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Tea Lanchava vs Wouter Spoelman
"Lower the Boom" (game of the day Aug-08-2011)
Corus Group C (2005), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 7, Jan-22
Nimzo-Indian Defense: Classical Variation (E32)  ·  1-0



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Jan-14-08  NakoSonorense: <whiteshark> What Tuesday puzzle?!?!?

Today's Monday!

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  whiteshark: And tomorrow ? It was a kind of advanced question - See you/it tomorrow ... Gd ♘
Jan-14-08  Vicao: it took me (too) long to find this. I guess I have a blind spot for mating on the g- and h-files. I was able to solve this because this was a problem, and I knew there had to be a winning continuation. However in a regular game, I am pretty sure I'd miss this plan and would probably lose this position.
Jan-14-08  uuft: This was not too difficult for a Monday in my view. I missed it. Good. Good reminder of the fact that 'Very easy' still doesn't mean 'No calculation needed like whatsoever'. :)
Jan-14-08  Larsker: The puzzle for tomorrow will be: How do you dig a hole in the ground with a spade. On the eleganto-meter it'll beat this puzzle by several lengths.
Jan-14-08  vibes43: <cu8sfan: Man, it took me forever to find the solution. I'm glad to say I finally did. As it's Monday I was looking for an instant kill, a one-mover. I finally realized that White has enough time to bring the rook to d4 and deliver mate.>

ditto that for me.

Jan-14-08  cionics: Thought hard and...missed it. Ouch, I'm bad!
Jan-14-08  MaxxLange: <Vicao> Just remember the end of Pillsbury vs Maroczy, 1900 and you will have trouble seeing these mates never again
Jan-14-08  GannonKnight: Wow ... Kinda tough for a Monday. I thought hard and missed it, too! I hate to see the rest of the week.
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  kevin86: Oops,I really goofed this one. I ought to be put on chess suicide watch for even thinking 29 ♖d4??? -met of course by ♕xh6. A case of chess blindness but also chess stupidity.
Jan-26-08  newzild: MostlyAverageJoe:

27.Rxd7 Qxd7 28.Qh4

Am I right?

Jan-28-08  MostlyAverageJoe: <newzild: MostlyAverageJoe:
27.Rxd7 Qxd7 28.Qh4
Am I right?>

Alas, no. For the solution, see: MostlyAverageJoe chessforum

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  HeMateMe: "Tea Party, 2005"
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  LIFE Master AJ: Nice "side of the board" mate ...
Aug-08-11  Sho: Tea Party: No More Pork.

<Bosboom-Lanchava vs A Pourkashiyan, 2004>

Tea Party: Don't Pluto Me.

Aug-08-11  Dyonis: What about 25. ...Qg5 ? 26. Qe4(d4) Qe7 ?
Aug-08-11  DrMAL: Black is still ahead after simple 25...Kh8 white has a number of options (e.g., Qf4 or Qh3) but none of them work if black plays correctly. On move 26 it's too late, after 26...Kh8 black's best, 27.Qh3 wins.
Aug-08-11  psmith: <DrMAL>: 25...Kh8 may be simple, but it is not at all obvious (though programs find it right away) since it seems to do nothing to defend against White's threats. (Of course it actually does a lot, which is why I say "seems" -- it breaks the attack by preventing check at g6, and allows for consolidation with Rg8 to defend g6, etc.) But Nb4 is so oblivious to the threats it is hard to understand except as desperation (especially from a player rated over 2500, way higher than I'll ever be!).
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  kevin86: black is about to be steamrolled by the white rooks.
Aug-08-11  DrMAL: <psmith> I guess it's a matter of what one calls "simple" or "obvious" (I did not use the latter word, you did). The move was simple to me because it (simply) steps off the g-file and not on another pin (if Kh7). After checking with Houdini, white had a move I had not seriously considered (Bb1) but it too led to nothing as well.

Yes, I agree Nb4 was pretty lame, everyone makes mistakes. I mean, this past weekend I played in a tournament (ended up second with +4 -0 =1) where the draw resulted from me (and my opponent) missing a mate in two! LOL. He was not exactly a patzer either, cheers.

Aug-08-11  psmith: <DrMAL>: I don't think we disagree -- I think Kh8 *is* simple, once you see it -- but I think OTB I probably would not see it (might play Qe8 instead, which might hold too).

As to your opponent, was he the 2200 player at the bottom of the list you link to or the GM at the top, or somewhere in between? Congrats on your finish, anyway!

Aug-08-11  DrMAL: I'm not even near IM <psmith> but I did play much better than I thought I would this weekend, thanx. Except for the first game a draw but it seeded me in the Swiss with someone nearer my category bottom. Did not have to play the two leaders (who went into round 5 with 4 wins, whew!) I'm still glowing on it, but prefer to stay anonymous otherwise, cheers.
Aug-08-11  DrMAL: Just for grins, here was my lucky break. It was round 3 on Saturday night and people were tired. I was black with the Scandinavian and my tired opponent had offered me a draw a few moves before but I felt energized and said "let's play on a bit." In the drawn position below he blundered with 45.Qe2+? missing simple 45...Qe5+ was a check back!

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Instant resignation as soon as I moved it, LOL.

Aug-08-11  50movesaheadofyou: You're a real patzer if you don't see the mate.
Aug-08-11  WhiteRook48: nice finish
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