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Yifan Hou vs Baris Esen
Qatar Masters (2015), Doha QAT, rd 4, Dec-23
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf Variation. Adams Attack (B90)  ·  1-0


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Dec-23-15  fisayo123: Talk about an unrelenting king hunt. 38...Bd3! Eye catching resistance but ultimately futile.
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  varishnakov: When I played through it, I said to myself 'why play such a weakening move as 18...gxh6 ?' but then if the natural 18...g6 were played 19.Qd4 picks up the loose knight on b4.
Dec-23-15  Skakalec: After 29.♕d1 I would have played (if I had seen it) 29...♕b2+! 30.♔xb2 ♖xc2+ 31.♕xc2 ♖xc2 32.♔xc2 ♗xe4+ king somewhere and 33...♗xg5 with bishop pair and few pawns vs. rook pair.
Dec-23-15  Skakalec:

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Dec-24-15  Whitemouse: <After 29.♕d1 I would have played (if I had seen it) 29...♕b2+! 30.♔xb2 ♖xc2+ 31.♕xc2 ♖xc2 32.♔xc2 ♗xe4+ king somewhere and 33...♗xg5 with bishop pair and few pawns vs. rook pair.> Black is winning...
Dec-24-15  Nerwal: Stockfish still assesses this line as slightly better for White after 34. ♖h3. This is completely insane since White cannot win anyway. White can avoid this and force a nice draw by bringing the king forward : 30... ♖xc2+ 31. ♔b3 ♖8c3+ 32. ♔b4 d5+ 33. ♔a5 ♖a2+ 34. ♔b6 ♖b2+ 35. ♔a7 ▢ ♗c5+ 36. ♔b8 ♗c8+!? 37. ♔a8 ▢ and amazingly the corner is safe, the king defends itself against four black pieces.

22. ♗b6 is a very nice move although it doesn't win. However it's not clear why White rejected the logical 21. e5.

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  beenthere240: This is the kind of game where patrons used to throw money on the table. 22. Bb6 just looks so pretty.
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  Sally Simpson: I agree beenthere, Though these days even though we are not there we can still send our money for the table via PayPal.

I see the mugwumps have already been here with their computers seeking the truth.

The beauty of the idea will pass them by unless their computer tells them it's OK. That crowd are they type that need subtle jokes explained to them because they simply do not get it.

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22.Bb6 getting the Black Queen off the a2 square nulling the effect of Rxc3 ideas and allowing the White Queen in some line to get to f4,g5,h6 so she can join in on the fun.

Nice Queen sac in there which would have complimented the 22.Bb6 idea perfectly.


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Instead of 23...Nxd3 how about 23...Rxc3.

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Which must have been considered by both players. 24.bxc3 is mate in two after 24...Nxd3+ so we get.

24.Rh8+ Kg7 25.R1h7+ Kg6 26.Qf4

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Putting one of the ideas of 22.Bb6 into action. The White Queen goes to f4.


Everything gets mated. Might as well try this.

27.Rh6+ Kg7 28.Qf6+

There is the Queen sacrifice.

28...Bxf6 29.gxf6 mate.

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That's pretty.

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  beenthere240: I love the final position as imagined by <Sally>. Masterpieces usually require 2 gutsy players. For example, Carlsen - Li Chao in this tournament owes much of its appeal to the desperation tactic of 24...Nc4!
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