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Victor Bologan vs Mikhael Mchedlishvili
European Championship (2012), Plovdiv BUL, rd 9, Mar-29
Caro-Kann Defense: Two Knights Attack (B10)  ·  1-0



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Mar-29-12  luzhin: Fantastic attack by Bologan beginning with 27.Nxc4 -- sound or not, it was too much for Black. Nice that the winning blow was White's first move with his QB on move 40 - although 40.Bf4 also did the trick of removing the Nd6 and thus paving the deadly advance of the b-pawn.
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  wordfunph: 3 unopposed white pawns after 33.Qxd5, too much for GM Mchedlishvili to handle.

knockout punch 41.Bxd6! and time to sign scoresheets 1-0.

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  al wazir: This game really lived up to the "insane" label.

Bologan must have calculated the moves from 27. Nxc4 to 32. Qb5 in advance. (If 27...dxc4 28. Qxc4+ Kd8 29. d5 exd5 30. Bxd5, white gets three ♙s for the piece with a fine attacking position.) But from there on I think he was playing speculatively.

Apr-12-20  Walter Glattke: Happy Easter, me and you and a dog named Boo (Nc4) play there's but for fortune, for you or I, the first song came in my conscience when I say the diagram. I now test the Easter-Hare, if you know him, hops from 28.Nc4 to b6+. Analysis later.
Apr-12-20  Walter Glattke: 28.Nb6+? axb6 29.axb6 gxf3! Therefore 28.Bxd5 exd5 29.Nb6+ Kc7, ah 30.Nxd5+ Kd8 31.Qc4 Qh6 32.Qc7+ Ke8, there is no draw, the match is of the edge of the knife, and one will win, but who is it? Search the easter-egg, that white will win, there are many eggs in this Easter-nist!
Apr-12-20  RandomVisitor: After 27.Nxc4 black should play 27...gxf4, and now white has nothing:

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<40/65 03:46 -2.90 28.Bxf4 Bg5 29.Kf2> h4 30.Ke1 hxg3 31.Bxg5 Qxg5 32.a6 g2 33.Qxg2 Qh4+ 34.Qf2 Qxf2+ 35.Kxf2 dxc4 36.axb7+ Kb8 37.Rh1 Rxh1 38.Rxh1 Nd8 39.Rh6 a5 40.d5 a4 41.dxe6 Bxe6 42.Ke3 Rf8 43.Bg2 Kc7 44.Rh7+ Nf7 45.Bh3 Bxh3 46.Rxh3 Rh8 47.Rxh8 Nxh8

40/82 03:46 -5.62 28.Nb6+ axb6 29.Bxf4 Bg5 30.axb6 Kb8 31.Kh1 Bxf4 32.gxf4 Nh6 33.Rg1 Qf8 34.Rxg8 Rxg8 35.Rg1 Rxg1+ 36.Kxg1 Qxf4 37.Bxh5 Nf5 38.Bg4 Nh4 39.Bh3 Qg3+ 40.Bg2 Qxc3 41.Qf2 Nf5 42.Bf1 Bc8 43.Bd3 Nxd4 44.Kg2 Nc6 45.Qf8 Qxe5 46.Kf1 Qh2 47.Be2 Nd4

27.f5 g4 28.Bxd5 exd5 29.f6 had to be tried instead.

Apr-12-20  mel gibson: The first move was obvious but not so the rest.

Stockfish 11 says:

