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Lev Psakhis vs Smbat Gariginovich Lputian
"Psakhis Queen" (game of the day Aug-06-2005)
Frunze URS sf (1979), Frunze KGZ, rd 17, Oct-??
Queen's Gambit Declined: Tartakower. Exchange Variation (D57)  ·  1-0


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Aug-06-05  underrated: i win
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  aw1988: No, you're supposed to say 'first'.
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  Averageguy: I didn't quite understand this game.
Aug-06-05  InitiativeCheck: I love games that make absolutely no sense at first glance.
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  offramp: I soon decided that thinking about this game was a bad idea, so I just played through the game - looking at the board, with my mind a total blank.
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  melianis: Added this game to my collection because of the moves 11.-25. (and 26.-32.)
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  al wazir: 32...Bc6. Where's the win?
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  xenophon: you disappoint me;no big bang puns
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  OhioChessFan: <InitiativeCheck>, the game makes no sense to me at second, third, and fourth glance. From a plethora of contenders, the move that makes the least sense to me is 18....g6.
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  jahhaj: <al wazir> 33.♘f6+ ♔d8 34.h6 seems to do the job nicely. But White is material up and has a big passed pawn, so I think there are lots of possibilites.
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  kevin86: White has a rook,knight,and bishop for a queen-as well as the attack! A pretty good deal,I would say.
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  Honza Cervenka: <the move that makes the least sense to me is 18....g6> 18...g6 is okay. Black pieces are quite exposed and it is hard (or impossible) to find anything which could avoid material losses at the position. But what I don't understand is why Lputian did not play 14...c4 15.Qa4 Bc6 16.Nb5 a6 and why Psakhis did not play simply 22.Nxd5.
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  melianis: <Honza> Possible lines:

14...c4 15.Bxc4 dxc4 16.Qxc4 Qb6 17.Rd7 , well i don't know either... a missed opportunity perhaps?

22.Nxd5 Bxd5 23.Qh3+ Bh4 , but i'm not so good in this analyzing thingy...

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  Honza Cervenka: <melianis> After 22.Nxd5 white wins in all lines as I can see. If 22...Bxd5 23.Qh3+ Bh4, then 24.Nf6+ Rxf6 25.Qxh4+ Kg7 26.Qxb4 etc. Of course, 22...Nxd5 23.Qxb7 (23.0-0 Ba8 24.Qh3+ Bh4 25.Nf6+ wins too.) 23...Qa5+ 24.Kf1 fxg4 25.Rxd5 Rc1+ 26.Bd1! Rxd1+ 27.Rxd1 Qxe5 28.Re1 or 22...fxg4 23.Nf6+ Bxf6 24.Rxd8 is also hopeless for black.
Aug-06-05  Chess Addict: Very strange game. o_O
Aug-06-05  mack: Just to go one better than everyone else here, I'd like to say that I didn't understand a single move at all, not even 1.c4, and anyway what's chess?
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  al wazir: <jahhaj: 33.Nf6+ Kd8 34.h6 seems to do the job nicely.> 34...Qxe5 35. h7 Qxf6 36. Rg8+ Kc7 37. Bc4 Qd4 38. h8(Q) Qxh8 39. Rxh8 Rxh8. White is a pawn up, which is better than being a pawn down, but I repeat: Where's the win?
Aug-06-05  Anastasia: 32..Bc6 33.Rg6 Qxd7 34.Rg8+ etc
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  al wazir: <Anastasia: 32..Bc6 33.Rg6 Qxd7 34.Rg8+ etc.> Thanks. Yes, 33...Qxd7 loses to 34. Rg8+, but it's not forced. What happens after 33...Qxa2 or 33...Qf7?
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  al wazir: <Anastasia> OK, 32..Bc6 33.Rg6 Qf7 34. Rg8+ Kxd7 (or Ke7) 35. Rg7 is just like your variation. But 32...Qxa2 34. Nf6+ Kf8 35. Rg8+ Kf7 (Ke7?) 36. Rxc8 Qxe2 37. Rxc6 Qxe4 is less clear.
Aug-07-05  Anastasia: <al wazir> Yeah, I knew the knight capture wasn't forced, & tried to consider all the non-taking moves. It seemed to me like white kept the material plus & the passed pawn, but maybe I underestimated Qxa2.
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  patzer2: What a strange and wonderful tactical game! White passes up several easier winning tactical shots to go for a surprising Queen sacrifice for three pieces and a decisive advantage.

As <Honza Cervenka> noted, White had a clear win in 22. Nxd5! He also had a much easier win with the simple 26. cxb4 fxg5 27. Bd3 , due to his two extra pawns and the exposed Black king position and weak pawns.

However, White certainly earns points for style with the flashy Queen pseudo-sacrifice 26. Qxb4!, forcing the play which follows and leading to a winning double attack after 30. Nf6!

After 30. Nf6! White threatens to win the Queen after 31. Nc7+! (either with a Knight Fork or via discovered check if Black takes the Rook) or to win the enprise Bishop with the pawn. Either way, White is up decisive material and has the initiative against a shattered Black position and exposed King position.

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  patzer2: Here's a breakdown of the combinations discussed, using Fritz 8 to play it out move-by-move:

<22. h4> White misses a relatively easier win with <Honza Cervenka>'s suggestion 22. Nxd5! Bxd5 (22... Nxd5 23. Qxb7) 23. Qh3+ Bh4 24. Nf6+ Rxf6 25. Qxh4+ Kg7 26. Qxb4 . <22... Qb6 23. h5 g5 24. O-O Nxc3 25. bxc3 Be4 26. Qxb4!!> The Queen sacrifice wins style points, but White could secure the full point easier with the simple positional 26. cxb4! fxg4 27. Rd7 Rce8 28. Bd3 Bf5 (28... Bxd3 29. Qxd3+ Kg8) 29. Re1 g3 30. Bxg3 , winning for White due to Black's exposed King and weak pawns. <26... Bxb4 27. Rd7+ Rf7> Even worse for Black is 27... Kg8 28. Rg7+ Kh8 29. Rc7+ Kg8 30. Bc4+ Rf7 31. Rxc8+ Bf8 32. Nf6+ Kg7 33. Nxe4+ Kh6 34. Bxf7 Bg7 35. Bxg7+ Kxg7 36. Nxg5 . <28. Rxf7+ Kg8 29. Rg7+ Kf8 30. Nf6!> This creates a decisive double attack, threatening both the Queen and the enprise Bishop. However, White can also win with the surprising 30. Rg6! Qc5 31. cxb4 Qd5 32. Bd6+ Kf7 33. Ne5+ Ke8 34. Rd1 Qxd1+ 35. Bxd1 Kd8 36. Rg8# <30... Qe6> Also losing for Black is 30... Qc6 31. Nh7+ Ke8 32. cxb4 and 30... Rc7 31. Nh7+ Ke8 32. Bxc7 Qc6 33. cxb4 . <31. Nd7+ Ke8 32. cxb4 1-0> Black resigned here instead of facing lines such as 32...Rc6 33. Rd1 a6 34. Nf6+ Kf8 35. h6 Bd5 36. Bh5 Qxe5 37. Nh7#.

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  yiotta: <Mack> Borrowing from the theoretical work of Geoff Chandler, I would say 1.c5 is primarily intended to provide a flight square for the white queen.
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