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Ivan Cheparinov vs David Navara
"Bargaining Chep" (game of the day May-13-08)
European Team Chess Championships (2007)  ·  Spanish Game: Closed Variations (C88)  ·  0-1
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Nov-02-07  Riverbeast: Wax on, wax off
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  tamar: Talk about pivotal moves.

White is crushing Black in all variations
except one after 27 Bxf7.


Navara had to visualize the queen sacrifice moves before to allow this position.

Nov-03-07  surdico: Wonderful game OK, but I cannot understand 35.Ra2 , seems a passive move in a desperate position.
Nov-03-07  Mameluk: Even if you may say that 17...Nd4 is probably incorrect for 19. Qg4, that 26...g5 is maybe better than Bd6 and mainly that 31. h4 draws and is just logic move, I can´t believe how the guys were calculating here.

Some lines: 22...Bxg2 23. Ne4!. 23... h5 is the only move. 26...g5 27. h4! f6 28. Bg8! Re7 29. hxg5+ fxg5 30. Qxf8+. 34. Kc1 Re1+ 35. Kd2 Rxa1 36. h4 Rd1+ 37. Ke3 Ng2+.

I was looking at the Rybka´s second line 26...Bd6 with queen sacrifice thinking: those computers... When Navara played it I just fell of my chair.

Nov-03-07  hitman84: A bolt from the blue!
Nov-04-07  dehanne: OK, why 35.Ra2?

What's wrong with 35.Qxg7+? To my patzer eyes, black is losing.

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  InspiredByMorphy: <dehanne> 35.Qxg7+ Kh4 36.Qf6+ Kxh3

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When that rooks moves whites in trouble.

Nov-05-07  Boston777: This game was analyzed by Kavalek in the Washington Post on 5 Nov 07.
Apr-23-08  positionalgenius: Wow,what a game here from Navara
May-13-08  t3hPolak: Beautiful. Most deserving of Game of the Day.
May-13-08  wouldpusher: 31. h4! might save the game. 31. ... Bg2+ 32. Ke1 Re2+ 33. Kd1 Bf3 34. Qg5+ Kh7 35. Qf5+ Kh8 36. Kc1 Re1+ 37. Kd2! =

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Black cannot take the R because of the mating threat, and will be forced to draw by perpetual.

May-13-08  mindkontrolle: wawawiwa
May-13-08  PolishPentium: This observer, himself a certified putz, agrees with "dehanne". 35 Qxg7+ seems good for White. Further, if instead one accepts the text moves, methinks 37 Qxd3 means the game is not quite over. Sure, Black has the Bishop check at f3, but it still doesn't seem fatal. And the earlier correctly-played 35 Qxg7 would quite possibly preclude the Black B from going to f3 anyway...
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  sallom89: nice game, expected a winning attack for white!
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  kevin86: Black's attack and victory come alive with a resounding queen sacrifice! 27...Qxf2+!!.

White's game,which looked so strong,quickly crumbles to rubble.

