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Alexander Beliavsky vs Etienne Bacrot
Match (1999), Albert FRA, rd 2, Sep-15
Semi-Slav Defense: Anti-Moscow Gambit (D44)  ·  1-0


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Jul-21-09  Pawnage: Maybe my not being very clever made finding Rd8 easy :) Nxc6 was never an option for me.
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  johnlspouge: < <agb2002> wrote: <<<>>johnlspouge: [snip]

As part of that "school", I would like to add that it takes real courage to post ex tempore analysis, when the only benefit to the author is to immortalize his own fallibility.>

You are overlooking the unquestionable benefits of self-flagellation ;-) >

You are correct, of course. I just love being wrong - ask my wife ;>)

Jul-21-09  gerpm: Took a few minutes but I found it.
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  kevin86: I first saw 17 ♘xc6,Δ mate and the queen-but ♗a6 or ♕b6 stops both threats.

Then I saw that the reverse mode-not threaten ♖d8,but MOVE ♖d8. The result is that the queen is won after ♔xd8 18 ♘c6+

Black tripled her pawns at move eleven!!

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  YouRang: For a moment there, I thought 17.Nxc6 was the solution (removing the queen's defender while threatening Rd8#), but then 17...Ba6 solves both problems.

So, I tried the more forcing 17.Rd8+ first, which is a fine example of a decoy move, because 17...Kxd8 leads to 18.Nxc6+, an interesting "check while removing defender move".

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  OhioChessFan: Saw this one instantly. I needed that after some of the Tuesday and Wednesday beatdowns I've suffered.
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  agb2002: <Patriot: ...
I hear players all the time talk about books they read on annotated games or books that go into detail about a specific opening. But the REAL reason they are not improving is that while they are adding positives (gaining more knowledge about openings for example), they are not subtracting negatives (removing the flaws in their thinking, practicing tactics they commonly miss, etc.). In that case it doesn't matter how many hundreds of books they read, they're never going to get much better until they can eliminate the mistakes they keep making. >

I strongly agree.

Another problem is our attitude. We cannot go to a battle armed with just a party blower and not wanting to use it (there is a chance that our enemy dies of suffocation while they laugh at us) and probably this is what sometimes happens to us when we are told that the puzzle is easy.

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  johnlspouge: < <kevin86> wrote: [snip] tripled <her> pawns at move eleven!! >

Your inference is reasonable, but Etienne Bacrot, unlike his name, does not have a feminine form.

By the way, as Cyrus the Virus said to Garland Green in "Con Air" (with John Malkovich's wonderfully subdued nasal tones): Love your work.

Somehow, you are on my favorites list. It must be the avatar :)

Jul-21-09  Antonius Blok: Seems that we've all had been trapped like "Tooo confident little rats"! Therapist: Now, I want to present you Antonius

Antonius: Hi everybody

Therapist: Say Hi to Antonius

Anonymous Kibitzers: Hi Antonius

Therapist: So, Antonius, can U Tell Us why are you here today? Antonius: ...

Therapīst: Antonius? Did you herad me?

Therapist: You don't have to be SHY Antonius, C'mon. Antonius: I mean... but...
Anonymous Kibitzers (They are all from Chessg***.com snirk snirk): ...

Therapist:I know it's really difficult for you to talk about IT, but you don't have to fear, we are all here your friends, we won't judge you Antonius...

Antonius: Ok, (I don't mind)My name is Antonius Blake and... and... I didn't got the move... It was a... It was a ttthursd#~)+@... , ... (God what a shame)I played Nxc6!

Anonymous Kibitzers:... (what a shame)

Therapist:(poor little damned)It's good, it's really good Antonius, you made a great step, the first step is to admit it, and you did it! Applause Antonius Everybody

Anonymous Kibitzers(I can say names):hum ...Yeah, yeah Nxc6... Maybe next time... Try harder... I like knights, I like knights... You're not Capblanca after all, you're just human... Abandon Chess...why didn't you try h3?...No?... Patzer, patzer, patzer, snirk snirk snirk


Jul-21-09  jfshade: Unlike many days, today I had the patience to look carefully at 17.Nxc6 and found that Ba6 solved both of black's pressing problems. After that, rook sac for Q popped right out at me. But in a game situation, I would probably jump on Nxc6 due to its initially convincing forcing appearance.
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  CHESSTTCAMPS: <Antonius> Thanks Therapist - is there a fee?

Because many of us fell into the 17.Nxc6?? trap, it seems reasonable to determine whether it would cost a full point or a half-point. The quest for chess truth may deepen the misery, but here goes: After 17... Ba6 18.Qxb5 Bxb5, black's "meaningless" c-pawn and white's undeveloped Rh1 (and now vulnerable king) cause major headaches for white.

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From this position, I used engine analysis to speed the process of determining whether 19.Nd4 or 19.Be5 was the best continuation. In fact, 19.Nd4 Ba4! forces white to give up the exchange; after 20.Rc1 Ba3 the c-pawn can't be taken. That leaves

19.Be5 Bxc6 (best) 20.Bxf6 c2! and now:

A. 21.Bxh8 Bb4+ 22.Kf1 cxd1+ 23.Bxd1 c3 (not O-O-O 24.Bxg4+) 24.Bxg4 c2 25.Bb2 Rd8 26.g3 (Ke2 Bb5+ 27.Ke3 [Kf3 Rd1 wins] Bd2+ 28.Kf3 Rd3+ 29.Ke2 Bc3 is winning) Rd1+ 28.Kg2 Bxe4+ 29.c3 Bd3 and white can't stop an eventual Bd2, forcing white to give up a piece for the c-pawn.

