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Pentala Harikrishna vs Shakhriyar Mamedyarov
Aerosvit GM Tournament (2006), Foros UKR, rd 6, Jun-22
Four Knights Game: Scotch Variation. Krause Gambit (C47)  ·  1-0


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Jun-22-06  olydream3: lovely 25. Nh6+! White exploited black's kingside weaknesses very well
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  Mateo: A masterly example of a dark square strategy combined with a kingside attack. Harikrishna played consistently to open the long diagonal to his Bishop in brilliant style.

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. d4 Bb4 5. Nxe5 O-O 6. Bd3 Nxd4 7. O-O <7.Be3> d6 8. Nc4 Bxc3 9. bxc3 Ne6 10. Ne3 Re8 11. c4 Nc5 12. f3 Nfd7 13. Rb1 Ne5 14. Bb2 f6 15. Qd2 Be6 16. Rbe1 Qd7 17. f4 Nexd3 18. cxd3 f5 19. Rf3! <a fine sac> Re7 <19...fe 20.Rg3 Re7 (20...ed? 21.Qc3! ; 20...Nd3? 21.Rg7 Qg7 22.Bg7 Kg7 23.f5!! Ne1 24.Qc3 Kg8 25.Ng4! h5 26.Ne8 Re8 27.fe wins) 21.f5! Bf5 (21...Nd3? 22.fe Re6 23.Rg7 Qg7 24.Bg7 Ne1 25.Qd5 Re8 26.Bf6 Kf7 27.Ng4 Kf8 28.Qg5 wins) 22.Nd5! wins the exchange as 22...Rf7? loses after 23.Rg7!> 20. Rg3! Rf7 <20...fe 21.f5 is the same as the variation analyzed above> 21. exf5 Bxf5 22. Rg5! Bxd3 23. Ng4 Bg6 <23...Kf8 24.Nh6! Ne4 ( 25.Qc3 wins. 24...Re7 25.Re7 Qe7 26.Rg7 wins) 25.Rg7! Rg7 26.Qd3 Rg6 27.Qe4 Rh6 28.Qd4 Rg6 29.Qh8 Rg8 30.Qf6 Qf7 31.Qh6 Rg7 32.Bg7 Qg7 33.Qg7 Kg7 34.Re7 wins a pawn> 24. f5! Rxf5 25. Nh6+ gxh6 26. Qd4 Ne6 27. Qh8+ Kf7 28. Rxf5+ Bxf5 29. Qf6+ Kg8 30. Qxf5 Nf8 <30...Re8 31.Qg4; 30...Nc5 31.Qf6 wins too> 31. Qd5+ Qf7 32. Re7 <beautiful. 32...Qd5 33.Rg7 Kh8 wins the Knight> 1-0

Jun-24-06  bakedalaska: Great game!!
Jun-27-06  notyetagm: From

<A murderous attack of a different kind was conducted by the Indian GM Pentyla Harekrishna in the sixth round of the Foros tournament where the Russian champion Sergei Rublevsky assumed the lead by defeating Viktor Bologan with black.

P Harikrishna - S Mamedyarov
Aerosvit (6) Foros
Four Knights

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.d4 Bb4 5.Nxe5 0-0 (5...Nxe4 6.Qg4 Nxc3 7.Qxg7 Rf8 8.a3 Nxd4 9.axb4 Nxc2+ 10.Kd2 Nxa1 11.Kxc3 is good for White) 6.Bd3 Nxd4 7.0-0 d6 8.Nc4 Bxc3 (8...Bg4 9.f3 Be6 10.Bg5 h6 11.Bh4) 9.bxc3 Ne6 10.Ne3 Re8 11.c4 Nc5 12.f3 Nfd7 (12...Nh5!? 13.Nd5 c6 or 13.Bb2 Nf4 14.Re1 Qg5 ) 13.Rb1 Ne5 14.Bb2 f6 15.Qd2 Be6 (15...c6 16.Rfd1 Qc7) 16.Rbe1 Qd7?! (16...c6) 17.f4! Nexd3 (I don't understand this as corrects White's pawn structure and gives him a mobile centre but if 17...Nc6 18.Nd5 Qf7 19.e5! f5 20.exd6 cxd6 21.Rf3! or 17...Nf7 18.f5 wins) 18.cxd3 f5 19.Rf3 Re7 (19...fxe4 20.Rg3 Re7 21.f5 Bxf5 22.Nd5!) 20.Rg3 Rf7 21.exf5 Bxf5 22.Rg5! Bxd3 23.Ng4 Bg6 (23...Kh8 24.Rxc5 dxc5 25.Ne5 Qe6 26.Nxf7+ Qxf7 27.Qxd3) 24.f5! Rxf5

Position after 24...Rxf5 and now 25.Nh6+!! opened up the long black diagonal by force

25.Nh6+!! gxh6 26.Qd4 Ne6 (26...Re5 27.Rgxe5 dxe5 28.Qxe5 Ne6 29.Qh8+ Kf7 30.Rf1+ Ke7 31.Ba3+ c5 32.Bxc5+ Nxc5 33.Qf6+ Ke8 34.Qf8 mate) 27.Qh8+ Kf7 28.Rxf5+ Bxf5 29.Qf6+ Kg8 30.Qxf5 Nf8 31.Qd5+ Qf7 32.Re7 1-0>

Jun-27-06  notyetagm: I had a major argument some months back with <LMAJ> over a simple <LINE-OPENING SACRIFICE> that he wanted to give !! to. Since it was a check against a stalemated king I disagreed.

Here 25 ♘h6+!! fully deserves !!. It is in no way as obvious as a check against a stalemated king.

In an opposite-colored bishop middlegame, you -must- attack on the color complex that you control, even if it means a sacrifice of material. That is -exactly- what Harikrishna does here.

Best opposite-colored bishop attack I have seen all year. Magnus played a good one against Naiditsch at Corus this year too but that one was a desperation attack in a lost position that succeeded only after Naiditsch blundered terribly with a natural move.

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  Ron: Not only is 25 Nh6 a great move but I think the previous move 24 f5 is pretty good. If, after 24. f5, black plays Bxf5 then play could go: Rxg7+ Rxg7 Nf6+ Kf7 Nxd7 Nxd7 Bxg7 Kxg7
Jun-28-06  notyetagm: <Ron> Yes, this is one of the best kingside attacks I have seen all year.
Jul-15-06  samsal27: Fantastic game by Harikrishna to show that he is one of India's brightest stars after Vishy Anand ...
Aug-29-06  Manic: How come this game has not been added to Harikrishna's notable games selection? It's a stunning attack. Perhaps Chessgames has not seen it yet, but there is no doubt that this deserves to be added to the notable games of Harikrishna.

22. Rg5!
24. f5!
25. Nh6+!!
28. Rxf5+!
32. Re7!

Sep-24-06  samsal27: Some great analysis can be found on this game at the following link -
May-24-11  sevenseaman: Brilliant and gutsy play by Pentala; makes Mamedyarov's FIDE rating look inflated.
Feb-05-15  sinusitis: Harikrishna analyzes this game here:

Feb-05-15  shivasuri4: <sevenseaman>, Mamedyarov was rated 19 points above Harikrishna at the time the game was played, and the latter played White here. Nothing inflated about the rating.
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