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Ivan Cheparinov vs Vugar Gashimov
FIDE Grand Prix (2008), Sochi RUS, rd 1, Jul-31
Russian Game: Classical Attack (C42)  ·  1/2-1/2



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  4tmac: <hand banana> Black to move

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...Q-b1+ 38. K-h2 N-h3!! 39. f3 Q-g8+ 40. KxN Q-h8+ 41. Q-h7 g5+ 42. PxP PxP+ wins <acirce> Black missed this in time trouble.

Jul-31-08  dumbgai: <4tmac> I'm sure both of these players will quickly find this missed win in post-game analysis. I expect it should motivate both of them.
Jul-31-08  Microdot: <4tmac> you mean 37...Qb1+ 38.Kh2,Nh3!! 39.f3,Qg1+ 40.Kxh3,Qh1+ 41.Qh2,g4+ 42.fxg4,hxg4+ 43.Kxg4,Qxh2
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  4tmac: Thank you <Microdot>. I really messed up the notation on that one! That N-h3!! got me all flustered! I had chessbucks on Gashimov, too. Oh well.
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  Mateo: Not so simple. There is another variation : 37...Qb1+!! 38.Kh2 Nh3!! 39.Rg6+. <Black wins too, but it is difficult to calculate in time trouble.>

39...Kf7 40.f3. <40...Qg1+? doesn't work with the White Rook on the 'g' file. 41.Kxh3 Qh1+ 42.Qh2 g4+ 43.fxg4 hxg4+ 44.Rxg4.>

But 40...Kxg6! wins. <White cannot take the Knight : 41.Kxh3 Qh1+ 42.Qh2 g4+!, Black wins.>

White last hope is 41.Qe3 <(impeding Qg1+ and hoping for Qe6+).> Then 41...Qc2+!! wins. <If 42.Kxh3 g4+! 43.fxg4 hxg4+ 44.Kxg4 Qf5 mate.> 42.Kh1 Qc8 <followed by g4>, Black wins.

Almost impossible to calculate in time trouble and not easy to <quickly find>, even <in post-game analysis>. It's a problem like win. That could be a beautiful puzzle for <>.

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  Jimfromprovidence: Also winning is 37...Qb1+!! 38.Kh2 Nh3!! 39 <Kg2> g4 40 Rg6+ Qxg6.

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  gambitfan: This game was proposed as a riddle in Le Figaro (French newspaper), 02 september 2008 by Aldo Hak (

Problem n 1558

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White to play

1 Rxf6 Qxf6
2 gxf4 gxf4
3 Qe2 Qxh4
4 Qe6+ .... and 1/2 1/2 some moves later

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