishop away from the long diagonal, and try to clean up the queen's side black pawns; perhaps something like 24. f4 Bc5 25. Qd7 Bd8 26. Qb7, threatening a6 and b5 pawns.

My SigmaChess could not find the correct line after 29.Qh6 in the position from the game, so it's lack of ideas after 28...Qf8 is not conclusive.

Mar-15-07  TrueBlue: I have found the first move in 18 consecutive puzzles and counting ...
Mar-15-07  dramas79: I found this difficult to crack. I even wondered whether it is white to play and draw!
Mar-15-07  YouRang: The first couple of moves were easy. But my head started spinning when I tried to consider all of the variations after that (I missed how effective 33. Qe7 was).

It looked to me like black would have time to move his h-pawn and relieve the pressure on his king, but now I see that white still mates by capturing Qxf6+ and Qh6#. Good puzzle.

Mar-15-07  consul: Good manouvre, not so easy... even if at a first glance i thought to have found entirely...
Mar-15-07  schnarre: Even I saw this one (despite poor sleep)...
Mar-15-07  Themofro: the first move of e5 is easy, its the maneuvering of the queen to d8 with check that makes this a thursday.
Mar-15-07  Duque Roquero: So it seems White had forced mate in seven moves from the puzzle position (considering 31. e5 Bxe5, 32.fxe5, and then the sequence played). Am I right?
Mar-15-07  TheBB: Very good week for me so far. Although I suppose I'll crash and burn tomorrow...
Mar-15-07  wals: <mostlyaverageguy> thank you for your analysis, it was very enlightening or words to that effect.
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  fm avari viraf: Piket wove a mating net with his Q & N and beautifully exploited the back rank weakness as well as shutting down the diagonal of Black's Bishop. Even against Deep Fritz Kramnik got blind & was mated in one move!
Mar-15-07  Trouble: I solved this one 100%...I'm proud of this
Mar-15-07  e4knightf3: re: <trueblue>
its about solving the 'entire' sequence of moves that followed. Solving the first move is a guess and quite obvious.
Mar-15-07  weisyschwarz: I figured out the first move, but rest, I didn't get them all.
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  Black Vampire: <Duque Roquero: So it seems White had forced mate in seven moves from the puzzle position (considering 31. e5 Bxe5, 32.fxe5, and then the sequence played). Am I right? > No, you are wrong. The mate is exactly in eight moves and Black could have avoided the checkmate before by playing 30...Bd4+, although after 31.Nxd4, Black's position is lost.
Mar-16-07  Sam the sacrificer: Thank you MostlyAverageJoe !
Mar-20-07  gambitfan: astounding!!!
Mar-20-07  gambitfan: 31. e5!! is really nice...

and the follow-up as well...

Oct-18-09  WhiteRook48: I don't see anything after 34...Qg8
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