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Jonathan Speelman vs Sergey Gennadyevich Kudrin
"The Big Reveal" (game of the day Jun-21-2017)
Hastings (1983/84), Hastings ENG, rd 8, Jan-??
Zukertort Opening: Sicilian Invitation (A04)  ·  1-0


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  Sneaky: The finish of course would have been:

21. ...Kg8 22. Rh8+! Kxh8 23. Qh5+ Kg8 24. Qh7#

Nice one by Speelman. But Black might have been OK if he simply resisted the bait on g5, don't you think?

Mar-08-03  Plasmatics: Yeah, probably, though obviously White is still better. He might have been worried about leaving it there. White has demonstrated willingness to give up the bishop so what's stopping him from continuing to improve his position, then taking the h6 pawn with it at his leisure? Then if Black took back, his king would still be open and he'd be down a pawn to boot. Plus its annoying to have to contemplate every move whether or not he'll take your pawn, and have an attack, and when and if its safe to take the bishop.

Just trying to get into the defenders head here.

Anyway, I wish I could invision attacks from such positions.

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  al wazir: The earlier 17. Rh5, with the same combination in mind, loses because of 17...Qxh5 18. Qxh5 Nf6.
Jun-21-17  RookFile: Seemed to me like black castled unnecessarily early. He could have instead played ...h6 or moved the d pawn 1 or 2 squares. Keep white guessing about what your intentions are with the king.
Jun-21-17  The Kings Domain: Clever li'l miniature.
Jun-21-17  newzild: 13...hg is a bad practical choice because it offers White the chance to play for two results, the perpetual check being available for some time.
Jun-21-17  Eusebius: No surplus move by White.
Nice ending with a kind of classical combination.
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  kevin86: A sac leads to a queen mate.
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  AylerKupp: <RookFile> I agee. Unless there are tactical reasons that prevent it, as Black I try not to castle until White does. Too many games when Black ...0-0s, White 0-0-0s, and then White uses his typical advantage in space and development to launch a crushing attack.
Jun-21-17  Cheapo by the Dozen: I don't get why Black played BOTH ... Ne8 and ... h6. He should have picked one way to get rid of the g5 bishop and stuck with it.
Jun-21-17  Olsonist: I've seen the Bg5, h6, h4 theme many times. I've never seen a game where someone takes the bait and probably for good reason.
Jun-21-17 Nice interference move by the bishop!
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