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Laurent Fressinet vs Nicolas Brunner
"Murder on the Laurent Express" (game of the day Sep-10-2020)
French Team Championship (2011), Mulhouse FRA, rd 4, May-29
Semi-Slav Defense: Meran Variation (D47)  ·  1-0



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  agb2002: The material is identical.

The light squares around the black king look vulnerable, the rook on h8 is defenseless and the black queen can move to c7 only. These details suggest 16.Bg6 with many threats (17.Nxe6, 17.Nxf7, 17.Bxf7+, 17.Qxe6, etc.):

A) 16... fxg6 17.Qxe6

A.1) 17... Qc7 18.Qf7+ Kd8 19.Ne6#.

A.2) 17... Nb8 18.Nb6 Qd5(6) 19.Qf7+ Kd8 20.Ne6+ Qxe6 21.Qxe6 Rc6 22.Qb3 Rxb6 23.dxc5 Rc6 24.Rfd1 + - [Q+2P vs B+2N] (24... Bxc5 25.Bxb4+).

A.3) 17... Nf8 18.Qf7+ Kd7 19.Nxc5+ Kd6 (19... Rxc5 20.Rxc5 + -, the bishop is pinned; 19... Kc6(7) 20.Nce6+ wins the queen) 20.e4 with the threats 21.e5+ and 21.Bf4+ looks disastrous for Black.

A.4) 17... Ne5 18.dxe5 recovers the piece and keeps the attack (18... Qxd2 19.Qf7+ Kd7(8) 20.Rfd1 + -).

B) 16... hxg6 17.Qxh8+ Bf8 (17... Nf8 18.Qxg7 + -) 18.dxc5 + - [R+P vs B] (18... Nxc5 19.Nxc5 Qxd2 20.Nce6 Rxc1 21.Qxf8+ Kd7 22.Qd8+ Kc6 23.Qxd2).

C) 16... 0-0 17.Bxh7+ Kh8 (17... Nxh7 18.Qxh7#) 18.Bf5+ Kg8 19.Nxe6 fxe6 20.Bxe6+ Rf7 21.Bxf7+ Kxf7 22.Nxc5 Nxc5 23.dxc5 + - [R+4P vs B+N] (23... Qxd2 24.Qxc8).

D) 16... Qc7 17.Bxf7+ Kf8 (17... Kd8 18.Nxe6#) 18.Nxe6+ Kxf7 19.Nxc7 + - [Q+2P vs B+N].

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  Penguincw: 16.Bg6 was pretty easy to spot, but I didn't expect black to castle.
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  johnlspouge: I looked at direct assault

16.Nxe6 fxe6 17.Bg6,

seeing that Nxe6 traps Qd8. Then I realized: Qh3 pins Ph7 to Rh8, so Pf7 is overburdened with defense of g6 and Pe6. Hence, 16.Bg6.

Feb-20-14  DaringSpeculator: <morfishine: 16.Bg6 fxg6 17.Nxe6 and the Black Queen is lost; But was unable to see much past 16...O-O 17.Bxh7+ Kh8

23.Qh8+ was sweet


23. Qh8 is reminiscent of Petrosian's 30th move in this game. A nice pattern to remember!

Petrosian vs Spassky, 1966

Feb-20-14  Nick46: An absolutely Fressinating configuration.
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  kevin86: White will regain the queen and be ahead a rook and two pawns for a bishop.
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  doubledrooks: I voted for 16. Bg6, taking advantage of the Black queen's lack of mobility and the pin on the h7 pawn.
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Feb-20-14  galdur: <chrisowen> Nice job indeed. Like spoken from my own heart.
Feb-20-14  Juninho: <patzer2: Can't recall a game with a Bishop (sham) sacrifice, where the win involves making a Bishop vulnerable to capture by two pawns>

here it is:
Anand vs Lautier, 1997

Feb-20-14  CopyBlanca: I wonder what the computer suggest for black's 11th move. maybe 11...h6 is better with a plan to keep the black king in the center even.
Feb-20-14  CopyBlanca: Has anyone mentioned that chrisowen is trying to imitate James Joyce's FINNEGAN's WAKE? Now he is very good at it I must say.
Feb-20-14  cjgone: Saw the move and many continuations to pin black's queen, etc. but did not anticipate the castle.
Feb-20-14  mel gibson: I thought 16 Qxe6 but not the best solution.

This puzzle was tricky.

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  al wazir: <FSR: Bad dog!> I thought it was a pretty decent try. And after 20. Nce4 I would have played 20...Qxc1 21. Nxf6 Qxf1+ 22. Kxf1 Rc1+ 23. Ke2 Bxg2+! 24. Qxg2 Bxf6. (At this point black is a piece down and can resign without disgrace.) But Houdini's line is better.
Feb-22-14  patzer2: <Juninho> Thanks for the link to Anand vs Lautier, 1997. Anand's 21. Bg6!! is indeed another brilliant and beautiful move <where the win involves making a Bishop vulnerable to capture by two pawns>.
Feb-22-14  Cheapo by the Dozen: The idea after Move 20, culminating in the queen sac/knight fork, feels like it should be a common one. But I don't recall ever actually seeing it before.
Sep-10-20  spingo: Everyone participates in this murder.
Sep-10-20  Jamboree: The tactics continue after 23. Qh8+ -- so I think black resigned prematurely.

After 23. Qh8+, black can try 23. ... KxQ 24. Nxf7+ Kg8 25. Nxd8 Bd5!, and now, momentarily, the knight is trapped, and white must play precisely to rescue it, because in two moves black will snap off that knight and the material will be back to almost even.

One complicated line is 26. Rc1 Ne4!? 27. Be1 Kf8 28. Kf1 Ke7 29. f3 Bxe3?! and now everything's hanging on both sides, and white must find the correct line (if it even exists).

I would not be surprised if white can save the piece eventually, but there are multiple ways to go astray (a funny line is 30. Rc7+ Kxd8 31. Rxg7 Bc4 mate!), so black should at least make white prove he can win it.

Probably black was just so stunned by the combo that he just threw in the towel blindly, and didn't really consider whether or not there could be a counter-combo on the rebound.

Sep-10-20  Brenin: <Jamboree>: After 23 Qh8+ Kxh8 24 Nxf7+ Kg8 25 Nxd8 Bd5 26 Rc1 Ne4, White can play 27 f3, rather than 27 Be1, forcing 27 ... Nxd2 28 Rxc5 a4 28 Nc6, and the White N is saved.
Sep-10-20  Ironmanth: Thanks for this one, chessgames!
Sep-10-20  KevinDenelsbeck: I'm a patzer, but I would've fought a little bit longer as Black. White has a material advantage after all the fireworks but are all drawing opportunities squelched here?
Sep-10-20  vladimir85: @Kevin. Like you said you are a patzer
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  HeMateMe: Terrific pun! Almost seems like home prep variation, the attack was so smooth.
Sep-10-20  Brenin: <Kevindeneisbeck>: At ordinary club level, many would have played on as Black, in the hope of generating some counterplay or forcing a blunder. However, at this level Black would have easily seen that White comes out of the combination the exchange and two pawns ahead, and that he can extricate his N from d8, giving him a routine win.
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