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Gilberto Milos vs Niaz Murshed
"Milos to Go Before I Sleep" (game of the day Aug-04-2009)
Groningen Candidates (1997), Groningen NED, rd 1, Dec-09
Sicilian Defense: Paulsen. Bastrikov Variation (B47)  ·  1-0



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Apr-29-06  mago de riga: Nice puzzle, but hard for me
Apr-29-06  En prise: After Nxf6 the threat of Ng8 with mate to follow or drop his rook gives black no choice in his responses. Nxf6 was the first move I considered. I also considered fxe5 but the threats weren't as strong. I am 5 for 6 this week not bad for someone who has been away from chess for 20 years
Apr-29-06  zabbura2002: I couldn't claim I got it since I tried until 25. ... Qxe5 only. 26. Rde1 and 27. Rf3 are the key moves that can't be missed.
Apr-29-06  patzer2: <EmperorAtahualpa: Oh, never mind, I guess after 27...Qb2 comes 28.Ref1!> Or 28. c3! .
Apr-29-06  kevin86: I take half credit:I saw the first few moves:sac the knight,harrass the rook,chase the queen.

The final position is about even-but the passed pawn will cause increasing havoc (or Harvick if the game were at Talledega) and will cost black dearly. So,he gives up the ghost.

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  OBIT: The best I could work out in my head was 24. Nxf6 Rxf6 25. fxe5 Qxe5 26. Rxf6 Qxf6 27. Qb4+ Ke8 28. Qxa5, which is mentioned by <patzer2> on page 1. I knew this wasn't the answer, since it isn't flashy enough. Looking at the final position closely, however, it looks awfully good for White - it may not be a "sure win", but it is darn close. White's extra pawn, which is doubled and isolated, doesn't look like much, but it is certainly not worthless. More significantly, White's has the outside passed pawn, i.e. the h-pawn. If this game comes down to a king and pawn ending, White should have no trouble winning it.

After 28. Qxa5, Black's only reasonable move looks like 28...Rc8. (Obviously not 28...Bc6? 29. Qxd8+ Qxd8 30. Rxd8+ Kxd8 31. Bxf7.) After 28...Rc8 29. Qb6! gives White strong queenside play if Black takes the "impotent pawn" on c3. For example, 29...Rxc3 30. Qxb7 Bc8 31. Qe4, and now White's pawn advantage looks much more tangible. Also, 29...Qxc3 30. Qxb7 Rc7 (not 30...Qc6 31. Bxf7+!) 31. Qxa6 Qxc2 32. Qd6 maintains a bind on the position.

Black may decide it would be more prudent to stop Qxb7 by playing 29...Bc6. However, then 30. Qd4 (hey, another use for the "impotent pawn"!) Qg5 (not 30...e5 31. Re1; 30...Qe7 31. Qh8+ Qf8 32. Bxf7!+ Kxf7 33. Rf1+ Ke7 34. Qh7+ wins) 31. Bf3! leaves White much better, since 31...Bxf3? loses to 32. Qd7+. Now I think Black has no choice but to retreat by 31...Qe7, when 32. Bxc6+ bxc6 (32...Rxc6? 33. Qh8+ Qf8 34. Rd8+! wins) 33. Qb6! wins the a-pawn, since 33...Qa3? loses to 34. Qb7.

As I said, maybe the win isn't absolutely, positively guaranteed, but White's position looks quite promising, and Black has a very difficult defensive task. I'll give myself 8 out of a possible 10 for this inferior solution. :)

Apr-29-06  jahhaj: <pittpanther>

After 24.fxe5 Qxe5 25.Rxf6 Rxh5 26.Rxe6+ Kxe6

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White wins wins with 27.Rd6+ (only move) 27...Qxd6 28.Qf6+ Kd5 29.Qd4+! (another only move) 29...Ke6 (29...Kc6 30.Qxd6+ Kb5 31.a4+ and mate in one) 30.Qxd6+ Kf5 31.Ng3+ leading to a big material advantage.

I'm not at all surprised that Milos didn't risk this. Strictly computers only.

Apr-29-06  aazqua: how about nd6 be8 p*p etc.? A very nice saturday puzzle, unsure if my variation leads to a win. On a side note, the final position in the game is clearly decided for white.
Apr-29-06  durnstein: <Random Visitor> Another version of the fxe5 line doesn't work:

24 fxe ..... Qxe5
25 Rxf6 ....Rxf6
26 Rf1? ....Qxh2+!
27 Qxh2 ...Rxf1+
28 Qg1 ... Rxg1+
29 Kxg1 and White is lost.

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  OBIT: <durnstein> Try 27. Kxh2 instead.
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  plang: This was Game 1 of their two game mini-match from the first round of the first edition of Iljumzhinov's WCtournaments. Milos won the match 2-0, defeated Kindermann 2-0 in the second round before losing to Shirov in the tie-breaks in the third round. 8..Bb4 and 9..Bxc3 seem pretty risky for black; white's queenside is fractured but black's king is exposed. Milos gives 13..0-0-0 14 Qh6 with a large advantage for white. Black had a tough position to defend but after 20..Na5? he was lost. Christiansen recommended 20..b5 as a better defense.
Aug-04-09  backyard pawn: Whoa, Gilberto! You're the New Boss!
Aug-04-09  Jim Bartle: Same as the old boss.
Aug-04-09  Thrajin: I came up with this pun, but for a different game (Rogers - Milos, which ended up being used already as "The Wizard of Oz"). I like this game, but in the original, Milos lost - so the pun, in my opinion, made more sense then:

"Milos to go before I sleep", as in "no sleep until I beat Milos". :-)

Not that I'm complaining though! Great game.

Aug-04-09  lzromeu: hopeless game since move 23.
Aug-04-09  whiteshark: Two times <...Na5> and both don't look really sexy.
Aug-04-09  Sem: Hmm, Milos is pronounced 'Meehlosh', so what with the pun?
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  Annie K.: <Thrajin> good pun. :)
Aug-04-09  outplayer: Milos has won the right to participate in the next fide world cup. See
Aug-04-09  Thrajin: <Sem: Hmm, Milos is pronounced 'Meehlosh', so what with the pun?>

Well, I thought about using a Tony Miles game, but that would have been too obvious.

Aug-04-09  Aniara: The woods are lovely, dark and deep,
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.

(Robert Frost, Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening)

Aug-04-09  Chicago Chess Man: ANOTHER WIN FOR MILOS!!!! Anybody remember that Seinfeld episode?
Aug-04-09  WhiteRook48: too obvious? but it would've been better!
Aug-05-09  kevin86: Breakaway! The pawn will prove deadly.

BTW,"Milos to go before I sleep" -on Obama's birthday!

I am absolutely FROST-ed!

Aug-05-09  Sem: I know; it was Pandit Nehru's favourite poem. I own a booklet with some of Frost's poems.
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