Tactics Time Chess Newsletter: Four Queens

Published: Sun, 12/18/16

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Four Queens

 It’s sad that four-queens positions are so rare, because the tactical possibilities are just out of this world ~ Dana Mackenzie

tactics position x
his position comes from the game GM Artyom Timofeev (2570) vs GM Urii Eliseev (2582), Moscow Open 2016, round 7, played May 2, 2016. 
   In the position on the right it is White to move
   Answer below.

   This is an extremely interesting game, that was first brought to my attention from Dana Mackenzie's excellent chess blog "Dana blogs chess", where he wrote a post called "Most Amazing Game of 2016", which you can read here: http://www.danamackenzie.com/blog/?p=4509

   As you can see from the diagram, both sides have two Queens, which is very unusual!

   Although Eliseev lost this game, he ended up winning this prestigious tournament on tie-breaks.

   Sadly, Eliseev (Russian: Юрий Михайлович Елисеев), died just a few weeks ago on November 26, 2016 at the age of 20 after falling from a balcony on the 12th floor of a Moscow apartment block. 

   From Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yuri_Yeliseyev_(chess_player)): His death was reported by his friend and fellow Grandmaster Daniil Dubov, who said that Yeliseyev had been trying to climb from a window to the balcony but slipped. Yeliseyev's flatmate told Russian TV that the parkour enthusiast "Yuri loved extreme things" and had climbed between the window and the balcony before.

   Here is an article from the BBC about his death, http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-38129713

   Rest in Peace.

   Here is the complete game:
[Event "Moscow Open A 2016"]
[Site "Moscow RUS"]
[Date "2016.02.05"]
[EventDate "?"]
[Round "7.1"]
[Result "1-0"]
[White "Artyom Timofeev"]
[Black "Urii Eliseev"]
[ECO "B67"]
[WhiteElo "2570"]
[BlackElo "2582"]
[PlyCount "95"]

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 d6 6. Bg5 e6
7. Qd2 a6 8. O-O-O Bd7 9. f4 b5 10. Bxf6 gxf6 11. Kb1 Qb6
12. Nxc6 Bxc6 13. f5 b4 14. Ne2 e5 15. Ng3 h5 16. Bc4 h4
17. Nf1 Bxe4 18. Qe2 Bxf5 19. Ne3 Be6 20. Nd5 Bxd5 21. Bxd5
Rc8 22. Qg4 Rc7 23. Rhf1 Rh6 24. Rf3 h3 25. Rg3 a5 26. a4 Qf2
27. Bb3 f5 28. Qg8 hxg2 29. Rg7 Rf6 30. Rh7 d5 31. Rh8 Qc5
32. Qxg2 d4 33. Qg7 Rcc6 34. Ka2 Rce6 35. Rg1 Rh6 36. Rg5 Rxh8
37. Qxh8 Rh6 38. Qg8 Rf6 39. Rg7 Qe7 40. h4 f4 41. h5 f3
42. h6 f2 43. h7 f1=Q 44. h8=Q d3 45. Rg1 Qf3 46. Rg3 Qc6
47. Rxd3 Rg6 48. Qxe5 1-0

   You can play through this game here:  http://www.chessgames.com/perl/chessgame?gid=1821867

   White played 48. Qxe5!! sacrificing both Queens at the same time!

   Dana Mackenzie wrote, "I can imagine a composed problem with two simultaneous queen sacrifices, but I would never have believed it possible in a tournament game."

   If Black plays 48...Qxe5 49. Qxf7#

   If Black takes the other Queen with 48...Rxg8 it is mate in three with 49.Qb8+ Qc8 50.Qxc8+ Qd8 51.Qxd8+

   The best Black can do is delay checkmate, with a variation like 48...Qd5 49.Qb8+ Qed8 50.Bxd5 Qxb8 51.Qxf7+ Kd8 52.Be6+ Qd6 53.Rxd6+ Bxd6 54.Qd7#
   Happy Tactics!
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