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Viswanathan Anand vs Boris Gelfand
Hoogovens (1996)  ·  Sicilian Defense: Closed Variation (B23)  ·  1-0
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Aug-11-16  WorstPlayerEver: No, Anand was sacrificing since move 17.
Aug-11-16  AlicesKnight: Found the key move Rxe6. It was not clear to me how White could guarantee a win if Black accepted the Q loss and settled for 3 pieces but the practical chances against an exposed black K seemed quite good. In retrospect 16.... O-O castles "into it" but it is not easy (!) to see how White can do it in practice.
Aug-11-16  WorstPlayerEver: @al wazir
Had the same trouble; I solved the puzzle but didn't find 25... Kh7 26. Qf3
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  lost in space: Saw this line (for me the mainline):

22. Rxe6! Bxe6 (here the alternatives have to be covered)

23. Qxg6+ Qg7 24. Bxe6+ Rf7 (24...Kh8 is mate in 2)

25. Bxf7+ Kf8 (25...Kh8 is mate in 2)

26. Rxf6!

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26...Qxg6 (Alternative moves: mate soon)

27. Bxg6

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with a won game for white

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  agb2002: White has two pawns for a bishop and a knight.

Black threatens Qg2.

The first idea that comes to mind is 22.Qxg6+ Qg2 23.Rxf6 and if 23... Qxg6 then 24.Rxg6+ ends up two pawns ahead but the simple 23... Rxf6 wins for Black.

The white bishop x-rays the black king. This and the above line suggest 22.Rxe6 to make e6 directly accesible:

A) 22... Bxe6 23.Qxg6+

A.1) 23... Qg2 24.Bxe6+ Rf7 (24... Kh8 25.Rh5+ and mate next) 25.Bxf7+ Kf8 26.Qxf6 + - [B+3P].

A.2) 23... Bg7 24.Bxe6+

A.2.a) 24... Qxe6+ 25.Qxe6+ Rf7 (24... Kh7(8) 25.Rh5+ and mate in two) 25.Qxf7+ and mate in two.

A.2.b) 24... Rf7 25.Rxf7 wins.

A.2.c) 24... Kh8 25.Rh5+ and mate in two.

A.3) 23... Kh8 24.Rh5+ and mate next.

B) 22... Qg7 23.Rexf6+

B.1) 23... Kh7 24.Rh5+ Qh6 25.Rxh6+ and mate next.

B.2) 23... Kh8 24.Rh5+ Qh7 25.Rxh7+ Kxh7 26.Qxg6+ Kh8 27.Rxf8#.

B.3) 23... Rf7 24.Rxg6 wins.

C) 22... Qxe6 23.Qxg6+ Bg7 24.Bxe6+ Bxe6 25.Qxe6+ wins.

D) 22... Kg7 23.Rxe7+ Bxe7 24.Rxf8 Bxf8 (24... Kxf8 25.Qxg6 + - [Q+3P vs R+B]) 25.h4 + - (probably better than 25.Qc7+ and Bd5) [Q+3P vs R+B+N] and attack. For example, 25... Kh7 26.Qf3 Bg7 27.Qh5+ Bh6 28.g4 Nf4 29.Qf7+ Bg7 30.Qxf4.

E) 22... Kh7 23.Rxe7+ Bxe7 (23... Nxe7 24.Rh5#) 24.Rxf8

E.1) 24... Bxf8 25.Qc7+ followed by Bd5 wins more material.

E.2) 24... Nxf8 25.Qc7 Ng6 26.Bf7 Bf6 (due to 27.Bxg6+ Kxg6 28.Qxe7) 27.Bd5+ (27.Be6+ Ne7 protects the bishop on c8) 27... Ne7 28.Be4+ followed by c3 and Black will lose more material.

Aug-11-16  gofer: White is down two pieces, but is about to deliver its <coup de gras>...

<22 Rxe6 ...>

22 ... Bxe6
23 Qxg6+ ...

23 ... Qg7 (Kh8 24 Rh5+ mating)
24 Bxe6+ Rf7 (Kh8 25 Rh5+ mating)
25 Qxf6 Qxf6
27 Rxf6 Rf8
28 Rxf7 Rxf7
29 Bxf7 Kxf7

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Black can resign...

23 ... Bg7 (Kh8 24 Rh5+ mating)
24 Bxe6+ Rf7 (Qxe6+ 25 Qxe6+ mating or Kh8 25 Rh5+ mating) 25 Bxf7+ Kf8 (Kh8 26 Rh5+ mating)
26 Be6+ Qf6 (Bf6 Qg8#)
27 Rxf6+ Ke7 (Bxf6 Qxf6+ mating)
28 Rf7+ Ke6 (Kd8/Ke8 Qxg7 mating)
29 Bc4+ Ke5 (Bf6 Qxf6#)
30 Qe6+ Kd4
31 c3# - nice...

22 ... Any queen move
23 Rxf6+ and black's defences crumble...

22 ... Kh8
23 Qxg6 mating

22 ... Kf7/Kg7/Kh7
23 Rxe7+ winning


Hmmm, Boris found the best defence, but that was giving up his queen (having already given up all his king side pawns) against some bloke called Anand... ...not a good idea...

Aug-11-16  Ratt Boy: After 22.♖xe6, all the fun is in the annotations.
Aug-11-16  moodini: <gofer> I think it is "coup de grace" (or grāce if you prefer) although it might be that Gelfand felt like he had been struck by a lump of fat!
Aug-11-16  Virgil A: Maybe Black could have played on.
Aug-11-16  mel gibson: What a complicated game.
There are so many lines that I missed the Rook move.
Aug-11-16  gofer: Sorry, <moodini>, my French sounds okay, but really it isn't...

