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Ding Liren vs Levon Aronian
"On a Ding and a Prayer" (game of the day Sep-22-2017)
Alekhine Memorial (2013), Paris/St Petersburg FRA/RUS, rd 1, Apr-21
Semi-Slav Defense: Accelerated Meran Variation (D45)  ·  1-0



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Premium Chessgames Member <Even Stockfish thinks that 37.Bxg7!! leads to draw rather than to win.> At a sufficient search depth Stockfish finds the win: analysis of move 37.?

Apparently Black can delay the mate for a while by giving up ruinous amounts of material.

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Sep-22-17  NightKnight: Really beautiful game by Ding. Positional tactics.
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Mar-26-20  newzild: I found this to be as easy this time as I did six years ago, but expected 43. Re3 instead of 43. Re5, which invites the temporary defence 43...h6.

Can anyone see a reason for 43. Re5?

Mar-26-20  Cheapo by the Dozen: I went with Bf6 followed by Re1, but the engine says that's too slow because of the defense ... ab followed by ... Qa3, which I didn't even think to consider.
Mar-26-20  Walter Glattke: Black has a rook for a bishop, the Li (mile or ratio), in Japan Ri now let him play 37.Bxg7, a simple club player had draw with 37.Qg5 f6 38.Bxf6 Rf8 so 37.Bxg7 Kxg7 38.Qg5+ Kf8 39.Qf6 Kg8 time control 42.Re1 possible now Rf8, d3 axb4 42.axb4 43.Re5 h6 44.Rh5 Qxa3 to answer 45.Rxh6 with Qc1+ 46.Kh2 Qxh6 therefore 46.Qxh6 f6 and resign, black could play 46.-Qa1+ 47.Kh2 Qxd4 48.Rg5+! Option: 37.-f5 38.Bf6 Rg7 (38.-Re8? 39.Qg5+ Kf7 40.Qg7#) wins for white.
Mar-26-20  scormus: <newzild> Relieved I'm not the only one to wonder why not 43 Re3

I wasn't sure what to choose for move 37. I wondered about Bxg7 but what if not ... Kxg7 ? I was inclined to go for 37 Qg5. I suppose it would continue .... f5 38 Bf6 39 Be7 Re8. Hmmm, it's not very convincing :(

No marks today, time for engine

Mar-26-20  rogl: <newzild: I found this to be as easy this time as I did six years ago, but expected 43. Re3 instead of 43. Re5, which invites the temporary defence 43...h6. Can anyone see a reason for 43. Re5?> Sorry, but if you went for 43. Re3 you didn't solve it. Black can play 43...Qxa3!, which forces white to take the draw by repetition.
Mar-26-20  saturn2: 37.Bxg7Kx7 now white has to play
38 Qg5 first because the immediate 38.Re1 is answered by Rg8 and this seems to hold.
Mar-26-20  Olsonist: Why 45. Qxa6 rather Rxa6 with a back rank mate to follow after black exhausts their checks? I must be missing something because the Stockfish annotation doesnt mention anything.
Mar-26-20  saturn2: <Olsonist: Why 45. Qxh6 rather Rxh6>


Mar-26-20  Olsonist: Thanks. I think White still wins that but maybe its not forced in 10.
Mar-26-20  Walter Glattke: I showed that Rh6? Qc1, too. But bad end, if Rg5+ then.
Mar-26-20  Walter Glattke: 45.-f6 46.Qxf6 Qc1+ 47.Kh2 Rg7 48.Qxd8+ Kf7 49.Rf5+ Kg6 50.Qf6+ Kh7 51.Rh5+ Kg8 52.d7 Qf4+ 53.Qxf4 Rxd7 54.Qe5 Kf8 55.Rh8+ wins, but no immediate mate.
Mar-26-20  RandomVisitor: After 12.Ne1 it looks like an equal game, not so much later on...

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<45/58 08:52 0.00 12...Qc8 13.Qe2 Qb7> 14.Bxa6 Rxa6 15.Nd3 Rfa8 16.h3 axb4 17.axb4 Rxa1 18.Rxa1 Rxa1+ 19.Bxa1 Qa6 20.Bb2 Ne8 21.Qd1 g6 22.Na4 Nc7 23.Qc2 Bf6 24.Qd1 bxc5 25.bxc5 Qb5 26.Qc2 Bd8 27.Bc3 Be7 28.Bb2

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Mar-26-20  Autoreparaturwerkbau: I think the idea for today's puzzle comes from Simon Williams' same puzzle dating only 6 days ago:
Mar-26-20  TheaN: Oh darn. I saw the concept of this puzzle, concluding Black might not be allowed to take on g7 but in that case be lost anyway.

However, I was set on Qg5-f6-Re1-Re3 to pretty much any defense, but I missed the axb4 with Qxa3! idea which is a very sneaky defensive concept. Re5 with h6 complicates things beyond what I saw, so no points today.

Mar-26-20  RandomVisitor: After 4...a6 Stockfish likes 5.g3

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<49/71 1:33:49 +0.22 5.g3 e6 6.Bg2 dxc4 7.a4> c5 8.dxc5 Qxd1+ 9.Nxd1 Bd7 10.Ne3 Bc6 11.Nxc4 Bxc5 12.0-0 Nbd7 13.Bf4 0-0 14.Rfc1 Rfc8 15.Nfd2 Bxg2 16.Kxg2 Nd5 17.Bd6 Rc6 18.Bxc5 Nxc5 19.Na5 Rc7 20.Ndb3 b6 21.Nxc5 bxc5 22.Nc4 Rb8 23.a5 Rd7 24.h3 f5

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  agb2002: Level 3: 37...?
F J Lee vs Lasker, 1899

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  gawain: This was hard! I failed badly, except for seeing that White would at some point threaten checkmate delivered by queen and pawn (by Qh8). But all I could see for White after that threat was a draw by repetition.
Mar-26-20  Walter Glattke: Option to Lee -Lasker, seems to win also without RxB : 37.-Qg4+ 38.Kf1 Qg2+ 39.Ke1 Qg1+ 40.Kd2 Nd3 (threatens Qc1#) 41.Bxd3 cxd3 42.Qe1! but 40.-Ng2 41.Qf2 Bf3 42.Qxf3? Qe1#
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