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Farrukh Amonatov vs Vinay Kumar Matta
7th Mumbai Mayor's Cup International Op (2014), THAKUR COLLEGE, KANDIVALI (EA, rd 1, Jun-02
Center Game: Berger Variation (C22)  ·  0-1



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  Penguincw: Darn it! I actually thought I came close to it with 17...Rxe3 18.fxe3 Qa1+ 19.Kc2 Bxd3+ 20.Kxd3, but that's not leading to anything productive with black.

Well, looking forward to Monday tomorrow (looks at calendar). It's not that time of the week yet?! D:

Aug-15-15  MindCtrol9: That Indian player,Matta,should have a much higher ELO.This guy is FM with 2200 + and he has beaten a GM.Looks like he was the GM and the GM the FM.
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Actually solved this one, to my surprise (I like the double Rook sacrifice 18.dxe5,Rc4+!).
Aug-15-15  chesssantosh: Nowhere near to solving this. Re5 is sort of something i would never find in my life.
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  al wazir: Where's the win after 18. Ne2 ? If, e.g., 18...Rxe3, then 19. fxe3 Qa1+ 20. Kc2 Rc5+ 21. Nc3 seems to more than hold on: black has both a ♕ and a ♖ en prise. If now 21...Bxd3+, then either 22. Kxe3 or 22. Rxe3 looks OK for white.
Aug-15-15  jvv: 17... Rxf4 18.Bxf4 Re2 19.Bd2 Bxd2 20.Rxd2 Qa1 21.Kc2 Bxd3 22.Qxd3 Rxd2 23.Kxd2 Qxh1
Aug-15-15  Braidwood: What about 18... Rxf4, 19. Bxf4 (if 19. Qxf4 then Bxd3, 20.Rxd3, Qa1+, 21. Kc2, Qxh1) Re2!!, 22. Bd2, Bxd2+ 23. Rxd2 Qa1+, 24. Kc2 Bxd3+ 25. Qxd3 (or Kxd3) Rxd2+ following by Qxh1 ?
Aug-15-15  JohnDMaster: I missed it, I tried Rf4 followed by Re2 but it is not the best!
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  agb2002: Black has two pawns for a knight.

White threatens Bxe4 and Nh5-Nf6+.

The weak squares around the white king, the c-file in particular, suggest 17... R8e5:

A) 18.dxe5 Rc4+ 19.Bxc4 Qa(b)1#.

B) 18.Bxe4 Bxe4

B.1) 19.Nd3 Qc4+ 20.Kb1 Bxd3+ 21.Rxd3 (21.Ka1 Ra5#) 21... Qxd3+ 22.Kc1 Ra5 23.b3 Ba3#.

B.2) 19.Rd3 Qc4+

B.2.a) 20.Kb1 Bxd3+ transposes to B.1.

B.2.b) 20.Kd1 Bxd3 21.Nxd3 (due to 21... Qc2#; 21.Bd2 Qc2+ 22.Ke1 Qxd2#) 21... Qxd3+ 22.Kc1 Ra5 as in B.1.

B.2.c) 20.Rc3 Bxc3

B.2.c.i) 21.dxe5 Bb4+ 22.Kd1 Qc2#.

B.2.c.ii) 21.bxc3 Qxc3+ 22.Kd1 Ra5 wins (23.Rf1 Qc2+ 24.Ke1 Ra1#; 23.Nh5 Qd3+ and mate in two).

C) 18.Nh5 Rc5+ 19.dxc5 (19.Bc2 Qa1#) 19... Rc4+ 20.Bxc4 Qa(b)1#.

D) 19.Bb1 Rc5+ and mate in three.

E) 19.Bd2 Rc5+ 20.dxc5 (20.Bc3 Rxc3+ wins) 20... Rc4+ 21.Bc3 Rxc3+ 22.Kd2 (22.bxc3 Ba3#) 22... Rxd3+ 23.Ke2 (23.Kc1 Qc4+ 24.Kb1 Rxd1#) 23... Qxb2+ and nate in two.

F) 19.Rd2 Bxd2+

F.1) 20.Bxd2 Rxd4 with a rook and three pawns for a bishop and a knight and several threats (Qa1+, Rc4+, Rc5+, etc.).

