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Alexandr Hilario Takeda dos Santos Fier vs Alina Bivol
"Playing with Fier" (game of the day Sep-17-2014)
2nd Riga Tech Open (2012), Riga LAT, rd 1, Aug-06
French Defense: Tarrasch Variation. Modern System (C03)  ·  1-0



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Sep-17-14  IPrometheus: 36 ...Ke5 37 f4 # . 14...dxc3 is overly- ambitious, leaving the King to defend itself; 14...h6 is indicated here, where 15.Nh7 leads to complicated play; without 14...dxc3, a boring game would have developed--so hats off to Black for just going for it!!
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  naresb: <IPrometheus>After 12. Ng3, Black should have taken sufficient defensive measures. Whites both Knights on kingside, likely double attack with Queen n LS Bishop, DS Bishop covering c3-h6 diagonal, Rook in control of semi open 'e' file, all these were head on Black's King.

Whether Rf7, Bf8, occasional Ne8/Ng8 with Kh8 could have provided sufficient defensive mechanism to Black?

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  Once: After 36...Ke5 37. f4# we get this pretty pattern:

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A gruesome mate in the middle of the board.

The game itself is an oddity. I got the impression that black should have won with his impressive pawn phalanx, but the pawns hardly managed to move. White attacked and, after some less than obvious mistakes from black, turned a dodgy looking position into a forced mate.

I think the reason for the victory was white's name. Like the white kingside attack, it looks mightily impressive. Meanwhile Black has the name of a minor Star Trek villain. No wonder he/ she wilted in the face of such a polysyllabic onslaught.

Sep-17-14  kyg16: Very interesting game. Prometheus, according to Fritz 14, 14... dxc3 is correct (and best move). Surprisingly 17. Be3 is evaluated as quite a big blunder, throwing -3.49.

After 21. Qg6 the engine goes even higher: the evaluation is of -6.53. But this is obviously easy to say behind the monitor, the question is: how to defend against White's attack?

22... Bg4 is undoubtedly creative but Qd1 was needed here in order to bring the Black Queen to assist in the defense.

Amazingly the only move that could have made Black last a bit longer is 30... Kd7, giving away the Rook and allowing the discovered check. Continuation would have been something like this: 30... Kd7 31. Qxf6 c2 32. Qf5+ Kc6 33. Qxc2 Kb6 34. N5e4 Rc8 35. Bd5 Rh8+ And Black's position is quite lost but a bit better than what actually occurred.

From move 23 on White's play was almost impeccable creating the mating net against Black king.

It is in some way "comforting" to see how even in master level such decisive advantages as the one Black had can be lost and get devastated the way it happened.

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  kevin86: Black's pawns could have won the game, but the king couldn't survive his troubles.
Sep-17-14  posoo: ANY MINUTE we can expect da post from Morfuson. "BUT IT ISNT PRONUNCED FIRE" he'll say. FEE AIR or whatevsLOL.

But we are all just having som fun!

Sep-17-14  Amarande: Hmm ... I apparently need to check my checks more carefully ... I first thought: 35 ... Ke5 36 Qe6+ Kf4 37 g3#, instead of the one-mover *blink*
Sep-17-14  BOSTER: < kyg16: 22...Qd1>. I agree.
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