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Axel Smith vs Nils Grandelius
"Sacre5ice PersoNe5ied" (game of the day Sep-09-2020)
Sigeman & Co (2014), Malmo SWE, rd 5, May-19
Queen's Gambit Declined: Tartakower Defense. General (D58)  ·  0-1



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Jul-10-15  morfishine: I couldn't find any real defense(s) to 42...h3


Jul-10-15  Infohunter: <offramp: I wonder what is the largest number of moves between a pawn arriving on the seventh rank and that pawn promoting?>

I'd love to know the answer to that myself. If only there were a way to search the database for this.

Jul-10-15  wooden nickel: 40.Ke2? ruined White followed by 40... Qf5 and 41.Nd1

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giving the very admiring sac 41... Ne5!
Accepting leads to the pesky little move 42... h3!
<morfishine: I couldn't find any real defense(s) to 42...h3> Exactly!

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  offramp: <Infohunter: <offramp: I wonder what is the largest number of moves between a pawn arriving on the seventh rank and that pawn promoting?> I'd love to know the answer to that myself. If only there were a way to search the database for this.>

I'll bet it's some catatonically boring Q+P v Q ending. But there might be some very interesting games as well.

Jul-10-15  Nostrils: Qg4+ also wins but takes a bit longer.
42... Qg4+ 43. f3 Qxg2+ 44. Nf2 exf3+ 45. Ke1 Qg1+ 46. Qf1 Qg5
Jul-10-15  CHESSTTCAMPS: Black is down a minor piece, but white's knight is passive and the white rooks are not defending the king, so direct attack is effective, with black able to pick up several pawns with check:

42... Qg4+ 43.f3 (Ke1|f1 Rxd1#) Qg2+ 44.Nf2 (Ke1 Qd2+ 45.Kf1 Qxd1+ 46.Kg2 Qxf3+ 47.Kh2 Qg3+ [Kg1 Rd1+] 48.Kh1 Rd1+ forces mate) exf3+ 45.Ke1 Rxe5! [appears stronger than 45... Qg1+ 46.Kf1;threatens Rxe3#] 46.Qg4+ Qxg4 47.Nxg4 Re4 48.Nf2 (Nh2 Rxe3+ 49.Kf2 Re2+ is worse) Rxe3+ 49.Kf1 Rd2 50.R6xc7 Rc3 wins the knight and the game.

Time for review - maybe there's something simpler.

Jul-10-15  CHESSTTCAMPS: Never considered the game continuation.
Jul-10-15  patzer2: Black's combination actually begins a move earlier, since 41...Ne5! 42. dxe5 sets up 42...h6! .
Jul-10-15  lost in space: I haven’t been able to see the solution immediately and so I decided to analyze the position on my chessboard. - but I had the knight on e1 instead of d1

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This position is dead even, no chance to win it. Also here the best is to start with

1...h3 but the fact that f3 is precede by the knight e1 chances everything.

2. gxh3 Qh5+ 3. f3 Qxh3 4. Ra2 Qh2+ 5. Kf1 Qh1+ 6. Ke2....

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So: no blossoms for me today. Stupid me.

Jul-10-15  patzer2: Excellent posts by <luzhin> and <Karpova> at the start of the kibitzing for this game.

Karpova is correct that 42. Qc3 puts up more resistance than the game continuation, but after 42. 42. Qc3 Qg4+! (-6.38 @ 22 depth, Deep Fritz 14) it's still hopeless for Whtie.

Jul-10-15  dfcx: Black is down a knight already.


A. 43.f3 Qxg2+ 44.Nf2 (Ke1? Qh1+ and mates) Qxf3+ 45.Ke1 (Kf1? Rd1#) Qxe3+ 46.Kf1 Re2 and black wins

B. 43.Ke1/Kf1 Rxd1#

Seems too easy, time to check

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  Penguincw: I almost thought it was too <easy>, for a <Friday> puzzle! But of course, when that happens, then that means you got it wrong.

The variation I went with was 42...Qg4+ 43.f3 gxf3+ 44.gxf3 Qg2+ 45.Ke1?? (45.Nf2, and white is fine) Qg1+ 46.Qf1 Qxf1+? (46...Rxd1+! is better) 47.Kxf1 Rxd1+, and black is fine.

Jul-10-15  patzer2: I took a wild guess that 42...Rxd1?? was the solution to this Friday puzzle, but I was wrong. After 42...Rxd1?? 43. Kxd1 Rd7+ 44. Kc1 Qxf2 45. Qxe4 (+6.35 @ 20 depth, Deep Fritz 14), the tables are turned as Black throws away the win and gives it to White.

Instead of 42...Rxd1??, Fritz confirms both the game continuation with 42...h3! (-12.49 @ 20 depth) and <agb2002>'s & <CHESSTTCAMPS> 42...Qg4+! (-6.49 @ 20 depth) win for Black.

P.S.: White's decisive error according to Fritz was 40. Ke2? allowing 40...Qf5! (-3.15 @ 21 depth). Instead, 40. Ke1 = (-0.16 @ 27 depth) holds. This is because after 40. Ke1, the reply 40...Qf5 no longer wins as 41. Qf1 = is now available.

In the game continuation after 40. Ke2? the King obstructed the diagonal and took away the defensive resource 41. Qf1 =.

Jul-10-15  dfcx: I missed 46.Qe2 in my first line. 4.5/5 this week.
Jul-10-15  AvidChessMan: I liked 42... h3 right from the start –attacking the g2 pawn which is essential pinned down and threatening Qf3+. I saw no good responses to this move from black.
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  Jimfromprovidence: Don't have much to add except a couple of FWIW comments on queen options black has on move 44.

44...Qh5+ also wins nicely.

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But 44...Qxd7 seems to throw away the win.

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White to play and equalize.

Jul-10-15  kevin86: The secret- with white attacking- is to queen WITH CHECK.
Jul-10-15  saturn2: Revisiting the game it seems to me that white's true blunder was not 40 Ke2 but 42 dxNe5 after which black's rock has to open d-file. After for instance 42Qc3 Black can put his Knight on d3 and follow the plans of the puzzle: h3 or Qg4, but is it hopeless for white then?
Jul-10-15  OutOfSync: I've said the same thing many times myself....
Jul-10-15  morfishine: After going over the game, White was out-maneuvered, hood-winked
Jul-10-15  BOSTER: In the pos. white to play 36.(diagram).

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You need a big misunderstanding in order to move white queen from diagonal a1-h8 where black king is a good target for <pin>.

I'd play d5 opening diagonal, in reality white played 36.Qe2. Am I wrong?

Sep-09-20  7he5haman: Nice game!

A neat feature is that Black's Queen never once moved diagonally!

Sep-09-20  Ironmanth: I like this game! Some tricky ideas. Thanks, chessgames! Y'all stay safe out there in chessland today.
Sep-09-20  Brenin: <BOSTER>: Doesn't 36 d5 simply lose the d-pawn after 36 ... Qe5, pinning its only defender?
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  MissScarlett: Pun should have been strangled at birth.
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