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Yuri S Balashov vs Vlastimil Jansa
World Senior 65+ (2017), Acqui Terme ITA, rd 9, Nov-16
English Opening: Symmetrical Variation. Botvinnik System Reversed (A37)  ·  0-1

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Dec-04-18  sudoplatov: At last a simple one like yesterday's.
Dec-04-18  ChessHigherCat: Queen sac Tuesday: 29...Qxf3 30. Rxf3 Re1+ 31. Kg2 Rg1# and blash-off!
Dec-04-18  lost in space: 39...Qxf3+ 40. Rxf3 (only move) Re1+ 41. Kg2 Rg1#

or after 40...Re1+ 41. Rf1 Rxf1+ 42. Kg2 Rg1#

Dec-04-18  ChessHigherCat: (I was off by 10 on the move numbers and forgot the worthless interposition 41. Rf1 but that's what you get for trying to be first)
Dec-04-18
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  agb2002: Black has a bishop for a knight.

White threatens Qxf5+ and Qxh5+.

The black pieces control most squares around the white king. This leads to 39... Qxf3+ 40.Rxf3 Re1+ 41.Rf1 (41.Kg2 Rg1#) 41... Rxf1+ 42.Kg2 Rg1#.

Dec-04-18  saturn2: I saw 39...Qxf3+

40. Rxf3 Re1+ 41. Kg2 (Rf1 delays only) Rxf1#

Dec-04-18  areknames: Monday standard really.
Dec-04-18  areknames: Very familiar opening pattern - at least to myself - that Balashov treated somewhat passively.
Dec-04-18  malt: 39...Q:f3+ 40.R:f3 Re1+ 41.Rf1
(41.Kg2 Rg1# )
41...R:f1+ 42.Kg2 Rg1#
Dec-04-18  AlicesKnight: 39.... Qxf3+ 0-1 (I presume)..... yes.
Dec-04-18  cocker: Two fairly handy pensioners. This combination also started a move earlier.
Dec-04-18  zb2cr: 39. ... Qxf3+; 40. Rxf3(forced), Re1+; 41. Kg2, Rg1# is the main line.

White can prolong the agony by one move with the worthless interposition 41. Rf1, Rxf1+; 42. Kg2, Rg1#.

I wonder if Black announced mate in 4?

Dec-04-18
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  whiteshark: #4
<World Senior 65+> in the (not so) near future ...
Dec-04-18
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  gawain: When he moved 38 Qg5 what could Balashov have been thinking? Perhaps hoping for draw by perpetual check? He apparently did not understand the danger he was in.

Or maybe he was in time trouble.

Dec-04-18  Mayankk: 38 Qg5 is obviously a strange losing move. But does Black have a forced win even after the simple 38 Qd1?
Dec-04-18  Gouvaneur: Maybe should have started the tactics question with the position after 38.Qg5. I suppose this was declined due to the fact that 38...gxf3+ seems to be quite crushing as well.
Dec-04-18
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  thegoodanarchist: 39...Qxf3+!! wins. Easy peasy Japanesey
Dec-04-18  demolitionman: I had 39...Re1. Does this also win?
Dec-04-18  sambo: 39...Re1 fails because 40 Qxf5+ puts black in check and defends the pawn on f3
Dec-05-18  FlashinthePan: Qxf3+ was also winning for Black on move 38, before Re2+.

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