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Jonny Hector vs Jacob Carstensen
"Jonny on the Spot" (game of the day Jun-27-2008)
Politiken Cup 25th (2003), Copenhagen, rd 6, Jul-14
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf Variation (B96)  ·  1-0


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Jun-27-08  PinnedPiece: To quote somebody, sometime back,


Jun-27-08  think: Amazing. You could mistake the game from move 61 onwards as a composed problem! The key move is 67. Qd4, which sets up the mate threat at d1 and puts Black in zugzwang.
Jun-27-08  PinnedPiece: I don't think I've laughed this much at a game seen here before.

Could be the sign of a drinking problem, I suppose.

Jun-27-08  Confuse: HAahhahahaha oh my god. that ending made me laugh out loud. maybe im just a bad person. Hilarious...
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  al wazir: 18...f5, with the idea of playing 19...Rc7 and then 20...Bg7, would have been better for black. If 19. Qxf5 Rc7 20. Qf6, then 20...Rg8.

Also, I think black should have abandoned the defense of his f-♙and played 52...Rc4-b4 to screen his ♔. For example, 52...Rc4 53. g5 Rb4 54. Ra6 Kb2. How does white proceed?

Jun-27-08  pesadaman: Why not 63...Rxf7? After 64.Kxf7, it seems drawish to me. Nice ending though.
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  WickedPawn: 63 ...,Rf4 and it's a dead drawn position.
Jun-27-08  Confuse: <pesadaman> pretty simple...

Rxf7, Kxf7, and the race is on:

g5. Ke6. g4. Kd5. g3. Kc4. g2. Rg5.

and now the closest i see black to drawing is Kb1.

if Kb1, Rxg2, a2, Kb3, and if black promotes, white has mate.

if you see a drawing line let me know.

Jun-27-08  pesadaman: Thanks Confuse! I missed the one move that kept it from drawing. But WickedPawn's 63...Rf4 seems to take care of that. I don't know. Thanks anyway.
Jun-27-08  Samagonka: What a crazy end game.
Jun-27-08  Certhas: 63...Rxf7? 64.Kxf7 Tablebase win in 24

From the game position at 64. the tablebase says:


all draw,

after 64...a2 65.Qf1+ 65...Kb2 is the slower mate compared to Rb1. But curiously without the pawn at g6 its a draw after Kb2!

So this is one of the positions where with less material black could draw because the only way to a checkmate leads through stalemate.

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  Cactus: My thoughts exactly. That's mate.
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  ajile: After 49..Ka3 Black's king is trapped on the a file blocking his pawn. 49..Kc4 or 49..Kc5 probably better.
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  Once: Thanks Chessgames for making me smile!

Proof that endings can be funny. The beautiful 61. Qd4 locks up black's a pawn, king and rook. The only possible move that these three pieces can make is Kb1 allowing an instant Qd1#. So black has to do the thing that we are always taught in endgames - push the passed pawn.

Then 73. Qd4+ and 74. Kh8 repeat the zugwang position, but this time with no spare pawn to move. Black has to play Kb1 and allow the mate - or resign.

Odd that the final position has the king's on the opposite side of the board from their starting positions.

Incredible game.

Jun-27-08  mate2900s: wow talk about zugzwang!!!
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  bennytschet: Somebody help me out here....white sacrifices a knight on move 10, and wins his piece back 12 moves later. Is it obvious at move 10 that white will win the black bishop on move 22, making it just a sham sacrifice? Because it is far from obvious to me.
Jun-27-08  RookFile: Just another all out war from Jonny Hector.
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  Once: <bennytschet> It's a good question. White does not know that he will recover the piece, when or how. The sacrifice gets him a good position, but no guarantee of material equality, let alone material gain.

These are the positional advantages that white gets:

1. Black's pawns are doubled on the f file.

2. the black d6 pawn is weak, and it blocks the bishop on f8

3. White can develop smoothly with logical squares for his pieces. His rooks will find good squares on d1 and e1, the knight can leap in to c6 and the bishop has a choice of juicy diagonals

4. black is going to have a hard time finding a safe home for his king, as both the kingside and queenside are open.

None of this adds up to a forced win for white, so it is a genuine sacrifice. But it gives him a strong position and a strong attack. He reckons that this will enable him to get the piece back at some point, but he does not know when.

If all this sounds a bit uncertain and scary, then that's not too surprising. The sicillian often turn into a bloodthirsty battle where both sides race to get their attacks in first.

Jun-27-08  aphasia: Lovely finish! Very study-like.
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  bennytschet: Thanks, <once>. I'm glad that I'm not just missing a 12-move combination that's obvious to everybody else. :) Love the endgame---hilarious.
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  Jimfromprovidence: The evidence points to black wilting in the endgame. He missed two consecutive drawing opportunities.

In the position at move 63 for black, below, Rf1, Rf2, Rf4 or Rf6 all draw.

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The problem with white getting a win in this position is that his rook cannot be in two places at once and his king is out of position.

Now, assuming 63…Rf1 64 f8Q Rxf8+ 65 Kxf8 g5, below…

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…White’s rook must get off of the b file to capture black’s g pawn, allowing black’s a pawn to reach a2. White now has to sacrifice his rook to prevent the advancement of the a pawn.

Black also missed a draw after 64 f8Q.

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The position is a table base draw if black follows with 64…Ka2 64…Kb2 or 64…Rb3. Instead, he played 64…a2.

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  CapablancaFan: 74.Kh8 LOL!
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  kevin86: For a long time,it looked like a win for black. Even in the ending,he had a rook and two passed pawns against the lone queen.

The king,however, was in a big cul-de-sac and in the fulness of time,his own passed pawn was to doom the monarch.

In fact,65...♖b1 sealed the king's fate. The pawn and rook are then nailed down and white only had to wait for ♔b1,where ♕d1# would end the battle.

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  kevin86: What a position on the next to last move: white has a perpetual check and a mate in two with five key moves.
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  Chessmensch: Jonny Mops Up
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