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Yangyi Yu vs Peter Svidler
World Rapid Championship (2014) (rapid), Dubai UAE, rd 2, Jun-16
Sicilian Defense: Paulsen. Bastrikov Variation English Attack (B48)  ·  1-0



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Sep-11-17  saturn2: Was already 9..b5 (NxNd4 instead) a mistake?
Sep-11-17  Cheapo by the Dozen: Not really a case of a rook file being a back rank turned sideways.
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  patzer2: The mate-in-three with 33. Rh5+ pointed out by <stst> was a bit more difficult than usual for a Monday puzzle, but I found it easy enough.

More difficult is finding an early improvement for Black in this well traveled Sicilian opening variation.

In practice, Black has done OK holding it level with the slightly more popular 13...h6, as in the drawn game D Eggleston vs J R Adair, 2017.

Sep-11-17  claudi: 32...g6 was a completely useless defence for Blacks.
Sep-11-17  goodevans: Interesting to look back a few moves and ask why Svidler allowed 30.Qe8+. What's wrong with <29...Qf7>? The answer is that <30.Rd7!> is then devastating: <29...Qf7 30.Rd7! Qxe6 31.Rgxg7+ Kh8 32.Rh7+ Kg8 33.Rdg7#>.

<claudi: 32...g6 was a completely useless defence for Blacks.>

True, but by that stage stopping the mate would have cost black at least a piece, e.g. <32...Bf5 33.Rxf5 Rxf5 34.Qg6+ Kg8 35.Qxf5> with an overwhelming material advantage.

Sep-11-17  stacase: 33. Rh5+ Was there really any other move to consider?
Sep-11-17  zb2cr: Simple. 33. Rh5+, gxh5 ( 33. ... Kg7; 34. Qh8#); 34. Qg8+, Kh6; 35. Qg6#.
Sep-11-17  malt: 33.Rh5+ gh5 34.Qg8+ Kh6 35.Qg6#
or 35.Rg6#
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  thegoodanarchist: This is actually 2 Monday puzzles for the price of 1.

Black can get out of check with 33...Kg7, as well as 33...gxh5.

On 33...Kg7 the chess enthusiast must find 34.Qh8#

And of course in the more human 33...gxh5 line, 34.Qg8+ leads to mate.

Sep-11-17  alphee: Wonderful Monday puzzles, they make you feel good ..., then the rest of the week starts questioning that feeling ...
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  drollere: i especially enjoy the mating positions where the only pieces a player has left are the pieces necessary to mate the opponent.
Sep-11-17  King Harvest: <<An Englishman:> Good Evening: The best part of the game comes before the combination. 22.Bxh7+ starts a rather unusual and interesting attack.>>

Agreed! -- good on Yu for pointing it out ;)

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  kevin86: ez: white forces mate in three.
Sep-11-17  AlicesKnight: Looks like 33.Rh5+

33... Kg7; 34.Qh8#

Therefore 33.... gxh5; 34.Qg8+ Kh6; 35.Qg6# Lets see - yup; late but worth it...

Sep-11-17  goodevans: Interesting that nobody so far has given <33.Rh5+ gxh5 34.Qg8+ Kh6 35.Rg6#>.
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  ChessHigherCat: <goodevans: Interesting that nobody so far has given <33.Rh5+ gxh5 34.Qg8+ Kh6 35.Rg6#>.

If you're trying to show me I'm on your ignore list, I'm duly impressed <YAWN>:

<ChessHigherCat: Rh5+ gxh (Kg7 Qh8#) Qg8+ Kh6 Qg6#>

Anyway, I think <PB> covered that, too.

Sep-11-17  Magpye: I want the g-file open for the win, Alex. Rh5+ wins this.
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  Domdaniel: Hmm. I was just about to give free rein to my inner begrudger by asking "Why do people seem to enjoy something so easy?" (note the added Essence of Humblebrag).

And then I saw this post from <alphee>: <Wonderful Monday puzzles, they make you feel good>.

OK. That puts me in my place.

Sep-11-17  goodevans: Dear <ChessHigherCat>,

There have been a couple of times I've contemplated 'ignore' for you but alas some of your posts are of such quality that l would miss them.

Note, however, that the line I post finishes <Rg6#>, which is my entire point. Your readiness to dismiss it without properly reading it speaks volumes.

Sep-11-17  Tiggler: <malt: 33.Rh5+ gh5 34.Qg8+ Kh6 35.Qg6# or 35.Rg6#>

Yu Yangyi vs Svidler, 2014

Sep-11-17  morfishine: While <33.Rh5+> is obvious, what's not so obvious is how it was pulled off against Svidler


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  ChessHigherCat: <goodevans> Okay, I see, the two were "functionally equivalent" so I didn't even notice the difference.
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  gawain: The very first move that occurred to me turns out to be the winning move. I like it when that happens.
Sep-12-17  Nullifidian: 33. ♖h5+ ♙xh5 (♔g7 34. ♕h8#) 34. ♕g8+ ♔h6 and then White has the pleasant choice of ♕g6# or ♖g6#
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  Richard Taylor: Yes. I got it. I want to see if I can get them all this week. I got them last week except the insane one...although I saw the idea but rejected it. It was instructive that fortress...
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