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Gary L Kubach vs Michael Gessat
"Gessat the Answer" (game of the day Jan-25-2007)
ICCF - corr (1999), Apr-01
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf Variation (B90)  ·  0-1


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Jan-25-07  think: Is Black's plan to play Rxb3 and then Qc3? Thats my 'Gessat the answer'.
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: 18...a5! was a big surprise for me until I saw 19.Bxd7?!,Qd8! with the threats of 20...Qxd7 and 20...Bxg5.
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  mckmac: <think> Rxb3ch followed up by Qc3 gets my vote.Looks kind of hard to answer.
Jan-25-07  anandr: Option 1

35.. Rxb3
36. axb3 Qc3
37. Ne1 Qxb3
38. Ka1 Qxd1+

Option 2
35.. Rxb3
36. axb3 Qc3
37. Na1 a2+
38. Qxa2 Qc1+
39. Rxc1 Rxc1+

If 38. Kxa2 Ra8+
39. Kb1 Rxa1+

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  al wazir: How does black win after 33. Nxa3 ? If 33...Rc1+, then 34. Kb2

After 33. Qg2, why not 33...Bf5 ? If 34. Rg1, then 34...f6 35. h6 g5, and white can neither attack nor defend.

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  Wolfgang01: @al wazir: How about
34. Kb2 Rxd1
35. Qxd1 Qc1+
36. Qxc1 Bxc1+
37. K?? Bxa3?
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  tatarch: anandr- in your option 2, why not 40. Kb2?
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  Dr. Funkenstein: What's the point of 24. c4 I don't understand why white wants to weaken the pawns around his king further and it seems unprovoked. What is black threatening that makes this move necessary?
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  Timothy Glenn Forney: 35.Rg2 Qb7 36.Ka1 R3xc2 37.Qxc2 Rxc2 38.Rxc2 Qd7 39.Re1 Qg4 40.Kb1 Be3 41.h6 gxh6 42.Rh1 Qxe4 43.Rd1 f5 44.Rf1 f4 45.Re1 Kxh7 46.Rf1 f3 47.Rxf3 Qxf3 48.Rc7+ Kg6 49.Kc2 Qe4+ 50.Kc3 Qd4+ 51.Kc2 Qd2+ 52.Kb1 Qb2#

Jan-25-07  Mizerak: al-wazir and Wolfgang: After Nxa3 Rc1+ Kb2 is followed by Qc3 mate.
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  kevin86: <think,mckmac> Black seemed to have an eventual Qb2# on his mind for several moves. Not only that,but any attampt to guard the second row by moving the knight yields to a quick mate on c1.

White's failure on controlling any black colored squares is what costs him the game.

Jan-25-07  Kwesi: What if white plays 20.h6 hxg6 21.Bf5
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  al wazir: <Wolfgang01>: Yes, black picks up the ♘ after 37. Ka1/Kb1 Bxa3. Thanks.

But what if white had played 32. Nxa3 ?

Jan-25-07  aldehyde: allowing the black pawn to c2 in that particular position sounds amateur. that gave black the opening in attack it needed. wasting moves in pushing pawns at king's side with no solid strategy were also amatuer.
Jan-25-07  Eric The Great: What does black do after 29. Nc2?
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  Cyphelium: <al wazir> On 32. ♘xa3, black has 32.- ♕a7. Then after 33. ♘c2 (33. ♘c4 ♖xc4) 33.- ♖xc2 34. ♔xc2 ♕xa2+ 35. ♔d3 ♖xb3+ etc, white will be mated. Or instead 33. ♔b2 ♖a5 34. ♘c4 ♖xa2+ 35. ♔c3 ♖xb3+ 36. ♔xb3 ♕a4+ 37. ♔c3 ♖c2+ 38. ♔d3 ♕b3 mate. Finally, there's the desperate 33. b4 ♖xb4+ 34. ♔a1, but then 34.- ♗d2 is rather elegant.
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  al wazir: <Mizerak>: 33. Nxa3 Rc1+ 34. Kb2 Qc3 35. Qxc3. No mate.

<Cyphelium>: Thanks. Your analysis is very impressive, but not quite exhaustive. After 32. Nxa3 Qa7 33. Qg2 Bh6 (33...Qxa3 34. Qxg5) 34. Qb2, white seems to be hanging on by the skin of his teeth.

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  Cyphelium: <al wazir> You are right, I didn't see that idea at all. Fortunately though, 32. ♘xa3 ♕a7 33. ♕g2 ♕xa3 34. ♕xg5 ♖c2! 35. ♔xc2 ♕xa2+ is a mate in two! :)
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