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Jonny Hector vs Jacob Carstensen
"Jonny on the Spot" (game of the day Jun-27-2008)
Politiken Cup 25th (2003), Copenhagen, rd 6, Jul-14
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf Variation (B96)  ·  1-0



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Jun-27-08  bennytschet: Thanks, <once>. I'm glad that I'm not just missing a 12-move combination that's obvious to everybody else. :) Love the endgame---hilarious.
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  Jimfromprovidence: The evidence points to black wilting in the endgame. He missed two consecutive drawing opportunities.

In the position at move 63 for black, below, Rf1, Rf2, Rf4 or Rf6 all draw.

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The problem with white getting a win in this position is that his rook cannot be in two places at once and his king is out of position.

Now, assuming 63…Rf1 64 f8Q Rxf8+ 65 Kxf8 g5, below…

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…White’s rook must get off of the b file to capture black’s g pawn, allowing black’s a pawn to reach a2. White now has to sacrifice his rook to prevent the advancement of the a pawn.

Black also missed a draw after 64 f8Q.

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The position is a table base draw if black follows with 64…Ka2 64…Kb2 or 64…Rb3. Instead, he played 64…a2.

Jun-27-08  CapablancaFan: 74.Kh8 LOL!
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  kevin86: For a long time,it looked like a win for black. Even in the ending,he had a rook and two passed pawns against the lone queen.

The king,however, was in a big cul-de-sac and in the fulness of time,his own passed pawn was to doom the monarch.

In fact,65...♖b1 sealed the king's fate. The pawn and rook are then nailed down and white only had to wait for ♔b1,where ♕d1# would end the battle.

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  kevin86: What a position on the next to last move: white has a perpetual check and a mate in two with five key moves.
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  Chessmensch: Jonny Mops Up
Jun-27-08  mikhs: This is almost as funny as the zugzwang ending in B Harper vs R Zuk, 1971
Jun-27-08  zoat22: Nice zugzwang idea after a2?? from black...
Jun-27-08  dbquintillion: 67. Qd4 is just a terrific move, as this mate pattern doesn't work from any other square.
Jun-27-08  snarky: It's funny, just this morning I was thinking about humorous positions/moves.
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  patzer2: The true sacrifice 10. Nd5!? looks fascinating. White trades knight for a pawn to gain a huge lead in development and better pawn structure. However, is it enough to win? Judging from actual play, the jury has come in with a split verdict.

If this game is any indicator, Black's job of equalizing is not easy.

The Opening explorer gives this game and two other (Li Chao vs J Catalino Sadorra, 2007 and J L Hammer vs P Skovgaard, 2007) as White wins.

The explorer gives three Black wins, including Akopian vs Lautier, 1997, R Zenklusen vs R Forster, 2006 and J L Hammer vs A Shomoev, 2006.

The lone draw is D Mione vs N Bresciani, 2002.

Based on these (three White wins to three Black wins and a single draw) results and the closeness of this particular game, it looks like White gets a long lasting initiative that gives about even chances with strong play. For players who like to get into complicated positions with gambit play, this just might be the ticket.

P.S. Of course, Black might wish to avoid the 10. Nd5!? possibility altogether with the more popular 9...Nbd7.

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  whiteshark: Spot-on!
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  Jimfromprovidence: I need to amend my original post.

"In the position at move 63 for black, below, Rf1, Rf2, <<Rf3>>, Rf4 or Rf6 all draw."

It seems like black should have seen this rook move along the f file.

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  al wazir: This game is another reminder that the ♘ sac on d5 is thematic against the Sicilian. You don't have to have a plan or a combination in mind -- just do it.
Jun-27-08  CapablancaFan: <al wazir: This game is another reminder that the N sac on d5 is thematic against the Sicilian. You don't have to have a plan or a combination in mind -- just do it.> In a weird way your statement makes sense. You could tell that when white sacrificed his knight, he had no idea if he would be able to regain the piece, but just knew he would have a superior position and maybe, just maybe, with forceful, accurate play, he would be able to nullify the loss. I love this game because this was a PURE sacrifice, in which white put all his faith and ability, which he obviously believed he had, in his chess skill and technique.
Jun-30-08  ravel5184: Fantastic endgame!

This is going in Game Collection: 11 Beautiful Endgames

Jul-13-08  ravel5184: OK, now I've deleted 11 Beautiful Endgames and now I have Game Collection: ravel5184's favorite games
Jul-26-08  ravel5184: I also have it as my #2 favorite game in Game Collection: ravel5184's Top Ten Games
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DRAW BY FORTRESS But move the position "back" even 1 square it is no longer a draw. Poor black wasn't sure and played a2?! reaching "drawish" positions.

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W play & win..........Qd4!! as in the game but put the g pawn on the c,e,f, or h file it is a DRAW as Whites Q will be deflected. Black couldn't catch a break; TAKE AWAY the g pawn:

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(without g pawn) BLACK DRAWS with Kb2!! (Rb1 is MATE IN 3!)

Aug-19-08  ravel5184: How's that for an endgame study? With the Rook White wins, take away the Rook and it's a draw!
Mar-15-09  WhiteRook48: whoa! This was just amazing!
Mar-17-09  WhiteRook48: moves 68 to 71, moving between g8 and h8... crazy
Mar-26-09  WhiteRook48: this seems more like an endgame study than a real game
Mar-28-09  WhiteRook48: why did Carstensen blunder in the endgame
Jun-18-18  Omnipotent00001: 62. f7 draws
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