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Bu Xiangzhi vs Abhijeet Gupta
World Cup (2011), Khanty-Mansiysk RUS, rd 3, Sep-04
Gruenfeld Defense: Exchange Variation (D85)  ·  1-0

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Sep-04-11  dumbgai: Interesting game. The finish should be 61. f4 Qxf4 62. Bd1+ Kh6 63. Qh8+ Kg5 64. h4+ Qxh4 65. Qd8+ Kf4 (or Kh6) 66. Qxh4+.
Sep-04-11
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  luzhin: Very interesting. But there was a terrible double blunder in the middle of it: after 32.Nxb4?? Ra4! would have won a piece (and the game)
Sep-04-11
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  HeMateMe: Why doesn't black just play 20...NxB? Looks like a free piece.
Sep-04-11
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  perfidious: <luzhin> Nice find.

This opening code is a misattribution, as White's sixth move transposes into a line against the Gruenfeld first used in the 1930s, often reached via 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 d5 4.Nf3 Bg7 5.cxd5 Nxd5 6.Qb3.

Sep-04-11
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  luzhin: Sure, 20...Nxf4 wins a piece, HeHateMe. It also loses the Queen to 21.Bc4 -- which is exactly why Black played 20...b5
Sep-04-11
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  wordfunph: the last Chinese hope in the World Cup --- GM Bu Xiangzhi!

though Gupta was pressing for a win and was slightly better last night 1-0 :(

Sep-04-11  JohnBoy: <luzhin> - 20...Nxf4 21.Bc4 Ne2+ looks like it either saves the queen (22.B or Qxe2 gives black a chance to escape) or material compensation (22.Kf1 Nxc1). But the first option is not so attractive for black.
Sep-04-11
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  HeMateMe: < luzhin > I knew that, I was just testing the others here...
Sep-05-11  Ladolcevita: A wonderful finish!
Congrats to Bu Xiangzhi,who just happened to eliminate three world junior(U20) chess champions in a row----actually they're the winners from 2007 to 2009.
Sep-06-11
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  whiteshark: This was the day’s second-longest-running game. The Asian contest between Abhijeet Gupta (India) and Bu Xiangzhi (China) ended in a minor tragedy. After a complex game Gupta was pressing for a win up to move 60, when he played <60…Kh5>:


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<61.f4!!<>>, threatening mate on g5 as well as Bd1+, suddenly forced Gupta to resign. Bu Xiangzhi will continue to represent China in Round 4.

Source: http://whychess.org/en/node/1702
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Sep-06-11
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  whiteshark: <luzhin: <Very interesting. But there was a terrible double blunder in the middle of it: after 32.Nxb4?? Ra4! would have won a piece (and the game)>>

The winning position after <32... Ra4> is worth a diagram


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with the possible line <33.Qxc4> (otherwise 33... Qxb4 simply wins a piece) <33...bxc4 34. Nxa2 cxd3 35.Nac1 dxe2+ 36. Kxe2 Rb4> With the exchange up it should be a technical win.


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