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Saidali Aripovich Iuldachev vs Levon Aronian
36th Olympiad (2004), Calvia ESP, rd 2, Oct-17
Sicilian Defense: Closed Variation. Traditional (B25)  ·  0-1



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  chrisowen: I guessed it right, there's no pudding for white's rook on h5. Rxh4 Kg2 Qxg3+ where Levon's sicilian gives him the good ol' ecky thump!
Oct-14-09  Marmot PFL: I could see the storm coming on the g file. White should have traded rooks when he had the chance (23 Ra8+)
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  kevin86: Saw the first moved-missed the 2nd
Oct-14-09  randomsac: Got it. I immediately homed in on Rxh4+ since the bishop cannot accept it because it uncovers Qxg1#.
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  Jimfromprovidence: White also had the risky but very playable 28 Kh2!?

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Now, if play had continued as in the text with 28...e5 29 f4 Rg4, then 30 Kh3, below, prevents 30...Rxh4+.

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Oct-14-09  dzechiel: <GaeBulg: This puzzle seemed easier than a lot of the "easy" puzzles...>

You are correct. While the combination was four moves deep, the analysis tree had only two branches (32 Bxh4 and 33 Kf1) which both ended in an immediate checkmate.

All of black's moves were with check and, as such, were very forcing, making the solution available to even novice solvers.

While experienced players won't find this position challenging, it provides excellent training and positive feedback to newer players who are starting to seriously study the game.

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  doubledrooks: After 31... Rxh4+ 32. Kg2, I looked for a long time at 32... fxg3, which seems to work. However, I then went back and looked for a better 32nd move for black, and then I found 32...Qxg3+ 33. fxg3 Rxg3+ 34. Kf1 Rxg1#.
Oct-14-09  Riverbeast: Total brutality
Oct-14-09  cracknik: Puzzles don't get much easier than this.
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  gawain: That's a nice problem-like finish. I love the way that the Black bishop on d4 comes into the solution by protecting the rook on g1 in the mating position. And how the White queen not only sits by, helplessly, but blocks the King's escape square:

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  fm avari viraf: Black's heavy artilleries such as cannons, howitzers & missiles launchers all piled up & eager to demolish White's feeble Kingdom with a Aronian click 31...Rxh4+ 32.Kg2 [ not 32.Bxh4 Qxg1# ] 32...Qxg3+ 33.fxg3 Rxg3+ 34.Kf1 Rxg1#
Oct-14-09  WhiteRook48: I tried 31...Rxg3
Oct-14-09  ZUGZWANG67: Obviously, that' s a mating attack:

31. ...Rxh4+ 32.Kg2 (32.Bxh4 Qxg1+ mate; 32.Bh2 Rxh2+ 33.Kxh2 Qxg1+ 34.Kh3 Qh1+ is also mate) Qxg3+ 33.fxg3 (33.Kf1 Qxg1+ mate) Rxg3+ 34.Kf1 Rxg1+ is mate. Here the BB is playing an important role in watching f2 and g1! Idem for the f4-pawn! Cool combination!

Time to check (GULP!)

Oct-14-09  BOSTER: During the dangerous travelling from e8 to safety harbour h7 through e8-e7-f8-g7-h7 black King has a little relax on g7. And here after move 23...Kg7 white can play 24.Rxd4 and after cxd4 25. Be5 using the pin , Rxg1+ 26.Kh2 Rg2+ 27.Kh3. Maybe something wrong is here?
Oct-14-09  DarthStapler: Got it
Oct-14-09  JG27Pyth: ugh. Got Rxh4 no problem but the Queen sac went right over my head -- i had the weak fxg3... I just didn't see the Bishop and Rook converging on g1. Yuck -- someone vaselined the windows on my chess vision yesterday evening... hope it clears up soon.
Oct-14-09  Billy Vaughan: I got 31. ... Rxh4+ but missed the mate. I tried

32. Kg2 Rh2+
33. Kf1 Rf2+ (or 33. Kf3 Qg4+ 34. Ke4 f3+ which clearly wins)

34. Qxf2 Bxf2 (or 34. Bxf2 Qxg1+ 35. Bxg1 Rxg1 mate)

35. Qa1+ Be1
36. Rxg1+ Kxg1
37. Qxe1 with a decisive advantage

It seems to work too, so I give myself three-quarters credit :p

Oct-14-09  Raf: did this game on guess the move the other day... so just remembered the line.
Oct-14-09  M3ANDROS: Great game by Aronian! It's so rare to see Alekhine's Cannon formation (with 26...Qg7) at grandmaster level.
Oct-14-09  SuperPatzer77: <ZUGZWANG67> Your analysis shows that 31...Rxh4+ 32. Bh2 Rxh2?!

Correct one is 32...Qxg1# (White Bishop cannot capture the Black Queen because White Bishop on h2 is pinned by the Black Rook on h4). 0-1


Oct-16-09  Billy Vaughan: Oof, my way doesn't work because of the obvious Kxh2. I'm a dummy :p
Oct-16-09  Formula7: 31...Rxh4+! Now if Bxh4 or Bh2 then Qxg1#, so White has to play 32.Kg2. Now after 32...Qxg3+! it's all over. Either 33.Kf1 Qxg1# or 33.fxg3 Rxg3+ 34.Kf1 Rxf1#
Oct-21-09  LIFE Master AJ: Please note - in case you are looking for this game in the ChessBase database ...

