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Baadur Aleksandrovich Jobava vs Wang Hao
"Got It Baad" (game of the day Sep-12-2006)
GM Scheveningen (2006), Taiyuan CHN, rd 7, Jul-17
English Opening: Anglo-Indian Defense. King's Knight Variation (A15)  ·  1-0



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Sep-12-06  Margulies: Nice rook sac (36.Rxd6)!!! It would have been a good Puzzle!!
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  al wazir: I would have played 33...Rd8. Black is a ♙ up.
Sep-12-06  RandomVisitor: <al wazir>After 33...Rd8 white plays the spectacular 34.Bxf6+! and Black cannot defend his rook and prevent the pawn from Queening.
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: It's an amazing series of sacs, starting with 32.c5!?--White is giving up a pawn with check. And maybe that's what's bothering me. What if 32...bxc5, with the idea of immediately returning the pawn with 33...Nd4? Hao was clearly worried about the invasion of d7 with Bb5 and Rd7+, but Jobava might have intended that as a diversion--a trap, if you will.

So I'm looking at 32.c5!?,bxc5!?; 33.Bb5!?,Nd4; 34.Bxd4!?,cxd4+; 35.Rxd4,Rd8; 36.Rc4,Bd6; 37.Rc6 with what appears to be an advantage for White, but Black has at least gotten rid of that Bb2. Needless to say, there are lots of alternatives.

Also, after 35.e5, does White have enough compensation after 35...Bc7!?; 36.exf6+,gxf6? I would say definitely yes, but I don't have a silicon monster working on the problem.

Sep-12-06  Atking: A good game from GM Baadur Jobava but Wang Hao didn't play his best here. The opening clearly favored White (Possibly 16.d4 could be even more tricky) and conceding g6 by 21. ...f6? Hao made thing ever more difficult.
Sep-12-06  EmperorAtahualpa: Whoa, Jobava clearly superior. I already liked how he tackled his opponent in the opening. I guess he saw the rook sac as as early as when he moved 34.Bc4. He seems to really have a talent for spotting winning sacrifices. Did you guys know that Baadur Jobava is one of the players who sacrifices his pieces most often? See Statistics Page.
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  kevin86: A strange game:first black gets an open c file-then the game is morphed so that white has an open d-file.

Next,the game is MORPHY-ed by white's sac at d6. For several moves,white s a rook down---but has the overwhelming advantage of two passed pawns,which soon toll the death knoll for black-first promotion,and then by supporting an inescapable mate at f7.

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  al wazir: <RV>: Thanks. After 33...Rd8 I guess I would have lost.
Sep-12-06  ajile: Maybe 33...Bb4 with the Knight escaping to c5 next move?
Aug-22-08  aazqua: Outstanding game by Jobava the Hun.
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  thegoodanarchist: Got it Baad got it Baad got it Baad
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Oct-22-16  YouRang: Saturday 36.?

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If I didn't know this was a puzzle, I may not have been bold enough to play the exchange sac. But, knowing that there's a tactic waiting to be played, I considered that things would be pretty good if I (white) can get a passed pawn by eliminating Pg7, and my DSB is the piece to do that. However, it can't past e5 due to black's DSB.

So, the bold move is to eliminate black's DSB: <36.Rxd6! Kxd6 37.Bxe5+ Ke7 38.Bxg7>

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And this is looking very good for white since black's rook is helpless to guard Ph6 and has to run for its own life. I didn't go much beyond this, but I'm guessing the connected passers aided by the two bishops is winning.

Oct-22-16  yadasampati: Very difficult? I saw it in 10 seconds, and i am a mediocre player. Taking the bishop, the following check, taking the g7 and h6 pawns: all easy to see and enough to reach a winning position. I hope that tomorrows puzzle will have the proper difficulty level again, because this was far too easy for a Saturday.
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Obviously, can't claim credit for solving this one, since I've already commented on it. Still curious about 32...bxc5 and 35...Bc7; would either have improved for Black?
Oct-22-16  Moszkowski012273: Agreed... I also wouldn't call it Saturday material.
Oct-22-16  diagonalley: easy saturday(?) ... possibly... but how many (as <yourang> suggests) would have the conviction to play the exchange sacrifice OTB(!?)
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  Once: Well, yes, it does like a tad easy for a Saturday. White sets up a "bounce" tactic to set up connected passed pawns.

What is a bounce? I'm glad you asked. A bounce is when we temporarily transform the game of chess into the game of draughts or chequers. We play a move that forces our opponent to respond and that gives us the time to play another move. And sometimes another.

So after 36. Rxd6 Kxd6 we get to here:

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And now we can play Bxe5+ (king moves - BOUNCE), Bxg7 (rook moves - BOUNCE) and Bxh6.

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From here, white doesn't have to sacrifice his LSB, but his quickest way to win is to run his kingside passers straight away.

Would I have played it over the board? Yes, I think so. I don't mind playing an exchange sacrifice if I get something tangible out of it. Two connected and far advanced passed pawns is ample compensation.

Oct-22-16  AlicesKnight: The d6 sacrifice and removal of Black's K-side Ps was easier to see than some Saturday puzzles but it was less clear at first whether this was enough against the possibilities of K and R defence and the removal of the a4 P by the N allowing 2 black passers. But on looking again I'm convinced.
Oct-22-16  SatelliteDan: <easy saturday(?) ... possibly... but how many (as <yourang> suggests) would have the conviction to play the exchange sacrifice OTB(!?)> I would.
Oct-22-16  weary willy: Yes ... relatively very easy ...solved it with only half a diagram as I scrolled down past the fifth rank, it seemed that there was likely to be a rook on the first three ranks to take the bishop. There was.
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  OhioChessFan: I would, if it comes up in the future.
Oct-22-16  gofer: I don't see this as <Very Difficult>. This is more like a Wednesday level POTD, than a Saturday. White is two pawns down, so looks to be losing, but his bishops are about to tear black apart...

<36 Rxd6 ...>

36 ... Kxd6

37 Bxe5+ Ke6?
38 Bxg7 Rg8/Rd8?
39 Bxh6

36 ... e4+

37 Ke3 Kxd6
38 Bxg7 Rg8/Rd8?
39 Be5+ Ke7?
40 f5

37 Kg4 Kxd6
38 Bxg7 Rg1?
39 Bxh6

Now there are lots of choices and replies and I have played through most of them, but too many to be worth discussing, but black really wont be able to hold on...


Yep. Agreed. It was too easy for a Saturday.

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  agb2002: White has the bishop pair for a bishop, a knight and two pawns.

Black threatens exf4, Nxa4, Rf8, etc.

I don't have time today for this puzzle but I think I'd play 36.Rxd6 e4+ 37.Ke3 Kxd6 38.Bxg7 when the very advanced and protected g-pawn virtually leaves Black with two operative pieces against three. For example, 38... Rc8 39.Bxa6 Nxa4 40.Bf8+ Rxf8 41.g7 followed by h6, etc.

Oct-22-16  mel gibson: It was a bold sacrifice that I saw but discounted as too dangerous. I was wrong.
Oct-22-16  newzild: Like <yadasampati> I found this to be one of the easiest puzzles of the week. To me it seems obvious almost without calculation that the position after 36. Rxd6 Kxd6 37. Bxe5+ followed by 38. Bxg7 is winning for White. It's not even a sacrifice!
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