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Neboisa Illijin vs Miso Cebalo
Baden Casino Open (1999), Baden SUI, rd 9, Apr-10
Sicilian Defense: Dragon. Levenfish Variation (B71)  ·  0-1



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Oct-10-22  Brenin: White's K is nearly trapped, but has d2 as an escape square. However, after 27 ... Ne2+ Black's Q covers d2 and there is no escape. If 28 Bxe2 then 28 ... Ba3+ 29 Kb1 Qb4+ and 30 ... Qb2 mate. If 28 Kb1 or Kb2 then 28 ... Qb4+ leads to mate as in the game.
Oct-10-22  jrredfield: I missed 27 ... Ne2+ which is a mate in 4. However, I did look at 27 ... Na2+ which is a mate in 9 and also 27 ... Qb4 which still gives Black a solid lead, although not as clear a win as a few other choices. This is one of those positions where there are numerous paths to victory. As <Brenin> said, it's due to White's K having such limited mobility and protection.

I think this was more of a Tuesday puzzle, since it wasn't an obvious mate in 4 to me.

Oct-10-22  jrredfield: 27 ... Bg5+ is nearly as good, a mate in 5:

27. ... Bg5+ 28.Bxg5 Ne2+ 29.Kb1 Qb4+ 30.Ka1 Qa3+ 31.Kb1 Nc3+

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  raymondhow: This puzzle was apparently chosen for Monday because White resigned at once, but it's at least a Tuesday level. Tempting is 27...Ba3+ leading to a double check. It works too, but a bit more involved.
Oct-10-22  stacase: <Brenin: Blah blah blah blah blah blah blah leads to mate as in the game.>

In no way is that meant to be critical of Brenin but it's an illustration that this wasn't exactly a very easy Monday.

BUT I did get the first move based on the idea that should White's Bishop decide to take the annoying Knight, Black's Rook can swoop down 28. Bxe2 Rxc2+ and the fun would start.

I would have probably done that over the board, and as always accept my opponents resignation. As one of those little sayings when you post says, No one ever won by resigning. Or something like that.

Oct-10-22  mayankk06: My first try was 27... Ba3+ 28 Kd2 and then a double check via Ne4+ but it seemed I was rather safely escorting the White King to safety.

In my second attempt I saw the threat of 27... Ne2+ 28 Bxe2 Ba3+ 29 Kb1 Qb4+. It essentially works since Kb1 is a far worse flight square than Kd2 for the Black King. So the c3 Knight which covers b1 square is expendable.

Oct-10-22  takebackok: Had to think a bit & find Ne2+. Puzzles have always been a lot of fun. Recently they been super!
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  Gregor Samsa Mendel: Easy, but there are many possibilities to sort through.
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  agb2002: Black has a knight and a pawn for a rook.

White threatens Qxa5.

The dark squares around the white king are too weak. This suggests 27... Ne2+:

A) 28.Bxe2 Ba3+ 29.Kb1 Qb4+ 30.Ka1(2) Qb2#.

B) 28.Kb1 Qb4+ 29.Ka1 (29.Ka2 Nc3+ 30.Ka1 Qa3#) 29... Qa3+ 30.Kb1 Nc3#.

C) 28.Kb2 Qb4+ as in B.

Also winning but slower is 27... Ba3+ 28.Kd2 Nb5+ and 29... Qxa6.

Oct-10-22  saturn2: Got 27...Ne2 28.Kb1 (Bxe2 Rxc2 mate soon or winning the queen) Rb8
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  agb2002: <agb2002:...

Also winning but slower is 27... Ba3+ 28.Kd2 Nb5+ and 29... Qxa6.>

'but slower' indeed: White has 29.Qxa5, winning.

I'll try not to suffocate myself while slurping my coffee...

