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Kim S Commons vs Miguel Najdorf
"Tragedy of the Commons" (game of the day May-13-2005)
Lone Pine (1976), Lone Pine, CA USA, rd 7, Mar-13
Sicilian Defense: Kan. Modern Variation (B42)  ·  0-1



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May-13-05  Alekhinelover: nice pun!!!I just had an eco exam invloving the material concerned with the Tragedy of the Commons.
May-13-05  Zymurgy: Just a question...Would you go into an opening (in this case open sicilian) with a guy who has variations named after him? I know I wouldn't.
May-13-05  Catfriend: <Zymurgy> Indeed, no. And that's precisely why white didn't play the common Naidorf line, choosing the Kan variation instead!
May-13-05  Runemaster: <Catfriend> It's Black who chose the Kan variation with 2...e6; to go into the Najdorf, Black would play 2...d6 and then 5...a6. So Najdorf avoided his own variation in this game, like he does in one of the games in Fischer's 60 Memorable Games entitled "Najdorf's Night Off From the Najdorf."
May-13-05  Catfriend: <Runemaster> You're right, I confused the sides. But 2..e6 still can transpose to the Naidorf, if the players want to.
May-13-05  halcyonteam: White is hopeless in this continuation

But i see white and avoid immediate mate by 55 Ke4

May-13-05  patzer2: Analyzing with Fritz 8:

<1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 e6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 a6 5. Bd3 Nf6 6. O-O d6 7. c4 b6 8.Nc3 Bb7 9. Qe2 Be7 10. f4 Nbd7 11. Kh1 Qc7 12. Bd2 O-O 13. Rac1 Rfe8 14. b4 Rac8 15. a3 Bf8 16. Nf3 Qb8 17. Rce1 g6 18. Ng5 e5 19. f5 Bg7 20. Qf2 Rf8 21. Qh4?!> Apparently White misses a winning attack on the weak castled position via 21. fxg6! fxg6 22. Qh4 Rce8 23. c5 b5 24. Bb1 dxc5 25. bxc5 Kh8 26. Ba2 h5 27. Nf7+ Kh7 28. Bg5 Qc7 (28... Ng8 29. g4 ) 29. Bxf6 Nxf6 30. Rxf6 Bxf6 31. Qxf6 Qe7 32. Qf2 Rxf7 33. Qxf7+ Qxf7 34. Bxf7 Rc8 35. Bd5 Bxd5 36. exd5 Rxc5 37. Ne4 Rc4 38. Ng5+ Kg8 39. Kg1 Rd4 40. Rxe5 Rd3 41. Re6 a5 42. d6 b4 43. axb4 axb4 44. Re8+ Kg7 45. Ne4 Rd4 46. Kf2 Kf7 47. Rb8 Rxe4 48. d7 Rd4 49. d8=Q . <21...h6 22. Nh3 g5 23. Nxg5 hxg5 24. Bxg5 Rfe8 25. Re3 Kf8 26. g4 Ke7 27. Bxf6+ Bxf6 28. g5 Rh8 29. gxf6+ Nxf6 30. Qe1 b5 31. cxb5 axb5 32. Rg1 Qa8 33. Nxb5 d5 34. Rg7 dxe4 35. Bf1 Rc2 36. h3 Qd8 37. Qg3??> Better for White is to try and regroup with winning chances after 37. Nc3! Kf8 38. Rg2! Rxg2 39. Bxg2 Qd7 40. Qd1 Qd4 41. Qc1 Qc4 42. Qe1 Qc8 43. Qd1 Qxf5 44. Qd6+ Kg7 45. Rg3+ Kh6 46. Qb6 Ba8 47. Kg1 Kh7 48. Qa7 . < 37... Kf8!> This defensive move turns the tables on White. <38. Qg5> ( 38. Qg1 Rc1 ) <38... Qb6 39. a4 Rc1!> After this strong pin move, White is completely lost. <40. a5 Rxf1+ ?! > This less-than-best move almost lets White back in the game. Better is 40...Qxb5! with a clear win for Black. <41. Kg2 Qd8 42. Kxf1 Ba6 43. Ke1> Putting up more resistance, but still losing to strong play is 43. Kf2 Bxb5 44. Rg3 Qd4+ 45. Kg2 Nh5 46. Rg8+ Rxg8 47. Qxg8+ Ke7 48. Qg5+ Nf6 49. Qc1 Qxb4 50. Qa3 Qxa3 51. Rxa3 Ba6 52. Rc3 Kd6 53. h4 Nd5 54. Rb3 e3 55. Kg3 e4 56. Rb1 Ke5 57. h5 Ne7 58. Kg4 Be2+ 59. Kg3 Nxf5+ 60. Kg2 Kf4 61. h6 Nxh6 62. Ra1 Ba6 63. Rh1 Ng4 64. Rd1 Ne5 65. Rb1 Nf3 66. Kh3 e2 . < 43... Bxb5 44. Rg3 Qe7 45. Rc3 Be8 46. Rc5 Qd6 47. Qg2 e3 ! 48. Rg3 Qd4 ! 49. Rc8 Qxb4+ 50. Kf1 Qb1+ 51. Ke2 Qxf5 52. Ra8 Nd5 ! 53. Qxd5 Qf2+ 54. Kd3 Qd2+ ! 55. Kc4 Rh4+ 56. Kc5> If 56. Rg4, then Black's passed pawn wins after 56...Rxg4+ 57. hxg4 Qxd5+ 58. Kxd5 e2 . <56... Qb4#> 0-1

