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Loek van Wely vs Kiril Dimitrov Georgiev
"If Loeks Could Kiril" (game of the day Jul-26-2010)
Groningen Candidates (1997), Groningen NED, rd 4, Dec-17
Queen's Indian Defense: Fianchetto. Nimzowitsch Variation (E15)  ·  1-0

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Nov-14-08  lost in space: I've forgotten one word in my previous statement: civilized.
Nov-14-08  Yodaman: What if 28... Bd3?
Nov-14-08  Woody Wood Pusher: I saw 20.Bxg7,Kxg7 21.Qh6+,Kg8 but dismissed the line...dam! 22.Bxd5 is obvious now I see there is no way to re-defend f6.

In my defense I believe there is at least one other good try, beginning 20.Rxc8 where practically speaking black can get into some difficulties.

e.g. 20.Rxc8,Rxc8 (..Bxc8 21. Nh6 +, gxh6 22. Qxh6, f6 23. Bxd5 )21.Bxd5,Bxd5 (..hxg4? 22. Qd4! and 22.Bxb7,Qxb7 23.Qg5 ) 22.Bxg7, hxg4 (22.Qxd5,hxg4 -/=) 23. Qh6,f5 24. Qh8+,Kf7 25.Qxc8,Kxg7 26.Qxa6

These were the lines I went for, but the game continuation is obviously much better. At least no chance of white losing in my lines :-)

Nov-14-08  Shams: <Yodaman: What if 28... Bd3?> 29.♕f6+ ♔g8 30.♖h4 ♗h7 31.♕h7
Nov-16-08  njchess: I got this puzzle. However, like many before have pointed out, it wasn't obvious because there was more than one good choice. Bxd5 probably transposes, but I chose Bxg7 because it is more forcing, opens up Black's king side and, over the board, is more dramatic and maybe unexpected. From there, White just kept sacrificing material to keep the attack going.

<DoubleCheck How did black get into a losing position before whites 20th move?

Answer: Most likely with that questionable 19...h5??
The position after 18...Nxd5 is a small space/development advantage for white but nothing overly significant until 19...h5?? was played>

I disagree.

7. ... Be7 is tame, but playable. I prefer Bd6 since it attacks the center and forces White to commit to defending the e5/c5 squares. At this point, neither of Black's bishops are on terribly good squares, but, in Black's defense, it is only the seventh move.

White responds with the aggressive 8. Ne5 (Qc2 is also playable and could transpose with Ne5). Black plays 8. ... 0-0 in response. Normally I'm not one to criticize a safety first mentality, but already White is building a dangerous center. I think the need to counter in the center outweighs castling at this point so, I would have played 8. ... Nfd7.

10. ... Na6? An odd, if unnatural move by Black that has the knight either going to c5 (most likely), c7 (to protect d5, but way too slow given the position) or even b4, but misses the point. White wants to control d5, preferably by occupying it. Nbd7 is stronger, especially in conjunction with Bd6.

As when Black played Be7, White responded aggressively with Ne5, here again, White responds aggressively to 10. .. Na6 with 11. e4!? Given that Black's queen side knight is out of position, this move makes sense. White recognized that Black was making positional moves and sought to bring direct pressure in the center before Black was ready. Other moves were the quieter a3, Rc1 or even e3.

Black ignores the the threat to the center and plays 11. ... Rc8 which is thematically consistent with his other moves up to this point. Black doesn't have really any better options. Bb4, Qc7, Re8 or even dxc4 were all possibilities.

12. Re1 is fine in the face of the impending Bb4. Also playable was Qe2 followed by f3, but I like the game move better since it doesn't weaken White's king side at all or hinder the bishop on g2.

Black plays 12. ... Bb4 seeking get rid of his bad bishop and to weaken the c4 pawn. Since White has the knight on e5, it doesn't worry White in the least, but Black has nothing better.

13. exd5 cxd5 14. a3 Bxd2 15. Qxd2 is a natural progression. 15. ... Qc7 16. Rac1 dxc4 17. Rxc4 Qe7 is not as accurate as 15. ... Qe7 16. Rac1 dxc4 17. Rxc4 which leaves Black with the initiative. Its a small error, but combined with previous moves (e.g. Na6), it adds up. With Black's dark squared bishop off the board, f3 is an alternative to Rac1. However, I like the game move better for reasons given above.

Up to this point, if you were using a computer, it would probably tell you that the position has been and still is essentially even or slightly in White's favor. However, all of White's minor and major pieces are active. His central pawn can advance, and thanks to Black's inaccurate play, he still possesses the initiative to advance it. Moreover, Black's queen is unprotected and indirectly threatened by the White's rook on the half open e-file.

