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Zoltan Almasi vs Alexander Khalifman
"Discovery Channel" (game of the day Aug-16-2015)
Ubeda (1997), Ubeda ESP, rd 3, Feb-??
Spanish Game: Marshall Attack. Modern Variation (C89)  ·  0-1



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  Penguincw: I see this was once a Saturday puzzle. I even posted here before. However, I'm not sure how well I fared (probably missed it).

This pun reminds me of a joke I keep hearing and seeing:

Person 1: Hey, I saw you on TV yesterday!

Person 2: Really, what channel?

Person 1: Discovery Channel (apply cold water to burned area)

(I think it's actually "The Animal Channel")

Aug-16-15  mruknowwho: White went on for a while without resigning. I suppose he thought that he had back rank chances.
Aug-16-15  morfishine: Its a treat to see a win from the Black side of the Marshall
Aug-16-15  Eusebius: A convincing attack by
Aug-16-15  siggemannen: <A convincing attack by Black> Yes, what happened with <this> Khalifman, these days he's all about drawing
Aug-16-15  Abdel Irada: Joltin' Zoltan Meets The Caliph?

Aug-16-15  Imran Iskandar: This is the second game with the pun 'Discovery Channel, the other one being Karpov vs Topalov, 1994.

There is also Chiburdanidze vs Short, 1983 with the pun 'The Discovery Channel'.

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  catlover: I wonder where exactly White began to go astray. Perhaps with 15. Re4?
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  perfidious: <catlover: I wonder where exactly White began to go astray. Perhaps with 15. Re4?>

By analogy with one of the main lines of the Marshall, 15.Re4 should not be bad, and is indeed by far the most commonly seen option here (Opening Explorer), but I am not so sure where White went wrong. Was not long before he was forced into abject retreat.

Aug-16-15  Nerwal: As said somewhere in this thread, this game refutes the theory stating back then that after 19. a4 White was clearly better (from Ivanchuk vs I Sokolov, 1996), thanks to the nice and thematic 19... ♘f4.

Now it seems both Black and White avoid this variation (Black has switched to 13... ♗f5 and White to 17. ♖e1), which makes the whole thing difficult to assess.

Aug-16-15  thegoodanarchist: I didn't get the pun, and then I played through the game. Now I get the pun :)
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  eternaloptimist: Wow! Where do I start w/ this game? I guess I can start by saying GM Khalifman whipped up a very effective attack very quickly. I've created weaknesses in my opponents' positions many times in the past the same way he did in this game. I attacked an h♙ on h2 or h7 w/ a ♗ & the ♕ to provoke g3, g6, h3 or h6 depending on which side of the board I was playing & the scenario on the board. I would start off w/ this to create holes in front of my opponents' ♔ & go from there. Khalifman displayed some great tactics in this game & made GM Almasi who was a strong GM even back in '97 look like an amateur. I've thought of Khalifman as being 1 of the most underrated chess players of all time for a long time now. The pun must refer to the discovered check after 27...♙e3+. In '99 Khalifman achieved his greatest accomplishment when he won the FIDE World Championship knockout tournament. Back then there were 2 World Championships & of course Kasparov the PCA World Champion was the best player in the world back then but winning a knockout tournament w/ that many strong players in it was still undoubtedly a great achievement for Khalifman. This is an excellent compilation by <amadeus> of the whole knockout tourney in case any of u guys would like to play over some of the games from it.: Game Collection: 1999 - FIDE World Championship KO Tournament Here is CG's overview of the final matchup in it.: FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament (1999) <morf> I'm in agreement w/ u on that about the Marshall!
Aug-18-15  kevin86: Nice game...but not exactly unique in bringing us discovered
Aug-06-22  Brenin: As someone who used to play the Marshal around 60 years ago, I enjoyed this game. 25 ... Qh3 gives White a very tempting B on d6 to grab, the point being 26 Qxd6 Rf2 (threatening mate on h2) 27 Bxf2 e3+ (hence the pun) 28 Qd5 Bxd5+ 29 cxd5 exf2 30 Rf1 Rf8, and although White has R+B+P for his Q, his K's position is dire, as he cannot stop the Black Q from getting onto the long diagonal, or the R from joining the attack. Declining the B with 26 Qd2 allows Bxg3, but looks safer for White.
Aug-06-22  jrredfield: I failed to find the text move, but according to various engines I analyzed with, 25 ... Qh3 really doesn't give Black that strong an advantage. If white counters with Qd2 instead of Qxd6, the game is pretty even with Black maybe ahead by a pawn. White would have had a fighting chance to at least pull out a draw, but 26. Qxd6 was a major blunder.
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Technically, solved it, but felt more like a lucky guess. Calling it 0.5 points for today.
Aug-06-22  mel gibson: I didn't know what to play.

