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Etienne Bacrot vs Levon Aronian
"Prep Rally" (game of the day Jan-27-2010)
17th European Team Championship (2009), Novi Sad SRB, rd 5, Oct-26
Semi-Slav Defense: Anti-Moscow Gambit (D44)  ·  1-0
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Jan-27-10
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  RandomVisitor: After 19.Qe2, Eyal's earlier comment about 23...Rg7 holding for Black seems justified:


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[+0.25] d=19 19...Bxd6 20.exd6+ Kf8 21.fxg5 hxg5 22.Be6 Rh7 23.Qc2 <Rg7> 24.Qf5 Nf6 25.Qxf6 Qxf6 26.Rxf6 Rd8 27.Raf1 Rxd6 28.Rxf7+ Rxf7 29.Rxf7+ Ke8 30.Rxb7 Rxe6 31.axb5 axb5 32.Rxb5 Re5 33.Kf2 Kd7 34.Rb6 Rf5+

Jan-27-10  emunk96: why not 16 ... dxNc3
Jan-27-10
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  tpstar: <rogge> 1/13/10: "I like a good home prep."

Great game by Bacrot.

Jan-27-10  eaglewing: I don't see the White answers to the defenses:

16. e5 Nxe5 (it is bad due to theory, I suppose, but why?) and

25. Rf1 Ne5 (I suppose, it is too late to be saved, but again why?).

Jan-27-10
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  Jimfromprovidence: <eaglewing> <25. Rf1 Ne5 (I suppose, it is too late to be saved, but again why?)>

There is no answer to 26 Rxf7 (seeing Qh7#).


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If 26...Nxf7, then 27 Qg6+ begins a mate.


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If 26...Be4, then 27 Rc7 or Rd7 wins.

Jan-27-10
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  RandomVisitor: After 18.bxc3, other choices for black:


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Rybka 3:

<[+0.22] d=17 18...Nf8> 19.Bh5 Ng6 20.f5 Nxe5 21.Re1 Qd7 22.f6 Bxf6 23.Bxe5 Qxd1 24.Raxd1 Bxe5 25.Rxe5+ Kf8 26.Rd7 Rb8 27.axb5 axb5 28.Rxc5 Be4 29.Rxf7+ Kg8 30.Re7 Bd3 31.Bf3 Rh7 32.Re6 Rf8 33.h3 Rb8

[+0.62] d=17 18...gxf4 19.e6 Nf6 20.Bh5 Nxh5 21.Qxh5 Qxd6 22.Qxf7+ Kd8 23.Qxg7 Re8 24.Qxb7 Rb8 25.Qh7 Re7 26.Rad1 Rxh7 27.Rxd6+ Ke8 28.Rxa6 b4 29.Rc6 b3 30.Rxc5

Jan-27-10
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  tatarch: <Jimfromprovidence> <If 25. Rf1 Ne5 26.Rxf7 Nxf7, then 27 Qg6+ begins a mate.>

I'm a little slow today. What is the mate continuation?

Jan-27-10
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  Jimfromprovidence: <tatarch> <I'm a little slow today. What is the mate continuation?>

After 25. Rf1 Ne5 26.Rxf7 Nxf7 27 Qg6+, one way white mates is the following:

27...Kh8 28 Qh5+ Kg7 29 Qxf7+ Kh8 30 Bf5 (seeing Qh7#) Qd7 31 Qxd7 Kg8 32 Qh7+ Kf8 33 Be6 (seeing Qf7#) Ke6 34 Qg8#.


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Jan-27-10
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  Brandon plays: Why not 23. Rg7 for black?
Jan-27-10  moi: <Brandon plays> if 23...Rg7, 24 Qf5 and in view of the menace Bxf7 (menacing Be8+ Qf8 mate or after ...Qxd6, Bd5+ Bxb7 followed by rook checks wining the queen), black has to give the knight back leaving white with the mighty d pawn and the most active bishop ( I guess, or is it decisive?).
Jan-27-10
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  tatarch: <Jimfromprovidence> <After 25. Rf1 Ne5 26.Rxf7 Nxf7 27 Qg6+, one way white mates is the following:

27...Kh8 28 Qh5+ Kg7 29 Qxf7+ Kh8 30 Bf5 (seeing Qh7#) Qd7...>

Why not 30...Qg8 here to defend h7 and block more queen checks? E.g. 31.Qf6+ Qg7, and if 31.Qh5+ Kg7 32.Qg6+ Kf8 33.Qf6+ Qf7 etc. White still looks like he can win by taking the b7 bishop and advancing the d pawn, I just don't see a quick mating pattern.

Unrelated question -- how do you insert the image of the board in a comment?

Jan-27-10
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  tatarch: <Brandon plays>

Re: 23...Rg7, check out some of the earlier comments from a few months ago

Jan-27-10
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  Eyal: <tatarch> 30...Qg8 31.Qh5+ Kg7 32.Qxg5+! (rather than Qg6+?) and after Kf8/f7 there's mate on e7.

For how to insert diagrams, see FEN Help Page

Jan-27-10
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  Jimfromprovidence: <tatarch> <Unrelated question -- how do you insert the image of the board in a comment?>

In addition to the FEN help link <Eyal> provided, you can also employ the CG game board to create diagrams.

You can manipulate the position you want to display on the game board, then right-click anywhere on the board and copy the position to the kibitz box. It displays as a FEN string.

Once you hit the Kibitz! button, the position appears.

Jan-27-10
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  Shams: <You can manipulate the position you want to display on the game board, then right-click anywhere on the board and copy the position to the kibitz box. It displays as a FEN string.>

Using which viewer, Jim?

Jan-27-10
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  tatarch: <Jimfromprovidence> <Eyal>

Thanks guys

Jan-27-10
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  tatarch: And if 25. Rf1 Ne5 26.Rxf7 Nxf7 27.Qg6+ Kh8 28.Qh5+ Kg7 29.Qxf7+ Kh6, then 30.Bf5 Qg8 31.Qf6+ Kh5 32.g4+ Kh4 33.Qh6#


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Just testing it out .... cool

Jan-27-10
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  Jimfromprovidence: <Shams> <Using which viewer, Jim?>

It is a Java viewer.

See link below:
Chess Viewer Deluxe Quickstart

Jan-27-10
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  Shams: <Jim> hmm, that's the one I use but it only right-click copies PGN or "EPD" (whatever that is, it looks just like PGN.) Mac issue?
Jan-27-10
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  Jimfromprovidence: <Shams> <Mac issue?>

Not my area of knowledge.

I get a menu with 6 choices when I right-click on the board. The first one-"Copy Position (EPD)" enables me to copy positions to the Kibitz box.

Jan-28-10
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  kevin86: Though black is ahead in material,the second queen discourages him highly.
Jun-01-10  Jafar219: İmmortal game by Bacrot.
Mar-16-17  Saniyat24: Couldn't Bacrot have played 26.BXf7+ ?
Jul-28-17  Grbasowski: Very nice.
Jul-28-17
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  ChessHigherCat: <Saniyat24: Couldn't Bacrot have played 26.BXf7+ ?>

I guess after 26. Bxf7 Kg7 white has no immediate checks, allowing Aronian to lev' on for a few more moves. 26. Qf5 keeps the pressure on better.

I would have played 26. Rxf7, which can't be bad (if. 26...Nxe6 27. Qg6 mates) but Bacrot's move is no doubt even better for some reason.

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