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Alexei Barsov vs Peter Heine Nielsen
EU-ch blitz (2002) (blitz), Panormo, rd 17, Oct-02
Slav Defense: Quiet Variation (D11)  ·  1-0



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  halito27: 28...Bf6 is a howler. Instead, Black should snap off that dangerous c4 bishop and then the d3 pawn, protected by the only white square bishop on the board, becomes a real thorn in White's side. Black's 28th move pretty much ends it.
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  drollere: 32. Rd7 is quicker.
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  drollere: 32. Rd7 is quicker.
May-11-20  Brenin: <agb2002> and <halito27> say all that needs to be said. 32 Rd7 would have given a quicker mate (... Rxd7 33 Qg8). 32 Qxg6 allows further resistance with Rxc4.
May-11-20  bcokugras: Combination begins with 33. Be5+
May-11-20  saturn2: .34  Qxb6 wins material, 34.Rxd8 leads to mate
May-11-20  zb2cr: Simple and forced. 34. Rxd8+, Qxd8; 35. Qh6#.
May-11-20  TheaN: Probably the easiest Monday in a while, as essentially Black's defense is entirely overworked. <34.Rxd8+ Qxd8 35.Qh6#> is that.

<saturn2: .34 Qxb6 wins material, 34.Rxd8 leads to mate>

Yes, but we have to consider White's already a rook for three pawns down. After 34.Qxb6 Rxb6 (ironically, Black's unable to play Rxd3 first because of Qh6#, which is the whole reason for 34.Rxd8+). 35.Rxd8+, White's up three pawns but in an opposite bishop ending. I'd say he's fortunate in that case a rook's still on the board or it could be tricky, as after 35....Kg7 36.Rd5! +- Black's pretty much out anyway.

May-11-20  Predrag3141: 10 e4 did not work out. After 18 … Bxb7 19 Qxb7 Qd6 it would have been hard for White to complete his development, making the d-pawn a serious threat.
May-11-20  TheaN: <Predrag3141: 10 e4 did not work out. After 18 … Bxb7 19 Qxb7 Qd6 it would have been hard for White to complete his development, making the d-pawn a serious threat.>

Is that attributable to 10.e4= though? It's a decent attempt to open up the position... Black's solid already, the differences there are about a tenth of a pawn which are negligible in an even position. 17.Qf3?! is worse.

May-11-20  Damenlaeuferbauer: After long pondering, my old Uzbekistani friend Alexei finally found the mate in two moves with 34.Rxd8+!,Qxd8 35.Qh6#. Material does not count, when it is mate! What would have Karl Marx, Friedrich Engels, and Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov alias "Lenin" said about this fact? That is exactly the reason, why I love Mondays.
May-11-20  landshark: What <Brenin> said. Only thing I want to add is that this is marvelous play for <blitz>. In the throes of that time control I would have as much of a chance of finding White's moves as it snowing in July here in mid-latitude of the northern hemisphere.
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  AylerKupp: <<Steve.Patzer>: I could only hope all puzzles were this easy.>

My route to solving this easy problem was a tortuous one. I noticed immediately that Black's king was trapped in the corner and that Qg6-h6 would be mate. However, if 34.Qh6+ then 34...Qxh6.

But, remembering that on easy Mondays a queen sac is common, I persevered and spent some time looking at 34.Qh6+ Qxh6 35.Rxd8+ forgetting that this would have been too complicated for a Monday so I persevered for a little while before I realized that the straightforward 34.Rxd8+ forces Black's queen to abandon its defense of the h6 square by 34...Qxd8, allowing 35.Qh6#. I often overthink things. But sometimes it's best to abandon all subtlety and just take the direct route.

But my overthinking it had a happy ending. Thinking that a phrase like "abandon all subtlety" would hardly be original, I Googled it and found these two instances that I particularly liked:

1. "Most comics of my acquaintance have done them and they all say the same thing; abandon all subtlety and wit, and just get a list of the people in the company who can be mocked." From "How to Write Everything", 2014, by David Quantick.

