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Holden Hernandez Carmenates vs Boris Gulko
"Where in the World is Hernandez Carmenates?" (game of the day Aug-18-2010)
Casino de Barcelona (2008), rd 3, Nov-01
Nimzo-Indian Defense: Classical. Berlin Variation Pirc Variation (E39)  ·  1-0



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  Phony Benoni: Educational children's show from years ago: <Where in the world is Carmen Sandiego?>.

The game features a variation of the old Rxh7+ / Qxf7+ / Rh1# combination. Gulko doesn't go down that easily, though.

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  Once: When I first looked at this, I thought that 32...Qe5 seemed a much safer bet than 32...Ra8. And at first Fritz agreed, with a level eval for Qe5 (0.00) and +1.2 for 32...Ra8.

But let a fibe minutes pass and both Fritzie and I have second thoughts. The exchange of queens ought to favour black's pair of rooks, but those passed queenside pawns do look menacing. Maybe it is a good idea to get rid of the Bf3 that eyes the queening square of a8.

Fritzie's evals have drifted like the betting before a big race. He is now saying +0.82 for 32...Qa5 and +1.15 for 32...Ra8.

Interesting how white switched from a kingside attack to a queenside pawn push.

Aug-18-10  paavoh: @once: my mediocre experience in CC hints that the exchange of Queens at 32nd move was a no-no, due to the White passed pawn duo. Also, I would have been afraid to defend the Black side if the Queens would have gone off earlier, around move 24-25. Too many isolated pawns as targets for the White K+R+R+B forces.
Aug-18-10  Grantchamp: Really nice
Aug-18-10  desiobu: Nice maneuvering by white to bring the passed pawns in at the end. It's easy to go adrift in an open position like that.
Aug-18-10  PierreTheLion: I am so excited about this game, for purely selfish reasons. 32. Kb3 was the move that stood out for me, and I'm ecstatic to see the indomitable Once talk about it, it makes me feel like I'm starting to see more nuances. <--1250 rating.
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  kevin86: A nice example of Q vs P play. White won because the pawn are further along than black-and they supply enough shelter from queen checks.
Aug-18-10  rapidcitychess: Carmenates was last seen at a7.
Aug-18-10  tmcconnell: Why not 32. Rh1?
Aug-18-10  rapidcitychess: <tmc> 32...Qe5 with check.
Aug-18-10  ounos: Ahh, this is a work of art.

Appreciate the elegant way with which white changes gears: going for a big king-side attack, then totally switching game and going for just a better endgame on the other side, then again switching and crushing in the king side, then again going for the better endgame.

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34. Qf3!

<This> is the kind of move you would love to find OTB - I mean the sense of relief the moment you realize what a nice defensive resource you have, protecting everything and making the game really easy to play afterwards.

Aug-18-10  moi: After 32...Qe5, I can't see what white could do. eg 33 Qh4 - Qg7
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  Sastre: <After 32...Qe5, I can't see what white could do. eg 33 Qh4 - Qg7> After 33.Qxe5 dxe5 34.Rxd8 Rxd8 35.b5, White's combination of connected passers and bishop looks very strong.
Aug-18-10  Tartalacreme: Is this the worst pun ever?
Aug-18-10  rapidcitychess: No it must be:<Hou wears Short's shorts> Wannabe would agree.
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  chrisowen: Isnt it hanging for Gulkos rook went rampaging afile windows open, fly 33.sac black a quarter. B4 milk in queenside paving way carryings king march back lead pawn spine. Tap the resourced a Rxh7 is heading off knights faceup a green protector watches row in little crusaders. "Pawns are born free, yet they are everywhere in chains". White wins queen fun, hunt nationally treasured promotion.
Aug-18-10  Monkeyboy56: < tmcconnell: Why not 32. Rh1?> Black will force the trade of queens with 32...Qe5+ and black has 2 rooks against a bishop & rook. White does have the 2 queenside passed pawns, but I think black has enough to prevail.
Aug-19-10  fetonzio: i love white's 39th
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