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Alexey Shirov vs Boris Gelfand
"Fire on the Boris" (game of the day Aug-03-2014)
Chalkidiki (1993), Chalkidiki GRE, rd 7
King's Indian Defense: Orthodox Variation. Classical System Neo-Classsical Line (E99)  ·  1-0



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Aug-03-14  morfishine: <thegoodanarchist> Lighten up, <offramp> often offers satirical or sarcastic wit, a levity that is refreshing


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  HeMateMe: I recently submitted "Fire on Boris" as a pun, and perhaps a CG employee edited it slightly, to broaden the idea [or, someone submitted a similar pun to mine].
Aug-04-14  HighestUnrated: Instead of 29....Nxf1 black could have played 29...Qd5
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  Zhbugnoimt: If 28...Qd5? 29.Nf6+! Rxf6 30.Qh7+ Kf8 31. Rxf6+ 1-0
Aug-04-14  kevin86: Black will be mated quickly.
Aug-04-14  thegoodanarchist: <morfishine: <thegoodanarchist> Lighten up, <offramp> often offers satirical or sarcastic wit, a levity that is refreshing>

The supposed death of over a thousand people is levity?

Ok, that's good to know. I've been using the word levity incorrectly, I guess.

Jul-04-23  Brenin: 30 Rh8+ Kxh8 31 Nxf7+, or 30 ... Kg7 31 Qh7+ Kf6 32 Qxf7+, winning significant material either way.
Jul-04-23  jrredfield: While the obvious 30 Rh8+ Kxh8 31 Nxf7+ wins the Q, I also decided to try 30 Qe4 Re8 31 Rh8+ Kxh8 32 Nxf7+ Kg7 33 Qxd5 Re1 34 Kf2 Ne3 35 Qxg5+ Kxf7 36 Qxf4+, which also should decisively win.

If 30 Rh8+ Kg7 then 31 Qh7+ Kf6 32 Qxf7+ Ke5 33 Qg7+ Kxd6 34 Rh6#. At least with 30 ... Kxh8, Black can hold out a bit longer, but why would he want to?

29 ... Qd5 would have given Black a slim chance whereas 29 ... Rd5 handed White the victory.

Jul-04-23  King.Arthur.Brazil: I guess this line is enough: 30. Rh8+ Kxh8 31. Nxf7+ Kg8 32. Qxd5 or Kg7 31. Qh7+ Kf6 32. Qxf7+ Ke5 33. Rxa8 Rd1 34. Kf2.
Jul-04-23  Brenin: 29 ... Rd5 ws a blunder. Black's only hope was 29 ... Qd5 30 Qxf5 Qxf5 31 Nxf5 Nd2 32 Rg6+ Kf7 33 Rxg5 Kf6 34 h4 Rh8 35 Nd6 Rxh4, with apparent drawing chances, but then 36 Rd5 Nb1 37 Rd3 and the Black N is lost after Ne4+ and Rb3.
Jul-04-23  King.Arthur.Brazil: Dear <jrredfield> After 29...Qd5 30. Qxf5 Qd4+ 31. Kh1 Ng3+ 32. hxg3 Qd1+ 33. Kh2 fxg3+ 34. Kxg3 Qe1+ 35. Kg4 Qxb4+ 36. Kh5... Therefore, Black must accept the ♕ exchange... 30... Qxf5 31. Nxf5 Ne3 32. Nxe3 fxe3 33. Re6, with 2 ♙ extras. Other possibility is 29...Qd5 (or other similar) 30. Qxf5 Ne3 31. Qh7+ Kf8 32. Rf6+ Qf7 33. Rxf7#.
Jul-04-23  Mayankk: Both the Queens are en prise but White has the first-mover advantage. That usually means that if it can capture the opponent Queen with a check or move its own Queen with a check, the game is over.

So we have 30 Rh8+ Kxh8 ( 30 ... Kg7 31 Qh7+ is no better) 31 Nxf7+ Kh7 32 Qxd5. Time to resign.

Jul-04-23  mel gibson: Very easy - LOL.
Jul-04-23  jrredfield: Dear <King.Arthur.Brazil> <Dear <jrredfield> After 29...Qd5 ...> Granted, this would be a very slim hope for Black, but certainly better than 29...Rd5.

29 ... Qd5 30 Qxf5 31 Nxf5 Nd2 32 Rg6+ Kh7 33 Rg7+ Kh8 34 Rxg5 Nc4. This leaves both sides with a rook and knight. White would have a pawn advantage but would have to parlay it into a successful endgame battle. Certainly the most Black could hope for is a draw.

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  takebackok: Easy peasy Tuesday
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  perfidious: One even <Ah> could nail down without much reflexion.
Jul-04-23  stacase: As played:
30. Rh8+, Kg7
31. Qh7+, 1-0


30. Rh8+, Kxh8
31. Nxf7+, 1-0

Should have been:

30. Rh8+, 1-0

But what do I know (-;

Jul-04-23  agb2002: White has a pawn for a rook.

Black threatens Rxd3.

Nxf7 would be check if the black king were on h8. Hence, 30.Rh8+:

A) 30... Kxh8 31.Nxf7+ Kg7 32.Qxd5 wins decisive material.

B) 30... Kg7 31.Qh7+ Kf6 32.Qxf7+ wins decisive material.

Jul-04-23  Chesschronicle22: This was alot easier then I expected, because I've learned piece sacs for queen and king forks stuff, so this puzzle was easy for me
Jul-04-23  saturn2: Both queens under attack but white has Rh8+ and takes it with check after Kh8 or escape by check after Kg7
Jul-04-23  TheaN: Took me a little while, I was calculating all the mass captures. Of course, always look for better and in this case <30.Rh8+ Kxh8 (Kg7 31.Qh7+ +-) 31.Nxf7+ Kg7 32.Qxd5 Rf8 33.Kxf1 Rxf7 34.Qxg5+ +-> and this is trivial.
Jul-04-23  saturn2: Kind of fun after 30.Rh8 Kg7 is 31.Rh7.Black has

31...Kg8 and now 32.Rh8 leads to the first motif.

And if 31.Kf6/8 Rxf7 decides

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  HeMateMe: Ten seconds. Find a move that allows the white queen to check.
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  jffun1958: 31...Kf6 32. Qxf7+ Ke5 33. Qg7+ Kxd6(e6) 34. Rh6# and pure mate!
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