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Alexander G Beliavsky vs Adlane Arab
"Arab Spring" (game of the day Apr-01-2021)
Turin Olympiad (2006), Turin ITA, rd 5, May-25
Queen's Indian Defense: Fianchetto. Check Variation Intermezzo Line (E15)  ·  0-1



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May-27-06  FrenchFrog: He was a rising star during the last soviet decade...What did happen to him?
May-27-06  FrenchFrog: What went wrong for White?
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  al wazir: <FrenchFrog: What went wrong for White?> He moved too many ♙s in front of his castled ♔.
Apr-01-21  Cheapo by the Dozen: I'll accept the knight sacrifice as a "spring", so I like the pun.
Apr-01-21  Brenin: Nice German-language pun, <Cheapo>!
Apr-01-21  Muttley101: I don't think the problem was so much the moving of the pawns in front of the king, though granted, those were fatal weaknesses, but that Beliavsky appears to considerably underestimate his opponent.
Apr-01-21  sfm: Great inspired game. 30.-,Nh3 is a fantastic move. Stockfish rates that position as 0.0, but the position is dynamite. The knight boldly gives its life, but accepting the offer was fatal SF say 33.BxN loses, and holds 33.Qxd5 as equal.

Charming ending, after 56.Ra3,Rc2 or 56.Rf1,Kxh5 White is a helpless inspector to his own execution.

Apr-01-21  Ironmanth: I like this game! Tough fight down the stretch, but an inevitable end. Y'all stay safe out there today.
Apr-01-21  Autoreparaturwerkbau: Situation after 32...g5 is very tricky.

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Deep three hour engine evaluation (SF11, depth 42) confirms <sfm>'s observation. At depth 42 analysis shows how precise white must play to avoid entering completely losing position. Silicon evaluates the position:

<-0.8> 33.♕xd5
<-2.9> 33.fxg5
<-4.8> 33.♗xg3
<-5.9> 33.♕a2
<-6.1> 33.♘f2

Although 33.♗xg3 seems natural move as it grabs double attacked h3-knight, it fatally exposes white's weakly guarded kingside. On the other hand 33.♕xd5 gives white fighting chances, eventhough for mere mortals demands silicon-strength aid to overcome the furious attack.

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  OhioChessFan: The pun is growing on me. Arab horse breed. Springer is the German for Knight. The Knight sprung around the board. Arab Spring was an uprising/battle, like a good game of chess.
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  HeMateMe: Actually, my thinking was:

<The Arab Spring (Arabic: الربيع العربي‎) was a series of anti-government protests, uprisings, and armed rebellions that spread across much of the Arab world in the early 2010s. It began in response to oppressive regimes and a low standard of living, starting with protests in Tunisia. From Tunisia, the protests then spread to five other countries: Libya, Egypt, Yemen, Syria, and Bahrain, where …>

With Mr. Arab 'springing' to victory, for the pun. BTW, i loved the "Playing Fossum" pun. Good thinking.

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