They give White as:
Iuldachev, Saidali (2550).

I don't think one is correct and one incorrect ... if you are looking for a hint as to how to pronounce the player's (last) name, CG's version is better.

Nov-02-09  LIFE Master AJ: GM Saidali Iuldachev (2550) - GM Levon Aronian (2675) [B30] Calvia Olympiad (Men) Mallorca, ESP; (R#2) / 16,10,2004. [A.J.G.]

This game was featured as the "Problem of the Day" (daily puzzle) for Wednesday; October 14th, 2009. [ Note: I am trying to analyze many of these games ... however, I am too much of a perfectionist. (I can spend days - or even weeks - trying to fine-tune my analysis.) ]

Note that the CG website spells the first player's (last) name as "Yuldashev."

1.e4 c5; 2.Nc3 Nc6; 3.Bb5 Nd4;
The main line, according to the PB.

4.Bc4 e6; 5.Nf3 Nf6; 6.0-0 a6; 7.d3,
The first choice in the Fritz "Power-Book," however -- I would have preferred a move that did not cost White his crucial KB (light-squared ♗) ...

[Maybe 7.a4, " " was OK for White?]

7...b5; 8.Bb3 Nxb3; 9.axb3 Bb7; 10.e5 b4!?; 11.exf6?!,

Looks right ... ... ...
but winds up costing White any chance for an advantage.

[Probably the continuation of: 11.Na4 Nd5; 12.Ng5!, " " was a little better than the game.]

11...bxc3; 12.fxg7!?, hmmm

[Or 12.bxc3 Qxf6; 13.Bb2, ∞.]

12...Bxg7; 13.bxc3 Bxc3; 14.Ra4 Rg8; "∞"

This position is pretty close to equal, at least for the moment.

A natural-looking move, however, this seems to get White into trouble. [Maybe '?!' (dubious?) here?]

[The box prefers: 15.g3, '=' for White, in this particular position.]

15...Qf6; 16.Bg3 Bxf3; 17.gxf3?,
This rupturing of the K-side and allowing the ensuing assault has "SUICIDE" written all over it. (The normal rule of thumb is to exchange Queens in such a position ... in order to lessen Black's attack.)

[Instead, White should have taken his chances in the endgame, after: 17.Qxf3 Qxf3; 18.gxf3 d5; " " but Black is clearly better. ]

17...h5; 18.Kh1 Bd4; 19.h4 Ke7; 20.Qe2 Rg6!!; 21.Rg1 Rag8!;

The Black a-Pawn is not important.

22.Rxa6 Kf8!; 23.Ra4, Hmmm.
I guess White wants to play b2-b4, not that the Pawn move really does a great deal for White's game.

[RR23.Kh2 d5; 24.c4, " " - Fritz 11.]

23...Kg7; 24.b4!? cxb4; 25.Rxb4 Kh7!; 26.Rg2!? Qg7;

Note the tripling on the g-file.

27.Rb5!? ,
White targets Black's RP ...

[Maybe better was: 27.Rb7 f5, "∞ ".]

27...f5 ; 28.Rg1?!,
A pointless move that only exacerbates White's troubles on the g-file.

[Better was: 28.Qd2 Bxf2; "=".]

28...e5!; 29.f4?,
After this move - which only further exposes the WK and allows the BR to come to g4 - White is lost.

[Better was: 29.Rbb1▢ Qf6; "/+ ".]

With the idea of ...RxP/h4+; and if White captures on h4, then Aronian can simply play ...QxR/g1#.

Now everything loses, so it is almost pointless to tack on more question marks. (Fritz shows that Rg2 was forced.)

[RR White had to play: 30.Rg2 Rxh4+; 31.Rh2 Rxh2+; 32.Kxh2 Qg6; 33.fxe5 h4; " ".]

30...f4!; 31.e6!?,
White plays for a simple cheapo. (RxP/h5+, Kg6; and then QxR/g4.)

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We have now reached the position for the "Chess Games" daily puzzle or P.O.T.D.

[Fritz shows White's best line as: 31.Qe4+ Kh8; 32.Qxd4 Rxh4+; 33.Kg2 f3+; 34.Kxf3 Rxd4; " " (Black is still winning.).]

31...Rxh4+!; 32.Kg2▢, Forced.

[Or (worse is) 32.Bxh4?! Qxg1#.]

32...Qxg3+!; " " White Resigns.
(The following moves were all forced: 33.fxg3, RxP/g3+; 34.Kf1, RxR/g1#.)

Please see the web page of: S Yuldashev vs Aronian, 2004 for more analysis and discussion of this game.

Copyright (c) A.J. Goldsby, 2009. All rights reserved.


Nov-02-09  LIFE Master AJ: I originally did this analysis - see above - with the intention of making this game a web page on my website. However, I never got around to it, so I decided to post it here (instead) ... maybe that way someone will get some enjoyment out of it.
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