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Harald Schmidt vs Baadur Aleksandrovich Jobava
"The Patience of Job" (game of the day Aug-10-2019)
Nord-West Cup (2001), Oldenburg, rd 5
Sicilian Defense: Smith-Morra Gambit (B21)  ·  0-1


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Dec-21-05  sucaba: The position before 116. ♖a7 was a draw.
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  FSR: Esserman in his book <Mayhem in the Morra!> (p. 45) recommends 13.Be3! Bxb2 14.Rb1 (large advantage White, according to Esserman) Bg7 (after 14...Bf6 he gives 15.Rb3! without analysis) 15.Bc5 Re8 16.Bd6 Qa7 17.Ng5 (forced win for White) h6 18.Nxf7! Kxf7 19.Qh5+ Kg8 20.Qxe8+ Kh7 21.Bd3#.
Aug-10-19  7he5haman: Does 35.gxf5 fare any better?

I cringed at 35.Bxd5.

Aug-10-19  OldGeez76: A very instructive ending.
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  Breunor: Computer doesn't really agree with Esserman at least running for 1 minute:

1) +0.73 (22 ply) 13.a4 d5 14.Be3 Qd6 15.Rc1 Rd8 16.Bb6 Bxb2 17.Rb1 Bg7 18.Bxd8 Qxd8 19.Re1 Qd6 20.Bd3 Qf4 21.Bc2 Nd4 22.Nxd4 Bxd4 23.Kh1 h6 24.Qd3 f5 25.f3 e5

2) +0.60 (21 ply) 13.Be3 d5 14.a4 Qd6 15.Rc1 Qd8 16.b4 Nxb4 17.Bc5 Nc6 18.Bxf8 Qxf8 19.Qc2 Qd6 20.Rfe1 Bd7 21.g3 h6 22.Qc5 Qxc5 23.Rxc5 Nd4 24.Kg2 Nxb5 25.axb5

Big difference is that the computer doesn't play 13.. Bxb2 but plays d5 instead!

After 13 Bxb2, it still doesn't play Rb1:

1) +0.84 (24 ply) 14.Bxc6 dxc6 15.Bc5 Bf6 16.Bxf8 Kxf8 17.Qd2 Kg7 18.Rae1 h6 19.Re3 Qf4 20.Qc2 e5 21.Rfe1 Qf5 22.Qe2 e4 23.Rxe4 Be6 24.Qe3 Bd5 25.Re8 Rxe8 26.Qxe8 Bxa2

(One minute run)

7heShaman, computer agrees with you, gxf5 is 0.3 better than Bxd5:

1) =0.00 (30 ply) 35.gxf5 Nc3 36.Rd2 Nb1 37.Rd1 Nc3

2) -0.30 (29 ply) 35.Bxd5 Rxd5 36.b4 Bf4 37.Kf2 Bg5 38.h4 Bxh4+ 39.Ke3 exf3 40.gxf5 f2 41.Ke4 Rd8 42.Kf3 Kg7 43.Bxf2 Bxf2 44.Kxf2 h5 45.b5 h4 46.a5 Kf6 47.a6 bxa6 48.bxa6 Kxf5 49.a7 Ke4

Aug-10-19  cormier: if 13.Be3:

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Analysis by Houdini 4 <d 20 dpa done only

1. = (0.23): 13...d5> 14.a4 Bd7 15.Qd2 Qd8 16.h3 Qf6 17.Rab1 Rfc8 18.Rfe1 Bf8 19.Bg5 Qg6 20.b4 f6 21.Bf4 Qf7 22.Red1 Qe7 23.Rdc1 Nxb4

2. + / = (0.32): 13...Qc7 14.Qb3 d5 15.Rac1 Bd7 16.Bd3 h6 17.Rc2 Rfc8 18.Rfc1 Qd6 19.Bc5 Qc7 20.a4 Ne5 21.Nxe5 Bxe5 22.Bb6 Bxh2+ 23.Kh1 Qd6 24.Bc7 Rxc7 25.Rxc7 Rxa4 26.Rxb7

3. + / = (0.38): 13...b6 14.a4 Bb7 15.Rc1 Ne7 16.Rc4 Bd5 17.Rg4 Ng6 18.Bd4 Bxf3 19.gxf3 Bxd4 20.Qxd4 Rc8 21.Qxd7 Qe5 22.Qd2 Rd8 23.Qc3 Qxc3 24.bxc3 Rac8 25.Rd4 Kg7

4. + / = (0.41): 13...Rd8 14.a4 d5 15.Qd2 Qd6 16.Bb6 Re8 17.Rfd1 Bd7 18.Rac1 Qe7 19.Bc5 Qf6 20.b3 Rac8 21.Ng5 Qg6 22.Bd3 f5 23.f4 h6 24.Nf3 Bf6 25.Re1

5. + / = (0.44): 13...Re8 14.a4 d5 15.Rc1 Bd7 16.b3 Rc8 17.Qd2 Qd6 18.Bc5 Qc7 19.Bd4 f6 20.Bc5 Bf8 21.Bxf8 Rxf8 22.Nd4 e5 23.Nxc6 Bxc6 24.Qc3 Rab8 25.Be2 e4 26.Bg4

Aug-11-19  Ironmanth: Wow. Onerous ending! Thanks, chessgames.
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