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Regina Pokorna vs Nona Gaprindashvili
"Nona Nona, Hey Hey, Goodbye" (game of the day Mar-21-2018)
European Championship (Women) (2003), Istanbul TUR, rd 11, Jun-14
Sicilian Defense: Classical Variation. General (B56)  ·  1-0


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  al wazir: What does white do after 20...Qe5 ? If 21. Bd4, then 21...Qg5, threatening mate and drastically cutting back on black's options.
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  crafty: 20...♕e5 21. ♗d4 ♕g5 22. ♗xg7+ ♔g8 23. ♕xg5 hxg5 24. ♗xf8   (eval 5.40; depth 15 ply; 500M nodes)
Nov-29-07  Infin1ty: If 20...Qe5 21.Bd4, Qg5 the bishop on g7 hangs. 22.Bxg7+, Kg8 (22...Kxg7?, 23 Rg4 wins a queen) 23.Qxg5, hxg5 24.Bxf8, gxf4 and the bishop moves away.

Looks like white's a piece up.

Nov-29-07  xrt999: did black resign after moving? I thought you were supposed to resign on your turn. I couldnt tell you, I never resign.
Nov-29-07  xrt999: after 12.Qd3, black had ample opportunities to alleviate the pin on f7, and defend against white's threat of Qxg6 by playing Kh8.

You might as well just say 12...Kh8 in this position, the open sicilian.

Notice after 14...Nd7, white cant take on g6 right away because of 15...d5! White does a great job of removing the d pawn and opening up the attack on g6 with 15.f4.

Black's warning system STILL hasnt kicked in yet and takes on e5, instead of losing the d pawn. (White's threat is simply exd6 winning a pawn).

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  al wazir: <crafty (and Infin1ty): 20...Qe5 21. Bd4 Qg5 22. Bxg7+> Qxg7.

Crafty, I don't understand how you could even consider playing 22...Kg8, let alone pick it as the best move.

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  kevin86: I'm a little confused: is the best continuation 24 ♗xg7+ or 24 ♗f4+ winning the queen? In the latter,white would be up a queen and two pawns for a rook and piece. In the former,after24 ♗xg7 black answers with 24... ♔xg7 25 ♕g5+ ♘g6. Am I missing something?
Nov-29-07  Funicular: Kevin86, you might want to consider 25. Qe7+ rather than Qg5. ;)
Nov-29-07  nimzo knight: <al wazir> 23. Qxg7 Rg5 24. Qh7 Rf6 25. Nxf6 Qxf6.

Nov-29-07  tatarch: Funicular- I don't see a forced mate after 24.Bxg7+ and 25.Qe7+, and Bf4+ looks more commanding to me... what am I missing?
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  patzer2: White's 21. Rxe5! is the second surprise clearance combination sacrifice in this game. The initial winning clearance pseudo sacrifice appears to be 14. e5!

If 21...exf5, I suppose 22. Bxh6 is decisive.

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  patzer2: In the final position, the discovered check and follow-up 24. Bf5+ Nh7 26. Bxb8 Rxb8 27. Bf7 looks sufficient.
Nov-29-07  RookFile: The opening seems to be been played wrong by black, with 6...Bd7 being the first error. You don't just ignore the bishop on c4, the better systems involve e6 and the b8 knight maneauvering to swap the bishop off, or e6 in conjunction with a quick a6 and b5.
Nov-29-07  Chess Classics: If you ask me, this should be a contender for pun of the day.

Also, does 23...Qf8 save black? I can't see any imminent threats, and black has material. But it's late and I've been chessblind lately.


Nov-29-07  nimzo knight: < does 23...Qf8 save black> 24. Bg5+
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  al wazir: <nimzo knight: 20...Qe5 21. Bd4 Qg5 22. Bxg7+ Qxg7 23. Rg5 Qh7 24. Rf6> h5. Now I suppose that white can win with 25. Bd3 or Be2. But I still don't see why crafty preferred 22...Kg8.

Thanks anyway.

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  pdxjjb: It's fascinating to review the 10-year-old engine analysis from user "crafty" on Nov-29-07. In fact 20 ... Qe5 is terrible, as user Infin1ty pointed out at the time.

Black's moves starting with 13 ... a6 are weak, and Pokorna plays the sharpest responses until 19 Rdf1 which dissipates much of her advantage.

After that both players struggle to catch the thread for a couple of moves until Pokorna finds 21 Rxf5. But if 22 ... Qd6 instead of 22 ... exf5, white's victory is surprisingly far off; there may even be a perpetual hiding in there for black.

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  offramp: Game of the day, and I could spend all day Pokorna Regina.
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  HeMateMe: <you might want to consider 25. Qe7+>

that still doesn't deliver a mate, does it? The game is resigned because the Queen is picked off with the discovered check?

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  thegoodanarchist: It is time to end the farce!

These GOTD puns are horrible! Stop it please! Let's use games like this as GOTD:

Karpov vs Korchnoi, 1978

High-level, world championship chess, played at a crucial point in the match.

Now THAT is a worthy GOTD

Mar-21-18  morfishine: <thegoodanarchist> I feel your pain, but the GOTD gods are immovable if not just plain incorrigible in their thoughts and ways

Even your heartfelt plea solemnly incorporating the humble and honest word 'please', will surely fall on deaf ears, no doubt

Nice Korchnoi game BTW


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  Once: <thegoodanarchist> I suppose that CG can't really win. If they show the "best" games then many people will complain that they are too well known. So they tend to switch it around with some heavyweight games alternating with lighter-weight offerings to show off a pun.

Sure the puns are often excruciating but the games are usually interesting.

TBH, I sometimes don't bother with the puns. Some of them are too American for me.

Mar-21-18  jinkinson: Yup, computer analysis confirms that Bf4+ is White's best move by far in the final position. BTW Bxg7+ not only doesn't win, it gives Black the advantage, no matter what move white plays next.
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  ChessHigherCat: Nobody even considered the possibility of 17. Bxe6, which creates a very unusual pin, wins three pawns, gets a killer attack, et "ne mange pas de pain", as the Fwanch say:

17. Bxe6 fxe6 18. Qxe6+ Kh8 19. fxe5 Rxf1+ 20. Rxf1 Nxe5 21. Bxh6

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  ChessHigherCat: SF is not amused by my variant but it suggests 19. f5, which I think is inferior to fxe5. On the other hand, SF's 18. Kh7 is no doubt an improvement.
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