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Ehsan Ghaem Maghami vs Ronald Bancod
Calvia Olympiad (2004), Calvia ESP, rd 1, Oct-16
English Opening: General (A10)  ·  1-0



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Feb-22-05  aw1988: Oh dear. Not the way to play against the English.
Jan-31-08  Pudvein: or any opening, that is
Jul-21-12  LoveThatJoker: Guess-the-Move Final Score:

E Maghami vs R Bancod, 2004.
Your score: 51 (par = 41)


May-05-23  Brenin: 19 Nxe5 dxe5 20 Bxe5 with threats Bxb8 and Rxg7, e.g. 20 ... Nh5 21 Qg4 as in the game.
May-05-23  jrredfield: I chose 19 Nxe5 dxe5 20 Bxe5 Nxh5 21 Qg4 Nf6 22 Qxg7+ Ke8 Qh8+ and then saw that this was the line played. It's rare that I guess that far ahead correctly, at least where my line matches the text.

However, after 19 ... dxe5, Komodo Dragon prefers 20 Qxe5 cxd5 21 Rxg7 Nc6 22 Qxf6 Qxf6 23 Bxf6 d4 24 e5 Rg8 25 Rh7 Bc8 26 Rxh6 and White is well ahead at this point.

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  perfidious: This is hardly a Friday level of difficulty for a POTD; it is clear that White had no good alternative to going in for the piece sacrifice at move 19, and that his opponent was defenceless afterwards.
May-05-23  mel gibson: I knew the pawn on e5 had to be taken by the Knight or the Bishop. As it turns out they are both good moves.

Stockfish 15 says:

19. Nxe5

(19. Nxe5 (Nf3xe5 d6xe5 Qf4xe5 c6xd5 Rg3xg7 Ne7-c6 Qe5xf6 Qd8xf6 Bc3xf6 d5-d4 Bd3-c2 Rb8-a8 Rg7-g3 Rh8-g8 Rg3xg8+ Kf8xg8 Bf6xd4 Nc6-a5 Bd4-c3 Na5xc4 Bc2xa4 Kg8-f8 Ba4-b5 Ra8-c8 Bb5xc4 Rc8xc4 f2-f3 Kf8-e7 Kc1-d2 Rc4-c6 Kd2-e3 Ke7-e8 g2-g4 ) +8.90/43 370)

score for White +8.90 depth 43.

If I force SF to take with the Bishop:

19. Bxe5

(19. Bxe5 dxe5 (d6xe5 Nf3xe5 c6xd5 e4xd5 Rb8-c8 Bd3-c2 Bb7xd5 c4xd5 Ne7xd5 Qf4xa4 Qd8-c7 Ne5-d7+ Qc7xd7 Qa4xd7 Nf6xd7 Rd1xd5 Nd7-f6 Rd5-b5 Rc8-c6 Kc1-b1 Kf8-e7 Rg3xg7 Rh8-f8 Rg7-g3 Rf8-e8 Rg3-e3+ Ke7-f8 Re3xe8+ Nf6xe8 Bc2-e4 Rc6-e6 Be4-f3 ) -6.51/44 344)

score for Black -6.51 depth 44.

May-05-23  Brenin: 1 ... a5 is only the first of a series of dubious opening moves by Black. It is hard to believe that he is an IM with a highest rating of nearly 2400.
May-05-23  Mayankk: I saw the Knight-Rook sac combo 19 Nxe5 dxe5 20 Bxe5 Rc8 21 Rxg7 Kxg7 22 Qxf6+.

Then a part of me begain to wonder if it is better to play 19 Rxg7 first. It seemed more flashy - 19 Rxg7 Kxg7 20 Nxe5 dxe5 21 Bxe5 maybe. I got so lost in making it work that I forgot to analyse the 19 Nxe5 line to its logical end.

At the end I successfully managed to confuse myself and saw the text instead.

May-05-23  Brenin: <Mayankk>: 19 Rxg7 exf4 and White can resign.
May-05-23  Cecco: If Black returns the knight with 21...Ng6 22 Qxh5 Nxe5 23 Qxe5 f6 he avoids immediate disasters. Perhaps level Friday is about understanding that this is a winning position for white. Although I would not be able to beat an IM with a single pawn advantage.
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  PawnSac: <perfidious: This is hardly a Friday level of difficulty for a POTD>

agreed. The Nxe5 sac is irresistible, after which black's kingside is busted. This felt like a Tuesday or maybe Wednesday puzzle.

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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Actually, rather admire the imagination of both players, esp. White's Rh1-h3-g3. 18...e5 was if anything not imaginative enough; 18...Neg8 would have also proven hopeless (19.e5 is one possible reply), but original.
May-05-23  Mayankk: Thanks <Brenin>. I need to get my eyesight checked I guess.
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  perfidious: <Mayankk>, better take a ticket and stand in line--we all have failures of vision.
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  moronovich: This is not even a sacrifice.
May-05-23  saturn2: A short thought was whether to sacrifice the bishop or the knight. But the bishop can cause more damage here so keep it. Also not sacrificing and play 19.Qh4 is an option.
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  jffun1958: Game may end a follows according to Stockfish:
23...Kd7 24 Qxf6 Qf8 25.Be2 cxd5 26.Qd6+ Ke8 27. Qxb8+ Bc8 28. cxd5 Qh8 29. d6 f6 30. dxe7 h5 31.Qxc8+ Kf7 32.Bc4+ Kxe7 33.Bd6#
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  chrisowen: Panache e5
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  agb2002: White has the bishop pair for a bishop and a knight.

