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Sergio Mariotti vs Svetozar Gligoric
"Don't Svet It" (game of the day Mar-03-2007)
Praia da Rocha Zonal (1969), Praia da Rocha POR, rd 3, Oct-??
King's Indian Defense: Four Pawns Attack (E76)  ·  1-0



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Jan-02-05  Knezh: Counterplay in the center proves insufficient against the king-side onslaught, and despite GLigoric's desperate efforts to generate some pressure on white's king he is forced to resign by move 40. A question: why not 19. ..Qb6 followed by Rh8? Why give up g6 pawn?
Jan-02-05  WMD: One of those games that computers takes some of the fun out of. In your line 19...Qb6 leads to a perpetual with correct play, after 20.e6 Qxe6 21.Bxc4 Qxc4 22.Qxg6+ Kg8 23.Qh7+ etc. 19....Qa5+ goes down the same road.

Mariotti's conduct of the attack seems practically flawless, even if 26.Rg6 leads to a cleaner kill.

Jan-02-05  notsodeepthought: <Knezh> 19 ... Qb6 should lose to 20 B:c4+ - after which if the king moves, the B on g7 is lost, while if black blocks in e6 with its knight or c8 bishop, then 21 Q:g6+ and white wins a piece.
Jan-02-05  WMD: <notsodeepthought> Follow that line deeper and Black regains the piece.

19...Qb6 20.Bxc4+ Ke8 21.Qxg7 Qb4+ 22.Bd2 Qxc4 23.Qxg6+ Qf7 with a level game.

Aug-27-06  Tartalacreme: 19. ... Qb6 20.Bg5!! (Threatening 21.Bf6 and 21.Bxc4+ Ke8 22.Qxg7 Qb4+ 23.Kd1 Qxc4 24.Qe7#)

a) 20. ... Nxe2 21.Bf6!
b) 20. ... Be6 21.Qxg6+
c) 20. ... Rh8 21.Bxc4+ Be6 22.Qxg6+
d) 20. ... Qb4+ 21.Kd1

Oct-24-06  luzhin: Note how White's King's Knight never moved -- thus preventing Qh3+ in the final position!
Mar-03-07  RandomVisitor: After 19...Qa5+ 20.Bd2 Qa6 21.Nh3 Rh8 22.e6+ Bxe6 23.Qxg6+ Kf8 24.Rxh8+ Bxh8 25.Ng5 White has a slight advantage, and play might continue 25...Qb6 26.gxf5 Bg8 27.Nh7+ Bxh7 28.Bh6+ Ke7 29.Qxh7+ Kf6
Mar-03-07  jmrulez2004: four pawn's attack???correction!!six pawns attack!!hahahaha very nice proves that with enough pawn firepower a castled defense and passive play is as good as goner's
Mar-03-07  Sularus: now that is what i call a spitecheck
Mar-03-07  Tactic101: Beautiful game. Excellent pawn breaks led to a killer attack. I love this one.
Mar-03-07  RandomVisitor: Mariotti Sergio - S Gligoric [E77]
it Praia da Rocha, 1970
[Rybka 2.2n2 mp ] at 3 minutes a move
1.d4 Nf6
2.c4 g6
3.Nc3 Bg7
4.e4 d6
5.f4 c5
6.d5 0–0
7.Be2 e6 last book move

8.dxe6 -0.18/18 fxe6= 0.05/16
[Rybka 2.2n2 mp : 8...Bxe6 9.Nf3 Nc6 10.0–0 Re8 11.Bd3 Bg4 12.h3 Bd7 13.Be3 Qb6 14.Na4 Qa6 15.Nc3= -0.18/18 ]

9.g4= -0.15/16
[Rybka 2.2n2 mp : 9.Nf3 Nc6 10.0–0 e5 11.fxe5 dxe5 12.Be3 Nd4 13.Nxe5 Be6 14.Kh1 Nxe2 15.Qxe2 Qc7= 0.05/16 ]

