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Emil Davidovich Sutovsky vs Ernesto Inarkiev
Karpov Poikovsky (2009), Poikovsky RUS, rd 2, Jun-04
Russian Game: Classical Attack. Chigorin Variation (C42)  ·  1-0



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  luzhin: Remarkable trapping of Black's Queen in the center of an open board!
Jun-04-09  Riverbeast: Sutovsky is some kind of genius
Jun-04-09  timhortons: Inarkiev didnt know its coming.
Jun-04-09  timhortons: 20...a6 could have save the game.

1. (0.30): 20...a6 21.Re5 Qd6 22.Bc4 Qd7 23.h3 b5 24.Bb3 Rc8 25.Rd1 Bd6 26.Re2 Re8

<Rybka eval after 20.Bd8>

1. (5.25): 21.Qa3+
2. (0.77): 21.Re5 Qd6 22.Qe4 g6 23.Qxb7 Rb8 24.Qxa7 Ng4 25.Qc5 Qxc5 3. (0.63): 21.Rad1 Qd6 22.Qxd4 Qxd4 23.Rxd4 Rc8 24.Kg2 Bb6

Jun-04-09  WhiteRook48: white really doomed black to consolidating moves that did him no good in the end
Jun-04-09  ROADDOG: Re5=ouch!
Jun-05-09  Ezzy: Not a theme you see that often. A queen being trapped in the center of the board, and in quite an open position.
Jun-05-09  MaxxLange: Very alert play by Sutovsky after 20. ...Bd8
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  Eisenheim: 20 ...Bd8???
Jun-05-09  chillowack: <WhiteRook48: white really doomed black to consolidating moves that did him no good in the end> A "consolidating move" is a move made by the side with the advantage, to "firm up" or strengthen (i.e. "consolidate") that advantage.

Black violated the basic rule "don't go pawn-hunting in the opening" (10...Nxd4) and was ruthlessly punished by the brilliant Sutovsky.

Jun-05-09  MaxxLange: the trapped Queen has THIRTEEN legal moves!

<chillowack>seems right to me; Black was losing before the final tactical sequence for sure

Jun-06-09  notyetagm: 21 ?

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21 ♕d3-a3+!

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White (Sutovsky) comes up with a *fiendish* tactical plan with 21 ♕d3-a3+!: he <FORKS> the Black f8-king and the c5-,d6-<FLIGHT SQUARES> of the Black d5-queen.

21 ... ♔f8-g8 22 ♖e1-e5! 1-0 <queen trapped>

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Then Sutovsky <TRAPS> the Black d5-queen in the middle of the board(!) with 21 ♖e1-e5!.

<NOTE: look how *critically* important those two <<<FLIGHT SQUARES>>> were, the c5- and d6-squares>>>>. After the White queen gained control of these two <FLIGHT SQUARES> with 21 ♕d3-a3+!, the Black d5-queen was left with <NO RETREAT!> after 22 ♖e1-e5!.

Such a nasty tactical plan, this 21 ♕d3-a3+!, 22 ♖e1-e5! maneuver, that a 2690-rated player (Inarkiev) completely overlooked it and had to resign on move 22. Not often do you see ~2700s resign on move 22.

One of the very best <QUEEN TRAPS> I have ever seen!

Jun-06-09  notyetagm: Chess Today CT-3131

<The final position in one of the decisive games was quite spectacular:

Sutovsky (2660) Inarkiev (2676)
Poikovsky (2), 04.06.2009

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Here Black resigned because his
queen is trapped right in the middle of
the board! Official website (in

Jun-06-09  notyetagm: <luzhin: Remarkable trapping of Black's Queen in the center of an open board!>

<Riverbeast: Sutovsky is some kind of genius>

<timhortons: Inarkiev didnt know its coming.>

Yes, yes, and yes. :-)

Jun-06-09  znprdx: the tactical plan begins well before the simple Qa3+ which secures e7 such that the weirdly placed King Bishop cannot block the check on the uncastled King. I think Re5 was more like one of those 'check-it-might-be-mate' themes: just the icing on the cake - almost a fluke (or as I like to call it part of natural chessboard synergy) In other words a "C' player could find Qa3+ ...but unlikely would have played the brilliant 13.d6 which sets up the potential combo (seems like home prep?) Also what in the world was with 18...h5?

BTW what happens after 9.c4 has ...f5 ever been tried?:(one of those 'fried liver' shoot-em-ups - looks like a Schliemann idea)I never warmed up to the Petrov - so I never studied it

9.c4 try f5 my 'patzer' continuation

10.cxd5 Qxd5 11.Nc3 Qf7 12.Qa4 0-0

13.d5? Nc5! 14.Qc2 Nx[B]d3 15.Qx[N]d3 Nb4

16.Qe2 Bx[N]f3 17.gx[B]f3 R[f]d8 18.Be3 Qg6+

19.Kh1 Bd6 20.a3?? Qh5 21.f4 forced Qx[Q]e2 22. Rx[Q]e2 Nd3

23.Rd2 Nxf4 up a pawn , vs.3 isolani even I could at least draw this vs. a GM ...with surely winning odds

Jun-06-09  notyetagm: <znprdx: the tactical plan begins well before the simple Qa3+ which secures e7 >

Fine, it's a brilliant tactical plan that my pea-brain understands from 21 ♕d3-a3+! and 22 ♖e1-e5!.

Like I said, one of the most brilliant <QUEEN TRAPS> I have *ever* seen.

*Tremendous* tactical play by Sutovsky.

Jun-10-09  Thrajin: <MaxxLange: the trapped Queen has THIRTEEN legal moves!>

I counted fourteen legal moves, actually. Not that it's important.

Nov-26-10  zluria: I count 17 legal moves.
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Amuse yourself!

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  FSR: The queen has 14 moves: d6, d7, b5, c5, xe5, c6, e4, f3, g2+, h1+, e6, c4, b3, xa2.
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