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Sergei Vladimirovich Rublevsky vs Pentala Harikrishna
"Seventh Heaven" (game of the day Jun-28-2006)
Aerosvit GM Tournament (2006), Foros UKR, rd 7, Jun-24
Sicilian Defense: Canal Attack (B51)  ·  1-0

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Jun-25-06  Hidden Skillz: nice sac
Jun-25-06  Shajmaty: 16...Bf8; 17. Bxf8, Qxf8? was not a good idea. Harikrishna overlooked the Queen sacrifice 21. Rxb7! after which White's advantage is decisive.
Jun-25-06  Wood Mover: Wow... "Its Hammer Time"! What a demolition of the 7th rank.
Jun-25-06  blingice: 22..c4?? was absolutely awful. It was probably pretty clear that he couldn't promote a pawn even if he passed it, and losing two knights for a POSSIBLE pawn promotion is never a good play.
Jun-26-06
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  Mating Net: I agree with <blingice> 22...c4?? was pretty bad. I think it's reasonable to attribute Black's optimism with regard to the promotion to having won White's Queen.
Jun-26-06  Shajmaty: <blingice: 22..c4?? was absolutely awful.> <Mating Net: I agree with <blingice> 22...c4?? was pretty bad.> What to play, then? Black is already lost after 21. Rxb7! The Black Knights cannot be defended after R1a7, Black King is in danger...
Jun-26-06  blingice: Maybe something like Qc1 or Qd1...

Chessmaster's top two lines are: <4.43 22...Ne8 23.Rxd7 Nf6 24.Rc7 Nxe4 25.Bd3 Nf6 26.Ng5 Rg7 27.Raa7 Ne8 28.Rxf7 Rxf7 29.Nxf7+ Kg8 30.Bxb5

4.48 22...Nf6 23.Rxc7 Nxe4 24.Bd3 Nxc3 25.Ng5 Rg7 26.Rca7 Na4 27.bxa4 c4 28.Bc2 f6>

As to why Qc1 and Qd1 doesn't work, Chessmaster's refutation is <5.34 23.Raa7 Rf8 24.Rxc7 Nb6 25.Bxb5 Kg8 26.b4 cxb4 27.cxb4 Qf6 28.Rab7 Na8 29.Ng4>

I didn't see the ability to connect the rooks (for some blind reason).

Here's Chessmaster's evaluation for 22..c4??: <5.65 23.Rxc7 Nf6 24.Ng5 Rg7 25.Raa7 Kg8 26.bxc4 Ne8 27.Rd7 f5 28.Rxg7+ Nxg7 29.cxb5 Qb8>

So, it was indeed not a very good move, although defeat was sure anyway.

Jun-28-06  Confuse: 7th heaven? i dont get the pun : (

funny how everything was in that line for the rook to take. chomp chomp chomp :D

Jun-28-06  Aware: ^ The pun is refering to the Sergei's success on the 7th rank.
Jun-28-06
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  jahhaj: 21.Rxb7 is a pretty basic move for a strong GM to miss.
Jun-28-06  JohnBoy: Is 17...Qxf8 so bad? Black can play 20...Qc8 21.Qa5 to hold for a little while. Seems like the mistake was with the whole 14...g6 plan. This ruy style set-up for black ain't that effective.
Jun-28-06  Runemaster: I can't remember a game where a rook on the 7th has made so many captures in so short a time - five times in six moves from moves 21-26. And not just little pawns, either - just one of them, with a bishop, two knights and a rook. Very amusing.
Jun-28-06  elevator: Yeah, great sac but I don't get it, why is this game called seventh heaven?
Jun-28-06
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  TheAlchemist: <seventh heaven> Because the Rook feels like it's in heaven on the seventh rank. It captured everything in its way.

I know Seventh heaven was a TV series, or is it something else too? Here, we use the term "to be in ninth heaven" as a metaphore for feeling really good. Maybe it's along those lines.

Jun-28-06  Runemaster: According to Christian (ultimately Jewish) mystical tradition, there are seven levels of heaven. Mystics could, through prayer (entering a similar state to that in meditation, you might say) ascend these levels.

Even Paul the Apostle in the New Testament only claims to have reached the third heaven, so the seventh level would really be something special, that very few people have reached in this life.

So that's one ecstatic rook floating up there.

