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Mark Huizer vs James S Macrae
Hastings (2007/08), Hastings ENG, rd 2, Dec-29
English Opening: Symmetrical Variation. Hedgehog Defense (A30)  ·  1-0



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Feb-13-17  saturn2: Bf7 clears the way for the queen to mate on h7
Feb-13-17  YouRang: Easy Monday 43.?

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Our Bg6 is nice bishop and all that, but at the moment it's actually in the way of Qh7#.

So, we would like a forcing move to get it out of the way, and the most obvious try is <43.Bf7+>

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Now Qh7# is not only threatened, but inevitable.

Feb-13-17  tjshann: Bf7. Whether Black takes with the Knight or moves the King to g7, white's Queen mates next move
Feb-13-17  diagonalley: black's position is simply abominable!... had to play through the game to see how on earth he managed to get there!!
Feb-13-17  lost in space: Had a lot of fun making the usual Monday-Queen sac working:

43. Qxd8 Raxd8 44. Bf7+ Kg7 45. Bb2+ Rd4 46. Bxd4+ Qf6 47. Rxf6 Bc5 48. Rg5+ Kf8 49. Rg8+ Ke7 50. Rxe8+ Kd7 51. bxc5 bxc5 52. Be5 a5 53. Rd6#

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Unfortunately 43. Qxd8 loses after 43...Qg6

What a pity

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  ChessHigherCat: I think white could have won a lot sooner with 25 h3! If Qxg3 26 Nf5 Qxf4 27. Rf1 etc. If 25...Qg6 26. f5! If 25. ...Qh5 26. g4 Qh3/h5 27. Nf5!
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: An amusing thought--43.Bxe8 might have won a move sooner, for surely Black would have resigned on the spot!
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  agb2002: White has the bishop pair and two pawn for a bishop and a knight.

The bishop and g6 blocks the path of the queen to h7. Hence, 43.Bf7+ and 44.Qh7#.

Two moves longer is 43.Bh7+ Kh8 (43... Kg7 44.Qd4+ Re5 45.Qxe5+ Qf6 46.Qxf6#) 44.Bg8+ Qh6 (44... Bh6 45.Qh7#) 45.Rxh6+ and 46.Qh7#.

Much longer is 43.Qxd8. For example, 43... Rexd8 44.Bf7+ Kg7 45.Bb2+ Qf6 46.Rxf6 wins a piece at least, or 43... Qxg6 44.Qd5+ Qe6 45.Bb2 Bg7 (45... Qxd5 46.Rh8#) 46.Rg5 Qxd5 47.Rxg7+ Kh8 48.Rg5+ Re5 49.Rxe5 Qa2 50.Rh5+ Kg8 51.Rh8#.

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  patzer2: For a Black improvement, I'd replace the awkward 14...Bc6?! which allows 15. a3 (+0.48 @ 20 depth, Deep Fritz 15.)

Instead, I prefer 14...a6 when play might continue 15. a3 Nc6 16. Qc2 h6 = (0.17 @ 20 depth, Deep Fritz 15).

The losing move appears to be 17...d5? allowing 18. cxd5 (+1.66 @ 21 depth, Deep Fritz 15).

Instead, 17...Nb8 18. Rac1 (0.39 @ 21 depth, Deep Fritz 15) gives Black a much better fighting chance.

Feb-13-17  morfishine: Clearance Sale


Feb-13-17  zb2cr: Too many choices! I was examining 42. Rxf8+, 42. Rh8+, 42. Bxe8, before finally deciding that 42. Bf7+ was the intended end.
Feb-13-17  whiteshark: It's only <Monday> and a 3rd class player picks just the 3rd best move...

<43.Bxe8> :(

Feb-13-17  stst: B-sac:
43.Bf7+ NxB

Other ways are considerably longer.

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  Once: Of course, after 43...Kg7, we could play 44. Qh7#.

But don't you think that 44. Rh7# is prettier?

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  mjmorri: Amazing how quickly the Black King's pawn shield disappeared. I do not recall seeing such a denuded king before with so many pieces still left on the board.
Feb-13-17  AlicesKnight: Saw it - too slowly for comfort.
Feb-13-17  Mrs Butterworth: I saw

43. Bf7+!, Nxf7

(or ...Kg7)

44. Qh7#

White has a big advantage, so pretty much any reasonable move wins, but that looks like the quickest line.

Feb-13-17  NightKnight: "An Englishman: Good Evening: An amusing thought--43.Bxe8 might have won a move sooner, for surely Black would have resigned on the spot!"

This is the kind of dilemma I`ve faced all too often...

Feb-13-17  King.Arthur.Brazil: Just to say "I'm alive". Bf7+ Nxf7 Qh7#, but I prefer Bf7+ Kg7 Rh7#. Guess some didn't see this mate.
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  benveniste: It's Monday, so I found a way to offer a Queen sac that wins. So there.

43. ♗e4 ♕xe4
44. ♖g5+ ♗g7
45. ♗b2 ...

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