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Fabio Bellini vs Vugar Gashimov
Bled Olympiad (2002), Bled SLO, rd 6, Oct-31
Sicilian Defense: Nezhmetdinov-Rossolimo Attack (B30)  ·  1/2-1/2


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  acirce: If the game score is correct <both> players missed Qh7# la Kramnik

50..Qf7?? 51.Ne6??

Taken from item 329.

Dec-02-06  Rocafella: We wouldn't expect many people of any skill level to miss this I know, but these players are rated 200 points lower than Kramnik.
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  chancho: These guys may be 200 points lower than Kramnik, but they are master players. Amazing how they both missed the mate.
Dec-13-06  ianD: 51. Qh7#. Simple. 50.Qe4 set this mate up nicely. Black fails to defend and white forgets to make the killer blow. Incredible!!
Dec-13-06  Total Blunder: Hey, nice finding!
Dec-16-08  braimondi: Lol I cant believe a 2486 rated player miss 51.Qh7#
Dec-16-08  shintaro go: Bizarre.
Dec-16-08  Vishy but not Anand: Memory overload! They've memorized too much booklines and forgot the basic mate.

Anyway, there were lots of errors through-out the game like...

(1) 18. Nb6? better move is Nxe5 black position is quite inferior.

(2)20. Qxe5? Why not...

20. Nxe4 Qg5
21. g6 (not a problem to open it since black has a bad bishop and not able to control that diagonal) d5 22. Qe4 Rbd8
23. Nbc4 Rf6
24. Nf3 Qh5
25. Nce5 with a pawn ahead

(3) 21. Qe3? why not....
21. Qd6 Qxd6
22. cxd6 Rbd1 (f-file is more important than blocked b-file) 23. d7 e5 (not Nc5? its blocking the bishop future mobility 24. Ne5 a clear advantage for white) 24. Rad1 e4
25. Nd4 b4! still advantage for white

and a lot more, I can create a book of errors for this game....

Feb-21-09  WhiteRook48: how can they both miss Qh7#
Mar-24-09  WhiteRook48: 50...Qf7?? is crazy
Jun-12-09  WhiteRook48: why not 52...BF7?
Aug-12-09  The Brain99: Kramnik lost a game to Deep Fritz in which he also missed this mate in 1: Deep Fritz vs Kramnik, 2006
Nov-18-09  spotkicker: Why not 65...Qh4 instead of 65...Qh5? 65...Qh3 66.Kh4 Kh6 I think black wins. Because 67.g4 g5 is winning for black, 67.g3 f3 68.Kh3 g5 too! Another variant is that: 67.Kg4 g5 68.Kf3 Kh5 69.g4 Kh4 or 67.Kh3 Kh5. I'm not sure but I think black should win.
Nov-18-09  spotkicker: Another thing is that : Did these grandmasters really play this game? Look at 50...Qf7????????????? 51.Ne6?????????????
Dec-03-09  Cercatore: omg... how can he miss the mate?
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  whiteshark: It's really a rare, mating pattern, though well known now.
Mar-07-19  rcs784: I also think there must have been mutual time pressure involved.
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