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|Nov-28-04|| ||kostich in time: This game, coming close on the heels of Karpovs famous defeat of Korchnoi, led to a revival of the Dragons fortunes..it won the Informant 'best game prize" for the first half of the year, and helped Velimirovic win the always strong Yugoslav championship.However, the Qb8 variation has its problems,as was soon apparent. |
|Jul-12-05|| ||davewv: This game is on page 188 of "Secrets of the Sicilian Dragon" by Gufeld and Schiller. The Heading is The Dragon Hall of Fame.|
|Sep-08-05|| ||aw1988: The Qb8 variation puzzles me and makes me laugh. It's like Black is proposing "um, this looks sorta good" and shoving his queen off randomly. Of course, Velimirovic is a fierce warrior, but you get the idea.|
|Jan-11-07|| ||Whitehat1963: A beautiful and complex knockdown, drag-out fight!|
|Jun-19-07|| ||sanyas: Does 24..f6 threaten 25...xc3 26.bxc3 xc3?|
|Nov-03-08|| ||A.G. Argent: <sanyas - Does 24...Qf6 threaten 25...Qxc3 26.bxc3 Bxc3?> Nope, not really if Planinc defends against that with 25.Qd3. By the way, if someday you ever come back here, who wrote the poem in your forum?|
|Oct-22-09|| ||Phony Benoni: <A.G. Argent> It's "The Game of Chess" by Jorge Luis Borges, from his collection Dreamtigers.|
|Oct-22-09|| ||mertangili: i see that in the final position the threat is 50...Qh1 to attack the weak g2 pawn and if white tries to defend it with 51. Qg3 then the rook also comes down to the 1st rank: 51...Rd1 and its all over.|
But, what if white plays 51. Qe1 i couldnt figure a decisive continuation altough, 51... Qd4+ 52. Be3 Qb2+ 53. Qe2 results in the loss of the b pawn.
Any ideas about a better and more convincing way?
|Oct-22-09|| ||al wazir: Why is this game over?|
|Oct-22-09|| ||sfm: <al wazir: Why is this game over?>
I think it is the threat of -,Qh1, followed by -,Rd1, which I can't find any usable defense against.|
|Oct-22-09|| ||eaglewing: Endposition: I do miss something, too. Besides the suggestion by <mertangili> about 50. Qe1, where I would think about Qd4+ 51. Kf1, I don't see the clear advantage following:|
50. Qe2 Qh1 51. Kg3 Rd1 52. Bb2 with the threat of Bf6+, which is not easy to handle, maybe even after 52...Re1.
There is disadvantage, but is it really clearer than in the position following 48... Bb7?
|Oct-22-09|| ||kellmano: Borges is pure genius. This game, as well, is absolutely brilliant. The longest attack ever?|
|Oct-22-09|| ||psmith: <mertangili> I am a bit confused by your post. |
<eaglewing>, <al wazir>:
Probably the win is not very difficult after the prosaic 50. Qe1 (or 50. Qe2 Qxe2) Qxe1+ 51. Kxe1 Bxg2 52. Rxb5 Bxh3. I would expect the two extra Black pawns to carry the day.
Perhaps also Planinc was just exhausted and gave up -- or perhaps he lost on time! (Never neglect that possibility.)
|Oct-22-09|| ||luzhin: This might have been the longest attack ever, but Velimirovic missed a beautifully thematic 'dragon' knock-out right at the outset: 17...Bxb5! 18.Qxb5 Rxc3! 19.bxc3 Ne4! 20.fxe4 Bxc3 21.Qa4 b5! winning.|
|Oct-22-09|| ||psmith: <luzhin>: nice. In that line also 20. Bd4 Bxd4 21. cxd4 Qf4+ 22. Kb2 Ra2+! is cute. (Fritz, not me.)|
|Oct-22-09|| ||psmith: Note that if 20. Nxe4 Rxc2+! 21. Kxc2 Qxb2+ 22. Kd3 Bxb5#|
What I really like about this game is first, the way that the White King ends up being flushed out of the Queen-side twice; and second, the way the attack ends up turning on white-square domination after the sacrifice of the dragon Bishop. It is a very sustained attack.
|Oct-22-09|| ||Wayne Proudlove: See some good black and white photography of street chess players here:
|Oct-22-09|| ||YetAnotherAmateur: I'm really not liking 14. Qe2. Maybe I'm missing something, but it seems like that was the chance for white to protect against the attack that gets unleashed on move 18 with Kb1. It also leaves white with some interesting threats on a7.|
|Oct-22-09|| ||eaglewing: <psmith: Probably the win is not very difficult after the prosaic 50. Qe1 (or 50. Qe2 Qxe2) Qxe1+ 51. Kxe1 Bxg2 52. Rxb5 Bxh3. I would expect the two extra Black pawns to carry the day.>|
I would not! I think I would feel quite happy as White to get away from the endpostion of the game to a position alike in the line you describe for one pawn.
Why? In the endposition I think White's biggest problem is the unsure position of the king against the attacking heavy pieces and a bishop of different coulored squares. Your line means one and a double pawn up, but the strongest attackers are exchanged. Not much mating threats anymore with just your rook and bishop attacking and just a rook exchange away from the notorious endgames with different square coulored bishops, which tend to make even a two pawn advantage a draw.
However, I would tend to deviate from the line you gave and prefer:
50. Qe2 Qxe2+ 51. Kxe2 Bxg2 52. h4
|Oct-22-09|| ||anand: Hello All. I am unable to see why white resigns.I do not see the immediate danger white is in. Moreover, white has a very good move in Bb2 which threatens forced mate. I am stuck with this move Bb2 and am unable to think about any other move.|
|Oct-22-09|| ||eaglewing: <anand> 50.Bb2?? Rd2+ 51.Kg3 Rd3 wins the queen. |
In the endposition of the game Bc1 needs to defend square d2, but yes, you would like to put him, if able, on b2 for counterattacking.
|Oct-22-09|| ||psmith: <eaglewing>: I believe that as long as the Rooks are on the board, the opposite-colored bishops do not tend towards a draw. In fact they favor the side with the extra pawns. This is fairly elementary endgame theory.|
|Oct-22-09|| ||frenchfan: What's the win for black after Qe2?|
|Oct-22-09|| ||lzromeu: <anand: Hello All. I am unable to see why white resigns.I do not see the immediate danger white is in. Moreover, white has a very good move in Bb2 which threatens forced mate. I am stuck with this move Bb2 and am unable to think about any other move.>|
50 Bb2 Rd2+ and black take a bishop, or Queen, and the g2pawn was death too.
The position is unhopeless for white. 1 or 2 extra pawn for black and better structure. Looks to: 50. Qe1 (or 50. Qe2 Qxe2) Qxe1+ 51. Kxe1 Bxg2 52. Rxb5 Bxh3 (or 52 h4 rb7
|Oct-22-09|| ||jonico: This game must be incomplete. My continuation could be 50. Bb2 Qh1 51. Rg5 Rd1 52. Qc3 Qf1+ 53. Kg3...Black play :)
Greets, (am a beginner in chess)|
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