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Joel Lautier vs Vasyl Ivanchuk
Melody Amber Rapid 4th (1995) (rapid), Monte Carlo MNC, rd 11, Apr-10
Benoni Defense: Taimanov Variation (A67)  ·  0-1



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Jul-17-04  themindset: 19.Bh6 is actually winning here, leading to a winning endgame for white in all variations. 19.Ke2 allowed black to equalize.
May-16-06  BaranDuin: I am sorry, 19. Bh6 just hangs a piece after Rxf3 and black equalises after 20. exd7 Bxd7 21. Bxd7 Rd8 22. Be6+ Kh8

With chances for both sides.

Sep-16-07  gambitfan: Endgame ♘ + P // ♗
153 games
20% win / 80% draw

I do not understand the winning scheme of this game...

Who can explain it to me ???

Sep-16-07  Kangaroo: Most likely, White resigned before or after <57. Kc2> due to the possible continuation <57. Kc2 Kf3> followed by penetration of the black king to <g2>.

Even if White had managed to evacuate the bishop to the diagonal <b8-h2>, the move <... Ng3> would have cut off the bishop from the key square <h2>.

The last move <57 ... Ke5> in the score is an example of a glitch: when computers transmit the game, and it is over, they usually "make" the last move by the king to the center of the board.

Sep-17-07  Aspirador: <BaranDuin> Themindset is actually not so far off. 19.Bh6 Rxf3 20.Rd1! is very strong, after e.g. 20...Rxc3 21.exd7 Bxd7 22.Rxd7 the white rook is causing havoc on the seventh rank.
Sep-17-07  gambitfan: Why on earth ke5 ???

Is it a move played by a compuetr or by Ivantchuk himself ???

It is sometimes very difficult to undrstand a win...

Sep-17-07  Aspirador: 57...Ke5 is certainly a notation error since this would throw away the win. 57...Kf3 was probably played which wins easily.
Sep-18-07  gambitfan: OK... understood... thanks a lot...

57... ♔f3 followed by 58... ♔g2 59 ♗a2 for example...

Black Knight does not even need to interpose itself...

Jul-06-14  zanzibar: Move 19 by White is a mistake.

Both the obvious 19.exd7 and 19.Bh6 are better.

(And if 19.Bh6 Rxf3? 20.Rd1! and the X-ray of e8 with mate threat pins the knight - in fact, if 20...g5 21.Bc4 shows how strong White's position is)

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