F.2) 20.Kxd2 Qxb2+

F.2.a) 21.Bc2 Rxd4+ wins (22.Bxd4 Qxc2#).

F.2.b) 21.Kd(e)1 Ra5 wins.

Aug-15-15  morfishine: Nice Lift

The problem with 17...Rxf4 is 18.Qxf4 and the Black rook doesn't get to <e2>


Aug-15-15  tal fan: I found 17...c5 with idea cd and Rc8+.
If 18.B:e4 B:e4 19.Nd3 then Qc4 20.Kb1 B:d3+ How suprised I was when my Fritz confirmed this is even better than 17...Re5
Aug-15-15  CommaVid: @al wazir I think after 18. Ne2 Rc5+ wins rather easily, for example 19. dxc5 Rc4+ 20. Nc3 Rxc3+ 21. Kd2 Qxb2+ 22. Ke1 Rxd3+ 23. Rd2 Bxd2+ (etc.).
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  kevin86: Black's queenside attack will win!
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  Tiggler: I found 17. ..R8e5, but was amazed to find that Houdini (d=20) thinks 17. ..d5 is even stronger, and 17. ..c5 almost as good.
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  dorsnikov: Why Matta, who had the dynamic vision to put that series of moves together, isn't a world champion contender, I'll never know ??!!
Aug-15-15  patzer2: Here's my look at the game and the Saturday puzzle (17...?) with the Opening Explorer (OE) and Deep Fritz 14:

<1. e4 e5 2. d4?!> This move allows Black quick and easy equality. It was much more popular in the swashbuckling, romantic era of Chess history.

Nowadays it's rarely played in serious games at Master level. This defeat of a strong GM, who was trying it out against a lower rated Master, does nothing to enance its reputation.

<2...exd4> Fritz indicates Black has already equalized.

<3. Qxd4> Here 3. Qxd4 (C22), going into the main line of the Center Game, is by far the most frequently played move in the OE.

Two popular alternatives are 3. Nf3 Nc6

with the possibility of 4. c3 with a Goering Gambit (C44), 4. Nxd4 with a Scotch game (C45) or 4. Bc4 Nf6 with a Two Knights Defense (C55)

or 3. c3 going into the gambit line (a.k.a. Danish Gambit) of the Center Game (C21).

<3... Nc6 4. Qe3 Nf6 5. Nc3 Bb4 6. Bd2 O-O 7. O-O-O Re8 8. Qg3?!> This allows Black a strong advantage. Though Black probably stands a bit better, White can improve his drawing chances with 8. Bc4 when play might continue 8...d6 9. f3 Ne5 (9... Na5 10. Bf1 Be6 11. Kb1 =) 10. Bb3 a5 11. a3 Bc5 12. Qe1 to as in G Spiesberger vs H Knoll, 2012.

Also good here might be the Fritz suggestion 8. f3 when play could continue 8...d5 9. Qf2 d4 10. Nb5 Bc5 11. c3 Be6 (11... dxc3 12. Qxc5 cxd2+ 13. Rxd2 Nd7 14. Qe3 a6 15. Nc3 b5 =) 12. cxd4 Bb6 13. Nc3 Qxd4 14. Qxd4 Nxd4 15. Nge2 c6 16. Nf4 =.

<8... Nxe4 9. Nxe4 Rxe4 10. Bf4 Qf6 11. Nh3 d6 12. Bd3 Nd4 13. Bg5 Qe6 14. c3 Qxa2 15. cxd4 Bf5 16. Be3?> This is White's decisive error. It overlooks a drawing opportunity and allows Black a strong winning move.

Instead, White can hold it level with 16. Qf3! when play might continue 16...Ba3 17. bxa3 Qxa3+ 18. Kc2 Qa2+ 19. Kc3 Qa3+ 20. Kc2 Qa2+ 21. Kc3 Qa3+ 22. Kc2 Qa2+ 23. Kc3 Qa3+ 24. Kc2 Qa2+ 25. Kc3 Qa3+ 26. Kc2 Qa2+ 27. Kc3 Qa3+ 28. Kc2 Qa2+ 29. Kc3 Qa3+ 30. Kc2 Qa2+ 31. Kc3 Qa3+ 32. Kc2 = (0.00 @ 23 depth).

