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Arthur Ssegwanyi vs Roy Phillips
Istanbul Olympiad (2012), Istanbul TUR, rd 6, Sep-03
Sicilian Defense: Old Sicilian. General (B30)  ·  1-0

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Jul-15-13  Abdel Irada: Black's king must be furious.

"I kept you over here to protect me, and then the first time I was attacked, you stood and watched: <30. Rxh7†, Kxh7 ▢>.

"This I could forgive, because you were a <pinned piece>, but the next time, you did exactly the same thing, even though you were free to move: <31. Qh3†, Rh4> (See? The *other* rook tried to help) <32. Qxh4#>.

"In fact, all you really did in the end was to rob me of a flight square just when I needed it most."

Jul-15-13  zb2cr: The initial pin by the White Queen on the Black Rook on g7 makes this work. 30. Rxh7+ forces the Black King to take on h7. This makes Black vulnerable along the h-file. White can now let go of the unneeded pin and play 31. Qh3+. Black has only one useless interposition, with 30. ... Rh4+; 31. Qh4#.
Jul-15-13  peterjam: <White missed a more immediate win by Rh7 on move 29>

29 Rh7 Rh7 30 Qc3 Rh7 (anything else 31 Qc8 and Qg8 mate)31 Qc8 Be8 32 Qe8 and Ra7

Jul-15-13
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  HeMateMe: When you pin, you win.
Jul-15-13
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  HeMateMe: When you pin, you win.
Jul-15-13
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  offramp: When you pin, you win.
Jul-15-13  Abdel Irada: <29 Rh7 Rh7 30 Qc3 Rh7>

The rook goes to h7 while it's already there?

(I assume you meant 30. ...Rg7.)

Jul-15-13  mistreaver: Monday. White to play. Very Easy. 30?
First i started to look at all the Rxa4 tricks, but then i saw it: 30 Rxh7+ Kxh7
31 Qh3 Rh4
32 Qxh4 mate.
Jul-15-13  TheaN: Yes indeed, it seems as if the combination at hand was playable without the pin in effect, because the remainder was forced anyhow:

<29.Rxh7+ Rxh7 (Kxh7 30.Qh2+ 1-0) 30.Qc3+ Re5/Qd4/Rd4 (Rg7 30.Qh3+ 1-0) 31.Qc8+ Be8 32.Qxe8 Kg7 33.Qg8# 1-0>

Jul-15-13  lost in space: I love Mondays!

Back from vacation from an other third class partner and here we go:

30. Rxh7 Kxh7 (only move) 31. Qh3+ Rh4 (only move) 32. Qxh4#

Jul-15-13  pericles of athens: rook takes, etc.
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  kevin86: no Queen sac today. Instead,white takes advantage of the queen pin and takes rook at h7. Black is mated along the h-file.
Jul-15-13  YetAnotherAmateur: The wonderfully placed bishop makes it all possible: 30. Rxh7 Kxh7 (forced) 31. Qh3+ Rh4 (forced) 32. Qxh4#
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  chrisowen: Huff and puff and blow your housoff one 30.Rxh7+ up,

bad blow affabled courted disaster as goofballs,

29.Qc3 Qa6 bonks he cop 30.Rxh7+ raps at he door,

30...kxh7 31.Qh3+ cache really it over and dusted,

bah h4#

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  Once: Sometimes you've got to feel sorry for rooks. All four get a raw deal today. If the whole world is a stage, then these luvvies get the worse parts imaginable.

The Ra1 does nothing all game. It's as if his agent has phoned him to say: "I've got some good news and some bad news. The good news is that I've got you a part in Waiting for Godot, alongside Gielgud and Olivier."

"That's great!" exclaims the Ra1, who up to this point had only played a non-speaking psychotic terrorist in Die Hard. "What's the bad news?"

Agent: "You're playing Godot."

The Re4 struts around on centre stage for a while, then can only throw his life away for nothing on the h file. He's Mercutio, Romeo's friend who dies under his arm after wibbling on endlessly about dreams and Queen Mab. A plague on both your houses! Ask for me tomorrow and you shall find me a grave man.

The Rh1's one and only contribution is to give up his life for a prawn and the mate. Tis an heroic end, to be sure, but he still finds himself back in the box while the rest of his teammates are queuing up to collect the Oscars. He's Goose to Cruise's Maverick, Sinatra in Von Ryan's express, Boromir, ObiWan, Yoda.

