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Mikhail Markovich Umansky vs Horst Robert Rittner
"Battlin' the Catalan" (game of the day Nov-26-2005)
50th World Champions Jubilee Tournament (2003)
Catalan Opening: Closed Variation (E06)  ·  1-0


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  Sneaky: A few trivial observations:

24.♖xc7? ♗xe5 (or at least =)
27...♖xe6? 28. ♗xe5

Sep-09-03  seoulmama: Splendid! This game is for all of you who say that control of the light squares isn't anything tangible in the Catalan...
Oct-08-05  Poisonpawns: White square domination!!
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  WannaBe: 38. Rd3, why not Rxd4?
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  Sneaky: 38.Rxd4? loses the rook to ...Bc5+ and ...Bxd4
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  WannaBe: <Sneaky> Ah, yes... silly me =(
Nov-26-05  fxenderby: could someone please explain the pun, if any..
Premium Chessgames Member It's just a near-rhyme and nothing else. Our in-house punmeister adds that this is one of Daniel's and he takes no responsibility for it.
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  kevin86: A wild ending! White wins the pawn race with fewer pawns---but of course,they were more advanced.
Nov-26-05  EmperorAtahualpa: Hey, I like this GOTD! A lot of pitfalls in this one, as <Sneaky> already pointed out.

Concerning the pun, taking into account those traps like 24.Rxc7?? or 38.Rxd4??, perhaps something that has to do with Hans and Gretel fairytale could work.....?

Nov-26-05  RolandTesh: Two moves confuse me.

46. Rd1. What is the point of giving up the f-pawn? Why not just 46.Rxc7, which is roughly the same as the game could go, while keeping the f-pawn? Is it that White wants to open the f-file, and that 46. Rd1 is a kind of zugzwang move?

47...Kf6. Why not just 47...Rf7. How can White possibly make progress? In fact, after the exchange of these 7th rank rooks, isn't it Black being the only one with winning chances?

I know I must be missing something, because both of these moves are straighforward.

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  OhioChessFan: <RolandTesh>, 47.....Kf6 looks awful. It leads to the capture of the c7 and b6 pawns and the nice pawn/bishop structure in the middle crumbles. I don't see much hope of Black winning though. After the exchange, the White King will eventually move to d5 and the Black King can't get out unless he pushes the h pawn. I think that would give the White Rook too much room to operate.
Nov-26-05  dakgootje: quite nice game with some traps as <Sneaky> showed, however I think there are made some mistake by black in the endgame.
Nov-26-05  aragorn69: I second <Roland Tesh>'s interrogations? 46.Rd1 and 47.-Kf6 baffle me!...
Nov-26-05  Guest1825: I tuned in from move 30. onwards. I thought black blew it with his king move Kf6, I mean, he needs to hold that pawn. What was he thinking? This game could be called, "47...Kf6: Rittner's Horst Nightmare."
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