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Emil Davidovich Sutovsky vs Viktor Antonovich Bologan
"Emil Ticket" (game of the day Mar-17-2007)
8th Poikovsky Karpov Tournament (2007), Poikovsky RUS, rd 2, Mar-16
Caro-Kann Defense: Advance Variation. Van der Wiel Attack (B12)  ·  1-0


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  gilbertblondy: Amusant la ballade du Roi!
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  Rubenus: I am the first to kibitz!!!
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  Rubenus: No, I am the second. Disappointing.
Mar-17-07  cannibal: <Rubenus>
Btw, cool combination in your profile. However, when I checked it with the silicon one, it turned out that 1.Rd4 leads to forced mate in 6 (not as beautiful as your solution, of course).
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  Rubenus: <cannibal> Thanks. I will change it. What will happen if I move the rook to another square, let's say f1 or e1?
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  Rubenus: I have checked it with Jester, and it plays Nxg4 when it's white.
Mar-17-07  cannibal: <Rubenus>
Not sure, I only checked it with chesslab, which doesn't see very deep. Rook on f1 or e1 seems to rule out the Rd4 mate, but when I tried 1.Nxg7+, I found a mate in 9 in one line (not sure if that was best play by both sides; as I said the engine is pretty weak and didn't see the mate from the beginning). So, to be sure you should ask someone with a "real" engine.
Mar-17-07  cannibal: <Rubenus>
Yeah, that's true, Nxg4 is a quicker mate, no matter where you put that rook.

Btw, nice king walk by Sutovsky. Bologan doesn't seem to like Poikovsky too much.

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  Themofro: Fascinatingly bizarre game.
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  kevin86: Does ANYBODY want to talk about the game here? Why is everyone talking about a puzzle in a personal profile?

The game here is instructive. White lures the black king away and advances his pawn to winning position.

The win follows as 77...♘b6 78 ♖b8 ♔a6 79 ♖xb6 and black either allows the pawn to queen, or take it and remain a full rook behind

Mar-17-07  HannibalSchlecter: Black played very weasely. I cannot believe his rating. If that's how 2600's play, bring it on!
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  WickedPawn: I met Emil Sutovsky in the World Youth Chess Championship in Medellin, Colombia where he was crowned the champion (way back in 1996). I was amazed by his sharp play... I was a volunteer and still remember that I was standing by his table when he made the move 33. Qc1 in:

Sutovsky vs Wu W, 1996

I can't forget the careful, yet decisive way he grabbed the queen before making this move, like telling Wu that his advantage was now decisive, as the outcome of this great game showed later on. I said to myself the very same day that Sutowsky was going to become a chess star. Despite his brlliant play in the past few years, his ELO has still to reflect his huge natural talent.

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  PhilFeeley: Was the rook for bishop sac at move 21 necessary? I thought black had a pretty good game up to that point.
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  euripides: <phil> Interesting question. At the end of the complications at move 34, Black has won a pawn back for the exchange, but he was a pawn down to start with so White remains a whole exchange ahead, and the ending looks winnable for White though not easy.

On move 21, in addition to attacking the rook, White is threatening Rc7 and Bc5, and if the knight moves Rc8+. 21...Rb1 is possible, when White can play 22.Kd2 or 22.Rxb1 and it looks as if he may be able to exploit Black's inactive rook and weak b pawn, but I don't see a concrete line.

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  euripides: Would something like 42.Bb2 or Bb8 be better than 42.Rb7 ? It looks as though the h pawn then costs Black a piece.
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