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Wesley So vs Morteza Mahjoob
"So Far, So Good" (game of the day Mar-19-2008)
Asian Individual Championship (2007), Cebu City PHI, rd 4, Sep-22
Pirc Defense: Austrian Attack. Weiss Variation (B09)  ·  1-0


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  Jim Bartle: This game is a candidate for shortest vs. longest names...
Mar-19-08  Sularus: <jim> nice observation, jim.

in this case, length doesn't matter eh? =)

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  Jim Bartle: Yes, but width?
Mar-19-08  GibGezr: Black should never have played 8...Nc7. Either Rb8, threatening to push the b pawn and, in case of Bxa6, occupying in advance the half-open b file, or just playing Bg4 and pinning/attacking white's kingside knight. I know, Nc7 looks ok OTB, but it's way too timid a move to tackle the Austrian Attack.
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  Jimfromprovidence: If you notice, black never activated all of his pieces. The queen rook and bishop did not move the whole game.

I think 16...Bd7 would have been good for black, which both develops another piece and activates the queen rook.

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Now the rook is available to help repel the pressure white has lined up to unleash on black's kingside.

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  kevin86: The coming mate is very close to a smothered. However,white captures the queen with one knight and sets up mate with the queen aided by the other knight. Remove the black bishop at c8 and you would have a true smothered mate.
Mar-19-08  xrt999: < Kangaroo: The continuation might be: <21. Qb3+ Kh8 22. Ndf7+ Kh8 23. Nh6++ <[double check!]> Kh8 24. Ngf7+> and Black will have to give up a queen for knight.>

< drmariogodrob: It's worse that should still be mate after 22. Ngf7+ Qxf7 23. Nxf7+ Kg8>

it doesnt matter which knight white moves- the end result is exactly the same, double check losing the queen.

Mar-19-08  chessmoron: <Jimfromprovidence> 17 Ng5!, threatening 18 Nxh7. Then 17Bxe5 18 Rxe5 Rxf1+ 19 Bxf1 Qxd6 looks miserable, as 20 Nxh7! Kg7 (or 20Kxh7 21 Rh5+) 21 Bd3 Ne7 22 Ng5 attacks relentlessly.
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  Jimfromprovidence: <chessmoron> <17 Ng5!, threatening 18 Nxh7. Then 17Bxe5 18 Rxe5 Rxf1+ 19 Bxf1 Qxd6 looks miserable, as 20 Nxh7! Kg7 (or 20Kxh7 21 Rh5+) 21 Bd3 Ne7 22 Ng5 attacks relentlessly.>

In my initial post I attempted to find a way for black to better defend against whites kingside buildup. The lack of development of blacks queenside bishop and rook fatally hurt blacks chances in this game.

There are similarities with yesterdays game of the day, where the losing side also failed to put all of his pieces into play.

In your continuation, I think the line I put forward holds up very well. After your 22 Ng5 black follows with 22 c4, below.

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Theres not really much difference in the positions at this point. White should gain a pawn, but whether its enough to win remains to be seen.

Mar-19-08  porgue: <<Kangaroo: The continuation <[after 20. ... exf5]> might be: <21. Qb3+ Kh8 22. Ndf7+ Kh8 23. Nh6++ <[double check!]> Kh8 24. Ngf7+> and Black will have to give up a queen for knight.> ... with mate to follow quickly, e.g., 24. ... Qxf7 25. Nxf7+ Kg8 26. Nh6+ Kh8 (26. ... Kf8 27. Qf7#) 27. Qg8#.>

What if Black Plays 20...qe7, does he still have a game?

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  DarthStapler: What a name for the other player
Mar-19-08  Le Petit Pion: If 20...Qe7, then 21. Rf7, yes?
Mar-21-08  malvar: Another continuation provided by Fritz 6 could be, 20...Bd7 21. Rxf8 Rxf8 22. Qd3 Rf4, 23. Qxh7+ Kf8, 24. g3 Rg4, 25. Qg6... it is hopeless for black. Mate in about 10 moves
Mar-21-08  jdc2: Fritz6 has the mate forced beginning after Black's 16th move. Is that really true? Here is what it says:

17.Ng5 Rxf1+ 18.Rxf1 Nf5 19.Bxf5 gxf5 20.Rxf5 exf5
21.Qb3+ c4 22.Qxc4+ Be6 23.Qxe6+ Kh8 24.Ngf7+ Kg8

[24...Qxf7 25.Nxf7+ Kg8 26.Nd8+ Kh8 27.Qe8+ Bf8 28.Qxf8#]

25.Nh6+ Kh8 26.Ndf7+ Qxf7 27.Nxf7+ Kg8 28.Nd8+ Kh8
29.Qe8+ Bf8 30.Qxf8# 1-0

Feb-12-09  Udit Narayan: An excellent idea, executed perfectly!!!
Apr-03-09  DiskFunkTionaL: Peligroso's Ndf7+ was more realistic.
Jan-08-11  redorc19: What if 20...Qd8?
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  Sastre: If 20...Qd8, 21.Ngf7 Qe7 22.Nh6+ Kh8 23.Ndf7+ wins.
Jan-14-11  sevenseaman: I was struck by the brilliance of 20. Rxf5. The two Ns supported by the Q were already a handful, the R sac allows White Q to change tack via b3.

Thereafter the Black resistance comprises of sacrifices that only delay the inevitable.

Feb-10-11  redorc19: thx <Sastre> (this will hopefully be the last time you give me analysis)
Jun-25-11  morphyrulez: i almost missed the point. this is one rollicking badass game. :)
Oct-26-13  hstevens129: With possible continuation:
21. Qb3+ Kh8
22. Ngf7+ Kg8
23. Nh6+ Kh8
24. Ndf7+ Qxf7
25. Nxf7+ Kg8
26. e6

At which point either ...Kf8 or something like ...b6 both end quickly for Black.

May-12-14  the.raven: <hstevens129> 26.Nh6+ Kh8 27.Qg8# would be quicker. 21.Qb3+ Be6 22.Qxe6 Kh8 23.Ngf7+ Kg8 24.Nh6+ Kh8 25.Ndf7+ Qxf7 26.Nxf7+ Kg8 27.Nh6+ Kh8 28.Qg8+ Rxg8 29.Nf7#

What a combination!!!

Jul-23-15  Chessman1504: Poor Mahjoob
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  iking: Morteza Mahjoob missed badly this capture by wesley, 20. Rxf5!
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