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Viktor Antonovich Bologan vs Fabiano Caruana
Reggio Emilia (2009), Reggio Emilia ITA, rd 1, Dec-28
Spanish Game: Morphy Defense (C78)  ·  0-1



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Dec-30-09  Whitehat1963: Slaughter!
Dec-30-09  vulcan20: What a finish! 42. Rxb7 fails to 42...Rh2+ 43. Kg1(43. Kf1 Qf3+ is instantly decisive) 43...Rh1+!! 44. Kxh1 Qh3+ 45. Kg1 Qh2+ 46. Kf1 g2+ followed by promotion.
Dec-31-09  kurtrichards: 32. ... Rxf3, the start of the slaughter!
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  tamar: If 36 Bxc4 is there a win? Looks like there should be, but I can't find one.

For example, after 36...Qf3 37 Rh2 Bxe4 38 Qe2

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Black has perpetual with 38...Rg3+ 39 Nxg3 Qxg3+ 40 Rg2 Bxg2 41 Qxg2 Qe1+ 42 Qf1 Qg3+, but no more.

Dec-31-09  vulcan20: You are right. Fritz 8 claims that the best Black can do after 36. Bxc4 is perpetual check with 36...Qg5+ 37. Kf2 Qf4+ 38. Kg2 Qg4+ 39. Kf2 Qf4+ etc. Perhaps Bologan was seeing ghosts and thought that 36...Qd4+ would give Black too much pressure for the piece, even though 37. Kg2 is an adequate reply?
Dec-31-09  OrangeBishop: Can someone tell me the finish after 42. Rxg3? I feel dense but I don't see it.
Dec-31-09  Shams: 42.Rxg3 Rxg3+ 43.Qxg3 Qe2+ 44.Qf2 Bxe4+ 45.Bxe4 Qxe4+
Dec-31-09  zanshin: Rybka 3 final position:

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[-2.66] d=16 42.Rxg3 Rxg3 43.Qxg3 Bxe4 44.Bxe4 Qxe4 45.Kf1 Qf5 46.Ke2 Qb5 47.Kd1 Qh5 48.Kc1 Qxa5 49.Qb8 Kh7 50.Qh2 Kg6 51.Qc2 f5 52.Qc6 Kg5 53.Qg2 Kf6 54.Qb2 Qe5 55.Qb6 Qe6 56.Qd8 Kg6 57.Qc7 (0:01.18) 4788kN

Dec-31-09  OrangeBishop: Thanks for the responses!
Jan-03-10  sharkbenjamin: I love this guy!
Feb-16-13  Hesam7: <tamar: If 36 Bxc4 is there a win? Looks like there should be, but I can't find one.>

I don't think there is. This highlights the fact that 34...Rh3? was a mistake that gave away most of Black's advantage. The winning line is as follows:

34...Qg5! (34...Qd4 wins the Queen but the win is not easily achieved: 35 Kg2 Rf2 36 Rf2 Be4 37 Qe4 Qe4 38 Rf3 Qc2 39 Rf2 Qg6 40 Kh2 Qd6 41 Kg2) 35 Rg2 (35 Kh2 Bc8!) 35...Qc5 36 Kh2 Bc8 37 Ng3 Bh3! 38 Rg1 Bg4 39 Rg2 (White needed to defend f2) 39...h5

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Feb-16-13  Hesam7: But White's losing mistake was 38 Ng3?? after 38 Rg3!

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I can't find any advantage for Black.

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