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



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Sep-17-16  psmith: <eblunt> 37. Qxd4 Nh3 checkmate.
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  wtpy: Jim from providence, I liked Bd4; if Qd4 I think fe3 34 Qd1 loses to Ng3,34 Qe1 also loses to fe3 threatening f2 followed by Ng3.
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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.
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  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
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  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.

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