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Ilya Rabinovich vs Viktor Goglidze
Leningrad/Moscow training (1939), Leningrad/Moscow RUS, rd 6, Jan-10
Nimzo-Indian Defense: Normal Variation. Bishop Attack Classical Defense (E48)  ·  1-0

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Jun-23-20  FlashinthePan: Damn, I missed it. Instead, I saw 23. Ne7+ Kh8 (23...Nxe7, 24. Qxg8#) 24.Qh6 f6 25.Nxg6+Kg8 and 26.Nxf8 g7xh6 followed by 27.Nxe6, where White gets a rook and knight advantage.
Jun-23-20
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  al wazir: <FlashinthePan: I saw 23. Ne7+> Qxe7.
Jun-23-20
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  agb2002: White has a bishop for a knight.

Black threatens Nxg5.

White can force mate with 23.Qh6:

A) 23... Qxf5 24.Qxg7#.

B) 23... gxh6 24.Nxh6#.

C) 23... Qe5(f6) 24.Bxe5(f6) as above.

Jun-23-20  perfessor: Having been victimized once, long ago, I saw Qh6 immediately.
Jun-23-20  newzild: <Flashinthepan>

Unfortunately 23. Ne7+ runs into 23...Qxe7.

Jun-23-20  saturn2: White wins by 22. Qh6 Qe5 (Qf6 similar)24. Bxe5 and mate soon.
Jun-23-20  Brenin: How about an earlier sacrifice 19 Nxg7, e.g. 19 ... Kxg7 20 Bb2 Qe7 21 Qg3+ Kh8 22 Qf4 Kg7 23 Qg5+, or 19 ... Bxc4 20 Qxf6 Bxf1 21 Nf5 ?
Jun-23-20  Nullifidian: 23. ♕h6 is a cheeky way of overloading black's defenses. If the queen is captured, then ♘xh6 mates. If the diagonal is blocked with ♘f6 then ♕xg7 is mate. Likewise if ♙f6 is played, ♕xg7 also mates. The only way of preventing immediate mate is interposing the queen along the a1-h8 diagonal, and you might as well resign then.
Jun-23-20  malt: 23.Qh6 Qe5 (...Qf6)

(23...gh6 24.Nh6# )
(23...Nf6 24.Q:g7# )
(23...Ne5 24.Q:g7# )
(23...Q:f5 24.Q:g7# )
(23...f6 24.Q:g7# )

24.B:e5 gh6 25.Nh6#

Jun-23-20
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  Oxspawn: Either Tuesdays have got harder or I am shedding brain cells at an ever faster speed. I got stuck on 22 Nh6, which is great if black takes the knight but I could not make progress if the king simply moves into the corner. I worked on the principle that once you've got a cunning plan, you should stick with it even after it turns out to be a disaster. A bit like the USA/UK approach to COVID.
Jun-23-20  goodevans: <yiotta: Does this qualify as a help-mate?>

22...Ne4?? was certainly very, very bad but moving the other N would have been even worse.

Jun-23-20  SpamIAm: <Brenin>, in your second line after 19.Nxg7 Bxc4 20.Qxf6, 20...Bxf1? is a bit hasty. Instead 20...Qe7 seems to defend against the threats and black can now win the exchange with ...Bxf1 at his leisure.
Jun-23-20  TheaN: <23.Qh6 #2> as <23....Qe5/Qf6 24.BxQ gxh6 (else Qxg7#) 25.Nxh6#>. Pretty sure I've seen this before. Doesn't make it less flashy; it's kind of a brilliant way to attack a mating square head on, literally.
Jun-23-20
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  chrisowen: Heaven's above ne4? Couldn't make a killing
Jun-23-20  Cheapo by the Dozen: After 23 Qh6, threatening mate at g7, White's queen is poisoned because of Nxh6++.

Black can only delay mate by playing his queen to the long diagonal, but after White captures the queen, his own queen is still poisoned, for exactly the same reason as before.

Mate in 3.

Jun-23-20
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  Predrag3141: < SpamIAm: ... black can now win the exchange with ...Bxf1 at his leisure>

19 Nxg7 Bxc4 20 Qxf6 Qe7 is better than 20 … Bxf1, but 21 Qxc6 is good for White. At worst, White is down an exchange for a pawn but his bishop, knight and queen will go to work on black's dark square weaknesses over the next few moves.

Jun-23-20
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  gawain: This one is in a lot of Chessgames.com collections. Deservedly so.
Jun-23-20
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  dorsnikov: After a lot thinking I got it. But it sure wasn't easy.
Jun-23-20  FlashinthePan: Oops, yes, thanks!
Jun-23-20
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  Predrag3141: <dorsnikov: After a lot thinking I got it. But it sure wasn't easy.>

I knew this pattern from somewhere … but where? I searched sacrifice explorer to see if there are games with "Qh6, +-" and could not find any. That is to say, the games went on at least a couple more moves and the ones I spot-checked involve Black's g-pawn having moved or been captured.

Jun-23-20  ASchultz: I wouldn't have seen it quickly without this memorable game of Spassky's: G Andruet vs Spassky, 1988
Jun-23-20
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  Predrag3141: <ASchultz> Very pretty, thanks for pointing that out. I had never seen this game. The pattern is similar but I feel like I saw this exact thing. Maybe I saw this game before.

I saw a puzzle on Facebook that turned out to be the famous position where Fischer played R-KB6 against Benko to block the KB pawn, allowing his queen to checkmate from KR7 (notice I am allowing either assignment of colors). I knew the pattern, solved it, then discovered it was the same game I'd seen years before.

(And I can't find that game in chessgames.com either)

Jun-23-20
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  drollere: i was distracted for a minute by the N+ at d7 or h6 (to counter the Q check at g5), then realized that the Q just needs to creep out of check and into h6. then not even f6 can save black.
Jun-23-20  Pedro Fernandez: Nice puzzle and easier than yesterday one. Isn't it <Chris>?

23. Qh6!! Qf6 24. Bxf6 gxh6 25. Nxh6#

Jun-23-20  Pedro Fernandez: What happens is white having a double mate situation. This kind of critical position is almost always not possible to stop it.
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