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Hebert Perez Garcia vs Peter Gelpke
Den Haag open (1983), ?
Indian Game: Polish Variation (A46)  ·  1-0

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Apr-29-13  Patriot: 23.Nxe6+ fxe6 24.Qxc7
Apr-29-13
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  agb2002: White has a knight for a rook.

Black is about to protect the weak spot e6.

The pawn on f7 is overworked: it prevents the royal fork Ne6+ and the capture Qxc7. This leads to play 23.Nxe6+ fxe6 (23... Ke7 24.Nxc7, etc.) 24.Qxb7 Be4 25.Rf1+ winning.

Apr-29-13  mike1: got Nxe6 but think that 23.Rf1 is killing too.
Apr-29-13  Moonwalker: Slightly unusual for a Monday. Anyway, after a while contemplating queen moves, it looks like 23.Nxe6 is the key.

The knight cannot be taken under penalty of mate via: 23…fxe6 24.Rf1+. From here black can only delay the mate. Longest sequence I could find was: 24…Bf3 25.Rxf3+ Ke8 26.Bg6+ Qf7 27.Qxf7#

After 23.Nxe6, black’s “best” is Ke7 24.Nxc7. The only other legal move speeds up the devastation after 23…Ke8 24.Nxc7+ followed by 25.Nxa8.

24.Qxc7 is totally winning, I think, but 24.Rf1+ is superior because it is a forced mate. Unless I missed something!

Apr-29-13  Abdel Irada: <<•> Fins of pork? <•>>

Today's puzzle brings us a hybrid tactic: neither purely a pin nor wholly a fork, but a blend of both. It is, to be precise, a fork that depends for its effect on a pin.

<<•> 23. Nxe6† >

This wins a queen. Either black moves the king and the queen falls to the knight, or he takes the knight, and the queen falls to her counterpart.

Apr-29-13  goodevans: 19.Rxf6 was a nice shot. I think black's last chance to survive was 19...g6.
Apr-29-13  Abdel Irada: White made a convincing demonstration of what's wrong with the Polish Defense, but stood only a little better until Black went into the minefield with 16. ...O-O?!

It seems to me that Black might have done better to castle queenside (where the closed pawn formation makes an attack on his king more difficult to execute). His position remains passive, and the pawn on b4 looks a bit pointless, but I suspect that if he'd seen ahead far enough to realize how much of an attack he was about to come under on the kingside, he would have preferred to take his chances on the other wing.

Apr-29-13
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  whiteshark: <23.Nxe6+>, and that's it!
Apr-29-13  Abdel Irada: <goodevans: 19.Rxf6 was a nice shot. I think black's last chance to survive was 19...g6.>

I'd hesitate to call playing on a piece down "surviving." If you have to make such a concession to stave off worse exactions, then you are already lost.

Of course, White was playing for exactly such a shot, and by castling short, Black merely played into his hand.

Apr-29-13  zb2cr: No Queen sacrifice on Monday! How exciting! 23. Nxe6+ wins Black's Queen--if not from the fork, then if 23. ... fxe6; 24. Qxc7. At this point, White has Q+P vs. R, and may be able to force mate in 10 moves or so.
Apr-29-13  eblunt: I just saw 23 Rf1 :- with so many threats that black can't answer them, not least 24 Rxf7+, as well as 24 Ne6 and mate to follow.
Apr-29-13
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  keypusher: Very tricky, expecting us to win the enemy queen rather than sacrifice our own on a Monday.
Apr-29-13  snakebyt: Nxe6+ gets the Quuueeen!
Apr-29-13  MountainMatt: Well, I don't see an immediate mate, but I do see 23. Nxe6+!, winning the queen. Good enough for me.
Apr-29-13
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  kevin86: it's Monday-so I look for the queen sac and mate.

No mate,a twist of Monday! Today,we WIN the queen!

Nxe6 family check,PxN, the queen is exposed and can be taken by white's lady.

Apr-29-13
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  FSR: The family fork 23.Nxe6+, skewering the queen after Black recaptures, wins.
Apr-29-13
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  kevin86: How about a twist on the twist:

If Nxe6+ fxe6 Rf1+ forces a quick mate.

If the pawn doesn't take,then NxQ+ and wins the rook also!

Black can choose to be mated or chopped apart!

Apr-29-13  stacase: The Pawn that guards against the King Queen fork is pinned! Ha ha ha ha ha!
Apr-29-13  Nick46: Hooray, I got this one.
Apr-29-13  poachedeggs: Yes...rather than 24.Qxc7 after 23...Pxe6, 24.Rf1+ is what I saw as the greater threat...
Apr-29-13  MostlyWatch: I think black's best move after 23. Nxe6 is Ke7. White takes the queen, but then black has 24 ... e4. It's not a winner but it looks witty. The obvious response is 25 Rf1, and black should play 25 ... Rf8 to break the mate. This lets white pick off the corner rook with impunity, but that rook is just sitting in reserve anyway and that puts the white knight into the same condition in the same spot. However, I think it's just a mirage. I couldn't find any real hope for black here.
Apr-29-13  andyatchess: Got it :)
Apr-29-13  bachbeet: Saw the triple fork and black loses the Q.
Apr-29-13  Alex56171: 19.Rxf6 was the starting point. Great move!
Apr-29-13  ughaibu: This kind of thing must be a real problem for Goldsby, with his fully booked ignore list.
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