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Alexei Olegovich Gavrilov vs Boris Grachev
Russian Championship Higher League (2007), Krasnoyarsk RUS, rd 2, Sep-04
Semi-Slav Defense: Meran Variation (D47)  ·  0-1


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Jul-19-17  Walter Glattke: 36.Ba6 Qf3+ 37.Kh3 Qh1+ 38.Kg4 f5+
39.Kh5 Qf3+ 40.Kg6 Qg4#
35.-Nd2 allows Qxf2, 36.Qxd2 Bxd2 37.Bxd2 Qxd2 wins.
Jul-19-17  Walter Glattke: 35.-Ne1+ 36.Kh2 Qf1 37.Bxe1
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  al wazir: I opted for 35. Ne1+ too. In all the variations I checked (there are a lot of them), black either mates or wins the ♕.
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  Jimfromprovidence: 35...Ne1+ 36 Kh2 (only move that does not lead to mate) 36...Bd2!

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A lot to look at from here.

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  radtop: Doesn't 33 Qb2 Nd2 win?
Jul-19-17  AlicesKnight: I found the game continuation ....Nd2 and the drive of the K into the mating-net after a short time. <Jimfromprovidence> shows ...Ne1+ is less sound.
Jul-19-17  BxChess: <Jimfromprovidence> 35...Ne1+ 36 Kh2 Bd2
Maybe 37 Bb7 staves off the threat of ...Qf1-Qg2#
Jul-19-17  Walter Glattke: Providence diagram: 37.Bd4 Qf1 38.Qb7 / 37.-Nf3+ 38.Kg2 Ne1+ perpetual possible
Jul-19-17  saturn2: I went with the interposition 35 ..Nd2 which attacks the square f2 decisively.
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  rodchuck: How about 35....Ne1+ 36. Kh2 Nc2?
Jul-19-17  eaglewing: And how to continue following 35....Nd2 36. Bb7?
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  Once: In human mode I went for 35...Nd2 when white can't defend f2. It seemed the most straightforward to me.

Seeing the discussion of 35...Ne1+, I turned Fritz on (he quite likes that). He says that 35...Ne1+ also works. Jim's line of 35...Ne1+ 36. Kh2 Bd2 puts up the most resistance for white. Black ought to win, but it's a little more complicated.

One possible line might be 37. Kg1 Qf3 38. Bb7

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Defends against the mate on g2, but now white will switch strategies and win a piece with 38...Qxc3.

So I'd say that today has more than one solution. 35...Nd2 or Ne1+ both seem to work. I still prefer 35...Nd2 as it leads to fewer complications, but a win is a win is a win.

Jul-19-17  borabc: This was so easy. Took 15 sec to solve ( I'm 1250 FIDE but underrated )
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  gofer: This one took a while, after seeing that <35 ... Ne1+ 36 Kh2> was going nowhere fast, I then looked at either Bd2 or Nd2, eventually deciding on the latter. But after that its still not completely plain sailing...

<35 ... Nd2>

36 Qxd2 Bxd2

36 Kh3!? Qf1+
37 Kg4 f5+! (Kh2 Nf3#)
38 Kh5 Qe2+
39 f3 Qxf3+ (Kg6 Qg4#)
34 g4 Qxg4+ (Kg6 Qg4#)

<36 Bxd2 Qxf2>

<37 Kh3 Qf1+> (Kh1 Qg1#)

<38 Kh2 Bg1+> (Kg4 Qf5#)

<39 Kh1 Bf2+>

<40 Kh2 Qg1+>

<41 Kh3 Qxg3#>

So a "simple" mate in 7, but not that simple really...


Hmmm, <35 ... Ne1+> is playable! Both Boris and I missed that but it looks far more complicated than <35 ... Nd2>.

