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Benjamin Bok vs Richard Rapport
"Rapport Card" (game of the day Oct-07-2014)
Riga Technical University Open (2014), Riga LAT, rd 8, Aug-23
Philidor Defense: General (C41)  ·  0-1



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  Zhbugnoimt: Sweet combo!
Aug-23-14  Karposian: What a wonderful player Rapport is. Not only is he one of the world's most talented young players, but he is also one of the most enterprising and entertaining players in the world. Ok, I am definitely a Rapport fan!
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  Check It Out: <Karposian> I second that!
Aug-23-14  Ed Frank: Awesome ending combination.
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  Check It Out: Monday or Tuesday puzzle black to move 24...
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  ketchuplover: wunderbar!
Aug-24-14  bystander: Very nice combination from Black after 22) Ba7-c5. But white was struggeling already for a while. Maybe 15 or 16 f3 would have give him more changes for counterplay?
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  wordfunph: simply impressive.
Aug-26-14  notyetagm: B Bok vs R Rapport, 2014

<wordfunph: simply impressive.>

Yes, a 2587-rated player (Bok) completely missed the elegant <MATE IN 3> beginning with 24 ♗c5x♖f8? ♕f5-h3+!!.

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  kdogphs: Rapport = Hungarian for "Tal"
Oct-07-14  The17thPawn: Anyone who can win playing Philidor's defense against strong opposition deserves full marks. I usually found myself struggling for equality the entire game when assaying the Philidor.
Oct-07-14  Cheapo by the Dozen: I'm trying to figure out what White's plan or goal was in the opening. Anybody have an idea?
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  al wazir: <notyetagm: Yes, a 2587-rated player (Bok) completely missed the elegant <MATE IN 3> beginning with 24 Bc5xRf8? Qf5-h3+!!> After 23...Re5 it was either that or lose the B on c5. White could have held on by playing 22. Kg2, preparing for 23. Rh1.
Oct-07-14  waustad: Both could be playing in the World Junior Champs now, but Bok is the only one who chose to. He's the #3 Dutch junior after Giri and van Kampen (who is also in Pune).
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Impressive to see such an attack erupt so quickly from a Philidor--rather like seeing a sudden avalanche in the middle of the desert.
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  Once: Great game by black. He progressively took over more and more control in the centre until he was able to overwhelm the black kingside.

The white moves that I didn't care for were 9. dxe5 and the plan of Nh4-Nf5. That just seemed to hand the centre over to black for no compensation.

When black played e4 and Qe5 I was expecting white to look for a way to evict the black queen from such a strong central post. Instead, white allows e5 to become a black staging post. Four of black's pieces use e5 as a layover en route to somewhere else.

Nice mating combination at the end.

Enjoyable game to play through and a great choice for GOTD.


Oct-07-14  mravikiran: what is White's best move after 23... Re5
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  Once: <mravikiran: what is White's best move after 23... Re5>

Resigns. Probably.

Fritize can't find anything to save white. If he defends against the mate, black grabs the Bc5.

Actually, the best move probably was 24. Bxf8. White has a lost position, but there is just a chance that his opponent won't see the mate in 3 starting with 24...Qh3+. And if Black doesn't spot the mate white is back in the game.

What has white got to lose? He plays 24. Bxf8 and crosses his fingers that black doesn't pick up his queen and stick it on h3. It's a better gamble than resigns - on the grounds that some hope is better than no hope at all.

Oct-07-14  morfishine: I was introduced to a new chess term yesterday (new to me at least) by my friend <cro777>: "Center of Gravity" or COG

Though I don't understand COG perfectly, I can say in chess, COG pertains to the most important aspect(s) of a position at a given point in time. As <Once> points out, White's plan of exchanging his Knight on <f5> for Bishop is positionally flawed handing over <e5> to Black. One could argue that <e5> is the COG and that Black having full control over this square, also has control of the COG of the position. Or vice-versa, White has lost the COG in his position and is in fact wobbling and teetering and about to lose his balance and fall over outright.

Its easy to see the net result of securing then utilizing COG as Black now finds it relatively easy to mass his forces and obtain a material superiority at the point of attack. The position after <23.Re5> pretty much says it all:

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Black has 4 pieces including his Queen positioned near the enemy King.

No fancy flank attack here: Hey Diddle, Diddle, right up the middle


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  Once: Morf - great post!

I find the concept of a chess centre of gravity to be fascinating. It sometimes seems that the centre of gravity shifts during a game.

If we look at the opening, we see that black is playing for the traditional Philidor "strong point" idea. His goal is to hold a pawn at e5. Nothing bad can happen if he can hang on to that pawn. It's what Nimzowich would call "overprotection".

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This isn't as dynamic as the Sicilian's unbalancing of the position with c5 or the French/ Caro Kann plan of preparing for a d5 push.

Black abandons his strong point plan when white voluntarily gives up the centre. Then he plays 13...e4.

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And now we see one of the benefits of overprotection. When the thing you are overprotecting has gone, you still have a lot of pieces pointing at that newly empty square. Or pieces that can get to that square quickly.

The centre of gravity has drifted southwards. But the only point of controlling the centre is to allow you to get at the enemy king (eventually), so black than shifts the centre of gravity again to jump down white's throat:

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We have a symphony in the key of e5 - overprotect a pawn on e5, push that pawn, use e5 as a staging post, forget e5 when the action switches to the kingside.

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  AylerKupp: <morfishine> Although I haven't heard it called that before, the concept of a COG is not new. Often a game revolves around a certain square, and domination of that square determines who wins, who loses, or whether the game is drawn. Here is an example that you're familiar with but others might not be: Team White vs Team Black, 2013. The game's name clearly indicates what the COG is.
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  kevin86: Nice queen sac leads to mate. The mate has an Arabian touch to it.
Oct-07-14  Castleinthesky: Youngsters, Rappaport is 18 with a 2700+ rating and Bok is 19, the future of chess! An "A" on the Rappaport card.
Oct-07-14  BOSTER: <Karposian:What a wonderful player Rapport is>.

I hope somebody will play 6.Bxf7+ sometimes.

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  Domdaniel: The nice thing about 23...Re5 is that it is deceptive: it doesn't obviously threaten a forced mate. It hits the White Bishop and seemingly threatens to free the Rf8, encouraging White to take it at once.
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