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Alexander Motylev vs Alexei Iljushin
53rd ch-RUS (2000), Samara RUS, rd 4
French Defense: Tarrasch. Closed Variation (C05)  ·  1-0

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Apr-08-11  Sololoy: The winning move 38 Bh7+ could have been done earlier: 34 Bh7+. Sometimes good players do not have all the variations in mind and they go constructing them as they play.
Apr-17-14  Conrad93: 9...Nxf6 gives black a good position. 9...Qxf6 is just the worse variation.
Apr-17-14  N0B0DY: is here to learn.
Apr-17-14  Conrad93: How do you learn something you already know?
Apr-17-14  Conrad93: The f6 idea was popularized and worked on by Uhlmann.
Apr-17-14  N0B0DY: might have known it.
Jun-19-15  SpiritedReposte: <Motylev Cocktail>
Mar-22-19
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  ChessHigherCat: Damned knight on f8 kept thwarting all my plans. The only way to get rid of it is play N+ and take it with the rook. Anyway, if this isn't right I expect to be reimbursed for all the time I wasted calculating:

31. Ne7+ Rxe7 32. Rxf8+ Kxf8 33. Bg6 with "mat imparable" as they say in Froglandia.

Mar-22-19
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  ChessHigherCat: Yikes, I missed the sneaky 33...Qb6+ -> Qe6 manure, making it possible to interpose the white queen Qh8+. Still, SF initially said advantage white, but then it ended up finding a draw.

1) +0.61 (26 ply) 32.Rxf8+ Kxf8 33.Bg6 Qb6+ 34.Kh1 Qe6 35.Qh8+ Qg8 36.Qh4 Rae8 37.Qf2+ Rf7 38.Qc5+ Ree7 39.Qxb5


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39...Black to play and draw

Mar-22-19
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  ChessHigherCat: Correction: making it possible to interpose the black queen on g8 after Qh8+.
Mar-22-19
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  agb2002: I remember this game.
Mar-22-19
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  al wazir: My solution, as usual, was not the line GM Motylev chose: 31. Ne7+ Rxe7 32. Rxf8+ Kxf8 (32...Rxf8 33. Qh7#) 33. Bg6.

A) 33...Kg8 34. Qh7+ Kf8 35. Qh8#

B) 33...Rf7 (or any move other than a check) 34. Qh8#

But then there's

C) 33...Qb6+ 34. Kh1 Qe6, and now white has no winning continuation.

I never claimed to be a GM.

Mar-22-19  Walter Glattke: Counter chess with 31.-Bxf1 32.Bxg7 Qc1 33.Qh8+ Kf7 34.Qh5+ or 34.Nd6+ with king's hunt, several possibilities. 33.Bh6!? Be2+ 34.Bxc1 Bxh5 wins for black. Stockfish should find some better than 32.Bxg7, 32.Nh6+ Kh8!? that's not enough.
Mar-22-19  scormus: looks like I'm in good company missing 33... Qb6+ > ... Qe6. I have a habit of missing that sort of manoeuvre in chess games as well :(
Mar-22-19
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  Jimfromprovidence: In the line 31 Bf6 gxf6 32 Nh6+ Kh8 I thought that here was nothing but a perpetual after 33 Nf7+, below.


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I completely missed the key move 33 exf6.


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Now white controls the key g7 square from the king. Black cannot play, for example, 33..Bxf1 here because after 34 Nf7+ Kg8 35 Bh7+ Nxh7 36 Qg6+, white mates next move.


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Additionally, 33...Re4 to cut off the bishop does not work because after 34.Nf7+ Kg8 35.Qh8+ Kxf7 36.Qg7+ black loses the queen.


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Mar-22-19  woldsmandriffield: A good puzzle and an example of myopia in Chess. The f7 square is rayed and X-rayed by the Q and R but after 31 Ne7+? Rxe7 32 Rxf8+ Kxf8 33 Qh7+ it is no longer guarded so Black escapes with 33..Kf7
Mar-22-19  GlennOliver: OK, that puzzle was entirely too deep for my limited skills.

I wonder how much of the continuation Motylev saw in advance and how much of the initial gambit was purely based on his attacking instinct.

Fine play either way.

Mar-22-19  Diana Fernanda: After of 33gxh6 the while can win with bishop h7 And the mate c'ant be stop
Mar-22-19
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  wtpy: I thought Ng7 and Qb6 is fly in that ointment as well. My chess is deteriorating recently. I suspect because I go almost everyday to the Rogoff page and KF's OMV arguments are eroding my brain cells. The effects are worse than a bottle of Night Train on a French Quarter drunk.
Mar-22-19
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  wtpy: I have much respect for those who saw all the way to the conclusion. Tough week.
Mar-22-19  devere: 31.Nxg7 is good enough to win, but 31.Bf6!! is the crushing move. It was outside of my tactical pattern recognition skills, and I salute Motylev for actually playing it over the board.
Mar-22-19  Momentum Man: This puzzle was too much for this here class player
Mar-22-19  Momentum Man: Chris owen what’s that all about?
Mar-22-19  landshark: Flubbed this one - I chose 31. Ne7+ with ...RxN, 32.RxR+, KxR 33.Qh8+ hallucinating that f7 was still covered by one of my piecers (:
Mar-22-19
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  Richard Taylor: I had seen this before but didn't recognize it or remember commenting. It seems as if I was a different person 10 years ago!

I didn't try to solve this really just looked it up...

A good combination for sure and the game looks interesting.

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