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Miroslav Grabarczyk vs Elina Danielian
16th open (2000), Cappelle La Grande FRA, rd 3
Zukertort Opening: Queen Pawn Defense (A06)  ·  1-0



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Aug-09-11  abuzic: <Gregor Samsa Mendel: A different 44th move (say, Re8) by black would have prevented immediate mate, but her game looks lost anyway.>

<TomOhio: Can we back up a move? Because, 44.... f4
seems a blunder that even I saw.

If Black had played
44.... Re8
would that have thwarted the White threat?>

Yes you're right, 44...Re8 is the "best" defence here; all other black's moves after 44.Qg2 lead to forced mate!

Going back further, white missed mate in 6 on move 42, here is the main line:

42.Qe6! Rd8 43.Rf6 R5d7 44.Qxf5+ Kh8 45.Rxf8+ Rxf8 46.Qxf8+ Kh7 47.Qg8#

Aug-09-11  morfishine: <45.Rxh6+> mates since 45...Kxh6 46.Qg6# or 45...Qxh6 46.Qg8#

<dzechiel> Good luck! Of course, at this stage, its more skill than luck :)

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  agb2002: White is a pawn up.

The black king, queen and rook on d7 cannot cover every weakness of what remains of the castle, in particular the squares g6 and g8. This is evident after 45.Rxh6+:

A) 45... Kxh6 46.Qg6#.

B) 45... Qxh6 46.Qg8#.

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  agb2002: <dzechiel> Good luck although you surely won't need it!
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  LIFE Master AJ: Got it. (45.RxP/h6+!) Looks like mate next move ...
Aug-09-11  gofer: <Gregor Samsa Mendel: A different 44th move (say, Re8) by black would have prevented immediate mate, but her game looks lost anyway.>

Couldn't white have ended this on his 40th move... ... 40 Rxf6!

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<40 ... Qxf6 41 Qg8#>

<40 ... Qe8 41 Qd3+ Kh8 42 Rxh6+ Rh7 43 Rxh7#/Qxh7#>

<40 ... Rg5 41 Rxf7+ Rxf7 42 Qd3+ winning easily>

<40 ... Qg7 41 Qd3+ winning easily>

So black resigns immediately!

Aug-09-11  Patriot: Maybe if I was a little more awake this would have been easier! I looked at 45.Rxh6+ quickly and that 45...Qxh6 46.Qg8# but somehow missed 45...Kxh6 46.Qg6# right away and considered 46.Qg5+ and also looked at 45.Rg8 and then went back and noticed 45.Rxh6+ Kxh6 46.Qg6#.
Aug-09-11  abuzic: <gofer:... Couldn't white have ended this on his 40th move... ... 40 Rxf6!>

Yes, white had very strong position. He missed 40.Rxf6! which leads actually to forced mate! Here is the main line:

40.Rxf6 Qg7 41.Qd3+ Kg8 42.Rxg7+ Rxg7 43.Qc4 Rgd7 44.Qc8+ Kh7 45.Qe8 Rg7 46.Qe4+ Rf5 47.Qxf5+ Kh8 48.Rf8+ Rg8 49.Qf6+ Kh7 50.Rf7+ Kg6 51.Qf5#.

White had another chance to mate in 6 on move 42, 42.Qe6! Here is the main line:

42.Qe6! Rd8 43.Rf6 R5d7 44.Qxf5+ Kh8 45.Rxf8+ Rxf8 46.Qxf8+ Kh7 47.Qg8#

In the actual game, black with 44...f4 helped finish the game earlier than those 2 mate lines.....

Aug-09-11  psmith: <sevenseaman> Would you have made a similar comment if the Black player were a man? ("Poor George, he was already in a Speedo...")
Aug-09-11  gofer: <psmith>: <sevenseaman> <Would you have made a similar comment if the Black player were a man? ("Poor George, he was already in a Speedo...")>

I suspect that <sevenseaman> hasn't googled black's name. His unnecessary sexism has now thrust an image into my consciousness that will be difficult to remove. Now <psmith> has made the imagery worse by bringing Speedos into the picture... ...I feel tainted by the whole sordid episode!

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  doubledrooks: <dzechiel>: Good luck, and I hope they hire you.
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  kevin86: I saw this one quickly-there are two variations:

45...♕xh6 46 ♕g8# or ♔xh6 47 ♕g6#

Aug-09-11  Creg: A nice forceful combination.

45.Rxh6+ Qxh6 46.Qg8 mate

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  FSR: <cocker: <FSR> you must have an amazing memory for chess games.>

Yes, and everything else.

Aug-09-11  Medieval Knight: Does anyone see a win for White if Black had played 44...Re8 ?

Good catch, TomOhio

Aug-09-11  castledweller: Good Luck to you, Dzechiel - they will be lucky to get you, too!
Aug-09-11  castledweller: this was "monday-easy" today
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  chrisowen: in A Not her pe5 black rain down on me 7.re1 tease

little forcing cab'nets five move plunder white had bag shure bxb7

theirs not to reason why it is 6C Established?

Aug-09-11  ruzon: <dzechiel>: If they hire you, we can play chess over videoconference at lunch. Good luck!
Aug-09-11  alphee: An easy and nice finish
Aug-09-11  WhiteRook48: yay!!
45 Rxh6+ is a killer, 45...Kxh6 46 Qg6#
45...Qxh6 46 Qg8#
huh. That was pretty easy.
Aug-09-11  stst: This is Monday repeated -
45.RxP+ KxR (forced, nothing else except resign at once.) 46.Qg6#
Aug-09-11  sevenseaman: <psmith > and <gofer>. I have held Elina's chess in good regard ever since her performance in a Fide tournament early this year when she tied with Koneru Humpy. My respect for her chess particularly escalated after her clever play in the Monday POTD of 28 Mar 2011. I liked her latter coup-like ploy immensely. My comments there will testify to that aspect clearly. You could say I turned into a fan and had expectations of her.

So I was very sad and peeved as she hurtled towards a poor loss against Miroslav Grabarczyk, the latter even had a lower TPR than her.

I found the solution to the puzzle but before posting my comment I replayed the game once. The shape of comments that coursed in my head was;

"She is slowly letting her opponent strip her of all cover (pawns guarding her K, of course)". And when her h6 P went I thought "the last vestige of cover also goes".

After that I wrote my comment and it came out in the shape you have read. It is possible, at the time I was taking out a bit of my resentment of a let down perhaps.

I also noted (rather wistfully) that "look what would happen if White did not have that h2 P for cover in front of the K; she would win the game."

The brevity I worked into my comment has not turned out be a very clever thing. It has distressed at least the two of you, may be more. And I do not feel at all good. It hurts, even if I do feel the 'sexism' bit is incidental.

Aug-09-11  bachbeet: Pretty easy.
Aug-09-11  TheBish: M Grabarczyk vs E Danielian, 2000

White to play (45.?) "Easy"

I almost wasn't going to kibitz on today's position, because it's too easy! (Even for a Tuesday.) Waiting for Wednesday, but here goes. BTW, got this in about a second or less last night!

45. Rxh6+! Qxh6

Or 45...Kxh6 46. Qg6#.

46. Qg8#.

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