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Nikita Vitiugov vs Ding Liren
Russia - China (2012), St Petersburg RUS, rd 1, Jul-02
King's Indian Defense: Saemisch Variation. Normal Defense (E81)  ·  1-0



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May-04-13  cyclon: My 'prefatory'-move in Today's Puzzle is nevertheless 21. f6 instead of, for example, less modest 21. e5 into which Black may response 21. -f6 messing things up - though his K-side position doesn't look very pretty after that - White's clearly better. So, 21. e5 may as well be a starting move for example perhaps transposing. B-U-T, my line today is however 21. f6, because;

( 21. f6 ) 21. -Kh7 ( threat was SIMPLE 22. Qh6. F.e. 21. -Qd8 22. e5 Bxe5 23. Rxe5 dxe5 24. Qh6 over. In many lines Black has to give up his B for a f6-pawn. ) 22. e5 ( a must-move now ) 22. -Bxe5 ( 22. dxe5 doesn't change anything and 22. -Rh8 23. e6 is devastating for Black, also 22. -c4 23. Rf5 actually mates 'cause there's no answer to the next 24. Rxh5+ Kg8 25. Rh8+. If 23. -gxf5 , then 24. Qg5 mates anyhow. Yet, 22. -Qg4 gets 23. Re4 Qc8 24. Rh4 intending 25. Rxh5/+. If Black plays something else, let's say 22. -Rae8 or 22. -Rfe8 THEN White plays 23. Rf5 and nothing prevents the consequences of threatening 24. Rxh5+ without loss of material ) and NOW 23. Rxe5 limits the answers off from the Black; ( if 23. Rf5 instead, then 24. -Bxf6 and White has to take the Bishop because 25. Rxh5+ Kg8 26. Qh6 Re8 ) 23. -dxe5 ( what else? ) 24. Rf5 ( a very powerful move - 24. Bf5? Qd8 25. Qg5 Rh8 26. Qxh5+ Kg8 27. Qg5 Rh5 ) . NOW, if 24. - gxf5? 25. Qg5 mates. Yet, moves like 24. -c4, -e4, -Qd8, -Rh8 gets 25. Rxh5+ and mating with 26. Rh8+/ Rxh8+ followed by 27. Qh6+ and 28 Qg7X ) Finally, 24. -Qxf5 25. Bxf5 and White is a piece up whilst attack's continuing for example with moves like Qg5 and g4. Of course Black cannot play 25. -gxf5?? 26. Qg5 mating. So, correct or not my ( main- ) line today is:
21. f6 Kh7 22. e5 Bxe5 23. Rxe5 dxe5 24. Rf5 Qxf5 25. Bxf5 and White's G-O-T a winning game.

May-04-13  mistreaver: Saturday. White to play. Very difficult.21?
I think the right move here is:
21 e5!!
21 Qh6 is met by Bg7, and
21 f6 is met by Kh7
black has 3 choices:
A) 21... Kh7
22 e6 fxe6
23 fxg6+ Kg7
24 dxe6
and white is much better
B) 21... dxe5
22 f6 Kh7
23 Qg5 and there is no defence against Qxh5+
C) 21... Bxe5
22 Rxe5 dxe5
23 f6 Kh7
24 Qg5
and again there is no defence
Time to check.
Whoops, after Qg5 Qg4 is possible and white can resign.
May-04-13  JohnBoy: Along with <morf> and <Rhialto>, I missed the final move of the game. Beautiful finish.
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May-04-13  cyclon: < Rhialto:> <"But as for 21.f6, I'm pretty sure the problem with that is 21...Kh7 22.e5 Qg4! preventing the game idea, at least for a little while. "> Your suggestion 22. -Qg4 gets 23. Re4 Qc8 ( or 23. -Qd7 in which case there is no need to play 'good-looking' 24. e6, but 24. Rh4 which decides the game ) ) 24. Rh4 and Black cannot cope with the consequences of coming 25. Rxh5/+ as I already mentioned in my post. So, don't get hurt, but 22. -Qg4?. Maybe it prevents the game-line, but not the result of the game.
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  OhioChessFan: I'm annoyed I got the first couple moves in an instant, then couldn't find Rf5.
May-04-13  agb2002: The material is even.

White has several options 21.f6, 21.fxg6 and 21.e5.

In the case of 21.fxg6 fxg6 Black can defend its second rank: 22.Qh6 Qg7.

Something similar happens after 21.e5 f6 22.fxg6 Bxe5 23.Qh6 Bxb2.

Therefore, 21.f6:

A) 21... Kh7 22.e5

A.1) 22... Bxe5 23.Rxe5 (to prevent ... Bxf6) 23... dxe5 24.Rf5

A.1.a) 24... gxf5 25.Qg5 Rg8 26.Qxh5#.

A.1.b) 24... Qxf5 25.Rxf5 gxf5 26.Qg5, etc.

A.1.c) 24... Rh8 25.Rxh5+ Kg8 26.Rxh8+ Kxh8 27.Qh6+ Kg8 28.Qg7#.

A.2) 22... dxe5 23.Rf5 e4 24.Rxh5+ gxh5 (24... Kg8 25.Rh8+) 25.Bxe4+ and mate soon.

