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David Navara vs Arman Pashikian
European Individual Championship (2016), Gjakova KOS, rd 11, May-23
Italian Game: Italian Variation (C50)  ·  1-0



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Apr-04-18  BxChess: I went 32. b4, intending 33 Rf8 to trap the bishop. But as <ndq2> says 32...Re8 allows 33...Be3 and the bishop is safe
Apr-04-18  bcokugras: What happens if black plays 42. Ra8?
Apr-04-18  bcokugras: I amend as 41. Ra8.
Apr-04-18  Marmot PFL: In this position my plan is 32 Rf1 Bc5 (seems forced) 33 Nh4 followed by Nf5 and Qg3 when I believe that with the black Q and KB on the queen side white will have a dangerous and hopefully decisive attack on black's king.. In fact after (for instance) 33...Rf8 34 Nf5 there are other threats such as Re4 threatening Rg4 or b4, or even Nxh6+. At any rate the black position seems so precarious that it is hard to imagine he can escape unscathed.
Apr-04-18  ChessHigherCat: I think maybe b4, threatening to win the bishop with Ra2 or Rf1. Then if black challenges the file with Re8 Raa2, Rxe2 Rxe2 and the bishop is trapped
Apr-04-18  ChessHigherCat: Damn, wrong move order. Black has Be3.
Apr-04-18  saturn2: < 32.b4 is met with 32... Re8 33.Ra2 Be3> I went with 32 b4 Re8 33 RxRe8 RxR 34 Rf1 Be3 35 Re1 followed by Nd2 Nc4 thinking the bishop is in a uncomfortable pin.
Apr-04-18  diagonalley: darn it... didn't consider harrying the bishop :-(
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  Check It Out: I kept looking at 32.Ng5 and 32.Rxf2 but couldn’t get anywhere.
Apr-04-18  princecharming: If 41...Ra8, 42.Nb6 forks the Q and the R
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  whiteshark: Mizzd ze muv b4 <b4>. D'oh!
Apr-04-18  leRevenant: What the <Penguincw:> said.
Apr-04-18  Whitehat1963: A long way to go for a Wednesday.
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  malt: Looked at 32.Rf1, homing in on f7,
then spied 32.Qd2 trapping the bishop
Apr-04-18  Mayankk: Does 32 Rf1 Bc5 33 Re7 .... 34 Ng5 make any sense?

Optically there seems to be a lot of pressure on the f7, g7 and h7 squares. But Black has many defensive options on move 33 and can probably cover all threats.

Apr-04-18  hdcc: I, too, wanted to play 32. b4.
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  lasker27: I saw that 32.Qd2 wins the B after 33.b4, which still leaves white with some work against the passed b and c pawns. I did see 35.Re7 and considered 36.Qf4, but couldn't see it all the way through.
Apr-04-18  Pasker: Hm, simple but missed it anyway. Didn't pay attention to the trapped bishop at all.
Apr-04-18  njchess: Black blundered his own bishop away. At least White saw the quiet 32. ♕d2 to take advantage of Blacks 31. ... ♖cc8??, and so did I.
Apr-04-18  swclark25: I was also in the 32)Rf1 camp. It seems to put extra pressure on the Bishop just like Qd2. Has anyone checked to see if Rf1 would have worked as well as Qd2?
Apr-04-18  Monocle: Never even occurred to me. Judging by the responses, I'm not alone. Simple in hindsight but strangely difficult to see.
Apr-04-18  Strelets: A quiet, subtle puzzle of the kind that reinforces the importance of spatial recognition in playing good chess. I approve.
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  boringplayer: Saw the idea of trapping the B, but the finish wasn't so simple. This may fall under the heading " and the rest is technique," but I certainly didn't find it.
Apr-04-18  cormier:

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Analysis by Houdini 4:d 24 dpa

1. = (0.00): 30...Rf8 31.Qe2 Bd4 32.Nxd4 Qxd4 33.Rxb7 Qxd5 34.Raa7 Rb8 35.Qf3 Qe5+ 36.Qg3 Qd5 37.Qf3 Qe5+

2. ⩲ (0.39): 30...Kf8 31.Re2 Re8 32.Rf1 Rxe2 33.Qxe2 Be3 34.Nh4 Re8 35.Qf3 f6 36.Nf5 Bd4 37.Qg4 Be5+ 38.g3 Qc7 39.h4 Bxb2 40.b6 Qd7 41.Qg6 Re5 42.Qh7 Qf7 43.Rd1 Ba3 44.Ra1 Qg8 45.Qxg8+ Kxg8 46.g4 g6 47.Rxa3 gxf5 48.Ra7 Re7 49.gxf5 Kh7 50.Kg3 h5 51.Kf4 Rg7 52.Ke3 Rg3+ 53.Kf2 Rg7 54.Kf3 Re7 55.Ra8 Re1 56.Rc8 Rf1+ 57.Ke4 Re1+ 58.Kf4

Apr-04-18  landshark: In typical shark fashion it took me way too long to get this - Some of these puzzles I see at a glance and others... well - it might have something to do with the missing frontal lobes. Not sure what part of my brain finally kicked in to find today's solution /:
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