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Maxim Rodshtein vs Israel Caspi
Israeli Championship (2008), Budapest HUN, rd 3, Dec-04
King's Indian Defense: Orthodox Variation. Positional Defense (E94)  ·  1-0



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Dec-07-08  notyetagm: 39 ?

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39 ♖d8-g8+! 1-0

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39 ♖d8-g8+!: the <UNDEFENDED> Black c7-rook makes the d8-square a <TACTICAL BASE> for the White g5-queen.

Dec-07-08  notyetagm: 39 ♖d8-g8+!, explained above, is a great example of one of Weteschnik's sayings:

<Look out for undefended pieces! They are likely candidates as tactical targets of a double attack.>

"Understanding Chess Tactics", page 104.

Dec-08-08  amateur05: I guess a possible continuation could be 39...Kxg8 40. Qd8+ Kg7 41. Qxc7+Kh6 42. Rf7
Dec-08-08  jinga: hmmm... I think the most people will prefer this continuation: 39...Kxg8 40. Qd8+ Kg7 41. Qf8 mate
Dec-08-08  jeeky1996: <Amateur05> A shorter continuation would be 39...Kxg8 40.Qd8+ Kg7 41.Qf8#
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  Fusilli: This is not a king'd indian attack, but a king's indian defence. Very aggressive player, this Caspi guy. In the end, he was shooting blanks and his king ended up totally exposed... Good job by Rodshstein, keeping his mind cool and pouncing back on time.
Dec-16-08  notyetagm: 39 ?

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39 ♖d8-g8+! 1-0

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<jeeky1996: <Amateur05> A shorter continuation would be 39...Kxg8 40.Qd8+ Kg7 41.Qf8#>

Wow, I *totally* overlooked this mating continuation.

So Rodshtein's brilliant 39 ♖d8-g8+! is actually a <CLEARANCE> shot to allow 40 ♕g5-d8+, mating! Thus 39 ♖d8-g8+! is actually the beginning of a forced <MATE IN 3>.

(CONT) 39 ... ♔g7x♖g8 40 ♕g5-d8+ ♔g8-g7 41 ♕d8-f8#

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Dec-16-08  notyetagm: 39 ?

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39 ♖d8-g8+!! 1-0

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I really, really like Rodshtein's 39 ♖d8-g8+!!. I *know* that it is a <CHECK>, but it is the type of seemingly harmless, non-safe <CHECK> that is easily overlooked when there is no one standing over your shoulder saying, "Psst, you have a forced mate in 3".

Not only is 39 ♖d8-g8+!! <SQUARE CLEARANCE>, vacating the d8-square for the White g5-queen to come to d8 with a <GAIN OF TIME>, but it is also a <DECOY FOR TEMPO>, dragging the Black g7-king to the g8-square to allow the White g5-queen to come into contact with the <LOOSE> f8-square next to the Black g8-king with a gain of time after 39 ... ♔g7x♖g8 40 ♕g5-d8+.

39 ... ♔g7x♖g8 40 ♕g5-d8+

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Dec-16-08  notyetagm: For more examples of Rodshtein's stellar tactical skill, check out this brilliant IQP win from the 2008 Aeroflot Open: M Rodshtein vs T Kotanjian, 2008.

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