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Giorgi Bagaturov vs Verter Cugini
Bratto Open-A (2007), Bratto ITA, rd 4, Aug-26
Pirc Defense: Austrian Attack. Weiss Variation (B09)  ·  1-0



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  doubledrooks: 28. Qxg7+ Qxg7 29. Re8+ leads to a winning position for white.

For example, 29...Qf8 30. Nf7+ Kg8 31. Rxf8+ Rxf8 32. Nxd6 Rf6 33. Nb7 and 34. Nc5

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  LIFE Master AJ: <<<Once> "Memo to staff:> the self destruct button will be tested on Monday morning at 10 o'clock.">

OMG, I almost peed my pants laughing!!! (I literally could not stay in my chair.)

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  LIFE Master AJ: <Once> OK, we are grading you now. (I'm a writer too.)

Today, you "only" get a 10. (Better luck tomorrow.)

The scale is one-to-ten, with a one being the lowest and ten approaching perfection ... if you had to ask.

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  LIFE Master AJ: <<Once> "This was a situation when pressing the BRB was a good idea - provided that you avoided the tempting 29. Rxg7? Rxh6.">

Good chess point.

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  kevin86: The mating combination is a hybrid of a back row mate and an Arabian mate.

28 ♕xg7+ ♕xg7 29 ♖e8+ but ♕f8 stops the mate... Where do we go?

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  kevin86: I found something... After

28 ♕xg7+ ♕xg7 29 ♖e8+ ♕f8! 30 ♘f7+ ♔g7 31 ♖xf8 ♖xf8 32 ♘xd6 leaves white a piece ahead.

May-03-11  Ghuzultyy: 28.Qxg7+! Qxg7

Position after 28...Qxg7;

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There are two moves to be considered;


The most natural move seems like 29...Kxg7 but it loses quickly after 30.Nxf5+!

Best response 29...Rxh6! still loses but it definitely makes things hard for white.


29...Rxe8 30.Rxe8+ Qf8 31.Rxf8+ Kg7 32.Nxf5 is the worst line for black.

29...Qf8 is the variation that makes this a tuesday puzzle.

29...Qf8 30.Nf7+! and white wins after 31.Rxf8 and 32.Nxd6

May-03-11  newton296: I found Qxg7 Qxg7 Rxg7 Kxg7 Nf5+ picking of a rook and pawn for a knight. good enough for a win. thought this was pretty easy. found it in about 1 minute.


May-03-11  YouRang: Very nice. It took me a moment to notice that the N fork worked after <28.Qxg7 Qxg7 29.Re8+ Qf8>.

White, not having to take the queen right away, has 30.Nf7+! allowing white to get the rook back and go into the endgame being up a full piece.

May-03-11  chesskidnate: <newton> 29... Rxh6 is better, you need to find 29.Re8+! Qf8 30.Nf7+!
May-03-11  cyclon: I'd say 28.Qxg7+ Qxg7 29.Rxg7 (also 29.Re8+ Qf8 [-Rxe8 30.Rxe8+ Qf8 31.Rxf8+ Kg7 32.Nxf5+ wins a piece as well] 30.Nf7+ Kg7 31.Rxf8 wins also a piece) -Kxg7 30.Nxf5+ followed by 31.Nxd6 wins a piece.
May-03-11  cyclon: I got wrong mainline! (as if surprised, heh!) 29.Rxg7? doesn't win a piece (no check), because Black plays 29. -Rxh6.
May-03-11  cyclon: There might be also a "Donald Duck- effect" involved. After trying to solve "difficults" and "insanes" ones brains are so in "knot", that just barely can solve the "very easy" next day. But, as one quite strong player once said, he has "never won a healthy player" (implying explanations). Anyway, also on "easy"-level one HAS to concentrate in Chess.
May-03-11  SamAtoms1980: The in-game sequence was the first thing I saw, but I got stuck after 29....Qf8: it turns out that after 30.Nf7+ Kg7 31.Rxf8, Black can't recover his piece since both his Rooks are attacked.

