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Anton Shomoev vs Rauf Mamedov
"We Three Queens of Shomoev Are" (game of the day Mar-08-2017)
Aeroflot Open (2007), Moscow RUS, rd 5, Feb-18
Sicilian Defense: Lasker-Pelikan. Sveshnikov Variation (B33)  ·  1-0



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Feb-19-07  Hafen Slawkenbergius: I'm surprised to be the first kibbitzing on this game! How often do you see three white queens on the board? Well, three queens seem just enough to repel black's attack.
Feb-19-07  Resignation Trap: <Hafen Slawkenbergius> Now that's different, four Queens on the board, and three of them White!

When I saw photos of this game, I just assumed that it was played in a lower section, with Black being so weak that he didn't know how to resign. Boy, was I wrong! See: .

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  Phony Benoni: What's remarkable is that White was able to win despite his lagging development. After <31...Rh4>:

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He had yet to make a single queen move.

Feb-02-14  Poisonpawns: This game is insane. I do not prefer either side.These games will make you get grey hair quickly.If you are black and hate getting ground down in Spanish positions,this is definitely for you.
Mar-08-17  offramp: Amazing. After 31. a7-a8=Q,

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31...Ng4 draws.
After 31...Ng4 a possible continuation is
32. Qf3 Nf2+ 33. Kg1 Nh3+ 34. Kf1? Qd3+ 35. Ke1 Bc3#

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Mar-08-17  clement41: What a wild Sveshnikov!
Mar-08-17  morfishine: <offramp> I was looking at the immediate 31...Rxh2+ followed by 32...Ng4, but this comes up short.

31...Ng4 looks much better

If you have time, check out 31...Qf4

I'm rushing off to work


Mar-08-17  Ironmanth: Incredible game! Thanks for this one, chessgames. Y'all have a great day!
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  Honza Cervenka: Lovely game thanks to both players. The man with three ladies was the luckier one in the end but Rauf Mamedov deserves the credit for this gem as well.
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  Honza Cervenka: Btw, Mamedov's revenge was not bad too: R Mamedov vs A Shomoev, 2009
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  Phony Benoni: For those who like this sort of thing, I have assembled a collection with currently 240 examples:

Game Collection: Upside Down Rooks: Games with 4 or More Queens

The only other 3 vs. 1 split that I have found is B Grachev vs Gelfand, 2010.

Mar-08-17  catlover: What a wild game!

<offramp><morfishine> I went over the game with the help of Stockfish. You are correct about 31...Ng4 saving the game! do you guys do that without the help of a silicon monster?

Stockfish also suggests 29...Rxb8 as a move that would have equalized a few moves earlier.

Mar-08-17  ChessHigherCat: Hi <catlover>, [SORRY FOR ALL THE CORRECTIONS, THIS IS WHAT I MEANT:] I don't see how 29...Rxb8 would have equalized. 30. Rxb8+ and if Bf8 31. Be2 or Bf3 and black's attack has fizzled out (if Ng4 Bxg4) and white is threatening Qf1 and has the passed "a" pawn
Mar-08-17  morfishine: Thanks <Phony Benoni> for that extraordinary game collection

<catlover> all analysis starts with just plain visualization, IMHO


Mar-08-17  catlover: Hi, <ChessHigherCat>. You're right that black's attack fizzles and that white gets another queen, but black gets a perpetual check. So black equalizes in that sense (a draw) but not in the sense that he has chances to win.

Here is a possible continuation: 30. Rxb8+ Bf8 31. Rb1 Qg5 32. a7 Rxh5 33. a8=Q Rxh2+ 34. Kxh2 Qh4+ 35. Kg1 Qf2+ 36. Kh2

Mar-08-17  ChessHigherCat: <Cat lover: Here is a possible continuation: 30. Rxb8+ Bf8 31. Rb1 Qg5 32. a7 Rxh5 33. a8=Q Rxh2+ 34. Kxh2 Qh4+ 35. Kg1 Qf2+ 36. Kh2> Thanks again, but I think the perpetual is only possible because it's a waste of time bringing the white rook back to b1 since black doesn't have the Q+R doubled on the f column anymore and the rook on B8 still covers the threat of Qb1. Can you ask the Great Cybernetic Fish Stick what it thinks of 30. Rxb8+ Bf8 31. Be2 ??. The rook sack doesn't work because white still has the bishop and can just take the N and then play 32. Qf1.
Mar-08-17  catlover: <ChessHigherCat> might be looking at a board that has a different position, maybe a different variation? If 29. b8=Q Rxb8 30. Rxb8+ Bf8 31. Be2, the bishop moving leaves h2 attacked by both black rook on h6 and the queen on f4. So black would play 31...Qxh2++.

Instead of 31 Be2, an attempt to keep that h2 from being such a weak spot might be 31. h3, but then the Cybernetic Fish Stick sees it playing out 31...Rxh5 32. Qxh5 Qf1+ 33. Kh2 Qf4+ 34. Kg1 Qf2+ Perpetual check once again.

Mar-08-17  ChessHigherCat: <catlover> You're right, sorry I was thinking the Q was already on f5 instead of f4! Mea culpa.
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  kevin86: White will exchange queens and emerge a rook ahead!
Mar-09-17  ChessHigherCat: <catlover> I'm starting to think the Omniscient Cybernetic Fishstick was the mysterious monolith in 2001: A Space Odyssey (burnt to a crisp by cosmic rays but still able to make the monkeys go ape).
Mar-09-17  catlover: <ChessHigherCat> LOL! I hope it doesn't make all of us go ape!

At least Stockfish isn't that creepy computer HAL that not only beat the astronauts at chess but started killing them off.

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