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Emory Tate vs Yury Markovich Shulman
"He Who Has E Tate is Lost" (game of the day Sep-22-2016)
Continental Open (2001), Las Vegas, NV USA, rd 2, Jul-27
Sicilian Defense: Paulsen. Bastrikov Variation (B47)  ·  1-0


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  samvega: Why not 31.Bxd6+ Bxd6 32.Qxd6+ Kb6 33.Qd4?
Apr-17-05  Brian Watson: I suppose after 31.Bxd6+ Bxd6 32.Qxd6+ Kb6 33.Qd4 Rcd8 34.Qb2 Rxd1+ 35.Rxd1 Qxb2+ 36.Kxb2 Bxe4 followed by ..Rf2 that black still has some pressure.
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  samvega: Ok, the original question was whether this was a "legitimate" win for white, or just a time loss. Crafty then gave a complicated line (which I don't completely follow), evaluated as a win for black. <JohnBoy> querried why Crafty started with 32.Qg3, since the most obvious idea is to push the h-pawn. In reply, I badly mis-typed a variation that I thought explained 32.Qg3. What I think I meant to type was:

32.h5 Be8 33.Qg4 Bxh5 34.Qxh5 Nxb3+

I was just reviewing this game and wondering if the above line is correct.

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  samvega: This position and Crafty's analysis is very confusing:

<32.h5 Be8 33.Qg4 Bxh5 34.Qxh5 Nxb3+> seems incorrect in view of the continuation 35.Bxb3 Qxb3 36.Bd4+ Ka6 37.Qe2+ Kb7 38.Rd3.

So it should be 32.h5 Be8 33.Qg4 Bd7 and:
A. (a la Crafty's line) 34.Qg3 Kb7 35.Bd5+ Bc6 36.Qg7 Rc7 37.Bxc6+ Kxc6, and I think black is winning

or B. 34.Qe2? Nxb3+ 35.cxb3 Qxb3

After 32.h5, alternative attempts to set up the pin with ..Ba4/..Bb5/..Bd7 would fail to Rxd6+. But 32.h5 Be8 33.Rxd6+ now fails to ..Ka7 34.Bd4 Qa3+ 35.Bb2 Nxb3+ and ..Qxd6.

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  samvega: A rich position. Can white force a draw by perpetual? 32.h5 Be8 33.Qg4 d7 34.Qg6 Nxb3+ 35.Bxb3 Qxb3 36.Rxd6+ Bxd6 37.Qxd6+ etc.
Sep-11-05  Brian Watson: <sam> <32.h5 Be8 33.Qg4 Bd7 34.Qg6> ..Rc6, threatening ..d5, and if 35.Bd5 then of course the thematic Nxb3.
Dec-27-06  ChessNe1: I guess Shulman saw the h-pawn going in for the touchdown.
Aug-11-08  HannibalSchlecter: At first I thought the sac was ridiculous. On further inspection, it's very interesting. Black's king has no safe haven, and white gets to have all the fun with pieces and pawns rapidly coming after it. Perhaps black needs to sac the piece back to blow open shelter on the white king.
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  tpstar: "In the second round, Tate pulls an upset with an interesting sacrifice. It appears that he only gets two pawns for his piece, but in fact he gets a safe king and a free hand on the kingside. In the final position, Black has no prospects, as White's pawns are clearly superior to the piece." Jerry Hanken, "Chess Life" January 2002.

The gamescore gives "31. Bb2 Kb6 and Black resigns."

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  Marmot PFL: Seems like a superficial evaluation by Hanken. Black's pieces are active and white isn't even close to promoting a pawn.
Jun-22-11  WeMustPrevailUS: Should the Legend of Indiana, be on the Olympic Chess Team? Many say , "Yes"! Join with this Sept. 17, 2011, as we welcome Emory Home to Indiana! It should be and exciting Saturday Grand Prix Chess Tournament, and a chance to talk with Emory, and other Chess personalities! Evening Party, Dance after trophy presentations!!! Thanks, Mike Reed
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Very nice pun. 17.b3 might rank as the strangest piece sacrifice I have ever seen. Took quite a bit of time to figure out White's intention: make his King as secure as possible given that this is a Sicilian; then play Qh5xh7. When Black plays ...Rg8-f8, play Qh7-g7 and nothing can stop the passed h-pawn. In preventing that, Black allowed Tate to switch to an attack upon the uncastled King.

