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Grigory Yuryevich Serper vs Andrew Jonathan Mestel
"Serper Fi" (game of the day May-18-2013)
Hastings (1990), ?
King's Indian Defense: Kramer Variation (E70)  ·  1-0


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May-18-13  The Last Straw: Cool combination here.
May-18-13  LoveThatJoker: Exceptional finish!

32. Rh8+ Rg8 33. Rc1 1-0


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  MarkThornton: After 17.Qd2, Black has problems defending against Bh6, followed by Nf5. At least one of 17....Nf6 and 18....Be6 is a mistake, perhaps both. Perhaps he is Ok after 18....Bxh6 19.Qxh6 Ng4. It depends how this line turns out: 20.Bxg4 Bxg4 21.Nf5 gxf5 22.f3 with an attack.
May-18-13  goodevans: Is there a win for white after <28...Rxf5>? If there is then I can't see it. The position after 28...Rxf5 looks about even to me and I reckon both players would probably have settled for a draw by repetition.
May-18-13  Nerwal: Maybe they were in big time trouble. That rook endgame is ugly.
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  watwinc: I haven't had my coffee yet, but why did Black resign? What am I missing after 32 ... Rg8?
May-18-13  pawn to QB4: < What am I missing after 32 ... Rg8?> 33.Rc1. But it's early for me too. What happens after 31...Rxf6 instead of other Rxg6?
May-18-13  goodevans: <watwinc: ... What am I missing...?>

You're missing the explanation given in the second of just five kibitzes before yours.

May-18-13  goodevans: <pawn to QB4: ... What happens after 31...Rxf6 instead of other Rxg6?>

That too looks good enough for equality. It seems that black was hell-bent on giving white the opportunity for a neat mating combo.

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  PawnSac: <goodevans: Is there a win for white after <28...Rxf5>?>

While playing thru the game I too raised an eyebrow at 28. ..Rg8?! since Rxf5 does certainly look like a drawn ending. And again 30. ..Rxf5 also looks drawn. I think black was pressing too hard for a win and dropped the point.

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  FSR: Houdini 3 gives 28...Rxf5 as dead equal. After 28...Rg8??, White should have played 29.g4!, winning easily. 29.Rh6+? was much inferior, as was 30.g6? (30.f6 still kept a large advantage for White). Black should have responded to 30.g6? with 30...Rxf5=. Mestel's 30...Rg7?? should have been met by the obvious 31.Rxg7 Kxg7 32.Rf7+ with a huge, probably winning, advantage for White. Serper's 31.f6?? should have been met by 31...Rxf6 32.Rxg7 Kxg7, when White will be lucky to draw (33.gxf7 Rxf2). Instead 31...Rxg6?? allowed White yet another opportunity to win, and he took this one. A tragicomedy of errors, probably caused by time trouble.
May-18-13  SuperPatzer77: Semper Fi - the motto of the US Marine Corps

May 18, 2013 - Today for the Armed Forces Day - US Military.

Now we call him "Serper Fi" for today - LOL LOL


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  kevin86: The game goes quickly after Rg8...White plays 33 ♖c1 and forces black to abandon the rook at g8 or be checkmated.
May-18-13  The Last Straw: Ah... perfect timing...
May-20-13  andr: I do not believe, if two GM can possibly play last few moves.

Can one GM play stupid <30. g6 ?>, his opponent respond with more stupid <30... Rg7 ??> (instead of natural <30... Rxf5> ) and after <31. f6> make absolutely stupid <31... Rxg6 ???> (instead of <31... Rxf6>) ?

The only way I can save respect to these GM - game probably, continued: <30. f6 ! Rxg5 ? (30... Rc4 !) 31. Rh8+ Rg8 32. Rc1>

I think, Serper or Mestel can fix it.

Mar-03-17  clement41: Delightful endgame shot! I seem to struggle to find a decisive blow after 28...Rxf5, though
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