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Vasilios Kotronias vs Xiu Deshun
"Vas Right Wing Conspiracy" (game of the day Jan-19-12)
Aeroflot Open (2011)  ·  Sicilian Defense: Najdorf Variation (B94)  ·  1-0
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Feb-13-11  fisayo123: Simply breathtaking play! In the style of Tal!
Feb-19-11
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  notyetagm: http://www.chess.co.uk/twic/malcolm...
Feb-19-11
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  notyetagm: Best attacking game of the year so far.
Feb-23-11
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  hedgeh0g: Incredible game. I wonder how much of this was seen by Kotronias when he played 9.Qf3!?
Feb-24-11  chessaddict25: most of them i believe,cause he was playing with a 2500+ opponent.Incredible indeed!
Feb-24-11  geladar: Incredible game indeed, but I can't believe that it was sound.Any deep analysis?
Feb-25-11
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  hedgeh0g: Fritz says 12...Nxc3 is strong, evaluating the position around -2.00 in Black's favour. White just seems to have too many pieces hanging for this attack to work, although it's not easy to work through the complications OTB.

I highly doubt this variation will be played again ;)

Feb-25-11  kutuzov: That's just a ridiculous opening. I don't even know what to call that mutated Sicilian. The delayed 7...e5 turns it into some abortion of a Najdorf with the bishop hemmed in. I would have taken my marbles and gone home with 8.Nf3 which, as far as I can see, leads to a pretty good game for White.

8.Nf5 is just asking for it. I have no idea what he wanted to do with 9.Qf3, but it looks like Kotronias himself doesn't know what sicilian this is. Qb6 and the subsequent pawn captures at b2 and c2 seem okay. Qxc3 looks like the step too far. Even Nxe4 is a little greedy, but black could have been okay. But on the next move, he was already up two pawns and the knight exchange didn't leave him any better off.

He let Kotronias out-develop him. With accurate play, it didn't need to happen.

Mar-26-11  engineerX: I think Kotronias was in gambling mode. He is a great theoritician (sometimes his opening preparation reaches until analyzing an endgame arising at move 40 or so) but how much of this could he have prepared at home, I don't know.

Computers say the sacrifices are unsound and Black has an advantage, and computers are usually correct, so ... it could have been an over the board inspiration.

Oct-01-11
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  computer chess guy: After 15. .. Ke8 16. fxe5 Ne6, Black is probably ok: in fact, Houdini evaluates the position in Black's favor. I do not see that White has anything better.
Oct-01-11  cunctatorg: Keep in mind that Kotronias is an apprentice of the truly great Efim Geller from the 80's. He is capable for the best and the worst though...
Nov-14-11
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  GrahamClayton: <geladar>Incredible game indeed, but I can't believe that it was sound.

Geladar,
Kotronias won, so that makes the game sound to me!

Dec-03-11
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  sevenseaman: The end is like an expert hand threading a needle.
Jan-15-12  Penguincw: Awesome game. 8.Nf5 and something wonderful is going to happen.
Jan-19-12  rilkefan: I expected 12...Nxc3, esp. when I saw that queens stayed on after 13.Qxe4. I'm not sure what white had in mind - looking with stockfish Bxf7+ does nothing as the king hides on g8, and after 13.Nxg7+ Bxg7 14.Bxf7+ Kxf7 15.fe+ Nf6 16.Bxf6 black calmly plays ...Nxb1 17.Bxg7 Bf5 18.Bxh8 Rxh8 19.g4 Ke8 - calmly, very calmly, and extremely calmly.

Instead sf is suggesting 13.Nd4 Ne2+ and here I beat it to 14.Bxe2 (instead of the obviously hopeless Qxe2), which it's calling -2.8 at a depth of 27 after Qc5 and f6.

Jan-19-12  newzild: I have no idea what just happened...
Jan-19-12  LoveThatJoker: <rilkefan> Excellent point!

Inspired by your espousal of Stockfish, I went at downloaded a version of it.

I too was looking at the exact same thing: Namely Black playing 12...Nxc3! What a remarkable coincidence.

I can confirm 100 percent that Stockfish rates 12...Nxc3 and what follows with best play at -2.8.

Surely, the final attack was genius, but this game is flawed with a speculative and thoroughly unsound sac at move 12!

LTJ

Jan-19-12  rilkefan: <LTJ> - I should have added that I would not want to face 13.Nxg7+/14.Bxf7+ as black, and can imagine even a pretty strong player like Kotronias thinking it was good for white OTB.
Jan-19-12
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  xthred: I've heard of the poison pawn, but poison pawns? Wow.
Jan-19-12  wuvmuffin72: After studying Kotronias and his opening repertoire as White, I've noticed that Kortronias has a tendency to play lines that are critical and aggressive. I wouldn't be surprised if Kotronias switched over to 1. d4 as White and played the Samisch against the Nimzo and Bc4 Exchange in the Grunfeld.
Jan-19-12
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  ossipossi: Yes, why not <12...Nxc3>? My maximum was around 2100 in youth, now maybe I could attain 1800 after such a long dismiss, but after simple <12...Nc3> Black looks winning.
Jan-19-12
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  Memethecat: Great game to watch, some very unpredictable mvs, 8Nf5 & 9Qf3 stand out. I wonder if black would have been better off with 12...Nxc3 attacking both Rb1 & Nf5. The sicilian can be an aggressive attacking game but this one more so than most, the "Romantics" circa: 1880 would have loved this & I would be in complete agreement.
Jan-19-12  Penguincw: Amazing. Xiu Deshun is losing wonderful games.
Jan-19-12  KingV93: Incredible stream of tactical shots. Looks like an old Mike Tyson boxing match. Body blow, body blow, left hook, uppercut, knockout! amazing.
Jan-19-12  indoknight: ARGGHH!!!! HOW TO ANALYZE THIS GAME????My head was spinning when i see this game!!
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