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Luc Winants vs Jonathan Speelman
Brussels World Cup (1988), Brussels BEL, rd 4, Apr-04
Modern Defense: Standard Defense (B06)  ·  0-1



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Apr-10-06  Jim Bartle: From Inside Chess: Speelman was dead. Crunched and destroyed. Then came one of the most amazing resources played in the tournament, 32...Rd8!!, turning a lost game into a murky one that was still lost. Luc went berserk and had to resign before getting mated.
Apr-11-06  Petrocephalon: Why was it still lost? What did white miss?
Apr-11-06  twinlark: Just about everything from the looks of it. The Rook exchange is a big loser as it puts the Black Queen on the ideal square d8 from where it forks the squares d1 and h4, both of which threaten mate, and also attacks the White Knight on b6 which is defended only by the White Queen.

33.Qc5 looks good.
(33...Kxg7 34.Qd4+ or
33...Rxd6 34.Qxd6...Kxg7 35.Qd4+ Nf6 36.Na4 seems to maintain an advantage.)

33.c5 also looks ok.
(33...Kxg7 34.Qc3+ Kh7 35.Qd4 looks solid ; or
33...Qe7 34.Bf6...Nxf6 35. Nc4)

Apr-11-06  szunzein: Very interesting.
I think that 33-Qc5 can be met by 33-....Qe7, and that 33-c5 could be met by 33-....Qe4. Maybe I'm missing something but I don't see it. So far I like ....Qe4 very much.
What do you think?
Apr-12-06  twinlark: <szunzein>
After 33.Qc5...Qe7, I think 34. Bf6 holds.

After 33.c5...Qe4 What about 34.Qc3 or better still Bc3 keeping the piece? If 34...Qb1+ 35.Qc1 (or Be1)
If 34...Qf5 35.Qe1 or Be1

Apr-12-06  szunzein: Thank you for answering <twinlark>. I'm sorry though that I don't agree with you:
After 34-Bf6 simply ....Rxd6 is strong, threatening mate. In case of 33-c5 Qe4 34-Qc3 (Bc3)then 34-...Rxd6 followed by ....c5 is strong. What I see is: 33-c5 Qe4 34-Qe1 Rxd635- cxd6 c5 36-Qf1 Nf2 (trying to play Nh3 followed by mate)37-Ng3, and I stoped here, not sure how to follow.

Any idea would be welcomed,

Apr-12-06  twinlark: <szunzein>
Fair enough. How about 33.Qc5...Qe7 34.Be5 instead of Bf6?

And in the second line what about Ng3 before Rook recaptures?

Apr-12-06  szunzein: Your idea for the second line takes "out of base".

What would you do after 35-Ng3 Qb4...?
I'm just guessing here

Apr-12-06  twinlark: I give up. Both lines are a bust.

What did Inside Chess see as an advantage to White?

Apr-13-06  szunzein: <twinlark> I enjoyed analizing this. And I agree with you, maybe they made a mistake.
My final conclusion is that Speelman was not losing.
Jan-18-12  King Death: White in this game was Luc Winants who played in this World Cup event.

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