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Pentala Harikrishna vs Chandrasekar S Gokhale
39th BPCL ch-IND (2002), Nagpur IND, rd 16, Feb-01
Nimzo-Indian Defense: Kmoch Variation (E20)  ·  1-0



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Jan-12-04  patzer2: White initiates a deep winning combination in this Nimzo-Indian Samisch with 18. Bxh6!

If 18...gxh6 19. Nxh6+, Fritz 8 gives two winning lines:

19...Kh8 20. Rxf7 Rxf7 21. Nxf7+ Kg7 22. Nxd8 Bxc4 23. Qg3+ Kh6 24. Qe3+ Kh7 25. Qxe8 Rxd8 (-12.41 @ 13/51 depth & 808kN/s) with decisive material.

19...Kg7 20. Nf5+ Kg8 21. Qg3+ (#11) with a mating web. Crank up the computer programs to analyze numerous side variations of mate.

Jan-12-04  Reisswolf: Pretty impressive attack. What did black do wrong here? The moves seem fairly "bookish" to me.
Jan-12-04  Benjamin Lau: patzer2, technically this is not the Samisch. The 4. f3 is its very own variation. You can play a3 and double pawns without an opening necessarily becoming the Samisch.

Reisswolf, this is actually all pretty out of book. 4. f3!? is very unorthodox. Most people don't play it anymore. 6...Ne8!? is considered superior. 6...d6? is an opening error. 7...c5 may have been better. After the poor opening, white can easily outplay black.

Jan-12-04  patzer2: <Reisswolf> Finding a single blunder in this complex game is difficult, even for Fritz 8. For example, Fritz initially analyzes 16...Nxd3 as level until a much deeper Fritz 8 analysis revealed it's practically a decisive advantage for White after 17. Qxd3.

I think perhaps it's a situation where a series of moves contributed to Black's loss, as opposed to a single blunder.

With that in mind, I think Black should have played 10...e5 (or failing that 11..e5) as the last two best chance to keep the position balanced, since after <10...h6?!> 11. Ba6 12. e5 White seems to obtain a clear and lasting advantage.

Earlier in the open, I would have preferred playing 5...c5, 6...Ne8 or 6...c5 and 7...e5 to try for a Black initiative, though I don't consider Black's actual moves errors here.

Jan-12-04  patzer2: <Benjamin Lau> Thanks for analyzing this complex game. I agree with you that 6. d6?! looks suspect. BCO (Kasparov and Keene) gives 6...d6?! as leading to a clear White advantage, and White wins 5 out of 6 games against it in the ChessGames.Com database.

I was initially relunctant to call it an error since 10...e5 in this game seemed to limit White to only a slight advantage with chances for Black to achieve equality. However, I suspect there are even better lines that give White a bigger advantage.

Jan-12-04  Reisswolf: <Benjamin Lau>, do you play on FICS? What is your rating? I imagine it must be pretty high. You seem to know a lot about the game.
Jan-12-04  Benjamin Lau: I don't play on FICS. What I do is I usually go to instant chess, type in a bizarre name, and play random people across the internet. I think it's more fun and psychologically less challenging when you don't know what's the rating of the player across from you or who he/she is. My play strength (estimated 1800s) is relatively high considering I've only been playing for a little more than nine months. I don't have a whole lot of time to go to tournaments though so I don't have an actual FIDE rating. I know a lot about the theory of the game, but I don't have very much time to put it into practice...
Jan-12-04  Reisswolf: Well, if you should ever sign up at FICS, I'd like to play against you. My name there is, well, Reisswolf.

My current rating is around 1500 at FICS. The strange thing is that I have beaten several people rated over 1800, but I've also lost many games on time, which really sucks.

That's a very good rating for someone who has been playing for less than a year. When you say that you've been playing for a little more than nine months, do you mean that you did not even know the rules of chess until nine months ago, or that you knew the rules, but didn't get around to learning theory and the suchlike until recently?

Jan-13-04  Benjamin Lau: I knew the basic movements of the pieces (i.e. bishops = diagonals) but did not understand the two special rules (castling and en passant.) I also didn't know that it mattered which way you set up the board (the white square is supposed to be on the right, didn't know that at the time.) I was actually playing Chinese Chess until about a year ago when I finally lost all interest because none of my friends knew the rules (hey, it's America) so I took up 'normal' chess. The contrast between the two games is actually rather interesting. In Chinese Chess, the game is very tactical and sharp. What Philidor said about "The pawn is the soul blah blah blah" doesn't hold true. In CC, the pawns cannot protect each other so they are a (relatively) insignificant force. In CC, the pawns cannot promote either, so they are worth less than pieces in regards to normal chess. Thus, the idea of an endgame is somewhat less important. Usually in CC, players try to land killing blows from the beginning, especially since in CC, the king is forced to stay in his "castle." He can't leave unlike in normal chess where you may check your opponent all the way to the other side of the board. They're both fun to me though.

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