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Oleg Korneev vs Levon Aronian
RUS-Cup3 (1996), Omsk, rd 1, Dec-13
Sicilian Defense: Dragon Variation. Yugoslav Attack Modern Line (B76)  ·  1-0


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  gawain: Because this was a puzzle position (and "easy") the solution could not possibly be anything other than 52 Rxh4+ etc.
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  lost in space: Got that and saw that the game went exactly to the position I had in my mind when starting to write my post.
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  ChessHigherCat: I saw the rook exchange and c6 almost instantly but yesterday's puzzle made me paranoid so I started looking for a faster solution
Mar-13-18  Pchief: Was the R sac really necessary?
If 52.Rg7 Black also does not have any useful move at hand since his king, not being able to leave the h-file, continues to block his own pawn
Mar-13-18  landshark: R sac brings the fastest resolution.
Mar-13-18  EIDorado: @Pchief with a single black rook on the board the king values as much as a night, so white has a knight and a pawn for the rook. Considering the active passed pawns and passive black king, you don't even check ending theory or variants: you just say to yourself "If white doesn't win I quit chess".
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  agb2002: White is a pawn up.

Black threatens Rxb7.

White's advanced pawns can overwhelm the rook on b8. Hence, 52.Rxh4+ Rxh4 53.Rxh4+ Kxh4 54.c6 followed by Kc5 wins (54... Kg5 55.Kc5 Kf6 56.Kd6 Rd8+ 57.Kc7 Ke7 58.b8=Q Rxb8 59.Kxb8 Kd6 60.c7).

Mar-13-18  yadasampati: I am just surprised that Levon Aronian does not resign after 52) Rxh4+
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  Lambda: <Pchief> It probably isn't necessary, but simplifying complex wins into simple wins is always nice.
Mar-13-18  AlicesKnight: Simplest here is best; two Ps on the 6th defeat a R in the absence of Ks. So exchange everything on h4 and follow with c6; the Black R cannot hold.
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  morfishine: <52.Rxh4> eliminates one Black rook allowing the White King + 2 pawns to eliminate the other


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  OhioChessFan: Straightforward endgame, the Pawns dominate the Rook. I share yada's surprise Aronian played on.
Mar-13-18  Cheapo by the Dozen: After a Monday puzzle that was hard enough for Tuesday, we get a Tuesday puzzle that's Monday-easy.
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  cocker: 52 Rg7 also wins quite easily
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  WorstPlayerEver: Two connected pawns at the 6th rank can handle a Rook alone.
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  Bubo bubo: White turns the double rook ending into an elementary win of two advanced passed pawns against a rook: 52.Rxh4+ Rxh4 53.Rxh4+ Kxh4 54.c6. Since his king is offside and the white king is close to the pawns, Black won't even reach the notorious Q vs R ending.
Mar-13-18  Mayankk: A refresher of basic Chess theory and not much of a puzzle.

Is this week supposed to demonstrate how current/future 2800+ players miss simple stuff?

Mar-13-18  Pasker: An elementary puzzle of course but what surprised me is that Aronian is keep going after all this. I thought the game will be over right after the solution move but it goes on with Aronian's King march 😁
Mar-13-18  lentil: In 1996, Aronian was 13 years old.
Mar-13-18  Pasker: Okay, I didn't realize it was 1996. Thought its 2013. That must be a very young Aronian.
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  takchess: Good basic instructive change of pace puzzle. This is position where the snarky annotator says: Every Russian School Child Knows.....
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  chrisowen: Viktor vints rh4us hucks rh4us hacks rh4us hunts kh4us haunt pc6us clungas lunks kg5us gaunts avuncular flavs clang 55.Kc5 vowus crang vants vints 55.c7 vowus clangbug 6 7 aulds gates taurus bulls vimus kf6us fluffas lunks blagus 56.Kb6 vends bufflag 10 aulds gates taurus bulls vimus clungs 56.c7 vends clanghug 6 7 aulds gates taurus bulls vimus keyus viktor grubs uvsus watch loquacious vimus quips prams vamus mapus marsy petus tieon hoyus hints vints djsus its riens uvsus lotus howus capus minds votes vides its rinks uvsus thrones wills capus minds votes vimus pitchmen world hinch vimus chirp meltdown winch plots mrsus uvsus drench limps wotus vents vimus child perms towns rh4us hucks vents vimus keyus viktor gacks grubs uvsus bawls keens watch clunk queasy vents marsy lambs ramus prams vamus mapus rapus marple queus petus prets vents keens etcus tieon height hints hiton vowus vints keyus hoyus joyus hudus djsus its riens uvsus lotus howus capus minds votes vides rinks hands it 52.Rxh4+ vints vowus vimus botch vivas flavs thank thunk haunt hunts thans thuds blush brash vamus rh4us hubus huhus hahus hubby hucks hacks hudus huffs hangs vints vowus vimus hahus halls hulls hamus happy hdqus huggy hatus hudus haway hanks hunks harks flavs flush flash duffs daffy ducks dutch hudus huffs hudus duffs daddy hasus hands it 52...Rxh4 53.Rxh4+ vints vowus vimus babys hands its 53...Kxh4 54.c6 Kg5 55.Kc5 vints uvsus vowus vimus clangs lunks clung 55.c7 vowus clangbug 6 7 aulds gates taurus bulls vimus 55...Kf6 56.Kb6 vends bufflag 10 aulds gates taurus bulls vimus clungs 56.c7 vends clanghug 6 7 aulds gates taurus bulls vimus lanky lucky kaputz klaxon vowus vimus ruddy afars hangs vints vamus backs padus wadus balls humps vowus vimus kraus vamus vivas flavs classy chads hadus hudus cudus dutch dracula vamps hangs vints vowus vimus dangs dugus cadus cabus clubs crabs vamus vivas flavs chads umsus cinch ionas flush gabus keyus viktor vints rh4us hucks;
Mar-13-18  alwinkpc: How about this?
52. Rxh4+ Rxh4
53. c6
Mar-13-18  Whitehat1963: Easier than yesterday’s.
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  patzer2: Finding the two connected pawns versus
Rook endgame in today's Tuesday (52. ?) puzzle was easy with the simplifying 52. Rxh4+ +-.

For a possible improvement in this deeply analyzed and well know sicilian dragon opening, I prefer 14...Qc7 as in the drawn game Adams vs Nakamura, 2017.

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