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Attila Mandi vs Peter Dani
Debrecen Aranybika op 5th (2002), rd 4, Dec-28
Sicilian Defense: Old Sicilian. Open (B32)  ·  0-1



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Jan-27-14  stacase: Once I realized it was Black's and not Whites's move (-:
Jan-27-14  zb2cr: Black could mate on g2 if the White Knight on e3 were not there. So, 19. ... Ng4, which threatens mate on h2, deflects the Knight. White sees that 20. Nxg4, defending one mate, is met by another mate with 20. ... Qg2#.
Jan-27-14  gars: Suggestion of a pun to this game:

"Mandi, mandi, so good to me!"

Jan-27-14  whiteshark: <19... Ng4>, and Mandi is done.
Jan-27-14  Cheapo by the Dozen: <M.Hassan>,

I think you made an e2/e7 typo. Otherwise, you seem correct. And I'd forgotten that White had already managed to lose a piece.

Jan-27-14  Eduardo Leon: Shame on me. I quickly went for 19...♗h6 and considered the problem already solved. So I never allowed myself to consider anything better.
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  Penguincw: Starting out 1/1 this week. :)
Jan-27-14  gars: <Eduardo Leon> : Do not blame yourself. Many people do this all the time, me for one! One must make mistakes in order to learn how to avoid them, so let's blunder and (hopefully!) learn a bit of Chess.
Jan-27-14  goodevans: The difference in rating is very evident in this game. White probably thought he wasn't too bad until black dropped the excellent <14...f3> on him.
Jan-27-14  TheTamale: A little uncharacteristic for a Monday puzzle move, but easy enough to find that it merits its Monday designation.
Jan-27-14  Castleinthesky: <Morfishine> I will admit that Barry Manilow popped into my head before the solution to this puzzle :)
Jan-27-14  BOSTER: When CG begin Monday POTD with pos. like this
Black to play 17... nobody would say easy enough to find that it merits Monday designation.
Jan-27-14  aptp: 15 minutes I broke my head... Then I read " Black to move" :(
Jan-27-14  WJW147: Some could/can play the Sicilian (e,g Bobby F) but for others they should resign, citing "I don't know how to play against this Defence". Some of the games lately have been sheer farce. Bill Gates vs Magnus Carlsen was rather banal entertainment. Of ALL the games played by the masters during their time on Earth, there must be a few more inspiring games. Any Alekhine game will suffice for now. At least his games were entertaining.
Jan-27-14  MountainMatt: <HowDoesTheHorsieMove: It look to me like there has been a change in Monday puzzles, away from the weird sacrifices. If so, I approve. Queen sac Mondays were getting boring.>

I concur!

Looked at this puzzle 10 bleary-eyed minutes after waking up, and immediately thought "oh, Ng4 or Nc4 should work", and it's true they both do...but yeah, Ng4 is a wee bit faster.

Jan-27-14  BOSTER:

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Black to play 17...

Jan-27-14  YetAnotherAmateur: Hey, at least it's not a queen sac!

19. ... Ng4 was plainly the right play: It threatens Qg2# and Qxh2#.

The longest defense is:
20. Rc1 Qxh2+
21. Kf1 Qxf2#

Jan-27-14  brainzugzwang: Saw both 19. Ng4 and 19. Bh6. How does White respond to the latter?
Jan-27-14  dusk: <brainzugzwang> I think 19... Bh6 works as well, I thought the same.
Jan-27-14  YouRang: <brainzugzwang: Saw both 19. Ng4 and 19. Bh6. How does White respond to the latter?>

Both moves win for the same reason (remove the guard at e3).

The only (tiny) difference is that 19.Bh6 opens the a1-h8 diagonal, allowing white to delay mate with a couple pointless checks. e.g.

19...Bh6 20.Qe7 Bxe3 21.Qf6+ Kg8 22.Qg8+ (desperately hoping that black will think he's been checkmated?) Kxg8 23.any Qg2#

Jan-27-14  James D Flynn: 19…..Ng4 20.Rd1(delaying the mate for one move, if 20.Nxg4 Qg2# other moves allow Qxh2#) Qxh2+ 21.Kf1 Qxf2#
Jan-27-14  Gambit All: I looked carefully and could not find a Queen sacrifice. Then I realized I was supposed to be playing black - and still no Queen sacrifice!
Jan-27-14  Gambit All: This was Peter Dani's final game. Attila came after him with a battle axe moments later
Jan-27-14  brainzugzwang: <YouRang>, <dusk>: That's what i thought, too, that Bh6 does the same job of eliminating the defender of g2, and even allowing White a couple moves to prepare for Black's Bxe3, I didn't see any other way for White to defend g2, nor for the king to escape. Thanks for confirming my thoughts.
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  kevin86: Subtle for a Monday: Ng4 threatens mate a second time and Nxg4 is met by the first mate: Qxg2#.
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