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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: My Shredder 9 has 14. ... Nd4 as 3 pawns up after looking at it for a minute, and has it as the best move for black. But if you play out a few moves Nxh2 scores better, some lines are hard to find though. One possible continuation is <14. ... Nxh2 15. Rg1 0-0-0 16. Nc3 Qc5 17. Rh1 Nd4 18. Rb1 Nc2+ 19. Kd1 Ne3+ 20. Ke1 Ng2+ 21. Kd1 Nf3 22. exf3 Qf2> and white is two pieces up but will lose the queen (after Qe5 Ne3+ Qxe3 Qxe3):

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Oct-21-06  rigel1503: <What happens after 14...Nd4 15. Qxh8+ Ke7; 16. Qxh7, defending the c2 square?>

In that case what about 16. ... Rh8 reoffering the remaining rook? White cannot maintain his Queen on the b1-h7 diagonal to cover c2

Oct-21-06  percyblakeney: <and white is two pieces up> Make that one piece...
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?
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