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Boris Gulko vs Maia Chiburdanidze
"Maia Culpa" (game of the day Oct-07-2009)
Frunze (1985), rd 6
Queen's Gambit Declined: Exchange. Positional Variation (D35)  ·  1-0



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Mar-12-05  Zivildiener: the position before 26. ...c3 is insane! Qxe4 looks safe, and even Fritz evaluates -3, but after a few moves (introduced by Qh8+ Kf7 f5) he slowly decreases the evaluation (e.g. Tc6 -1 but after Qh5+ Ng6 e6 Rxe6 Kxe6 Re2 Qxe2 Qxg6+ Kd7 Rd1+ Qxd1+ it's down to =0 and eventually climbs for white a way for a draw would have been Qxe4 Qh8+ Kf7 f5 Bd8!? (a 'safe' 0.00 evaluation)
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  Richard Taylor: 9...g6 looks suspect -maybe 9....h6. But a fascinating game.

Maia played well = maybe she could have survived with Qxe4 as suggested by Zivildiener - hard to see OTB - hse was a move or so away from gettng Boris!

Mar-12-05  Double D: I think this game indicates Gulko's great chess strength and it is a shame to the chess championship series that the Soviets denied him the opportunity to compete for the title. He was born in Eastern Germany, so I'm sure there was bias against him.
Mar-12-05  Saruman: <aragorn69>"But what is so wrong with 16.-♗xg5 17.gxh7+ ♔h8 ?"

The inbetweenovich 17.gxf7+ is much stronger.

17.gxf7+ ♔xf7 18.♘gxe4 (threatening ♘d6+) dxe4 19.♘xe4 ♗e7 20.♖xh7+ ♔f8 21.♘c3 and white should win by utilizing the h-file and the weak squares around the black king.

Mar-14-05  aragorn69: Right, <Saruman>, how could I be so blind... Thx. And BTW it seems you have a way with words, don't you ? ;-))
Mar-14-05  Saruman: <aragorn69> Well, "inbetweenovich" is an invention of mine and I am quite proud of it.
Mar-14-05  hintza: I think <inbetweenovich> shall become a common piece of chess jargon around here rather soon! :-)
Oct-07-09  think: For those who missed the pun, "mea culpa" is a Latin phrase meaning 'my fault'.
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  WannaBe: I know the pawns are suppose to take 'towards' the center, but why does the h-pawn take?? (16...hxg6)

Anything wrong with the move 16...fxg6

Oct-07-09  randomsac: Exciting game. A very well timed attack. I guess hesitating would have led to doom.
Oct-07-09 Overall record: Boris Gulko beat Garry Kasparov 3 to 1, with 4 draws.* * Based on games present in our database; may not be complete.
Oct-07-09  RandomVisitor: 4 minutes per move:

Boris Gulko - Maia Chiburdanidze

Frunze Frunze (6), 1985

[Rybka 3 ]

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 d5 4.cxd5 exd5 5.Bg5 Be7 6.e3 0-0 7.Bd3 Nbd7 8.Nge2 b6 9.Ng3 g6 10.h4 c5 last book move

11.Qc2 0.04/14
[Rybka 3 : 11.0-0 Bb7 12.Qf3 a6 13.h5 b5 14.a3 Qb6 15.Nge2 cxd4 16.exd4 Rfe8 17.Rfe1 Ne4 0.29/16]

11...Re8 0.41/17
[Rybka 3 : 11...Bb7 12.Bf4 Re8 13.0-0 Nb8 14.Nb5 Na6 15.Be2 cxd4 16.Nxd4 Rc8 17.Qd2= 0.04/14 ]

12.0-0-0 0.29/16 c4 0.50/19
[Rybka 3 : 12...cxd4 13.exd4 Bb7 0.29/16 ]

13.Be2 0.32/14 a6 0.50/19
[Rybka 3 : 13...Bb7 14.h5 Nf8 15.hxg6 fxg6 16.f4 a6 17.Bf3 b5 18.f5 b4 19.Na4 Rc8 20.Kb1 Qd6 21.Nc5 0.32/14 ]

14.Bf3 0.50/19 Bb7 0.50/18
15.h5 0.50/15 Ne4 1.59/18
[Rybka 3 : 15...b5 16.hxg6 fxg6 17.Rh6 Nf8 18.Rdh1 b4 19.Na4 Rc8 20.Nc5 Ba8 21.Kb1 Qb6 22.Qa4 a5 23.Bxf6 Bxc5 24.dxc5 Qxf6 25.Qxa5 c3 26.R6h4 h5 27.Rf4 Qe7 28.Rxb4 cxb2 29.c6 Bxc6 30.Bxd5+ Ne6 0.50/15 ]

16.hxg6 1.39/18 hxg6 1.39/18
17.Bxe4 1.39/18 dxe4 1.46/17
18.Bf4 1.06/16 Rc8 1.83/17
[Rybka 3 : 18...b5 19.Ncxe4 Qb6 20.Rh2 1.06/16 ]

