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Andrei Sokolov vs Alexandre Desboeufs
4e open Saint Chely d'Aubrac (2004), rd 1, Jul-17
French Defense: Classical. Burn Variation (C11)  ·  1-0



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  An Englishman: Good Evening: "Burned Beef?"
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  agb2002: White is one pawn down.

White can deliver mate in four: 19.Rxf7+ Kxf7 (19... Ke8 20.Qg8#) 20.Bg6+ Kf8 (20... Ke7 21.Qxg7#) 21.Qh8+ Ke7 22.Qxg7#.

Another option is 20.Rf1+ Ke8 (20... Ke7 21.Qxg7+ Ke8 22.Rf8#) 21.Qg8+ Kd7(e8) 22.Q(R)f7# which can be one move longer if Black interposes the queen.

Nov-05-14  gofer: <Finally!> A conclusive, slam-dunk win. Forced mate in 4.

19 Rxf7+ Kxf7 (Ke8 20 Qg8#)
20 Bg6+ Kf8 (Ke7 21 Qxg7#)
21 Qh8 Ke7
22 Qxg7#

Nov-05-14  morfishine: White pawn <e5> controls d6 & f6 creating a mating "corridor" along the 7th rank

19.Rxf7+ Kxf7 20.Bg6+ Kf8 (or 20...Ke7 21.Qxg7#) 21.Qh8+ Ke7 22.Qxg7#


Nov-05-14  Prudov: <perfidious: Sokolov settled a beef with his opponent>. A falcon eating a cow!
Nov-05-14  morfishine: <perfidious> Hah, Hah! Beef Stewed
Nov-05-14  cocker: 19 Qh8+ first also works, but two moves slower
Nov-05-14  eblunt: I had 20 Qg6+ but I thought that still works as well
Nov-05-14  M.Hassan: <Cheapo by the Dozen>:

Very interesting lines but the puzzle start move is 19. Monday's puzzle started on move 26!!!!
Not that it matters much

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  Bubo bubo: A plain mating attack at last: 19.Rxf7+ Kxf7 (or Ke8 20.Qg8#) 20.Rf1+ Ke8/Ke7 21.Qg8+/Qxg7+ Ke7/e8 22.Qf7#.

My first choice was 19.Qh8+ Ke7 20.Rxf7+ Kxf7 21.Rf1+ Ke7 22.Qxg7+ Ke8 23.Qf7#/Rf8#, and I was delighted in the teamwork of the white pieces, the ♗ covering g6. But then I noted that 19.Rxf7+ (which I rejected initially for some reason now unclear to me) also works; alas it makes the ♗ a mere spectator.

Anyway, thanks to its short forced lines, this puzzle seems easier to me than the former ones this week!

Nov-05-14  kyg16: greed and death I totally agree with you. Much easier than yesterday's puzzle.
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  Penguincw: Is it bad if I say I didn't get the Monday or Tuesday puzzle, but completely solved this Wednesday puzzle. Maybe I should stop time travelling...

Anyway, my solution was 19.Rxf7+ Kxf7 20.Rf1+ Qf4 21.Rxf4+ Ke7 22.Qxg7+ Ke8 23.Bg6# 1-0.

Nov-05-14  Lambda: I think we got Tuesday's puzzle on Monday, Wednesday's puzzle on Tuesday, and Monday's puzzle today.
Nov-05-14  YetAnotherAmateur: I too went for 19. Rxf7+ Kxf7 20. Rf1+ Qf2/4 21. Rxf2/4+

At which point there are slightly diverging lines:

A) 22. ... Ke7 23. Qxg7+ Ke8 24. Qf7#
B) 22. ... Ke8 23. Qg8+ Ke7/Kd7 24. Qf7#

Also not explored in the game line:

20. Bg6+ Kf8 21. Qh8+ Ke7 22. Qxg7#

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  Oxspawn: I assume that the black queen has grazed on a pawn far from her own paddock and white must now herd Desboeufs into a cul-de-sac.

19. Qh8+ Ke7
20. Rxf7+ Kxf7
21. Rf1+ Ke7
22. Qxg7+ Ke8
23. Qf7# (or Bg6#)

The bishop prevents escape to g7 while the e pawn guards d7 and f7. But I am suspicious. This seems too straightforward and forced for a Wednesday. Have I stepped in a cow pat?

Nov-05-14  murty: I went for 19. Rxf7+ Kxf7 20. Rf1+ Ke8 (or intercede with Q) 21. Bg6+ Kd7 (or Ke7) 22. Qxg7#
Nov-05-14  starry2013: Very dominant position.

First I played more cautiously with B-g7 and won from that position.

But after that I saw that a straight Rook sacrifice luring the King out was far quicker. This was confirmed with the computer desperately sacrifing its queen to block the second rook coming down.

1. Rxf7+ 2.Kxf7 Rf1+ 3.Qf2 Rxf2+ 4.Ke7 Qxg7+ 5.Ke8 Rf8#

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  kevin86: I think the puzzles are out of order this week. This almost seems like a Monday or Tuesday puzzle. The rook sac leads to a quick forced checkmate.

Either that, or I got smarter overnight.

Nov-05-14  WJW147: 19 Rxf7+ is fairly straightforward. After that the Black King is a few moves from death.
Nov-05-14  dfcx: easiest puzzle of the week. Mate in 4.

19. Rxf7+ and black is doomed.
19...Kxf7 (Ke8 20. Qg8#)
20.Bg6+ Kf8
21.Qh8+ Ke7
22. Qxg7#

Nov-05-14  Castleinthesky: CG heard my call, a Monday puzzle on Wednesday after a Thursday puzzle on Tuesday, but who's on first?
Nov-05-14  sfm: This time not "The Wrong Rook" on 17.Rd!f1.
Not the natural looking 17.Rh?f1,Rxd3 allowing black to play on as the mate is gone. An exchange down and with a lousy position, OK, but alive.

But 17.Rdf1 wins Q for R or mates.
Precision, my dear Watson.

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  scormus: That's more like it. For my money easier than yesterday. Easier than Monday too!
Nov-05-14  Whitehat1963: Wow! Missed it.
Nov-05-14  oxxo: I went for 19. Bg6. It's not winning as fast as the rook sac but still winning it seems.
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