Jul-19-17  newzild: On 33...Ne1+ 34. Kh2, Black also has the simple 34...Qxb2 35. Bxb2 Bxf2, when he is effectively two pawns up.
Jul-19-17  saturn2: <newzild> It is 4 vs 5 pawns after your move 35
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  malt: Not easy, looked at 35...Ne1+ 36.Kh2 Bd2 37.Kg1 (37.Q:d2 Nf3+)...Qf3 38.Bb7 35...Nd2 36.B:d2 Q:f2+
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  whiteshark: Had <35...Nd2 36.Bxd2 Qxf2+ 37.Kh3 Qf1+ 38.Kh2 Bg1+ 39.Kh1 Bf2+ 40.Kh2 Qg1+ 41.Kh3 Qxg3#> Well, a few of you explained it a bit more detailed.
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  Sally Simpson:

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I went for 35...Ne1+ 36. Kh2 Nc2 which looks like it wins. Though the way I've been playing lately I could lose this as Black.

Hi Cheshire Cat.

Is your line 35..Ne1+ 36.Kh2 Qf1. Yes 37.fxe3 gets mated (I was poking around there myself) but 37.Bxe1 looks good for White.

Hi Saturn, he said 'effectively' probably counting the double a pawns as one.

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  Jimfromprovidence: With 35...Nc1 36 Kh2 Bd2 we find out first that the bishop is untouchable.

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If 37 Qxd2 then 37...Nf3+

If 37 Bxd2 then 37...Qxf2+ with mate in two moves.

Now, if white moves the king as in 37 Kg1, then black wins a piece after 37...Qf3, (threatening mate in one) 38 Bb7 Bxc3.

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A pretty, but detailed line begins after 37 Bb7 for those interested.

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Jul-19-17  YetAnotherAmateur: <Once> From your diagrammed position, it seems to me like 38. ... Bxc3 might be better than 38. ... Qxc3: Trading down isn't really an option, because it leaves white with a B v B+N and doubled queenside pawns vs kingside majority.
Jul-19-17  BOSTER: From one side is Heisman's check the <check>. So 35...Ne1+. From other side is very interesting the idea to intersect the line b2-f2 with 35...Nd2,using the same idea like in famous game Reti vs Bogoljubov. Really I'd play Ne1.
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  agb2002: Black has a bishop and a knight for the bishop pair.

White threatens Qxe2 and Bxg7.

Black can resume the attack with 35... Nd2 and 35... Ne1+.

In the case of 35... Nd2:

A) 36.Bxg7 Qxf2+ 37.Kh3 (37.Kh1 Qg1#) 37... Qf1+ 38.Kh2 (38.Kg4 Qf5#) 38... Nf3#.

B) 36.Bxd2 Qxf2+ 37.Kh3 Qf1+ 38.Kh2 (38.Kg4 Qf5#) 38... Bg1+ 39.Kh1 Bf2+ 40.Kh2 Qg1+ 41.Kh3 Qxg3#.

C) 36.Qa1 Qxf2+ 37.Kh3 (37.Kh1 Nf3 wins) 37... Nf1 38.Qe1 Qf5+ 39.Kg2 (39.g4 Qf3+ 40.Qg3 Qxg3#) 39... Qe4+ 40.Kh3 (40.Kxf1 Qf3+ 41.Qf2 Qxf2#) 40... Qh1+ 41.Kg4 h5+ 42.Kxh5 Qf3+ 43.g4 g6#.

D) 36.Qc1 Qxf2+ as in C.

E) 36.Bxe6 Qf1+ 37.Kh2 Nf3#.

F) 36.Bb7 Qf1+ 37.Kh2 Bxf2

F.1) 38.Be5 Bg1+ 39.Kh1 Bd4+ wins.

F.2) 38.Bg2 Qg1+ 39.Kh3 Nf1 40.Qb7 (40.Bxf1 Qxg3#) 40... Qh2+ and mate in two.

G) 36.Ba3 (to control f1) 36... Qxf2+ 37.Kh3 Qf5+

G.1) 38.g4 Qf3+ 39.Kh2 Bf4+ 40.Kg1 Qg3+ 41.Kh1 Qh2#.

