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Ventzislav V Inkiov vs Lev Psakhis
"Good King Ventzislav" (game of the day Dec-24-12)
Minsk (1982)  ·  Queen's Indian Defense: Kasparov Variation (E12)  ·  1-0
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May-19-12  LoveThatJoker: GOTD: Good King Ventzislav

This is a masterpiece!

LTJ

Dec-24-12  mmousez: Noob question: after 14. e5, why doesn't Black Queen take the offered pawn?
Dec-24-12
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  Phony Benoni: <mmousez> Here's the situation before <14.e5>


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The position is pretty well locked up, and both sides have trouble developing their pieces. For example, White's Bd3 is a bad piece, and it block the Ne1 from getting into play.

In such situations, a sacrifice like 14.e5 can work wonders, activating your pieces while keeping the opponent's out of play. If Black tries <14...Qxe5> one possibility for White is <15.h4 Nf7 16.Bxh7+ Kh8 17.Nd3>:


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The difference is already apparent. White is liberating his pieces, while Black's are even worse off. After the queen moves White will play 18.Nxf4. He'll be up a pawn, threatening 19.Ng6+, and now can get the rest of his pieces into play quickly while Black still have trouble developing his.

15...Qh6 is an attempt to protect the h-pawn in the above line. Black tries to keep the position closed, but after 18...Qxd6:


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White blows open the position with 19.Bxf4 exf4 20.e5. The passed pawns are very strong, and Black eventually winds up giving back his useless pieces that can't get into the game.

Everyone loves tossing away queens and rooks and other pieces. But a lot more games are won by strong, positional pawn sacrifices like the one in this game.

Dec-24-12  mmousez: Phony Benoni: Thanks for explaining the positional nuances of the position! Certainly helps me to understand what is going on better.

Just curious, after:

14. e5 Qxe5
15. h4 Nf7
16. Bxh7+ Kh8
17. Nd3 Qh5

Black seems ok, threatening h4 and h7, and it seems he can hold.

Dec-24-12
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  Phony Benoni: <mmousez> Yes, <17...Qh5> is interesting:


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I think White might answer <18.Be4>. Now 18...Qxh4 would be answered by 19.Nxf4, threatening to fork three pieces on g6. If Black then tries 18...e5, the sacrifice 19.Bxf4 exf4 20.Nxf4 followed by 21.Ng6+ leaves White two pawns for the exchange. More importantly, it will still take time for Black to activate his queenside while White's pieces are getting into play more quickly.

But that's a bit speculative. Pawn sacrifices often wind up being long-term investments.

Dec-24-12
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  Honza Cervenka: Fine game by Inkiov but Psakhis was a bit too cooperative. I dislike 11...Ng5 and I think that it was the beginning of black's troubles in this game. But still I don't know how would have white proceed if black would have played for example 21...Nc6 or 24...f3 with idea 25.Rxf3 Rxf3 26.gxf3 (of course, not 26.Qxf3 for Nxe6) 26...Qf6 and black seems to be just fine. And of course, 25...Be6?? was blunder. Why not simply 25...Rf7?
Dec-24-12
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  Once: <phony> Some stonkingly good posts there, my man!
Dec-24-12  mrkangaroo: This game has some similarities with the Pearl Of Zandvoort game between Euwe and Alekhine. Similar opening, similar piece sac leading to strong white pawn center, but different finish.

Euwe vs Alekhine, 1935

Dec-24-12  Kikoman: Nice game for Ventzislav V Inkiov. A very nice center pawns.

Kihx3

Dec-24-12
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  Bowen Island: Good game by Inkiov, especially when one considers that Psakhis was USSR Champion at the time and ranked =7th in the world!
Dec-24-12  rilkefan: Great comments by <PB>. Stockfish follows the ...Qh5/e5 line in case of ...Qxe5 and thinks white is up about two pawns.

FWIW, stockfish doesn't like 14.e5, as 15...Qh5 (16.Rf2 Nxe4 17.Qxe4 g5) evaluates to equality at a depth of 25. Instead 14.a4 and a qside attack is worth almost a pawn.

Dec-24-12
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  okba12: nothing good in this game-lot of mistakes
Dec-24-12
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  okba12: what wrong with 14 QXe5.@#$%* play by black
Dec-24-12  ulrich321: Why does black not take the pawn on move 14 ?
Dec-24-12  fokers13: Read some comments before posting your uneducated opinion and making a complete fool of yourself will you?

Funny how patzers tend to diss on GM play the most,ignorance is bliss at work most like it.

Dec-24-12
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  hms123: <ulrich321> I think you would find it useful to read the previous kibitzing on this page, especially those posts by <Phony Benoni>. It is a good habit to get into.
Dec-24-12
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  Jim Bartle: As noted above, if 14...Qxe5, then 15 h4 Nf7 16 Bxh7.
Dec-24-12  ulrich321: Sorry my post was late, I clicked the confirm later on, but don't worry I will not bother anyone on this site any more, I missed the posting guidelines that stated that no patzers were allowed.
Dec-24-12
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  waustad: Beware of the black hat: http://xkcd.com/959/
Dec-24-12
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  Once: That's what I like to see - the season of goodwill to all men. Happy Christmas everyone.
Dec-24-12  fokers13: <ulrich321> i was obviously referring to okba who was being disrespectful for no good/apparent reason,no ill will born towards people who simply haven't read through posts.

Bad luck on your part as well i guess since your comment wasn't there when i posted.

Dec-28-12
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  kevin86: white's pawn will win the knight,while his rook will track down black's little soldiers.
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