But it's the Rg7 we should feel most sorry for. First, he is forced to fianchetto himself. For a red blooded rook, that must be like a teenage boy being asked to dress up as a girrrl in the school play. A rook in bishop's clothes! That's Tootsie. It's Priscilla queen of the chessboard. That's normally something that you only do in the privacy of your own home, and then only on your birthday. If you know what I mean.

Not only that, but after the ignominy of a rook fianchetto, he then gets himself pinned, which is surely then chessboard equivalent of an actor being typecast. "Yes, I know you're a versatile actor, but audiences really love you in tough guy roles. It's the vertical and horizontal stuff they love. Leave the diagonals to the guys without the six packs."

Now the stage is bare and I'm standing there with emptiness all around. And if you won't come back to me, they can bring the curtain down.

Jul-15-13  BOSTER: The very subtle, and artistic move 29.Qc3 , which pinned the rook g7 , is another proof that majority of combo are based on the <theme of double attack>. Here we had the threat Qc8 (black played Qa6) and Qh3+ after Rxh7+. This is another ex., the same <theme>. Couple days ago <FSR> gave a link to the game Burden vs Christiansen . Thanks. No doubt this a big show. I want you give one pos. from this game , and I believve that even hot Christiansen would have stopped the clock after correct move played by white.


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  Once: Qf7, threatening Qxh7# and Qxc4.
Jul-15-13  Dr. J: <TheaN: Yes indeed, it seems as if the combination at hand was playable without the pin in effect, because the remainder was forced anyhow: 29.Rxh7+ Rxh7 (Kxh7 30.Qh2+ 1-0) 30.Qc3+ Re5/Qd4/Rd4 (<<Rg7 30.Qh3+ 1-0>> ) 31.Qc8+ Be8 32.Qxe8 Kg7 33.Qg8# 1-0>

No, unfortunately. 30...Rg7 31 Qh3+ Rh4! winning: 32 Qxh4+ (32 Qc8+ Kh7) Rh7 33 Qe1 (33 Qxa4 Rh1+ 34 Kd2 Qf2+ leads to mate) Qb7 e.g. 34 Qc3+ e5 35 Rxa4(?) Rh1+ again leads to mate.

Jul-15-13  YouRang: <Once: Sometimes you've got to feel sorry for rooks. All four get a raw deal today. If the whole world is a stage, then these luvvies get the worse parts imaginable.

The Ra1 does nothing all game. It's as if his agent has phoned him to say: "I've got some good news and some bad news. The good news is that I've got you a part in Waiting for Godot, alongside Gielgud and Olivier."

"That's great!" exclaims the Ra1, who up to this point had only played a non-speaking psychotic terrorist in Die Hard. "What's the bad news?"

Agent: "You're playing Godot." >

As usual, you've done a fine job of capturing the underlying emotional drama of the pieces. We all know that the pieces have feelings too, and yet we often refrain from discussing them openly because it can make us uncomfortable. It's a bit like discussing the ambitions of cattle while enjoying a steak dinner.

Anyway, in the case of Ra1, you may be understating the role of this rook by overestimating the relevance of movement. Even though Ra1 doesn't move, it does end up pinning black's bishop on the a-file.

So, perhaps instead of playing Godot, it's playing Harry, in "The Trouble With Harry". He never moves, and yet he still manages to cause trouble.

Jul-15-13  Alex56171: Yes, very easy! 30.Rxh7+ Kxh7 31. Qh3+ Rh4 32.Qxh4# Both black replies are forced.
Jul-15-13  The Rocket: Of course it's easy. Amatuers always look for checks. Take it from someone who knows!
Jul-15-13  zooter: straightforward...

30.Rxh7+ Kxh7 31.Qh3+ Rh4 (only move) 32.Qxh4#

Jul-15-13  BOSTER: In the pos. only half move before <POTD>. Here black found the <fantastic blunder!> playing 29...Qa6 to enjoy many kibitzers. But if he played simple e6 <Once> <a rook in bishop's clothes> would be a power piece, and all combo will disapper like fog. This is the pos. with 29...e6.


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If 30.Bxe6 Qe3+ 31.Qxe3 Rxe3 32.Rxa4 Rxe6.

Jul-15-13  Nullifidian: Almost missed this puzzle!

30. ♖xh7+ ♔xh7 31. ♕h3+ ♖h4 32. ♖h4#

Jul-16-13  Abdel Irada: <So, perhaps instead of playing Godot, it's playing Harry, in "The Trouble With Harry". He never moves, and yet he still manages to cause trouble.>'

Competing narratives. This should be fun. :-D

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