19.Ngxe4 1.66/15 Nf8 3.05/17
[Rybka 3 : 19...f5 20.Ng3 Nf8 21.d5 Bf6 22.e4 b5 23.a3 Qa5 24.exf5 Bxc3 25.Qxc3 Qxc3+ 26.bxc3 Rc5 27.d6 Bxg2 28.Rde1 Rcc8 29.Rhg1 Rxe1+ 30.Rxe1 Rd8 31.Re7 g5 1.66/15 ]

20.g4 2.81/16 g5? 5.09/17
[Rybka 3 : 20...Bxe4 21.Nxe4 Bf6 22.Be5 Bg7 23.Nd6 f6 24.Nxe8 Qxe8 25.Bd6 Ne6 26.Kb1 Ng5 27.Bf4 b5 28.Bxg5 fxg5 29.e4 2.81/16 ]

21.Be5 4.42/16 f6 5.85/13
[Rybka 3 : 21...Ng6 22.Rh6 Bf8 23.Nf6+ Qxf6 24.Bxf6 Bxh6 25.d5 Rc7 26.Na4 Rd7 27.Nxb6 Rd6 28.Qa4 Rb8 29.Qa5 4.42/16 ]

22.f4 5.74/14 Bxe4 6.31/14
23.Nxe4 5.67/13 fxe5? 8.07/12
[Rybka 3 : 23...Qd5 24.Bxf6 5.67/13 ]

24.dxe5? 1.22/19
[Rybka 3 : 24.fxe5 Rc6 8.07/12 ]

24...Qd3 1.22/18
25.Qh2 1.22/17 Qxe3+ 1.24/17
26.Rd2 1.13/16 c3? #5/3
[Rybka 3 : 26...Qxf4 27.Qh8+ Kf7 28.e6+ Nxe6 29.Qh5+ Kg8 30.Qh7+ Kf8 31.Qg6 Bb4 32.Rh8+ Ke7 33.Qh7+ Qf7 34.Rd7+ Kxd7 35.Qxf7+ Re7 36.Qf6 Rxh8 37.Qxh8 Nc5 38.Nxc5+ Bxc5 39.Qa8 Kd6 40.Qxa6 Re4 41.Qc8 Rf4 1.13/16 ]

27.Qh8+ #5/3 Kf7 5.10/8
28.e6+ #4/3 Kxe6 #1/3
29.Qg8# 0.00/0 1-0

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  Phony Benoni: <WannaBe> There are a few reasons to prefer 16...hxg6 in this position.

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1) 16...fxg6 opens up the a2-g8 diagonal, giving White opportunity of checking along it. The e6 square may become a hole as well, though that's a bit remote.

2) When White has opened the h-file against a fianchetto formation, a common line of defense for Black is to play ...Kg7 and ...Rh8, hoping to neutralize the pressure with trades on the file.

3) With Black's rook having moved away, he has no particular use for a half-open f-file.

4) "Capturing toward the center" in this case is not so much related to the h-pawn as to the f-pawn. You don't want to take it away from influencing the center without a specific reason, and Black doesn't have one here. Is he going to flee White's attack by moving his king via f7 and e6?

Oct-07-09  RandomVisitor: <WannaBe>After 16...fxg6:

1: Boris Gulko - Maia Chiburdanidze, Frunze 1985

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Analysis by Rybka 3 : <15-ply>

<1. (2.15): 17.Ngxe4> dxe4 18.Nxe4 b5 19.Bf4 Rc8 20.Nf6+ Nxf6 21.Bxb7 Qd7 22.Bxc8 Rxc8 23.Be5 b4 24.Bxf6 Bxf6 25.Kb1 a5 26.Rh3 Qe6 27.d5

2. (1.77): 17.Nxd5 Bxd5 18.Bxe4 Nf8 19.Bxe7 Rxe7 20.f4 Rf7 21.Bxd5 Qxd5 22.f5 b5 23.e4 Qd8 24.Kb1 Qg5 25.Rh3 Rd8 26.d5 Qf6 27.Rdh1 Nd7 28.Qc3

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  Phony Benoni: Yeah, that too.
Oct-07-09  TheTamale: This game could use some Batman emphasis at the end: "CRUNCH"
Oct-07-09  Samagonka: Great game with magnificent attack by Gulko.
Oct-07-09  Riverbeast: That's what they call the back door mate

Boris came in through the back do'....

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  WannaBe: <RandomVisitor> & <Phony Benoni> Thank you!!
Oct-07-09  WhiteRook48: checkmate at this level...
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  kevin86: rare for a top player to be mated-but the mate is a beautiful one and maybe the loser wanted to see it.
Jan-12-11  sevenseaman: Boris knows how to snap all argument!
Jun-09-12  vinidivici: Dude, whats happen if 16....Nxg5 or Bxg5 (taking the bishop)?
Jun-09-12  vinidivici: no answer?
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  Honza Cervenka: <vinidivici: Dude, whats happen if 16....Nxg5 or Bxg5 (taking the bishop)?> In both cases 17.gxf7+ wins.
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