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Leinier Dominguez Perez vs Teimour Radjabov
"¡Three Amigos!" (game of the day May-06-2009)
FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament (2004), Tripoli LBA, rd 5, Jun-28
Sicilian Defense: Old Sicilian. General (B30)  ·  1-0



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Jun-29-04  morphynoman2: For me, 8... e5 and 9... d6?? are "cafe" moves. 9... h6 was maybe the only move to do.
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  Honza Cervenka: I agree with ughaibu. 13...cxd4 would have been much better than 13...Be6. Then the Knight couldn't have escaped and white would have been without sufficient compensation for lost piece. The rest of game is a magnificent performance of Dominguez. Pretty game.
Jun-29-04  acirce: 12..Nb6 was even better (CLEAR win) than 12..Nf4 too even though the latter had also won easily with 13..cxd4

From White's d4! on he has excellent counterplay.

White would have had to admit his mistake and play the Knight back; 10.Nf3. He was much worse after the capture even if he hadn't played the weird 12.c3.

Jun-29-04  jeffnool: thanks acirce i just know that there is a alternative on 12...Nf4
Jun-29-04  acirce: 12..Nb6 required seeing the non-obvious 13.Qh5 Nf3+! though (14.gxf3 g6!) and I suspected correctly during the game that Radjabov wouldn't do that; however, 12..Nf4 should have been quite enough too.
Jun-29-04  diablotins: < 12..Nb6 was even better> I was thinking the same, but 13. Qh5 Nxc4. 14. Nxe5+ 15. Kd8 Nxc4 Looks not bad for White.
Jun-29-04  acirce: Read my latest post.
Jun-29-04  diablotins: <12..Nb6 required seeing the non-obvious 13.Qh5 Nf3+! though (14.gxf3 g6!)> 13...Nf3 is really strong !
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  crafty: 12. c3 ♘b6 13. ♘xe5 dxe5 14. ♕h5+ ♔d8 15. cxd4 ♘xc4   (eval -2.95; depth 15 ply; 750M nodes)
Jun-29-04  WarehouseMan: By calling this game "Three Amigos" you must mean the three pawns marching their way to the finish line? = )
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  kevin86: Yes,and the fact that the player is Hispanic. Certainly more "spice" than three friends,three buds,three comrades-or anything like that.
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  OhioChessFan: Agree completely Morphynoman. Clearly the 12th move on each side was poor.
Jul-22-06  Pepitin17: Great game by Leinier :D
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  kamalakanta: What a game. He is fearless, and extremely talented!

Bronstein would have loved this game!

Jul-29-08  arifattar: Wasn't this a live game on chessgames? I remember <acirce>'s comment when White played d4. Something to the effect of "Dominguez is proving that 1.d4 is premature". Where are those pages of comments?
May-06-09  blacksburg: what's the deal with 7.Bf1 and 8.Bc4?
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  Phony Benoni: <blackburg> The idea of 7.Bf1 is that White isn't sure where it will be best posted. Once Black has played 7...e5, the bishop belongs on c4. Had it gone there on move 7, Black would have responded with ...e6.
May-06-09  blacksburg: oh ok that makes sense.
May-06-09  fref: Nice pun.
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  kevin86: White's the pawn march on to victory.

Funny,black can queen first but his extra rook gained is no match for the amigos.

May-06-09  Dillon: WOW wowowowow
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  Check It Out: This game through move 18 is so above my pay-scale. After that it seems a matter of end game technique (which would be above my pay-scale as well). I had to play through the opening at least three times just to get an idea of what was going on. The pun is funny, those three pawns were hilarious, scooting forward like that.
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  patzer2: Are two pawns worth a Bishop? Certainly, as in this game, when you get three practically unfettered center passed pawns as compensation that would seem to be the case.
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  patzer2: The most amazing combination in this game is the winning move 12...Nb6! that Black missed.

It was first mentioned by <acirce> in 2004 on page one of the kibitzing here, and even did a bit of analysis with crafty at that time.

The main possibilities seem to be 12... Nb6 13. Nxe5 (13. Qh5 Nf3+ 14. Qxf3 Nxc4 15. d3 Na5 ) 13... dxe5 14. Qh5+ Kd8 15. cxd4 Nxc4 .

The combination seems to rely on two tactical themes -- deflection (removing the guard) and the trapped piece. The initial move of the combination, 12...Nb6, involves an attack to deflect the White Bishop as a defender of the Knight on f7. If White responds to 12...Nb6 with 13. Qh5, then the decoy sacrifice 13...Nf3+ sets up a trapped piece combination for the decisive capture of the threatened Knight. As in the game, White tries to get as much compensation as possible for the loss of the piece. However, in this 12...Nb6! line, it's not quite enough.

Jun-03-13  Cemoblanca: Great movie by the way:


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