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Sergei Vladimirovich Rublevsky vs Pentala Harikrishna
"Seventh Heaven" (game of the day Jun-28-2006)
Aerosvit GM Tournament (2006), Foros UKR, rd 7, Jun-24
Sicilian Defense: Canal Attack (B51)  ·  1-0


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  TheAlchemist: <seventh heaven> Because the Rook feels like it's in heaven on the seventh rank. It captured everything in its way.

I know Seventh heaven was a TV series, or is it something else too? Here, we use the term "to be in ninth heaven" as a metaphore for feeling really good. Maybe it's along those lines.

Jun-28-06  Runemaster: According to Christian (ultimately Jewish) mystical tradition, there are seven levels of heaven. Mystics could, through prayer (entering a similar state to that in meditation, you might say) ascend these levels.

Even Paul the Apostle in the New Testament only claims to have reached the third heaven, so the seventh level would really be something special, that very few people have reached in this life.

So that's one ecstatic rook floating up there.

Jun-28-06  filipecea: <seventh heaven> In the Islamic tradition (Quranic verses):

"See you not how Allah has created the seven heavens one above another, And made the moon a light in their midst, and made the sun a Lamp?" (71:15-16)

"He who created the seven heavens one above another: no want of proportion will thou see in the Creation of (Allah), most gracious..." (67:3)

Jun-28-06  notsodeepthought: <TheAlchemist: Here, we use the term "to be in ninth heaven" as a metaphore for feeling really good.> Dang, nine heavens - you guys are lucky. We only have seven (the expression is "al settimo cielo").
Jun-28-06  EmperorAtahualpa: Great pun! These clever puns that refer to something peculiar in a game are my favorite kinds.

What a weird game this is! I thought Harikrishna was playing below his standards..

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  WannaBe: My choice for the pun would have been "Rook Gone Wild". What a path of destruction on that 7th...

White 'gives' up the queen but got in return a rook on the recapture, bishop, 2 knights and a pawn!!

Jun-28-06  MoonlitKnight: Yes, 21.Rxb7 it's really no queen sacrifice. It's rather an easy combination that wins a lot of material.
Jun-28-06  dakgootje: i know Krabbé has his own records list, but is there also one there for most captures on the 7th rank?

EDIT: not for the 7th rank, but he has a record for longest consecutive series of captures:

Jun-28-06  CapablancaFan: Sergei Rublevsky vs Pentela Harikrishna
Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.Bb5+<This opening sequence represents the Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack. It slightly buys white a tempo due to the fact Bb5 is a developing move and black has to spend a move addressing the check.Not terribly a big deal.With accurate play black can soon overcome the slight tempo loss.>3...Nd7 4.O-O Ngf6 5.Re1 e5<Black had to do something about a threatened e5 push.> 6.c3<Preparing d4.> 6...Be7 7.d4 O-O 8.h3<A prophylactic move designed to prevent a future Bg4 or Ng4 but not sure if it was really necessary.Probably Na3 to Nc2 was more accurate to support the e4 pawn.>8...a6<Black forces the bishop to declare it's intentions.> 9.Bf1 b5 10.d5<Closing the center. Activity shifts to the flanks of the board.>10...Ne8<This move has 2 purposes:Preparing a future f5 push to break up the center and to position the knight to the queenside if needed.>11.a4!<With the aim of breaking up blacks queenside.>11...Rb8 12.b3 Nc7 13.Na3 Kh8<The purpose of this move is to prepare a kingside attack with a f and g pawn push.>14.Nc2 g6 15.Bh6 Rg8 16.Ne3 Bf8 17.Bxf8 Qxf8 18.axb5 axb5 19.Ra7!<If there ever were a chess school, an entire course should be deticated to the power of the seventh rank."Bobby Fischer Teaches Chess","Capablanca Chess Fundamentals","Aron Nimzowitsch's My System" etc. All discuss the importance of the seventh rank.>19...Bb7 20.Qa1 Ra8<Obviously expecting Rxa8 Qxa8 Qxa8 Bxa8 etc.White's next move is a shocker.> 21.Rxb7!!<He who controls the seventh rank, controls the world.Ok, I made that part up, but never the less it's a powerful move.What does white get for his queen investment? At least 3 pieces for a fact cannot be saved, a bishop, a rook, and a knight all go bye-bye and a powerful rook on the seventh rank is more than enough compensation.This attack is made even stronger because of the helpless position of black's rook on g8.>21...Rxa1 22.Rxa1 c4<Moving the knight to a1 or e1 is pointless when Raa7 would be the response.Black tries to counter with a pawn thrust.Already resistance is futile.>23.Rxc7 cxb3<Again, 23...Nb6 24.Raa7 Rg7 25.Ng5 and black has solved nothing.If 23...Qd8? 24. Raa7.The actual move played is a deversionary tactic that dosen't work.>24.Rxd7 Qc8<Again Rg7 is useless due to Ng5.>25.Rxf7 Rg7 26.Rxg7 Kxg7 27.c4 bxc4 28.Nxc4 1-0

