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Satpathy Sunyasakta vs Shivam Gour
"Satpathy for the Devil" (game of the day Nov-16-2008)
Commonwealth Championship (2008), Nagpur,India, rd 7, Oct-03
Sicilian Defense: Smith-Morra Gambit (B21)  ·  1-0


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Nov-16-08  piercenator: 19. Qxb6 is just amazing! Never seen a mate like this before (if black accepts the sacrifice)
Nov-16-08  piercenator: Oh, and instead of 10.. h6, wouldn't it be better for black to play Bxe6?
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  andrewjsacks: "No one ever won a game by resigning." Taken to the limit....
Nov-16-08  offtherook: Black's play is pathetic this entire game.
Nov-16-08  mynameisrandy: Everyday the GOTD pun is the worst pun until the next pun is more worst.

Nov-16-08  VaselineTopLove: 19...Nd5 might have been more preferable to Ne8.
Nov-16-08  NewLine: I get terrified just by thinking how does it feel to play in the black side of this game...
Nov-16-08  JonathanJ: 4. ... d6?
6. ... Nf6?
10. ... h6?
18. ...Qf5?
Nov-16-08  siggemannen: That was one of the best puns ever!
Nov-16-08  lopium: That's a somewhat good game for a 1753 Elo player.
Nov-16-08  Samagonka: Total destruction for black. He shouldn't have been so pawn-greedy in the openning.
Nov-16-08  JohnTal: My GOTD pun: Gour got Gored!
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  Once: Hmm - road crash chess. Not very subtle, not very interesting "nothing to see here, move along".

Black played like a lemon and really should have resigned much sooner. Allowing mate in one was par for the course.

Can I get excited about 19. Qxb6? Not really. It's a two move combo leading to mate if the queen is taken. I am sure that white was proud of it, but seems rather prosaic for a GOTD. Or maybe I am just jaded by the stellar delights of recent world champion GOTDs?

Nov-16-08  jaydes: Game of the Day for a Sunday?
Nov-16-08  Timothy Glenn Forney: ...I laid traps for troubadours
Who get killed before they reached bombay,
Nov-16-08  computer chess guy: 20. ♖d1 is a forced mate in 4: .. d5 21. ♗f4 d4 (or anything else: Black is out of moves) 22. ♘ac5+ ♕xc5 23. ♘xc5.
Nov-16-08  jovack: absolutely SAVAGED

dear lord.

Nov-16-08  njchess: This is grim, but give the kids a break. Yes, they were both 10 when this game was played. Shivam was an unranked player playing a 1753 club level player and probably had a difficult enough time just getting over being crushed by a girl!

Whether he realized it or not, and I doubt he did, Black fell prey to the difficult Smith-Morra Gambit. Not typically played at the GM level, but seen often at the club level.

Black goes wrong as early as his fourth move with 4. ... d6?. Nc6 is the normal response. From there, it is all down hill.

A better example of this type of game can be found at A Lenderman vs Gulko, 2007 .

Nov-17-08  PolishPentium: What is played by White seems fine. Nonetheless, PP likes 22 Qd8+ Kc6 (forced) 23 Nxd4+ cxd4 24 Rc1+ Kb7 25 Bd5+ Bb8 26 Bf4+ (!!) If Black plays 26...Qxf4, then Rxc8+ and Qxc8+ both give checkmate. The N interposition (26...Nc7) is no better. Both 27 Qxc7+ and 27 Bxc7 are also mate. Sweet and quick!^^ Backing up somewhat, after 22...Kc6 there's also 23 Bxe8+ Bd7 (forced) Then White has a multiplicity of good moves: 24 Qxd7+ or Bxd7+ or Qxa8+ or even Nxd4+ forking K and Q (the pawn at c5 can't take because of the Rook at c1 pinning it absolutely against the Black king). The N ckeck though does leave White's Q en prise so it isn't the best choice. Maybe then W would have to play Qxa8+ sacrificing the Q for R, After Kxa8, Nxf5 and then Bxe8 or Bxf5.After the smoke clears, as it were, White is up the equivalent of a whole Rook nonetheless. More than enough for victory. Still, the earlier line (24 Qxd7 or 24 Qxa8) seems better...
Nov-17-08  PolishPentium: Ooops... in the second sentence of the post above, the 25th move for Black (after 25 Bd8+) is of course 25...Kb8, NOT Bb8. Black has to move the King out of check. Sorry for the error.
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  kevin86: Black played so bad,he just as well could have tried:

19...axb6 20 ♘xb6# would have saved all of us the trouble.

Nov-17-08  VaselineTopLove: It's not over until the fat lady sings...

Fat lady singing = checkmate

Jan-02-09  just a kid: My pun.Blood and gour.
Nov-03-11  transpo: 6...Nf6?? Black must play 6...a6 prior to playing ...Nf6 in order to deny White the critical b5 square which is the focal point of most of White's tactical shots after 7.e5
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  whiteshark: As Tartakower once commented: <Black missed excellent resigning chances!>
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