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Vadim Milov vs Bu Xiangzhi
"Bu Ya!" (game of the day Jul-18-2007)
Canadian Open (2007), Ottawa CAN, rd 10, Jul-15
Slav Defense: Quiet Variation. Schallopp Defense (D12)  ·  0-1
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Jul-18-07  abstraction: <Milov clearly intended to sacrifice his h-pawn, but I can't figure out why. Any ideas?> I guess to open the h-file for his other rook (and potentially queen) against a king locked down on the bank rank - combined with a pawn storm, the idea looks promising but Black counter-attacks swiftly with 19. Na5 and white's plan is waylaid from then on
Jul-18-07  Atking: <abstraction: <Milov clearly intended to sacrifice his h-pawn, but I can't figure out why. Any ideas?> I guess to open the h-file for his other rook (and potentially queen) against a king locked down on the bank rank - combined with a pawn storm, the idea looks promising but Black counter-attacks swiftly with 19. Na5 and white's plan is waylaid from then on> Yes indeed, Tregubov vs Bareev European Club cup 2006 seems better conducted with 15.Bd3. Has Bu some improvement on ?
Jul-18-07  alcappacino: whats wrong with 35.Nc5+? It looks like it gives white a potent attack and also the queen exchange will be favorable for white. Any ideas?
Jul-18-07  Atking: <alcappacino: whats wrong with 35.Nc5+? It looks like it gives white a potent attack and also the queen exchange will be favorable for white. Any ideas?> Maybe 35...QxNc5.
Jul-18-07  ex0duz: Missed 35.QxNc5 also. Nice spot Atking.

Just want to say, congratulations to GM Bu, and may he cross that magical 2700 mark soon. Hopefully the new breed of chinese players take over Ye Jiangchuan as China's best and go even further!

Jul-18-07  Swyp: now for a game with Bu Ziangzhi losing named 'Bu hoo.'
Jul-18-07
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  WannaBe: When he makes a mistake, it's not called a blunder, but called a 'bu-bu'. And things that he's not allowed to do, are called 'ta-bu'!

Someone stop me... =)

Jul-18-07  hitman84: <When he makes a mistake, it's not called a blunder, but called a 'bu-bu'. And things that he's not allowed to do, are called 'ta-bu'!>

bu.

Jul-18-07
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  kevin86: Why didn't white play 40 ♕xe7. I guess black had a perpetual, but that's better than losing. White would have had a fantastic mate in four-via a Merry-Go-Round route:

41 ♕d7+ ♔b6 42 ♕xb7+ ♔a5 43 ♕xa6+ ♔b4 44 ♕a4#---ok 43 b4 would have mated also,don't ne a spoilsport.

Jul-18-07
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  kevin86: So,if white had been Bu Xianghi,IMHO-move 40 would be classified as a BU BU.
Jul-18-07  amateur05: There is nothing interesting about this game to make it game of the day...
Jul-18-07  Pulse: <amateur05> Maybe if you weren't an amateur you'd understand why this game is interesting. :)
Jul-18-07  apple pi: <kevin86> 40 Qxe7 Qxd4+ 41 Kb1 Qxc5
Jul-18-07  cruelite: what about white plays 25.Nxd5? which black has to respond Rxc2 26. Nxf6+ Nxf6 or gxf6 27. Bxb4 and then it depends if the black wants to exchange the rooks or keep them...
Jul-18-07  Rodrigo Gutierrez: <Milov clearly intended to sacrifice his h-pawn, but I can't figure out why. Any ideas?> <Abstraction: I guess to open the h-file for his other rook (and potentially queen) against a king locked down on the back rank> I don't really think so. It's common in this line of the Slav for black not to castle and his king is pretty safe in the center. In fact, black often makes use of the semi-open h-file as soon as possible to activate his rook via h6 or h5, because he's not planning to castle anyway. I'm as completely baffled by 15. h4 as all of you guys: it looks like white is playing into black's plan.
Jul-18-07  Ezzy: <Milov clearly intended to sacrifice his h-pawn, but I can't figure out why. Any ideas?> This is from the event blog where you can read some comments to this game - http://canchess.blogspot.com/


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15.h4!?

Now that Black's knight has left the K-side, White offers a pawn. Bu was not likely tempted, but 15...Rxh4?! (15...Bxh4? 16.Be1! wins) 16.Rxh4 Bxh4 17.e4!, and 17...Nxd4?! 18.Qa4! x-rays along the 4th rank hitting N/d4 and B/h4 (after a subsequenct exd5). With Black's bishop and King position so loose, I am certain Bu did not consider capturing for very long.

15...Rc8 16.g4 Rxh4 17.Rxh4 Bxh4

With a White pawn on g4 blocking the 4th rank, and an extra move in development, Bu now decided to test Milov's idea.

Jul-18-07  Ezzy: Great performance by Bu. Looking forward to see his perfornance at a fascinating Biel. That will be a great tournament!
Jul-18-07  Rodrigo Gutierrez: Thanks for the info, <Ezzy>: that makes sense. Now, if this is what white intended, surely there must be a better move than 16. g4. After 16. g4, it seems that black just gets the h-pawn for free. In any case, as a regular Slav player, I'd be surprised if Milov's inovation is ever seen again.
Jul-18-07  soberknight: Bu ya! Great pun. I don't like the sacrifice of the h-pawn either. Apparently White's idea was to open up lines of attack on the kingside, and to prevent kingside castling, but he really didn't have his pieces placed correctly for a straight-on kingside attack. If that was his plan, it would have worked better only if Black castled and took his king's rook out of play.
Jul-18-07  Waitaka: Why not 40.Qxe7?
Jul-18-07  Waitaka: <apple pi: <kevin86> 40 Qxe7 Qxd4+ 41 Kb1 Qxc5> and 42.Qxc5
Jul-19-07  Atking: <Waitaka> Welcome to this site. Your suggestion is simply an ending with 2 pawns down: < <apple pi: <kevin86> 40 Qxe7 Qxd4+ 41 Kb1 Qxc5> and 42.Qxc5+ KxQc5. Even 42.Qxe6+ which takes back a pawn is probably not enough to save the game.
Jul-19-07  Waitaka: <Atking> You are right. Thank you.
Jul-28-07  PolishPentium: The comments about why White did not try 35 Nc5+ [35...Qxc5, with W being unable to retake due to the pin on the d4 pawn courtesy of the Black bishop] led your friendly neighbourhood PP into an interesting line: 35 Qxb7+ (!?) If 35...QxQ, then 36 Nc5+, winning back the Queen and thus gaining a pawn out of the deal. However, is that enough compensation to deal with the potentially rampaging g-file Black pawn? Comments from players wiser than i would be appreciated...^^

Jul-29-07  onesax: PP: 35. Qxb7+?? Qxb7 36. Nc5+ Kc7 37. Nxb7 Kxb7 loses a knight for a pawn, and the game.
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