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  benveniste: <patzer2>: Why not play fxg6! at move 20?
May-13-05  crafty: 20. fxg6 hxg6 21. ♕f2 ♕c7 22. ♘d5 ♕d8 23. ♗e3 ♗xd5   (eval 1.36; depth 14 ply; 750M nodes)
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  kevin86: After white grabbed the baited knight at d5,the mating net closes on him.

Happy Friday the 13th,all!!

May-13-05  Jaymthetactician: 2...e6? I thought it was NAJDORF playing black!!! Shouldnt he play the Najdorf instead? I like the set-up he has in this game though, a true classic! Note the pawn's at a6,b6,d6,and e6, bishop at b7, and the open c-file. This is a beutiful formation right here. Though I don't agree with white's Kh1? As in the corner the king is further from the center +being on the edge would have less flight squares, as well as being on the same diagonal as the fianchettoed bishop, and 21.Qh4 dreaming of a kingside attack that doesnt exist. 25.Kf8 should have been spotted in white's calculation. At around move 39 white appears to be better with his two passed pawns, but after move 44 white is sunk, as he is down a piece.
May-13-05  Catfriend: Did Alekhin play the Alekhin that much? Is the Sicilian played only on the Italian island? Must Naidorf play only his variation?
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  keypusher: Thanks, cg, very interesting encounter and a great title. And thanks for annotations, <patzer2>.
May-13-05  Jaymthetactician: Did Alekhin play the Alekhin that much?

I think he only played it a couple dosen times, in any case my comment was meant as a joke.

May-13-05  Catfriend: My also, partly:)
May-13-05  ragnar0C: Quick question...I was looking at the Lone Pine tournament and it had some pictures of the place and i think it looks like a broken down hotel. Is it just me or does anyone know why such a crappy place is used to host Gm tourneys?
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  OhioChessFan: I hope I'm not missing a real easy move by black, but it seems to me that 52. Rxe8 followed by Qc6 and pushing the a pawn at least would have offered some chance to draw. Ra8 seems like a resignation.
May-13-05  fred lennox: 37.Qg3 is weak. White didn't appreciate how black rendered the g file ineffective for attack. I like the move 37.Nc3. White pieces definitly needs regrouping. One can note not only how better black's king is protected than white, but how more harmonious it plays as a piece. It's almost like black is playing with an extra piece.
May-14-05  backyard pawn: <OhioChessFan> I don't see the benefit to 52. Rxe8+. Qc6 seems to allow Black the initiative. In my Saturday morning haze, I'd see something like this: 52. Rxe8+, Nxe8; 53. Qc6, Qf2+; 54. Kd3, Qxg3; 54. a6, Kg7; 55.a7, Nc7; and now a8 is defended by 2 pieces, the knight is immune from capture, Black's king is safe enough, White is seriously lacking in material, and Black can push his own pawn if he pleases. I could be enitrely missing the point, but Qc6 seems to really hurt White's position.
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  OhioChessFan: Thank you Backwardpawn. My thoughts on Qc6 were to protect the check at C2 while leaving the possible white checks at a8 and e8. The check at f2 is devastating. I've been playing over moves involving the Rook on g3, with no sucess. The simple exchange of queens by C2+ seems sufficient.
Jun-11-05  ragnar0C: AHHHH! i love it when noone comments on my me that warm fuzzy feeling inside...
Oct-14-05  trolls: Yeah. Scroll up!
Dec-30-06  MyriadChoices: Najdorf kinda gave up on the Najdorf when the theory got too indepth for him to bother with.
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  WorstPlayerEver: Everybody -except SF- missed 20. fxg6 fxg6 21. c5!
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  WorstPlayerEver: PS After taking back with the h-pawn things (can) become quite ridiculous.

20. fxg6 hxg6 21. Rf3 Rc7 22. Ref1 Re7 23. a4 a5 24. bxa5 bxa5 25. Nb5 Rc6 26. Bxa5 Qf8 27. Qf2 Re8 28. Bb4 Rd8 29. Qh4 Ra8 30. Rxf6 Nxf6 31. Rxf6 Bh6 32. Rxf7 Qxf7 33. Nxf7 Kxf7 34. Nxd6+ Rxd6 35. Bxd6 Bg7

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