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Jinshi Bai vs Ding Liren
"Unruly Minors" (game of the day Nov-06-2017)
Chinese Chess League (2017), China CHN, rd 18, Nov-04
Nimzo-Indian Defense: Three Knights Variation (E21)  ·  0-1
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Nov-06-17
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  offramp: <FSR: ♫♪♫ Ding, Ding, Ding, goes the Liren! Clang, clang, clang, goes the bell!

Ding, Ding, Ding, goes the Liren, and dispatches your ass to hell! ♫♪♫>

No natter how often you post this, it ain't gonna become a ding.

Nov-06-17
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  Gilmoy: The pin-breaking Q-sac[*] for a minor piece swarm reminds me of V Mikenas vs Kupreichik, 1973. In both cases, it was a Bb4 and some aggresive central pawn thrusts, kicking the K+Q around without rest.

[*] Not really a sac of a full Q, as Black promptly regains two pieces, and the attack surely wins back a 3rd, or mates.

Nov-06-17  fisayo123: This is surely the game of the year so far, no? There have been some awesome games this year (as my games collections suggest) but this is hands down the best I've seen.
Nov-06-17  fisayo123: Also in a way reminds me of MVL's masterpiece against Robert Fontaine a decade ago: R Fontaine vs M Vachier-Lagrave, 2007

That was one of my favorite games ever and this tops it for me.

Nov-06-17  parisattack: Such a beautiful game. Ding Liren has always been creative and sharp tactically. I've been following him since 2009.
Nov-06-17  ajiteshjaiswal: How does black answer 18. Nxc6
Nov-06-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  Sneaky: 18.Nxc6 Rd2+
Nov-07-17  ajiteshjaiswal: Thanks Sneaky, just realized that b2 is going to queen after the exchange and white has no way to stop it.
Nov-07-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  kevin86: Black's game is strong that he can sacrifice the queen and still win.
Nov-08-17  Imran Iskandar: A king hunt of the highest order.
Nov-08-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  whiteshark: ...and here's Daniel King's enjoyable video-annotation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sjx...
Nov-09-17  Moszkowski012273: Why the hell would you even consider 17.Ke2??
Nov-10-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  Kapmigs: What if 19. Qc1 instead of 19. Qc2?
Nov-10-17  Eduardo Bermudez: "The player's greatest art consists in exploring the possibilities of bringing the game to a position in which the normal relative values cease to exist." M. Botvinnik
Nov-12-17
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  Jambow: The Chinese Morphy!!! Brilliant attacking game pieces hanging and ignored creative attacks with minor pieces, queen thrown to the wind. No doubt the Magnum opus thus far in his brief career. Now for Magnus in St Louis!!! Go Ding!!!
Nov-13-17
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  Domdaniel: Game of the century? The decade, at least ... what is most deeply impressive here is not so much the depth of the original Queen sac by Ding, but the sheer amount of complex effort that it took to win after that. A phenomenal performance ... and Ding's little-known opponent put up a good fight too.
Nov-13-17
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  Domdaniel: <Eduardo Bermudez> That's an excellent Botvinnik quote, and a very valuable idea.
Nov-21-17  brooks909: <Eduardo Bermudez> A remarkable Botvinnik quote! Where do I find it?
Dec-20-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  cro777: The Game of the Year (New In Chess Magazine 2017/8)

Ding Liren: "This is the most beautiful game I have played so far in my career!

I felt very excited after this game. During the next days the game and the variations kept popping up in my head all the time. Even when I was lying in bed at night, positions would appear in my mind, and new tries by White that I had to refute. Every time I would try to find a solution and prove that the sacrifice was sound."

http://down3.qipai.org.cn/group1/M0...

Dec-20-17
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  cro777: <Domdaniel: ... and Ding's little-known opponent put up a good fight too.>

Ding Liren: "My opponent was Bai Jinshi, a talented junior, born in 1999. I know him quite well. He studies very hard and he has many ideas in the opening. It was clear to me that with White he wanted to play for a win."

https://images.chesscomfiles.com/up...

