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Robin Swinkels vs Christian Bauer
European Individual Championships (2007)  ·  Sicilian Defense: Katalimov Variation (B27)  ·  0-1
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  agb2002: Black is two pawns ahead but White threatens 38.Qxe4 and, if the black queen releases the pin, Qxb3 and Qxa6. However, White's back rank weakness is exposed after 37... Rd8, winning the queen because 38.Qxe4 allows 38... Rxd1#.
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  SuperPatzer77: < Patriot: <PinnedPiece: Odd that Swinkels played the last move Qxe4. Is this usual behavior nowadays? I can't believe he didn't see Rxd1.> >

<PinnedPiece> - I agree with <Patriot>.

Robin Swinkels (White) actually let Christian Bauer (Black) win the game by 38...Rxd1# without saying "I resign" when 38. Qxe4.


Aug-31-09  ZUGZWANG67: 37. ...Rd8 is undefensible.
Aug-31-09  YetAnotherAmateur: It was a bit unusual that Swinkels played it out, but I suspect it was because the ending was just that nifty.

Allowing the queen to be lost allows white to last a few more moves, e.g.: 38. h4 (or g5) Rxd3
39. Kc1 Qc4+
40. Kb1 Rxd1#

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  kevin86: I took a double take on this one,until I saw that after Rd8,the queen was ABSOLUTELY pinned and cannot reply Qxd8+
Aug-31-09  alphee: OK, it's monday so it should be easy but it is also very elegant with no queen sac which I went to look for first.
Aug-31-09  jon01: I first started to look at Qa4 with threats on Qa2 and Rc8, but a minute later I discovered that 37. ...Rd8 pins the queen or gives mate on the backrank.
Aug-31-09  LIFE Master AJ: I think that this problem counts as an "X-ray / skewer attack" as well.
Aug-31-09  A Karpov Fan: I solved this so fast my clock gained time.
Aug-31-09  niemzo: White was propably in serious time trouble. After all, it was close to the time control. As for the opening, it really isn't unexpected. Bauer wrote the book on 1..b6.
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  YouRang: Easy, but nice.

It demonstrates the strength of a pin and the strength of a pawn.

Aug-31-09  lzromeu: Skewer, pin, deflect and back rank mate.
Very easy, but very didactic
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  beenthere240: 13...Na5 is a very pretty move.
Aug-31-09  ohfluckaduck: Very cute.
Aug-31-09  dumbgai: Oh God, I stared at this one forever without getting it. :-(

But hey, black's position is so good that there are many easily winning moves. Like QxQ.

Aug-31-09  weisyschwarz: Took half-a-minute but I got it. There is hope for me.
Aug-31-09  wals: [Event "European Individual Championships"]
[Site "Dresden GER"]
[Date "2007.04.05"]
[Round "3"]
[White "Robin Swinkels"]
[Black "Christian Bauer"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "B27"]
[WhiteElo "2428"]
[BlackElo "2609"]
[Annotator "Rybka 3 1-cpu (30m)"]
[PlyCount "76"]

♗27: Sicilian: 2 ♘f3, unusual ♗lack 2nd moves

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 b6 3. d4 cxd4
4. Nxd4 Bb7 5. Nc3 a6 6. Be3 e6 7. f3 Qc7 8. Qd2 Nf6 9. O-O-O Bb4 10. Nde2 (10. Bf4 Qc5 11. Nde2 ) 10... Nc6 (10... O-O 11. a3 Bxc3 12. Nxc3 ) 11. Bf4 Qc8 (11... Qd8 deserves consideration) 12. a3 Be7 (12... Bxc3 13. Nxc3 b5 ) 13. Na4 (13. Ng3 O-O ) 13... Na5 (13... Qd8 14. Bd6 ) 14. Nec3 Qc6 15. Be3 (15. Bd6 Bxd6 16. Qxd6 b5 ) 15... b5 16. Nb6 Rd8 17. e5 White threatens to win material: e5xf6 (17. Kb1 d5 18. exd5 exd5 ) 17... Nh5 18. g4 (18. b4 d6 19. Qe1 ) 18... Nf4 19. Bxf4 Qxb6 20. Ne4 ( 20. Be2 Nc4 21. Bxc4 bxc4 ) 20... Bxe4 (20... Bd5 21. Qc3 ) 21. fxe4 White has the pair of bishops O-O ♗lack castles and improves king safety ( 21... Nc4 22. Bxc4 bxc4 ) 22. Bd3 ? <dubious> (22. Kb1 has some apparent merit) 22... b4 23. a4 b3 24. Be3 (24. c3 Qc6 25. Qe2 Qxa4 ) 24... Bc5 25. Bxc5 Qxc5 26. Qc3 ? <dubious> (26. Kb1 Rc8 27. Rc1 Qxe5 28. Rhd1 bxc2+ 29. Rxc2 ) 26... Qb6 27. Bc4 (27. cxb3 Rb8 28. Bc4 Rfc8 ) 27... Nxc4 28. Qxc4 Rc8 29. Qd4 (29. Qd3 Rxc2+ 30. Kb1 Qb4 ) 29... Rxc2+ 30. Kb1 Qc6 31. Rd3 Rc4 32. Qxd7 Qxe4 33. Rhd1 (33. Rg1 Rxa4 34. h4 h6 ) 33... Rxa4 34. h3 (34. Qd6 h6 35. Qd7 Rc4 ) 34... h6 35. Qc7 (35. R1d2 a last effort to resist the inevitable) 35... Rd4 36. Qc3 Rxd3 37. Qxd3 Rd8 38. Qxe4 (38. Kc1 is no salvation Rxd3 39. Rf1 Rc3+ 40. Kd1 Qc2+ 41. Ke1 Re3#) 38... Rxd1# 0-1

The above may be of interest to those seeking help.

Aug-31-09  ruzon: <wals>: Why is it that "Bd3" always comes out as Bd3 but "Black" comes out as ♗lack in your posts?
Aug-31-09  Ca.1955: white knew he was in trouble and play it out good game !nice pin
Aug-31-09  Formula7: This was easy. After Rd8 the queen is lost and White gets mated in a few moves.
Aug-31-09  HeadCrunch: Deep Shredder 11 UCI by Stefan Meyer-Kahlen running for 3 days would most likely have spotted this move. However OTB in a 3 Minute blitz game with 1 second increments during a time scramble - who knows?
Aug-31-09  WhiteRook48: ...Rd8!!! wins due to the pin. Play continues 2 Qxe4, Rxd1 checkmate 23 Qc7?? allows the pin with 23...Rd4!!
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  gawain: ...Rd8 is terrific. Took me a minute to see it because I was looking for Q moves first.
Sep-04-09  LIFE Master AJ: Bauer played a tremendous game!
Jan-11-11  theodor: it's rather cruel for a christian!
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