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Dusan Bojovic vs Mila Zarkovic
21st Belgrade Trophy (2008), Belgrade SRB, rd 2, Nov-28
Sicilian Defense: Scheveningen Variation. Keres Attack (B81)  ·  1-0



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  FSR: Doesn't get much easier than this.
May-22-18  saturn2: <al wazirafter 24...Re8, white has nothing better than 25. Qf3> 25 QxRe8+
May-22-18  BxChess: If Black had played 24...Qg6, White has 25. Qe5 Nd3+ 26. cxd3 Qd6+ 27. Kb1 Qb7 28. Ne7+ winning the queen and with a raging attack.
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  agb2002: White has two pawns for a rook.

Black's threat Qxe2 is not real due to Nb6#.

This suggests 25.Qxe6:

A) 25... Bxe6 26.Nb6#.

B) 25... Nxe6 26.Nb6#.

C) 25... Re8 26.Qb6 and mate soon.

D) 25... Kb7 26.Qb6+ and mate next.

E) 25... Na4 26.Qxa6#.

May-22-18  paavoh: <The black ♕ has no place to hide, but after 24...Re8, white has nothing better than 25. Qf3 Qe6.>

And even then, 26.Nb6+ Qxb6? 27.Qa8+ Qb8 28.Qxb8# or 26.- Kd8 27.Nxd7 Nxd7 28.Rd1 looks more than winning.

May-22-18  jith1207: Easiest Tuesday puzzle ever seen. Even easier than regular Mondays.
May-22-18  stacase: White's Queen defends against 25.Nb6# so 25.Qxe6 and Black can't stop 26.Nb6# or go a Queen down. You have to see that lo and behold, White has a second Bishop in on the party when the Knight moves. I am reminded of some stirring words:

Meanwhile, impatient to mount and ride,
Booted and spurred, with a heavy stride
On the opposite shore walked Paul Revere.
Now he patted his horse's side,
Now gazed at the landscape far and near,
Then, impetuous, stamped the earth,
And turned and tightened his saddle girth;
But mostly he watched with eager search
The belfry-tower of the Old North Church,
As it rose above the graves on the hill,
Lonely and spectral and sombre and still.
And lo! as he looks, on the belfry's height
A glimmer, and then a gleam of light!
He springs to the saddle, the bridle he turns,
But lingers and gazes, till full on his sight
A second lamp in the belfry burns!

May-22-18  AlicesKnight: White captures Qxe6 and either recapture allows a N mate on b6. Something always attractive about those minor piece mating nets.
May-22-18  et1: Black was 12 years old when she played this game !
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  Knightf7mate: Working backwards, at ...21 try Bd6 and black should be ok. After e6 everything seems forced. it feels like a rockslide to see all the pawn exchanges then suddenly white's bishops line up on the two diagonals and then it's all over for black!
May-22-18  mel gibson: Very easy.
I saw it in 2 seconds.
May-22-18  diagonalley: easy(?) ... well yes, extraordinarily easy once you spot it... until then, not quite so easy
May-22-18  diagonalley: <stacase> ... ah, i get it... bats in the belfry
May-22-18  malt: 25.Q:e6 Re8
(25...N:e6 26.Nb6# )
(25...B:e6 26.Nb6# )
(25...Kb7 26.Qb6+ and Nc7# )

26.Qb6 wins
Nice Tuesday puzzle

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  takchess: Happy Tuesday! and another one to add to my Knight and Bishop Checkmate collection.
May-22-18  schachfuchs: I couldn't believe and cross-checked 25.Qxe6 & eventually 26.Nb6# multiple times - too easy! Maybe 21...e5 22. ? would make up a much more interesting puzzle!?
May-22-18  mel gibson: 2 bishops side by side controlling both the black & white squares are very powerful.
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  Richard Taylor: Nice mate. Good game.
May-22-18  starry2013: First I saw that black was about to capture my queen.

The next thought was it's normally a check to gain control of the situation. However it turns out that doesn't work here. The knight check looks dangerous with the bishops but the queen can just take. And that also puts the black queen into position where it can defend around the king. So look down that line and it will not take 2 seconds to solve.

So the black queen is the problem, simply take it then. Turns out that once you've done that the knight check is then a deadly checkmate. The king cannot move to safety and the bishop can't move as it's pinned to the king. So it's hopeless for black.

May-22-18  lzromeu: Very easy, very simple, so simple that I blundered it. Looking for something more complex, I missed the obvious one
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  Penguincw: < Breunor: I think the puzzle would be hard if it started at move 22 or 23. >

A lot of times there are multiple POTD candidates within one game. 25.? here is a Tuesday puzzle. But if you went back to move 22 or 23, you got maybe a Friday puzzle now.

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  Inedit2: 18 years old vs 12 years old !
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  Peligroso Patzer: It seems that 24...Qc6 would have been a better practical defensive try (than 24. ... Qe6, the move actually played by Zarkovic that gave rise to the position given as today‚Äôs puzzle).

In that case, White still wins easily, but only because after 25.Ne7+ Bxe7 26.Bxc6 Bxc6 27.Qxe7, Black has no time to take the rook hanging on h1 because of the Mate threat on c7 (which enables White to take another piece whilst keeping his rook).

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  FSR: <Inedit2> The War of 18-12!
May-22-18  morfishine: Once one visualizes how the White Bishops have the Black King totally hemmed in by controlling the h1-a8 & h2-b8 diagonals, then look for a way to check the immobile Black King...ahh yes, our White Knight can deliver a fatal check on <b6> but the Black Queen dutifully covers that square, so simply <25.Qxe6>

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