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Viktor Kupreichik vs Aleksandar Babev
"Throw out the Babev with the Bathwater" (game of the day Jun-06-2007)
Dresden 8/336 (1969)
Sicilian Defense: Paulsen. Bastrikov Variation (B47)  ·  1-0


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  patzer2: Kupreichik's 18. Nf6+!! sacrifice is the solution to number 1771 in Chess Informant's 1980 Encyclopedia of Chess Middle Games/Combinations. The move is classified under the tactical theme "Demolition of Pawn Structure."
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  patzer2: In the final position, notice the tactical bind Black is in due to his wrecked Kingside pawn structure and undeveloped Queenside, despite having an extra piece.

If 25...Qd6, then White continues 26. Qh6+! Ke7 27. Rxg8 and wins easily. Play might continue 27...Nc6 28. Qf8+ Kd7 29. Rd1 Nd4 30. Qd8+ Kc6 31. Bf3+ Kc5 32. b4+ Kb5 33. a4+ Kxb4 34. Qxd6+ Kxa4 35. Rxd4+ Kb5 36. Qb4#.

If 25...Rxg3, then White plays 26. Qxd8+ Kg7 27. hxg3 and Black is in such a horrible bind that White can mate at liesure. For example, play could continue 27...Qa7 28. Bd1 Qc5 29. Qh8+ Kg6 30. Rh6+ Kf5 31. Qh7#

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  patzer2: Notice how Black cannot decline the sacrifice offer 18. Nf6+ with 18...Kh1 because of the strong counter 19. Qc5!

Kupreichik's 20. Qh4! is a strong silent move, which is essential to the effectiveness of this piece-down attack.

If 20...e5, then 21. Qxf6+ (Perhaps 21. Bd3 is better, but this simple solution works) 21...Kg8 22. Rxd8 Rxd8 23. Qxd8+ is winning.

If 20...Re8, then 21. Qxf6+ Kg8 22. Rxd8 Rxd8 23. Qxd8+ is winning.

In addition to the silent and subtle threat 21. Rh3! also winning is the simple and straight-forward 21. Rhd1!

If 22...h3, then 23. Qxh3+ Kg8 24. Qh8#. If 22...Rg8, then 23. Qh6+ Kh8 24. Qxh7#. If 22...Rh8, then 23. Qh6+ Kg8 24. Rg3#.

If 23...Rh8, then 24. Rg3+ Kf8 (24...Kh7 25. Bxf7#) 25. Qxf6 wins easily as the enprise Rook is too much of a liability for Black (e.g. 25...Rg8? 26. Qxd8#).

Visualizing the position after 24. Rg3+! Kf8 (not 24...Kh7? 25. Bf3#) 25. Qxf6 is a good exercise, since it leads to the incredible won position ending this game, as described in my second post here.

Jun-06-07  Andrew Chapman: Could black have played 10..b5 to avoid getting so tied up by Bb6?
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  al wazir: 25...Rxb3 26. hxb3 Qc7 27. Bxf7! Nxf7/Qxf7 28. Rh8#.
Jun-06-07  MrMelad: <al wazir> Don't you meen 25...Rxg3 26.hxg3?
Jun-06-07  tatarch: I guess it doesn't matter how many pieces black has when they're all sitting on the back rank, doing nothing.
Jun-06-07  unluckythirtyfive: does anyone get the pun? if so, please tell me..
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  kevin86: A funny conclusion:black has virtually no moves and the threats are coming in.

I see a possible conclusion of 25...♕c7 26 ♖d1 ♗d7 27 ♖c3----good enough?

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  al wazir: <MrMelad: Don't you mean 25...Rxg3 26.hxg3?> Of course I do. Thanks. My chess dyslexia is acting up again.
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  Peligroso Patzer: Very nice game by a great attacking player. Black appears to have been lost after 16. ... Bd8? (which allowed the exchange of the only Black piece that had been defending the f6-square). Although it was a somewhat poor effort by Black, Kupreichik played the attack with fine style and accuracy.
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  Peligroso Patzer: <unluckythirtyfive: does anyone get the pun? if so, please tell me...>

There is an old expression about "throwing out the BABY with the Bathwater".

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  Chessmensch: From move 17 until the end of the game all of black's pieces are on the back rank. At move 18, half his pawns hadn't moved and two others moved one space. Total lack of development and complete domination by white. Surprising and disappointing play by someone rated in the 2300's.
Jun-06-07  wolfmaster: No matter what black does, esp. after rxg3 qxd8+ Kg7 hxg3, White is up 2 pawns.
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  fm avari viraf: An appropreiate pun "Throw out the Babev with the Bathwater' & literally Kupreichik threw out his opponent in a grand style. His most imaginative & creative 18.Nf6+ spelled disaster to Black's King.
Jun-14-07  unluckythirtyfive: throwing a baby out with the bathwater?? That's terrible!!
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  Peligroso Patzer: <unluckythirtyfive: throwing a baby out with the bathwater?? That's terrible!!>

Indeed it is. The phrase is used with reference to something to be avoided and typically occurs in this specific form:

"DON'T throw out the baby with the bathwater."

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  Peligroso Patzer: This game is referenced in "The Taimanov Sicilian", by Graham Burgess (Gambit 2000) at p. 121, col. 2. Burgess gives 9. ... Nxd4 a "?!" and says it "lessens Black's pressure against d4 [sic - probably intends 'd5']". Burgess gives 9. ... b5 as the main alternative.
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  Peligroso Patzer: Compare: Shirov vs D Reinderman, 1999
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  Peligroso Patzer: <Peligroso Patzer: This game is referenced in "The Taimanov Sicilian", by Graham Burgess (Gambit 2000) at p. 121, col. 2. Burgess gives 9. ... Nxd4 <[sic]> a "?!" and says it "lessens Black's pressure against d4 *** Burgess gives 9. ... b5 as the main alternative.>

The foregoing comment from Burgess actually relates to the ninth move that was played by Babev in this game, i.e., 9. ... Nc6?! [NOT 9. ...Nxd4, which is not possible] My apologies for the error in the comment I posted last June.

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