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Miklos Galyas vs Maxim Rodshtein
Hastings (2014/15), Hastings ENG, rd 4, Jan-01
Reti Opening: Advance Variation (A09)  ·  1-0
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Jan-01-15
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  Penguincw: Upset of the tournament perhaps? Maybe, although black's first mistake was probably pushing the d-pawn and trying to hang on to it (f6, e5, etc.)

Final position:

- If 29...Ra1 then 30.Qe7# 1-0

- If 29...Qxe4 then 30.Qe7+ Kd5 31.Rd1+ and the queen is won.

- If 29...Rhe7 (doesn't really matter which rook) or 29...Ra7 then 30.Qxc6+ (30...Ke5 31.Bf6# 1-0) Qd6 31.Rf6+ and mate to follow shortly.

- If 29...Qc5 or 29...Qb4 then 30.Rf6# 1-0.

- If 29...Qd6 or 29...Qd7 then 30.Rf6+.

Not sure what else there is...

Jan-01-15
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  luzhin: The opening certainly favored White, but Rodshtein's 14...g6? was asking for it. Steinitz, who basically invented defensive technique in these sorts of positions, would immediately have played 14...Nh6 and 15...Nf7, guarding the critical squares d6 and e5.
Jan-04-15
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  Domdaniel: Defensive technique has changed since Steinitz's day, as Soltis points out in a recent book. Though maybe there are positions where we can still usefully take Steinitz's advice.
Jan-04-15
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  Domdaniel: 14...Nh6 certainly looks best, although White seems to be a little better. Given that Black can adopt any number of structures against the Reti, something seems to have gone wrong here, with his kingside undeveloped.
Jun-08-15
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  GrahamClayton: Great attacking play by Galyas - it is not very often that you see a 2600+ player look so helpless after mistakes in the opening.
Feb-07-16
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  Penguincw: Happy SuperBowl Sunday!

Anyway, a2-g8 diagonal exposed, so a sacrifice on e4, opening up the f-file seems reasonable. I also saw 17.Nd5 cxd5 18.Qb5+ as a possible solution.

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The rest of my comments about this game:

Upset of the tournament perhaps? Maybe, although black's first mistake was probably pushing the d-pawn and trying to hang on to it (f6, e5, etc.)

Final position:

- If 29...Ra1 then 30.Qe7# 1-0

- If 29...Qxe4 then 30.Qe7+ Kd5 31.Rd1+ and the queen is won.

- If 29...Rhe7 (doesn't really matter which rook) or 29...Ra7 then 30.Qxc6+ (30...Ke5 31.Bf6# 1-0) Qd6 31.Rf6+ and mate to follow shortly.

- If 29...Qc5 or 29...Qb4 then 30.Rf6# 1-0.

- If 29...Qd6 or 29...Qd7 then 30.Rf6+.

Not sure what else there is...

Feb-07-16
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  diagonalley: i can believe that white had calculated beyond 18....QxN but find it hard to believe that he did so after 18....Q-Q2 ... splendid sacrifice, nonetheless!
Feb-07-16
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  al wazir: I think 21...Nf7 gives black better chances: 22. e5 O-O 23. Bh6 (23. e6 Nxd6!) Nc7! 24. Raf3 Qe6 25. Qxe6 Nxe6 26. Bxf8 Rxf8 27. d7 Nfd8, and black is holding on, barely.
Feb-07-16
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  patzer2: After missing yesterday's Saturday solution, I felt like chessgames.com gave me a Super Bowl Sunday present as I correctly played guess-the-move with today's Sunday puzzle with 17. Ndxe4! and for the next six moves which followed.

On the eighth move of the combination, instead of 24. Qxb7 (+9.19 @ 22 depth, Deep Fritz 15), I deviated with 24. Qg7 (+10.13 @ 21 depth, Deep Fritz 15).

For a Black improvement, I'd personally ditch the novel try 5...Qe7 = in the opening. And replace it with the more popular move 5...a5 = as in A Demuth vs W So, 2015. Also in the opening, instead of 10...a5, I think the computers are right in slightly preferring 10...b5 =.

However, that wasn't the cause of Black's defeat. Black's game took a slight turn for the worse with 12...Na6 allowing 13. 0-0 . Instead, 12...Nd7 = holds on as play might continue 13. Qxb4 b6 14. Qb3 bxc5 15. Qb7 Rd8 16. Qxc6 Qd6 17. Qe4 cxd4 18. exd4 Ne7 19. Nc3 Qc6 20. Bd2 exd4 21. Nxd4 Qxe4 22. Nxe4 Nc5 23. Nxc5 Rxd4 24. Be3 Rc4 = (+0.16 @ 25 depth, Deep Fritz 15).

