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Milenko Sibarevic vs Mircea Pavlov
Pernik (1988), Pernik BUL
Sicilian Defense: Old Sicilian. General (B30)  ·  1-0



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Sep-20-10  zev22407: A fine queen "sac"
Sep-22-21  Brenin: It took a while to see the second move of this combination, but clearly the R on h1 has to be brought into the game somehow, so 20 Qxg6 hxg6 21 h5 Rxf7 22 hxg6+ Kg8 23 gxf7+ Kf8 24 e6+ winning the Q, and White is a R ahead.
Sep-22-21  Brenin: Black would have had a reasonable position after 19 ... Bc5 20 Rf1 Rac8, with the plan of Rc6 and Rh6.
Sep-22-21  et voila: The black king couldn't have been more besieged and the queen sac wasn't only finesse but also de rigueur.
Sep-22-21  mel gibson: I got that but didn't see the entire continuation.

Stockfish 14 agrees with the text and says:

20. Qxg6

(20. Qxg6 (♕h5xg6 h7xg6 h4-h5 ♖f8xf7 h5xg6+ ♔h8-g8 g6xf7+ ♔g8-f8 ♘g5-e6+ ♔f8xf7 ♘e6xd4 ♖a8-e8 ♖h1-h5 b7-b6 ♔g1-f1 ♖e8-e4 ♖a1-d1 a7-a5 ♖h5-f5+ ♔f7-g6 ♖f5-f3 ♗b4-c5 ♘d4-e2 ♔g6-h7 ♖d1-d7 ♖e4-e7 ♖f3-h3+ ♔h7-g6 ♖d7-d3 ♔g6-f7 ♘e2-c3 a5-a4 ♘c3-d5 ♖e7-e4 ♖h3-f3+ ♔f7-g8 ♘d5-f4 g7-g5 ♖d3-d8+ ♗c5-f8) +8.66/35 287)

score for White +8.66 depth 35.

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  agb2002: White has a bishop, a knight and a pawn for the bishop pair.

Black threatens Bxh5 and Bxf7.

The rook on h1 x-rays the black king. This suggests 20.Qxg6 hxg6 21.h5:

A) 21... Rxf7 22.hxg6+ Kg8 23.gxf7+ Kf8 24.Ne6+ Kxf7 25.Nxd4 + - [R+N+P vs b].

B) 21... gxh5 22.Rxh5#.

C) 21... Qxf2+ 22.Kxf2 Rxf7+ 23.Nxf7+ Kg8 24.hxg6 Kf8 25.Rh8+ Ke7 26.Rxa8 is a massacre.


The alternative 20.Rd1 loses the advantage after 20... Qxf2+ (recovers the pawn; 20... Qxb2 21.Bxg6 Qxf2+ 22.Kh1 Qf4+ 23.g3 Qf2+ 24.Kh3 looks winning) 21.Kxf2 Bxh5 22.Rd7 Bxf7 23.Rxf7 Rxf7 24.Nxf7+ Kg8.

Sep-22-21  TheBish: White to play (20.?) "Medium/Easy"

White wins material with 20. Qxg6! hxg6 21. h5 Rxf7 (forced to stop the mate threat of hxg6) 22. hxg6+ Kg8 23. gxf7+ Kf8 24. Ne6+ Kxf7 25. Nxd4 and White is up a rook.

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  raymondhow: Figured it had to be a queen sac, but at first 21.h5 looked so slow. Took me some time to see clear to the knight fork. Nice Wednesday puzzle!
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  Teyss: Amazing combination but considering it's a puzzle there is nothing else to play since if the f7 B moves, 20...Qxf2+ 21.Kh2 Bd6+ 22.Kh3 Qg3#. Would never have found it OTB.

The fact I contemplated 20.Ne6? losing before seeing the right continuation helped to find the final move, because I was also tempted by 23.Nxf7? threatening Rh8# but after 23...Kf8 White just has 24.Rh8+ Ke7 25.Rxa8 with approximate equality.
Lesson: after you discard a bad move keep it in the fridge, might be useful later.

Sep-22-21  Lambda: Didn't see the fork at the end, was happy winning with 24. Rh8+ instead, emerging with two rooks and a knight against the queen once the bishop has to give itself for the f-pawn.
Sep-22-21  TheaN: <20.Qxg6 hxg6 21.h5> is kind of the only shot White has here. It works because all defenses of Black come just a move too late. 21....Qxf2+ 22.Kxf2 gives Black some tempos but doesn't help him.

Best is <21....Rxf7 22.hxg6+ Kg8 23.gxf7+ Kf8> and now both <24.Rh8+ +-> and <24.Ne6+> win.

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  chrisowen: Occult grand no qg6 ie no?
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  chrisowen: Continue jah aka queen first a g6 no?
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  chrisowen: O it was extra D g no? :)
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  raymondhow: Can anyone explain the <chrisowen> code/ language?
Sep-22-21  offramp: <raymondhow: Can anyone explain the <chrisowen> code/ language?>

For many years his rubbish has been blocked by me.

I suggest that User: raymondhow should add that twit Owen onto your blocked list.

You'll be a LOT happier if you never see any of Owen's posts again.

Sep-22-21  KevinDenelsbeck: Very nice combination!
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  raymondhow: < You'll be a LOT happier if you never see any of Owen's posts again. > His posts don't really bother me, I was just curious why he talks that way. Are there people here who understand his code?
Sep-22-21  Chris Bennington: This strikes me as a harder than usual Wednesday puzzle. And I agree with Teyss that I would NEVER have seen this OTB. It also didn't strike me until I played through the solution that all of the Black moves are forced until the knight fork. That, of course, is why someone probably ranked it as a Wednesday puzzle.
Sep-22-21  billbarstool: Missed it completely. I think chess is magic sometimes!
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  fredthebear: Thanks for the tip <offramp>. After looking at some of his past posts, that was a fair statement.

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