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Larry Christiansen vs Helgi Ass Gretarsson
Yerevan Olympiad (1996), Yerevan ARM, rd 6, Sep-21
Italian Game: Evans Gambit. Tartakower Attack (C52)  ·  1-0



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Sep-28-05  DAL9000: How would White proceed after 37... Rc8 or, even better, 37... Qd8?
Sep-28-05  SnoopDogg: <DAL9000> He would proceed with 37. Qf8 mate. :)
Jul-31-06  Manic: Ummmm, <SnoopDogg>, the whole point of Rc8 and Qd8 is to stop Qf8...

With regard to Rc8, it would go 38. Qxe5+ Kg8 39.Qe6+ Kg7 40. Qd7+ and white takes the rook with check next move, and gains the tempo needed to stop the pawn.

Im not sure how to answer Qd8 though...

Jan-21-07  sneaky pete: If 37... Qd8 white can play 38.Qxe5+ Kg8 39.Nh6+ Kf8 40.Qh8+ Ke7 41.Qg7+ Kd6 42.Nf7+ Kc5 43.Nxd8 c1=Q 44.Qe7+ Kd4 45.Ne6+ Kxe4 46.Nf4+ Kd4 47.Ne2+ Kxd5 48.Nxc1 .. winning the second queen and the game. Black may try 42... Kc/d/e7 43.Nxd8+ Kxd8 in this line, but after 44.Rc3 c1=Q (or .. Bc7+ 45.g3 ..) 45.Rxc1 Rxc1 46.e5 .. I think white should win. (This is manual analysis, I wouldn't be surprised if an engine finds even more convincing lines.)

In the December 23, 1996 issue of Inside Chess Christiansen gives 36... Qxg5 two question marks, which may be a bit harsh, considering both players probably were in severe time trouble. He recommends "36... c1=Q! and Black is better." I guess the idea is 37.Bxe7 Qxa3 38.Bf6+ Kg8 39.Nh6+ Kf8 40.Rxa3 Rxe4 or 38.Rxa3 Nxe4.

Dec-04-09  Mac3: According to Tim Harding & Bernard Cafferty's Play the Evans Gambit by Cadogan Chess 1997 p 91 this game contains a typo where 14...Qe6 was in fact 14...Qc6.

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