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Shakhriyar Mamedyarov vs Zdenko Kozul
World Chess Cup (2007), Khanty-Mansiysk RUS, rd 2, Nov-27
Gruenfeld Defense: General (D80)  ·  1-0



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Nov-27-07  bogo78: I look again and again at whites 26 move and I can't understand it, besides being tempted not to believe my eyes... Its one of the funniest and strangest positions I have seen. Can anyone tell me why the white ♕ can not be captured, please?
Nov-27-07  aragorn69: Because the moves are wrong, simply. I hope <> will be able to find the correct gamescore...
Nov-27-07  SickedChess: bad choise to play the Grunfeld against the expert Shak!
Nov-27-07  ZIgurat: Just assume black played 23... Bd4 and the game continued logically with 24. Qf5, Qf6 25. Be4, reaching the same position as after white´s 27th move.
Nov-27-07  ZIgurat: This game is as whacky as it is awesome. Sacrificing the d pawn in order to scoot the king over to e1 is outrageous. However, black´s king is stuck in the center. Kozul survives the onslaught to reach an inferior endgame and then falters with Rd5??, but Mamedyarov once again proves that he is a truly original player.
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  tamar: Even when I corrected the moves, I had to blink to orient myself. Mamed plays a game with which I am not familiar...
Nov-27-07  notyetagm: Black resigns because the following position can be reached by force:

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And now White wins a critical <TEMPO> by capturing the Black d5-rook with his White d4-rook, not(!) the White b3-bishop.

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Then after Black plays ... ♖d8x♖d5, White gains the winning <TEMPO> by -not- capturing the Black d5-rook immediately but instead first playing ♔e1-e2!, since the <COMPLETELY PINNED> Black d5-rook is not going any where.

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White then has a winning pawn ending after the exchange on d5, since his king is on e2 instead of e1, thanks to the <TEMPO> from the <PIN>.

This example could come right out of Nimzowitsch's "My System".

Nov-28-07  ahmadov: <notyetagm> Good analysis and nice game by Shark... I also hope that the moves will be corrected soon... 26.Bf3 is obviously a wrong one...
Nov-28-07  notyetagm: <ahmadov: <notyetagm> Good analysis and nice game by Shark...>

This winning idea, using a <COMPLETE PIN> to gain a <TEMPO> and win a pawn ending with the single extra tempo, comes straight from the pages of Nimzowitsch's "My System"!

I've never actually seen it OTB before, until now. Thanks, Shark! :-)

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  Sargon: Any luck finding the REAL moves starting from, say, White's 26th? Or earlier?
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