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Ivan Sokolov vs Tom Middelburg
Dutch Club Championship (2009), ?, rd 7, Mar-28
Slav Defense: Czech Variation. Bled Attack (D17)  ·  1-0



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Apr-21-09  YouRang: 32.Qxh5+ was easy to spot due to the nice Arabian-style mate awaiting black if 32...gxh5 (either 33.Rh6# or 33.Rg7#).

So, black's only choice is 32...Kg8, which had me furrowing my brow for a moment, but then I noticed that my LSB hiding on a2 made it easy: 33.Rgxg6+ Nxg6 34.Rxg6+ Kf8 35.Qxh8#.

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  patzer2: <notyetagm> Thanks for the Spielman quote. I also like the Bobby Fischer quote "Tactics flow from a superior position."
Apr-21-09  jackpawn: Well, I got both puzzles this week in less than a second, not that it's such a great achivement.

I agree with others that the greater skill is to create such positions in the first place. Seems like I never get such positions unless I'm playing someone several classes below me.

Apr-21-09  PinnedPiece: Personal Goal for Tuesday Puzzles: 2 Min.

Saw a number of possible rook moves in the first 30 seconds, ten looked at the queen and saw that Qxh5+ could not prevent a mate from said rooks.

verified this and by 45 seconds had decided that was my move.

Result: Success. Life average on Tuesdays: about 40% (in time constraints)

<jackpawn: Well, I got both puzzles this week in less than a second, not that it's such a great achivement. I agree with others that the greater skill is to create such positions in the first place>

Unbelievable talent! I can't even find all the major pieces in less than a second, much less determine where they can move!

I can see I have a long way to go.


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  beenthere240: 12. g4 is a gutsy move since it clearly loses a pawn. As beginners we learn to count defenders and thre are 3 black defenders of the g4 square, so it just looks like bad move. However just 3 moves later, black is struggling as a huge attack is beginning to develop. I especially like how f3 and e5 kick the black Knight out of its offensive spot on g4 back to d7.
Apr-21-09  Marmot PFL: <beenthere240> 12 g4 seems justified as 11...h5?! is a provocative move when black has already castled kingside and white has not.
Apr-21-09  SBB: Lol, is it bad that I chose Rg7# instead of Rh6#? Nasty combo man.
Apr-21-09  notyetagm: 32 ?

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As a USCF 1832, I cannot for the life of me imagine getting a position like this with White against a 2388.

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  JointheArmy: <notyetagm> You are 1832 USCF now? Congratulations. I remember when you were still 1200 ICC or something.
Apr-21-09  notyetagm: <JointheArmy: <notyetagm> You are 1832 USCF now? Congratulations. I remember when you were still 1200 ICC or something.>

Thanks. Yes, I have made Class A.

But beating Experts and Masters is a *lot* harder than I thought it would be. :-)

Apr-21-09  DarthStapler: Got it
Apr-21-09  muralman: Yes, with all the hard work done to set up this little teaser makes the going look smart. I am 2 for 2 and the easy ones are the ones that buck me. This one took less time than yesterday's.
Apr-21-09  xrt999: < Alphastar: Surely 6. ..e6 cannot be good?>

I agree...what a strange looking move which doubles black's pawns. On the other hand, what would be the point after 5...Bf5 and 6.Nh4? It is obviously black's intention to play the strange looking 6...e6.

On the other hand, after 17.0-0-0, black is still up the pawn. Black has given up some king safety for a slight material advantage, although I dont think 11...h5 is really consistent with this position.

Here is an identical game position at move 11, with a kingside attack, as opposed to Middleburg's queenside version: R Flores-Alvarez vs Letelier, 1936

Apr-21-09  Sicilian Dragon: Saw Qxh5 instantly :-D
Apr-21-09  lightbishop c5e6: Pretty easy, once I saw the perfect Rooks 32. Qxh5! was almost too obvious.
Apr-21-09  WhiteRook48: I knew it!!
Apr-21-09  scarfac3: <Dr. J: Right elements, wrong order:

32 Rgxg6 ? fxg6? (...Qxf5 wins)
33 Rxg6? .......... (Qxh5 mates next)
33 ......... Nxg6? (...Qxf5 or ...Kxg6 wins. Better yet: ...Rc8+)

34 Qh5#>

Thanks for the correction Dr. J!!