At the board, Cugini wouldn't have put me to the test. It's a reminder of those wacky tall tales about Russian "grandmasters" who resign after 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 because of the "inevitable" mating combination at move 35.

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  agb2002: The material is even.

Black threatens 28... fxg4 and 28... Rxh6.

White can further weaken Black's back rank with 28.Qxg7+, diverting the black queen, 28... Qxg7 29.Re8+ (29.Rxg7 Rxg7, not 29... Kxg7 30.Nxf5+ and 31.Nxd6 + -):

A) 29... Rxe8 30.Rxe8+ Qf8 (30... Qg8 31.Rxg8#) 31.Rxf8+ Kg7 32.Nxf5+ Kxf8 33.Nxd6 + -.

B) 29... Qf8 30.Nf7+ Kg7(8) 31.Rxf8 K(R)xf8 (31... Rdd8 32.Rxd8 + -) 32.Nxd6 + -.

C) 29... Qg8 30.Rxg8+ Rxg8 31.Nf7+ Kg7 32.Nxd6 + -.

May-03-11  uscfratingmybyear: If you liked Life Master AJ's comments here be sure to scope out his great work on the Nakamura Goldsby page with exciting takes on suicide instructions, race baiting, slander techniques, and grandstanding.
May-03-11  DarthStapler: Got it
May-03-11  David2009: G Bagaturov vs V Cugini, 2007 White 28?

The immediate 28 Nf7+? fails to 28...Qxf7! 29 Rxf7 fxg4. Instead 28 Qxg7+ Qxg7 29 Re8+ Qf1 30 Nf7+ Kg7 31 Rxf8 Kxf8 32 Nxd6 and White is a N ahead. Alternatively 29...Rxe8 30 Rxe8+ Qf1 31 Rxf8+ Kg2 32 Nxf5+ Kxf8 33 Nxd6 and White is a N and P ahead. Time to check:
Yes. As expected, many others got there first.

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  ajk68: Black is in trouble by at least move 20!
My guess is that black needed to move the rook d7 instead of the knight to g7 (on move 19). He ends up losing two tempos and allows the knight to h6.
May-03-11  MountainMatt: Quickly found 28. Qxg7+ but missed the Re8+ continuation. A half-tough Tuesday!
May-03-11  WhiteRook48: 28 Qxg7+ Qxg7 29 Re8+!!
(29 Rxg7? Rxh6) 29...Rxe8 30 Rxe8+ Qf8 31 Rxf8+ Kg7 32 Nxf5+
May-03-11  jheiner: Late to the party today, but I did not get this last night. I missed the kibitzing and came back to it today and it looks like I have good company.

I had the line: 28.Qxg7+ Qxg7 29.Re8+ Qf8 30.Nf7+ Kg7 (if 30.Rxf8?? Rxf8 ) 31.Rxf8 Rxf8 31.Nxd6

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and now I thought the Nd6 was sunk, but it has an escape square on b7.

If the f5 P had been protected, then 31...Kxf8 32.Nxd6 Rb8 would have gained tempos on the trapped Nd6!

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but alas...too deep for a Tuesday...or perhaps just for me.

May-03-11  MaczynskiPratten: Really rather tricky for a Tuesday. I think you need to have found all 3 alternative lines after 29 Re8+ (i.e. Qf8, Qg8 and Rxe8 30 Rxe8+ Qf8), with their different continuations (almost problem-like), to be able to claim you got it fully (not to mention the tempting 29 Rxg7 Rxh6! line). I nearly thought this was a spoiler at one point.
May-03-11  stst: looks easy, not quite...don't find immediate kill.
28.QxN+ QxQ
29.Re8+ RxR
30.RxR+ Qf8 (if Qg8, 31.RxQ mate)
31.Nf7+ Kg8
32.NxR and Bk's Q is pinned
If QxR,
33.NxQ and Bk is left with pawns only.
May-03-11  naruto00122: It is not good idea to have the king in the corner!

Here, I found another example of a puzzle of a king in the corner:

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