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Gleb Apryshko vs Gad Rechlis
"Rechlis Endangerment" (game of the day May-14-2019)
World Rapid Championship (2018) (rapid), St Petersburg RUS, rd 9, Dec-27
Sicilian Defense: Dragon Variation. Yugoslav Attack Modern Line (B76)  ·  1-0


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  An Englishman: Good Evening: After 50 moves, White is down a piece for two passed pawns, but the Black King lives too far away from the action. So Apryshko did have good practical chances for a win or draw; still, can't help but wonder if Black missed something better in the last 20 moves.
May-14-19  Jamboree: Black had an immediate draw way back on move 61 with just 61. ... Bxa5. If 62. RxB, then KxP and the material is even, black's pawns are safe, the white king is cut off, and black has no way to lose. If white tries to refuse the bishop and tries 62. b7, then simply 62. ... Rb4+ 63 Kc2 Bc7 seals the deal. White's only way to prolong the game would be 62. Rh7 Bxb6 63. Rxh6+ Kb5 64. Rh5, but black will easily be able to sac the bishop for the two pawns and again it's a draw (at worst) for black.

In fact, he had the same move for the next three moves as well, and never played it.

He just got greedy and thought he was going to win, and messed it up.

May-14-19  Autoreparaturwerkbau: <Jamboree> Greed is likely motive that happened here, indeed.

Equality was broken at rook's pointless detour 63...♖a4? hoping to snatch a5-pawn thinking king can stop b-pawn in the meantime. Yet that strategy has no future since white's R+2P queenside trio has enough cohesive power to come out on top with ease, or at least with R+2P vs B+P winning advantage.

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Instead, rook control of e-file (63...♖e8 or ...♖e2) was necessary to keep guarding all-important b8 queening square thus leaving black's small material advantage intact. Or, as second prize, play for a draw via simplification 63...♗xa5 (64.♖xa5 ♖e2+)

But as it is, greed gets better of us sometimes.

May-14-19  Ironmanth: Good game AND comments! Thanks chessgames and all contributors. Y'all have a super day.
May-14-19  technical win: The pun machine produces real hoots on a daily basis. What is its secret?
May-14-19  rainingpieces: This game reminded me of that Carlsen game where he lost a piece
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  OhioChessFan: I thought I had used this pun. But, nope. Close.

Adams vs G Rechlis, 1988 (kibitz #2)

May-14-19  rcs784: <rainingpieces> It's actually identical to that game up until White's 17th move; Carlsen played 17. g4 against Jones, while Apryshko--who must have been aware of the Carlsen game from earlier in the year--seemingly tried to get an improved version of Carlsen's "sacrifice" by playing 17. Bb3, allowing exactly the same tactic.
May-14-19  dumbgai: Hard to believe black is a GM. He played the endgame very weakly.
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