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Rustam Mashrukovich Kasimdzhanov vs Surya Shekhar Ganguly
Pune Super GM (2004), Pune IND, rd 4, Sep-06
Italian Game: Giuoco Pianissimo. Normal (C50)  ·  1-0


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  aragorn69: Everything seems more or less OK for Black; then comes 21.-g6? (instead of 21.-Re8 for example) and, after 22.d5!, his position is a total mess !
Sep-14-04  RisingChamp: I thought Nf6-The two knights defence was very much frowned upon.I am also surprised that Kasim didnt go for a kill with either Ng5 or the Max Lange.
Sep-14-04  RisingChamp: Yuk I dont understand how players of nearly 2600 can overlook such elementary tactics in a normal time control game.Kasim is very good at capitalizing on tactical errors.Even positionally it is difficult to see what Ganguly intended with g6-prevent Nf5(which doesnt seem to achoeve much)prevent some possible back rank mates(again hazy).
Sep-15-04  Checkmate4327: Rising Champ, The Two Knights Defence is definitely not frowned upon - Ng5 leads to unclear complications, while 4 d4 exd4 5 0-0 Nxe4 seems to lead to an equal endgame (this is from the book 'Play the Open Games as Black' by John Emms.
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  patzer2: While 21...g6? may be weak, the reply 22. d5!! is a very strong and subtle "deflection" move. Because of the threat 23. dxe6, Black is forced to either capture the pawn (22...cxd5; 22...Nxd5) or move his Rook (22...Re5; 22...Re7; 22...Re8). Unfortunately for Black, White wins in all these variations:

A. [22...cxd5 23. Rc8+! (not 23. exd5?? Rxe3 ; missing the sure win is 23. Nxd5?! Nxd5 24. Qxd5 ) 23...Ne8 (23...Re8 24. Nxd5! ; 23...Kg7 24. Nf5+ gxf5 25. Qg5#) 24. Ng4!! (also winning is 24. Nxd5! Qb5 25. Qd4 Ra5 26. Nf6+ Kf8 27. Rdc1 ) 24...dxe4 (24...Kg7 25. Qh6+ Kg8 26. Nf6+ Rxf6 27. Rxe8#) 25. Rxe8+! Rxe8 26. Nf6+ Kf8 (26...Kg7 27. Nxe8+ ) 27. Qh6+! Ke7 28. Nd5+ ]

B. [22...Nxd5 23. Nc4! 24. exd5 ]

C. [22...Re5 23. Nc4! Qc7 24. Nxe5 ]

D. [22...Re7 23. Nc4! Qc7 (23...Qd8 24. Qd4 is this game's finale) 24. Qd4 b5 25. Na3 Ne8 (25...Kg7 26. Rxc6 Qb8 27. Nxb5! Qxb5 28. Rxd6 ; 25...Re5 26. Nxb5 ) 26. Nxb5 c5 27. Qc3 Qb6 28. Nxa7 ]

E. [22...Re8 (gives Black the most resistance) 23. Nc4! Qd8 (23...Qa6 24. Nxd6 ; 23..Qc5 dxc6 ; 23...Qc7 24. Qd4 b5 25. Na3 Qe7 26. dxc6 Rb8 27. c7! ) 24. dxc6 bxc6 25. Nxd6 Rd7 26. Rxc6 Qe7 27. Qd4 Red8 28. e5 Ne8 29. b3 axb3 30. axb3 ]

Note: You may find a computer helpful in figuring out some of the complicated subvariations after 22...Re8 (e.g. 22...Re8 23. Nc4! Qa6 24. Nxd6 gets very complicated, with a lot of nice tactics). Because it puts up the most resistance with the best chance to pull off a swindle, 22...Re8 is the move Black should have played.

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  trumbull0042: 24.? was today's puzzle in the International Herald Tribune. It is interesting to note that Black can get out of this fork, in the sense that he won't lose either piece: 24...b5 threatens White's knight in turn, and uncovers protection for the rook on a7. However, it causes Black to lose two pawns after 25. Qxf6 bxc4 26. dxc6.
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