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Assem Abdel Razik Afifi vs Alexander Beliavsky
Tunis Interzonal (1985), Tunis TUN, rd 15, May-??
English Opening: Agincourt Defense. Agincourt Variation (A13)  ·  0-1



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Oct-21-06  percyblakeney: <What happens after 14...Nd4 15. Qxh8+ Ke7; 16. Qxh7>

The problem after Ke7 is that white in many lines can play Qh4+, picking up the g4 knight. If <14. ... Nd4 15. Qxh8+> black should play <Kd7> to avoid this. After <Qxh7> black can then play <Qg2> with mate threat, to be followed by <Nxh2> and white's <Qxf7+> will be followed by <Kc6>. I'd never see such lines in a real game and think 14. ... Nd4 was a much "safer" win...

Oct-21-06  percyblakeney: <In that case what about 16. ... Rh8 reoffering the remaining rook?>

Looks good, even if white's 17. Nc3 seems to keep him alive.

Oct-21-06  rigel1503: well actually, white has one try in maintaining cover for c2, but black can still come out on top: 14. Qxg7 Nd4 15. Qxh8+ Ke7 16. Qxh7 Rh8 17. Nc3!? Rxh7 18. Nxd5+ exd5 19. Kd1 Rxh2 20. e3 Nf2+ 21. Ke1 Nc2+ 22. Ke2 Nd3+ 23. Kf3 Nxa1---IF 21. Rxf2 then 21. ... Rh1+ 22. Rf1 Rxf1# However, when all is said and done, Beliavsky 14. Nxh2!! is the strongest
Oct-21-06  TrueBlue: 22 e3 not best defence I think ....
Oct-21-06  ahmadov: One can see with a naked eye that 16.Qxa8 was wrong. The white was just greedy without heeding coming dangers.
Oct-21-06  GufeldStudent: If Qxh7 then Rh8. the queen is either trapped or the mate still happens on c2
Oct-21-06  GufeldStudent: Oh, then Nc3. Yeah, Nd4 does not work.
Oct-21-06  KOCCMOHAYT: adolf andersen or that kind oh player. Piece of art
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  kevin86: A classic two rook sac and king hunt. In 1985! Always good to see both!
May-26-07  Zorts: Why didn't white play 22.Rxh2?
May-28-07  Halfpricemidge: 22.Rxh2 is winning for white, causing black's king-hunt to backfire. Black, however could've moved 19...Qxf2!!
May-28-07  spin: if 22. Rxh2, then 22... Nxa5+ (not a possibility in the game because of the Rook attacking the queen) and either 23.Kxa5 or 23.Kc5 will be followed with mate.
May-29-07  Zorts: <Spin 22...Nxa5+> Excellent! Didn't see that-thanx for the analysis.
Jun-28-07  Halfpricemidge: Correct me if I'm wrong but doesn't 13.Nd3+ win much faster?, about 5 moves thereafter?
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  SwitchingQuylthulg: <Halfpricemidge: Correct me if I'm wrong but doesn't 13...Nd3+ win much faster?, about 5 moves thereafter?> An interesting idea. After 14.exd3 cxd3 15.Qxg7? Qg2 16.Nc3 Nb4 there is a forced mate (computer line): 17.Qxh8+ Ke7 18.Nd5+ exd5 19.Qe5+ Kd7 20.Qf5+ Kc6 and White can do nothing. Even 21.Qxd3 Nxd3+ 22.Kd1 Qxf1+ 23.Kc2 Nb4+ 24.Kb3 Qc4+ 25.Ka4 Nc2+ 26.b4 Qxb4# is a mate.

However, White seems to be saved by the defensive 15.Na3! While Black still has a lot of compensation for the piece, and might well be better, the attack doesn't crush through directly.

Jun-29-07  Zorts: Thanx for the analysis but what about 13...Nd3+ 14.exd3 cxd3 15.Qxg7 Qe4+!! 16.Kf2 Nd4 17.Qxh8+ Kd7 18.Qxa8 Qf3+! 19.Kg1 Ne2# ?
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  SwitchingQuylthulg: <Zorts> Doesn't work. White has no need to take both rooks: 18.Nc3 instead of Qxa8 seems to leave him with an advantage. And 17.Nc3 is even stronger. So, it's 15...Qe4+? (and 16...Nd4??) instead of '...Qe4+!!' and 15...Qg2! is the right move.
Jun-29-07  Zorts: <SwitchingQuylthelg> You are correct, 15...Qg2! in response to 15.Qxg7, very cool game and analysis.
Dec-09-08  dwavechess: 21/26 Beliavsky`s moves concur with Rybka 3 at 3 minutes per move.
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  Chessdreamer: The moves 24.Kd4 Nhf3+ 25.Rxf3 Nxf3+ 26.Ke4 Qd5# were not played, White resigned after 23...Qb5+.
Dec-11-08  dwavechess: Thanks, I didnt know.How do you know?
Jan-05-09  WhiteRook48: I'm a bit crazy, but how about continuing with 26. Kc3?
Dec-17-09  Skakalec: 26.Kc3 Qb3#
May-05-10  SpiritedReposte: This game looks like it should be dated 1895 not 1985.
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  offramp: White plays 3. g3 and Black plays 3...dxc4. This is often a good move in openings like this one and the Queen's Gambit. White sometimes forgets that his pawn on c4 is hanging. Normally it is easy to win back. Here White makes a small error. Because he played 3. g3 he now continued automatically with 4. Bg2.

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The Black pawn has a definite constricting effect on White. He cannot play b2-b3/b4 or d2-d3/d4 without gambiting a pawn. Black now played 4...a6 and threatened to keep the pawn for good with ...b5, so White had to make some odd moves to try and regain the pawn.

However, when we look at the final position

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that black pawn is still on c4. It wasn't just a bystander; it was a major crux in Black's attack, supporting 18...Nb3+ and a future 26...Qb3#

I am always on the lookout for playing ...dxc4 when I think my opponent has dozed off a bit.

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