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Kanwal K Bhatia vs Yelizaveta Orlova
Khanty-Mansiysk Olympiad (Women) (2010), Khanty-Mansiysk RUS, rd 10, Oct-01
Sicilian Defense: Alapin Variation. General (B22)  ·  1-0



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May-09-11  Whitehat1963: Figured it was just a typical Monday queen sac, but I couldn't figure out how to make it work! Feel so stupid!
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  Domdaniel: < the chinese word for 'imagine' literally means 'think of an elephant'?>

So how do you say "imagine an elephant"? Even trickier, how do you say "Don't imagine an elephant"?

Try not to visualize pachyderms while responding.

May-09-11  CHESSTTCAMPS: In this middlegame attacking position, white is down an exchange for a pawn, but the white minor pieces are strongly placed and coordinated to assist in the final attack. Black's counterattack on the g-file falls short because white has a forced mate with 31.Qxg8+ Kxg8 32.Rc8+ Qe8 33.Rxe8+ Kf7 (or Rf8) 34.R(x)f8#. If you saw 31.Rc8?? Rxg3?? 32.Rf8# but missed 31... Rxc8, you've got the pattern recognition, but need work on the analysis habits.
May-09-11  kingfu: There was a song called , "I Don't Like Mondays."

I do. I figured this one out , although it took some time off my clock.

Don't ever get old. It makes your brain hurt if you play chess.

May-09-11  MaxxLange: <Dr. J> no
May-09-11  psmith: <kingfu> before that there was "Monday, Monday," which is what goes through my head when I do Monday puzzles.
May-09-11  Beancounter: It took me ages to find it but eventually... yes Qxg8+
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  gawain: Easy but interesting. The Queen sac on g8 paves the way for rook check and mate.
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  kevin86: A bit complicated (for a Monday):White forces mate by :31 ♕xg8+ ♔xg8 32 ♖c8+ ♔f7 (interpositions don't help) 33 ♖f8#.

Has an Arabian-Mate look.

May-09-11  David2009: <Once: <mike1> 30...Rg6 is Fritz's preferred move instead of 30....Rg8.> The ever-optimistic Crafty End Game Trainer prefers to sacrifice a Pawn with 30...b5!? intending to meet 31 Bxb5 with Qf5, and 31 Nxb5 with 31...Rg8. I have no idea how White wins this one, or why Fritz prefers 30...Rg6. Link to the position just before White plays 30 f3: You are White, drag and drop the move you want to make (starting with 30 f3 to follow the game line).
May-09-11  dzechiel: White to move (31?). White has an knight and pawn for a rook. "Very Easy."

Sorry for the late post, I never turned on my computer yesterday. But this does look very easy. It's mate-in-three after

31 Qxg8+ Kxg8 32 Rc8+ Kf7

On 32...Rf8 33 Rxf8# is still checkmate.

33 Rf8#

A very pretty final position.

May-09-11  Ghuzultyy: Let's go few moves back.

Move 25. Black to play.

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Black has two really strong defences here. Lets see.

Forks the bishop and the rook.

26.Be2? would be weak because 26...Qf4! stops all attacking chances.

White has to play <26.Qd3> Note that its better than Qe2 because it also threathens mate from h7.

The queen is running the board for defence.

Only good move.

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Black is quite good.

Another good defence;

B)<25...Bh6! 26.Qxe5 Qh5!! 27.Qe6+ Kh8 28.Nf3 Rf6 29.Qe2>

This is quite good too.

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Couldn't look deeply at the next moves
I have to go, I will post them later.

May-09-11  cyclon: 31.Qxg8+ Kxg8 32.Rc8+ and mates in two.
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  fm avari viraf: I'm sure many would not find this very easy as there are few illusive alternatives leading us nowhere. But after a wary glance, I could spot the Queen sac 31.Qxg8+ Kxg8 32.Rc8+ Kf7 33.Rf8#
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  ZUGZWANG67: 31.Qxg8+ Kxg8 32.Rc8+ Kf7 33.Rf8 is mate. Kind of hybrid Arabic one.
May-09-11  newshutz: not exactly game of the day material, but "It's Orlova, but the shouting" would make a good pun.
May-09-11  newton296: <Overzealous: Way too easy. I know it's Monday but come on, at least have a puzzle with a couple different possibilities. Or where the obvious first candidate move isn't the right move.>

complain, complain, complain, complain complain, complain, complain, complain complain, complain, complain, complain complain, complain, complain, complain !

if you know of a better sight for chess puzzles please go.

I for one appreciate the hard work that cg puts into finding these games for us.

keep up the good work cg!

May-09-11  MountainMatt: 31. Qxg8+ is, of course, the winner. I'm fairly new to this site, coming here a few months now, and I have to say, Mondays do seem a little too "queen sac" heavy. There are other easy, and yet still interesting, moves to spot besides queen sacs!
May-09-11  Nullifidian: Saw this all within seconds. I do love Mondays. :-D

31. ♕xg8+ frees the back rank for the rook. Play continues:

31... ♔xg8▢ 32. ♖c8+ ♕e8 33. ♖xe8+ ♔f7/♖f8 34. ♖f8#/♖xf8#

May-09-11  WhiteRook48: 31 Qxg8+ easy, then 31...Kxg8 32 Rc8+ and 33 Rf8#
May-09-11  TheTamale: Well, judging from the comments here I must be quite the dunce, since I didn't get it, and I even saw the first move. Sigh.
May-09-11  Marmot PFL: easy problem, but a question is why does black play Rg8? White was threatening to trap the queen though with Rc1-c4-h4, and there isn't much that black can do about it.
May-09-11  alachabre: Very nice rook and knight cooperation.
May-10-11  Aurora: Mystery solved:
May-10-11  turbo231: <overzealous> <MountainMatt> I disagree. Excellent Monday puzzle.
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