28. Bxd5

(28. Bxd5 (♗f3xd5 e6xd5 ♘c4-b6+ ♔c8-c7 ♘b6xd5+ ♔c7-b8 ♘d5xe7 h5-h4 ♕e2-e4 h4xg3 a5-a6 b7xa6 ♗c1-d2 ♖h8-h2+ ♔g2-g1 ♖g8-h8 ♖f1-b1+ ♗d7-b5 ♖b1xb5+ a6xb5 ♘e7-c6+ ♔b8-c8 ♘c6xa7+ ♔c8-d7 ♕e4-d5+ ♘f7-d6 ♕d5xd6+ ♔d7-e8 f4-f5 ♕g7-e7 ♕d6xe7+ ♔e8xe7 ♗d2-g5+ ♔e7-f7 e5-e6+ ♔f7-g8 ♘a7xb5 ♖h2-h1+ ♔g1-g2 ♖h1xa1 e6-e7 ♖h8-h2+ ♔g2xg3 ♖h2-e2 ♔g3xg4 ♖a1-g1+ ♔g4-h5 ♖g1xg5+ ♔h5xg5 ♖e2xe7 c3-c4 ♖e7-b7 d4-d5 ♖b7-b6 ♘b5-d4 ♖b6-b4 d5-d6 ♖b4xc4 ♘d4-e6 ♖c4xc2 d6-d7 ♖c2-d2 d7-d8♕+ ♖d2xd8 ♘e6xd8 ♔g8-g7 f5-f6+ ♔g7-f8 ♔g5-f5 ♔f8-e8 ♔f5-g6 ♔e8-d7) +6.35/34 343)

score for White +6.35 depth 34.

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  agb2002: White has an extra pawn.

Black threatens gxf3+ (the bishop on f3 is trapped) and dxc4.

These threats and the position of the Black king suggest 28.Bxd5 exd5 29.Nb6+ (29.e6 dxc4 30.exd7+ Kxd7, unclear) 29... axb6 (29... Kc7 30.Nxd7 Kxd7 31.e6+) 30.axb6 Kb8 (30... Be8 31.e6 Kb8 32.Ba3 Qf8 33.Bxe7 Qxe7 34.Ra7 followed by Rfa1; 30... Be6 31.Qb5 Kb8 32.Ra7 followed by Qa4) 31.Ba3, with the idea of doubling heavy pieces on the a-file, looks promising.

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  agb2002: Definitely sleeping.

After 30... Be8 White delivers mate with 31.Ra8+ Kd7 32.Qb5+ Ke6 33.f5#.

After 30... Be6 is mate in two 31.Ra8+ Kd7 32.Qb5#.

After 30... Kb8 31.Ba3 Bxa3 32.Rxa3 Qg6 Black seems to hold with a big material advantage.

Apr-12-20  Brenin: 27 ... g4 allowed (practically forced) the winning response 28 Bxd5, whereas 27 ... gxf4 28 Bxf4 Bh4 would have left White with a collapsing K-side and a knight en prise.
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  Messiah: In all honesty, this one was pretty easy, the main theme is almost obvious. Most probably I had luck to see the pattern immediately and to see the variations in a fairly short time, instead of being a tactical monster.
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  chrisowen: Falling d5 no?
Apr-12-20  goodevans: <Brenin: 27 ... g4 allowed (practically forced) the winning response 28 Bxd5...>

I reckon black saw that and also that white could likely regain the piece with a pawn fork on e6 at some point. What I don't think he reckoned with was <29.Nb6+!> which is the key move. I strongly suspect he was expecting the N to retreat after which 29...h4 would have given him a strong attack.

Here's the position after white has just captured with <27.Nxc4>

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Black can't capture the N because that would open up the a8-h1 diagonal catastrophically, e.g. <27...dxc4 28.a6 Bc6 29.axb7+ Bxb7 30.Bxb7+ Kxb7 31.Rb1+> etc.

If he plays <27...h4> immediately white simply advances <28.g4>.

I think black saw <27...g4> achieving two things: Getting rid of white's LSB and stopping white's g-pawn advancing after ...h4. He'd have been spot on if only white hadn't got his attack in first!

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  chrisowen: xhigh noon no?
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  chrisowen: A devil a no blue dress on no?
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  dorsnikov: Impossible to visualize that far ahead. Had to be done on instinct.
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  chrisowen: Cor achtung red no?
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  An Englishman: Good Morning: Couldn't solve it, of course. A nice, normal 5/7 for the week in un-nice, abnormal times.
Apr-12-20  newzild: Got the first four moves, but went 32. f5 instead of 32. Qb5
Apr-12-20  Cheapo by the Dozen: I sometimes specialize in non-forcing moves, but seeing this attack through to a conclusion was way beyond me.
Apr-12-20  messachess: Like many others here: the first move is obvious. Getting to R on a8 is maybe conceivable, but the positional acumen necessary for the rest, though Bologan must have had it, I have to think he did not foresee the remaining moves.

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