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Bachar Kouatly vs Vitaly Tseshkovsky
Hoogovens-B (1988), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 2, Jan-09
Dutch Defense: Raphael Variation (A80)  ·  0-1



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Sep-28-06  blitzkriege: Jahhaj, it's common knowledge that Raffael is actually Fischer and not Kasparov... :p
Sep-28-06  percyblakeney: Speaking of that Raffael, Chessbase wrote a couple of weeks ago: <About 90% of the Playchess visitors are 90% sure he is Garry Kasparov, about five percent think it is Svidler, some think it is Anand, Vaganian or even Bobby Fischer. By far the most common chat line seen on the server is "Who is Raffael?">
Sep-28-06  percyblakeney: ...but here it seems to be Benjamin Raphael
Sep-28-06  cschoenberger: <mrjoshherman> After 20... Qg5+ 21.Kb1 Re1? 22.RxR Qd2 White has a mating attack with 23.Qh7+
Sep-28-06  TTLump: I missed this one, so it must be more difficult than it looks after it is played out. Consolation is found in the fact that Kouatly, a 2475 player also missed it. I wonder if he was under time pressure, because he should have smelled the trap after the suspicious looking 17 ... Nf5.
Sep-28-06  TTLump: oops, after closer analysis, it seems 17 ... Nf5 was forced!
Sep-28-06  greensfield: 20. Qg5+ is only forced move, so from that point found solution pretty quick.
Sep-28-06  zb2cr: Found this, but it took some 2 minutes. My brain must be running slow this morning.
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  Sneaky: same tactical motif as Reshevsky vs Fischer, 1970
Sep-28-06  mikejaqua: Got the first move, but missed 21... Qd2. Clever little tactic.
Sep-28-06  TheBB: I saw Nxd4, and happy that I got a thursday puzzle, I failed to realize it was illegal. :(
Sep-28-06  manbot: are these supposed to get harder throughout the week?
Sep-28-06  YouRang: Rats - missed it. After going 5/5 last week, I'm now 2/4 so far this week.

What makes me mad is that I even looked at 20...Qg5+ 21. Kb1. I just didn't see the brilliant 21...Qd2!!, which ends up winning a knight.

Sep-28-06  jmw128: At first, I looked at this puzzle and saw nothing. The solution appeared quickly when I looked at all checks. After looking through the game, it makes you wonder how many moves earlier Black saw the possibility of Qg5+ followed by Qd2.
Sep-28-06  lilfoohk: Got it again , 11 secs

I realize the king must be retreated in order for black to take the advantage of white's weak back rank

Sep-28-06  ChessTeacher: I stumbled onto this game while studying the Classical Dutch. The finish jumped out at me, so I submitted it to chessgames. Hopefully, this puzzle exercise may help your play.

There are three things, I saw:

1. Be aware of back rank weaknesses - note Black only has the winning position because of his effort to place a rook on the open e-file; 2. Set pins!;
3. But, be aware that your opponent can also set pins, and that he even might be able to use an unpin tactic. This position only works because 21...Qd2 unpins Black's knight and allows either 22. Qd3, Qxd3; 23. cxd3, Nxd4, or the fatalistic - 22. Rc1, Qxd4 which is probally White's "best???" play.

Sep-28-06  trumbull0042: < radu stancu: <trumbull0042: This is a gem of a puzzle by the way. If the White king was on b1 for example instead of c1, White would have a clear advantage.> Really? What if, in that case, black plays Qxd4? White can't capture back with the rook because of the back rank mate. He'd still be a knight down from all I can see.>

Oh yeah you're right.

Sep-28-06  mrjoshherman: thanks, schoenberg. good call.
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  kevin86: I guess i deserve about 10% for this-I got the first move,but missed the fateful queen sac at d2 :(

I am a dog today:(

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  gawain: Yessss! Like <Jahhaj>, I struggled with this one for a while. It was obvious that there had to be a back rank mate--but how to get there? Then, suddenly, the clouds parted,
Sep-28-06  Vinchent78: I saw it this time! Hurrayyyyy!!
Sep-28-06  Bahmius: What about 22 Qd3?
How does black mate then?
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  WannaBe: <Bahmius> If 22. Qd3 Qxd3 23. cxd3 Nxd4 and black is up a knight.

If 22. Qd3 Qxd3 23. Rxd3 Re1+!

Sep-28-06  blakjak: wooo i got it
Sep-28-06  NateDawg: What makes this combination especially cool is that White has the initiative for just about the entire game up to that point. If you go through the entire game, it seems like White is constantly checking Black, capturing pieces, or setting up pins. But then, seemingly out of nowhere if you're looking at the game quickly, Black finds a winning combo, and BOOM! The game is over. Reminds me of a blitz game!
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