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Matthew J Wadsworth vs Ziaur Rahman
"Spicy Rahman" (game of the day May-15-2015)
Hastings (2013/14), Hastings ENG, rd 8, Jan-04
Sicilian Defense: Closed Variation (B23)  ·  0-1



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  luzhin: Rahman's 27...Rg3!! is a move for the ages. If, in the game, White had played 29.Rxe5 then f2+ 30.Rd5 Bxd5+ 31.Qxd5 f1=Q+ 32.Kh2 fxg3+ is mate. But what if White had coolly played 28.Kh2? Then 28...Rxf3! 29.Qxf3 e3!! seems to win. The best defence is 30.Qg4 but according to my silicon friend there would follow 30...f3+ 31.Kg1 exf2+ 32.Kxf2 Qh2+ 33.Kf1 f2 34.Re7 Bc6 35.Bf4 Bb5+ 36.Re2 Bxe2+ 37.Kxe2 f1=Q+! (only move!) 38.Kxf1 Rf8 39.Ke1 Rxf4 winning. The Bangladeshi immortal game!
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  Penguincw: Interesting possible mate I see among the lines. If 29.♖xe5 f2+ 30.♔h2?? then 30...fxg3# 0-1. Nice game.

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Jan-10-14  abuzic: <luzhin: Rahman's 27...Rg3!! is a move for the ages. ... ..... The Bangladeshi immortal game!>

Absolute beauty, a masterpiece from a non 'elite' chess GM. Hat's off. Just one added note to the line above: <...... But what if White had coolly played 28.Kh2? 28.Kh2 Rxf3! 29.Qxf3 e3!! 30.Qg4 f3+ ....>

30...Bd5!! is even stronger and wins readily, the suggested winning line is:

28.Kh2 Rxf3! 29.Qxf3 e3!! 30.Qg4 Bd5!! 31.Bxe3 <31.Rg1 f3+ 32.Kh1 exf2 33.Rf1 <Qg3!!> 34.Be3 Qg2+ 35.Qxg2 fxg2+ 36.Kh2 gxf1N+ 37.Rxf1 Re8 38.Bxf2 Rf8 39.b3 Be4 40.c4 Bd3 41.Rd1 Rxf2+ 42.Kg1 Rf3> 31...fxe3+ 32.f4 Qe4 33.Rg1 Kc7 34.c4 Qc2+ 35.Rg2 Bxg2 36.Qxg2 Qxc4 37.Qf3 Rg8 38.Re1 <Rg3> 39.Qf1 Qe4 40.Re2 Rf3 41.Qe1 Qxf4+ 42.Kg1 <Rg3+> 43.Rg2 Qf3 44.Rxg3 <Qxg3+> 45.Qxg3+ <hxg3>. The curse of the g3 sauare.

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  al wazir: What happens after 28. Bg4 ? If 29...e3+, then 30. f3
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  offramp: I like the move after white has taken the rook with 28.fxg3

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Normally, you try to reduce your number of pawn islands. So 28...hxg3 would reduce black's pawn islands from 2 to only one. 28...hxg3 also treatens ...Rxh3+, and gives black 3 connecteed passed pawns. But despite all that, black played 28...exf3!!

That's very imaginative!

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  Honza Cervenka: <al wazir: What happens after 28. Bg4 ? If 29...e3+, then 30. f3>

28.Bg4 e3+ 29.f3 Qg7 threatening 30...Bxf3+ 31.Bxf3 Rxh3# or 31.Qxf3 Rxf3 .

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  kevin86: Mate will follow quickly for white.That is, on white.
May-15-15  mruknowwho: I think White should have looked to complete other parts of his development before castling.
May-15-15  paavoh: After the 17th move by Black, the minimum number of moves to reach the respective White and Black positions were 10 and 15. White wasted an awful amount of time to create a worse position...
May-15-15  Abdel Irada: <Honza Cervenka: <al wazir: What happens after 28. Bg4 ? If 29...e3+, then 30. f3>

28.Bg4 e3+ 29.f3 Qg7 threatening 30...Bxf3+ 31.Bxf3 Rxh3# or 31.Qxf3 Rxf3 .>

Even without this threat, I can't imagine anyone wanting to play White's position after Black removes the threat against d7.

White still has a bishop for two pawns, but it's hard to see how he'd ever get his queenside out of the box before being overpowered on the kingside.

May-15-15  Abdel Irada: Alternative pun: "Cometh Ziaur, Cometh Zaman."

May-15-15  Bycotron: Amazing, by move ten white is curled into the fetal position and crying. When will chess players learn this defense never works?! ;)
May-15-15  Herma48852: I've been slaughtered on the white side of this by blindly castling K-sided into a horrific attack. Of course the play here is of much higher quality than my pitiful play but the overall similarities ring true.
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  perfidious: Some beautiful tactics, but White's play was nothing if not supine--had about as much fight to it as damp ramen.
May-15-15  Abdel Irada: Indeed, Black was neither merciful nor compassionate. :-D

May-15-15  FairyPromotion: Spectacular.
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