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Yevgeniy Vladimirov vs Vladimir Epishin
"Epishin His Luck" (game of the day Mar-30-2007)
? (1987)
Sicilian Defense: Scheveningen Variation. Keres Attack (B81)  ·  1-0



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  An Englishman: I got the answer, too, but that is an astounding move. I bet Vladimirov was as stunned when he foresaw the move as Epishin was when he saw White's move. I write from experience--when such moves came to me, they surprised me as much as my opponents.
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  Gypsy: For some reason, I thought 26.Bh6!! quite transparent, but 27.Rh7! (after 26...Ng4!) much less so...
Jun-06-04  urtley: Why can't black play 26 ... Rxh6 ?
Jun-06-04  FryGuy1013: 26 ... Rxh6 27 Rg8+ Nxg8 28 fxg8=Q#
Jun-06-04  AlexKearns: <urtley>
26...Rxh6 27 Rg8+ Nxg8 (27...Kxf7 28 R(1)g7++) 28 Pxg8=Q++
Jun-06-04  GoodKnight: I was looking at 26. Be6 - protecting the pawn:

26.Be6 Qxe3 27.Rg8+ Rxg8 28.Rxg8+ Nxg8 29.fxg8=Q#

I'm pretty sure it also works. Anyone see a spectacular move for black after 26.Be6 ?

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  MoonlitKnight: I must admit I didn't get this. I was too concerned with 26.Be6, but after 26...Ba3 27.Bd4 is no good because of 27...Qf3.
Jun-06-04  GoodKnight: I was looking at 26...Ba3 but I think I found it didn't work.

I'll post the lines in a second...

Jun-06-04  GoodKnight: Maybe I was wrong. I can't seem to find anything after Ba3. Oh well, I thought I had it this Sunday.
Jun-06-04  karlzen: I love this one. Unfortunately I'd already seen it, but it's still just as beautiful. Very good choice

Black seems to be just lost after 17.f5. I can only see 19...Bd7 but: 20.fxe6 fxe6 21.Rg5 Qd8 22.Qxb4 Rxh4 23.Bb6 d5 24.Qd4 Qb8 25.Rxg7 Qf4+ 26.Kb1 Rxh3 27.Qg1 Qh6 28.Bd4 and white's attack is decisive.

Jun-06-04  Mulfish: Like karlzen, I'd already seen it in Robin Smith's fascinating "Modern Chess Analysis". This book, which just came out, focuses on the relative strengths and weaknesses humans and computers have in analysis. He shows how to human and computer complement each other. This is especially valuable for ICCF correspondence players, because ICCF allows computer assistance (other clubs have unenforceable bans). Computers, of course, solve this problem in seconds. BTW, this game was played in Tashkent - shows ? for the site.
Jun-06-04  sktzofrenic: In the final position, There is no checkmate right? Here I was trying to solve for mate, and I couldnt seem to find it. Black did not resign because there was impending mate, but because of the inevitable loss of material?
Jun-06-04  masterwojtek: <> Please list all possible responses for Black.
Jun-06-04  crafty: 29. ... ♔e8 30. axb3 ♗c8 31. ♗xc8 ♖xc8 32. exd5   (eval 5.04; depth 17 ply; 1000M nodes)
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  kevin86: A nice move! Another example of sacrificing to gain material-can we call it investing?
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  Gypsy: <sacrificing to gain material-can we call it investing?> I like that. We can vave short-term investing (clasical combinations), speculating (traps), trading on insider information (computing variations), long-term investing (positional sacrifices), pump and dump (gambits)...
Jun-06-04  AntonioSonoQui: yes sir.
Jun-07-04  erikcu: Important thing I missed until I looked at the solution was that black was way up on material... You have to go for mate on this puzzle. Pretty basic, but I got used to doing puzzles where the material is even, and was too wrapped up in getting that knight out of the way. :( oh well, always tomorrow's puzzle.
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  MoonlitKnight: <erikcu> Keep in mind that the puzzles often involve flashy tactics. The puzzles are graded in difficulty with the Monday puzzle being the easiest one and the Sunday puzzle the hardest one, so don't feel ashamed if you didn't get this one. If the solution is a quiet move, it will most likely appear in one of the weekend puzzles.
Mar-30-07  Confuse: 26. Qxh3 seems to offer some chances..
Mar-30-07  loftus: Does anyone else think 15. ...Qc5 was a weak move? It exposes Black's Queen, and white is able to retreat to a strong square for her Queen!
Mar-30-07  ounos: <Confuse> it's mate after 27. Rh7+
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  kevin86: A good game;it looks like it's a recycled puzzle based on the comments. It also seems like an aborted one by the LACK of comments.
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  playground player: If Keres was widely known as "the Sicilian Killer," why did so many opponents insist on playing the Sicilian against him?
Mar-30-07  Timex: They wanted to be well known. If someone could beat "the Sicilian Killer" they would be well known and feel good.
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