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Farrukh Amonatov vs Artyom Timofeev
"Farrukh's Far Rooks" (game of the day Dec-20-2007)
Russian Superfinals (2007), Moscow RUS, rd 1, Dec-18
Sicilian Defense: Velimirovic Attack (B89)  ·  1-0
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Dec-20-07
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  patzer2: Seems to me after 16...Nxb3! 17. Nxb3 exf5 18. Nd5 Qd8 or 17...Nxb3! 18. Nxb3 exf5 19. Nd5 Qc4 20. Qxc4 Nxc4 , Black is Ok.
Dec-20-07  sanyas: Doesn't 27.♘xe5 dxe5 28.♕g6+ win as well? Or did I miss something?
Dec-20-07
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  patzer2: <sanyas> Black makes a fight of it after 27. Nxe5 Bxe3 28. Ng6! . White might still win, but much stronger is forcing mate or winning the Queen with 27. Ng5+! .
Dec-20-07  arnaud1959: At this level white wins in sicilian through pawnstorm become rare. From move 12 to move 23 white played only with pawns. 12 moves in a row!! Before that only pawn moves were 1.e4 and 3.d4. After that only 30.hxg6+. You can see white's strategy in 3 steps. 1)Put your pieces on their best spot. 2)Destroy the opponents position with pawn advances. 3)Conclude the final attack with your pieces.
Dec-20-07
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  ahmadov: <"Farrukh's Far Rooks"> One of the best puns I have ever seen...
Dec-20-07  Funicular: sanyas: Doesn't 27.xe5 dxe5 28.g6+ win as well? Or did I miss something?

I think you did. If Nxe5, then black won't take the knight back, but rather play Bxe3. Not in vain Timofeev's last non-forced move was Bb6

Dec-20-07  Funicular: I left the computer analyzing and just as i thought, bxe3. Here is the main line i got back.

1. ... Bxe3 2. Ng6 Qd8 3. Rdf1 Qg5 4. Qxg5 Bxg5 5. Rxg5 Kxh6 6. Ne7 Rxg7 7. Rxg7 Kxg7 8. Rd1 Kh6 9. Rxd6 Kxh5 10. Ka2 Bxe4 11. Nxe4 Rxe4 12. Rxa6 f5 13. Rd6 Kg4 14. b4 f4 15. Kb3 etc.

(14 ply // +3.76)

White wins anyway, though it requires endgame techniques. It's an unnecessary prolongation, given the forced combination that leads to a certain victory

Dec-20-07  armtwister: Look at this Amanatov Game,English Attack 1-0!!! F Amonatov vs J Tihonov 1-0 23 2006 Open
Dec-20-07
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  kevin86: It's funny how white's pawns invaded black's position-then they got in the way and had to be sacrificed to continue the attack.

It looked a little hairy for a while,but when the pieces were able to attack it was all over.

Black's pieces seemed to be nothing but witnesses to the king's defeat.

Dec-20-07
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  rogermorin: 27.nxn followed by later by a q-g6+ seems better
Dec-20-07
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  Jimfromprovidence: The play by black from moves 20 on are difficult to justify. He could have captured pawns on moves 20 thru 22 and probably would have been ok.

22 h6 instead of 22 kxg7 was the worst move of all. After 23 gxh6 hes down 2 pawns with nothing to show for it.

If he plays 22 kxg7 (below position) white has a strong attack but I could not find anything that forces a win.


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Dec-20-07  tatarch: Jimfromprovidence-- I was just thinking the same exact thing, 22.h6 looks so risky with the bishop at e3. What do we think black had in mind here, was it just a blunder? My guess is that he knew Kxg7 was also very dangerous and wanted to complicate things, which means the truly "losing" move came earlier. Although I don't know when...
Dec-20-07  UdayanOwen: <Jimfromprovidence: The play by black from moves 20 on are difficult to justify. He could have captured pawns on moves 20 thru 22 and probably would have been ok.

22 h6 instead of 22 kxg7 was the worst move of all. After 23 gxh6 hes down 2 pawns with nothing to show for it.

If he plays 22 kxg7 (below position) white has a strong attack but I could not find anything that forces a win>

Guys, whilst I agree that the game continuation proves the faultiness of black's strategy, I think there is some logic to it. It is based on the idea of keeping all white's attacking lines closed. In these kind of positions dynamics and attacking chances often make pawn deficits a bit irrelevant... Black is hoping to close whites line's and have a free run to attack the white king.

Black looks like he will get smashed after 22...Kxg7. 23.g6 opens all the lines, and the bishop, two rooks, queen and d4 knight will surely be too much. That strategical judgment is entirely appropriate in a position like this, no need to find the forcing win.