9...Nc6 -0.16/16
10.h4 -0.15/15 Nd4 -0.14/17
11.h5 -0.12/16 d5= 0.00/17
[Rybka 2.2n2 mp : 11...Qa5 12.Bd2 Qb6 13.Bd3 Bd7 14.h6 Bh8 15.Nh3 Qxb2 16.Ng5 Bc6 17.Rb1 Qa3= -0.12/16 ]

12.e5 -0.15/17 Ne4 0.05/17
13.hxg6 -0.11/17 hxg6 0.20/17
14.Qd3= -0.23/16
[Rybka 2.2n2 mp : 14.Bd3 Qa5 15.Bd2 Nxd2 16.Qxd2 Rd8 17.Qh2 Nb3 18.Rd1 d4 19.Bxg6 Bd7 20.axb3 dxc3= 0.20/17 ]

14...b5 0.41/16
[Rybka 2.2n2 mp : 14...Qa5 15.cxd5= -0.23/16 ]

15.Nxe4 0.52/16 bxc4 0.48/18
16.Qh3 0.44/15 dxe4 0.40/17
17.Qh7+ 0.23/5 Kf7 0.42/16
18.f5 0.38/15 exf5 0.42/15
19.Rh6= 0.14/15
[Rybka 2.2n2 mp : 19.Bxc4+ Be6 20.Bxe6+ 0.42/15 ]

19...Nc2+± 1.16/18
[Rybka 2.2n2 mp : 19...Qa5+ 20.Bd2 Qa6 21.Nh3 Rh8 22.e6+ Bxe6 23.Qxg6+ Kf8 24.Rxh8+ Bxh8 25.gxf5 Nxf5 26.Ng5= 0.14/15 ]

20.Kf1 1.10/16 fxg4 1.21/16
21.Kg2 1.21/16 Ne1+? 3.82/17
[Rybka 2.2n2 mp : 21...Qd5 22.Qxg6+± 1.21/16 ]

22.Kh1? 1.95/16
[Rybka 2.2n2 mp : 22.Kg3 Qd5 23.Qxg6+ 3.82/17 ]

22...Nd3? 5.55/17
[Rybka 2.2n2 mp : 22...Bf5 23.Bxc4+ Ke8 24.Qxg7 Qd7 25.Bb5 Qxb5 26.Rh8 Rxh8+ 27.Qxh8+ Kd7 28.Qxa8 Ke6 29.Qxa7 1.95/16 ]

23.Qxg6+ 5.77/20 Kg8 6.01/16
24.Qh7+ 5.77/5 Kf7 6.01/16
25.Be3 5.77/16 Qe7 5.77/16
26.Rf1+? 3.95/19
[Rybka 2.2n2 mp : 26.Rg6 Ke8 27.Rxg7 Rf7 28.Qh5 Be6 29.Rg8+ Kd7 30.Rxa8 Kc6 31.Rh8 Nxb2 32.Bxg4 Bxg4 5.77/16 ]

26...Ke8 3.95/15
27.Qg6+ 3.95/20 Rf7 3.95/15
28.Qc6+ 3.95/21 Qd7 3.95/18
29.Re6+ 3.95/22 Kf8 3.82/17
30.Bxc5+ 3.97/20 Nxc5 5.36/19
[Rybka 2.2n2 mp : 30...Kg8 31.Re8+ Kh7 32.Qxe4+ Rf5 33.Rxc8 Rxc8 34.Bxg4 Qc6 35.Bxf5+ Kh8 36.Bxa7 Bxe5 37.b3 3.97/20 ]

31.Qxc5+ 5.57/22 Kg8 5.51/18
32.Rd6 5.51/19 Qb7? 21.36/18
[Rybka 2.2n2 mp : 32...Qc7 33.Rc6 Qxe5 34.Bxc4 Be6 35.Bxe6 Qxe6 36.Rxe6 Rxf1 37.Rxe4 Rf7 38.Re7 Raf8 39.Qxa7 5.51/19 ]

33.Rxf7 20.86/17 Kxf7? 317.67/3
[Rybka 2.2n2 mp : 33...Qxf7 34.Bxc4 Be6 35.Bxe6 Qxe6 36.Rxe6 Rf8 37.Re7 Kh7 38.Qxa7 Rg8 39.Qf2 20.86/17 ]