G.2) 38.Kg2 Qf3+ 39.Kh2 (39.Kh3 Qh1+ as in C) 39... Nf1+ 40.Bxf1 Qxf1 41.Qg2 (41.Be5 Bg1+ as in F.1) 41... Qxg2+ 42.Kxg2 h5 with virtually two extra pawns.

G.3) 38.Kh2 Nf3+ 39.Kg2 Qe4 with an extra pawn and the better position (40.Bd3 Ne1+ wins a piece).

H) 36.Qb7 Qf1+ 37.Kh2 Qxf2+ looks good for Black. For example, 38.Qg2 Nf1+ 39.Kh3 Qf5+ 40.g4 Qd3 41.Qf3 Qxc3 42.Qxf1 Qxc1.

I) 36.Qb5 Qxf2+ 37.Kh3 Nf1 looks winning.


In the case of 35... Ne1+:

A) 36.Bxe1 Qxb2 - + [q vs B].

B) 36.Kg1 Bxf2+ 37.Kh2 (37.Kh1 Qf1+ 38.Kh2 Qg2#) 37... Qf1 38.B(Q)b7 Qg1+ 39.Kh3 Qxg3#.

C) 36.Kh1 Qf1+ 37.Kh2 Qg2#.

D) 36.Kh2 Bd2 (blocks the white queen's control on f2; 36... Qf1 37.Bxe1 + -; 36... Qxf2+ 37.Qxf2 Bxf2 38.Ba3 Nf3+ 39.Kg2 Bd4 40.Kxf3 Bxc3 looks very slow in the best case)

D.1) 37.Bxd2 Qxf2+ 38.Kh3 Qf1+ 39.Kg4 (39.Kh2 Qg2#) 39... Qf5#.

D.2) 37.Qxd2 Nf3+ and 38... Nxd2 wins.

D.3) 37.Bd4 Qe4

D.3.a) 38.Bb7 Nf3+ followed by 39... Qxd4 seems to win a piece (40.Qxd4 Nxd4; 40.Bxf3 Qxb2).

D.3.b) 38.Qb7 Qxd4 wins a piece.

D.3.c) 38.f3 Nxf3+ wins a piece and a pawn at least.

E) 36.Kh3 Qf1+ 37.Kg4 h5+ 38.Kxh5 g6+ 39.Kg4 f5#.


35... Ne1+ is probably simpler and more effective than 35... Nd2.

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  patzer2: I missed the neat 35...Nd2! obstruction tactic solution to today's Wednesday puzzle, which after 36. Bxd2 leads to mate-in-six with 36...Qxf2+ .

Instead of 35...Nd2!, which is clearly the strongest winning move, I opted instead for 35...Qxb2 36. Bxb2 Ne1+ 37. Kf1 Bxf2 (diagram below)

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where I anticipated 38. Kxf2? Nd3+ 38. Kxf2 Nd3+ to (-1.81 @ 31 depth, Stockfish 8) with excellent winning endgame chances for Black.

What I overlooked in the above position is the strong reply 38. Bc3!, where play might go 38. Bc3! Nd3 39. Ke2 Nc5 40. Be5 Be1 (-0.51 @ 31 depth, Deep Fritz 15) with Black having a slight edge but the outcome remaining in doubt.

P.S.: White's decisive mistake appears to be 27. Rc8?, allowing 27...Rxc8 (-1.57 @ 32 depth, Stockfish 8.)

Instead, White can hold it level with 27. Bb2 when play might go 27.Bb7 Bxe3 28.Bc3 Bd4 29.Bxd4 Rxd4 30.Qc3 a5 31.Re1 Qd6 32.Qxa5 Nh3+ 33.Kg2 Nxf2 34.Qa8+ Kh7 35.Kxf2 Rd2+ 36.Re2 Qd4+ 37.Kf1 Qa1+ 38.Kf2 Qd4+ = (0.00 @ 55 depth, Stockfish 8.)

Jul-26-17  newzild: <saturn2: <newzild> It is 4 vs 5 pawns after your move 35>

It's effectively a two pawn advantage, because of the doubled pawns on the a-file.

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