Dec-20-17  Chess Is More: I get a Chris Matthews tingle up my leg when I see this game.
Jan-07-18
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  Eduardo Bermudez B.: Chinese chess showtime !
Feb-09-18
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  tpstar: [Fritz 10]: 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. Nf3 0-0 5. Bg5 c5 6. e3 cxd4 [last book move] Opening Explorer 7. Qxd4 Nc6 8. Qd3 h6 9. Bh4 d5 10. Rd1 g5 11. Bg3 [Not 11. cxd5 Nxd5 12. Bg3 Qa5 ∓] Ne4 12. Nd2 Nc5 [12 ... Bxc3 13. bxc3 Qf6 14. cxd5 exd5 15. Nxe4 dxe4 16. Qc2 ⩲] 13. Qc2 d4 14. Nf3 e5 15. Nxe5 [15. Bxe5 Nxe5 16. Nxe5 Qf6 17. exd4 Bf5 ±] dxc3 [ ⩲] 16. Rxd8 cxb2+ 17. Ke2?? [17. Rd2 would allow White to play on Rd8 18. Bd3 Nxe5 19. Bh7+ Kf8 20. Bxe5 Rxd2 21. Qxd2 Bxd2+ 22. Kxd2 ⩲] Rxd8 [ ∓] 18. Qxb2 Na4 19. Qc2 Nc3+ 20. Kf3 Rd4 21. h3 h5 22. Bh2? [22. e4 Rxe4 23. Qxe4 Nxe4 24. Kxe4 f5+ 25. Kf3 Nd4+ 26. Ke3 Nc2+ 27. Kd3 Ne1+ 28. Kd4 -+] g4+ [-+] 23. Kg3 Rd2!! [Decoy: d2] 24. Qb3 [24. Qxd2 Ne4+] Ne4+ 25. Kh4 [25. Kf4 Rxf2+ 26. Nf3 gxf3 27. g4 -+] Be7+ 26. Kxh5 Kg7 [26 ... Rxf2 27. Nf3 Kg7 28. Qc3+ Nxc3 -+] 27. Bf4 Bf5 [27 ... Rxf2 28. Qc3 Rxf4 29. Nd7+ Nxc3 30. exf4 Bxd7 31. f5 Bxf5 32. hxg4 Rh8#] 28. Bh6+ Kh7 29. Qxb7 Rxf2 30. Bg5 [30. Qxe7 Nxe7 31. hxg4 -+] Rh8 31. Nxf7 Bg6+ 32. Kxg4 Ne5+!! 0-1 [33. Nxe5 Bf5+ 34. Kh5 Kg8+ 35. Bh6 Ng3#]

Ding Liren is the top Chinese player and the first man from China to compete in the WC Cycle. He earned a spot by reaching the finals of World Cup (2017) and then Aronian won their match, with both players qualifying for the Candidates Tournament. Here he pulls off a sparkling Queen sacrifice right out of the opening; similar to B Ider vs Yifan Hou, 2017 White had major issues with King safety. Count how many times Black made attacking moves with tempo due to mate threats. Fritz points out quicker wins with 26 ... Rxf2 and 27 ... Rxf2 due to ... Ng3+/# ideas yet there were several ways to close it out with the White King that far up the board.

Juniors and students, the World Cup result helps illustrate an important difference between place and position. Since Aronian and Liren made the finals, you could claim that they tied for First, therefore So and MVL tied for Second by reaching the semifinals. Note you cannot be "tied" for a place, you are "tied' with a "person" meaning you have the same points as that person. That is why prizes are not awarded separately for same point receivers; they are grouped together and divided equally among players with the same points. For this knockout format, most chess fans would believe that Aronian finished First, Liren placed Second, then So and MVL tied for 3-4. Anyway, only someone with a history of driving name players away would make a fuss about this distinction, so what it is to you?

Some insightful commentary:

<"My opponent was Bai Jinshi, a talented junior, born in 1999. I know him quite well. He studies very hard and he has many ideas in the opening. It was clear to me that with White he wanted to play for a win." "This is the most beautiful game I have played so far in my career! I felt very excited after this game. During the next days the game and the variations kept popping up in my head all the time. Even when I was lying in bed at night, positions would appear in my mind, and new tries by White that I had to refute. Every time I would try to find a solution and prove that the sacrifice was sound.">

<The pin-breaking Q-sac [*] for a minor piece swarm reminds me of V Mikenas vs Kupreichik, 1973 . In both cases, it was a Bb4 and some aggressive central pawn thrusts, kicking the K+Q around without rest. [*] Not really a sac of a full Q, as Black promptly regains two pieces, and the attack surely wins back a 3rd, or mates.>

<Ding creates an immortal, studded with brilliance: 15...dxc3!!, 20...Rd4!!, 23...Rd2!!, 26...Kg7!!, and to crown it all, 32...Ne5+!! If 33.Nxe5 Bf5+ 34.Kh5 Kg7+ and mate next move. But the most beautiful mate is 33.Kh4 Kg8+ 34.Nxh8 Bxg5#. Stunning.>


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<whiteshark> Excellent Daniel King video!

This game also finished at #2 in IM Danny Rensch's rundown of 2017's best games over at <chess.com>.

Feb-10-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  HeMateMe: amazing, finding all of the quiet moves after the queen sac. Great vision.

Great pun, too!

Feb-10-18
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  perfidious: Remarkable combinative tour de force, even if Black missed speedier alternatives in closing the show.

Enough debate already about placing; who gives a hairy rodent's fundament?

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