A.3) 22... Qg4 23.Re4 Qd7 24.Rh4 Rh8 25.Rxh5+ Kg8 26.Rxh8+ Kxh8 27.Qh6+ Kg8 28.Qg7#.

B) 21... Qd8 22.e5 Bxe5 (22... Kh7 23.Qg5 + -) 23.Rxe5 dxe5 24.Qh6 wins.

May-04-13  1.e4effort: I saw the first couple of moves, but I do not see how the position at 24.Rf5 wins. I have not been drinking stupefying wine. therefore I humbly ask - from whence comes the win?
May-04-13  whiteshark: 24.Rf5 is really a nice leverage of the position
May-04-13  JohnBoy: <e4> - the threat is 25.Rxh5+, 26.Rh8+, 27.Qh6+ and 28.Qg7#. How to meet this? 24...gf5 25.Qg5, 24...Qf5 25.Bxf5 both maybe slightly delay the inevitable at best.

A whole lot of us missed 24.Rf5!

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  playground player: <e4effort> 24.Rf5 is curtains for Black. If Black answers 24...gxf5, then White plays Qg5, with no way for Black to avoid checkmate. If he plays 24...Qxf5, White plays BxQ+, and again there's no way for Black to keep the White Queen out of his living room. Finally, if Black doesn't take the White Rook, then the Rook will be able to take the Black Pawn at h5 and again it's adios, muchacho.
May-04-13  kevin86: A nice pair of sacrifices ends this one QUICKLY.
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  Jimfromprovidence: Another line to consider is 21 e5 Kh7?! 22 Qg5!

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The threat is 23 fxg6+ fxg6 24 Bxg6+.

One continuation is 22...f6 23 fxg6+ Kg7 24 Rxf6.

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May-04-13  Patriot: Material is even. Black has no threats.

Because of white's attack on the kingside (aside from it being a puzzle), the way white proceeds from here may be critical to the outcome of the game. Here are some tries that came to mind:

21.Qh6 Bg7

21.fxg6 fxg6 22.Qg5 Qg7 or 22.Qh6 Qg7

21.f6 Kh7 22.e5 Bxe5 23.Rxe5 dxe5 24.Qg5 Rh8 25.Qxh5+ Kg8

21.e5 Bxe5 22.Rxe5 dxe5 23.Qh6

This last move, 21.e5, seems to have real promise. I'm not sure how black is going to defend with Rf3 coming soon.

May-04-13  Patriot: So 23.Qh6 is an advantage and 23...f6 is a key defense which I thought about but didn't fear. After 23.f6 Kh7, 24.Rf5! is the only winning move at that point--very nice! I didn't consider this move.
May-04-13  morfishine: <Jimfromprovidence> Nice post and good to see you!
May-04-13  James D Flynn: Material is equal but Whitehas a powerful pawn centre supported by his Rs which gives him opportunities to make sacrificial breaks to open the Black K position where the Black squares look very weak. 21.f6(the threat of Qh6 forces either Bxf6 which loses a piece for a pawn with continued White attachk Base on Qg5 or h6 and e5 opening the way fro a sac on g6 ur Kh7) Kh7 22.e5(to block the Black B from a timely sac on f6) Bxe5 (Qg4 now would be answered by Re4 forcing as retreat of the Q and allowing Rh4 with gain of tempo where it threatens Rh5 ch) 23.Rxe5 dxe5 24.Rf5(threatening mate in4 starting with Rxh5+ followed by Rh8+ and preventing Qg4) Qxf5(not gxf5 25,Qg5 and there is no defense to Qg7# because R either g8 is answered By Qxh5#) 25.Bxf5 Rh8(again gxf5 26,Qg5 leads to mate, Black hopes to create escape squares at g8,f8, and e8) 26.d6 Kg8(the B is still invulnerable) 27.d7 Rd8 28.h4(threat 29.Bxg6 fxg6 30.Qd5+ Kh7 31,Qf7+ Kh6 32. Qg7#) c4 29.Bxg6 fxg6 30.Qd5+ Kf8(Kh7 31.Qf7+ Kh6 Qg7#) 31,Qd6+ Kg8 32.Qe7 Rh7 33.Qe8+ Rxe8 34,dxe8=Q#
May-05-13  Boris Schipkov: A great tactical game. My commentary in the Chess Siberia . I remember I played Rf5! in the similar position in one of my games in Hungary many years ago.
May-06-13  1.e4effort: <playground player> and <johnboy> thanks for the help! i kept looking and looking but my ancient eyeballs could not come up with the solution. it's very logical to see now that you've been so kind to point it out!
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  kingscrusher: Nice finish
Oct-14-13  visayanbraindoctor: 18... h5 looks like a blunder, fatally weakening the King's pawn cover, and allowing the lightning quick attack that followed.

At the end of this shining gem of a miniature, Vitiugov creates a beautiful and memorable mating brilliancy.

From my post above.

In addition, this brilliancy reminds me of the classic Fischer vs Benko, 1963

Apr-05-14  Conrad93: Hard to believe this 9. Nf4 line hasn't been tried before.

It seems like 9...e5 10. Ne2 Nh5 looks equal.

Apr-05-14  N0B0DY: Shared “a-ha!” moments.
Dec-15-17  Toribio3: Vitiugov played like Kasparov.
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