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Peter Svidler vs Denis Khismatullin
"Khismat" (game of the day Aug-06-2022)
Russian Championship Superfinal (2015), Chita RUS, rd 4, Aug-12
Sicilian Defense: Closed Variation (B23)  ·  0-1



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Sep-03-15  patzer2: <lost in space> Thanks for the correction. I did mean 3. Nf3 instead of 3. Nge2.

After reading through your post, I now think 3. Nge2 might be just as good as 3. Nf3. It's (i.e. 3. Nge2) quite playable, and as you say after the 5. d4 cxd4 6. Nxd4 exchange it doesn't make any difference.

Also, 3. Nge2 invites 3...e5 4. Nd5 with a nice position for White.

According to the opening explorer, 3. Nf3 (350 games) is far more popular than 3. Nge2 (66 games).

Yet the results are almost identical for 3. Nf3 (38.6% wins versus 33.7% losses) and 3. Nge2 (37.9% wins versus 30.3% losses).

I wonder if following previous play in the follow-up to 3. Nge2 might improve?

White's 5. d4 = here is the only game in which it appears in the opening explorer (OE).

Previously played was 5. Bg2 with the idea of King side castling, as in F Vallejo Pons vs Fressinet, 2003. Accord to the OE, of the six games played with 5. Bg2, White won 3, drew 2 and lost only one.

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  doubledrooks: 26...Qa2+ 27.Kc1 Qa1+ 28.Bxa1 Rxa1+ 29. Kb2 Nc4# works for me.
Sep-03-15  dfcx: I was stumbled initially trying to play 26...Nc4 and Nd3 first, but white can just take the queen and game over for black. So the first move must be the queen and the rest is easy.

26...Qa2+ 27.Kc1 Qa1+! 28.Bxa1 Ra1+ 29.Kb2 Nc4/Nd3#

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  kevin86: Wow! A Very brilliant mate!
Sep-03-15  rozzatu: "Simple forced mating sequence". But haven't see it. I think it is a wonderful puzzle, simply extraordinary.
Sep-03-15  PhilFeeley: This should be a game of the day. I know Svidler played the opening badly, but the final mate is a joy to see.
Sep-03-15  thegoodanarchist: < offramp: The final position is a Good Anarchist mate.>

You flatter me, sir. TYVM

Sep-03-15  thegoodanarchist: < JohnBoy: Too fresh to be challenging.

Exactly. As much as I would love to pat myself on the back for solving it, I just looked at this game last month-so no.

Sep-03-15  ajile: The trick that took me a while to see was the idea of Qa2+! first pushing the king to c1 and then Qa1+. The double attack at the end with Nc4+ seals the deal.
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  Bubo bubo: A little déjà-vu for me today, as my newspaper's weekly chess column featured the same problem last Friday, there already with the stipulation #4.

Black mates with 26...Qa2+ 27.Kc1 Qa1+ 28.Bxa1 Rxa1+ 29.Kb2 Nc4# Cool!

Sep-03-15  tivrfoa: And 25... ♗c6 is a nice trap. =)
Sep-21-21  Saniyat24: Denis the menace...!
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  OhioChessFan: Pretty good pun. It was Black's fate to win the game.
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  Teyss: Had to search for the pun but once you understand it's a good one: "Kismet: word for "fate" or "destiny" and is an Arabic word as well as being used in Bengali, Hindi, Urdu, Nepali, Persian and Turkish, spelled "Kismat" in English in the Indian subcontinent."

Fantastic game even if Svidler didn't play optimally, but then mistakes and slight unbalance are necessary for a great game. Even if he hadn't played 26.Nxc6 he would probably have lost albeit less spectacularly. 26...? was a Thursday puzzle in 2015.

Aug-06-22  goodevans: Unusually for a game between two so strong GMs, this one ended in mate, <mat> in their native Russian. I think that elevates the pun a notch or two.
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  Teyss: <goodevans> ... or three. Well done <FSR>.

Last note in case one hesitates for the final move: 29...Nd3 also mates.

Aug-06-22  goodevans: There has been extensive debate over Nelson's final words to Captain Hardy on board HMS Victory.

At least three surviving eyewitness accounts declare that Nelson said "Kiss me Hardy" prior to his death.


Many in the Victorian era believed "Kiss me Hardy" had been misheard. They suggested instead that Nelson had been speaking Turkish, declaring "Kismet Hardy". 'Kismet' means fate or destiny.

However, contemporary historians argue that this explanation is a Victorian invention, since the earliest recorded use of the term 'Kismet' in the English language does not appear until after 1805.

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  keypusher: Whenever I see his name I think of Khismatullin vs Eljanov, 2015. But this game is wonderful too.
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  keypusher: <Nelson was one of England's most naval commanders, and despised weak commands. At one battle when he was told that his Admiral-in-Chief had ordered him to cease fire, he put the telephone under his blind arm and exclaimed in disgust: 'Kiss me, Hardy!' By this and other intrepid manoeuvres the French were utterly driven from the seas.>

--Sellar and Yeatman, <1066 and All That>.

Aug-06-22  ajile: This opening is a Sicilian player's wet dream.
Aug-06-22  areknames: Svidler's weak effort notwithstanding, this is a great game and pun.
Aug-07-22  Little Caezarz: Mammma Mia!! A most unique Khismatullin Mate!!

Doez anyone recall seeing a queen sacrifice sauce the ice cream for a discovered double check x-ray mate topped by a cherry royal fork?!!

This banana split dezerves to be famous!!

Aug-07-22  stone free or die: It seems <Little Caezarz> knows a little something about mating terminology.

Though the fork is a bit incidental given it's a mate.

Aug-07-22  Little Caezarz: So you're not familiar with the double checkmate, much less the x-ray on the long diagonal. The king uzually tries to stay off open linez, so it's not that common. Take note, it could be the last of its kind that we'll ever see.
Aug-10-22  stone free or die: <LC - So you're not familiar with the double checkmate, much less the x-ray on the long diagonal.>

Y such mizlead? Z is not in evidenze.

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