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Jiri Lechtynsky vs Jaromir Kubicek
Prague (1968)
Pirc Defense: Austrian Attack. Weiss Variation (B09)  ·  1-0



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Sep-12-11  Memethecat: bit of a newbie so was unaware monday meant Q sac, have to keep that in mind & maybe i'll be quicker. It gives me hope knowing some of the kibitzers are incapable of getting it wrong, its truly inspiring, if I can be half as good i'll be content.
Sep-12-11  sevenseaman: <Memethecat> By and large Monday is a Q sac day but its not etched in stone.

So play it by the ear as they say. About 10 Mondays or more ago it was the opponent's Q that went the sacrificial route and everyone was a bit surprised.

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  kevin86: A beautiful queen sac and knight mate! Not a smothered mate,but a mate akin to Blackburne's brilliant mate with two knights.
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  kevin86: Blackburne's Mate was against NN in 1871.
Sep-12-11  SamAtoms1980: As the Rueful Rabbit would say, "With that queen and all those bishops and knights, it shouldn't be too difficult."

21.Qxg7+ Nxg7 22.Nh6#

Sep-12-11  M.Hassan: 21.Qxg7 Nxg7
Sep-12-11  David2009: Today's POTD (J Lechtynsky vs J Kubicek, 1968 White 21?) is a pretty mate in two. Let's rewind to move 18 with White to play:

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and the game concluded 18.Ngh4 Bh5 19.Nf5 Kf7 20.Re1 Ndf8 21.Qxg7+! 1-0

At moves 20 and 19 Crafty End Game trainer can find no effective improvement to the game line (it sacrifices a lot of material to prolong its worthless life). But at move 18 it meets 18.Ngh4 with 18...Kh8! and I have not found a way through. I haven't spent long and haven't used silicon help: over to you to find a path to victory. Interactive link

If this gets a touch frustrating, enjoy instead winning the position starting at move 19 (link: when 19.Nf5 as in the game wins with reasonable care.

Sep-12-11  BOSTER: There is the time when the King feels much better when his army of bodyguard not so close, or using another words sometimes very closed family creates many problems.
Sep-12-11  sevenseaman: "Easy", with some similarity to the POTD.

The stifling palace guards. By Philip Stamma 1737.

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w in 5

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  Once: <SimonWebbsTiger> Come on, there's no need to pick fights. If you rewind the clock a couple of years, this site was full of people bragging about "I found it in seconds", quickly followed by "I found it in a nanosecond"

Ultimately all trumped when someone said "I'm a time traveller. I got the solution yesterday."

Since then we've all mellowed a little. If someone admits that it took them a little while to find the solution, perhaps we ought to have the good grace to recognise their honesty.

Let the flames die down please.

Sep-12-11  VincentL: It´s Monday so probably we need to sac the queen.

31. Qxg7+ is the only realistic way.

How to we finish off? Ah. 31... Nxg7 32. Nh6 mate.

Very easy indeed - when it is Monday and a CG puzzle.

I wonder if I would have seen this straight away in other circumstances. The black player didn´t.

Sep-12-11  TheFocus: <SimonWebbsTiger> Tsk. Tsk. tsk. <AJ> is now the Louisiana State Co-Champion. I mean, he has only posted that on every page known.

He even came to my Forum and said, "I hate you. You are a meanie. By the way, I tied for first in the Louisiana State Championship. I won three games with the Gumbo Gambit. I hope fire consumes you. Yada, yada, yada, blah, blah, blah. You should be banned from the site."

Oh, heck. I found it in seconds too. <AJ> <For at least a minute or two ... I had no clue.>

What a yutz.

<Hayton3> lives!!

Sep-12-11  howlwolf: Ok I am a Louisiana boy who contemplated playing in the state championship--every 15 years I play in a couple of tournaments, arriving kind of like a locust times 2 +1, and my expert rating (USCF) goes up or down a few points. I don't know what the gumbo gambit is but I can make a mean pot of duck and andouille gumbo that will knock your socks off. I understand that if you look up bumptious in the dictionary there is a smiling picture of AJ, but all this bashing seems to serve no point. Can't we all just get along?
Sep-12-11  estrick: <al wazir: If I hadn't known that Monday is Anne Boleyn/Catherine Howard Day, I might not have found it. And I bet I wouldn't have found it OTB.>


Even knowing that Anne or Catherine would probably be giving up their heads today, I still couldn't see the mate for what felt like 1000 seconds.

Sep-12-11  TheFocus: <howlwolf> <I don't know what the gumbo gambit is but I can make a mean pot of duck and andouille gumbo that will knock your socks off.>

Ring that dinner bell loudly the next time you make it and I will standing in line!!

Sep-12-11  gofer: <David2009:>

This position is so overwhelming for white that his attack can wait a few moves...

18 Ngh4 Kh8
19 Nf5 Ndf8
20 Be3 Qa5
21 c4 Rb8
22 a3 Qa6
23 Rad1 Qa5

Now for the fireworks...

24 d5 cxd5
25 b5 Qxa3
26 cxd5 Bg6
27 Nh4 Bxf5
28 Nxf5 Ng5
29 Nxg7 Nfh7
30 Nxe8 Rxe8
31 Bxg5 Nxg5
32 Qh4+ Kg7
33 Qh5! ...

Black's position is so desparate that Crafty EGT ejects its queen!

33 ... Qxd3

Game over...

Sep-12-11  turbo231: <SimonWebbsTiger: found it in seconds.>

I found it in a bunch of minutes, in fact I almost gave up.

Sep-12-11  fyad reject: missed another monday. kill me
Sep-12-11  sevenseaman: C'mon folks. You only needed to open a window for the full sea view. Its the sort of thing that I'd be doing in 'Mondayland' every day but with no one to post the solution to.

Going by the "Easy" difficulty assigned to all Mondayland puzzles this would probably occur the 4th or 5th Monday.

If I did not solve it (and pin the solution to my door handle) one of the voluptuous beauties is sure to laugh at my gawkiness and twit me with the solution. Hopefully she gives me one last shot to find the 'door-closing' move in this mating position;

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-- w in 1

White is in check - all you need to do is to find the last move and write in how the 'Kamasutra' position was arrived at.

Sep-12-11  TheFocus: <sevenseaaman> Just great! I solve the Monday puzzle if fifteen seconds flat looking at it with only one eye, and then you spring this unsolvable puzzle on us. Couldn't you have submitted this for a Sunday puzzle?
Sep-12-11  stst: QxB followed by Nh6, both g6 & e6 are restricted areas.
Sep-12-11  stst: < so many strong candidates> curiously enough I see none other candidates - but only QxB!
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  Once: <sevenseaman> Enjoyed your puzzle!

The solution, moving forwards, is surely Ng6#

Reconstructing to find the move before the puzzle position, I'm guessing that there used to be a white knight or bishop on g8 and that black played Qxg8 to self-pin his queen and give check.

Sep-13-11  DarthStapler: Also what happens if 13...gxf5?
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