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Zoltan Almasi vs Alberto David
Corsica Masters (2005) (rapid), Bastia FRA, rd 2, Nov-04
Sicilian Defense: Scheveningen. Modern Variation (B83)  ·  0-1

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Mar-20-06  kansasofunitedstates: A good puzzle would start from move 16! Black to play and draw with no pointy players moving!
Mar-20-06
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  notyetagm: From The Art Of The Checkmate by Renaud and Kahn, pages 158-159:

<Let us note that the association of the Queen and Rook has an enormous mating power. In the following diagram Black possesses all of his Pieces and, in spite of that, the Black King will be relentlessly driven by the White Queen and Rook to the mating square.

White to play and mate in 6


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1 ♕d7+ ♔e5 2 ♖f5+ ♔e4 3 ♕d5+ ♔e3 4 ♖f3+ ♔e2 5 ♕d3+ ♔e1 6 ♖f1#

The logical conclusion is that all sacrifices are permissible which expose the opponent's King to the crossfire of the Queen and Rook.>


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The final position from today's puzzle:


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Mar-20-06  LIFE Master AJ: Good puzzle ... although I would have started a move or two earlier.

h2 was the only "sackable" square ... not much to it after that.

Mar-20-06
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  notyetagm: Any other queen+rook king-hunting games like this one that I can put into my Game Collection: Queen and Rook have an enormous mating power?

Thanks.

Mar-20-06  hayton3: <"sackable"> We're in danger of forgeting the origins of 'sac' - short for 'sacrifice'
Mar-20-06  alexandrovm: <LIFE Master AJ: Good puzzle ... although I would have started a move or two earlier.

h2 was the only "sackable" square ... not much to it after that.> not really because white can protect that pawn with the queen for example, a move or two earlier...

Mar-20-06  Warrush: Two letters. E Z
Mar-20-06
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  Sneaky: It must be awfully hard work for cg.com to find all these extremely easy puzzles from GM play--you know, the kind we see on Mondays. All too often the grandmaster resigns thereby robbing us of an elementary lesson in tactics.
Mar-20-06
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  LoveThatJoker: Nice puzzle. I solved it in 45 - 60 seconds all the way to mate.

Looking forward to tomorrow's puzzle.

LTJ

Mar-20-06  alexandrovm: <LoveThatJoker: Nice puzzle. I solved it >

call Batman! ;)

Mar-20-06
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  JohnBoy: <Sami Jr> - how can one check at Yahoo what one's record is against a specific opponent? People seem to have done this against me, but I have yet to figure out how to do the same.
Mar-20-06  alphee: This game come from a tournament in Corsica. For those not knowing Corsica is a place for a "laid back" sort of living in some french people mind. I lived for 10 years in this fantastic island (chess was not that popular here at the time, it was the first years of the corsican "activism" against the French government) and I can testify that corsicans work as hard as anyone else but .... why look for a complicated mate when you can have a straight forward one ... and then enjoy life ... and chess of course.
Mar-20-06  Sami Jr: <JohnBoy> On Yahoo chess you can look at a player's recent performance against specific opponents. First click on the player id. A small window comes up that lists the total # wins, loses and draws for that player. On this window click on the "Profile" button. A new standard explorer or browser window comes up that shows a list of opponents and results of recent games for that player. Note: Make sure that your pop-up blocker is disabled otherwise this list will not come up.

<Zplane> You're welcome! :)

Mar-20-06  kansasofunitedstates: of course black missed the check-mate earlier!
Mar-20-06  alexandrovm: <kansasofunitedstates: of course black missed the check-mate earlier!> post the line please.
Mar-20-06
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  JohnBoy: <Sami> - yeah, I know about this. But is it possible to check out ones performance against a specific player? Anyhow, thanks for the comment.
Mar-20-06  goldenbear: Man I saw yesterday's in a few seconds but this one took me at least twice as long. I think its because yesterday there was nothing to analyze but to play Bxh2 is harder to "see" so analysis was required to follow through to mate.
Mar-20-06  kansasofunitedstates: I could show you the line but it would be much more fun to try it myself!
Mar-20-06  kansasofunitedstates: Incredentilly, this form of playing is sometimes called "looking for the check-mate"!
Mar-20-06  LIFE Master AJ: A tough game, but 35.Nd2, has got to be a mistake.
Mar-20-06  alexandrovm: <kansasofunitedstates: I could show you the line but it would be much more fun to try it myself!> ;)
Mar-20-06  PaulLovric: <LoveThatJoker: Nice puzzle. I solved it in 45 - 60 seconds all the way to mate. Looking forward to tomorrow's puzzle.>

25 seconds here.

<alexandrovm: <LoveThatJoker: Nice puzzle. I solved it > call Batman! ;)>LOL LOL

Mar-22-06  Warrush: <kansasofunitedstates: I could show you the line but it would be much more fun to try it myself!> I can't find the checkmate. Please post it!
Mar-22-06  Jim Bartle: kansasof unitedstates never gives up his secrets...
Mar-23-06  patzer2: Black's little demolition of pawn structure 35...Bxh2+! sets up a mate in the final position, after 37. Kh3 Qg2+ 38. Kh4 Rf4#.
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