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Ashot Gamletovich Anastasian vs Aydin Duman
EU-ch 4th (2003), Istanbul TUR, rd 1, May-30
King's Indian Defense: Fianchetto. Long Variation (E68)  ·  1-0


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Apr-16-17  Walter Glattke: 23.Nh5 deadly threatening,
27.Qf7+ Re7 28.Nf6+ Kd8 30.Qf8+
rook win, so 1-0
Apr-16-17  Strelets: Doing this puzzle requires a solid understanding of positional themes. We already see that White's queen has the a1-h8 diagonal on lock, that he's got some control of the critical d5 square, and that he harbors deep ambitions of sticking a knight in at f6. But he's got a light-squared bishop hanging out by the king and not doing a whole lot. I won't stand for a feudalism with slothful bishops and so we'll get this whole ball rolling by taking on f5. We can get the exchange back on f6 and all of Black's responses allow White to increase the activity of his pieces.

Tarrasch just adjusted his monocle, but bear with me: it made the knight much more active (now it can go to f6 or potentially even d7) and the bishop gained a ton of scope. Anastasian put the knight on d5 right away, which allows...Nxb3... Wait a minute: how was allowing our queen and rook to get forked a good idea? Simply, because our idea is stronger. We can get the exchange back on f6 and that knight in this position is much more valuable than the rook on a1. It's bait. Mmmm... Bait.

We're gonna let him eat that bait, because it allows the queen to stay on the critical long diagonal. Now, we can put the knight on h5 (es tut mir leid wieder, Herr Tarrasch!) in order to support an invasion of Black's position by the queen. Meanwhile, that knight on a1... is still sitting there. It's not doing anything. It might as well be on a0. In order to avoid an immediate royal infiltration, Black moves his king to the e-file, right into a pin. This is where the bishop springs into action! 25.Bxe6 Qxe6 26.Qf6+ Kd7 27.Rxe6 You have to have the position before you start busting out tactics. That's Steinitz's revolution. Join him!

Apr-16-17  Walter Glattke: White wins with 19.exf5 Bxf5 20.Rxe8+
Qxe8 21.Bd5+ Be6 22.Re1 Kf7 23.Nb5 Rc8
24.Bxe6+ Nxe6 25.Qd5 Qd7 26.f5
or 26.Nd4 Re8 27.f5
Apr-16-17  HaydenB: @#$%* pretentious jackass!
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Apr-16-17  HaydenB: @$!#@#$%* @$!# pretentious jackass!
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  ChessHigherCat: <Strelez> I liked your analysis, and your critic should B haydin' in Bellevue if you ask me. I saw the N forks on both sides, retreating the Q to c3, and I also thought of e4xf5 to divert the bishop, but the mofo did not want to go and played gxf5 instead, which was a considerable concession. I definitely would have played 22. Nxe8 instead of the fancy pants Nh5 maneuver.
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  morfishine: When the king roamed off, the Bolsheviks ashot Anastasia


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  Carlos0012358: Probably not insane, but certainly difficult because, after the obvious 19.exf5 to clear the e file, options abound. A couple of comments from here:

1) rather than 19....gxe5 Black could have replied earlier with 19....Nb3, attacking the white rook and forcing white to divert from attacking the black king

2) 22.Qc3 was a very astute move from white's part, faking a knight exchange, forcing black to take the rook, only to then retreat the white knight, clearing the a1-h8 diagonal for the Queen's upcoming attack.

3) after 20.Nd5, seeing the attack coming, perhaps black should have began shifting his pieces to defend, such as 20....Nd7 or 20....Qd8.

No matter, white has a positional advantage which would in any case be impossible for black to fend off lest white makes a big blunder.

Apr-16-17  Walter Glattke: The critic is to 4 stars, so as every weak club layer from 7th league can win here, no good defense, 1) 19.-Nxb3 20.Qd1 Na1 21.fxe6 c6 22.Qxa1 3 20.-Qd8
21.Nf6+ Kf7 22.Nxe8 3b) 20.-Nd7 21.Nf6+ Nxf6 22.Qxf6 c6 23.Re3 d5 24.Rae1 Bd7 25.Rxe8 Bxe8 26.simple cd5 or grandmasterlike 26.Re7 ... the simplier the moves, the EZ the win.
Apr-16-17  Walter Glattke: 2) 23.Nxe8 Qxe8 24.Bxb7 Rb8 25.Bd5 Nb3
...23.Nh5 looks nice, but, if one says, that was a mistake, he could be right: 23.Nxe8 Kxe8 24.Qf6 Nb3 25.Rxe6+ Qxe6
26.Rxe6+ Kd8 27.Bxb7 Rb8 28.Bc6 Nc5 29.Qe8#
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  Marmot PFL: This does not seem terribly difficult, as if I'm not mistaken 19 ef5 Nxb3 20 Qf6 white's threats of Rxe6 and B(or N)d5 as well as fg6 far outweigh black's only threat of Nxa1. 19...gf6 20 Nd5 and 19...Bf5 20 Bd5+ also seem very strong for white
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  agb2002: The material is identical.

Black threatens Nxb3.

