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Surya Shekhar Ganguly vs Axel Smith
World Team Chess Championship (2019), Astana KAZ, rd 1, Mar-05
Spanish Game: Morphy Defense. Anderssen Variation (C77)  ·  1-0



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Dec-09-20  TheaN: Okay CG now we're just getting freebie midweeks <29.Rh8+ Kxh8 30.Qh5+ Kg8 31.Qh7+ Kf8 32.Qh8#>. There aren't even variations within this line; this is a Tuesday at best due to length :>

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Dec-09-20  Whitehat1963: Unusually easy for a Wednesday.
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  agb2002: White has a knight for a bishop.

Black threatens Bxf2+.

White wins by incorporating the queen into attack with tempo: 29.Rh8+ Kxh8 30.Qh5+ Kg8 31.Qh7+ Kf8 32.Qh8#.

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  agb2002: <An Englishman: Good Evening: Most entertaining part of the game--how the Ra1 snuck past a Queen and King standing on their original squares to reach g1.>

20... Bxb3? helped a lot.

Dec-09-20  benderules: This is a bit mondayish
Dec-09-20  Refused: It's a bit of a pity, that both 29.Rh8+ and 29.Qh5 lead to a mate. 29. Rh8+ is just bit quicker, as it cuts out the desperation sacrifice: Bxf2+-Bh4-Qxg1+ (or Qf2+).
Dec-09-20  thegoodanarchist: Reminds me a bit of the Topalov-Anand game, but there was no forced mate in that one
Dec-09-20  DrGridlock: Rh8+ and Qh5 are both mate in 4.
I prefer the later, since it preserves material for white.
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  Peligroso Patzer: <DrGridlock: Rh8+ and Qh5 are both mate in 4. I prefer the later (<sic>), since it preserves material for white.>

Although the two winning alternatives on White’s twenty-ninth move are equivalent in that both result in mate in four moves, puzzle solutions involving sacrifice of material are generally considered more elegant and preferable on that basis. Also, Ganguly’s move choice (29. Rh8+) preserves the initiative through to mate (not allowing Black even a single spite check), so that is a second reason that 29. Rh8+ would normally be considered the preferred solution.

I would also note that I fully agree with the several previous comments to the effect that this puzzle is unusually easy for a Wednesday.

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  mjmorri: Black's dark squared Bishop turned out to be a paper tiger.
Dec-09-20  King.Arthur.Brazil: After 24. ♔e1 even 24...f5 25. ♘h4 ♕f7 26. g6 ♕d7 27. ♘xf5 ♖f8 28. ♕d1 ♖xf5 29. ♖h8+ ♔xh8 30. ♕h5+ ♔g8 31. exf5 ♖f6 32. ♕h7+ ♔f8 33. ♕h8+ ♔e7 34. ♕xg7+ ♔e8 35. ♕xf6 Black resigns. The threat is 25.♘h4 for which Black has no reply. Even with 24...♔f8 25. ♖h8+ ♔e7 26. ♘h4 ♖xh8 27. ♘xg6+ ♖xg6 28. ♕d5 ♖h5 29. d4 exd4 30. cxd4 ♗b6 31. f4 Black position is still complicated.
Dec-09-20  drollere: Qh5 immediately works just fine, and in fewer moves without the tempo.

29. Qh5 Bxf2+
30. Kf1 Bxg1
31. Qh8#

Dec-09-20  AlicesKnight: 29.Rh8+ is one from a classic mould (after ....Kxh8, 30.Qh5+ etc.), which I saw first. Being a Wednesday and on this site, I did not look for the simpler Qh5 - oh dear .....
Dec-09-20  Nullifidian: <drollere>, I saw that solution too, but you're missing the best move for black:

29. ♕h5 ♗xf2+ 30. ♔f1 (♔d1 also works) ♗h4, disconnecting the rook and queen, 31. ♕h7+ ♔f8 32. ♕h8#. 31. ♖xh4 permits ♕xg1+ after which there is no mate in 4.

Thus it's not quicker but rather the same number of moves as the rook sac for tempo.

Dec-09-20  primero: Hi Stacase, why don't u use an ad blocker. I am sure you will find it very useful.
Dec-09-20  ferri1234: Quite easy
Dec-09-20  Cheapo by the Dozen: I somehow miscalculated the game line, and went with the equally good Qh5 instead.
Dec-09-20  moncul36: Hmm, this felt more like a Monday than a Thursday puzzle.
Dec-09-20  Halldor: 29. Qh5 is inferior as it allows a spite check (29... Bxf2+ 30 Kf1), and White will mate a move later than with the text move 29 Rh8!

Nice to have an easy Wednesday once in a while.

Dec-09-20  Nullifidian: <Halldor> White mates in the same number of moves with either line. The spite check doesn't enter into it.

29. ♕h5 ♗xf2+ 30. ♔f1 and now the only move that isn't mate in 1 is 30... ♗h4, as I pointed out earlier, but this still allows 31. ♕h7+ ♔f8 32. ♕h8# because the pawn supports the queen. Since this game was played out to mate using the other line, and it also ends on move 32, you can see for yourself that both starting moves are equal.

Dec-09-20  Halldor: <Nullifidian> You are right! I was too hasty.
Dec-09-20  messachess: Easy peezy if you take a little time.
Dec-09-20  savagerules: White could have done a double rook sacrifice if he wanted to taunt his opponent a bit. 29 Rh8+ Kxh8 30 Rh1+ Kg8 31 Rh8+ Kxh8 32 Qh5+
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  Breunor: I found it the easiest this week.
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  fredthebear: No 2020 games by GM Axel Smith in this database (but it appears he played 5 games in November). He did not play over the summer months. Was he busy working on another book?
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