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Mladen Palac vs Ernesto Inarkiev
European Championship (2014), Yerevan ARM, rd 2, Mar-04
Italian Game: Giuoco Pianissimo. Normal (C50)  ·  0-1



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Mar-26-15  lost in space: 29....Bg1!.

Not found from lost in space

Mar-26-15  Mating Net: I'll bet Black was familiar with the Bishop maneuver from Petrosian vs Pachman, 1961.
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  agb2002: The material is identical.

The first idea that comes to mind is 28... Rxg3 29.Kxg3 (29.Nxg3 Qxh4#) 29... Bg1 (threatening 30... Qg5#) 30.Ne3 (30.Qxf4 exf4+ 31.Kh3 Ng5#) 30... Ne2+:

A) 31.Q(R)xe2 Qf4+ 32.Kh3 Qh2# (or 32... Ng5#).

B) 31.Kh3 Ng5# (or 31... N6f4#).

Mar-26-15  diagonalley: ... took a few minutes to spot 29....B-N8 (likely due to looking at the board from the defender's perspective) ... but we got there. <diagonalley>: 1 point :-)
Mar-26-15  offramp: This is the Giuoco Pianissimo, the quietest version of the Italian Game.
Mar-26-15  Nick46: Mladen Palac lost his AAA rating here.
Mar-26-15  LAK: I think that one has to see all the way to mate on this one. In particular, what should be Black's reaction to 30. Ne3, because here, the intended 30. ... Qg5+ doesn't work quite nicely.

So, we have 28... RxBg3 29.KxRg3 Bg1 30. Ne3, and now:

31. ... Ne2+ 32. QxNe2 Qf4+ 33. Kh3 Qh2#, and 31. ... Ne2+ 32. Kh3 Ne6-f4#


Mar-26-15  morfishine: I got <28...Rxg3> but missed 29...Bg1. So simple, I had to laugh.


Mar-26-15  TheaN: Thursday 26 March 2015 <28....?>

The position is a clusterfest on the kingside. White has quite some locked in pieces, only the major pieces on the d-file have a useful scope, and perhaps the lightsquared bishop to c4. Black is slightly underdeveloped, but by keeping white at bay he does a more efficient job with less pieces.

With black to move he would want to try to break the lock on the black stronghold. All white pieces, sans the rooks, play a part in the defense, but the darksquared bishop seems to be the intial girder in the cascade of defenses.

<28....Rxg3!> takes control over the dark squares. White cannot accept the sacrifice, but in this case I see no reasonable alternative that does not just drop a piece at least. <29.Kxg3 (Nxg3 Qxh4#) Bg1!> the point. The bishop takes control over h2 in addition to f2, and the white king is trapped. Only <30.Ne3> allows white to interpose on g4 after Qg5+, but by blocking c1-h6 black can divert the combination via f4 instead: <30....Ne2+! 31.Rxe2 (Kh3 Ng5#) Qf4+ 32.Kh3 Ng5# 0-1>. Interesting combination.

Mar-26-15  TheaN: In my honest opinion, solvers stopping after 29....Bxg1 miss a crucial move. 30.Ne3 creates some headaches.

30....Qg5+ is mate as well, but is harder to see. 30....Ne2+ is a forced mate in three, Qg5+ is mate in five: 30....Qg5+ 31.Ng4, and now perhaps the nicest mate is 31....Ne2+! 32.Bxe2 Qf4+!, black doesn't need the queen to mate, 33.Qxf4 exf4+ 34.Kh3 Ng5#.

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  Penguincw: I assume the combination is 28...Rxg3 29.Kxg3 Bg1 30.(whatever) Qg5+. I got 28...Rxg3 29...Kxg3 Qg5+ 30.Kh2 Bg1+. :|
Mar-26-15  dunamisvpm: Nice because I saw it!
GOD Bless
Mar-26-15  CHESSTTCAMPS: A curious position - material is even, yet black has both light-squared bishop and queen's rook on their original squares, while white's pieces are all developed in some fashion. In fact, white's major pieces actually have an iron grip on the open d-file, but to no avail: they are not pointing at anything of importance, and the black king is completely safe. Black's material advantage on the crowded king-side decides the game:

28... Rxg3! exploits white's weakened dark squares

A) 29.Nxg3 Qxh4#

B) 29.Kxg3 Bg1! cuts off the king's retreat and white has no defense against 30... Qg5#

The rook is immune and white is a piece down. 'Nuff said, I think.

