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Reynaldo Vera vs Alexandre Lesiege
Montreal 4th (2003), Montreal CAN, rd 10, Aug-02
Queen's Gambit Accepted: Classical Defense (D26)  ·  1-0



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Jun-28-10  okiesooner: Is 24...Rc1 the losing move for Black? Could Black have held the game with 24...Rc8 25. f5 Qe8?
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  chrisowen: Veras lynchpin rook that broach the subject, third rank is tonic. Steal a march Rxg6+ is gaffer see colour of his eyes capped off the forces culmination. It made up the difference opening linear course white's queen is the cliffhanger. Sling your hook Leseige its no joke hes whale meat again. Fat of the land it was serving up the cfile had in service the sweet dutch treat f5 pawn push.
Jun-28-10  Marmot PFL: <okiesooner> I think black's best move was to block the Bb3 with 24...Nd5. If 24...Rc8 25. f5 Qe8 26 fe6 fe6 27 h5 and they're aren't enough defenders.
Jun-28-10  randomsac: Simple mate in two
Rxg6+ fxg6
Jun-28-10  lost in space: <Podolski's goal was offside BTW: Swindle of the year! The German goalie even admitted to having seen it was in and continuing the game as quickly as possible so the referee wouldn't notice.>

Yeaaah, with a russian linesman England would have won and in any case England is better in cricket.

Jun-28-10  johnlspouge: Monday (Very Easy)

R Vera vs Lesiege, 2003 (28.?)

White to play and win.

Material: Even. The Black Kg8 is stalemated, so White has a forcing sequence of captures.

Candidates (28.): Rxg6+

28.Rxg6+ fxg6 29.Bxe6#

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  kevin86: A quickie:mate comes after 28 fxg6 29 ♗xe6#
Jun-28-10  YouRang: Yes, if 28.Rxg6+ doesn't jump in your face pretty quickly, then you haven't been doing puzzles much.

It might take a few seconds to consider the move after 28...fxg6, but there aren't that many viable choices, and considering that one of them is mate (29.Bxe6#), this should certainly seem easy.

Jun-28-10  MaczynskiPratten: Great find <lostinspace>! lol
Jun-28-10  David2009: R Vera vs Lesiege, 2003 What’s not to like about a mate in two 28 Rxg6+ fxg6 29 Bxe6#. Time to check:
So where and why did Black go so badly wrong?

<Gilmoy: [snip] 10..Nd4 looks too adventurous: White kicks Black's Q around for two free tempi, which become 19.Rc3 20.Rg3>. Helpful thinking. 16...Rd8 wasted another tempo. 18... Qb4 is more useful than 18...Qb6. Black is dreaming of a counter-attack which isn't there. At move 21 (White to play):

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White now sacrifices the e5 Pawn (21 Qd2!?) - and Black refuses it! (even though he had counter-attacked it the previous move). 21...Nxe5 22.Rxe5 Rxe5 23.Qh6 g6 24.Rh3 Rh5 25.Rxh5 gxh5 26.Qg5+ Kh8 27.Qf6+ Kg8 is a draw by perpetual check and if White has better I can't see it.

After 21...Qc6? 22 Qh6 it is soon all over. Crafty link to try some variations: White has other attacking methods e.g. suitably preparing Rh3.

So why did Black reject the safe draw and play so adventurously? Perhaps the gradings give a clue. Black is a former Canadian champion. He outgraded White by 34 ELO points, (and historically by over 100) so perhaps over pressed for the win.

One final thought - this was an excellent Monday puzzle, in a few years time when we have forgotten the game

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(Vera vs Lesiege, 2003 25?) will make a good Thursday puzzle. See game for (part of the) solution and check against the Crafty link given earlier.

Jun-28-10  turbo231: I hate it when I miss a Monday puzzle. Not enough foresight. I needed to go one move more, or follow the line more completely.

I didn't notice that the bishop would come into play, not enough what ifs. I really liked the puzzle, excellent puzzle. I love this puzzle even after it exposed me for being the dummy that I am.

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  Once: <lost in space> That's a brilliant pic! The Mem and I are in a fit of giggles over it.
Jun-28-10  Formula7: 28.Rxg6+ fxg6 29.Bxe6#. Time to check.
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  scormus: <lost in space> KOTD
Jun-28-10  LarsenBentYou: Nooo Lesiege!!!!! Canada suffers greatly on this day.
Jun-28-10  RandomVisitor: 24.f5! exf5 25.Ne3! Rc1 26.Rh3 Rxe1+ 27.Kf2
Jun-28-10  muralman: Yeah me too on I hate it when I miss Monday. I seem to miss more Mondays than Saturdays.

Oh, I didn't miss this Mondays. I had to look for possibilities.

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  al wazir: <AccDrag: If 25...Rxe1? 26.f6! mates.>

Of course it does. How embarrassing not to have seen that! But what's even more embarrassing is how often I've been caught that way in speed chess.


Jun-28-10  caissafan1963: If you failed to find the solution to today's puzzle, don't feel bad. You can still get to 2500...
Jun-28-10  TheBish: R Vera vs Lesiege, 2003

White to play (28.?) "Very Easy"

It's mate in two with 28. Rxg6+! fxg6 29. Bxe6#. Short and sweet, the way a Monday should be!

Jun-28-10  WhiteRook48: very easy 28 Rxg6+ fxg6 29 Bxe6#
4 seconds of thinking
Jun-28-10  RandomVisitor: After 24.h4 black has nothing:

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Rybka 3:

[+2.75] d=18 24...Rc4 25.Ne3 Qc5 26.Kh2 Rc8 27.Bxc4 bxc4 28.Ng4

Black must try another move earlier. It seems 20...Rfd8! is the best plan:

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Rybka 3:

[-0.28] d=19 21.a3 Nf8 22.h4 Ng6 23.h5 Ne7 24.Bc2 Nf5 25.Bxf5 exf5 26.Rd3 Qc6 27.Rxd8+ Rxd8 28.f3 f4 29.Rd1 Qb6+ 30.Kh1 h6 31.e6 Rxd1

[-0.41] d=19 21.Rd1 Nf8 22.Rgd3 Rxd3 23.Qxd3 Ng6 24.Qd6 Qxd6 25.exd6 Kf8 26.f3 Rd8 27.Ng3 Nf4 28.Kf2

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  patzer2: <RV> It would appear 21... Nxe5! forces a draw by perpetual after 22. Rxe5 Rxe5 23. Qh6 g6 24. Rh3 Rh5 25. Rxh5 gxh5 26. Qg5+ Kh8 27. Qf6+ Kg8 28. Qg5+ =.

After 21...Nxe5, Does Rybka indicate anything better for White than taking the perpetual?

Jun-29-10  RandomVisitor: Final look at 20...Rfd8!

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Rybka 3:

<[-0.25] d=20 21.h4> Qd4 22.h5 h6 23.Rg4 Qc5 24.Rg3 Kh8 25.Rd3 Nb6 26.Red1 Rxd3 27.Rxd3 Nd5 28.Bxd5 Bxd5 29.Rc3 Qf8 30.Rxc8 Qxc8 31.b3 Qc1

[-0.30] d=20 21.h3 Nf8 22.Bc2 Rc5 23.Bb1 Qc7 24.Rd3 Rxd3 25.Bxd3 Ng6 26.Bxg6 hxg6 27.Qd3 Rxe5 28.Rxe5 Qxe5 29.Qd8+ Kh7 30.Qh4+

Jun-29-10  RandomVisitor: <patzer2>The 21...Nxe5 line is virtually a forced draw, as white could really only vary with 26.Ng3 or 26.Bc2, which are likely draws as well.
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