The reason white's strategy came unstuck is not so much because he was down a couple of pawns... It is because in the process of closing all the lines, he entombed his king, which allowed white to generate winning mating threats. The queen sac opens the lines again and then it's history.

Dec-20-07
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  Jimfromprovidence: <tatarch>. <Jimfromprovidence-- I was just thinking the same exact thing, 22.h6 looks so risky with the bishop at e3. What do we think black had in mind here, was it just a blunder? My guess is that he knew Kxg7 was also very dangerous and wanted to complicate things, which means the truly "losing" move came earlier. Although I don't know when...>

22h6 was the losing move. Hes now down 2 pawns facing three passed pawns at that point. If he took the pawn on g7 at least he has a fighting chance.

Its highly probable that 22 Kxg7 is superior to the text.

If someone can prove differently by offering specific lines to review, Id like to see them.

Dec-20-07  UdayanOwen: UdayanOwen: <Jimfromprovidence> 22...h6 might be the losing move, but I don't think it's because he is down 2 pawns with three passers. Notice in the game he completely blockades the passers. If white can't exploit the entombed position of the black king, then black still has chances on the queenside. If 22...h6 is the losing move, it is because it is a winning white attack, not because of the material deficit or the blockaded passers... sure the pawns were critical to the success of the attack, but the fact that they were passed and extra is only incidental.

If white doesn't play 22...h6, white will play 23.g6 and open up lines. I'm not saying this means he SHOULD have played 22...h6, but I imagine he was afraid that 23.g6 was a devastating threat, and that his strategical plan (sacrificing pawns to block lines, and try to get compensation with a queenside attack) was the lesser of two evils.

Note that after black's game continuation, it takes some creative play by white to retain the intitiative and execute the attack. After 22...Kxg7 23.g6, white gets at least two open lines for the rooks and queen, and the black king will be left with at most one shielding pawn. Meanwhile, white has 5 pieces to attack that open king.... His head is on the block in this variation.

I'm not sure why you are not happy with this strategical evaluation, given that you are happy to evaluate 22...h6 23.gxh6 as losing for black based on strategical considerations (material deficit and passed pawns) and not concrete analysis.

Anyway it is an interesting exercise to analyse 22...Kxg7 23.g6, so I will do that and make another post soon.

Dec-20-07
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  Jimfromprovidence: <UdayanOwen> <Anyway it is an interesting exercise to analyse 22...Kxg7 23.g6, so I will do that and make another post soon.>

Black will play 23Kh8 after 23 g6.

Dec-21-07  UdayanOwen: Hi Jim...

As usual, your defensive ideas are proving more resilient to my eye than my positional intuition gave them credit for.

I agree that the proper evaluation is "strong attack for white" but no clear forced win.

It took me a while to come up with a line that seems to really leave black struggling.

22...Kxg7 23.g6 Kh8 is the line we are analysing. 24.gxf7 is my response. Black has to ply 24...Q or Nxf7 (24...Re7 25.f8=Q#, or 24...Rf8 25.Ne6 ).

24...Qxf7 is I think inferior. 25.Rdf1 Qd7 26.Rg1. Now white's pieces are dominant, e6 is a potential breaking point, and white has the threat of Bh6-g7+. I can't find a satisfactory way to stop this threat actually:

26...Rg8? 27.Rxg8+ Kxg8 28.Qg2+ Qg7 (28...Kh8 Rf8#) 29.Qxg7 Kxg7 30.Nxe6 .

26...Nf7 27.Qg2 Ne5 28.Bh6

26...Be7 27.Qg2 Be8 (27...Bf8 28.Qg8#) 28.Bh6

These are all the moves that in some sense attempt to prevent white's plan. Against any other sensible move, I'm confident that one or more of the follwing options will win for white:

27.Bh6 Rxd4 28.Bg7+ Qxg7 (forced) 29.Rxg7 Kxg7, when I reckon there is probably a way to mate, and I'm not going to bother clarifying that because white also has

27.Nc2 Rxc2 28.Bh6 , when black will be forced to shed queen for rook and bishop (and probably get mated too)

and I think probably the cleanest and simplest is in fact the quiet move 27.Qg2! Black's pieces are curiously helpless to stop Bh6-h7+, and with the queen supporting too there is no chance for black to get any material for the queen sacrifice, and black will be clean swept off the board.

So yeah, I think after 22...Kxg7 23.g6 Kh8 24.gxf7, Qxf7 seems to get crunched.

Let's look then at the more resilient move in this line, 24...Nxf7.

