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George E O'Toole vs Ravi Haria
Hastings (2009/10), Hastings ENG, rd 4, Dec-31
French Defense: Advance Variation (C02)  ·  1-0



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  Breunor: Also 'miseed it ' with Bxg6, but it does win easily. Stockfish has it as +13.
Jan-14-19  drollere: i looked at Bxh6, but chose Qf4 as easier.
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  OhioChessFan: Bxg6 for me, I didn't look elsewhere as I assumed a Monday puzzle would only have one obvious winning line.
Feb-03-20  lost in space: I like 40. Qf4 with mate to follow.
Feb-03-20  Cheapo by the Dozen: I love puzzles with first moves that don't look forcing. :)

I took it even further, and when with Qh6 rather than Qg5+. What's more, I first saw Qe3 rather than Qf4, which works just as well.

Feb-03-20  lost in space: Also 40. Qa1 with 41. Qc1 and mate to follow is nice but not that clear as 40. Qf4.
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  agb2002: Level 1.5: 26.?
Capablanca vs W G Morris, 1911

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Feb-03-20  landshark: <Cheapo> <Lost in space> I also chose Qf4 and find it interesting for a Monday because it's a quiet move
Feb-03-20  saturn2: 26. Re7 Qxe7 27. Nxf5 Qf8 28. Rxh7+ Kxh7 29. Qh5- + Qh6 30. Qxh6 mate 

another try: 26 Qf3?! is maybe answered by Rg5

Feb-03-20  Walter Glattke: 40.Bxg6 fxg6 41.f7+ Kxf7 42.Rh7+ Ke8 43.Qh8# 41.-Kf8 42.Qf6 Qxf7 43.Rh8# 40.-Kf8 41.Rh8# 40.Qf4 gxh5 41.Qg5+ Kf8 42.Qg7+ Ke8 43.Qg8/h8# Always mate in 43
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  perfidious: As a French and Caro-Kann player of long standing, I was always much in favour of getting the light-squared bugbear, um bishop outside the pawn chain--but that dreadful lump of lead at a4 is a mere looker-on.
Feb-03-20  Pawn Slayer: <chrisowen> is actually an alien from a super race in the Andromeda galaxy, who is sending us the DNA code to replicate his species as a coded message. (acknowledgement to Fred Hoyle!)

All we have to do is crack the code. I've failed miserably.

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  Diademas: I did 40.Bxg6 and felt pretty good about myself. Not a good way to start the week.
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  FSR: My first impulse was 40.Bxg6, which wins, but then I saw 40.Qf4, leaving Black defenseless. White pretty much wins at will from the diagram position.
Feb-03-20  Lorenzo69: I like the format of this puzzle. It does not prescribe. All roads lead to Rome!
Feb-03-20  TheaN: Didn't take me that long to realize I solved this somewhere in the past year; typically, this being a January 2019 puzzle it was in fact slightly longer ago. Time flies.

Today however, I did decide to play <40.Qf4> which is, despite being a quiet move, the quickest road to mate. I think that a year later I should be critical of any other route to a win as after the text Black has no way to prevent <40....any (Kf8 41.Rh8#) 41.Rh8+ Kxh8 42.Qh6+ Kg8 43.Qg7#>.

Feb-03-20  King.Arthur.Brazil: Perhaps, as many, I went directly with 40. ♗xg6 fxg6 41. f7+ ♔xf7 42. ♖h7+ ♔e8 43. ♕h8# or 41... ♕xf7 42.♕h8#. I feel ok on this answer.

Dear <Pawn Slayer>, last year I made a post ironically imitating <Chris Owen> style post, to provoke him. Well, he answered with three clear words of British and understandable English, which shortly said "go eat a cube of grass" (the ones you have for horses in the winter). So, I conclude that: 1- he is British, 2- he is from inner country, 3- he knows and likes horses ♘♘♘, 4- he becomes angry when imitated, 5- when I apologized, he didn't say a word. My opinion is that he writes some kind of dialet, where parts of the words are propositaly repeated, but he knows that it has no meaning. And also, many times, he grab two words to build another unexistent one, (but the sense is right). However, as trying to translate to portuguese (my native idiom), google many times go crazzy. The possibility of being an Moscou correspondent cannot be disregarded, therefore, we must have a good care about him. Maybe, he bites.

Feb-03-20  DrGridlock: My thinking was:
The bishop sac on g6 looks inviting.
Black's pieces (rooks, queen, bishop) are ALL locked off from moving anywhere to the f, g or h files. If black takes the bishop (fxg6), the check on f7 looks somewhat deadly (because there is no one left to come to the black king's defense). Qxf7 is mate in one with the rook on h8. Other attacks develop slowly, but are certainly overwhelming.

Checking with Fat Fritz, the bishop sac on g6 is mate in 13. The game continuation of Qf4 is mate in 3.

Feb-03-20  Damenlaeuferbauer: Mr. George E. O'Toole could have played 40.Bxg6!?,fxg6 41.f7+,Kf8 (41.-,Qxf7 42.Qh8#/Rh8#, 41.-,Kxf7 42.Rh7+,Ke8/Kf8/Kg8 43.Qh8#) 42.Qh8+,Ke7 43.f8Q+,Rxf8 44.Rh7+,Rf7 45.Rxf7+,Kxf7 46.Qxa8 +- in this battle of Hastings ten years ago and a month ago, but I have to concede, that 40.Qf4! is stronger.
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  chrisowen: End of days?
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  scormus: 40 Bxg6 or Qf4 ?
Perhaps is a question of whether you have a preference for Bronstein or Petrosian.
Feb-03-20  ndg2: Quite an opening disaster for black. I think black must seek counter play so.ehow with d6 at some time in the advance variation. Cannot let himself be dominated on the dark squares like this.
Feb-03-20  Mfrankpsyd: I like the observation that this would have been easier over the board. Looking for a ‘puzzle solution’, I went with 40. Rh8+, which I’m pretty sure wins in all variations but is unnecessarily complicated.
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  chrisowen: Nah confederate army?
Feb-03-20  Nullifidian: Either 40. ♕e3 or ♕f4 mates in 4. If black doesn't oblige you by capturing the rook, then it ends the same way with Damiano's mate:

41. ♖h8+ ♔xh8 42. ♕h6+ ♔g8 43. ♕g7#

If 40. ♙gxh5 then it's mate in two more moves: 41. ♕h6 any move 42. ♕g7#

And black can't run away with 40... ♔f8 because that loses on the spot to 41. ♖h8#

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