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Ralf Christ vs Igor Berezovsky
"The Redeemer" (game of the day Nov-23-2008)
ch-GER (2001), Altenkirchen GER, rd 1, Nov-30
Caro-Kann Defense: Panov Attack. Modern Defense (B13)  ·  1-0


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Jul-13-05  fgh: Nice final combination. Here follows: 20. ... Kf7 21. Nd6+ Kg6 22. Qf5+ Kh6 23. Nf7#. A beautiful example of coordination among only two pieces which together deliver mate to the black king.
Oct-30-06  Whitehat1963: Talk about "The Immortal Game"!
Oct-30-06  technical draw: White's a good player but you don't want to play against his brother.
Nov-23-08  sleepyirv: So what can we take away from this parable? Don't be greedy? Patience is a virtue?
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: <sleepyirv>, the moral is that ...Be6 vs. the Panov-Botvinnik might be sound, but you better know the theory better than the theory knows itself.
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  Benzol: "...the way things are going they're gonna crucify me".
Nov-23-08  Sularus: OMG!!
Nov-23-08  regi sidal: This game is full of sham sacrifices. Ralf is clearly breaking with family tradition. Igor was not saved, nor did he deserve to be. After resigning, Christ flashed him a prideful, scornful smirk; to this day Igor shakes his fist to the sky and curses the good name of the Lord.
Nov-23-08  Simonkaser: Amen...
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  fm avari viraf: Here is the game where I beat Christ Ralp in the Challengers. Event- Challengers
Site- Hastings, England
Date:01-01-2003 Round: 5
White- Christ Ralp Rating:2292
Black: Avari Viraf Rating:2088
1.e4 e5 2.Bc4 Nf6 3.d3 Bc5 4.Nf3 d6 5.c3 Nc6 6.Bb3 Bg4 7.Nbd2 Qd7 8.0-0 Nh5 9.Nc4 0-0-0 10.d4 Nf6 11.a5 a6 12.Ba4 Bxf3 13.gxf3 Qh3 14.b4 Ba7 15.b5 Ne7 16.Ne3 axb5 17.Bxb5 c6 18.Ba4 Nh5 19.Ng2 d5 20.Be3 Rd6 21.Kh1 Rg6 22.Rg1 Bxe3 23.Nxe3 Rxg1+ 24.Qxg1 Qxf3+ 25.Qg2 dxe4 26.dxe4 Qxg2+ 27.Kxg2 Nf4+ 28.Kf3 h5 29.Bb3 f6 30.a6 bxa6 31.Rxa6 Kb7 32.Ra2 g5 33.Nc4 Rd8 34.Bc2 Neg6 35.Ke3 Ng2+ 36.Ke2 N6f4+ 37.Kf1 Nh4 38.Rb2+ Kc7 39.Na5 Ra8 40.Ra2 Nf3 41.Bd1 Nxh2+ 42.Kg1 Ng4 43.Bxg4 hxg4 44.Kh2 Nd3 45.Kg3 Nc5 46.Kxg4 Nb7 47.Kf5 Rxa5 48.Re2 Rc5 49.Re3 Nd6+ 50.Kxf6 Rxc3 51.Re2 Nc4 52.Kxg5 Rf3 Score: 0-1
Nov-23-08  ounos: I wondered why not 12. ...Qxc3.
Here is the answer:
13. Bxg4+ Nxg4 14. Nd6+! (only move) Kb8 (if Kd7 then 15. Qd1!) 15. bxc3 Ne2+ 16. Kh1 Nxf2+! (to avoid a future Nxf7) 17. Rxf2 Nxc1 18. Rxc1 Rxd6 19. Bf4 (pinning rook) e5 (only sensible defence) 20. Bxe5 f6 21. Bxd6+ Bxd6

And White probably wins, with a lot of work ahead.

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Nov-23-08  ounos: Instead of 18. ...Ra8, losing right away, black should have been divinely enlightened to play 18. ...f6, making lord sweat for the point (this ultra ugly looking move would actually preserve material equality, King alive and kicking at g6, and with enough hope and pray anything could happen).
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  chrisowen: It was a choice of 0-0-0 that ultimately done black it seems, the explorer has 8..dxc4 as now generally accepted. Isnt it a wonderful testament of brain life over the course of the game finding the finishing moves?
Nov-23-08  Timothy Glenn Forney: The ending by <fgh> (the first comment) is aesthetically pleasing to go over. The Knight sacrifice is just as pleasing. <Benzol> ....."christ you know it ain't easy,you know how hard it can be". ;)
Nov-24-08  tivrfoa: white played wrong in the 20 move!

20 Nd6+

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  kevin86: A good game on "Christ the King Sunday".

20 ♘d6+ doesn't mate as exd6 21 ♖e1+ ♗e2!

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  Travis Bickle: 2000 years earlier I do believe Ralph's brother would have introduced a few novelties. ; P
Jan-02-09  WhiteRook48: what a funny pun.
Oct-07-09  WhiteRook48: 20...Kf7 21 Nd6+ still wins
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