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Vladimir Kovacevic vs Yasser Seirawan
"Sir, Yasser!" (game of the day Aug-28-2013)
Hoogovens (1980), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 9, Jan-26
Pirc Defense: Chinese Variation (B07)  ·  0-1


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Aug-28-13  Conrad93: I have never seen this variation played.

Is it sound?

Aug-28-13  actinia: <Conrad93> this is a variation in the pirc/modern complex known as the Robatsch and sometimes as 'the rat'. it has plenty of advocates at the master level. See this notable game:

Kasparov vs Topalov, 1999

Aug-28-13  actinia: it likely has the same drawbacks of any pirc/modern, which is white can gain a lot of space with pawn advances in the center and on the kingside... such as the austrian attack or 150 attack
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  kevin86: White's quicky pawn storm only opens the lines for black's queen and rooks.

From a few good men:You don't have to call me sir-Sir,yes,sir! and definitely not twice in the same sentence.

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  SuperPatzer77: < notyetagm: The White king is a virtual pin cushion after 34 Be2:

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It is the White Bishop, the White Knight and the White Rook all are pinned by the three Black pieces - Gee whiz!!

34. Be2 Rxf1+!, 35. Kxf1 (or 35. Kd2 Qg5+, 36. Rf4 Qxf4+, 37. Kd3 Qd4#) Qh1# 0-1

See another diagram below:

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34. Kd2 Qg5+! (stronger than 34. Qxf2+), 35. Rf4 Qxf4+, 36. Ne3 Qxe3# 0-1

From now on, we can yell "Yes sir" and then we salute to him like the soldier always does.

Beautiful combination by Yasser Seirawan!!!


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  perfidious: <Conrad>: Here is the debut of 5.g4 at international level: Liu Wenzhe vs J H Donner, 1978.
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  ajile: Unusual positions like this require creative play by both sides. Black gets his king to safety and gets better development and coordination of pieces. White's king never makes it out of the center and is a sitting duck with heavy pieces still on the board.

Perhaps g4?! would be a better move after Black commits to 0-0.

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  offramp: If you want to hear what my voice sounds like then feel free to hear my extensive annotations (41 seconds) to this game at
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  FSR: <OhioChessFan: Amazing. Kd7 is a stunner.>

It depends on what you've seen before. In the Leningrad Variation of the Nimzo-Indian, which Seirawan doubtless knows well, ...Kd8-c7 is old hat. E.g., Yermolinsky vs A Chow, 1993 (and many others). Once as Black in the Bronstein-Larsen Variation of the Caro-Kann, I didn't know what I was doing (never having played the variation before) and ended up playing ...Kd8-c7 against noted local tactician Marvin Dandridge. It worked surprisingly well; I drew.

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  perfidious: Here is another king march in the Leningrad: A H Williams vs Karpov, 1974.

For a shocking king move in the middlegame, have a go at this, which I first saw in a book by Soltis many years ago: Keres vs K Richter, 1942.

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  FSR: <perfidious> Good memory. I'm not sure if Williams-Karpov was the first game with the ...Kd8-c7 maneuver in the Leningrad, but it certainly made an impression on a lot of people at the time. Richter's ...Kd7 is an amazing move. Imagine how much "testicular fortitude" (as the most recently incarcerated Illinois governor would say) is required to play that move against Paul Keres.
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  SuperPatzer77: <FSR the most recently incarcerated Illinois governor would say >

<FSR> You mean it's Rod Blagojevich, right?

George Ryan has been released from prison. Rod Blagojevich is still in the federal prison in Littleton, Colorado.


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  FSR: <SuperPatzer77> Yes. At the moment, Rod is the only ex-Illinois governor behind bars.
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  SuperPatzer77: Addition to my analysis of one of my favorite games between Vladimir Kovacevic and Yasser Seirawan below:

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34. Qe2 Rxf1+!, 35. Kd2 (35. Kxf1 Qh1#) Rxf2 (pinning the White Queen again with the other Black Rook), 36. Qxf2 Qxf2+, 37. Kc1 Rh8! (setting up the mating net with 38...Rh2), 38. Rd2 Rh1+, 39. Kc2 Qd1, 40. Bxg6 Qb1# 0-1


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  offramp: < SuperPatzer77: Addition to my analysis of one of my favorite games between Vladimir Kovacevic and Yasser Seirawan below...>

They only played one other game.

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  perfidious: <offramp>: So, <SuperPatzer> might have inserted a comma in that sentence.

He did not, and the world has not yet come to an end.

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  offramp: The Union Endures. The Earth Abides...
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  SuperPatzer77: White's move is 34. Be4 instead of 34. Be2 below: (see diagram)

Black to move and win

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1) 34...Rxe4+!, 35. Qxe4 Qxe4+, 36. Re2 Qf3!, 37. Rf2 (only move - 37. Kd2? Qc3#) Qe3+, 38. Re2 Qg3+, 39. Rf2 (39. Kd2? Qc3#) Bh3! (White's getting suffocated), 40. Kd2 Qc3+, 41. Ke2 Bg4+, 42. Rf3 Qxf3+, 43. Kd2 (43. Ke1 Qe2#) Qc3# 0-1

2) 34...Rxe4+!, 35. Qxe4 Qxe4+, 36. Kd2 Qd4+, 37. Kc1 Qxf2, 38. Nd2 Rh2! (the White Rook and the White Knight are unable to move because Black threatens to mate White if either the White Knight or the White Rook moves), 39. Kb1 Bf5+, 40. Ka2 Qd4, 41. d7 Rxd2+, 42. Rxd2 Qxd2+ 43. Ka1 Qc1+, 44. Ka2 Qa3#/Qb1#. 0-1



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  SuperPatzer77: Addition to my previous analysis

Black to move and win - See diagram

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34...Rxe4+!, 35. Kd2!? Qg5+! (luring the White King into the mating trap), 36. Kd3 Rh3+!! (forcing the White King into the mating trap), 37. Kxe4 (only move) Bf5+, 38. Ke5 (38. Rxf5 Qxf5#) Nd7#! 0-1

Geez, there are too many mating threats by Yasser Seirawan so, that's why his opposing player named Vladimir Kovacevic resigns.

Now this is one of my favorite collections!!


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  morfishine: Its hard to believe that a GM would misjudge the position so completely. The pins are debilitating enough, yet he decides to open the position 30.e5??

Not to mention the waste of time 28.Rd1?? Certainly, a better move order here is 28.Rb2 Bh3 29.Qd3 Rh8 30.Qf3

No disrespect to Yaz, but this was just plain ugly play by White

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  Domdaniel: As FSR points out, moves like 14...Kd7 have been seen before -- though it still makes a striking impression.

James Rizzitano cited this game in his book 'Understanding your Chess', as a footnote to his game with de Firmian. "I have always been partial to these types of king moves", he says.

Me too.

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  FSR: Another example of a shocking king move by Karpov is 11...Ke7! in Kamsky vs Karpov, 1993.
Feb-26-16  The Kings Domain: Weird game. Unirthodox opening and strange positions all throughout.

The pun is obvious, though no less amusing. :-)

Mar-02-16  Howard: This game made Speelman's book Best Chess Games 1970-80, if I remember correctly.
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  ChessHigherCat: If Be2, Seirawan mates in 4, starting with Rxf1

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and Yasser Zero-One

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