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Reynaldo Vera vs Gildardo Garcia
Havana (1992), Havana CUB, rd 10
Queen's Gambit Declined: Harrwitz Attack. Main Line New Main Line (D37)  ·  1-0



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Oct-24-22  Brenin: 24 Bc5+ Rxc5 25 Ng8 mate. An unusual mating pattern.
Oct-24-22  Brenin: 21 Nxd5, the start of the combination, would make a good POTD.
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  Korora: Easy as 3.14159265358979. 24.♗c5+ as a clearance sacrifice. Black's only legal move is 24...♖xc5, and with White's crow now commanding the d-file, 25.♘g8 is mate.
Oct-24-22  mayankk06: I was so happy to have spotted 23 ... Ng8+ 24 Kd6/d7/d8 Bc3+ and thereby winning the Queen. But I had the nagging suspicion that this being a Monday, there could be a simpler solution.

And lo, there was.

Oct-24-22  mayankk06: 21 Nxd5 was a tempting Queen sac. Black should have been wary of White offering his Queen just like that.

After 21 .... Rxc2 22 Nxf6+, Black can either play 22 ... Bxf6 23 Bxf6 and wait to get mated on h8 by 24 Rh8# or as in the actual game, get mated by 22 ... Kf8 23 Ngh7+ Ke7 24 Bc5+ Rxc5 25 Ng8#

If however it had simply ignored the offered Queen with 21 ... exd5, it may have had a longer game.

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  OhioChessFan: Huh. Did Sunday and Monday trade places the last two days?
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  takebackok: easy peasy monday c5+ & #
Oct-24-22  jes47: An embarrassment of riches. The first thought, 24. Kc2 leaves a winning position, with two nights and two pawns for a rook. White can improve with 24. Ng8+ after which 25. Bc3+ picks up the queen. But 25. Bc5+ is the prettiest solution.
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  agb2002: White has both knights and two pawns for the queen.

The black king can move to d6. Hence, 24.Bc5+ Rxc5 25.Ng8#.

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  An Englishman: Good Evening: 25.Ng8X constitutes the strangest mating pattern seen in my entire life. The arrangement of 2 N, 1 R & 3 Black pieces looks so bizarre. Anything like this ever appear in any other game?
Oct-24-22  saturn2: Took 24.Ng8 Kd8 25.Bc3 Kc8 26.Bxa5
White has two knights more and if 26....Rxb2+ white can stuff the diagonal of the bishop by Nf6 later. That is won for white. I should have seen 24.Bc5 though.
Oct-24-22  boringplayer: Went with 24.Ng8 and 25.Bc3. Going to be a bad week...
Oct-24-22  Cheapo by the Dozen: First I worked out how to win Black's queen. Only then did I see the mate-in-2 alternative. :)

That first line, by the way, was Ng8+ to force Black's king to the d-file, followed by discovered check. The choice for discovered check should be Bc3+, so as to unprotect a potential ... Rd2 interposition.

Oct-24-22  AlicesKnight: Saw Bc5+ clearing the d-file for the Rs gaze, followed by Ng8#. Would probably not have seen it after move 20, where <Brenin> is right and the full combination emerges.
Oct-24-22  mel gibson: Good finish.
I could miss that in a blitz game
if I was down on time.
Oct-24-22  Damenlaeuferbauer: After long thinking, the strong Cuban GM Reynaldo Vera finally found the mate in two moves with the nice bishop sacrifice 24.Bc5+!,Rxc5 25.Ng8#. <Bubo bubo> and <Brenin> were right: What a strange mate pattern!
Oct-24-22  TheaN: And... back? to Mondays? Not sure if that applies here given we had three Monday puzzles in a row. I'll forgive them on a Monday though. <24.Bc5+ Rxc5 25.Ng8#>. Ng8# must be a very unique move to play: even though knights often jump c3-d5-f6, rarely is it mate from g8.
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  chrisowen: I'd bottleneck u key i plagiarist Bc5+ axiom its juggernaut doh it allo jag hitch bubble it vagrant bianca Bc5+ bluff z;
Oct-24-22  DrGridlock: <The choice for discovered check should be Bc3+, so as to unprotect a potential ... Rd2 interposition.>

Some subtleties in the "material" line.

Bxg7 works pretty well also ...
Rd2 doesn't work as well (after 25 ... Rd2; 26 Rc1 the queen is going to have to be sacrificed on Qc7 to avoid a mate) so after 25 ... Kc7 26 Kxc2 white picks up a bishop and rook (instead of a queen).

Oct-24-22  QueenMe: I also settled for the queen.
Forgot the adage that, once you find a good move, look for a better one.
Oct-24-22  Hercdon: Yeah I too went for Ng8 first resulting in 24...Kd8 25.Bc3+ Kc8 26.Bxa5. What blocked me from making the correct move was I thought the follow up would be Rd7 mate except it is not mate. I should have realized I can leave the rook where it was and then make my favorite knight move
Oct-24-22  schizoidman: I considered the 1.Ng8+ as well but considered 2.Bxg7+ followed by 3.Kxc2 with two Knights, a Bishop, and a Rook for the Queen.
Oct-24-22  sfm: <mel gibson: Good finish. I could miss that in a blitz game
if I was down on time.>

You couldn't!

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  Steve Holloway: All I saw was Ng8+, which wins but missing Bc5+, which is the much easier win
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