B. 21.Rc1 Bb4+ 22.Kf1 Rb8! (Chessmaster's move, not mine) 23.Bxh8 Ba3 24.Bxc4 (Rxc2 Rb1+ 25.Bd1 Rxd1+ 26.Ke7 Rxh1 leaves white a piece down without compensation) Bxc1 25.Bb3 Bb5+ 26.Kg1 (Ke1 Rd8 27.Bxc2 Bd2+ 28.Kd1 Bc3+) Rc8 27.h3 Bf4 wins

B.1 23.Bxc4 O-O 24.Rxc2 Bxe4 25.Re2 Rfe8 26.f4 Bc5 27.Rxb2 (Bxb2 Rb4) Rxb2 28.Bxb2 Rd8 29.Bc3 Rd1+ 30.Be1 Ra1 with a winning bind.

Fritz or Rybka may find more, but my conclusion is that the blunder costs the full point.

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  fm avari viraf: At first sight, I spotted the most enticing 17.Nxc6 but soon dicarded as Black could defend himself with 17...Ba6. Then soon I saw the crushing 17.Rd8+ sending the Black King in the coffins.
Jul-21-09  ruzon: I think the allure of 17.♘xc6 is that it appears to win ♕ for ♘♙, while 17.♖d8+ "only" wins ♕ for ♖♘♙. At least that's how my sloppy thinking went.
Jul-21-09  MostlyAverageJoe: <ruzon> it wins quite a bit more... look deeper.
Jul-21-09  akapovsky: You must always check your analysis twice and carefully evaluate the position before making a move.Nxc6 is easily defended with Ba6 with that in mind I went to my next candidate move Rd8+.The golden rule is <take your time> it dosen't help to solve a puzzle in 3 seconds if you don't really know what's going on.
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  whiteshark: Got it in a second run.
Jul-21-09  lzromeu: I missed this, Nxc6 doesn“t work.
In this puzzle the order of the moves is essential.
Great explanations from kibtizers.
Jul-21-09  Raj Maj: Nxc6 doesn't work. 17. Nxc6 Ba6
removes threat of mate and protects the queen. You'd only gain a pawn
Jul-21-09  ruzon: MAJ: I am capable of sloppy thinking along multiple dimensions.
Jul-21-09  wals: [Event "Match"]
[Site "Albert FRA"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "D44"]
[WhiteElo "2618"]
[BlackElo "2592"]
[Annotator "Rybka 3 1-cpu (40m)"]
[PlyCount "39"]

D43: Semi-Slav: 5 ♗g5 h6

1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. Nc3 e6 5. Bg5 h6 6.
Bh4 dxc4 7. e4 g5 8. Bg3 b5 9. Be2 Nbd7 10. d5 b4 11. dxe6 bxc3 12. exd7+ Qxd7 13. Qc2 g4

(13... cxb2 14. Qxb2 Be7 15. O-O O-O 16. Ne5 c3 17. Qxc3 Nxe4 18. Qc4 Qf5 19. Bd3 Nxg3 20. Bxf5 Nxf5 21. Ng6 Be6 22. Qxc6 Rfc8 23. Nxe7+ Nxe7 24. Qd6 Ng6 25. a3 Nf4 26. Rad1 a5 27. Rfe1 Re8 28. h4 {Borovikov,V (2584) -Romanchuk,V (2284)/Alushta 2007/CBM 118 ext/1-0

14. Rd1 Qb7 15. Ne5
Qxb2 16. Qa4 Qb5 17. Rd8+ 0 Kxd8 0 18. Nxc6+ 15 Qxc6 19. Qxc6 Nd7 20. Bc7+ 1-0

Jul-21-09  zb2cr: Hello <David2009>,

You wrote:

"Let's keep it simple with 17 Rd8+ KxR 18 QxQ winning Q for R with more to follow. ===========
Spot on."

I don't see it. After 18. QxQ, PxQ just HOW is White winning Q for Rook with his Queen off the board? Please explain, for the benefit of the patzers--myself included.

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  Check It Out: Here's what I see: 17.Rd8+ Kxd8 18.Nxc6+ and white wins the black queen.
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  kevin86: oops,sorry I got MISTER Bacrot's sex wrong,I guess that demotes me to the Z-row. Cold,isn't it?
Jul-23-09  LIFE Master AJ: What a chess game!!!

Most of the time, GM's play models of perfect chess. Here the play is almost bizarre, neither player ever castled.

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  plang: Game 2 of their six game match ; the other games were drawn. Prior to the late 90s the positional 6 Bxf6 had been the standard play; the sharp gambit 6 Bh4!? has become popular in recent years. 7..b5 would have transposed to the "famous" Botvinnik variation but if that was Black's intention then he could have played 5..dxc at once. 9..Nbd7 (rather than 9..Bb7) invites the sharp 10 d5. A month after this game Atalik played 12..Bxd7 against Beliavsky in the Yugoslav Team Championship but White won that game as well after a long struggle (not included in this database). 16..Qxb5? lost at once; two other losing lines were 16..c2 17 Qxc6+..Nd7 18 Rxd7..Qb6 19 Re7+..Ke7 20 Bh4+ and 16..Bb7 17 Nxc6..Qa3 18 Qb5..Ba6 19 Bb8!..Be7 20 Qe5..Kf8 21 Bd6..Bxd6 22 Qxf6. Perhaps 16..Qb7 is playable though after 17 Bxc4 White has a clear advantage.
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