2. "Roomie ... things from behind the scenes for many years suddenly abandon all subtlety and start strong-arming everything?" From Into Light, 2019, by T.D. Shields.

The second one mirrors my realization of the best way to solve this puzzle.

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  AylerKupp: <<Damenlaeuferbauer> Material does not count, when it is mate! What would have Karl Marx, Friedrich Engels, and Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov alias "Lenin" said about this fact?>

I don't know about them but Israel Horowitz in "How to Win in the Chess Openings" (the first chess book I ever read) said it well: "Checkmate leaves no weaknesses in its wake." It would be hard to improve on that.

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  chrisowen: Ground-hog it was!
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  maxi: <AylerKupp> Well, but what happens if at the end when you are going to deliver the final blow, you suddenly realize with a horrible churning sensation in your guts that it is not really a mate, that that final piece was pinned, and that you are left with your King in the open and you just sacked a Queen, a Rook and a Knight, and then you look up and you see this cursed sneer?
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  chrisowen: Fake-grass no ropes crewfix?
May-11-20  Predrag3141: <Is that attributable to 10.e4= though? … the differences there are about a tenth of a pawn>

Surprising! I take it a computer is evaluating the position to within 0.1 pawns, and blaming Qf3.

I hope the computer likes the position after 18 … Bxb7 19 Qb7 Qd6 as much as I do (almost a full pawn, because if I were White I'd strongly consider ditching my b-pawn).

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  chrisowen: Hmm out pour
May-11-20  RandomVisitor: As <halito27> points out, 28...Bf6 is the losing move, bettter was:

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<56/72 07:35 -0.13 28...Rxc4 29.bxc4 Rc8 30.Be3 Qxc4> 31.Qb7 Qb4 32.Qb5 Rb8 33.Qxb4 axb4 34.a5 Ra8 35.Bb6 b3 36.Rb1 Rc8 37.Be3 Bc3 38.Rxb3 Bxd2 39.Bxd2 Rc2 40.Be3 Ra2 41.Rb8+ Kh7 42.Rd8 Ra1+ 43.Kh2 Rxa5 44.f3 Ra2 45.Kg1 Re2 46.Bf4 Re7 47.Bd2 Rd7

May-11-20  Predrag3141: Regarding the pawn sacrifice, 10 e4. I found the link for Stockfish, according to which 10 e4 is OK. Stockfish says White should have played 14 g3, when it's not worth Black's while to hang on to the pawn on d4. 14 Qh5 turned +0.45 to -0.20.
May-11-20  RandomVisitor: After 21...Be6! black would have a nice advantage...

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<56/97 1:15:36 -1.84 22.Bc4 Bxc4 23.bxc4 Qd4> 24.Qd5 Qxd5 25.cxd5 Rfd8 26.h3 Rxd5 27.g3 Bf8 28.Kg2 a5 29.Bd2 Rb3 30.Kf3 Ba3 31.Rd1 Kg7 32.Raa1 Bb4 33.Ke3 Bxd2+ 34.Rxd2 Re5+ 35.Kf3 Rc5 36.Ke4 Rc4+ 37.Ke3 Rc6 38.Rad1 Ra3 39.Rxd3 Rxa4 40.R1d2 Ra6 41.Ke2 h5

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  AylerKupp: <<maxi> Well, but what happens if at the end when you are going to deliver the final blow, you suddenly realize with a horrible churning sensation in your guts that it is not really a mate ...>

Well, then maybe that's a good time to walk away from the table, go have a strong drink, and let your clock run out. But before you do write "Resigns" on your scoresheet, sign it, and then add a note apologizing to your opponent for rudely walking out, and offering to buy him or her a drink to try to make amends.

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  maxi: <AylerKupp>, no, no. It so happens I am a firm follower of the K. von Bardeleben endgame technique. What you are suggesting goes against our chessic beliefs.
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  AylerKupp: <maxi> OK, I'll bite. What is the von Bardeleben endgame technique? Are you referring to this game: Steinitz vs Von Bardeleben, 1895?
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