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“The world is full of magic things, patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper.”

― W.B. Yeats

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Paleologu,Vlad  (2159)

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Linder,Oliver (1952)

I was sent this position by a good friend of mine, Hugo Gomes. White has some problems to solve! Black is threatening mate on the back rank; 1.Kf1 changes nothing and allows mate in one move! If there is nothing better, then White can always try 1.f3!?, though after 1…Rh1+ 2.Kf2 R8-h4! (threatening …Nh4) the outcome is far from clear (but atleast White is not losing)

Probably very short of time, White nervously picked up his Bishop and gave check:

1.Bf7+(!) Kf8

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Here White realized that his idea 2.f3(?) does not work after 2…Ne2+ 3.Kf2 NxQ there is no 4.Ne6 mate because the Knight is pinned!  Also 2.BxR fails to 2…Ne2+.  So White resigned…

HOW DOES WHITE WIN IN THE POSITION ABOVE?

quite

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im  Schouten, Nico

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gm Vasiukov,E

Euro Seniors +65 Eretria  2015.5.3  White had just played 28.Pxg7 and Black resigned! Why? Well, first of all, after 28…Qe7 29.Rf8+! mates next move.  And after 28…Qxg7:

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Black saw that White can just exchange Queens and win the Bishop with Rf7+.  Fair enough!  And a GOOD reason for resigning…BUT, for the sake of keeping the record straight, in the above position White has MUCH better than merely winning a Bishop.

WHITE TO PLAY AND FORCE MATE!

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gm  Aagaard,J

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fm  Sanders, Isaac  (2316)

4NCL Hinckley Island ENG 2015.5.3  Position before Black’s 31st move.  Ofcourse, Black is crushing!  White has been terribly outplayed and is trying some desperate kamakaze attack over on the Kingside…here simply 31…Rf4! (blocking the Queen’s entrance to the Kingside) should win easily enough.

HOWEVER, probably short of time, the grandmaster made a terrible miscalculation:

31…BxB?

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Now White wins!  That is the curious thing about this game of ours: the outcome is more often than not  decided NOT by how well you play, but by the mistakes you make!

32.Qh6!

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Threatening mate in one and virtually forcing the next move

32…Kf8  33.Qg5!!

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Everything is with threats.  If now 33…Ke8 34.Rh8+ Rf8 35.Bh5!

33…Kg8! 34.Qh4!

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Time for Black to throw in the towel, but we can understand his not wanting to …he decides to do his kamakaze bit…but does not have the LUCK that fell upon his opponent:

34…Rxf3 35.Rh8+ Kf7

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36.Rxg7+!

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Black got mated two moves later…

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Euro Seniors +65 Eretria  2015.5.3 Vasiukov, Evgeni–Schouten, Nico:  29.Bxh7+! Kh8 (Taking the Bishop allows mate in three starting with 30.Rf7) 30.Bg6! Re7 (most logical. There are other ways to resist longer, but they involved giving away all of the pieces) 31.Qh5+ Kg8 32.Bf7+ etc.  The reader can easily verify that mate is inevitable.

THE SOLUTION to the Linder game is 2.Ne6+!! (deflecting the Knight on f4) 2…NxN 3.BxR!  winning .  After 3…RxB (what else?) 4.Qxg4 and Black has no defence.  

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