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Jan Timman vs Ljubomir Ljubojevic
Brussels World Cup (1988), Brussels BEL, rd 16, Apr-20
Sicilian Defense: Paulsen Variation (B46)  ·  0-1


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  plang: Very creative play by Ljubojevic. By withholding the development of his king N and pushing his h pawn he creates a tense double-edged position while avoiding mainline theory. The position somewhat resembles the 6 Be3..Ng4 variation of the najdorf which became popular a decade later. Timman probably should have either repeated the position with 41 Rb5 or sacrificed the exchange with 41 cd. Instead, he quickly got in trouble on the h file.
Oct-12-17  Walter Glattke: 50.Rf2 g3 51.Qd2 Qxf2+ 52.Qxf2 gxf2 53.Kxg2 also won for black
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  patzer2: Slowly but surely made my way through today's Thursday puzzle (45...?) solution with 45...Rxf2+ 46. Kxf2 Qh3+ 47. Kg1 Bxh3 48. fxg3 Qxg3+ 49.Kf1 Qxe3 50. Qe2 Rf6+ -+ when White resigns in lieu of 51. Ke1 Qc1+ 52. Qd1 Rf1+ -+.

For an improvement for the losing side, instead of 43. Bb6? 43...Qh8 ∓ (-1.12 @ 28 depth, Stockfish 8) 44. Rda2?? Rh2 -+ (-6.21 @ 27 depth, Stockfish 8,) White could have maintained a slight edge with 43. b5 ⩲ (+0.40 @ 31 depth, Stockfish 8.)

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  diagonalley: hmmmm... ok, but although the sequence after 51.K-N2 wins, it is not easy to calculate
Oct-12-17  AlicesKnight: Found it; the second gift of .... Bxg3 is crucial for keeping the door open. Was 44 ....Rgh6 also playable?
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: This one took rather a lot of work. How funny that Black's key to victory consisted of sacrificing as much as possible just to get rid of White Be3.
Oct-12-17  WorstPlayerEver: Somehow I prefer 43. Bd6
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  morfishine: <45...Rxg2+> then a little harder to see was the eventual Bishop sac on <g3> but not too hard


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  malt: First snaffle the bishop 45...R:g2+
46.K:g2 Qh3+ 47.Kg1 B:g3
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  patzer2: <diagonalley: hmmmm... ok, but although the sequence after 51.K-N2 wins, it is not easy to calculate> True, but I was able to work my way through 51. Kg2 Qh3+ 52. Kg1 Qg3+ 53. Qg2 Qe1+ 54. Kh2 Rh6+ -+ without too much difficulty.
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  patzer2: One amusing side line is 48. Bd4+ Be5 49. Bxe5+ Nxe5 50. Qd4 f6 -+ (diagram below)

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when White is lost due to the threat of 51. Nf3#.

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  gofer: The start of this one is simple...

<45 ... Rxg2+>
<46 Kxg2 Qh3+>
<47 Kg1 Bxg3>

The threat is 48 ... Bh2+ 49 Kh1 Bf4+ 50 Kg1 Rh3 mating, so the bishop has to be taken. 48 f3/f4 gxf3 just opens up the king even more!

<48 fxg3 Qxg3+>

49 Kh1? Qxe3 wins the bishop and opens the king up to checks from both the rook and queen

49 Rg2? Qxe3+ wins the bishop without loss of tempo

<49 Kf1 Qxe3>

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Okay, we are 5 moves into a <Thursday> POTD and really our work is not done, not done at all. We have exchanged our rook for a bishop and two pawns. We have also played what could be described as the mother of all <GOOT>s. A 5-move <GOOT>!

So with white to move are we done - <is white dead>?! At this point, I gave up and clicked.


It seems so.

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  kevin86: Sac opens up the position.
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  alphee: The first 4 move were not too challenging to find, nice end game
Oct-12-17  Kyudaime: What a beautiful finished starts with Rook sac then the a bishop sac that doomed White.
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