Stockfish 15 agrees with the first ply:

25... Qh3

(25. .. Qh3 (♕d7-h3 ♕d4-d2 ♗d6xg3 ♕d2-g2 ♕h3xg2+ ♔h1xg2 ♗g3xe1 ♖a1xe1 b5xc4 ♗b3xc4 ♖f8-f3 ♗c4-f1 a6-a5 ♗f1-b5 h7-h5 ♗e3-d4 ♔h8-h7 h2-h4 ♖f3-f4 ♗b5-e2 ♖f4xh4 ♔g2-g3 g7-g5 ♖e1-f1 ♖h4-f4 ♖f1xf4 g5xf4+ ♔g3xf4 ♔h7-g6 ♗d4-c5 h5-h4 b2-b4 a5xb4 c3xb4 ♖a8xa4 ♔f4-g4 ♖a4-a2 ♗e2-f1 ♖a2-h2 b4-b5 h4-h3 ♗f1xh3 ♗b7-c8+ ♔g4-f4 ♖h2xh3 ♔f4xe4 ♖h3-h5 ♔e4-d4 ♔g6-f7 ♔d4-c4 ♗c8-e6+ ♔c4-b4 ♖h5-h4+ ♔b4-a3 ♗e6-d5 ♗c5-d6 ♖h4-c4 b5-b6 ♔f7-e6 ♗d6-c7 ♖c4-c3+ ♔a3-b4 ♖c3-c1) +4.05/47 846)

score for Black +4.05 depth 47.

Aug-06-22  Cheapo by the Dozen: I reversed the move order with ... Rf2 first. The engine thinks that gives Black an unimpressive advantage.
Aug-06-22  goodevans: <Cheapo by the Dozen: I reversed the move order with ... Rf2 first.>

Me too but now I'm not seeing how to make things happen after 25...Rf2 26.Rf1.

Aug-06-22  parch: Got 25...Qh3 a a nice sequence, with 26...Rf2
and 27...e3+
White could have played, 26.Qd2 B:g3 27.Qg2 Q:g2+ 28.K:g2 B:e1 29.R:e1 Losing the exchange.

I liked 19...Nf4

Aug-06-22  agb2002: Black is one pawn down.

White threatens c5 and cxb5.

The weak white castle invites to play 25... Qh3 (25... Rf2 26.c5 Qh3 27.Bxf2 e3+ 28.Bd5 exf2 29.cxd6 fxe1=Q+ 30.Rxe1 Bxd5+ 31.Qxd5 is lost for Black):

A) 26.Qxd6 Rf2 27.Bxf2 e3+ 28.Qd5 Bxd5+ 29.cxd5 exf2 30.Rf1 Qf5 31.Kg2 Rf8 is winning.

B) 26.Qd2 Bxg3 27.Qg2 (27.Re2 Rf1+ 28.Rxf1 Qxf1+ 29.Bg1 e3+ wins; 27.Rg1 Rf2 looks winning) 27... Qxg2+ 28.Kxg2 Bxe1 wins an exchange.

C) 26.Rg1 Rf2 27.Bxf2 e3+ wins decisive material.

D) 26.c5 Bxg3 27.Re2 Rf1+ 28.Rxf1 Qxf1+ 29.Bg1 Qxe2 30.hxg3 Qf3+ 31.Kh2 e3 is winning (32.Qxe3 Qg2#).

Aug-06-22  agb2002: I didn't remember this game and discarded the wrong alternative, 25... Rf2, because of a wrong calculation: 26.c5 loses to 26... Qg4 27.Bxf2 Qf3+ 28.Kg1 e3.
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  chrisowen: Jurys arrive Qh3 gotcha gulfs quiff right dud pe3 axiom jekyll bugger Qh3 bfg :)
Aug-06-22  saturn2: 25...Rf2 works when white accepts the rook by 26.Bxf2 so far so good. But white has 26.Rf1 and then you have to modify the combi a bit.
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  master8ch: The game would've had a perfect ending had Black found 32...Qe4+ 33.Kh3 Rf6 34.g4 Qf3+ 35.Kh4 Rh6+ 36.Kg5 Qf6++.
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