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Andrew Masters vs Andrew McHarg
Scottish Championship (2009), Edinburgh SCO, rd 5, Jul-15
Queen's Gambit Declined: Traditional Variation (D30)  ·  1-0



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Aug-29-11  Kolyas: I don't see why anyone would have a hard time with this puzzle. I saw it in one second flat. Chuckled for several minutes.

I have probably seen something like this before a la Chernev.

Too easy for a Monday.

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  kevin86: OUCH! I missed a Monday puzzle. I went for 29 ♘xg4! and missed the escape move ♔xg6.

The tears flowing from my eyes remind me of Katrina (6 yrs ago) or Irene (just passed). I am also quaking like Washington,DC (last week).

Aug-29-11  turbo231: I almost missed this puzzle, and it took me a few minutes to finally see it. So many possibilities, hooray for Mondays!
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  kevin86: I now have a case of Andrews blues.
Aug-29-11  TheSlid: Very neat and I even got it straight off, but I wanted the player with the Black lumps to be the long retired Scottish rugby second row forward Alasdair.
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  chrisowen: Queen g5 bowls along it hole in my pocket reminded me of a

drinking hiatus afore nxg4? kxh6 think melange crown McHarg

escapes but my date with Clare didne. Ye dinnae breccia ken me

but I ken you spirits galore!

Aug-29-11  MiCrooks: I really liked this position...had to go back and play through the game to see how we got there. The move f5 by Black seemed to be a huge mistake...way to loosening giving up control of the white squares around his King.

I also saw that Qg3 instead of Be2 on move 27 would have mated quicker. Not really sure why White didn't go for it unless he hadn't noticed the idea of Qg5 mating at that point (hard to believe). Then again his method was even more forcing in the Be2 threatens Qxh5++. No choice except Nf6 as Nxf4 Bxf4+ Bg5 Qxh5++.

So Nf6 Qh4 threatens mate at g5 and as we have seen there is no defense due to the Bishop backing the f4 pawn. Cute position!!

Aug-29-11  ProjectR: Qg5+ does it,but this is harder than most monday's
Aug-29-11  Dr. J: AHA! I finally understand!!

<chrisowen> is not really a person, he's a failed attempt to build an AI to pass the Turing test!

Aug-29-11  TheFocus: Very easy puzzle. Got that in a couple of seconds.
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  LIFE Master AJ: 29.Qg5+

Thank goodness for Mondays.

Aug-29-11  K9Empress: Qg5. God I hate mondays.
Aug-29-11  pogotheclown: Saw that one pretty much immediately. Can't say I think much of the game leading up to the position.
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  chrisowen: Goo han <Dr,J> pink gowrot pota dhed smite ma brew an fag beina try it akne stow strell I shoulda ng4 saw drips too lates pec savvie g5 super teal offa dollie sheesh blackie ad toughie skate fal noos bide ains hams murky g5 in hand quickest.
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  LIFE Master AJ: I thought White played well, Black ... more like a typical amateur.
Aug-29-11  BOSTER: Sometimes I think, that if <CG> had the competition "to find the worst move in the position on diagram" , it would ,maybe, more difficult than POTD puzzle. One example. To find such fantastic move like 25...h5 in today game you need bold and imaginative style in play, and I guess this is more difficult than to see 29.Qg5+.
Aug-29-11  MaxxLange: Black's 6...Qb6? idea seems to be well-refuted here. Is that a known line, QGD experts? It looks like a bad move.
Aug-29-11  SimonWebbsTiger: @<maxxlange>

6...Qb6 looks like a load of dingo's kidneys to me. Never seen before afaik.

Aug-29-11  nolanryan: simple but pretty
Aug-29-11  Nullifidian: Getting this message in with ten minutes to spare:

29. ♕g5+ ♗xg5 30. ♙fxg5#

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  al wazir: <Phony Benoni: 29.Qxh5+ Kxh5 30.Rf3 Rd5!>

Yes, you're right. 30...Qxg6 also saves black.

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  gawain: FWIW I also found this more subtle than the usual Monday puzzle. It's a Queen Sac, all right, but we are accustomed to sacrificing the Queen by capturing something with it, even if only a pawn. Here we sacrifice by merely occupying a space.

I love a mate delivered by a pawn.

Aug-30-11  Dr. J: <chrisowen: Goo han <Dr,J> pink gowrot pota dhed smite ma brew an fag beina try it akne stow strell I shoulda ng4 saw drips too lates pec savvie g5 super teal offa dollie sheesh blackie ad toughie skate fal noos bide ains hams murky g5 in hand quickest.>

Precisely! You took the words right out of my mouth.

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  chrisowen: Hi <Dr,J> co-recipe for pluck

1) Acapulco at the reeds it

2) Prick your ears up

3) Slam in the lamb indeed

Sep-03-11  TheSlid: <I thought White played well, Black ... more like a typical amateur> Yes, indeed, AJ! Rugby was an amateur game when McHarg acompanied the formidable Gordon Brown in the Scottish second row.

Not that anyone on here has a clue what I am talking about!

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