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Sergei Movsesian vs David Navara
Czech Coal Carlsbad Tournament (2007), Carlsbad CZE, rd 6, Sep-14
Spanish Game: Closed Variations (C84)  ·  1-0


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Sep-15-07  dabearsrock1010: ouch navara's position looked great in this sort of delayed marshall gambit but what a looks like he just needs to concede and trade off queens instead
Sep-16-07  Mameluk: <dabearsrock> You must be kidding:) 38...Rh1+ should be according to few GMs winning, even if after a long work. Quick victories were for instance 33...Bf3 with Rxg2+ next, or 34... Bxg2 35.Nxg2 Rf3. Not easy but possible to find.
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  Honza Cervenka: 38...Rh1+ would be a great puzzle for Tuesday.
Sep-18-07  Sequoia: <38...Rh1+ would be a great puzzle for Tuesday.> And after 39. Kxh1...
Sep-18-07  aragorn69: <Sequoia> 38.-Rh1+! 39.Kxh1 Qh5+ cashes the queen.
Sep-18-07  Davolni: wow. I can't believe Navara didn't see the Rh1+......

a big WOW!!!!!!!!

Sep-18-07  Davolni: on the other hand, may be even without a queen, Movsesian might be able to defend.....

Because it's hard to belive for somebody in that level not to see that move. It's probably deeper than it seems. I don't know!

Oct-22-12  parsley: But what happens after 40. Kg1, Bxg2?
Black is now Q v R,N not a huge advantage, and white is well protected? I've tried putting it into Yales TK online program, but without a quick solution. Someone smarter than me (easy!) might know what to play?
Aug-24-13  senojes: >But what happens after 40. Kg1, Bxg2? Black is now Q v R,N not a huge advantage

Black would have Q & R v White's 2 Rs and N, so Black would effectively be the exchange up, counting Q = 2 Rs. Houdini rates the position as -1.37 in favour of Black, but it could be difficult to win.

Black's best plan would seem to be advancing his h-pawn to open up White's K position and/or get a passed h-pawn. White's best plan would seem to be to advance his Q-side majority backed by his R's to where Black has to go for a perpetual check or lose a piece to stop White's a- or b-pawn queening.

Aug-25-13  senojes: >I can't believe Navara didn't see the Rh1+......

That GM Navara didn't play 38... Rh1+ 39. Kxh1 Qh5+ 40. Kg1 Bxg2 41. Kxg2 doesn't mean that he didn't see it. He probably did see it but thought that 38... Qf4 39. gxf4 Rh1 `mate' was better, until he realised too late that after 39... Rh1+ White could simply play 40. Kxh1.

This position was in Leonard Barden's chess column in my today's (25 August 2013) Sunday newspaper, syndicated from The Times, and Barden calls it "the blunder of the century". Well given that the century was only 6 years old in 2007 when this game was played, I am sure there are going to be worse GM blunders in this century than that!

It is comforting to me (an ~1800 rated player) that a 2656 rated GM as Navara then was, can make such elementary blunders.

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