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Ashot Gamletovich Anastasian vs Ara Minasian
"Ashot for The Championship" (game of the day May-14-2005)
Armenian Championship (2005), Yerevan ARM, rd 5, May-03
Dutch Defense: Leningrad. Matulovic Variation (A89)  ·  1-0


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May-14-05  BlazingArrow56: Wow. Is 33...Rd8 immediately decisive or did Black not like his endgame chances?
May-14-05  BlazingArrow56: or should I say "her", I can't tell!
May-14-05  zabbura2002: it's a he =)
May-14-05  Saph: I'd like to see two people commenting at the same moment in time, with "First!". I echo <BlazingArrow56>'s question. Is it decisive or not so?
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  crafty: 33. ... ♔h6 34. ♔g2 fxg3 35. hxg3 b6 36. ♕h4+   (eval 0.93; depth 12 ply; 750M nodes)
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  kevin86: This may be a case of time forfeiture-the game looks close to give up.
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  patzer2: Black makes a small, tactical, defensive mistake with 27...Re8?!, dropping a pawn due to the pin by the White Queen on the Black Rook.

Better was 27... Qe5! 28. Qxe5 dxe5 29. Rd7+ Rf7 30. Rfd1 Raf8=.

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  patzer2: Fritz 8 follows up on Crafty's 33. Rd8 Kh6 34. Rd2 fxg3 35. hxg3 b6 with the improvement 36. e3! Kg7 37. Kg2 Rc7 38.Qd3 Re7 39.Qd4 Qxd4 40.exd4 (+1.50 @ 15 depth & 1224 kN/s). I'm far from an endgame expert, but being a pawn down in this endgame doesn't appear to give Black very good drawing chances against strong play.

Still, unless time was a factor, Black should have played on, as the win is far from a sure thing, even with the benefit of computer analysis.

Playing it out with Fritz 8 move-by-move in one line, yielded a White win after:

33. Rd8 Kh6!? 34. Rd2 fxg3 35. hxg3 b6 36. e3 Kg7 37. Kg2 Rc7 38. Qd3 Re7 39. Qd4 Qxd4 40. exd4 Kf6 41. Kf3 Rc7 42. Kf4 h6 43. f3 h5 44. Ke4 Ke6 45. Rd3 Rc8 46. f4 Kd6 47. Re3 Rc2 48. a3 Rc1 49. Kd3 Rg1 50. Kc4 Rc1+ 51. Rc3 Rg1 52. a4 Rb1 53. Kd3 Kd5 54. Ke3 Ra1 55. Rc6 Rxa4 56. Rxg6 Ra3+ 57. Kf2 Ra5 58. Rg5+ Kxd4 59. Kf3 Ra3+ 60. Kg2 a5 61. bxa6 Ra2+ 62. Kh3 Rxa6 63. Kh4 Kc4 64. Rg6 Kc5 65. Kxh5 Ra8 66. Rg5+ Kd6 67. Kh6 Ra3 68. Rg6+ Kd5 69. g4 b5 70. f5 Ra2 71. f6 Ra7 72. Rg5+ Ke6 73. Kg6 Rb7 74. Rf5 Rb8 75. f7 b4 76. f8=Q Rxf8 77. Rxf8 1-0

May-14-05  BadTemper: was 15 R x B bluff?
May-14-05  ajile: An unusual game. Black avoids any weaknesses on the D file by leaving the C pawn at C7 and the D pawn at D6. After his E5 and exchange White doesn't have the usual target at D6. The problem is Black wastes time with the Q-Knight and allows White to gain a lead in developement in the center. I like the 8...Ne5 variation better anyways. Much more interesting.
May-14-05  halcyonteam: decisive or not so?
May-14-05  WorldChampeen: On one of the net playing sites, there is an Alex Ashot; was giving, not really a simul, but there was a good chance, if you played that day, you'd play him in blitz at certain times, blitz or rapid, I forget; one game, man he scorched me, the other game was a little better.

May-14-05  Boomie: The line 33. ♖d8 ♔h6 34. ♔g2 has a problem, 34...fxg3 35. hxg3 ♕e4+ 36. ♕xe4 ♖xe4 37. ♖d2 ♖b4 38. f4 ♖xb5, which is hard to win.

Better is 34. ♔f1 fxg3 35. hxg3 a6 36. b6 ♕f6 37. ♖c8

May-14-05  WorldChampeen: Ashot Anastasian

This fellow; people say ICC all the time, okay, this was on instantchess and this Alex Ashot was offering lessons. Armenia's comments under Ashot's page seemingly confirm he gives lessons; so there seems to be a good chance, we had a game.

Hey you Armenians, I stuck up for yous all too on a little soap box discussion about Petrosian and Armenian Chess.

The fellow appeared to be a real gentleman as well.

May-14-05  Zymurgy: do most people on play on ICC too? I play on ICC.
May-14-05  WorldChampeen: <Zymurgy> Actually, there are about as many answers for that as there are people posting here at least; ICC is good, I even had, being so busy, tried out WCN, the world chess network I think, I've tried the free chess server; and there must be some other interfaces, platforms, I did not care for the board I was initially on...playchess is so fast for me, instantchess is good enough, whom am I to judge any of these sites, there are a lot of sites! I could not get this chess 21 software to work on my computer or I would have tried them to, often discussed here.
Feb-19-06  EmperorAtahualpa: I think 21...Kg7 is a mistake here, right? I think Black was afraid of the discovered check via c5+.

Therefore, would 21...Qe6 be better?

Nice game, strong play by Anastasian!

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