Aug-11-16  mccarthpm: after h4 black must try to save the knight with king to h7-I think bishop to f7 ends things quickly
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  whiteshark: missed this one - bad omen?
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  patzer2: If 22...Bxe6, my computer gives the win 23. Qxg6+ Qg7 (23... Bg7 24. Bxe6+ Rf7 25. Rxf7 Qxf7 26. Qxf7+ Kh7 27. Qf5+ Kh6 28. Bf7 b6 29. Qg6#) 24. Bxe6+ Rf7 25. Bxf7+ Kf8 26. Rxf6 Qxg6 27. Bxg6+ Kg7 28. Rb6 (+8.92 @ 20 depth, Deep Fritz 15).
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  YouRang: Friday 22.?

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This was easier than I expected for a Friday.

Black is already ahead in material, even if I (white) grab the Ng6. But my pieces are all active and attacking while black is lagging in development. I'm guessing that white had sacrificed some material to gain a tactic, and that tactic is what we are looking for.

Taking the N with 22.Qxg6+ allows 22...Qg7, and I have to back off with Qh5 since (being behind in material), I can't afford to exchange queens. This gives black time to develop.

The real tactic must involve that Pe6 which has a two-way pin. I can take it with the R or B, but my first guess is to take with the rook to maintain the bishop's pin on the king. So, <22.Rxe6>

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You don't have to consider this position for long to see that black is hopelessly overwhelmed. White is laden with attacking tactics, while black's uncoordinated "defenders" stand around like statues.

- If 22...Bxe6 then 23.Qxg6+ and now 23...Qg7 fails to 24.Bxe6+ Rf7 25.Bxf7+ Kf8 26.Rxf6 (and 23...Bg7 24.Bxe6+ is even worse for black).

- If 22...Qg7 then 23.Re7+ will win the Q (e.g. 23...Rf7 24.Rxf7 Qg6 25.Rf7xf6+ Kh7 26.Rf7+ Kh8 27.Rf8+ Kh7 28.R5f7+ Qg7 29.Rxg7+ ~#)

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  kevin86: White picks his opponent to pieces.
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  YouRang: <al wazir: Why is this game over?

After 25. h4, threatening to win the ♘ with 26. h5, black must break the pin, for example, by playing 25...Kh7. Now if 26. Qc7+, then 26...Kh6. Now what?>

After <25...Kh7 26.Qc7+ Kh6>

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White has <27.Bg8> threatening Qh7# <27...Be7 28.h5!> attacking defender of Be7 <28...Kxh5 29.Bf7> pinning defender of Be7 <29...Kg5 30.Bxg6+ Kxg6 31.Qxe7> and the Q+2P vs R+B advantage should be winning.


Actually, the most fun continuation IMO is after <25...Kh7>

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<27.Bg8+! Kxg8 28.Qxg6+ Kh8>

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The lone queen has black paralyzed with pins!

If <28...Kg7> then <29.h5!>, and how does black stop the h-pawn without giving up Bf8? In fact, the longer black tries to save the bishop, the worse it gets, e.g. <29...Kg8 30.g4!> and black cannot stop the advancing pawns (and eventual mate) without surrendering big material.

White just has to be careful against ...b5 and ...Bb7+ (with discovered attack on Q). :-)

Aug-11-16  saturn2: <YouRang Friday >ehm
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  YouRang: <saturn2> Oops. I guess that explains why today's Friday puzzle seemed more Thursdayish. :-)

And I guess I had better show up for work tomorrow after all. :-(

Aug-11-16  saturn2: Discovering your slight error was my only satisfaction on CG today for I did not get the puzzle solution. Thanks for that.
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  David2009: Anand vs Gelfand 22? White is two pieces down but can winn one back immediately. Because it's a puzzle I spot the intermediary move 22.Rxe6 instead of the obvious recapture 22.Qxg6+. The main variation is 22...Bxe6 23.Qxg6+ Q or Bg7 24.Bxe6+ etc.

Before checking I decide to set the puzzle position

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up in Crafty End Game Trainer:

After 22.Rxe6 the prudent robot stays out of trouble with 22.Kh7! and puts up a stiff resistance. I get to an ending of QPPP vs BNPP which I will have to gight hard to win. Enjoy doing better!

Now it really is time to check:
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I se that <You Rang> has analysed similar variations to the Crafty defence: but in the variation 22.Rxe6 Kh7 23.Rxe7+ Bxe7 24.Rxf8+ Bxf8! 25.Bg8 Kxg8 26.Qxg6+ the robot defends with Bg7 27.Qe8+ Kh7 and threatens to unravel. I preferred to keep Bishops on the board.

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  YouRang: <David2009> I pretty much considered the loss of the queen to be enough to call it "solved", but in the case of <22.Rxe6 Kh7 23.Rxe7 Bxe7>

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Rather than 24.Rxf4, my engine much prefers <24.Rf7+>

Now, if 24...Rxf7, I have 25.Bxf7 with an immediate threat on the Ng6. It probably continues 25.Bf5 Qf3! threatening Bf5 and Qh5+ ...Kg7 Qxg6+ with mate to follow.

Black's best is probably 24...Kh6 25.Rxf8 Bxf8 26.Qe3+ Kg7 27.Qe8 and white threatens to start pushing h4 (and ...Nxa4 loses to Qf7+ & Qxf8).

Aug-11-16  Patriot: Well...that was easy! 22...Kg7? lol Not much of a fight there!
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