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Zdravko Vukovic vs Dejan Mozetic
YUG-ch 1992 (1991), Banja Vrucica BIH, rd 1, Dec-02
Scotch Game: Modern Defense (C45)  ·  1-0


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  patzer2: I suppose this is where young GM Karjakin got the idea for 12. Nxg7!! in his impressive victory in Karjakin vs V B Malinin, 2002, which is also instructive because it shows the intricate mating web Black falls into when he accepts White's second piece sacrifice offer of 13. Bh6+!

Nevertheless it appears Black is lost even in the declined line here after 12. Nxg7!! So, I am adding this to my collection under the theme "demolition of pawn structure via sacrifice at g7 (g2)." More examples of this theme can be found in Chess Informant's "Encyclopedia of Chess Middlegames/Combinations."

I haven't run it through a computer yet, but it appears to me that 13...Kg8 (instead of the 13...Kh8 played in the game) would give White a win after 14. Qd2! Qa5 15. Bxf1 Kxf1 16. Qa6+ Ke2 17. Re1+ Ne5 18. f4!, winning back more than enough Black material to justify the investment in sacrificing the two White pieces (at moves 12 and 13).

Jan-10-06  Takchessbooks: If black hadn't resigned what is the continuation?
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  fm avari viraf: You are right <patzer2> that Karjakin got this idea from Vukovic but where did Vukovic got this idea from or is it his original creation? Anyway, who ever found it, the idea is simply superb!
Dec-29-10  holytramp: Vukovic seems to have originated this brilliant line as I cannot find any other earlier reference to it either here or elsewhere. This is so awesome; after 12...Kxg7 there appears to be no escape.
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  Robed.Bishop: For the inexperienced here, such as myself, note also that after 10. f3, if black tries to save his black bishop with 10...Bd4+, 11. Kh1 traps the black queen. I question whether I would have seen this over the board.
Jan-02-11  holytramp: Robed.Bishop- 11.Kh1 is not much of a trap as 11...Qg6 ends the threat. If you say 12.Nd6+ wins the black queen you are technically correct but black ultimately wins the exchange with 12...cxd6. 13.Bxg6...fxg6; and black ends up with (2) knights + (1) bishop + (1) pawn as compensation- plus a clear winning position as well, imho.
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  Robed.Bishop: holytramp -- I agree with your continuation, but black will not be able to save the d6 pawn and I don't agree black's has a clear winning position. Unless, of course, I have the white pieces and you've seen me play....
Dec-08-16  zeleni: Zdravko,crnogorski genije !!
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  fredthebear: Black resigned rather than loose a piece in a simple continuation.

The Black king is in check and the Black knight is pinned. If 22...Ng6? 23.QxQa5. So after 22...Kf8/Kh8, White piles on the pinned Black knight with 23.f4 (and defends the White queen as well). The Black knight could give a spite check with 23...Nf3+ met by 24.RxNf3. This leaves White ahead on material by an extra rook.

The White queen could also throw in a spite check Qd8+ and Qg5+ as the Black king is limited to dark squares. This is pointless (other than to meet move number criteria), bringing us back to the same position where the Black knight will be lost.

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