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Surya Shekhar Ganguly vs Morteza Mahjoob
8th Asian Continental Chess Championship (2009), Subic Bay Free Port, rd 5, May-17
Caro-Kann Defense: Classical Variation. Main lines (B18)  ·  1-0



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May-18-09  Imposter: The last few moves of this interesting clash of minds must have been played at bullet speed, as there were some howlers on both sides. After <51.Rxb7>:

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Black opens up his own King wing with <51...fxg5> instead of keeping the lines closed with something like <51...f5>, or <51..Qd5> nudging the Rb7 and keeping a hairy eyeball on h1...(51...Qd5 52.Rxa7? Qd4!).

Anyway, after Black's <54.Qh4> (diagram)

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White has a mating attack with <55.Rf1+>, but plays <55.Qf3+>, instead...

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<55...Qf4> is forced, and now after <56.Qh5>:

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<56...Qf6!> holds. Unfortunately, Black plays <56...Re7??>, which was mate in four after <57.Rc8+>:

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but instead White finds <57.Qxh6+>, which is still a forced win, especially after Black's <57...Kg8>:

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which this time allows a mate in three with <58.Rc8+ Rd8 59.Rxd8+ Qf8 60.Rxf8#> or mate in four starting with the move White actually played, namely <58.Qg6+>:

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However, in what must have been an absolutely mad time scramble, White forgot that Black's Re7 can move, and after <58...Kf8>, he played <59.Rh1??> expecting to be able to mate next move, but along came and after <59...Rxb7>, the second last move before the time control, Black is winning. White gives a check on his 60th with <60.Rh8+>:

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and just as Black is about to move his King to the safety of e7, and a won game...his flag must have dropped.

Talk about drama.

Jul-03-09  udayb: The "drama" described by "Imposter" is mainly based on one move 56....Re7 as incorrectly recorded in most databases, the actual move played being 56....Rd7.

True, white missed 55.Rf1 in time trouble and black missed 56....Qf6, but the moves played by both sides after 56....Rd7 were logical and correctly recorded. The game ended with black resigning after 60.Rh8+, which was a sensible thing to do.

Jul-05-09  Imposter: <udayb> I've notified of the problem.
Jul-07-09  udayb: Thanks!
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  whiteshark: Pretty impressive attack with heavy pieces.
Jul-07-09  slapwa: "the safety of e7, and a won game. " ??
60 ..., Ke7 61. Rxe8+, Kd7. 62 Qxe6+, Kc7. 63 Rc8 Mate

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