<16...Rae8!> This strong move wins, but also clearly decisive is 16... c5! which threatens 17.Qf3 (17. Bxe4 Qc4+ 18. Kb1 Bxe4+ 19. Rd3 Bxd3+ 20. Ka1 Qa6#) (17. dxc5 Rc4+ 18. Bxc4 Qxc4#) 17... cxd4 18. Qxf5 g6! 19. Qd7 Re7 20. Bb1 Qc4+ 21. Bc2 Rxd7 22. Rxd4 Qa2 23. Rxb4 Rc8 24. Kd1 a5 25. Rd4 Qa1+ 26. Kd2 Qxh1 (-9.25 @ 21 depth).

<17. Nf4 R8e5!> This strong follow-up to the decisive 16...Rae8! solves today's Saturday puzzle.

Another strong winning follow-up is 17... c5! when play might continue 18. Bxe4 Qc4+ 19. Kb1 Bxe4+ 20. Nd3 Bxd3+ 21. Rxd3 Qxd3+ 22. Ka1 cxd4 23. Bc1 Qxg3 24. hxg3 Re1 25. Rxe1 Bxe1 26. Bf4 Bxf2 27. Kb1 d3 (-5.76 @ 24 depth).

<18. Rd2 > If 18. Bxe4 then Black wins with 18...Bxe4 when play might continue 19. Nd3 Qc4+ 20. Kb1 Bxd3+ 21. Rxd3 Qxd3+ 22. Kc1 Ra5 .

If 18. dxe5 it's mate-in-two after 18...Rc4+ 19. Bc2 (19. Bxc4 Qxc4#) 19... Rxc2#.

<18... Bxd2+ 19. Bxd2>

If 19. Kxd2 then White wins with 19... Qxb2+ when play might continue 20. Bc2 (20. Kd1 Ra5 21. Ne2 Ra1+ 22. Nc1 Rxd4 23. Ke1 Qc3+ 24. Bd2 Rxc1+ 25. Ke2 Bg4+ 26. f3 Qxd3+ 27. Kf2 Qxd2#) 20... Rxd4+ 21. Nd3 Bxd3 22. Rc1 Qb4+ 23. Kd1 Bf1+ 24. Bd3 Rxd3+ 25. Kc2 Qb3#.

<19... Rxd4 20. Bxf5 Rxf5 21. Re1 Rc5+ 22. Bc3 Qa1+ 0-1> White resigns in lieu of 23. Kc2 Qxe1 24. Nd3 Qe2+ with mate soon to follow.

Aug-15-15  posoo: Posoo GOT it. I sat and say and st and VOUD dat I wold solve dis one! And so I did. Blamajams!!!
Aug-15-15  CHESSTTCAMPS: Black has two pawns for a knight, and is playing against a weakened queen-side castled position. My first candidate was 17...Rxf4 and it went nowhere. Black needs to control c2 to give Qa1+ maximum power. There seems to be a lot of clutter on the diagonal for the bishop on f5 to gain such control, but there is a sharp continuation to accomplish just that:

17... R8e5!! and both rooks are immune!

A. 18.dxe5? (or d5) Rc4+ 19.Bxc4 Qb1#

B. 18.Bxe4 Bxe4 19.Nd3 Qc4+ 20.Kb1 Bxd3+ 21.Rxd3 Qxd3+ 22.Kc1 (Ka1|a2 Ra5#) Ra5 forces mate.

B.1 19.Rxd3 Qc4+ 20.Rc3 (Kb1 Bxd3+ transposes to main line) Bxc3 wins (bxc3 Qxc3#)

C. 18.Bb1 Rc5+! 19.dxc5 Rc4+ 20.Bc2 Rxc2#

D. 18.Bc2 Qa1+ 19.Bb1 Rc5+! 20.dxc5 Rc4#

E. 18.Rd2 Rxe3! 19.fxe3 Bxd2+ 20.Kxd2 Qxb2+ 21.Kd1|e1 Ra5 and the threat of Ra1+# is decisive.

F. 18.other Rc5+! 19.dxc5 Rc4+ 20.Bxc4 Qb1#

Time for review....

Aug-15-15  CHESSTTCAMPS: My line E varies from the game with 19.Rxe3. The problem with the line may be that 20.Kxd2 is not forced. After Kc2 or Kd1, it's complicated. Further review needed...

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