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Matthew Sadler vs Sipke Ernst
"Back in the Sadler" (game of the day Oct-16-2011)
Oslo Chess International (2011), Oslo NOR, rd 5, Oct-05
Slav Defense: General (D10)  ·  1-0



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Kibitzer's Corner
Oct-13-11  Whitehat1963: "You won't take the bishop. Fine. Here. Take my h-pawn."
Oct-14-11  goodevans: Sadler's win against the runner-up in the tournament was his quickest.

23 ... Bf6? didn't help black's cause. White was already better by then but this move was the source of all black's subsequent troubles.

There are several better ways to prevent a white incursion with Qf7. 23 ... Qg8 probably gets my vote.

Oct-16-11  sevenseaman: Persuade or coerce, the deal must come into force.
Oct-16-11  LIFE Master AJ: Sadler back playing again ...
Oct-16-11  goodevans: Since returning to serious chess (his last previous outing was in 2004) Sadler has scored +14 -0 =3 for a very impressive 91.2%
Oct-16-11  cunctatorg: What was Sipke Ernst's last grave error?
Was it 29 ... Nc6? instead of 29 ... h5?! or was it 23 ... Bf6 (?) instead of 23 ... Bh4!? or even 23 ... Qg8 with the idea of 24... Rf8(!?)?

Good for Matthew: he completely outplayed Sipke!...

Oct-16-11  DieHard: I think the last chance to avoid the lost game continuation, was 24. ... Nc6. Black was still lost at that point. I think it was 23. ... Bf6 because 23. ... Qg8 instead seems to hold.
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  Once: The final position is pretty. If black takes the pawn we get this...

31.h6+ Kxh6 32.Bf8+ Bg7 33.Qh3+ Kg5 34.Bxg7

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It's a GOOT. Black can move just about any of his pieces but he cannot stop mate in one.

But here's tonight's pop quiz. Against just about any black move white will mate with 35. Bh6#. Can you spot the two black moves which force a different mate?

Oct-16-11  horncabbage: Alternative pun: The Impotence of being Ernst.
Oct-16-11  chessicle: <once> 34 ... h5 35 ♕g3# is one; can't see the other!
Oct-16-11  TheRavenPK: <Once> I guess the other move is "resign, 1-0" ?
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  Once: Sorry, folks, it was a trick question!

The other finish is 34...h6 35. Bxh6# Strictly speaking, 35. Bxh6# isn't quite the same move as 35. Bh6#.

Oct-16-11  DarthStapler: I figured that out
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  kevin86: Take my h-pawn,please!

The pawn was as hard driving as Eliot Sadler-the NASCAR driver.

Oct-18-11  TheRavenPK: <Once> Nice, you got me :)

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