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Daniel Gormally vs Emil Sutovsky
"Emil Fit for a King" (game of the day Apr-11-2014)
Gibraltar Masters (2005), La Caleta GIB, rd 5, Jan-29
Sicilian Defense: Fischer-Sozin Attack. Flank Variation (B87)  ·  0-1



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  Jimfromprovidence: <wtpy> This is what I came up with after 32...Nh5 33 Qf2:

33...exf3 34 Bc2 fxg2+ 35 Kg1 Qxf2+ 36 Kxf2 Bd4+ 37 Ke2 Kxf8

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Now the pawn will promote and black will be up a bishop and two pawns.

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  al wazir: 36...Nf4.
Sep-24-16  Moszkowski012273: Haha a3 then a4....
Mar-04-17  Saniyat24: Wow what a brilliant ending...!
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  PawnSac: < Saniyat24: Wow what a brilliant ending...! >

indeed! 37. Qxd4 Nh3# What a lovely finish.

< YouRang: This game did leave me hugely impressed by Sutovsky. To see the subtleties of the later positions (e.g. 36...Nf4!) amid all the other complications is astonishing. >

No doubt! This is the stuff he is known for. A brilliant tactician! Love his games.

Jan-10-18  clement41: Dazzling tactics this is so satisfying!
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  fiercebadger: After 33Qb8 option I would stop analysing but then ..3ng3+ must have been seen way before !
Apr-30-19  Olsonist: A pin is a terrible thing to waste.
Apr-30-19  Walter Glattke: Black threatens 37.Qd5 Nh3#, therefore 37.h4 Ne2+ 38.Kh2 if now 38.-Bxe2 39.Bd6! g1Q+ 40.Rxg1 Bxg1+ 41.Kh3 threatens c5 black advantage. Or 39.-Be4 40.Ra1 Bg3+ 41.Kh3 Bf5+? 42.Kxg2! EZ?, no!
Apr-30-19  Walter Glattke: Correction: 37.Qxd4 Nh3#
Apr-30-19  stacase: 36...Nf4 Threatens 37...h3# or at least 37...h3 forking White's King and Queen. Nothing artistic to follow but awfulness and badness, so White tips his King.
Apr-30-19  saturn2: Did not see a straightforward win after

37. h4 Nh3+ 38. Kh2 Nxf2 39. Be7

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  agb2002: Black has three pawns for the queen and a rook.

White threatens Qxd4 and Bd6.

Black's only move is 36... Nf4 37.h4 (37.Qxd4 Nh3#) 37... Ne2+ 38.Kh2 Bxf2 39.Bd6 g1=Q+ 40.Rxg1 Bxg1+ 41.Kh3 (the alternative 37.h3 would not have allowed this move and White would have lost the queen's bishop to avoid mate) 41... f5 - + [2p].

Apr-30-19  saturn2: <37. h4 Nh3+> even loses. So it has to be 37...Ne2+
Apr-30-19  Cheapo by the Dozen: Cute one.
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  Diademas: After 37.h4 Ne2+ 38.Kh2 Bxf2 39.Bd6 g1=Q+ 40.Rxg1 Nxg1+ Black is up two pawns. Probably enough to win, but not easy for a Tuesday.
Apr-30-19  malt: 36...Nf4 37.h4
(37.Q:d4 Nh3#) 37...Ne2+ 38.Kh2 B:f2 39.Be7
Apr-30-19  trnbg: <Diademas: After 37.h4 Ne2+ 38.Kh2 Bxf2 39.Bd6 g1=Q+ 40.Rxg1 Nxg1+ Black is up two pawns. Probably enough to win, but not easy for a Tuesday.> Not so easy to win after 41.c5, the c-pawn looks dangerous.
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  HeMateMe: 5 seconds. The only solution would be attacking the king and Queen with the Knight. Anything else loses because white is so far ahead in material.
Apr-30-19  zb2cr: 36. ... Nf4 was easy. Finding the followup if White played 37. h4 was not.
Apr-30-19  lost in space: 36...Nf4 follwed by 37...Nh3#
Apr-30-19  PJs Studio: I like how after 36.Qf2 it is mate in two OR white loses a queen and a rook for a pawn. Lovely
Apr-30-19  Brettwith2ts: How strange. I was just looking at this game over the weekend, so Nf4 - Nh3# was fresh on my mind.

Much more tricky, but still ultimately winning for Black, is:37. h4. Now, instead of 37. ...Nh3+?, Black must play 37. ...Ne2+ and 38. ...Bxf2, when the Knight and the Bishop will both support queening the g-pawn. After queening, white captures the new Queen Rxg1, and Black can safely recapture Bxg1, when all of his pieces are safe from the White King. Then we are left with 3 minor pieces and 2 pawns vs. 3 minor pieces vs. 4 pawns - a win, of course, but requiring some technique.

37. h4, Ne2+
38. Kh2, Bxf2
39. Bishop on f8 to a safe square, g1=Q+
40. Rxg1, Bxg1+
41. Kh3 and there's no checkmate but Black should win with good play.


Checking again with an engine, it looks like Nh3+ after h4 also leads to a win, but the Ne2+ line clarifies things a lot more quickly. I wonder if Gormally missed the idea of h4, or if he saw it and thought it was a hopeless endgame? A masterpiece of calculation either way.

Mar-03-20  SpiritedReposte: Beautiful finish!
Mar-03-20  Kingpin1965:

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32.Bxf8?? is just losing outright.

32.f4! hold the game.

Daniel Gormally - Emil Davidovich Sutovsky 0-1, Gibraltar Masters 2005

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Analysis by Lc0 v0.24.0-rc2+git.01dd1fd:

32.f4 Bd4 33.Bxf8 Kxf8 34.Bc2 Qa5 35.Nc1 Ba7 36.Nb3 Qc7 37.f5 e5 38.c5 Bd5 39.Rc1 g6 40.Bd1 Kg7 41.Be2 e3 42.fxg6 hxg6 43.Qxe3 Qb7 44.Bf3 Qxb3 45.Qxb3 Bxb3 46.c6 Ng8 47.c7 Ne7 48.c8Q Nxc8 49.Rxc8 Bd4 50.Rc7 Be6 51.g3 g5 52.g4 e4 53.Bxe4 Bxg4 54.Bd5 Bh5 55.Kg2 White is slightly better: ⩲ (0.32) Depth: 29/70 00:07:44 7589kN, tb=9077 (, 03.03.2020)

Daniel Gormally - Emil Davidovich Sutovsky 0-1, Gibraltar Masters 2005

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Analysis by Stockfish 010320 64 POPCNT:

32.f4 Bd4 33.Bxf8 Kxf8 34.Bc2 Qa5 35.Nc1 Ba7 36.f5 e5 37.Nb3 Qc7 38.Ra1 e3 39.c5 e2 40.Re1 Nh5 41.Qe3 Nf4 42.Be4 Qb8 43.Bxa8 Qxa8 44.Qf3 Qxf3 45.gxf3 Ke7 46.Nc1 Bxc5 47.Nxe2 Bf2 48.Rf1 Nxe2 49.Rxf2 Nd4 50.Kg2 Kf6 51.Rf1 Kxf5 52.Ra1 Kf6 53.Ra6+ Kf5 54.Kf2 g6 55.Ra7 Ke6 56.Ra3 Nf5 57.Kg2 Ke7 58.h3 Kf6 59.Ra6+ Ke7 60.Kf1 Nd4 61.Ra7+ Kf6 The position is equal: = (0.13) Depth: 52/76 00:06:11 12888MN, tb=14824925 (, 03.03.2020)

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