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Robert Hess vs Enrico Sevillano
34th World Open (2006), Philadelphia, PA USA, rd 9, Jul-04
Sicilian Defense: Closed Variation (B25)  ·  0-1



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  Phony Benoni: One of those where you sacrifice the queen not to be spectacular, but because it's the quickest. White doesn't have to walk into mate after 35. .Rg2+, but 35...Qg2+ forces it.
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  ChessHigherCat: I looked at Rxf1 first, which is winning but black can play Rg3, which complicates matters. Then, in the back of my mind, the voice of a distant angel called to me, whispering Monday, queen sac, Monday, queen sac...
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  Gregor Samsa Mendel: Queen sacrifice Monday!
Jun-05-17  Strelets: <PhonyBenoni> Exactly. Sometimes the shortest path is through the mud.
Jun-05-17  stst: The RQR line up on g-file is too strong for White. 35....... Qg2+
36.BxQ (forced) RxB#
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  radtop: This puzzle should have started at 33....
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  agb2002: Black is a knight down.

White threatens N(Q)xg1.

The square g2 is underdefended. Therefore, 35... Qg2+ 36.Bxg2 R8xg2#.

Jun-05-17  AlicesKnight: 35... Qg2+ seems to do; 36.Bxg2 R8xg2# finis.
Jun-05-17  paavoh: For some reason, Rf1 leaped out first for me. Good enough to win but, after seeing a good move, look for a better one - in this case Q sac on g2.
Jun-05-17  morfishine: <35...Qg2+> Hess ran out of gas



Jun-05-17  whiteshark: Happy Monday & the routine ♕ sacrifice

(sounds a bit like a 1960 music group)

Jun-05-17  leRevenant: <paavoh: For some reason, Rf1 leaped out first for me. Good enough to win but, after seeing a good move, look for a better one - in this case Q sac on g2> ditto
Jun-05-17  sid299792: Since it was Monday, I first looked at the Queen and checked all possible Queen checks.Found ...♕g2+ in about half a second
Jun-05-17  morfishine: What a mess Hess
Jun-05-17  zb2cr: Simple, with a Monday Queen sacrifice.

35. ... Qg2+; 36. Bxg2, R8xg2#.

Jun-05-17 Easy for a Monday ( ! )
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  PawnSac: < radtop: This puzzle should have started at 33.... >

but that would have made it a Tuesday puzzle. Today is Monday. It HAS to start with the Q sac! lol

< morfishine: <35...Qg2+> Hess ran out of gas >

Enrico was pumped up

Jun-05-17  Dirkster: You're correct, radtop - this is so insanely simple that anyone (myself included!) can instantly find the solution... without even thinking! Come on, CG - at least give us a puzzle that requires more than a nanosecond of thought.
Jun-05-17  saturn2: 3 heavy pieces on the g file. The queen sacrifices herself and the other 2 provide mate.
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  Once: Okay, so the solution is Mondeasy. How did white get himself into this pickle? And to answer <notyetagm>'s question from nearly 11 years ago, why didn't white double or triple on the open g file when he had the chance?

Part of the answer, I think, has to do with arguably the most difficult piece in the closed sicilian/ King's Indian Attack complex of openings - just what do we do with the Bg2?

Here's the position after 26...Nh4.

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White has to do something about his attacked Bg2. Ideally he would like to replace the bishop with a rook to start the process of doubling/tripling. But to do that he has to get the bishop out of the way. Running to f1 gets in the way of the Rb1. f4 and e4 are not safe.

I've been playing the closed sicilian for most of my life. The happy games are those when the bishop finds something useful to do. The less happy ones are when the bishop gets in the way of its own pieces, like today's game.

Jun-05-17  ruzon: I too play the closed Sicilian, and I think White went wrong with 19. b4?. White's plan should be to close up the Queenside, not open it up and move his pieces over there away from his exposed King.
Jun-05-17  TheBish: I know this is a Monday, but this would be a better puzzle starting from move 33 or 34.
Jun-05-17  morfishine: Don't forget, Hess was "only" 15 years old when this game was played, so perhaps that explains everything related to this catastrophe vs his older, more experienced Grandmaster

Sometimes its best not to over-analyze

"Paralysis by Analysis"


Jun-05-17  Cheapo by the Dozen: Always check; it may be mate, if not on this move than on the next.
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  kevin86: queen sac leads to mate by 2 rooks.
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