Apr-21-09  Eduardo Leon: I looked at it for a few seconds and came up with this, without thinking too much:

32. Qxh5+!

Of course, if 32. ... gxh5, then 33. Rg7#.

32. ... Kg8 33. R(any)xg6+ Nxg6 34. Qxg6+ Kf8 35. Qg7+ Ke8 36. Qxh8#

Other posters, whose calculating ability is indeed greater than mine, have found a line that mates one move earlier: 34. Rxg6+ Kf8 35. Qxh8#.

Apr-21-09  YoungEd: 2/2! Don't worry, though; I'll botch tomorrow.
Apr-21-09  Eduardo Leon: <YoungEd>, don't be so pessimistic!
Apr-21-09  Nathan Nathaniel: Hey, even I got this one, so it must be easy. (I'm just an unrated coffee house player.)
Apr-21-09  Arbiter58: Another easy one. 32 Qxh5+.

Two lines

a) 32..gxh5 33 Rh6 #
b) 32..Kg8 33 Rcxg6+ Nxg6 34 Rxg6+ Kf8 35 Qxh8#

Apr-21-09  butilikefur: After 30...Kg8 31. Rxg6+ Nxg6 32. Rxg6+ Kf8 33. Qb4+ Ke8 34. Ng2+ Kd7 35. Rd6+ Black can resign but a more interesting line is:

34. Bxf7+ Kxf7 (34...Kd7 35. Qd6+ Kc8 36. Be6+ Kb7 [36...Bd7 37. Ne7+ Kb7 38. Bd5+ mate] 37. Rg2+ Ka6 38. Bc4+ Ka5 39. Qb5+ Kxa4 40. Qa3+ mate)

35. Rg7+ Ke6 (35...Ke8 36. R37+ Kf8 37. Rh7+ Ke8 38. Rxh8+ Ke7 39. Qd6+ wins)

36. Nd4+ Kd5 37. Nc6 a6 (I didn't expect Nc6 too last but I couldn't find a stronger idea than denying the Queen the b5 square, Black's pieces are simply not well coordinated - 37...Rc8 38. Qb5+ Ke4 39. Qe2+ Kxf4 [39...Kd5 40. Qd3+ Kxc6 41. Qb5+ mate] 40. Rf7+ Kg5 41. Qg2+ Kh6 42. Qg7+ mate)

38. Rg6 Nc4 39. b3 (39. Qc3 Nd6 [39...Qb6 40. Qd3+ Kc5 41. Qd4+ mate] 40. Nb4+ Ke4 41. Qd3+ Kxf4 42. Nd5+ Kxe5 43. Nc3 is still probably winning for White with the threat of Qd5+ Kf4 Ne2+ Ke3 Rg3+ Kf2 Qg2+ Ke1 Qg1+ Kxe2 Re3+ mate - There may be a reasonable 43rd move for Black but I can't find it)

39...Ke4 40. Qxc4+ Ke3 41. Rg3+ (41. Qc3+ Ke4 [41...Kf2 42. Qg3+ Ke2 <42...Kf1 43. Qf3+> 43. Qg2+ Ke3 <43...Ke1 44. Qe4+ Kf2 45. Rg2+> 44. Rg3+ Kxf4 45. Qf3+ mate] 42. Qe1+ Kf5 43. Rf6+ Qxf6 [43...Kg4 44. Qg1+ Kh4 45. Rg6 should be mate] 44. Nd4+ Kxf4 45. exf6 is a winning endgame for White)

41...Kf2 42. Qc3 and Black cannot prevent the threat Qe3+ Kf1 Rg1+ mate.

Apr-22-09  centralfiles: intresting here white mates without the c6 rook as well 32.Qxh5+ Kg8
33.Rxg6+ Nxg6
34.Qxg6+ Kf8
35.Qg7+ Ke8
Apr-23-09  jackpawn: <PinnedPiece> LOL. Thank you for the compliment, but believe me, I'm far was a 'great talent'. I just been playing for a long time. Once I get to the Thursday/Friday puzzles I take much longer generally.
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