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David Baramidze vs Arkadij Naiditsch
GRENKE Chess Classic (2015), Baden-Baden GER, rd 4, Feb-06
English Opening: Symmetrical Variation. General (A30)  ·  0-1



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Feb-06-15  beenthere240: I guess white didn't "see" 18...Nc3. And, having lost a rook for no compensation, why not throw in an extra knight? This game is embarrassing.
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  keypusher: <beenthere240> Believe it or not, Stockfish thinks it is more or less even after 23.Bd2. Very creative and imaginative play from both, until 23.Ng6??. Don't know if Baramidze hallucinated or thought it was hopeless.
Feb-07-15  Severin: Did Baramidze forget there was a pawn on f5? Ng6 is one of the weirdest blunders I've ever seen.
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: <keypusher>, would you mind sharing some of Stockfish's analysis?
Feb-07-15  devere: This game is a strong argument for having some procedure for revoking the Grandmaster title.
Feb-07-15  superstoned: GM Daniel King does an excellent job (in my opinion) offering sensible explanations for Baramidze's aggressive sacrifices in this game.

Check out his video:

Feb-07-15  devere: <superstoned: GM Daniel King does an excellent job (in my opinion) offering sensible explanations for Baramidze's aggressive sacrifices in this game.>

In my opinion he just puts lipstick on a pig.

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  guenther42: To the Methedrine Queens with Chess-God Software talking like Chess Gods: you're Grandmaster Envy is showing. The 'embarrassed' divas with "the power to revoke' have to take off their Rhinestone high heels and come down to Earth with the rest of us little people. This game provides a great teaching moment, a very useful game to teach young people in Chess Club. Imaginative chess, and then an overreach--a great teaching moment. Come on guys, get off your soap boxes!
Feb-08-15  drleper: <devere: This game is a strong argument for having some procedure for revoking the Grandmaster title.>

As has been pointed out, the play was actually very interesting and creative until white went too far with 23.♘g6? and it was no longer salvageable. 23.♗d2 is roughly equal according to Stockfish, and given that white is a whole rook down, that's some real compensation. Even if you just look at it after 22...gxf5, white has some great pieces and it's not clear where the black king might find shelter.

Feb-08-15  Kinghunt: <An Englishman: Good Evening: <keypusher>, would you mind sharing some of Stockfish's analysis?>

Stockfish's analysis looks quite simple, though there are tactical nightmares lurking beneath the surface. The basic idea is that white can win a piece, and while remaining down the exchange, will have sufficient compensation for it. Here is the main line:

23. Bd2! Qc8 24. Qd3 Be5 25. Rc1 Qd7 26. Bxc3, leading to this position:

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White is down the exchange, and in return, black's king remains weak and black's pawns are very weak. This is sufficient compensation and the position is balanced (-0.28 at d=38)

Of course, that's the main line, and the tactics are understanding why black's various attempts to save the knight don't work.

23...Nxb5 24. Qd3 and white will pick up either the knight or the bishop 23...Ne4 24. Bxe4 fxe4 25. Qxe4 Be5 26. Ng6! leads here:

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This in and of itself is a challenging tactical position, but the short version is that the only move for black here is 26...d5 (all others lose by force), giving back the piece (now the bishop on e5). After the exchange of queens, white has a pawn and the better structure for the exchange and should not have any difficulties.

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