18. d5! shatters Black's position. Black really has no good reply. Sooner or later, Black will either recapture with the e6 pawn losing his queen or have to recapture with the queen on f6 losing it in the process. I suppose Black chose 18. ... Nxd5 to avoid dropping his queen to the rook, or maybe he thought that he might have enough material to compensate for losing the queen on f6. Or maybe, he just overlooked 19. Ng4! In any case, no matter what Black does, White has a winning game though he still needed to play accurately to win.

19. ... h5 was maybe not the best. f5 might have put up more resistance in that he would not have been mated.

Nov-17-08  DoubleCheck: <<njchess>: 10. ... Na6? An odd, if unnatural move by Black >

Certainity is <unnatural> since the bishop is on a6

The position after
9... Bb7 is fine with the obvious Bb2 and Nbd7 to come

I think you took my possible answer out of context, I was just stating my opinion as were you.

Jun-08-10  timothee3331: What I found is 1.Bxd5 Bxd5 (forced) (if either rook to d8 then 2.Qc3!) 2.Bf6!! gxf6 3.Nh6+! K ad libidum 4.Nf5! exf5 5.Rxe7 or 4..Bxc4 5.Nxe7 etc.
Jun-08-10  timothee3331: And it just works !
Jul-26-10
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  WannaBe: Oh, groan, big groan, that is just...

Groan...

Jul-26-10  CapablancaFan122: This is simply an amazing game. The combination starting with <Bxg7> is really original.

I like the pun too :)

Jul-26-10  ounos: I think I would have played 20. ...f5 immediately. Extreme situations require extreme measures. I don't care if this is refutable, only it complicates an otherwise downhill road for black.


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Jul-26-10  YouRang: Is it too early to nominate this game for the <best/worst pun> Caissar award?
Jul-26-10
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  tamar: Too late. "If Loeks Could Kiril" won first prize at the Groningen Pun Festival.
Jul-26-10
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  chrisowen: Eagle eyed Loek's knight vision Ne5 Ng4 thumps the ground hairy course black defence. Bishops trained sight on g7 back the attack. It swooping in for kill happy white garbage king's pawn Kiril inevitably walks the plank, tongue and cheek is white's ending? All my love for the name of the game is punish piacevole holedups.
Jul-26-10  benjaminpugh: Shams and Yodaman:

It aint so simple, but its still a forced mate. If 28Bd3 then 29.Qf6+. Black then has two legal moves, Kg1 or Kh7 (if Kh7 then the white square bishop cannot block 32. Rh4+ so 32Kg8 33.Qh8#). Upon 29Kg8 30.Rg4+ (not Rh4) Bg6 (blocking the rook check; as before, moving the King to h7 is a bad idea, leading to the same mate pattern above, 31.Rh4+ Kg8 32.Qh8#). Next comes 31.Rh4. The King cannot escape with Rf(e or d)8 because then 32.Qh8# (or 32.Rh8#, doesnt matter). Black has to stop the Queen or rook moving to h8 for checkmate, so 31Bh7.

Then the killer move, 32.Qg5+. Black has two legal moves in response.

If Black blocks with 32Bg6 then 33.Qh6. Black can move the bishop back to h7, but that leads to 34.Qxh7#. If Black tries to open up an escape route by moving the f-file rook to e8 or d8, too late. 34.Qh8# bypasses the bishop.

If Black moves the King to h8, then mate comes just as quick. 33.Qh6 then nothing Black can do will prevent 34.Qxh7#.

The key is not to let Black move that f-file rook to open an escape route for the Black King while Whites Queen is only capable of moving to h7.

Jul-26-10  ounos: <benjaminpugh>, actually it's much simpler than that. 28. ...Bd3 29. Rh4+, and mate in two.
Jul-26-10  Not: <benjaminpugh>

How about 28...Bd3 29.Rh4 Bh7 30. Qh6?

Jul-26-10
Premium Chessgames Member
  Domdaniel: At least Black didn't Kiril up and die.
Jul-26-10  dbquintillion: Inspired.
Jul-27-10
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  kevin86: At looked all along that mate would be delivered by queen and rook along the g-h files.
Aug-05-10  Billy Vaughan: Yay! This is my first pun submission that made it :)
Dec-02-11
Premium Chessgames Member
  Penguincw: Interesting game and interesting pun.

< Billy Vaughan: Yay! This is my first pun submission that made it :) >

Congratz. I sumbitted like 20 but none have made it to date.

Dec-02-11
Premium Chessgames Member
  FSR: I just noticed this pun, but I like it a lot. I have 20 puns used so far: Game Collection: Puns I submitted
Jan-12-21  ZoneChess: Sometimes one wonders what top-level grandmaster chess is like. One may think it is like highly complicated science. The zenith of civilization's achievement. Then it slowly starts to sink in that it is more like the most brutal level of warfare, the atomic bomb among swords. I think this game is a good example of that.
Jan-13-21  siggemannen: Finally a decent pun
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