34.Bxc4+ 317.67/17 Ke8 317.67/3
35.Bd5 317.67/17 Qe7 317.67/3
36.Qc6+ 317.67/21 Kf8 317.67/3
37.Qxa8 317.67/13 Qh4+ 317.67/3
38.Kg2 310.00/11 1–0

Mar-03-07  Themofro: What a great attack!
Mar-03-07  Kerguelen: very well calculated by Mariotti who never loses the initiative. A single mistake on his part and he would have lost the game.
Mar-03-07  aazqua: King's Indian 4 pawns? I'd say this is more like the King's Indian 6 pawn attack!
Mar-03-07  Thorsson: I wonder what happened to Mariotti. I played a number of blitz games against him and he was an absolute killer at that speed. Very nice man too.
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  kevin86: Could we,semi-humerously call this opening the SIX pawn attack? A brilliant attack by white-despite not using the king knight,except as a crucial defensive piece late. After all,isn't the KN usually the crucial defensive piece in a castling position?

A rare loss for GM Gligoric.

Mar-03-07  kereru: He still plays occasionally, but I presume he has a "real job".
Feb-29-08  gazzamega: Better is 8.... Bxe6 9.Nf3 Nc6 10.O-O Re8 11.Bd3 Bd7! 12.Be3 Qb6 13.Na4 Qa6 and now if 14.Nc3 Nb4! 15.Re1 Ng4 16.a3 Nxd3 17.Qxd3 Bxc3 18.bxc3 Be6 19.Nd2 f5 20.exf5 Bxf5 21.Qd5+ Kg7 22.Bf2 Nf6 23.Qf3 Qc6 24.Bh4 Qxf3 25.Nxf3 Ne4 and black is doing fine.
Jan-25-10  laskereshevsky: Recently I played the 4 pawns KI in a tournament, When we reached the position after 7. ... pe6

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I took the pawn and started to pray that he would take back with the f7pawn.... unfortunatly ( or not?! ) He took with the Bishop....

The nice fact is, prior to that day I even not dreamed to play this opening by white.

( In fact, we reached this position from another order of moves!... 1.♙e4 ♙g6 2.♙d4 ♗g7... Now, while thinking what kind of plane follow, suddendly i thought:

"Why dont to play 3.♙c4..?! more or less he'll b forced to play the KI..."

From that moment I was irrestibly attracted by the idea to play the 4 pawns formation, just to jump in the Mariotti's 6 pawns attack !...)

I dont know why this game studied by me about 3/4 years ago, just for my delight, was back in my mind... and the last time I played this position was ab. 15 years ago having the black side

More I wasnt able to remember the main analisys i did, just remembered the game's line: 8. ...♙xe6 9.♙g4 ♘c6 10.♙h4 ♘d4 11.♙h5 ♙d5 12.♙e5 ♘e4 ... AT THIS POINT:

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I wasnt even shore what was the next Mariotti's move...

After the game ( draw ) Asking to my opponent: ( an 18 YO rated 200 points more then me ) "What if U tooked back with the pawn besides the Bishop?.."

..."YES,.. I was very tempted to play that... after all in this way Black is OK..""

Withouth say a world I pushed the G pawn... same seconds of silent, and he moved the Knight in C6, and stared at me with an "and now what!?" looks like expression... when I placed the pawn in H4, my strong opponent was no more able to remain silent and exclamed: "JEEEEE....SUS! ...What is this?!" ... "HO! My young friend" answered "Ask this to Gligoric, he could give better answers... cause I have no idea at all!"...

Jan-25-10  randyjohnson: "Ask this to Gligoric, he could give better answers... cause I have no idea at all!"...

LooooL :)

Jan-07-11  Aulendil: Now after soooo many years we have the next italian Stallion.

FABIANO CARUANA thank you !!

Maybe one Day he beat Carlsen.


Oct-16-13  whiteshark: on <14... Qa5> :

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V Vepkhvishvili vs Z Rukhadze, 1970

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