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Charles F Morris vs David Garcia Ilundain
EU-chT (Men) (1997), Pula CRO, rd 9, May-??
English Opening: King's English. Two Knights' Variation Fianchetto Line (A22)  ·  0-1

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Sep-19-17  tjshann: Black is a piece behind. The only solution is to Sac his Rook. Then push the pawn.
Sep-19-17  dfcx: Was thinking of

43...Bf3
44.Nd2 Bxg2
45.Kxg2 Rb2
46.Rd8 a2
47.Ra8 Rxd2+

and it becomes very drawish.

So going back and saw Rxg2+ clears the path for the pawn and white is hapless against a2 -> a1=Q

Sep-19-17  saturn2: White wants to play Nxa3 but 43..RxB 44 KxR (other king moves make it only worse) and blacks a pawn will be a queen 2 moves later.
Sep-19-17
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  jith1207: Same knock out Bu Xiangzhi punched in Magnus Carlsen's face in the world cup.
Sep-19-17  Walter Glattke: Not even a counter check, so Bg4 denies Re7+
Sep-19-17  AlicesKnight: 43.... Ra1 would encourage the N to sacrifice itself for the P but be inconclusive. Far better is 43.... Rxg2+, and whether the K captures or moves 44....a2 leaves Black with 2 possible queening squares and White cannot cover both.
Sep-19-17  stacase: Way easier than yesterday.
Sep-19-17  psionl0: This must be a Monday puzzle. I saw the solution within 30 seconds.

43...Rxg2 44.Kxg2 a2 and the pawn can't be stopped from queening. Black's bishop even guards the d7 square so White doesn't even have the option of a few nuisance checks.

Sep-19-17  groog: Agree stacase.
Sep-19-17
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  jith1207: Just realise that the white player was so involved in saving the comically trapped rook that he forgot about the pawn promotion and even the king safety. Not that he could have done much at that time, terrible position there.

<stacase> By the law of diminishing proportionality, does that mean this week's puzzles are only going to get more easier? Looking forward to that.

Sep-19-17
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  morfishine: <43...Rxg2+> followed by <43...a2> and the pawn queens

*****

Sep-19-17  leRevenant: What the top guys said.
Sep-19-17
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  malt: Like: <Patriot> <dfcx> I was Looking at 43...Bf3 44.Nd2 first.
Seeing the a3 pawn, under threat

43...R:g2+ 44.K:g2 a2

Sep-19-17  saturn2: After 43..Bf3 white can play 44 Nxa3
Neither after 44..RxNa3 44..RxBg2 nor 44..BxBg2 I see a clear win for black.
Sep-19-17
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  patzer2: For a White improvement, instead of the awkward 12. Rh4? c6 ⩱ (-0.35 @ 30 depth, Stockfish 8,) simple development with 12. d3 = (+0.00 @ 36 depth, Stockfish 8) would have kept it fully level.

Black's superb play starting with 27...a3! in dismantling White's awkward defensive structure is very instructive.

One particularly instructive winning Black move, after 33. dxe5 (diagram below,)


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is the simple in-between move <33...dxe5!> -+ (-4.98 @ 31 depth, Stockfish 8) which allows Black to capture the Rook (which still remains trapped) a few moves later under much more favorable circumstances.

Immediately capturing the Rook with 33...gxh4? gives White too much counterplay after 33...gxh4? 34. exd6 hxg3 35. Nxg3 ∓ (-1.03 @ 30 depth, Stockfish 8.)

What's amusing after 33...dxe5! is that Black never has to bother capturing the trapped Rook, but that he uses White's futile attempts to save the hapless Rook (the very same Rook that dared Black by playing 12. Rh4?) to continue to improve his winning position and to create the passed pawn that wins the game after today's Tuesday puzzle solution <43...Rxg2+!>

P.S.: Sad to see GM David Illundain passed away only a few years after this game at the young age of 31. His excellent positional and tactical play in this game is a tribute to his talent as a young Grand Master.

Sep-19-17  zb2cr: A Queening combination: 43. ... Rxg2+; 44. Kxg2, a2. Whit can't stop the a-Pawn from Queening. Black then has Q+P (Black has an extra Pawn at h7) vs. R. The Black Bishop covering d7 means White can't even dream of a perpetual check draw.
Sep-19-17
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  moronovich: Simular to Carlsens loss vs Bu at the
World Cup.
Sep-19-17
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  patzer2: Another excellent game by GM David Illundain was his Benko Gambit win as Black in Van Wely vs D Garcia Ilundain, 1993.
Sep-19-17  mel gibson: Good game - it shows you how dangerous a pawn can be.
Sep-19-17  ChatGrognon: Missed it, but nice finish : )
Sep-19-17  dhotts: Wow, Black was really sharp...How many players would choose a pawn over a rook? A good Saturday puzzle would be Black to move after 33.dxe5 ... Pure genius, as he knew the rook was trapped.
Sep-19-17  DrGridlock: Oddest strategic idea ever: of White's 43 moves, 11 of them involve his king's rook. Investing 1/4 of his tempos in geting a piece trapped on the h-file is definitely a "don't try this at home" one for the kids!
Sep-19-17
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  PawnSac: a monday puzzle promoted to tuesday because it did not involve a Q sac..
Sep-19-17  Cheapo by the Dozen: So White FINALLY frees his rook -- and loses immediately??!?
Sep-20-17
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  kevin86: The pawn will queen and white cannot stop it.
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