Black's game took a serious turn for the worse with 14...g6?, allowing 15. Nc3 to (+1.84 @ 21 depth, Deep Fritz 15). Necessary instead was 14...Nh6 or 14...Rd8 .

P.S.: Best week in a while for me, with six out of seven correct this week. My six year old grandson (soon to be seven this month) had a good Saturday after accepting a special invitation to a high school chess club practice. He won his games against two high school age players, and split a win and a loss in a pair of games against their adult coach. Got in a bit of trouble when he suggested to the coach that the two "weaker (high school) players should play each other." At which point his mom mildly reprimanded him, saying "you shouldn't say that, it's not nice."

Feb-07-16  scholes: I had Nxe4 dxe4 Nxe4 Qd7 Ra2. I missed Qd5 next move forking rook and queen.
Feb-07-16  stacase: After missing Monday through Saturday, I get the first several moves and most of Sunday's offering. Go figure.

You needed to see that a Knight sacrifice 17 Ndxe4 would lead to a second 18 Nxd4 which was free opening up the center of the board which allowed White to proceed with a blistering attack.

Feb-07-16
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  morfishine: <e4>
Feb-07-16
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  gofer: What has black been doing? 16 moves into the game and none of its king side has developed, but he has managed to push both the f pawn and the g pawn... ...surely <Fritz> is purring, self-satisfied with white's position even if white is a pawn down...

<17 Ndxe4 ...>

At this point, I don't feel black can accept...

17 ... fxe4
18 Nxe4 Qd7 (Qxe4? 19 Qf7+ Kd8 20 Qxb7! )
19 Nd6 Bxd6
20 cxd6 (Qxe6? 19 Qf7+ Kd8 20 Qxb7 )


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Black has so many weaknesses and Nh6 is virtually forced at which point white activates its bishop threatening the knight and cements its pawn centre by playing e4!

This all looks miserable for black...

<17 ... Qf7>
<18 Qxf7 Kxf7>
<19 d5 cxd5>
<20 Nxd5 ...>


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Now this is all complete conjecture, so its time to see what really happened...

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Must admit I didn't see the rook sacrifice 22 Bxh6 which was to "encourage" black not to castle queen-side...

Feb-07-16  mel gibson: I didn't see this one but the computer saw it straight away. It a fantastic solution.
Feb-07-16  dfcx: Black has an extra pawn but is behind in development with exposed king.

was thinking of
17.d4
but black counters with Qxc5 and ends the attack.

17.Ndxe4 fxe4 18.Nxe4 opens the file. Black can't take the second knight due to Qf7+. I do not see how to proceed from here.

Feb-07-16
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  DarthStapler: I got the first two moves and the general idea
Feb-07-16
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  offramp: A two-knight sacrifice. How hard is that to arrange?
Feb-07-16  Whitehat1963: Insane is right.
Feb-07-16
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  morfishine: Obviously, Rodshtein, for some reason, did not envision a double-sacrifice on <e4>, which is somewhat puzzling what-with his enterprising and energetic opening play. <14...g6> looks out place, which is about where he lost the thread
Feb-07-16
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Feb-07-16
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  agb2002: White is one pawn down.

Black is about to reinforce e4 with 17... Nf6.

The convergence of the queen and the king's rook on f7 and the possibility of bringing a knight to d6 suggest 17.Ndxe4 fxe4 18.Nxe4 and if 18... Qxe4 then 19.Qf7+ Kd8 20.Qxf8+ Qe8 (20... Kc7 21.Qxa8 + - [R+B+P vs 2N]) 21.Qd6+ Kc8 (21... Qd7 22.Rf8#) 22.Rf8 Nh6 23.Rxe8+ Rxe8 24.e4 + - [Q+B+P vs R+2N].

However, I haven't found a clear line against 18... Qd7.

I don't know. On the board, I'd probably try a plan based on Na4-b6, Nb3-a5, Bd2-e1-g3, etc.

Feb-07-16
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  whiteshark: <DarthStapler: I got the first two moves and the general idea> Mee, too!
Feb-07-16
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  Longview: Impressive <patzer2> on all counts, you, grandson and mom!
Feb-07-16  devere: 17.Ndxe4 fxe4 18.Nxe4 Qd7 is easy enough to see, but what then?


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I think that over the board I might have played 19.Ng5, which is barely good enough to win. 19.Nd6+, as played in the game is much better. But the very best move is 19.Qb3. Black is almost in zugzwang, and the only piece he can safely move is his queen rook. After 19...Rc8 or Rd8, White can play 20.Bb2, and Black might resign.

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