At least, I think that's what Tate had in mind. He doesn't play chess, he creates baffling puzzles that can prove very hard to decipher. Perhaps Black should have castled 0-0-0 and then attempted a central pawn break.

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  morfishine: Nonsensical play-on-word: Tate won

And so another dreary and botched effort at elementary wit explodes cataclysmically, much like the Hindenberg


Sep-22-16  newzild: <morfishine> Not so, as it is Shulman who "has" Tate (as an opponent).

Like other posters, I found the game to be pretty interesting but am a bit puzzled about the resignation. White is going to run his pawn to h8, but even then Black can exchange a rook for bishop and pawn, allowing counter-chances with White's main defensive piece gone.

Sep-22-16  posoo: "HAS E TATE" as an opponunt MORFUDLIAN!

I have e Tate dis rownd

DO NOT COMAT SOICIDE over pins u do not understand

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  kevin86: Does Emery have tate or does he just Tate good?
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  JohnBoy: The comments above by <samvega> are well worth review.
Sep-22-16  Cheapo by the Dozen: Once Black has the sacrifice material in hand, I don't see why he didn't just castle long himself.

For one thing, connecting the rooks seems like a good idea, given the likelihood White will be able to play Qxh7.

Despite the weakness of the h-pawn, it's not obvious to me that Black has to give up a 3rd pawn for the piece.

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  Gottschalk: Unhappy title at this moment, taking into account the dangerous situation in Charlotte.

Shame on you, Danny!

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  drleper: <morfishine: Nonsensical play-on-word: Tate won

And so another dreary and botched effort at elementary wit explodes cataclysmically, much like the Hindenberg>

Oh the humanity? ;) It's actually a play on "he who hesitates is lost", and "he who has E. Tate (as an opponent) is lost". Not bad really.

<An Englishman: Good Evening: Very nice pun. 17.b3 might rank as the strangest piece sacrifice I have ever seen.>

I'm with you on that one, never seen anything like it, I have no idea how 17.b3 would even come to mind. Quite a concept, although it's probably busted objectively. White's king is not actually all that safe, since black can afford to sac a piece back on a4 or b3 to open things up. Moves like 22...d5 and 25...Ba4 are hard for white to deal with. Anyway, the computer finds ways to smash it up, but definitely interesting for practical play.

Sep-22-16  TheBish: Clever pun. It would have been very fitting if Shulman had lost on time (as I thought he had at first) -- with the double entendre (hesitates) having an apropos meaning here.

I had the pleasure of watching Emory Tate play at a few tournaments over the years that I was also participating in. I remember one exciting game of his, where both players had two queens in an open middlegame, with crazy complications. I talked to him after the game (which he won), asking him what it was like to calculate and navigate such a complicated position. He said something to the effect of "It wasn't easy!" Indeed! What a player he was; not afraid of going into a tactical melee with the best of them, taking down many a GM on his way to chess super-stardom. Chess Life did a nice article on him several months ago, featuring several of his best and most brilliant games, following his premature passing.

Sep-23-16  posoo: dats wat i sad droper
Sep-24-16  droper: wut ???
Mar-19-17  sfm: One of the best puns for a long time, apart from that it is not quite silly enough.
Oct-22-17  outplayer: 1) -0.41 (17 ply) 32.Qg7 Rce8 33.Qc3 Nxe4 34.Qd4+ Kc7 35.b4 Qa8 36.b5 Bf6 37.Qd3 d5 38.Bxd5 Bxd5 39.Qxd5 Qxd5 40.Rxd5 Bxh4 41.Rh1 Bf2 42.Bg7 Be3+ 43.Kb1 Nf6 44.Bxf6 Rxf6 45.Rh7+ Kb8
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