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Smbat Lputian vs Maxim Dlugy
New York Open (1998), New York, NY USA, rd 4, Mar-16
Queen's Gambit Accepted: Classical Defense (D26)  ·  1-0



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  Honza Cervenka: Interesting miniature. 18...Rd8 looks like a mistake but after 18...Kh8 19.Qh6 Rg8 20.Ng5 Nf8 21.Bd3 black is outplayed too. If 21...Qd7, then 22.Bf4 (threatening 23.Bxh7) 22...Qxd3 23.Nxf7#.
Sep-30-06  dbquintillion: What's white's plan if black declines the knight sac?
Apr-12-08  KarAkter: If 16...Kh8?,then 17.Ng5 g6 18.Nfh7...and white is much better.But on 16...gf6 17.ef6 Rd8! 18.Lg5(Lh6 Nd7 19.Qe6 Nf8 is also better for black)b5 19.Ld3 Rd3 black is better
Jun-02-08  Jim Bartle: Found this analyzed by Ftacnik in an old "Inside Chess." He considers 17...Nd7 the losing move, and spend two full pages (!) analyzing 17...Rd8.

"The most important aspect of this line (17...Rd8) would be counterplay against white's weak back rank. White has a mindboggling array of move and ideas, but Black seems to be ready to challenge all of them."

Jun-30-08  arsen387: GM Ftacnik -- "This game simply took my breath away. I experienced fascination, awe, amazement. Lputian obviously knows how to defy gravity, he sacrifices pieces with the light touch of a genius. All his offerings were given for medium or long-term chances. Such a clear breach of common chess wisdom fascinates, and at the same time provokes. The final truth proves elusive."

In the end the threat is 24.Qh6+ Ke7 25.Bg5+ f6 26.Bxf6+ Nxf6 27.Qf8#, spectacular!

Feb-25-12  arsen387: more than 3 years have passed, the game is still great, but it looks like 23.Qf6 with the threat Bh6+ followed by Qg7 mates a couple of sooner, if I don't miss smth
Oct-28-21  Brenin: Well, I got the first two moves, for what they are worth, but not much else. I console myself with the thought that this attack is magic, and I'm no magician.
Oct-28-21  nalinw: I got nothing ... seems tough for a Thursday - wonderful game
Oct-28-21  takebackok: forget about it
Oct-28-21  mel gibson: I didn't get this one.

Stockfish 14 says:

18. Qd2

(18. Qd2 (♕e2-d2
♖f8-d8 ♕d2-g5+ ♔g8-f8 ♕g5-g7+ ♔f8-e8 ♗c1-h6 ♗a7-c5 b4xc5 ♘d7xc5 ♕g7-f8+ ♔e8-d7 ♖a1-d1+ ♔d7-c6 ♖d1xd8 b7-b6 ♕f8-e7 b6-b5 ♗c4-e2 ♔c6-b6 ♗h6-e3 ♖a8-a7 ♖d8-d6+ ♔b6-a5 ♘f3-d4 ♕c7xe7 f6xe7 ♖a7xe7 ♘d4-c6+ ♔a5-b6 ♘c6xe7+ ♔b6-c7 ♗e3xc5 ♗c8-b7 ♗e2-h5 f7-f6 ♖d6xe6 f6-f5 ♖e6-h6 f5-f4 ♖h6-b6 h7-h6 ♖b6xh6 ♔c7-d8 ♖h6-b6 ♔d8-c7 h2-h3 b5-b4 ♖b6xb4 ♗b7-c6 ♖b4xf4) +15.53/34 433)

score for White +15.53 depth 34.

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  FSR: Stockfish's analysis isn't too enlightening. After 16...gxf6, Black is better (-1.22). Two moves later, White is destroying Black (+12.02), without Stockfish having noted any mistake by Black or suggested any improvement. Apparently Black should have played 17...Rd8!!, as <Jim Bartle> a/k/a <Saffuna> noted in 2008.
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  Teyss: Tough Thursday. Three days to go *sigh*. Beautiful nonetheless.
Oct-28-21  saturn2: I looked at 18.Qd2 but thought ....Kh8 refutes it. The engine however says it is mate in 9. 19. Qh6 Rg8 20.Ng5 Nxf6 21.Qxf6+ Rg7 22.Bb2 Bd4 23.Bxd4 e5 24.Bxe5 Qxe5 25.Nxf7+ Kg8 26.Qd8+ Qe8 27.Qxe8#
Oct-28-21  Brenin: <saturn2>: An interesting finish, though I prefer 26 Nh6+ Kh8 27 Qf8+ Rg8 28 Nf7#, ignoring the offered Q, to the machine's slightly shorter but less elegant coup de grĂ¢ce.
Oct-28-21  woodenplayer: <FSR> Black would need to calculate like a machine and have nerves of steel to see he could survive after 17...Rd8!! White has so many fearsome looking moves, and one of less threatening-looking ones (18. Bb3) gives him a playable game, according to the engine.
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  Check It Out: I found Ng5 Qh5 Qh7# in 5 seconds. Too easy. ;)
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  agb2002: White is one rook down.

Black threatens Nxf6.

The dark squares around the black king are very weak. Therefore, 18.Qd2:

A) 18... Nxf6 19.Qg5+ Kh8 20.Qxf6+ Kg8 21.Bb2 e5 22.Bxe5 Qxe5 23.Qxe5 wins decisive material.

B) 18... Kh8 19.Qh6 Rg8 (19... Nxf6 20.Qxf6+ transposes to A) 20.Ng5

B.1) 20... Nf8 21.Bxd3 looks winning (21... Qc3 22.Nxf7#; 21... Rg6 22.Qxf8+; 21... Bd4 23.Bxh7 Rxg5 24.Bg6+).

B.2) 20... Rxg5 21.Qxg5 Nxf6 22.Qxf6+ Kg8 23.Bh6 Bd4 24.Qxd4 e5 25.Qh4 is winning.

B.3) 20... Nxf6 21.Qxf6+ Rg7 22.Bb2 wins.

C) 18... Rd8 19.Qh6 Nxf6 20.Bb2 Qxc4 (20... e5 21.Bxe5 wins decisive material) 21.Bxf6 Qg4 22.Ng5 Qxg5 23.Qxg5+ Kf8 24.Bxd8 wins.

D) 18... Re8 19.Qg5+ Kf(h)8 20.Qg7#.

E) 18... h6 19.Qxh6 Nxf6 20.Bb2 as above.

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  agb2002: For some reason, I overlooked 20... Ne8 in my line C.
Oct-28-21  dhotts: Rook is late, game over!....18...Rd8 should have been played one move earlier....Too late for the Rook!
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  raymondhow: < found Ng5 Qh5 Qh7# in 5 seconds. Too easy. > Except 18...Nxf6 shoots that down. I wanted to play 17.Bxe6 which is no better. Tough Thursday...
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  drollere: i went with 18. Bxe6 fxe6, 19. Qxe6+ Rf7, 20. Qg4+ but could not find a mating line from either 20. .. Kh8 or .. Kf8. darn.
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  FSR: <woodenplayer: <FSR> Black would need to calculate like a machine and have nerves of steel to see he could survive after 17...Rd8!!>

When you're defending, sometimes you have to just try to play the best moves one move at a time. You don't have to see everything, but you do have to not play moves that you see lose by force. On a better day, I daresay Dlugy could have seen that he'd be busted after 17...Nd7 18.Qd2! Then 17...Rd8 would likely occur to him as a way to at least stop 18.Qd2. Easier said than done, of course. Probably very few people, even GMs, would hold this in an OTB game.

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