Mar-26-15  CHESSTTCAMPS: Good points about 30.Ne3 by <TheaN> and <agb2002>; my line B is incomplete.
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  NM JRousselle: The finish reminds me of Petrosian - Packman 1961
Mar-26-15  Pedro Fernandez: << TheaN>: In my honest opinion, solvers stopping after 29....Bxg1 miss a crucial move. 30.Ne3 creates some headaches.> You mean 29...Bg1, and honestly that was my case stopping here due the possible couple of mates. Interesting observation <TheaN> about 30.Ne3 A possible variation could be the white king taking the rook which is a bad idea since 29.Kxg3

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...Bg1! <30.Ne3> Ne2+!

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.Rxe2 (31.Kh3 N6f4++ mate) 31...Qf4+ 32.Kh3 Ng5++ mate

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makes no sense.

Mar-26-15  Lighthorse: What? No! It was that simple and beautiful? I missed 29...Bg1 completely after considering 28...Rxg3.
Mar-26-15  SuperPatzer77: <Pedro Fernandez: A possible variation could be the white king taking the rook which is a bad idea since 29.Kxg3>

29. Kxg3 is not a bad idea. Let me show you something:

After 29. Ne3, Black to play and win (see diagram below:)

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29. Ne3 Qxh4+, 30. Kg1 Nh3+, 31. Kh1/h2 Nhg5+!, 32. Kg1 Nxf3+, 33. Kf2 Rg5+! (discovered check), 34. g3 Qxg3+, 35. Ke2 Nf4# 0-1


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  kevin86: I missed that one...I was looking at an h3 sac-but the pieces are too well guarded.
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  patzer2: White's blunder <28. f3??> costs him the game and sets up today's Thursday puzzle solution 28...Rxg3! 29. Kxg3 Bg1! .

Instead, 28. a4, = or 28. b3 = should hold.

Mar-26-15  dfcx: 28...Rxg3 and black is up a piece.

A. 29.Kxg3? Bg1 blocks escape routes, with Qg5# coming next.

B. 29.Ne3 Qxh4+ 30.Kg1 Nh3+ 31.Kh1/h2 Ng5+ 32.Kg1 Nxg3+ 33.Kf2 Rxg2+ 34.Kxg2 Qh2+ 35.Kxg3 Ng5#

Mar-26-15  A.T PhoneHome: I was, at first, a bit puzzled. Then I noticed Black's dark-squared Bishop and the tempting a7-g1 diagonal so...

28...Rxg3 29.Kxg3 Bg1, with mate to follow. If 29.Nxg3, then White's King has no way to flee after 29...Qh4#

Hopefully the weekend won't destroy my puzzle mood! Nice one again by <!>

Mar-26-15  Marmot PFL: After looking at 28 Rxg3 29 Kxg3 Qg5+ 30 Kh2 I soon realized that 29..Bg1 was necessary.
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  whiteshark: The situation is beyond remedy for me.
Mar-26-15  Pedro Fernandez: Hi <SuperPatzer77>, you're playing <29.Ne3> and not 29.Kxg3

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In such a case 29...Qxh4+ 30.Kg1 Nh3+ 31.Kh2 (31.Kh1 leads to the same position) 31...Nf2+

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.Kg1 Nf4!, and now:
1)33.White bishop moves,33...Qh1+ followed by mate.

2)33.Kxf2 Rxg2 mate

3)33.Qxf2 (absurd! But...) 33...Nh3+ 34.Kh2 Nxf2+ 35.Kg1 Nxd1

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.Bd3 (36.Bd2 Bxe3+ 37.Kf1 Qh1 mate) 36...Nxe3

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.Rxe3 (37.Kf2 Rxg2 mate) 37...Bxe3+ 38.Ke2 Qc1 followed by mate in two.

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