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Gennadij Timoscenko vs Aleksandr V Elfert
European Seniors Championship (2011), Courmayeur ITA, rd 1, Apr-06
Semi-Slav Defense: Stoltz Variation (D45)  ·  1-0



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May-02-11  ThorMars: I understand that the enfilade ♖e1 - ♗e5 - ♕e7 - ♔e8 before black's 14th move is as uncomfortable as a chess position can possibly be but I don't see the black king belonging to g7. Moreover black so badly committed to the attack with his 9 g5 that I've got the feeling his only way to avoid the <once : slap in the face> is to attempt something very bold right away. It seems 14. ... f5 fails to 15. ♘g3 when the threats on ♙f5 and of 16. ♗f4 are hard to meet. How about 14. ... ♕h4 or even 14. ... ♔f8 ? I agree it doesn't look good for black anyway but am I wrong that the only possible escape for black is by keeping pushing forward ? After all since black decided to <once: rush to the finale>, he ought to sparkle it up ! He already lost his chance to build up a strong position from which to launch his attack.
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  gawain: Remove the defender with 24 Qxf6+. All over! A good Monday puzzle.
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  Once: <sevenseaman> Intended, but not one of mine. It was what Prince Harry called them in his Best Man's speech. It made me smile.
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  agb2002: From a Slav Defense, perhaps.

White has the bishop pair.

Black threatens 24... Rxg5.

The rook on h4 and the LSB converge on h7 but the knight prevents 24.Rxh7#. Therefore, 24.Qxf6+:

A) 24... Qxf6 25.Rxh7#.
B) 24... Rg7 25.Rxh7+ Kg8 26.Qxg7#.

May-02-11  cyclon: 24.Qxf6+ ( -Qxf6) 25.Rxh7X.
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  kevin86: Qxf6+ and mate (chop off the defender),black can last two more moves,very painfully.

24 ♕xf6+ ♖g7 25 ♖xh7+ ♔g8 26 ♕xd8# or xg7#

May-02-11  Ghuzultyy: Position after <23.Rh4>

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Black's position is terrible anyways so black decides to end this match and the suffer by <23...Rg8??>

White to play and remove the defender. <24.Qxf6> solves the puzzle.

May-02-11  Patriot: I first looked at 24.Rxh7+ but because the knight defends that square, 24.Qxf6+ became the logical choice. Each variation after that was obvious.
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  scormus: After last weeks troubles, its nice to have an good ol' fashioned Q-sac Monday
May-02-11  ahmadov: Missed such easy puzzles... Good to see I can still solve them easily...
May-02-11  stst: 24.QxN should do it!

if (A)24....QxQ ; 25.Rxh7 mate (supported by the d3 B, and the Bk Q is not in position to refute the mate.) if (B)24... Rg7 blocks, the same 25.Rxh7 when neither the K nor the R can take it, then 25...Kg8 to escape, but 26.QxR#

May-02-11  crippledpawn: QxN on f6! Knight goes bye bye end of story. Saw this in a nano second.
May-02-11  estrick: <Once> < the Dude and Duchess of Cambridge>? <... the pun? But what loveable invention!>

Other than humorously calling one's elder brother the "Dude" instead of Duke, I don't get what's punny about this. Plz expln

May-02-11  ZUGZWANG67: 24.Qxf6+ is obvious:

a) 24...Qxf6 25.Rxh7 mate;

b) 24...Rg7 25.Qxd8+ Rg8 26.Rxh7 is mate too.

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  Once: <estrick> Not really a pun (but then I never said it was), more a form of alliterative wordplay. For the real explanation, of course, you will need to ask Prince Harry.

What made me smile was that in the middle of this huge semi-state occasion, with the world's media and 2 billion people looking on, there were these little touches of humanity. They may be second and third in line for the throne respectively, but here was one brother gently teasing another. And juxtaposing an ancient title (duke) with a much younger expression (dude).

And what a wonderfully gentle put-down to an older brother who chose to get married wearing the uniform of a colonel of the Irish Guards. As you do.

So not a belly-laugh pun, but a nice turn of phrase. As I said before, it made me smile.

May-02-11  MountainMatt: 24. Qxf6! is the one. Black could prolong the agony with ...Rg7 rather than ...Qxf6 (25. Rxh7#), but as he saw, there is no point.
May-02-11  mecking93: Finally A real monday....
May-02-11  310metaltrader: anyonw know about the blitz tourney in the la area?
May-02-11  turbo231: A very nice puzzle.
May-02-11  DarthStapler: Got it
May-02-11  BraveUlysses: <Once: "A well-played chess game can be like...a courtship that starts with a glance, then a shy "hello", perhaps a transparent dress ... " Hahaha!! Classic- keep 'em coming.

When I think of my motley crew of opponents over the years (bad shirts aplenty, moustachioed and sweaty maths teachers, an Apsergers sufferer giggling inappropriately, wheezy ex-Soviet pensioners, annoyingly good pimply teens) your image is doubly hilarious. Love your work.

May-03-11  Formula7: 24.Qxf6+ Rg7 (24...Qxf6 25.Rxh7#) 25.Rxh7+ Kg8 26.Qxg7#
May-03-11  bachbeet: Definitely very easy. Even I got it.
May-03-11  estrick: it was <sevenseaman> who seemed to suggest there was a pun in there. I interpreted your response to him as concurring that there was a pun in there somewhere. No matter, I was just wondering what I was missing.

btw, do you happen to know when it became customary for the best man to roast the groom in his toast at the reception? That was something I was totally unaware of until I saw "Four Weddings and a Funeral."

I was best man a a friend's wedding in 1983, and was caught totally unprepared when told it was time for me to make a toast to the new couple. Fortunately, it was a small, low budget reception at the bride's erstwhile home, so there wasn't too much disappointment caused by my brevity and lack of humorous or embarrassing stories.

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  Once: <Estrick> Don't know about the history of the speech, but the best man's original job was to make sure that no-one else stole the bride away. Including her own family!

For my first wedding, I asked a close friend to be best man. The unintentional humour came from the fact that he was/ is a policeman. The only formal speeches that he was used to making were court witness statements. And that was the style that he used for his best man's speech. It didn't quite get to the level of "I was proceeding along the highway in a northwesterly direction when I noticed the accused acting in a suspicious manner" but it came pretty close.

One thing I have noticed about weddings it that the older generation tended to grit their teeth nervously when the best man's speech comes around, hoping that it is not going to be too outrageous. So I suspect that your friend's family were probably relieved by the brevity of your toast.

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