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Alexander Areshchenko vs Emil Sutovsky
"Rocked At Gibraltar" (game of the day Feb-09-2005)
Gibraltar Masters (2005), La Caleta GIB, rd 9, Feb-02
Sicilian Defense: Delayed Alapin (B50)  ·  0-1



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Feb-09-05  iron maiden: Good stuff from Sutovsky. He was on the verge of breaking 2700 a while ago.
Feb-09-05  patzer2: Black's 13...g4! initiates an amazing sequence of deflections, with 18...Bd4! offering White a particularly unpleasant surprise Knight Fork.
Feb-09-05  BlazingArrow56: My oh my. 18. ...Bd4 is one of those crazy moves that just ties everything together at the end of a combo. Too cool.
Feb-09-05  RisingChamp: Bd4!! is an absolutely sensational move,when playing through the game at ICC I absolutely couldnt make any sense of it till white played Ke2 and then the light dawned.beautiful chess by Emil Sutovsky,I believe he played a beautiful win against Daniel Gormally anyone have the score?
Feb-09-05  Pawsome: <rising champ.> The score is posted under the Gibraltar tmt on the home page. Just click on Gormally's name or Sutovsky's.
Feb-09-05  mjk: Yes, 18...♗d4! is beautiful, and ironic in that it is right next to White's e4 strongpoint.
Feb-09-05  jkiipli: white cannot play 17.Qxf6 because of 17...Rg6 18.Qh4 Rxg2+ 19.Kf1,Qh2 20.Nxf3,Bxf3 and white queen cannot parry mate 21...Qh1#
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  kevin86: Would Henny Youngman have said after black's sixteenth move:"Take my bishop, please!" White has the choice of bishops to capture,neither gives him a long life.

As I've said many times before-it is startling how the winners in these attack games seem to have all their pieces working while the loser's pieces are most often passive and out of the fray!

Feb-09-05  Zaius: Deep Fritz 8 says that 18...Rxf2+ is a much better move, and the resulting variation is pretty interesting.

Analysis by Deep Fritz 8:

1. (-16.55): 18...Rxf2+ 19.Kxf2 Qh2+ 20.Ke3 Nd4 21.Bd1 Bh4

2. (-6.42): 18...Bd4 19.Qxf3 Rxf2+ 20.Qxf2 Bxf2 21.Re2 Bh4

Feb-09-05  Kefka: I love this pun! :)
Feb-09-05  eyalbd: <Zaius> what is the difference between -6.5 and -16.5 evaluations? In both cases it is a decisive advantage.

Sutovsky opted for the prettiest finish. He is in a good company - both Fischer and Alekhine (probably others too) said in their book that the prettier finish gave them much more satisfaction than a scientifically correct win.

Feb-09-05  yoozum: It seems Areshchenko let himself fall into a deathtrap. The game was not won by Sutovsky, but rather lost by Areshchenko, I think.

Also, is Bd3 followed by Bc2 a common maneuvre in this type of Sicilian?

Feb-09-05  patzer2: After 13...g4!?, White may be able to achieve equality with 14.hxg4!? Nxg4 15.d4 Kb8 16.b4 cxd4 17.cxd4 Ngxe5 18.dxe5 Nd4 19.Nxd4 Bxe2 20.Rxe2 h5 21.N2f3 =. With three minor pieces for the Queen, Black's defensive task may be more difficult than White's.
Feb-09-05  patzer2: The not-so-obvious losing blunder was 16. Qh6?, after which 16...Rhg8! gives Black a decisive attack on White's weakened castled position.

Instead of 16. Qh6?, White could have had just about even counter chances after 16.Nxf3!? Rhg8 17.Bd1 Bg6 18.Qxc5 Bxd3 19.Bh6 Be4 20.Qe3 Rg6 21.Bf4 e5 22.Bg3 h5 23.h4 Be7 .

Feb-09-05  patzer2: <Zaius> Appreciate you sharing the winning alternative 18...Rxf2+!! I'm adding it to my pursuit (i.e. King Hunt) collection. White's King cannot escape:

18...♖xf2+ 19.♔xf2 ♕h2+ 20.♔xf3

[20.Ke3 d4+ 21.Kxf3

(21.cxd4 Bxd4+ 22.Kxf3 (22.Ke4 f5+ 23.Kxf3 Qf2#) 22...Qf2+ 23.Kg4 Rg8+ )

21...Rg8! 22.Ke4 Bh4! 23.Bb3 (23.Nf3 f5+ ) 23...f5+ 24.Kf3 Qf2#]

20...♖g8! 21.♘e4 (21.Nf1 Qg2+ 22.Ke3 d4+ 23.cxd4 cxd4+ 24.Kf4 Bg5+ ) 21...♕g2+ 22.♔f4 dxe4 23.♗d1 ♗g5+

Feb-09-05  patzer2: Of course part of what makes 18...Bd4!! preferable is that it avoids the complications involved with the 18...Rxf2+!! Pursuit combination. Note that the move 22...Bh4! in the analysis of 18...Rxf2+!! above could be hard to find in time pressure, whereas the calculations after 18...Bd4!! are much easier to make in a practical OTB situation.
Feb-09-05  patzer2: In the final position, play could continue 22...Rxe1+ 23.Kxe1 Qg1+ 24.Nf1 Nxf3+ 25.Ke2 Nd4+ 26.Ke1 Nxc2+ 27.Ke2 Nxa1 0-1.
Jul-03-05  farrooj: This should also be a puzzle game. It's just too cool!
Jun-13-17  Saniyat24: Black's Queen side castling is the start of the chain reaction...!
Feb-23-18  computer chess guy: Better for Black according to latest Stockfish is 13. .. Nd7. In the game line after 13. .. g4, White should have played 15. Nxf3, although he would still be somewhat worse.
Apr-30-19  PJs Studio: 18...Bd4(!!!) Filthy!!
May-11-21  Chesgambit: What a game!

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