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Joel Lautier vs Victor Bologan
Manila Olympiad (1992), Manila PHI, rd 10, Jun-18
King's Indian Defense: Saemisch Variation. Normal Defense (E81)  ·  1-0



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May-26-07  percyblakeney: Nice game by Lautier.
May-26-07  reynolds: Qd7?? Jesus
Jan-29-15  Conrad93: <Qd7?? Jesus>

To be fair, black was already lost at that point.

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  Chessdreamer: the score is incorrect.
...33.Nce4 h6 34.Ng4 Kg8 35.Nef6+ Kh8 36.Ne8 Rxe8 37.Rxe8 Qf7 38.Qe5 h5 39.Nh6 Qd7 40.Rxf8+ Kh7 41.Nf7 1-0. -Chess Informant 55/595
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  al wazir: 27. Rxf6 certainly wasn't my line.

I wanted to play 27. Bxf6 :

27...Rxf6 (27...Qxe6 28. Rxe6 Nxe6 29. Bxg7 Kxg7) 28. Nb6 Qxe6 29. Rxe6 Rxe6 30. Nxa8 Bxa8, and white is a piece up.

Black has to play carefully, or it could be worse: 27. Bxf6 .Nxe6 28. Nb6 Qe8 29. Nxa8 Bxa8 30. Bxg7 Kxg7 31. Qe3 Re7 32. Qe5+ Kf7 33. Ng4 Qf8 (33...Nc7 34. Nh6+ Kf8 38. Qh8#) 34. Qf6+ Kg8 35 Rxe6.

Aug-30-20  Walter Glattke: Material equal both minus 4 pawns. 27.Rxf6 Bxf6 28.Bxf6 Rxf6 29.Qh6 Qc7 30.Ng4 Rf7 31.Nc5 ... and now? 31.-Bc8!? 32.Re8 Rb8 33.Ne5 Rg7 34.Qf4 or 31.-Nd7!? 32.Ne6 Qc8 33.Ng5, I think with my line black has no good move31.
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  agb2002: Black threatens Qxe6.

White can try to weaken the black castle with 27.Rxf6 but it seems it only leads to a number of piece trades.

In any case I'd play 27.Rxf6.

Aug-30-20  Walter Glattke: So, Pd5 is pinned, I saw an option with 29.Ne4 Re6 30.Qf4 not commented by CG, seems to bring deciding attack.
Aug-30-20  mel gibson: I saw the first move straight away.

Stockfish 11 says

27. Rxf6

(27. Rxf6 (♖e6xf6 ♗g7xf6 ♘f2-g4 ♗f6xe5 ♖e1xe5 ♖f7-g7 ♕d2-c3 ♕c8-c7 ♘g4-h6+ ♔g8-h8 ♘a4-c5 ♖a8-d8 ♕c3-d4 ♗b7-c8 ♖e5-e1 g6-g5 ♕d4-f6 ♘f8-g6 ♗b3-c2 ♖d8-f8 ♗c2xg6 ♕c7-f4 ♕f6xf4 g5xf4 ♗g6-h5 ♖g7-a7 ♘h6-f7+ ♔h8-g7 ♘f7-d6 ♖f8-d8 ♘d6xc8 ♖d8xc8 ♘c5-e6+ ♔g7-f6 ♘e6xf4 ♖a7-e7 ♖e1-c1 ♔f6-e5 ♘f4-d3+ ♔e5-d6 ♖c1-a1 ♖c8-c7 ♗h5-g4 ♖c7-a7 ♖a1xa7 ♖e7xa7 h2-h4 ♖a7-a2 ♔g1-h2 ♔d6-e7 ♗g4-f5 h7-h5 ♔h2-h3 ♖a2-e2 ♗f5-g6 ♔e7-f6 ♗g6xh5 ♖e2-d2 ♘d3-c5 ♖d2-b2 ♗h5-e8 ♖b2xb4 ♗e8xc6) +3.73/43 272)

score for White +3.73 depth 43

Aug-30-20  George4790: Really well played. Most moves from 27 to 41 could have figured as a daypuzzle. At least all days of the week were represented! Chapeau Mr.Lautier
Aug-30-20  goodevans: My first thoughts were that in a game situation I'd opt for <27.Rxf6 Bxf6 28.Nb6>, regaining the exchange with the stronger looking position. But this is a Sunday puzzle so it can't be that easy.

I quickly convinced myself that 27.Rxf6 was the correct first move and looked long and hard for the right follow-up. I didn't find it. :o(

I still think 27.Rxf6 Bxf6 28.Nb6 is quite good for white though.

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  drollere: remarkable, after all that, that white has either Q for R or mate in one. every step has plausible alternate moves (or, as <agb2002> put it, "a number of piece trades"). 31. Qb2 is what i believe is called a "far seeing move."
Aug-30-20  Brenin: It's curious that both players missed 33 ... Ne6, unpinning the d-pawn, so that dxe4 is threatened, and preventing Ng5+. White can regain some material with 34 Nxd5, e.g. cxd5 35 Qf6+ Kg8 36 Qxe6+ Kh8 37 Bxd5 Bxd5 38 Qxd5, with 2P for the exchange, but Black seems to have survived the attack.
Aug-30-20  morfishine: Very nice series of moves. I figured the first couple of moves, but the remainder are quite powerful
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  Jimfromprovidence: This is a pretty deep game.

I noticed that white first seemed to want to play Ne8 on move 33 but could not after 32 Nf6+ Kf7, below, stopped it. (White wanted 32...Kh8 instead allowing 33 Ne8 but I did not know why at the time).

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But after black's miscue 33...h6, as pointed out by <Brenin>, white gets a second chance after he forces 35...Kh8.

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How I figured out what white was getting at with Ne8 on move 33 was when I wondered after 36 Ne8 why not try 36...Qd7 or 36...Qf7, with 36...Qf7 shown below.

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Here white wins 37.Nxg7 Qxg7 38.Qxg7+ Kxg7 39.Re7+, below.

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Almost the identical conditions would have existed after 32...Kh8 33 Ne8.

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  An Englishman: Good Afternoon: Another nice normal typical 5/7 week. Saw the sacrifice, but could not see why it would prove so difficult to defend.
Aug-30-20  RandomVisitor: After 26...Qc8:

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NNUE evaluation using 20200812-2257.bin enabled.

<62/100 9:47:41 +6.09 27.Rxf6 Bxf6 28.Ng4> Bxe5 29.Rxe5 Qd8 30.Qc3 Qh4 31.Nb6 Ra6 32.g3 Qh3 33.Nc4 Bc8 34.Nd6 Rxf3 35.Qxf3 Ra1+ 36.Bd1 Rxd1+ 37.Qxd1 Qxg4 38.Re1 Qxd1 39.Rxd1 Be6 40.Rc1 Bd7 41.Ra1 h5

...a position only a computer would love:

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Aug-30-20  widjaja70: Notice that it is the Knight on A4 that in the end arrive in E8 !!

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