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Dmitry Jakovenko vs Ivan Cheparinov
FIDE Grand Prix (2008), Sochi RUS, rd 13, Aug-14
Spanish Game: Berlin Defense. l'Hermet Variation Berlin Wall Defense (C67)  ·  1-0


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  4tmac: Finally!...a Berlin loses, but not without help from Cheparinov (what happened to him at the end, anyway??) He moved his h pawn 4 times for nothing and moved his K knight 11 times(!) by move 42...N-h6+ which allowed the passed g pawn. Anyway, Black to play is helpless:

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Aug-14-08  Microdot: Here is the difference between a Russian Top GM versus a Bulgarian one!!

All in all, tremendous game by Jakovenko a master piece victory congrats to him!!

Aug-14-08  micartouse: What a striking finale:

44. Rd6!
46. Ne4!
49. Nf6+!
50. d7+!

Amazing combination.

Aug-14-08  THE pawn: When I saw Rd6 I tried to calculate the whole thing without success, what a combination.
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  parmetd: the only Berlin failure in the Grand Prix
Aug-15-08  dumbgai: <Microdot: Here is the difference between a Russian Top GM versus a Bulgarian one!!>

Be careful, Danailov and company might see that kibitz and have his gang of thugs track you down! ;-)

Anyways, I agree that this is a beautiful game by Jakovenko. He gains revenge for the endgame that Svidler won against him (which was also very nice).

Aug-15-08  notyetagm: <micartouse: What a striking finale:

44. Rd6!
46. Ne4!
49. Nf6+!
50. d7+!

Amazing combination.>

Wow, this is the best <PAWN PROMOTION COMBINATION> that I have seem all year.

Once again we have a pawn promotion combination based on the <PASSED PAWN VERSUS ROOK TRICK>.

Aug-15-08  notyetagm: White to play: 49 ?

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49 ♘e4-f6+! ♖f4x♘f6 50 d6-d7+!

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and the White g6-passer will promote after 50 ... ♔e8xd7 51 g6-g7, using the <PASSED PAWN VERSUS ROOK TRICK>.

(CONT) 50 ... ♔e8xd7 51 g6-g7

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Jakovenko's brilliant <DECOY> 49 ♘e4-f6+! ♖f4x♘f6 has lured the Black f4-rook onto the f6-square. The tactical point of this <DECOY> is seen in the final diagram: the Black f6-rook cannot prevent the White g7-passer from promoting because it cannot get behind the g7-passer, as the White h5-pawn covers (<DENIES>) the g6-square to the Black f6-rook.

Sep-13-08  Whitehat1963: Quickly becoming the master of rook and pawn endings.
Sep-13-08  computer chess guy: 44. ♘f3 and 44. ♖e3 are good too, but 44. ♖d6 is a cleverer option. Black should have declined the sac with 44. .. ♔e7, which at least will hold out longer (but he would still be worse).
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  tpstar: The real key to the combination is how Black's King will be outside the Square of White's h Pawn. After 50. d7+! Kxd7 51. g7 Black can win the newly promoted Queen with 51 ... Rf5 52. g8=Q Rg5+ but then 53. Qxg5 hxg5 54. h6 wins:

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Beautiful finish by Jakovenko.

Jan-09-09  sallom89: Simply amazing ending!
Oct-08-09  uscfratingmybyear: Instead of the lemon 42...Nh6+ why not drop the B to d8 and shuttle back and forth to e7? If white goes Ne4 then move the rook to g8-f8 and leave the B on e7. The Nf5 does much to defend and the black B will exchange itself for white's N and black holds.
Jan-22-10  nolanryan: truly beautiful concept at the end
Jun-15-10  abstract: A finesse touch
Apr-10-11  chessaddict25: where the hell is jacovenko lost?
May-26-15  leow: Solution is a bit trickier then noted above as the g pawn can be stopped with 51 g7 Rf5 52 g8Q Rg5 53 Qg5 h*g5 54 h6 wins as black is to lae with his king
Nov-30-17  Saniyat24: wonderful sacrifice....!
Jun-06-18  Toribio3: Bravo Jakovenko! Knight against Rook, its amazing. This is a very difficult end game.
Jul-08-18  FairyPromotion: Last Knight a DJ Saved My Life
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