Jun-28-06  filipecea: <seventh heaven> In the Islamic tradition (Quranic verses):

"See you not how Allah has created the seven heavens one above another, And made the moon a light in their midst, and made the sun a Lamp?" (71:15-16)

"He who created the seven heavens one above another: no want of proportion will thou see in the Creation of (Allah), most gracious..." (67:3)

Jun-28-06  notsodeepthought: <TheAlchemist: Here, we use the term "to be in ninth heaven" as a metaphore for feeling really good.> Dang, nine heavens - you guys are lucky. We only have seven (the expression is "al settimo cielo").
Jun-28-06  EmperorAtahualpa: Great pun! These clever puns that refer to something peculiar in a game are my favorite kinds.

What a weird game this is! I thought Harikrishna was playing below his standards..

Jun-28-06
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  WannaBe: My choice for the pun would have been "Rook Gone Wild". What a path of destruction on that 7th...

White 'gives' up the queen but got in return a rook on the recapture, bishop, 2 knights and a pawn!!

Jun-28-06  MoonlitKnight: Yes, 21.Rxb7 it's really no queen sacrifice. It's rather an easy combination that wins a lot of material.
Jun-28-06  dakgootje: i know Krabbé has his own records list, but is there also one there for most captures on the 7th rank?

EDIT: not for the 7th rank, but he has a record for longest consecutive series of captures: http://www.xs4all.nl/~timkr/records...

Jun-28-06  CapablancaFan: Sergei Rublevsky vs Pentela Harikrishna
Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.Bb5+<This opening sequence represents the Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack. It slightly buys white a tempo due to the fact Bb5 is a developing move and black has to spend a move addressing the check.Not terribly a big deal.With accurate play black can soon overcome the slight tempo loss.>3...Nd7 4.O-O Ngf6 5.Re1 e5<Black had to do something about a threatened e5 push.> 6.c3<Preparing d4.> 6...Be7 7.d4 O-O 8.h3<A prophylactic move designed to prevent a future Bg4 or Ng4 but not sure if it was really necessary.Probably Na3 to Nc2 was more accurate to support the e4 pawn.>8...a6<Black forces the bishop to declare it's intentions.> 9.Bf1 b5 10.d5<Closing the center. Activity shifts to the flanks of the board.>10...Ne8<This move has 2 purposes:Preparing a future f5 push to break up the center and to position the knight to the queenside if needed.>11.a4!<With the aim of breaking up blacks queenside.>11...Rb8 12.b3 Nc7 13.Na3 Kh8<The purpose of this move is to prepare a kingside attack with a f and g pawn push.>14.Nc2 g6 15.Bh6 Rg8 16.Ne3 Bf8 17.Bxf8 Qxf8 18.axb5 axb5 19.Ra7!<If there ever were a chess school, an entire course should be deticated to the power of the seventh rank."Bobby Fischer Teaches Chess","Capablanca Chess Fundamentals","Aron Nimzowitsch's My System" etc. All discuss the importance of the seventh rank.>19...Bb7 20.Qa1 Ra8<Obviously expecting Rxa8 Qxa8 Qxa8 Bxa8 etc.White's next move is a shocker.> 21.Rxb7!!<He who controls the seventh rank, controls the world.Ok, I made that part up, but never the less it's a powerful move.What does white get for his queen investment? At least 3 pieces for a fact cannot be saved, a bishop, a rook, and a knight all go bye-bye and a powerful rook on the seventh rank is more than enough compensation.This attack is made even stronger because of the helpless position of black's rook on g8.>21...Rxa1 22.Rxa1 c4<Moving the knight to a1 or e1 is pointless when Raa7 would be the response.Black tries to counter with a pawn thrust.Already resistance is futile.>23.Rxc7 cxb3<Again, 23...Nb6 24.Raa7 Rg7 25.Ng5 and black has solved nothing.If 23...Qd8? 24. Raa7.The actual move played is a deversionary tactic that dosen't work.>24.Rxd7 Qc8<Again Rg7 is useless due to Ng5.>25.Rxf7 Rg7 26.Rxg7 Kxg7 27.c4 bxc4 28.Nxc4 1-0

A rook, bishop, and 2 knights are just too much, even for a queen. Pentela Harikrishna miscalculated the strength of the rook on the seventh rank and never recovered. Good game from Sergei Rublevsky.

Jun-28-06  suenteus po 147: This is a phenomenal game by Rublevsky. It will also be instructive for years to come.
Jun-28-06
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  kevin86: It was nice how the white rook turned the seventh rank into his own private bowling alley-with FIVE captures on said row. White gains a rook and THREE pieces for the queen-surely a good deal.(No,I didn't call anyone SHIRLEY,lol)
Jun-28-06  Confuse: ohhh thanks everyone for explaining teh pun. =)
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