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Sergei Movsesian vs Zoltan Almasi
"Serg Protector" (game of the day Sep-11-2012)
Istanbul Olympiad (2012), Istanbul TUR, rd 11, Sep-09
Spanish Game: Closed. Martinez Variation (C78)  ·  1-0



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Sep-11-12  Antiochus: Moravian or Bohemian Protector?
Sep-11-12  nuwanda: in the final position Almasi could have tried one more move 50...Kh7.

this is of course totaly lost too, but in reply to the clever move 51.Rb8 he has the surprising 51...Qg3+ with a draw.

Sep-11-12  Gogia: <nuwanda> I think it would have been 49...Kh7 not 50 and in any case black is left with no logical moves
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  Eyal: After the forcing sequence starting with 21...Nxd5? (perhaps the decisive mistake) 22.Nd4! exd4 (22...Kh8 23.Qe4 c6 24.Nxc6!) 23.Qe6+ and ending with 26.cxd4, Black is left with three weak pawns - on a6, b3 & d5 - <all> of which fall eventually.

This was the game that decided the match vs. Hungary for Armenia in the final round. Btw, Almasi also lost in the Ruy Lopez a critical game in Hungary’s match vs. Russia (Grischuk vs Z Almasi, 2012).

Sep-11-12  twinlark: <Antiochus> The only reason that's not in very poor taste is its obscurity.
Sep-11-12  JohnAnthony: (nuwanda) thanks for that very interesting spoiler attempt!
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  kevin86: The forgotten pawn-the a-pawn goes in for the touchdown!
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  Robed.Bishop: <nuwanda> Nice find.
Sep-11-12  Conrad93: 21. Nxd5 is the major blunder.

Black should have seen the pin.

Sep-11-12  Conrad93: 21.Nc5 gives black a winning game.
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  Eyal: <21.Nc5 gives black a winning game.>

21...Nc5 is better than Nxd5? but nothing like a winning game or even an advantage for Black - after, say, 22.Rd1 his position is still quite difficult with the light-squares weakness and dubious pawn structure. Possibly 12...b4 was already a step in the wrong direction.

Sep-12-12  Conrad93: 22.Rd1? e4! 23.Nd4 Nd2 24.f5 Nf1 25.f4 Nd2 26.e3!
Now white has several options.

(a) 26...fxe3 27.fxe3 Nf5! 28.exf4 Rae8 29.Qh5! g6 30.Qf6 Nxd1 31.Re7 Kg2 32.Rfe8 Nf3 33.Re4 Nd4. Black has an advantage.

(b) 26...Nf3 27.Nf5 Ng5 28.Nd7! Ne6 29.exf2 Qxf2 30.Rf6 Nd4 31.Ne5 Nxf5 32.Rxf5 Be2 33.f3 gxf3. Now black has an even bigger advantage.

(c) 26.Nf1 27.exf2+ Qxf2 28.Ne4! Qe2 29. Qa7+! Rd4 30.Ng5 Kh1. Now black has a won game.

I really don't see what white gains.

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  Eyal: <Conrad93: 22.Rd1? e4! 23.Nd4 Nd2 24.f5 Nf1 25.f4 Nd2 26.e3! Now white has several options [...]>

Sorry, this just doesn't make any sense whatsoever. I was talking about 21...Nc5 (which supposedly gives Black a "winning game") 22.Rd1; after 22...e4 23.Nd4 none of the other moves in the variation above is even legal, unless some move for Black or White is missing (but I can't see which one).

Sep-12-12  Conrad93: Of course they're legal. Check again.
Sep-12-12  Jim Bartle: <Conrad93: 22.Rd1? e4! 23.Nd4 Nd2 24.f5 Nf1 25.f4 Nd2 26.e3! Now white has several options [...]>

Could you explain how the black knight moves from d5 to d2 on move 23?

Sep-12-12  Conrad93: Oops. I should have probably said 23.Nfd5.
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  Eyal: <Oops. I should have probably said 23.Nfd5.>

Oops. Still nonsense.

Sep-15-12  Conrad93: e2*

You are an idiot for not figuring this out on your own.

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  Eyal: <e2*> Lol - 3rd attempt and still can't produce a legal move. I've seen many trolls on this site, but none of them was so genuinely and completely retarded.
Sep-16-12  Conrad93: Nd5-Ne2 is a legal move.

Are you this stupid?

Sep-16-12  Conrad93: Eyal must be trolling.
Sep-16-12  Jim Bartle: Conrad93 should learn the rules of chess.
Sep-16-12  Conrad93: Jim should learn how to use logic and critical thinking.

It's not difficult to fix the error yourself.

Sep-17-12  rilkefan: <Conrad93>, the point you're missing is that your line above is riddled with errors in notation. 24.f5 then 25.f4 for example, or the particularly confusing ...Nf1. You're apparently turning your board around at random and seeing where the pieces land, but not in a consistent way. No one is going to be motivated to go to the trouble of making sense of that. If you want to communicate, you need to write legibly.

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