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Parimarjan Negi vs Alexander Beliavsky
NH Chess Tournament (2007), Amsterdam NED, rd 6, Aug-28
Spanish Game: Closed Variations. Flohr System (C92)  ·  0-1


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Aug-29-07  gandu: from the NH chess tournament website:

The second Experience win of the day was claimed by Alexander Beliavsky who needed all the help of the luckless Parimarjan Negi to survive a totally lost position. In a Ruy Lopez the 14-year-old Indian manoeuvred excellently and pushed his opponent to the edge of the abyss. But when he could give him the decisive push he faltered. With 39.Ne7+ Kg7 40.Nxg6! Qa7 41.Rxf8 he could have scored a well-deserved victory as Black is lost because he cannot take the knight on g6 in view of mate. Sadly for Negi, the tactical alternative that he saw resulted in a position where he was suddenly lost. The game lasted another 34 moves but he was fighting a lost cause and the miracle he may still have hoped for never materialized.

Aug-29-07  cannibal: 40. ...Rb8!! starts an incredible combination for black. I wonder, if Beliavsky really saw through this to the end.

After 48. ...Be7 I thought Negi had found a way to hold the game with 49. b7. However, 49. ... Bg5!! wins in all lines. ( 50. b8Q Bf4+ 51.g3 Qf2+ 52.Kh1 Bxg3! is won for black - the two queens cannot prevent mate; other tries for white end similar).

The toughest defense might be (49. b7 Bg5)
50. Kg1 Qa1 51.Kh2 Qd4! 52.Kg1 Bh4!, and to prevent mate white has to play Qc2, and give up the passer after Qb6!

Aug-29-07  sanyas: Nice tactics. Missed opportunity, shot and countershot. He was playing such a nice game, too... this is why you should always study your tactics, no matter how good a position player you are. At GM level you really should be able to see the ♘xg6 idea.
Aug-29-07  aragorn69: A lot of nice tactics from 36.a4! on.

My little computer friend tells me that 39.Ne7+!! wins indeed, but it is very complex for a human to disantangle the tactical lines (lots of one-move only that aren't obvious). 39.Nf6+ Kg7 40.Rd8!! wins also, but might not be much easier for a human to see (the subtle threat is Ne8+/Qf6/Qg7+!/Nf6#; if 40.-Rc8 41.Rd7 Qc4 42.Nd5, Black is toast).

That leaves us with the only human alternative of 39.Nf6+ Kg7 40.Nd7!? but I'm not so sure about it...

Aug-29-07  aragorn69: On second thought, 39.Nf6+ Kg7 40.Nd7! wins also (and in a somewhat simpler way):

a)40.-Be7 41.Nxc5 dxc5 42.Qg4! (idea: Qc8 simplifying)

b)40.-Rc8 41.Qf6+ Kg8 42.Nxe5!

Aug-29-07  Mahnavian afshin: i was yesterday in hotel NH ,AND VERY GOOD GAME was this game
Aug-29-07  thom: My favourite game of the tournament so far! I would never saw 48.. ♗e6!! in a real game... all the credits to Belliavsky.
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