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Loek van Wely vs Jean-Marc Degraeve
"One Foot in Degraeve" (game of the day Nov-12-2018)
PRO League Group Stage (2017) (rapid), INT, rd 7, Feb-22
Modern Defense: Rossolimo Variation (A41)  ·  1-0


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  al wazir: The game ends with an amateurish blunder, but there were lots of mistakes before that. 46...Nxe5 loses a piece, but then white gave back the exchange, so the transaction left white with ♘ + ♗ vs. black's ♖ + ♙.)
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  Sargon: A very similar pun was used with a LAgrave game. I didn't catch it. Oh well...
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  catlover: One foot was in DeGreave, the other on a banana peel.
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  perfidious: Paths of glory lead but to Degraeve.
Nov-12-18  Honey Blend: <al wazir: The game ends with an amateurish blunder, but there were lots of mistakes before that. 46...Nxe5 loses a piece, but then white gave back the exchange, so the transaction left white with ♘ + ♗ vs. black's ♖ + ♙.)>

I am not so sure whether 46. ... ♘xe5 does lose a piece immediately, as after 47. ♘xe5 ♕b8 looks like Black can hold.

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This looks quite playable to me.

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  OrangeTulip: Nice pun indeed!
Degraeve is a family name from the very north of France, towards the Belgian border, region Duinkerke. Where they still speak Dutch (Belgian and Netherlands have been one, once). In dutch the ‘ae’ sounds completely different.
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  thegoodanarchist: 53...Re5?? was a hideous blunder, but Black was lost anyway, due to his faulty combination earlier.
Nov-12-18  Keyser Soze: Huge blunder..But was rapid.He should be outta time..
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  al wazir: <Honey Blend: This looks quite playable to me.> You're right. Thanks.

But 53...Re5 was a blunder.

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  Breunor: According to Stockfish, 46 Nxe5 is best for black:

1) +0.80 (23 ply) 46...Nxe5 47.Rxe5 Bxe5 48.Nxe5 Qd6 49.Nd3 Re2+ 50.Rf2 Rxf2+ 51.Nxf2 Qxg3+ 52.Kxg3 Kf8 53.Ne4 d3 54.Bd1 Rc7 55.Kf4 f5 56.Ng5 Rc8 57.Ke3 Ke7 58.Kxd3 Rh8 59.Bf3 Kd6 60.Kc3 Rh4

2) +1.25 (23 ply) 46...Qb8 47.e6 Qxg3+ 48.Kxg3 fxe6 49.Rxe6 Rxe6 50.dxe6 Nf8 51.Nxc5 Re7 52.Re1 d3 53.Bxd3 Bd4 54.Nd7 Rxe6 55.Rxe6 Nxe6 56.Bxg6 Kg7 57.Be4 Kf7 58.Kg4 Ke7 59.Nb8 Bc3 60.h4 Nd4 61.h5 Nxb3 62.h6 Kf7

We see the players actually played the computer line until black's 51st move.

Running the analysis at move 51 we get that black is OK:

1) +0.47 (21 ply) 51...Qxg3+ 52.Kxg3 a4 53.bxa4 Rb4 54.Bd3 f5 55.Be2 Kg7 56.a5 Kf6 57.a6 Ra4 58.h4 Rxa6 59.Nd3 Ra2 60.Kf3 Ra5 61.Kf4 Ra2 62.Bf3 Ra4 63.Ne5 Ra3 64.d6

But 51 ... Qd8 gives white a big plus:

1) +1.71 (21 ply) 52.h4 a4 53.bxa4 Rb4 54.Bd3 Rxa4 55.h5 Ra2 56.hxg6 Qf6 57.g7 Qxg7 58.d6 Qxg3+ 59.Kxg3 Kf8 60.Ne4 Ra5 61.Kf4 Ke8 62.Ke5 f5 63.Nf6+ Kd8 64.Bxf5 Ra3

The position already evaluates to 2.5 before the horrible blunder of Re5.

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