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Svetlana Matveeva vs Almira Skripchenko
"The Scenic Rout" (game of the day May-06-2019)
North Ural Cup (2003), Krasnoturinsk, rd 5, Aug-13
Queen's Gambit Declined: Charousek (Petrosian) Variation (D31)  ·  1-0



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Jun-03-09  Peter Nemenyi: Apparently no one at Chessgames has noticed this amazing game, but there's analysis of it at
Jun-03-09  wanabe2000: <Peter Nemenyi> Thanks for "finding" this very entertaining game.
May-06-19  andrewjsacks: Remarkable game.
May-06-19  dhruv munjal: From beginning black is playing dubious moves ... Blacks Knight is just dancing around.
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Black turned down the offered perpetual check with 37...Qxf2. She did not get rewarded for her boldness but the world of chess did.
May-06-19  centralfiles: 57...Qd6+ is a simple perpetual.
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  piltdown man: Beautiful game, a credit to both players.
May-06-19  Strategsson: What a triumphant king - what a hero! After 32...Qa8, the black army was like the belligerent Germans invading Belgium in WW1. The white king did a Prince Albert and left his once safe but now burning castle and went for a long and adventurous journey deep into the enemy lines, slaying both of the blacks steeds on his way, which culminated in him heroically aiding his men to the other side where they could line up for the final assault on poor Kaiser Wilhelm who knew his last days were coming.
May-06-19  nalinw: Now this is what you call a GAME of the day - great pun too.

I hope it is in every King Walk collection.

May-06-19  nalinw: According to the engine here

37... Qxf2 is winning ... all the way to

44. ... Qxb4+ - which is given as equal while

44... Rg6+ is given as winning

White then returned the blunder with

45. Ka7 (-15!) instead of

45. Nb4

and Black made the decisive mistake

45. ... Rg6 instead of

45. ... Qa5+

May-06-19  Ironmanth: One of the best games I've seen in many a year! Thanks chessgames. All have a wonderful week; keep playing.
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  whiteshark: What a phantastic roller coaster ride of a chess game!
May-06-19  Delboy: This is the sort of memorable battle we need for "Game of the Day" all the time, not some yawn with a silly pun playing on one of the contestant's names
May-06-19  morfishine: <Delboy: This is the sort of memorable battle we need for "Game of the Day" all the time, not some yawn with a silly pun playing on one of the contestant's names> Agreed, I've been saying that for years, maybe someone will finally listen
May-06-19  Russo: It's good to be the king.
May-06-19  cormier: <from the link of: <Jun-03-09 Peter Nemenyi

<Matveeva (2475) - Skripchenko (2485), Krasnoturinsk (5), 13 August 2003 1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Be7 4.cxd5 exd5 5.Bf4 Nf6 6.e3 O-O 7.Nf3 c6 8.Bd3 a5 9.Qc2 Na6 10.a3 Nc7 11.h3 Re8 12.O-O Ne6 13.Bh2 Nf8 14.Rab1 Be6 15.Rfc1 Rc8 16.Qb3 b5 17.Ne2 a4 18.Qc2 Bd6 19.Bxd6 Qxd6 20.Ne5 (see diagram)

The complications begin with what boils down to a pawn sacrifice. 21.Nc3
21.Bxb5 cxd4 22.Qxa4 Qxe5 23.Bxe8 Rxe8 24.Qxd4 Qb8 is not very promising. 21...b4 22.Nb5 Qb8 23.Qxa4 c4 24.Be2 b3 25.Qb4 Bf5 26.Ra1 Re6 27.a4 N6d7 (see diagram)

A little too drastic, perhaps. White gets four pawns for a Knight - but leaves her King without much defense. 28...dxc4 29.Bxc4 Rg6 30.Qxb3 (see diagram)

A defensive sacrifice for the attack.
31.Qxc4 Bxh3 (see diagram)

<Black is winning now. <After 32.Qd5 there follows Nb6! 33.Qf3 Bxg2 34.Qxg2 Rxg2+ 35.Kxg2 Nxa4 and 32.Kf1 Rxg2 33.Qc7 Qa8 also leaves White with a very difficult defense. 32.Qc7
This doesn't help either.
32...Qa8! 33.Kf1 Qxg2+ 34.Ke2 Bg4+ 35.Kd3 Bf5+ 36.Ke2 Bg4+ 37.Kd3 Qxf2 38.Qf4 Qe2+ 39.Kc3 (see diagram)

39...Nb6 was immediately decisive, e.g. 40.e4 Rf6 41.Qc7 Rf3+ 42.Kb4 Qd2+ and Black wins. 40.b3 Nb6 41.Nc7 Rg2
Good enough, but 41...Nd5+ 42.Nxd5 Bxd5 and the computer move 41...Bc4! were quicker wins. 42.Kb4 (see diagram)

Or 42...Bxb3
43.Kb5 Bd7+ 44.Kxb6 (see diagram)

With 44...Rg6+ 45.Kc5 (45.Kb7 Qa5) Rc6+, followed by Rxc1, Black could win immediately.>

May-06-19  cormier:

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Analysis by Houdini 4 d 26 dpa done

1. + / = (0.51): 9.h3 Bd6 10.0-0 Re8 11.Be5 g6 12.Qc2 Bxe5 13.Nxe5 Nbd7 14.f4 Re7 15.Qf2 Ne8 16.Qg3 Ng7 17.Ng4 f5 18.Ne5 Nxe5 19.fxe5 Be6 20.Rac1 a4 21.Ne2 Nh5 22.Qf2 Re8 23.Nf4

2. + / = (0.46): 9.Qc2 h6 10.h3 Nbd7 11.a3 Nb6 12.0-0 Be6 13.Ne2 Nc4 14.Rac1 Nd6 15.Nc3 Nc4 16.Ne5 Re8 17.Na4 Bd6 18.Nc5 Bxc5 19.dxc5 Nxe5 20.Bxe5 Bf5 21.Bxf6 Bxd3 22.Bxd8 Bxc2 23.Bxa5 Bb3 24.Bc3 f6 25.g3 Kf7 26.Kg2 Ra4 27.Bd4 Ra5 28.g4 Rb5 29.Rh1 Bc4

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  AylerKupp: Games like this just don't happen.
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  FSR: Surely 48...Qxd4+ would have won.
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  FSR: It is a remarkable game, albeit not a very good one, as can be seen at the link <Peter Nemenyi> posted:
May-06-19  patz8491: One word: Wheeee!
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  whiteshark: <FSR> "Needless to say, I used a brain prothesis for my remarks." ;)
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  whiteshark: <... It is far from the best game of the year, but it has an abundance of what makes chess such an irresistable game: <brilliant inspirations, incredible escapes, <idiotic blunders, (a least eleven times a half point is given away) bizarre situations - < it is a ferocious and passionate fight from beginning to end. > >>>

so like most of my chess games played.

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  AylerKupp: I was sending the link to this game plus the link of the game's analysis posted by <Peter Nemenyi> and had hoped to find a video of the game. I didn't, but I did find this video about Skripchenko:

It turns out that before she became a reasonably good chess player she became a top-level poker player. She says that she used similar training methods for both poker and chess. I was also interested that she said that she thought that the skills needed to be developed for poker and chess were similar. She even admitted that she sometimes gambled when playing chess. That certainly explains a lot about this game!

Jun-07-19  areknames: Brilliant pun and breathtaking game, in spite of or maybe because of all the mistakes. Thanks again to <Peter Nemenyi> for directing us to it and the relevant analysis.

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