I have considered Rxa5, b4, Nd5, exf5, e5, Qd1 and Rh3. I'd probably would play 19.Nd5:

A) 19... Nxb3 20.Nf6+, trying to exploit the position of the black king. For example, 20... Kf7 21.Qc3 Nxa1 22.exf5 gxf5 23.Nxe8 Qxe8 24.Rxa1 with the double threat Bxb7 and Rxa5 with the same material but better position.

B) 19... Bxd5 20.Qxd5+ Kg7 21.exf5 with a similar conclusion.

That's all I can do today.

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  ChessHigherCat: Wanna take a shot? Ay doo maan!
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  scutigera: <HaydenB> Thank you for clarifying your comment; it wasn't quite clear the first time.
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  ChessHigherCat: <scutigera: <HaydenB> Thank you for clarifying your comment; it wasn't quite clear the first time.>

Good point! @#$%* was curiously incomplete without @$!#@#$%* @$!# and didn't quite fit the rhyme scheme, either.

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  morfishine: <ChessHigherCat: <Strelez> I liked your analysis> But <Strelez>'s post isn't analysis at all, but after-the-fact story-telling, over-filled with nauseating mumbo-jumbo, which admittedly, can be viewed as fun and enjoyable to read, at least for some parties


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  ChessHigherCat: <morfishine: <ChessHigherCat: <Strelez> I liked your analysis> But <Strelez>'s post isn't analysis at all, but after-the-fact story-telling, over-filled with nauseating mumbo-jumbo, which admittedly, can be viewed as fun and enjoyable to read, at least for some parties"

Crawl back under your rock! You're a fine one to talk about mumbo-jumbo. Here's a classic example of your "logic": "nauseating mumbo-jumbo, which admittedly, can be viewed as fun and enjoyable to read".

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  patzer2: Here's my analysis of yesterday's Sunday puzzle (19.) and game with Deep Fritz 15 and the opening explorer:

<1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. g3 Bg7 4. Bg2 O-O 5. Nc3 d6 6. Nf3 Nbd7> I slightly prefer the computer choice 6...c5 as in J Xiong vs G Jones, 2017 or A Tari vs D Gordievsky, 2017.

<7. O-O e5> A more flexible option is 7... c6 as in T Harutyunian vs M Karthikeyan, 2017.

<8. h3 Re8 9. e4 exd4 10. Nxd4 Nc5 11. Re1 a5 12. Nb3 Nxb3> This is the only game in our database in which this move was played. My preference is the computer choice 12... Ne6 as in M Cuellar Gacharna vs Gligoric, 1973 or 12...N(f)d7 as in N Ibraev vs G Guseinov, 2008.

<13. axb3 Be6?!> The computer doesn't like this move because 14. e5 dxe5 15. Bxb7 Rb8 16. bc6 gives White a slight advantage. Instead, 13... Nd7 14. Be3 Ne5 15. f4 Nc6 16. Qd2 Nb4 17. Nd5 Be6 = holds it about level.

<14. Be3 Qc8 15. Kh2 Nd7 16. f4 f5?> This weak move is where Black's game starts to go wrong, because it allows 17. Bd4! to with a very strong attack for White. Instead, the computer indicates 16...b6 or 16...Ra6 or 16...Nb8 offer Black better survival chances. My own preference is one of the possible improvements mentioned above.

<17. Bd4!> to (+1.75 @ 20 depth, Deep Fritz 15). With best play, white appears to be winning after 17. Bd4!

Apr-17-17  FlashinthePan: Aydin couldn't escape, but he had Ashot at it.
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  patzer2: <17...Bxd4 18. Qxd4 Nc5 19. exf5!> The logical move, solving yesterday's sunday puzzle. It (19. exf5!) decisively attacks Black's weak King position by opening up the e-file for the Rook(s) and freeing up d5 for the Knight.

<19...gxf5> According to the computers, this move is Black's best option in a bad postion.

If 19...Nxb3, then White wins after 20. Qf6 Nxa1 21. Rxe6 Rf8 22. Qh4 Rf7 23. Nd5 Kh8 24. Ne7 Qd8 25. Nxg6+ Kg7 26. Ne7 Kh8 27. f6 c6 28. Qh5 Qe8 29. Ng6+ Kg8 30. Rxe8+ (#9, Deep Frtiz 15 @ 27 depth.)

If 19...Bxf5, then White wins after 20. Nd5 Be6 21. f5! gxf5 22. Nf6+ Kf7 23. Nh5! Rf8 24. b4! axb4 25. Rxa8 Qxa8 26. Qg7+ Ke8 27. Nf4 Qc8 28. Bxb7 Qd7 29. Bc6 Qxc6 30. Nxe6 (#17, Deep Fritz 15 @ 20 depth.)

<20. Nd5 Nxb3 21. Nf6+ Kf7 22. Qc3 Nxa1 23. Nh5 Ke7 24. Bd5 c6 25. Bxe6 Qxe6> Practically forced due to the threat 25... Qc7 26. Qf6#.

<26. Qf6+ Kd7 27. Rxe6 Rxe6 28. Qf7+ 1-0> Black resigns in lieu of 28...Re7 29. Nf6+ Kd8 30. Qf8+ Kc7 31. Qxe7+ (#21, Deep Fritz 15 @ 27 depth)

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  ChessHigherCat: <ChessHigherCat:...Crawl back under your rock> <Go F yourself Mr 0> No thanks, I have a girlfriend for that. You might amuse yourself that way, though, you spiteful pathetic twit.
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