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Vugar Gashimov vs Etienne Bacrot
Baku Grand Prix (2008), Baku AZE, rd 1, Apr-21
Spanish Game: Closed Variations (C84)  ·  1/2-1/2

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Apr-21-08  notyetagm: Black to play: 33 ?


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Here the <PETITE COMBINAISON> with ♕f3xf7+,♘c4-e5+,♘e5x♕c6 does not -quite- work, because the Black c6-queen is <DEFENDED> by the Black c8-rook.

But now Black (Bacrot) played the blunder 33 ... ♖c8-b8?, not only leaving his Black c6-queen <UNDEFENDED> but also making a <KNIGHT FORK ALIGNMENT> out of his Black b8- and d8-rooks.

Position after 33 ... ♖c8-b8?


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From http://www.chessbase.com/newsdetail...:

<Both players overlooked the relatively simple 34.Qxf7+! Kxf7 35.Ne5+ Kg8 36.Nxc6 which give White an exchange and a pawn for an easy win. After 34.h5? Gashimov had to work hard to keep on the attack, and in the end got nothing more than a draw.>

(VAR) Position after 34 ♕f3xf7+! ♔g8x♕f7 35 ♘c4-e5+ ♔f7-g8 36 ♘e5x♕c6


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I made this exact same mistake -twice- in one week: I had a tactical idea that did not quite work move after move and when -finally- when my opponent made a move that allowed the my tactic to work (like 33 ... ♖c8-b8? here), I missed my tactical opportunity. Alas, chess is not an easy game.

Apr-21-08  vkwow: AFter 64. Kc7, why couldn't white play Kxe6?
Apr-22-08  TITIKIZA: I THINK 56. Ke5 WAS WINNING FOR GASHIMOV AND NOT F6+?.
Apr-22-08  2pacallyps: Doesn't Kxe6 win if black takes the knight? ie Kxe6, Kxb6, Kf7, Bd6, Kg7 and I don't see how black can hold this.
Apr-22-08  sharkw: Well, the lines are all pretty much forcing so why don't you just try calculating it out:

63. Kxe6 Kxb6 64. Kf7 Bd6 65. Kg7 Kb5 66. f7 c4 67. dxc4+ Kxc4 68. f8=Q Bxf8 69. Kxf8 Kc3 70. Kg7 Kxc2 71. Kxh6 b3 72. Kg7 b2 73. h6 b1=Q;

if instead 66. Kxh6 c4 67. dxc4+ Kxc4 68. Kg7 Kc3 69. h6 Kxc2 70. h7 b3 71. h8=Q b2 and White has no checks so Black queens.

It might be useful to give the GMs the benefit of the doubt rather than saying it's a win without trying to calculate.

Apr-22-08  2pacallyps: Sorry, sharkw I should have. I looked at it way too quickly and I actually found the drawing lines afterwards but couldn't delete my post.
Apr-22-08  sharkw: Just read my post and I realize that I'm coming across like a bit of a tool - sorry I didn't mean it that way. In any case my second line looks wrong since White has at least one check with 72. Qc8+ and Qf5 protecting b1 - so perhaps the drawing line (if there is one) is not so clear after all!
Apr-26-08
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  Mateo: <TITIKIZA: I THINK 56. Ke5 WAS WINNING FOR GASHIMOV AND NOT F6+?.> I am not sure. Here is my main variation : 52.Ke5 exf5 53.Kxf5 Kd6! 54.Kg6 Kd5 55.Nxh6 Kd4 56.Ng4 Kc3 57.Kf7 Kxc2 58.Kxf8 b3 59.Ne5 Kc3! (59...b2?? 60.Nc4!, White wins) 60.Nc4 Kxd3 61.Nb2+ Kc3 62.h6 Kxb2 63.h7 c4 64.h8Q+ c3. I guess Black draws. It's a dream position for people who likes ending problems.
Apr-26-08
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  Mateo: <sharkw: Well, the lines are all pretty much forcing so why don't you just try calculating it out: 63. Kxe6 Kxb6 64. Kf7 Bd6 65. Kg7 Kb5 66. f7 c4 67. dxc4+ Kxc4 68. f8=Q Bxf8 69. Kxf8 Kc3 70. Kg7 Kxc2 71. Kxh6 b3 72. Kg7 b2 73. h6 b1=Q;

if instead 66. Kxh6 c4 67. dxc4+ Kxc4 68. Kg7 Kc3 69. h6 Kxc2 70. h7 b3 71. h8=Q b2 and White has no checks so Black queens.

It might be useful to give the GMs the benefit of the doubt rather than saying it's a win without trying to calculate.> In your variation, <66. Kxh6 c4 67. dxc4+ Kxc4 68. Kg7 Kc3 69. h6 Kxc2 70. h7 b3 71. h8=Q b2> 72.Qh7+ Kc1 73.Qh1+ Kc2 74.Qc6+ followed by Qxd6 wins for White .

So Black has to play 65...Be5!. Then 66.Kg6 Bxf6 67.Kxf6 Kb5 68.Kg6 c4 69.dxc4+ Kxc4 70.Kxh6 Kc3 71.Kg5 Kxc2 and draw.

Apr-29-08  minasina: Rybka anlysis samples http://chessok.com/broadcast/live.p...
Mar-10-09  MaxxLange: teh Spanish Torture working both ways in the ending
White should have won this, he must have simplified too fast
Mar-10-09  chessman95: I think 10.c3 would have been stronger than 10.a3. The bishop could have retreated to a better square and white would have been able to play a4 in one tempo, an option not available with a3. I guess the point was to keep pressure on the f7-pawn. I liked black's idea of using a sort of Chigorin Defense with white's d-pawn on d3, once again taking advantage of the extra tempo it would take to play d4. I think after 11...c5 the position is equal.

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