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Doru-Alexandru Ionescu vs Thomas Luther
Romanian Team Championship (2005), Tusnad ROU, rd 7, May-27
Alekhine Defense: Scandinavian Variation (B02)  ·  1-0



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Jul-04-06  dakgootje: <What more do you want?> Just to quote some else from an other page on this site: <Swedish blonde. 5 feet 10 inches, with the measurements of... Oh I better shut up now.>. so you get an impression about a random answer you will get on your question =P
Jul-04-06  harcee sarmiento: nice one.
Jul-04-06  harcee sarmiento: happy AMERICAN INDEPENDENCE! also HAPPY AMERICA-PHILIPPINES FRIENDSHIP DAY. July 4 used to be our independence, during american occupation here in the philippines.
Jul-04-06  cyruslaihy: how about 39 Rf7
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  Dim Weasel: found it, laa-la-laa :)
Jul-04-06  jahhaj: <cyruslaihy> Doesn't work, 39.Rf7 Rxf7 40.Qxf7 Qe7, and everything is defended.
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  kevin86: I missed a Tuesday puzzle! ARGHHHHHH!

I too had Rf7--Jahhaj is correct.

Jul-04-06  joe barnett: i don't get it, why does that win the game? surely black could just play something subtle and retake the rook with his queen after the exchange. i will probably realise right after i post this, but still, can anyone explain it to me?
Jul-04-06  joe barnett: guess what, i just realised, white would just take the pawn with the queen.... sorry
Jul-04-06  weisyschwarz: <kevin86> Yes, I figured Rf7 as well. We will never be Romanian champions.
Jul-04-06  Alex S.: What about?


40. Rxf8+ Qxf8

40. Qxe7 Nxe7
41. Rxf8+ Ng8

Whilst White is now ahead a rook for a knight in power pieces, Black can only move pawns, giving him reasonable drawing chances, right?

Jul-04-06  Spohn: <Alex S.> After those exchanges with the black king and knight pinned all white has to do is to push his c pawn 4 squares and promote to a queen or rook and mate next move with Rxg8.
Jul-04-06  Stevens: i think Bobby Fischer should be player of the day.
Jul-04-06  marcwordsmith: I saw 39. Qe4, f5 40. Qb7, which also seems to lead to mate. Am I wrong?
Jul-04-06  dzechiel: <Stevens> Fischer currently denounces the USA and is an embarrassment to all Americans. Paul Morphy would be a much better selection.
Jul-04-06  YouRang: Got it, but I agree that it was a little harder than usual for a Tuesday.

However, I spotted 39. Rd8 pretty quickly, noticing that it was safe from capture (39...Rxd8 40. Qxf6+ and mate next move). But even if Black doesn't capture my rook, White threatens 40. Qxf6+ (safe since the rook is pinned).

It appeared that 39...Qe7 was Black's only defense, which would lead to White winning after 40. Qxe7 Nxe7 41. Rxf8 Ng8.

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White is up the exchange, and more importantly, Black is all locked up and unable to defend against White promoting.

Happy Independence day to the USA. :-)

Jul-04-06  Alex S.: <Spohn: <Alex S.> After those exchanges with the black king and knight pinned all white has to do is to push his c pawn 4 squares and promote to a queen or rook and mate next move with Rxg8.>

...Point taken. :D

Jul-04-06  Stevens: <Fischer currently denounces the USA and is an embarrassment to all Americans. Paul Morphy would be a much better selection.> i know. it's called irony. sorry, sometimes that doesn't transfer in text alone!
Jul-04-06  DoctorChess: Found it.. :) 39.Rd8 is the killer.
Jul-04-06  Castle In The Sky: Found it, but I burned some synapses in the process, about 5 minutes.
Jul-04-06  TrueBlue: People in Canada are also celebrating tonight, but I don't think many will guess what :)
Jul-04-06  RandomVisitor: <marcwordsmith>yes, 39.Qe4 is also a solution.
Jul-05-06  marcwordsmith: Thank you very much, RandomVisitor.
Jul-06-06  harcee sarmiento: happy birthday to me!
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  patzer2: The puzzle solution 39. Rd8! removes the guard via deflection for a quick win.
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