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Francisco Javier Moyano Morales vs Carlos Merlo
Mar del Plata op (1967), rd 8
Italian Game: Scotch Gambit. Anderssen Attack (C56)  ·  1-0



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May-20-13  stst: Easy with a trick, but the Monday Q-sac (laugh) saves the day! 20.Qg5+ (sac by R) RxQ
The trap to lure the tempted move 20.Qh6 threatening Qg7 mate next fails to Ne8, when the Q retreats, g7 is already guarded by the N.
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  agb2002: White is one knight down.

Black threatens 20... Rxd2.

Pattern recognition quickly finds a mate in two: 20.Qg5+ Rxg5 21.Rxg5#.

May-20-13  jffun1958: 20. Qg5 Rxg5 21. Rxg5#
May-20-13  lost in space: I love Mondays!

20. Qg5+ Rxg5 (only move) 21. Rxg5#

May-20-13  Abdel Irada: <<•> "Don't retreat ... reload" <•>>

When the defender's king has no moves, funny things can happen to it.

<<•> 20. Qg5†, Rxg5

21. Rxg5# >

May-20-13  Abdel Irada: I would not call this a Scotch Gambit. It's more a Two Knights' Defense by transposition.

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  Once: There's a strange three-step dance that we see in these puzzles. Let's call it wish-can't-can.

It starts with a <wish>. The black king has no moves. I wish I could put my queen on the g file as that would checkmate him.

But then comes the <can't>. I can't play 20. Qg5+ as black would simply snap it off with 20...Rxg5. And that's where a rank beginner might stop. 20. Qg5+ "obviously" fails because I don't want to give away my queen.

The art of the combination is to look one step further and see 21. Rxg5#. We <can> play 20. Qg5+ because it leads to a forced mate.

So there we have it - wish-can't-can. It sort of reminds me of a scene from Star Wars the Phantom Menace:

Darth Sidious: Begin landing your troops. <Wish>

Viceroy of the Trade Federation: My Lord, is that legal? <Can't>

Darth Sidious: I will make it legal. <Can>

No? Only me then.

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  whiteshark: I wonder whether black regretted grabbing 14.♕x♙a2?
May-20-13  tivrfoa: Actually combo started in 15. xD
May-20-13  TheTamale: An easy puzzle, but a theme I haven't seen before. Nice!
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  gawain: Yes, a nice twist on the Q sacrifice theme. I liked this one.
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  chrisowen: I oblivious to attempt it now ado queen g5 land,

damp squab in g5lesson to be decided in effect for,

look booted 20.Qg5+ head chump in foot the bill it is affable advantage thought in do it grate in b5,

out in ticket switching back line low in stone the,

crows in gentle one 20.Qg5+ got a capital blend in grit stakes are high in table off 20...Rxg5 21.Rxg5#.

May-20-13  Knight Stalker: Refreshing one to start the week with. Let's see how harder they get...
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  kevin86: Black had a choice to take the queen and be mated,or not to take and stay alive...the next move,the offer couldn't be refused!

20 ♕g5+ and mate next!

Queen sacs at right angles.

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  offramp: A classic <XRAY DEFLECTION INTERFERENCE OVERLOAD SKEWER STOKE ADAMS ATTACK>. Well done Francisco Morales. You are promoted to Colonel.
May-20-13  pericles of athens: cha-ching!
May-20-13  Abdel Irada: <Well done Francisco Morales. You are promoted to Colonel.>

Now he'll have to share quarters with Colonel O'Korn. And that means we'll need to assign a new roommate to Major Mel Funkshin ....

Promotions are so much trouble sometimes.

May-20-13  Mendrys: <tivrfoa: Actually combo started in 15. xD> I wonder if Morales had all of this in mind and was luring Merlo into a trap where Merlo hastily sets up the discovered attack on the queen. Houdini thinks best for black was 15...b6 and still thinks so on move 16 as in:

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16...b7-b6 17. Rc5-g5 f7-f6 18. Ne4xf6+ Rf8xf6 19. Bc3xd4 Rf6-g6 20. Rg5xg6 h7xg6 21. Qd1-d3 c7-c5 22. b4xc5 b6xc5 23. Qd3xg6 Rd8xd4 24. Qg6-e8+ Kg8-h7 25. Qe8-h5+ Kh7-g8 26. Qh5-e8+ Kg8-h7

Where the best white has is a perpetual. 16...Nb5 falls right into the trap and is immediately fatal.

May-20-13  BOSTER: Many years ago <Once> would write something like this. The rook on c5 through black rook d5, which is transparent for X-ray, is attacking g5 square, the end of imagination. Time changes everything.
<tirvoa> <Actually combo started in 15.> This is wrong.
If you asked somebody why did white move rook on c5, I doubt that you will get a good answer. After 15.Rc5 even <silly> black 15...Rfd8 16.Bc3 Nb5? 17.Nf6+ gxf6 18.Bxf6 Rxd1 destroys all combo.
And after 15.Rc5 black can play Bb3 and then Ne6, or Nb3.

To compete with <POTD> I want to give you next pos. Black to play.

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May-20-13  gars: God bless the Mondays!
May-20-13  bischopper: if 20.Qh6 Nf5!! wins blak but Qg5+ is enought
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  musicmanTRIBALx: <bischopper: if 20.Qh6 Nf5!! wins blak but Qg5+ is enought>

20. Qh6 Nf5 21. Qg5+ 1-0

May-20-13  Moonwalker: Why didn't black resign after 19.♕d2?
Did he simply not see the coming mate?
May-20-13  Nullifidian: Either 20. ♕h6 or ♕g5+ wins, but saccing the queen is quicker because Black's response is forced.
May-22-13  tivrfoa: Hi <Mendrys> and <BOSTER>. I'm not saying that 15. Rc5 is good or bad. Traps often need a help to work. =D And maybe he didn't think of this combo, but maybe did hehe
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