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Artur Vladimirovich Frolov vs Vladimir Kramnik
Sochi (Russia) (1990)
Sicilian Defense: Lasker-Pelikan. Sveshnikov Variation Chelyabinsk Variation (B33)  ·  0-1


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Jul-13-03  urtley: Isn't there a forced mate...?
35 ... Ne4 If white takes, Qf1 is mate. Ignoring white's 36th move, black intends on 36 ... Ng2+ 37. PxN Qh5+ for mate. White cannot move the knight, and the only piece that can stop Qh5 mate is by playing 36 c6

yet this yields material losses for white, and even if black loses the e2 pawn, black can still play Ng3+ and then h5 since black won the rook.

All in all I thought there was a better move than 36 ... QxN

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  crafty: 35...♘e4 36. ♖a4 ♕f6 37. ♔f1 ♘c3 38. ♖c4 e2+   (eval -1.96; depth 10 ply; 50M nodes)
Jul-13-03  euripides: Does Urtley mean 36 Ne4 ?
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  crafty: 36...♘e4 37. h3 ♕f4 38. ♗xf7+ ♔g7 39. fxe4 e1=♕+   (eval -12.87; depth 8 ply; 100M nodes)
Premium Chessgames Member Take full credit for 36...Ne4. Note that the text is also very close to a forced mate.
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  crafty: 37. ♗xf7+ ♖xf7 38. ♕c1 ♕c2 39. ♕g1 ♗xg1 40. ♖a1 ♘b1 41. ♖a8+ ♖f8 42. ♖xf8+ ♔xf8 43. ♔xg1 e1=♕#   (eval -18.38; depth 8 ply; 100M nodes)
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  Sneaky: I'm sorry, but this problem is so easy it's mindless. I know a secret about this site, though. Every time we get a problem like this, tomorrow's will be a brain-buster. Just watch.
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  patzer2: <Sneaky> The solution is easy because you are familiar with the tactical theme "removing the guard." If you ever teach novice players, this is an excellent example to use. I'll certainly save a copy of it.

What is instructive about this position is how Kramnik's use of the "removal of the guard" tactic so quickly and utterly wrecks white's position. Note that after black's winning 36...QxN that the threat of 37...e1(Q)# practically forces 37. Qc1, after which black has the happy choice of snatching the bishop with 37...Qxb3 or playing 37...Nxf3 (threatening 38...Qxf3# if white captures the knight or otherwise threatening 38...e1(Q)+ 39. QxQ(e1) NxQ and winning the white queen).

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  patzer2: For those looking for something deeper than the final combination with 36...Qxd3, notice Kramnik's outstanding positional play.

Of particular interest is how 14...Bg5, 16...Nb8, 17...Nd7, 18...Nc5 help prepare the way for the infiltration of the knight with 26...Nd2 and the deadly pawn advance 32...e3 to wreck the white position.

These "quiet" positional moves formed a coherent plan in preparing the final winning move (36...Qxd3) and other threats, apparently leaving white in an hopelessly lost position.

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  patzer2: <Crafty> What do you show for a continuation following 28. Rxd2? Seems to me that white might have better chances than in the game after 28...e4 29. Rd1 exf3 30. Nxf3. However, moves like 30...Qa2 and 31...Bg7, followed by the attempt to queen the black pawn on b3 will be difficult for white to parry.
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  patzer2: Went to to analyze 28. Rxd2 (instead of 28. Ra5) and found the continuation favors black in all the following lines:

(0.92) 28. ... Bxd2 20. Qxd2 Qa1 30. Kf1 b2 31. Be4 Rd8 32. f4 f5 33. Bc2 e4 34. c5 b1=Q 35. Bxb1 Qxb1 36. cxd6

(0.35) 28. ... Bxd2 29. Qxd2 Qa1 30. Kf1 b2 31. Be4 Qc1 32. Qxd6 Qxc4+ 33. Bd3 Qc1 34. Qxe5 b1=Q 35. Bxb1 Qxb1

(0.19) 28. ... Bxd2 29. Qxd2 Qa1 30. Kf1 b2 31. Be4 b1=Q 32. Bxb1 Qxb1 33. Qxd6 Rc8 34. Qa6

(0.12) 28. ... Bxd2 29. Qxd2 Qa1 30. Kf1 b2 31. Be4 b1=Q 32. Bxb1 Qxb1 33. Qxd6 Qe4

(0.48) 28. ... Bxd2 29. Qxd2 Qa1 30. Bd1 b2 31. Nc2 b1=Q 32. Nxa1 Qxa1 33. Qxd6

Although the plus scores here only slightly favor black, with the exchange up and the initiative black should win after 28. Rxd2 with 28...Bxd2.

Jul-13-03  erikcu: 35 might have been a little more interesting puzzle, and still ensures the mate.
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  crafty: 28. ♖xd2 ♗xd2 29. ♕xd2 e4 30. ♗d1 ♕a2 31. ♕e3 b2   (eval -1.54; depth 16 ply; 500M nodes)
Feb-26-05  Backward Development: Crafty, Is white better before move 30 in this game?
Jun-18-06  DANTONIFAYARD: i liked the effective black attak on both flanks of white side: it was lethal!!!
Jun-25-10  Don Cossacks: Another masterpiece by the young Kramnik!
Aug-23-11  Bobi99: What is the name of opening Sicilian with 4... Qb6 and how can I find it
Aug-23-11  SimonWebbsTiger: @<Bobi99>

The 4...Qb6 variation is called the Grivas Sicilian, iirc, and is under ECO code B32. The Greek GM has written a book on it, too.

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  Eric Schiller: It has many names. I like Godiva Sicilian referring to the lady and horses.

Historically it dates beck to Louis Paulsen in 1883. and a century later Kouatly played it several times.

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