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Emma Guo vs Shekhar Madhurima
World Junior Championship (Girls) (2011), Chennai IND, rd 3, Aug-04
French Defense: Exchange Variation (C01)  ·  1-0



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Mar-18-13  morfishine: <39.Qxf8+ Kxf8 40.Rh8#>

<prbprb2> The Black attack starting with 38...Qc2+ looks very dangerous indeed; and has to be an improvement over 38...Rf8???

Mar-18-13  Bengambit: Seen this in the chess tactic trainer just the other day 39. Qxf8 +......
Mar-18-13  whiteshark: My head ... Is it Monday already? ;D
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  Oxspawn: Each side holds a dagger to the throat of the other. In a knife fight (I assume!) you do not take turns to move. In chess, the fight is more bureaucratic and rule-bound. If it were black's move Rg2+ would be decisive. As it is not, black can only watch as white plays: (39. Qxf8)
Now the black king has to grapple the queen, and cannot stay to guard the h8 square. (39. KxQ8
40. Rh8 ++)
Interesting position and one that suggest that those with the sharpest knives are not always the best reliable defenders. Even in a metaphorical duel to the death.
Mar-18-13  gars: Anuntio vobis gaudium maximum; Habemus dies Lunae!"
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  Once: There is no justice in the world these days. Black plays the French - the opening of champions - and all white can do is wimp away like the wimpiest wimp with an honours degree in wimpiness with the exchange variation.

Then white doesn't have the good grace to resign when black plays 38...Rf8 pinning the white queen against the king.

Okay, so we are at move 38 which probably means time control angst for at least one of these young ladies. But that's no excuse.

Sometimes I just don't know what the world is coming to...

Mar-18-13  klaaswierenga: why not 39. Rh8 followed by 40. Qf8?
Mar-18-13  sfm: Awww!
38.-,Rg3 or Qc2+ and White can start packing.
Instead the worst possible move.
Have we all tried it?
Mar-18-13  TheTamale: I'm embarrassed to say this took me a few minutes to see. Why embarrassed? Because it's Monday, and the combo starts with a QUEEN SAC, for crying out loud! (Like a damn fool, I kept thinking it had to begin with 39) Rh8+.)
Mar-18-13  solskytz: A rook on the seventh is worth an extra pawn. Here it is worth a queen!
Mar-18-13  solskytz: "Sac your Queen", though, is perhaps not the most fitting title to this puzzle, as she was lost anyway...
Mar-18-13  mistreaver: Monday.WHite to play. Very Easy.39?
39 Rh8+ Kxh8
40 Qxf8 Kh7
41 Rxb8 seems to win,
but much quicker is
39 Qxf8+ Kxf8
40 Rh8 mate
Only on Monday can one be cocky and find a dual solution. 1/1
Mar-18-13  sushijunkie: I found this solution in like no time at all. Should I sign up for big Master tournaments now?
Mar-18-13  JG27Pyth: Wouldn't 36...Bxg3 have won for Black?
Mar-18-13  Shelter417: Houdini says that 38...Rf8 was the blunder. Black has a winning position in which virtually any reasonable move leads to victory.
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  chrisowen: Formation in order feed it off in fingered pie ballet,

foreheads 39.qxf8+ in energy you faithfuls,

39...kxf8 when drum roller anchor 40.rh8 I bet she epi center,

was thinking rookg3 then changed her mind for,

choosing 38.rf8 ur a smeghead rook across ok love,

between scylla black rookf8 and charybdis 39.qxf8+,

light off load 40.rh8#

Mar-18-13  Marmot PFL: Looks about even, then black blunders with the horrible 38...Rf8 and white gets an undeserved win.
Mar-18-13  kevin86: Wow! Black traps white,he could lose his queen...

but the queen lays down he life for a VERY quick checkmate. Black's king is overworked...and must die!

Mar-18-13  patzer2: The possibility 38...Rg3! (instead of 38...Rf8?? 39. Qxf8+ Kxf8 40. Rh8#) might be worth exploring:

<38. Kxf2 Rf8??>

38... Rg3!

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If 39. Qh5

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Black mates after 39...Rf8+ 40. Ke2 Qc2+ 41. Bd2 Rg2+ 42. Ke3 Qxd2+ 43. Ke4 Rf4#

If 39. Qd1

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Black mates after 39...Rf8+ 40. Ke2 Rg2+ 41. Bf2 Rfxf2+ 42. Ke3 Bf4#.

If 39. Qh5

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Black mates after 39...Rf8+ 40. Ke2 Qc2+ 41. Bd2 Rg2+ 42. Ke3 Qxd2+ 43. Ke4 Rf4#

If 39. Qf7+ (the computer choice)

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then Black goes up a whole rook after 39... Qxf7+ 40. Rxf7 Kxf7 .

Mar-18-13  BOSTER: Love story, or revenge.

During long, long game black queen's rook made only (Ra8-Rd8) one move. The envy has eaten her, seeing as all pieces smiling playing the game.

Nobody saw her. Why the king, who decides everything, don't like me? And she made a decision. I'll show you. And when white king and queen were on the same file , black rook jumped, pinning them without any fear. All pieces were stunning, and only one person here who understood everything immediatly was the black king.

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  gawain: I would have erred over the board by rushing into 39 Rh8. Oops! Perhaps that wins--but it is no "solution" to hold on for a win by missing an easy mate.
Mar-18-13  cjgone: Wow, counter attack. I assume black wasn't expecting that to happen.
Mar-18-13  John Abraham: For some reason this was very difficult for me. I know this mating motif well but after 39. Qxf8 Kxf8 I was considering 40. Rxb8, how stupid
Mar-18-13  Oliveira: <John Abraham> It happens.
Mar-18-13  Alex56171: After trying Rh8+ without success, I found Qf8+, a queen sacrifice typical of Mondays.
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