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Stephen Short vs Noel Ahern
E.U. Championship and Cork Chess Congress (2005), Cork IRL, rd 3, Mar-24
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf Variation (B90)  ·  0-1



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May-15-06  ianD: Good to see some Irish chess!!

Simple finish.

May-15-06  raminov: I was wondering how Nigel Short could have played in this shape,until i found that wasn't Nigel
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  kevin86: I was looking for a back rank mate and found the lethal fork. The real twist here is that the forced capture of the black queen leaves the queen totally unprotected----and even after that,the other rook is in danger. White loses a WHOLE rook.
May-15-06  gerpm: Always enjoy starting off the week with the right solution.
May-15-06  YouRang: Took a few seconds before I woke up and noticed how ideally the knight was positioned for a killer knight fork. QxR sets up the fork beautifully.
May-15-06  chessfreako: This should have been a very easy Monday puzzle. If not for the fact that I spent 5 minutes refusing to believe that I can't force a smother mate. LOL
May-15-06  beenthere240: The moves leading up the the combination are amusing. White let his bishop get hung up (19. Qe3 basically sealed its doom), and after 20...Nb4!, threatening 21...Nd5 and the win of the bishop, black had to try 21. Bc5, which doesn't work, as the game demonstrates. If white had played 19. Qd2, he could have saved his bishop, but he's probably facing an unstoppable attack in any case.
May-15-06  LIFE Master AJ: too tough for me (j/k)
May-15-06  itz2000: saw this immdiatly!
May-15-06  LIFE Master AJ: Like another kibitzer, I had a moment of panic. "Who is Ahern, and why is (GM Nigel) Short losing to him???!?"
May-15-06  chessmoron: Whew. I barely got it. 14. Bc4 could have a better advantage for S. Short.
May-15-06  Petrocephalon: I have to say I admire Chessgames' gradation of puzzles. Imagine how hard it must be to supply, everday of the week, puzzles that are smoothly graded in difficulty from Monday to Sunday.
May-15-06  zb2cr: Found the winning combination in roughly 20 seconds. Unlike some posters, I dind't start by looking for a red herring mate and focused immediately on the possible Knight fork at c2, then looked for the most useful way to clear c2. Most of my thought was occasioned by Black's Rook being <en prise>. I had to convince myself that Black in fact did end up with a dominating material advantage.
May-15-06  mlappe: I like Monday puzzles... easy
May-15-06  Zaius: If white decides to defend with 25. Qc1 black does not have to trade queens but grabs an additional rook with 25...Qxe1!

(26. Qxd1 Nc2+)

May-15-06  Paintbucket: Very, very easy. Wow.
May-15-06  beenthere240: It looks to me like 13. Na4 was a bad idea since it creates targets that only promote black's attack, especially while white is still only half developed. I suspect white didn't know he was losing until move 20.
May-15-06  Whitehat1963: I didn't get this one! Waaaa!
May-15-06  goldenbear: I thought today was Sunday and was so confused for a minute. QxR was certainly out of the question. So I looked and looked and finally decided that the position was displayed incorrectly only to click the link and find out that it's Monday.
May-15-06  jperr75108: Nice monday puzzle. For a second I was hung up on mating with the Queen and Knight, then I figured it out
May-15-06  Knight13: I noticed something about Nc2+ really quick and found Qxd1 pretty easily.
May-15-06  Nomen Nescio: The puzzle could have started a move earlier.
May-15-06  jmuller: <beenthere240: after 20...Nb4!, threatening 21...Nd5 and the win of the bishop, black had to try 21. Bc5>

Thx, been! I saw that 21.Bc5 lost for White, but didn't notice the threatened knight fork that prompted White's move. Treacherous things, knights!

Wouldn't 21.Ba5 have saved White? Or, am I missing something?

May-16-06  dakgootje: <The puzzle could have started a move earlier.> then it still wouldnt have been much harder. but if it was 22. ...? then it would've been much harder
Oct-25-09  WhiteRook48: who's Stephen...?
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