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Pentala Harikrishna vs Baskaran Adhiban
Tata Steel (2017), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 2, Jan-15
Spanish Game: Morphy Defense (C78)  ·  1-0
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Kibitzer's Corner
Jan-15-17  Nerwal: 39... ♔f5 is totally crazy. 43. ♖g3 isn't even the only way to win.
Jan-15-17  marcodpt: What is the other one? Nf4 is weak....
Jan-16-17
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  Boomie: <marcodpt: What is the other one? Nf4 is weak>

Why? It's mate in one, too. I prefer Nf4 because it is more elegant.

Jan-16-17  hcgflynn: <Boomie> 43. Nf4 Rxe3
Jan-16-17
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Looking at the position after 21...f6, seemed that Black had a better game. Just an optical illusion?
Jan-16-17
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  Boomie: <An Englishman: Good Evening: Looking at the position after 21...f6, seemed that Black had a better game. Just an optical illusion?>

Hard to say, especially with the mysterious maneuvering that ensues. The two bishops could give an edge. Why black moved the bishop off the b1-h7 diagonal is a complete mystery to me. I would have placed the king on f7 to make room for that bishop. The backward pawns seem important to me although the GMs weren't interested. Go figure.

Jan-16-17  Nerwal: <What is the other one? Nf4 is weak....>

Indeed, but 43. ♖hg1 first Δ ♖h6# and if 43... ♖h7(h8) then 44. ♘f4.

Jan-16-17  mrfuddington: Yeah, he got baited out with his king alone for some material, pretty silly.
Jan-18-17
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  thegoodanarchist: Harikrishna Harikrishna
Krishna Krishna
Hari Hari

Hari Rama Hari Rama
Rama Rama
Hari Hari

Or is it the other 'way round?

Hari Rama Hari Rama
Rama Rama
Hari Hari

Harikrishna Harikrishna
Krishna Krishna
Hari Hari

Yeah, that's the ticket!

Jan-18-17
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  ChessHigherCat: These guys are great. I was thinking aha, if 9. Nxe4 Bd5 wins a knight. Castling on move 10 changes everything though: 11. ...Nxe4 12.Bd5 followed by a series of a miraculous reciprocal refutations. Watch me pull a rabbit out of my hat!: 12...Qe8! 13. Qc2! Nb4! 14. Qxe4! Qxe4 15. Bxe4 d5!! Here it looks like white is fresh out of rabbits but he still manages to win the game.
Feb-01-17  jerseybob: <Nerwal: 39... ♔f5 is totally crazy.> White's threatening 40.Nde5; what's black to do?
Feb-02-17  Nerwal: <White's threatening 40.Nde5; what's black to do?>

As Harikrishna pointed out after the game, after 39... ♔f7! 40. ♘f4 ♖g8! Black is fully equal. But even 39... ♔d6 40. ♖xf6+ (40. ♘de5 ♖e6) ♖e6 41. ♖xe6+ ♖xe6 42. ♘fe5 ♗e8! (threatening c5), although unpleasant, should not lose either.

Feb-02-17  jerseybob: That may be, but for every lost game there's a similar tale of woe - one I've told many times myself!
Feb-08-17
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  tpstar: After 8. d4 Bb6, 9. a4 is the most common, 9. Be3 scores the best, and 9. Bg5 scores the worst = Opening Explorer

<I was thinking aha, if 9. Nxe4 Bd5 wins a knight. Castling on move 10 changes everything though: 11. ...Nxe4 12.Bd5 followed by a series of a miraculous reciprocal refutations. Watch me pull a rabbit out of my hat!: 12...Qe8! 13. Qc2! Nb4! 14. Qxe4! Qxe4 15. Bxe4 d5!!>

Agree. That was a very imaginative resource by Adhiban.

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