May-13-08  Bobsterman3000: This win is almost as pretty as Fischer's Immortal, and emphasizes some of the same themes.
May-13-08  Ezzy: Ivan Cheparinov (2670) - David Navara (2656) [C84]
European Team Chess Championships Crete GRE (5), 01.11.2007 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.0–0 Be7 6.Re1 b5 7.Bb3 0–0 8.h3 Bb7 9.d3 d6 10.a3 Qd7 11.Nc3 Rfe8 12.a4 b4 13.Ne2 d5 14.exd5 Nxd5 15.Ng3 Bf8 16.Bd2 <This was the new move. Previously 16 a5 was played to stop black's 16...a5.> 16...a5 17.Ba2 Nd4 <I suppose only Navara knows the secret behind the pawn sacrifice, because after 19 Qg4 black doesn't seem to have that much compensation.> 18.Nxe5 Qd6 19.Nf3 <19.Qg4 Rxe5 20.Qxd4 Rae8 21.Rxe5 Rxe5 22.Ne4 Qe7 Does black have any compensation for the pawn?> 19...Rxe1+ 20.Bxe1 Nf4 <Threatening 21...Bxf3 22 gxf3 Qc6 and it's carnage for white. 21.Nxd4 Qxd4 22.Qg4 Re8 [22...Bxg2? 23.Nf5 Nxh3+ (23...Qe5?? 24.Nh6+ Kh8 25.Nxf7+) 24.Qxh3 Bxh3 25.Nxd4 Winning.]> 23.Nf5 h5 24.Nh6+!? <I like this move. But it's risky in a very complicated position.> 24...Kh7 25.Qf5+ Kxh6 26.Bd2 Bd6 < Navara has seen an interesting queen exchange sac.[26...g5 27.h4 f6 28.Bg8 Re7 29.c3 Qd6 30.hxg5+ fxg5 31.Qxf8+ Kg6 (Threatening 32...Re1+ winning the f8 queen). 32.Be3 bxc3 33.bxc3 the game is dynamically balanced.]>27.Bxf7 <Threatening mate on g6 or h5. Black has to act fast> 27...Qxf2+<only move.> 28.Kxf2 Re2+ 29.Kg1 Rxg2+ 30.Kf1 Rxd2 31.Bg8? <Cheparinov misses the saving move. [31.h4! and white saves the game because he has mating threats. Amazing. 31...Bg2+ 32.Ke1 Re2+ 33.Kd1 Bf3 34.Qg5+ Kh7 35.Qf5+ Kh8 36.Kc1 and black has to keep checking because white has a mate in 6 threat starting with 37 Qc8+ Incredible!]> 31...Bg2+ 32.Ke1 Re2+ 33.Kd1 Bf3 34.Qh7+ Kg5 35.Ra2 Rh2+ 36.Ke1 Nxd3+ <and mate in 2.> 0–1

Fascinating game!! Both players 1 tempo away from a win.

May-13-08  Abaduba: <dehanne>
35. Ra2 saves the Rook at the expense of mate, but the position is already hopeless. If 35. Qxg7, then 35. … Ng7, which stops the checks and threatens mate by 36. … Ra2+ 37. Kc1 (37. Ke1 Bg3+ 38. Kd1 Ra1#) Ra1+ 38. Ke2 Bf4#. There's no way to stop that without giving up the Rook or the Queen, with a hopeless endgame.

<PolishPentium> The finish is 37. Qxd3 Bg3+ 38. Ke1 Rh1#.

May-13-08  ste10987: Expected white to win there, had a winning attack.
May-13-08  Andrew Chapman: If 36.Kc1 I see Nxc3+ 37.bxc3 Bf4+ 38.Kb1 Rh1+ 39.Kc2 Rc1+ 40 Kb3 Bd1++ if I am not mistaken
May-15-08  patzer2: The amazing Queen sacrifice 27...Qxf2+! seems to offer Black only the possibility of a draw if he can find the surprise defensive resource 31. h4! as pointed out by <Ezzy> in his analysis above.

Othewise, White's helpless King is busted. After 31...Bg2+! Black is winning. Here's a bit of analysis of the conclusion:

<31. Bg8>

As noted by Ezzy above, 31. h4! = holds.

<31...Bg2+! 32. Ke1 Re2+ 33.
Kd1 Bf3 34. Qh7+>

After 34. Kc1 Re1+ 35. Kd2 Rxa1 , Black wins on material.

<34... Kg5 35. Ra2 Rh2+ 36. Ke1>

Another pretty mating possibility is
36. Kc1 Nxd3+ 37. cxd3 Bf4+ 38. Kb1 Rh1+ 39. Kc2 Rc1+ 40. Kb3 Bd1#

<36... Nxd3+ 0-1>

Black resigns in lieu of 37. cxd3 Bg3+ 38. Kf1 Rh1# 0-1

Jan-17-09  RobertLangdon: A fierce battle. Those possiblities took my breath away. The drawing line 31.h6! is incredible.
Apr-15-10  buddydidit: This may seem really trivial - but I was hoping someone might enlighten me:

I understand white's 10. a3 to allow for 11. Nc3 without fear of 11...b4.

Why does 11...Rfe8 change this so much that 12. a4 is a good idea, allowing 12...b4 and 13...d5? Seems like this is great for black. And if this was what white wanted.... wasn't 10. a3 was a waste of time?


Jan-24-13  Conrad93: 19.Nxf7! also works, and is a far better option.
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  Eduardo Bermudez: Happy finish for Navara and happy birthday for him today !
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