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Vassily Ivanchuk vs Viswanathan Anand
Reggio Emilia (1988/89), Reggio Emilia ITA, rd 1, Dec-28
Russian Game: Classical Attack. Chigorin Variation (C42)  ·  0-1



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  FSR: Quite a sequence of blunders according to Stockfish. Black blunders four moves in a row (moves 13-16). White blunders on two consecutive moves (16-17) and resigns after Black's 18th move.
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  al wazir: <FSR: Quite a sequence of blunders according to Stockfish. Black blunders four moves in a row (moves 13-16). White blunders on two consecutive moves (16-17) and resigns after Black's 18th move.>

Thanks for posting that. I was about to waste a lot of time trying to understand this game.

Aug-17-20  Walter Glattke: White is a knight ahead, and black threatens mate by 18.-Bxg2+ 19.Rxg2 Re1+ 20.Rg1 Qxg1#. so 18.-Bxg2+ 19.Kg1 Re1+ 20.Bf1 (Bxf3+ 21.Rg2 no Monday puzzle today)) Rxf1+ 21.Rxf1 Bxf3+ 22.Bg5 Qxg5+ mate in 5: 23.Qg2 Qxg2# mate in 5 from 18.-Bxg2+ on.
Aug-17-20  Walter Glattke: The question marks make this match to a sale show for stockfish in India, the "szene" could build up artifical "grandmasters" in many develope countires, where the S.T.A.R.S. are not so very good, but they let them win, and this match is an example for that, how good Anand is really, we don't know.
Aug-17-20  morfishine: That was easy enough what with <e1> being undefended
Aug-17-20  saturn2: I looked at 18...Bxg2+ 

19. Kg1 Re1+ 20. Bf1 Bxf1+ 21. Rg2 Bd3 mate and

19. Rxg2 Re1+ 20. Bf1 Rxf1+ 21. Rg1 Rxg1 mate

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  agb2002: Black is a knight down.

White threatens gxh3 and Bf4.

White's back rank is momentarily defenseless and the black queen x-rays g1. Therefore, 18... Bxg2+:

A) 19.Rxg2 Re1+ and mate in two.

B) 19.Kg1 Re1+

B.1) 20.Bf1 Bxf1+ 21.Bg5 (21.Kh1 Bg2#; 21.Rg2 Bxg2#) 21... Qxg5+ 22.Rg2 (22.Kh1 Bg2#) 22... Bxg2+ 23.Rxe1 Bh3+ 24.Kh1 Bxe1 wins a rook and a pawn.

B.2) 20.Rf1 Bxf1+ 21.Bg5 Qxg5+ and mate next.

Aug-17-20  mel gibson: Super easy puzzle
A game full of blunders.
How could such highly rated players,
play so badly?
Was it 1 minute bullet chess?
Aug-17-20  stacase: 18...Bxg2+ and White tips his King over. I'm always happy to accept my opponent's resignation.
Aug-17-20  smitha1: I just thought to say - I love your analyses agb! I regularly follow them carefully. They really help me. Thank you.
Aug-17-20  Brenin: Tuesday-ish. The Monday-type deflection 18 ... Re1+ loses to 19 Rf1 (not 19 Bf1 Bxg2+ with mate to follow) since the Q on c2 defends g2, leaving Black a piece down and about to lose another, with no compensation. 17 Kh1 was a horrible move, throwing away an undeserved winning advantage.
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  agb2002: <smitha1: I just thought to say - I love your analyses agb! I regularly follow them carefully. They really help me. Thank you.>

Thanks to you!

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  malt: 18...B:g2+ 19.Kg1

(19.R:g2 Re1+ 20.Bf1 R:f1+ 21.Rg1 R:g1# )

19...Re1+ 20.Bf1 R:f1+ 21.R:f1 B:f3+ 22.Bg5 Q:g5+ 23.Qg2 Q:g2#

Aug-17-20  zb2cr: Once I got over trying to sacrifice the Queen (Monday reflex), I easily saw 18. ... Bxg2+; 19. Rxg2, Re1+ and mates.

19. Kg1, Re1+; 20. Bf1, Bxf1+; 21. Bg5, Qxg5+ was ably analyzed by <agb2002>.

Aug-17-20  Sally Simpson: ***

A wee sparkler from two players who first played each other 36 years ago in 1984 when they were both 14 in the World U-16 Championship. It was Vishy's first tournament abroad. (game was drawn - it's not on this site )

Reggio Emilia (1988/89) was won by Mikhail Gurevich with a very chess profesional performance over 9 rounds.

He bust a gut to win 4 games and draws 5 games, all drawn games under 20 moves.

Game Collection: Reggio Emilia 1988/89


Aug-17-20  TheaN: A somewhat more complicated Monday than usual, but perhaps that's not a bad thing. Black has to be careful not to throw the Queen at this, because the Queen's required for pressure on g1.

<18....Bxg2+ 19.Kg1 (Rxg2 Re1+ 20.Bf1 Rxf1 21.Rg1 Rxg1#) Re1+ 20.Bf1 (Rf1 Bxf3+ 21.Bg5 Qxg5+ 22.Qg2 Qxg2#) Rxf1+ 21.Rxf1 Bxf3+ 22.Bg5 Qxg5+ 23.Qg2 Qxg2#>

After my fast 'Monday' glance I thought that after 20.Bf1 Bxf3+?! would be best, but that allows White enough lateral defenses to g2; that is exactly the key. 20....Rxf1+! takes out <two> defenders of g2, and realized it's Black's best; #4. Bxf1+ is 'only' #7. For what it's worth. Seeing 18....Bxg2+ playable is key here, as the Kg1 variations are slightly beyond Monday level.

Aug-17-20  DrGridlock: A Monday puzzle to text one's patience: the queen sac is not the correct one.

After seeing that the queen cannot force anything cute on g2, I noticed that White's back rank has some weaknesses. A rook check on e1 looks promising, as white only has a pair of defenders covering the blocking square at f1. Now if we can nudge one of the defenders off of his task ... as the white rook sashays over to g2 to take the bishop, we also notice that the g-file is opened up and that after a rook check on e1 black has two pieces converging on g1.

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  thegoodanarchist: I found the solution, but it require way more calculation than a Monday puzzle should require.
Aug-17-20  catlover: Fun puzzle, although it seemed more like a Wednesday level.
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  chrisowen: Jag ho mob code Bxg2 no?
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  chrisowen: No it was bf4 yes baha ...
Aug-17-20  cormier: 13... Bh3? 13...Nxd2 14.Bxd2 Bh5 15.Bxf5+ Kb8 16.Na3 Bg6 17.Bh3 Bd3 = +0.41 (22 ply) 14. Qc2 ⩲ +1.46 (25 ply)
Aug-17-20  WickedPawn: Agree with <chrisowen>. What's the problem with 17. Bf4.
Aug-17-20  Nullifidian: 18... ♗xg2+

It's mate in 3 if white responds with 19. ♖xg2:

19... ♖e1+ 20. ♗f1 ♖xf1+ 21. ♖g1 ♖xg1# or ♕xg1#

It's mate in 6 if white responds with 19. ♔g1:

19... ♖e1+ 20. ♗f1 (♖f1 ♗xf1+ 21. ♗g5 ♕xg5+ 22. ♔h1 ♗g2#) ♖xf1+ 21. ♖xf1 ♗xf3+ 22. ♗g5 ♕xg5+ 23. ♕g2 ♕xg2#

Aug-17-20  RandomVisitor: 16.Bf4 or 16.Kh1 are winning. 17.Bf4 is winning.
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