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Alexander Yevgenyevich Baburin vs Jan van de Mortel
"What Fool De Mortel Be" (game of the day Mar-08-2008)
Cappelle la Grande (1993), Cappelle la Grande FRA, rd 1
King's Indian Defense: Fianchetto Variation. Kavalek Defense (E62)  ·  1-0
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Mar-08-08  smarterthanbobby: wild... very capablanca like, this
guy is seeing 20 moves ahead, wild...
Mar-08-08  RandomVisitor: 29.Rg8! .

25...hxg5 26.Nxc6 Qxc5 perhaps =.

25.Nxc6 or Na6 are worth investigating.

23...Kf6 is playable.

28...Qe7 29.Rg7+ Qxg7 30.Bxg7 Kxg7 might salvage a draw.

Mar-08-08  jovack: interesting game... there are a few mistakes i think black made that really made white's wild play work out, but solid game on white's behalf for seeing that through
Mar-08-08  D.Observer: What's behind 34. Rf6+?
Mar-08-08  der623: If 34. Qf6, Ng4+ forks the King and Queen, and White will end up with three minor pieces and three pawns for a rook. White would have more than enough material to win even if he had only two minor pieces.
Mar-08-08
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  WannaBe: <THAT> is a bad pun! Caissar!!
Mar-08-08  Ruy Lopez: <D.Observer: What's behind 34. Rf6+?> what der said. Also, if the king moves put of the way, queen goes bye-bye. So the best line is to take the rook, and pray for a miracle. The funny thing is that it is not like the loser is some sort of amateur who only has one game in the database, but this guy has a rating of ~2400.
Mar-08-08  Ruy Lopez: What is the reason behind 7...... Qa5, and also the subsequent Qa6? It's hard to think at 6:00 in the morning.
Mar-08-08  RandomVisitor: 23...Qxc5 24.Nd5 h6 25.Nc7 hxg5 26.Nxa8 fxe4 27.Re3 with complications might hold for black.

25.Nxc6 Qe1+ 26.Bf1 hxg5 27.Bc3 Qc1 28.Rd8+ Kf7 29.Ne5+ Ke7 30.Bd2 Qxf1+ 31.Kxf1 Kxd8 and although down the exchange white will take some kingside pawns and an advantage into the endgame.

Mar-08-08
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  gawain: 34 Nf7+ would have wrapped it up even more effectively with a nice touch. Not to say that Baburin's 34 Rf6+ was inconclusive!

After 34 Nf7+ Kg6 (not ...Kh7 35 Ng5+ forking the K and Q) 35 h5+ Kxg5 36 Bh3+! Ke4 or Kg6 (the point, B's king cannot stay next to the Q) Bxe6 and has three pieces against a rook plus three extra pawns


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Mar-08-08
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  whiteshark: <21.Bf1> or <21.exf5> or <21.Nb5> should be considered, too.
Mar-08-08  TheBB: <WannaBe> Come on, I liked it. :)
Mar-08-08
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  Domdaniel: <Ruy> 7...Qa5 is usually followed by 8...Be6, the Kavalek Variation. The idea is to put immediate pressure on White's c4-pawn -- one of the (few) weaknesses of the Fianchetto Variation of the King's Indian is that this pawn can be hard to defend.

In a normal Kavalek, though, the Qa5 targets the Knight on c3, so solidifying with b3 isn't an option. White must play the awkward Qd3 or the temporary pawn sac d5.

Black's innovation here (I don't know if it's an actual novelty, but it doesn't look very good) is dubious -- ...Qa6 moves the queen twice, leaving black undeveloped, and crucially it allows the solid b3. Then, with ...d5, black transposes into a type of Gruenfeld -- where Baburin is also a specialist on the white side, with, for example, two brilliant wins against Nunn.

Baburin was never really a 'wild' player, even in his youth -- he says himself that he's 'boring'. But he can calculate superbly -- and after some dodgy opening play by black here, he obviously fancied his chances with the queen sac.

Karpov and Capablanca also played some brilliant sacrificial games. It's the quiet ones you gotta watch out for ...

Mar-08-08
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  Domdaniel: <Ruy> Actually the ...Qa6 idea was not a novelty, but in other games it was followed by the more consistent 8.b3 b5!? -- still hitting the c4-pawn and the Nc3.

8...d5 was new, and looks worse.

Mar-08-08
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  whiteshark: After <21.Bf1 Qa5 22.Re8> one quite likely continuation is <22...Qc7 23.exf5 gxf5 24.Nce4 fxe4 25.Bxe5+ Qxe5 26.Rxe5 > and white is a pawn up, threats to win a second one and is better developed.


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Mar-08-08
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  Jimfromprovidence: After playing through the moves a few times it finally dawned on me that white had immediate mate threats both after 20 Nxg5 and 21 Nd5.


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Mar-08-08  Samagonka: The man got guts!
Mar-08-08  Knight13: The move before final position is crazy.
Mar-08-08  RandomVisitor: 16.exf5 Bxf5 17.g4 probably leads to a small white advantage:


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(15-ply)
1. (0.52): 17...Bc2 18.Rc1 e5 19.Na4 Ncd3 20.Rxc2 Nxc2 21.Qxc2 exd4 22.Nc5 Nxc5 23.Qxc5 Rd5

2. (0.87): 17...Bc8 18.Rfe1 Ncd3 19.Rxe7 Nxb2 20.Qxb2 Bf6 21.Re3 Nd5 22.Nxd5 cxd5 23.Rde1 Qd6 24.Qe2

Mar-08-08  futonchild: Was 13...f5 sound? I'm just learning chess (planning to major in King's Indian), but it seemed pretty rash to me. Looks maybe like a case where it might be preferable just to "pass." Am I right? Anyone have any better ideas for black at move 13?
Mar-08-08  RandomVisitor: <futonchild><Was 13...f5 sound?>Black could try:


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(16-ply)
1. (0.24): 13...N7b6 14.e4 Nxc3 15.Bxc3 f5 16.Nd2 Be6 17.Qb2 f4 18.gxf4 Qe2 19.Qa3 Bf6 20.Rfe1

2. (0.24): 13...N7f6 14.e4 Nxc3 15.Bxc3 Qb5 16.Ne5 Nh5 17.a4 Qb6 18.Nc4 Qc7 19.Rfe1 Be6 20.Qc1

3. (0.25): 13...Nxc3 14.Bxc3 Nf6 15.e4 Qb5 16.Ne5 Nh5 17.a4 Qb6 18.Nc4 Qc7 19.Rfe1 Be6 20.Qc1

Mar-09-08  futonchild: thanks!
Mar-10-08
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  kevin86: What a knockout-white will fork king and queen and end up ahead two pieces for a rook and WITH all of those pawns!

Black struck his colors...

Mar-10-08
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  kevin86: a slight error---actually THREE pieces and three passed pawns.

I would say,in excess of a queen to the good.

May-06-17
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  perfidious: <Dom: <Ruy> 7...Qa5 is usually followed by 8...Be6, the Kavalek Variation. The idea is to put immediate pressure on White's c4-pawn -- one of the (few) weaknesses of the Fianchetto Variation of the King's Indian is that this pawn can be hard to defend....>

In my KID days, I liked this line; it is difficult to develop an attack against White's solid play, so it seemed logical to play this way.

Black will aim for ....Qh5 and kingside play, but 8.h3 is directed against this plan.

<....Baburin was never really a 'wild' player, even in his youth -- he says himself that he's 'boring'. But he can calculate superbly....>

From my observations, he is a solid professional, a type I have met many times in chess and poker.

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