The best move I have found so far is 25.Qg4, putting immediate pressure on a black weakness. 26...Ne5 (if it doesn't come back now it will after white threatens mate on g7) 27.Qh3 retaining the pressure. 27...Qd7 28.Ref1 preventing the dark bishop coming to f6. White still has the strong plan of Rg1 and Bh6-g7+, so lets say black defends with 28...Rg8 (there are other attempts that lose, such as 29...Qd7 guarding f8, 30.Rhg1 Rg8 31.Rxg8+ Kxg8 32.Qg2+ Kh8 33.Bh6, and white will win with 34.Rf8+; or, 28...Bc8 bolstering e6 and freeing up the black queen, 29.Rhg1 Rg8 30.Nc2 Rxc3 31.Bh6, threatening Rxg8 and Rf8+, 31...Rxg1 32.Rxg1, and black cannot defend this attack)

So after 28...Rg8, I'd still play 29.Rg1 (29.Nxd6 Bc8 30.Nf4 Qxh3 and black is OK), when white still has all the running, eg, 29...Rxg1 30.Rxg1 Bf6 31.Qg3 Qf7 when black is all tied up and white can play 32.Ka2, with the plan of increasing the pressure with Nd4-e2-f4.

Not taking with 29...Rxg1 is probably harder to beat, but the threat of 30.Rxg8+ Kxg8 31.Qg2+ forces either the passive 29...Qe8 (to meet 30.Rxg8+ with 30...Qxg8) or the even more passive 28...Bc8 (to meet 30.rxg8+ Kxg8 31.Qg2+ with 31...Qg7, when there will be no fork on e6 in this line due to the bishop's defence). I don't have any more time to analyze because a family dinner is about to start.... anyway black is hanging in there but white still has all the initiative and activity.

Dec-21-07
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  Jimfromprovidence: <UdayanOwen> <As usual, your defensive ideas are proving more resilient to my eye than my positional intuition gave them credit for. I agree that the proper evaluation is "strong attack for white" but no clear forced win. It took me a while to come up with a line that seems to really leave black struggling. 22...Kxg7 23.g6 Kh8 is the line we are analysing. 24.gxf7 is my response. Black has to ply 24...Q or Nxf7 (24...Re7 25.f8=Q#, or 24...Rf8 25.Ne6 ).>

I agree that it looks like white should win, with his well-conceived plan of attack, but after 22 Kxg7, the execution of the plan proves extremely thorny.

I believe black would play 24 f5 after 24 gxf7.

Dec-21-07  UdayanOwen: <Jimfromprovidence: I believe black would play 24 f5 after 24 gxf7.>

But Jim, isn't the black f pawn gone after 24.gxf7 ?(not a bad move question mark)

Dec-21-07
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  Jimfromprovidence: <UdayanOwen> <But Jim, isn't the black f pawn gone after 24.gxf7 ?(not a bad move question mark)>

Sorry. I misread it as gxh7.

<UdayanOwen> <Let's look then at the more resilient move in this line, 24...Nxf7. The best move I have found so far is 25.Qg4, putting immediate pressure on a black weakness. 26...Ne5 (if it doesn't come back now it will after white threatens mate on g7) 27.Qh3 retaining the pressure.>

I think you meant 25...Ne5 (if it doesn't come back now it will after white threatens mate on g7) 26.Qh3 retaining the pressure.

Anyway, this exchange demonstrates just how complex the position is.

Black plays 26Bf6

Dec-21-07  Shams: <?(not a bad move question mark)>

put the question mark in brackets. :)

Dec-22-07  UdayanOwen: Jim.... Yeah I meant 25...Ne5.

I guess you're right that black can play 26...Bf6, because if 27. Nxe6 Qd7, and white will have to go in for an exchange of queens, with just an extra pawn (and considering the doubled isolated b-pawns, this ending is not exactly a fantastic outcome from the strong attack).

I did underestimate black's defensive resources when judging 22...Kxg7 23.Kg6 as cruncing for white. I would, however, like to see what a good chess computer says about the position after 23.g6, because I might not be finding the best moves...

I still think that the reason black played the way he did was that he was more afraid of letting white open the lines... A GM might be able to find a much more effective way to press the attack than what I have found.

At GM level, the idea of positionally sacrificing material to close lines, in an opposite sides castling situation, is not uncommon. The most famous example I know of is Bagirov-Gufeld, 1973. Gufeld sacrafices a knight to keep the lines closed, and wins 16 moves later. Gufeld refers to this as his "immortal game", and Gary Kasparov refers to it as a "mona lisa of chess". It is stunning, and it is on the chessgames database.

Feb-25-08
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  notyetagm: What a way to win a game, 29 ♕g2-g6+!!.


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Feb-29-08  D.Observer: 32. ... Bf2 33. Rxf2#.
Jun-16-12  zakkzheng: Blacks king has no black pawns in front of the king, which makes it a little easier to destroy
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