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Viktor Antonovich Bologan vs Jan Smeets
"Bologan's Run" (game of the day Dec-22-2018)
Bundesliga (2011/12), Muelheim GER, rd 2
Russian Game: Modern Attack. Center Variation (C43)  ·  0-1



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  HeMateMe: Smeets puts out a nice long King walk into white's position, with sharp endgame tactics, to get a full point with the Petroff.
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  whiteshark: Well done, Smeets!
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  al wazir: Why didn't black play 67...Rd3 ? It would have shortened the game considerably.
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: It doesn't seem possible that Black always had enough compensation for the pawn, and later for the Exchange. Even when the game simplified to R v. R & P, it still feels as if White could have reached a standard draw. Just another example of how I never had the judgment of a truly good player.
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  perfidious: A pun presumably based on the sci-fi novel <Logan's Run>, adapted into a film which featured Farrah Fawcett amongst others.
Dec-22-18  nalinw: It is a pity it wasn't White doing the king walk - Smeets' Run doesn't have the same resonance ...
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  HeMateMe: In that domed micro city of the future, no one is permitted to live past the age of 30. At the end, when it's finally safe to breach the outside walls, the young people are amazed to see real live, senior citizens.
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  thegoodanarchist: If we next get a GOTD pun based on the movie title "Walkabout", we will know that the theme is <movies in which Jenny Agutter appears naked>

And don't forget, <China 9, Liberty 37>!

Dec-22-18  siggemannen: Pretty deep pawn sac
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  Breunor: I was trying to use Stockfish to see where exactly white went wrong. In the opening, he loses the advantage over a swath of several moves.

Although there isn't a move that goes from OK to lost immediately, it looks like we can point to move 44 as a game breaker where the game becomes effectively lost (if played by a computer). After black's 43rd,the computer recommends:

1) -0.14 (25 ply) 44.Kg3 Kxc3 45.Rf8 Kd2 46.Kf2 c4 47.Ra2+ Kc3 48.Ra5 Kd4 49.Rd8+ Ke4 50.Rdd5 Rf6+ 51.Ke1 Rf5 52.Kd2 Kf4 53.g3+ Kxg3 54.Rxe5 Rxe5 55.Rxe5 h4 56.Rg5+ Kf4 57.Rh5 Kg4 58.Rh6 h3 59.Kc3 Kg3

After 44 Rf3, we have:

1) -1.91 (21 ply) 44...e4 45.Rh3 Kxc3 46.Rxh5 c4 47.g4 Kd2 48.Ra2+ Ke3 49.Rh3+ Kd4 50.Ra1 c3 51.Kg2 c2 52.Rc1 e3 53.g5 Rc8 54.Kf3 Rf8+ 55.Kg3 Kc3 56.Ra1 Kd2 57.Rhh1

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  Breunor: Al Wazir, Stockfish has both 67 ... Rd3 and Ke2 as completely winning (both at -132!). So I guess the answer is it doesn't matter.
Dec-22-18  cormier:

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Analysis by Houdini 4 d 24 dpa done

1. = / + (-0.40): 36.Be5 Rg8 37.Rxe6 Kb3 38.Bf6 Bg6 39.Rfe2 Kxa3 40.Re7 Rxe7 41.Rxe7 a5 42.Rb7 a4 43.Rxb6 Re8 44.g4 hxg4 45.Kg3 Ka2 46.Kxg4 a3 47.Kf4 Re4+ 48.Kf3 Re1 49.Rb5 Bd3 50.Rb6 Re8 51.Kf4 Re4+ 52.Kf3 Re1 53.Kf2

2. = / + (-0.46): 36.Rxe6 Kxc3 37.Be5+ Kb3 38.Bf6 Rg8 39.Re3+ Bd3 40.Rd2 c4 41.Rb2+ Ka4 42.Rb4+ Ka5 43.Kh3 Rc8 44.Bc3 Ka6 45.Kh4 Bf5 46.Re5 Bc2 47.Re2 Bd1 48.Re3 Rd3 49.Rxd3 cxd3 50.Be5 Be2 51.Rd4 Re8 52.Bf4 Rg8 53.Rd7 Kb5 54.Rxa7 Kc4 55.Be3 Rg6 56.Rc7+ Kd5

Dec-22-18  cormier:

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Analysis by Houdini 4 d 25 dpa done

<1. = (0.00): 35.Bg3 Rg8 36.Rd6 Rgd8 37.Rdf6 Rg8>

2. = (-0.15): 35.c4 Kb3 36.Bc1 Re8 37.Rxf7 Rxf7 38.Rxf7 Rxe5 39.Kg3 Kxc4 40.Rxa7 Re1 41.Bf4 Re6 42.Rf7 Kd5 43.Rd7+ Ke4 44.Rh7 Bd1 45.Rh6 Kf5 46.Rxe6 Kxe6 47.Bc7 Kf5 48.Bxb6 c4 49.Bd4 Kxg5 50.Kf2 Kf4 51.Bc3

3. = / + (-0.44): 35.e6 fxe6 36.Be5 Rg8 37.Rxe6 Kb3 38.Bf6 Bg6 39.Rfe2 Kxa3 40.Re7 Rxe7 41.Rxe7 a5 42.Rb7 Kb3 43.Rxb6+ Kc4 44.Kg3 a4 45.Ra6 Kb5 46.Ra7 Re8 47.Kf3 Re1 48.Kf2 Re4 49.g3 Be8 50.Kf3 Rg4 51.Kf2 Kc4 52.Ra8 Bc6 53.Ra6 Bd7

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  ajk68: 25. Ng5 stood out to me as particularly lifeless play. Rae1 was a much more active move.

The idea is the knight is protected by the possibility of a discovered check which would lose a pawn. Additionally, white would trade a knight for one of the bishops - getting rid of black's bishop pair.

Rae1 also develops the rook.

Dec-23-18  siggemannen: Rae1 Bh4 perhaps?
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  ajk68: I put the computer on the analysis. It's ok with Ng5, Rae1, or Nd2:

1) =0.00 (46 ply) 24.Ng5 Bxg5 25.fxg5 Be6 26.Rad1+ Ke4 27.Rde1 Kd3 28.b4 cxb4 29.cxb4 Kc4 30.Rc1+ Kb3 31.Rf3 Ka4 32.Kf2 Rc8 33.Rf6 Rxc1 34.Bxc1 h4 35.g6 Rxg6 36.Rxg6 fxg6 37.Kf3 g5 38.Bxg5 Kxa3 39.Be7 Kb3 40.Kf4 h3 41.gxh3 Bxh3 42.Kg5 Kc4 43.Kf6 Kd5 44.Bd6 a6 45.Bb8 a5 46.bxa5 bxa5 47.e6 Bxe6

2) =0.00 (45 ply) 24.Rae1 Bh4 25.Bf2 Bf3 26.Bxh4 Rxg2+ 27.Kh1 Rf2+ 28.Kg1 Rg2+

3) =0.00 (45 ply) 24.Nd2 Bh4 25.Bf2 Be7 26.Be3

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  ajk68: I still like Rae1. Black is pretty much forced to give perpetual or accept a slightly inferior line.

Ng5 might be equal with computer play, but it seems like a weaker position for white. I would think white has more chances to make mistakes.

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  An Englishman: Good Morning: Hey, <ajk68>, nothing quite like a computer to demonstrate that a complicated game is nothing but a draw, is there?
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