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Baadur Aleksandrovich Jobava vs Nigel Short
Xtracon Chess Open (2017), Elsinore, rd 8, Jul-28
English Opening: Agincourt Defense. Neo Catalan Declined (A14)  ·  1-0
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Jul-29-17  Sacsacmate: spectacular game! Good to see Jobava did not squander it...
Jul-29-17
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  tamar: Nigel let the spectators see to the finish.

The rook tour was special Rh1-f1-d1-d4-f4-b4-b7-e7-e8+

Jul-30-17
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  luzhin: Yes,spectacular. Although Jobava could have wound things up beautifully earlier with 34.Re7!! Nxe7 35.fxe7 f5 36.Qe5 Qf7 37.e8=Q+!! Rxe8 38.c6 and there is no good defence to Rb7. However these computer lines are not obvious to the human eye--not even Jobava's!
Aug-02-17  paavoh: This needs to be a GOTD.
Aug-02-17
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  ChessHigherCat: <luzhin: Yes,spectacular. Although Jobava could have wound things up beautifully earlier with 34.Re7!! Nxe7 35.fxe7 f5 36.Qe5 Qf7 37.e8=Q+!! Rxe8 38.c6 and there is no good defence to Rb7.>

I'm sure Short was expecting Re7,, that's why he played 33. Kg8: 1) if 34. Re7 Qd1 the K on g8 protects against Rxf7, and 2) if 34. Re7 Nxe7 35.fxe7 36. Qe5+ would be fatal if the king were on h8.

Aug-02-17
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  luzhin: ChessHigherCat, after 34.Re7 Qd8 the Kg8 is no defence against Rxf7: White plays 35.Rxf7! Kxf7 36.Rb7+ Kg8 37.f7+ and it's mate in 3.
Aug-02-17
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  ChessHigherCat: <luzhin> Thanks for the analysis. The defense doesn't work but I was trying to figure out why Short played Kg8, then I saw the threat(s) of Re7 (and eventually Qe5+) and thought he probably had that in mind when he moved the king.
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