Black threatens exf4 and Nxh5.

After 19.Nxe5 dxe5 (19... Nxh5 20.Qxf7#; 19... Nexd5 20.exd5 dxe5 22.Bxe5 must be winning) 20.Bxe5 White has the double threat Bxb8 and Rxg7:

A) 20... Nxh5 21.Qg4

A.1) 21... Nxg3 22.Qxg7+ Ke8 23.Qxh8+ followed by fxg3 wins two pawns.

A.2) 21... g6 22.Bxh8 Nxg3 23.Qxg3 wins a pawn at least.

A.3) 21... Nf6 22.Qxg7+ as in A.1.

B) 20... Rc8 21.Rxg7

B.1) 21... Kxg7 22.Qxf6+ Kf8 (else 23.Qg7#) 23.Qg7+ (probably better than 23.Qxh8+ Ng8 24.Bg7+ Ke7 25.Bxh6 Nxh6 26.Qxh6 cxd5 27.exd5 Bxd5) 23... Ke8 24.Qxh8+ Kd7 25.Qxh6 wins four pawns.

B.2) 21... Neg8 22.Rxg8+ Rxg8 (22... Nxg8 23.Bxh8 f6 24.e5 looks winning) 23.Qxh6+ followed by Bxf6 seems to be winning.

B.3) 21... Nexd5 22.exd5 Kxg7 23.Qg3+ Kf8 24.Bd6+ Ke8 25.Qe5+ Kd7 26.Bf5#.

May-05-23  King.Arthur.Brazil: The King must be dreaming on such a combination works, but let's see: first, destroy the center and open lines: 19. Nxe5 dxe5 20. Bxe5 Rc8, next explode enemy King defense: 21. Rxg7 Kxg7 22. Qxf6+ Kf8 23. Qxh8+ Ng8. Now, end the game: 4. d6 Qd7 25. Bg7+ Ke8 26. Qxg8#. This is my main line.

If 24... Qg5+ 25. f4 Qg4 26. Be2 Qxe2 27. Bg7+ Ke8 28. Qxg8+ Kd7 29. Qxf7+ Kd8 30. Bf6#. Than, in the above line, 25... Qg3 26. d7 (if Rd8 27. Bd6# directly), Qe3+ 27. Kb1 Qc5, than you can chose between 28. Qg7+ Ke7 29. dxc8=N+ Bxc8 30. Qxg8 or 28. Bg7+ Ke7 29. dxc8=Q Bxc8 30. Qxg8, with enough extra material.

But Black can reply 20... Nh5. Than, what? 21. Bxg7+ Nxg7 22. Qf6 Rg8? 23. e5 Ne8 24. Qxh6+ Ng7 25. Bh7 Ke8 26. Bxg8 Nxg8 27. Qxg7 Kd7 28. dxc6+... Again, Black has a good answer: 22... Ng6 23. Rxg6 Qxf6 24. Rxf6 Ke7 and survive with 1♘ by 2♙., destroying the plan. So, the King change to 21. Qg4.

Now, if Black takes the gift, 21... Nxg3 22. Qxg7+ Ke8 23. Qxh8+ Kd7 24. Qxh6 Rc8 25. dxc6+ Bxc6 26. Be2+... Black, can protect the ♘: g6 22. Bxh8 Nxg3 23. Qxg3 or 22. Tf3 Tg8 23. d6 Nc8 24. d7.

Truely, there are many possibilities to explore, depending on Black answers, and the King doesn't find a clear way to win, but seems close to this.

May-05-23  eblunt: The first two moves scream out really - lose a knight to take out blacks 2 centre pawns and promote white's DS Bishop to be a monster, with a nice threat to Black's rook as a bonus.

I would play that OTB like a shot. Whatever Black replies with, the pressure on g7 is unbearable.

May-05-23  King.Arthur.Brazil: Well, I found it. But, I guess Black could muddy the waters with 21...Ng6 22. Qxh5 Nxe5 23. Qxe5 Rg8 24. Bc2. White have a good position, but didn't win yet.

21... Nf6 is an clear error (immediate reply, with bad consequences), seems clock pressure and tired mind (too many analysis giving head ache).

Let's continue the above line: 24... Qe8 25. Qf4 b5 26. c5 cxd5 27. exd5 Rc8 28. Re3 Qd8 29. c6 Ba8 30. d6 Bxc6 31. Re7 f6 and now, 32. Qg4 or Kb1 or Qb4, which is best? Black is in troubles now. I would chose 32. Kb1 with 33. Bg6 next. Time to call <Brenin> or <Mel Gibson> fishouse., to find the best line.


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Maybe: 32. Kb1 Be8 33. Bf5 Rb8 34. Be6 Rh8 35. Qg4 Rh7 36. Qb4 Bg6+ 37. Ka1 Rb6 38. d7 Resigns.

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