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Nino Gurieli vs Nikoletta Lakos
European Team Championship (Women) (1999), Batumi GEO, rd 2, Nov-30
Sicilian Defense: Delayed Alapin (B50)  ·  1-0



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  maxi: Sheet. I saw the rook sac but did not hit at Qxf7 for quite a while. What's wrong with me?
Sep-11-07  tacite: <GoldsFitC> : many thanks for the explanation. Didn't see the long term strategy that was behind that move.
Sep-11-07  MaxxLange: I used to have a hard time seeing this pattern - I would miss it in a whole group of mate problems that were otherwise easy - so I'm pleased that I saw it at once here.

A funny game - Black lost very quickly after winning the h-pawn. I wonder if it's harder to evaluate the benefit of winning a little material if you have a cute little combination to win it? I would probably have been tempted by ...Bxh4 myself

Sep-11-07  znprdx: Surprised I didn't even look at the rook sac immediately - it didn't seem to be as problem-like as a Queen sac on f6 :) I spent way to much time on futile knight manouvers - then I realized that it was supposed to be easy ...Ohmygosh and it is.... There is some consolation with respect to my hesitation to play the obvious in that even grandmasters have lost to this swindle - what was Black thinking after pulling off 20...Bxh4. <MAJ 23...Ne6> looks pretty solid after g5/Ne7/Ng6
Sep-11-07  mworld: Got this one way quicker than yesterdays, although it still holds me up for minute since I've learned to look for the queen sac first at the beginning of the week...better not let that habit sink in too much OTB! lol..
Sep-11-07  zb2cr: Got this one in about 30 seconds, quick and simple.

One thing that hasn't been mentioned--White can't build the attack slowly, as ... Rh8 complicates matters too much. The immediate Rook sacrifice gains the necessary time.

Sep-11-07  mikejaqua: I think I've seen this very one before. The solution jumped out at me in less than 5 seconds. That doesn't normally happen. Solutions normally leap into hiding in the first 5 seconds, and then stay there for several minutes if not forever.
Sep-11-07  YouRang: I'm with those who found the solution to this puzzle much faster than yesterday's puzzle.

That doesn't mean today's puzzle is easier -- perhaps it just means that this week I'm better at spotting a deflection sac than I am at noticing that a piece is immobilized.

Anyway, here it was quite plain that the weak point for black was his f7 pawn threatened by my queen and guarded only by the poorly defeneded king. That, plus two rooks ready to join in mean: (1) sac the first rook to bring the queen in at f7 with check, and (2) bring the other rook to the h-file for mate.

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  kevin86: Today has all the marks of a Monday puzzle:sacrifice and quick forced mate. I guess some gremlin was switching the puzzles this week. lol

It wasalso far easier than Monday's puzzle.

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  playground player: Too bad for Black that her Knight at e7 couldn't possibly be in a worse position. The White King, by contrast, is perfectly positioned to let the Rooks slide along the back rank. The Black Knight bottles up the whole Black army. "A horse, a horse! My kingdom for a horse!"
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  beenthere240: Nino is a very common first name for women in the Republic of Georgia.
Sep-11-07  bakuazer: easy but nice puzzle, i saw immediately bc I have seen similar patterns.
Sep-11-07  yalie: dammit .. cant believe it took me so long (>2 min) to see Qxf7 after rxh7
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  patzer2: I've seen a variation of this mate in one of Reinfeld's 1001 combination books and have played it more than once in blitz, so I recognized the three-move mate pattern beginning with the decoy/deflection 27. Rh7+! immediately as the solution to today's puzzle.

Sep-11-07  WickedPawn: <MostlyAverageJoe>. Thanks a lot for your interesting analysis. It gives a nice example on how chess engines work.
Sep-11-07  pawnofdoom: I can't believe how long it took for me to see that after Rh7+ Kxh7 that Qxf7+ was possible. I was thinking along the lines of Rh7+ Kxh7 Rh1+ but that took me nowhere, as did Rh7+ Kxh7 Qh3+
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  gawain: Saw Rh7+ and the follow-up very very quickly. Still it is a pretty one.
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  maxi: It is interesting some people had the same problem I did: that after seeing the rook sac they did not see right away Qxf7. I think I know why I had a hard time seeing Qxf7. My first idea was to sac the Q in f6. After I saw that wouldn't work I tried the rook sack; but I kept thinking of following it with Qf6! That is where I wasted time. I wonder if the others that did not see Qxf7 suffered from the same hallucination.
Sep-11-07  ruzon: I think Black should have played e5 as soon as White played Bf4. Retreating to g3 would have slowed down White's ultimately winning attack, while retreating to e3 would have given Black a better chance to open up the center and equalize.
Sep-11-07  giovanygc: very easy. I needed 5 seconds on this.
Sep-11-07  PAWNTOEFOUR: rh7+ right?.......i sure hope so!
Sep-11-07  PAWNTOEFOUR: <yalie>.......i have those days,too....about three hundred of'em a year haha
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  fm avari viraf: During my Chess career, I have won some games with this kind of tactical sequence. At times, OTB, we tend to forget, so we have to be vigilant always.
Sep-11-07  lopium: I love this week : didn't get any puzzle, it's better like that.
Sep-11-07  vraja: It took some time for me to figure out the Qxf7 and impending mate after Rxh7. The crucial clue for elementary players like me would be the half open F file dominated by white queen and the dominance of H file by white rooks. Thus, these two advantages are so great that white could go for tactical manuevers to win material.

This is a lesson for me by the way :)

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