A rook, bishop, and 2 knights are just too much, even for a queen. Pentela Harikrishna miscalculated the strength of the rook on the seventh rank and never recovered. Good game from Sergei Rublevsky.

Jun-28-06  suenteus po 147: This is a phenomenal game by Rublevsky. It will also be instructive for years to come.
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  kevin86: It was nice how the white rook turned the seventh rank into his own private bowling alley-with FIVE captures on said row. White gains a rook and THREE pieces for the queen-surely a good deal.(No,I didn't call anyone SHIRLEY,lol)
Jun-28-06  Confuse: ohhh thanks everyone for explaining teh pun. =)
Jun-28-06  GlennOliver: It's more probably a pun on the Hindu tradition, in which Krishna, the Supreme Being, resides in the seventh heaven. Hare (or Hari) refers to the spiritual energy of Krishna. I'm sure that Hindu devotess will realise that ChessGames makes only gentle puns, with no ill intent. In fact, it is a clever double pun, referring also to the 7th rank attack.
Jun-28-06  GlennOliver: Incidentally, 22. .... Nxd5 leaves Black with a playable end-game, albeit at a significant disadvantage.
Jun-28-06  weisyschwarz: "Seventh Heaven" was perhaps than my pun, "Rook out below!"
Jun-28-06  CapablancaFan: <GlennOliver><Incidentally, 22. .... Nxd5 leaves Black with a playable end-game, albeit at a significant disadvantage.> How? If 22...Nxd5 23.Nxd5. Now white would have a knight in a supreme position and it cannot be dislodged. The other knight on d7 would still be under attack with nowhere to go.If Qd7 to protect it then Raa7 with the f7 pawn falling next move. Lol. Believe me, there was no way Pentela Harikrishna could save this game.
Jun-28-06  babakova: I hate the TV-show 'seventh heaven'. The producers of that show should read Nietzsches 'beyond good and evil'.
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  offramp: That is the most rapacious rook on the 7th rank I've ever seen.
Jun-29-06  Runemaster: Some film puns for this game:

The Seventh Steal

Seventh Samurai

or just


Jul-01-06  weisyschwarz: <babakova. I hate the TV-show 'seventh heaven'.>

Personally, I think you need to stage a coup against those forcing you to watch it!

Jul-01-06  fgh: Just to make sure it's not little, this game was also played in the 7th round :-)
Oct-12-06  positionalgenius: Great queen sac by Rublevsky...
Feb-13-09  KERESOV: The Rook on the 7th rank destroyed everything along it's path ... that makes the Queen Sacrifice so pleasing and adds aesthetic value to the game. Just beautiful chess by GM Sergei Rublevsky ... reminds me of the Torre-Lasker Moscow 1925 game !
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  SaVVy66: if black could ve moved 22 Qc8 .. he can back in game..
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  Sastre: <SaVVy66: if black could ve moved 22 Qc8 .. he can back in game..>

22...Qc8 23.Raa7 wins material.

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