Oct-10-22  saturn2: Winning is 27...Ba3 28.Kd2 Ne4 instead of Nb5
Oct-10-22  mel gibson: There are many solutions which lead to mate:
27... Ne2+
27... Ba3+
27... Na2+


Oct-10-22  Cheapo by the Dozen: This took me too long for a Monday or even Tuesday. I saw the first move pretty easily, but kept imagining ... Rb8+ as the followup, which doesn't work nearly as well.
Oct-10-22  saturn2: <the first move pretty easily, but kept imagining ... Rb8+ as the followup, which doesn't work nearly as well> What is wrong with Rb8?
Oct-10-22  Brenin: <stacase> and a few others: Agreed, this was harder (for me, anyway) than the average Monday POTD, partly because there are several promising (and winning) lines to try, and also because the mates aren't always immediate. It felt more like a Tuesday puzzle. No criticism of CG is intended: grading these puzzles must be very difficult, and our individual reactions and opinions are very subjective.
Oct-10-22  Ariogermano: Ba3+ 28. Kd2 Ne4+ 29. Ke3 Bc5+ 30. Ke2 Bg4+ 31. Kf1 Ng3#
Oct-10-22  TheaN: Definitely agreeing this is more sophisticated than most Mondays, but it's quite apparent White's in trouble if it's Black's move.

After <27....Ne2+ 28.Kb1> playing Kb2 is similar and 28.Bxe2 Rxc2+ 29.Kb1 Qb4+ 30.Ka1 Qb2# <28....Qb4+> and now either 29.Ka2 Nc3+ 30.Ka1 Qa3# or <29.Ka1 Qa3+ 30.Kb1 Nc3#>.

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  FSR: Nice crush by Cebalo. The only virtue of the Levenfish (6.f4) is that if Black plays 6...Bg7 and doesn't know what he's doing, he can get in big trouble.
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  chrisowen: Um happy its cog jazzy key ie Ne2+ axiom jif ducky jab fib click Ne2+ cg;
Oct-10-22  King.Arthur.Brazil: I think that the beginning move is 27...♘a2+ which avoids the ♔ run to the other side while keep the attack focus. 28. ♔b2 ♕c3+ 29. ♔b1 ♖b8+ 30. ♗b5 ♗xc2+ 31. ♔xa2 ♕a3# or 28. ♔b1 ♕b4+ 29. ♔xa2 ♕a3+ 30. ♔b1 ♖b8+ 31. ♗b5 ♕b3+ 32. ♔a1 ♕c3+ 33. ♔b1 ♗xc2+ 34. ♔a2 ♕a3#. Similar variations happens, between intermediary moves, like 32. ♔c1 ♕xc2# or the long way 29. ♔a1 ♕c3+ 30. ♔xa2 ♕a3+ 31. ♔b1 ♖b8+ 32. ♗b5 ♕b3+ 33. ♔a1 ♕c3+ 34. ♔a2 ♕xc2+ 35. ♔a1 ♕c3+ 36. ♔a2 ♕a3#. The King wonder about a quicker one line.
Oct-10-22  TheaN: Games like these do somehow entice me to attempt the regular Dragon again; I've played it for a short while but faced some crushing defeats. Went to the Accelerated after, but that's an entirely different game. Now, I tend to open with the Modern and base my setup against White's response, but also with mixed results as it's more cramped.

The Levenfish is one of those lines that looks good, but isn't simply because Black is not immediately faced with major threats. Cebalo played the prosaic 6....Nc6, but even 6....Bg7 7.e5 Nh5! = is playable and may in fact be more your taste if you want to shake things up a bit.

Oct-10-22  King.Arthur.Brazil: The King doesn't like white position after 12...O-O. The move h3 is definitely weak. The ♕ at d4 is exposed, the Black ♙ d6-c6 can block the center and White seems to have no plans, wasting time with useless ♕ moves after that. The King proposed line is 13. ♘e4 ♘xe4 14. ♕xe4 d5 15. ♕f3. I didn't see 27. ♘e2+, believe me? Leftist thief running for president stole my country and also my sleep.
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  Steve Holloway: I didn't see the game's continuation but rather 28. Kb2 Qb4+ 29. Kxa2 Qa3+ 30. Kb1 Rb8+
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  Steve Holloway: I didn't see the game's continuation but rather 27. Na2+ 28. Kb2 Qb4+ 29. Kxa2 Qa3+ 30. Kb1 Rb8+
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