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Dmitry Jakovenko vs Emil Sutovsky
Karpov Poikovsky (2016), Poikovsky RUS, rd 2, Jul-24
English Opening: Symmetrical. Three Knights Variation (A34)  ·  0-1



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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Check out the position after 14.Nd5. That is amazing. And even after sacrificing a Knight and Rook, White still takes time for the quiet 23.f4. Amazing. And a few moves later, still down a Rook, White happily swaps off the Queens for the sake of two passed pawns on the fifth rank. Not even the sixth, just the fifth. Amazing.

And then White loses.

I guess the brilliant sacrifices were not so brilliant after all. Unless, of course, the silicon monsters find a win that White overlooked.

Jul-25-16  Whitehat1963: Perhaps too gutsy? Wasn't it Tal who said something along the lines of, "First sacrifice, then look for the best way to follow up"? Not even close to the exact words, but I think that's the gist of it.
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  beenthere240: Sign Jako up for next year's Bilbao.
Jul-25-16  Atking: Maybe Jakovenko went too far with 11.Ne5 11.Re1 e6 12.Kf1 is another approach else simply 11.dxc e6 12.Bb3 Bxc5 13.Nxb5 wins a pawn. Whatever Sutovsky defence was very cool!
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  patzer2: It seems 11. Ne5?! was overly ambitious. A more solid try appears to be 11. dxc5 with an unbalanced position and a roughly level game.

Perhaps 13. Nd5+!? exd5 14. Bxd5 would have complicated the game enough to give White reasonable chances of securing a draw after 11. Ne5?!

Jul-28-16  fisayo123: I couldn't believe this game when I saw it live. Unreal stuff.

<patzer2> Jakovenko had played that line against Nepomniachtchi in a rapid event in 2012. Perhaps 11. Ne5 was played to test Sutovsky's knowledge of the line.

It's actually very dangerous for black to fact OTB if he/she hasn't seen it before. But Sutovsky was surpsingly prepared for it. Surprisingly, considering the rareness of this line as a whole.

Jul-28-16  apexin: Rarely i have seen anything like this, this would have been an inspiring attack had white won. Sliwa vs Bronstein, 1957 comes to mind but its hard to compare to any other game. Perhaps the Modern 'Immortal Losing Game'?
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  Honza Cervenka: 18.d5 Bf5 19.Rxb5! (attacking Ra7) 19...Rd7 20.Nc4 Qxh2 21.d6+ Kf7 22.Rxb8 Bxd6 23.Nxd6+ Rxd6 24.Rb7+ Kg6 25.Bxe4 Bxe4 26.Qxe4+ Kh6 27.Rcc7 was possible. Here white is not worse.
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  ChessHigherCat: <Honza Cervenka: 18.d5 Bf5 19.Rxb5! (attacking Ra7) 19...Rd7 20.Nc4 Qxh2 21.d6+ Kf7 22.Rxb8 Bxd6 23.Nxd6+ Rxd6 24.Rb7+ Kg6 25.Bxe4 Bxe4 26.Qxe4+ Kh6 27.Rcc7 was possible. Here white is not worse.>

Good variation. I was looking at 19. Rxb5 Nxc6 (protecting the rook) but 20. Nxc6+ Ke8 (to avoid Qxa7+ and thus force the recapture Nxa7 axb5) but white has 21. Rb8+ Kf7 22. Qxa7+

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White to move

1) +0.21 (31 ply) <18.d5 Bf5 19.Rxb5 Rd7 20.Nc4 Qxh2 21.d6+ Kf7> 22.Rxf5 Nxc6 23.Qxe4 Bxd6 24.Qxc6 Re7+ 25.Kf3 Bb8 26.Qd5+ Re6 27.Re1 Re8 28.Rxe6 Rxe6 29.Ne3 Qd6 30.Qxd6 Bxd6 31.Ra5 Be7 32.Rh5 h6 33.Rd5 Rb6 34.b3 Ke6 35.Rd4 Rb4 36.Rc4 Rxc4 37.Nxc4 Kf5 38.Ne3+ Ke5 39.g4

2) -1.94 (31 ply) 18.Qxe4 g6 19.Bd5 fxe5 20.dxe5 Qd8 21.Bxe6 Kxe6 22.Qg4+ Kf7 23.Qf4+ Kg7 24.Rc8 Qe7 25.Rxb8 Qe6 26.Qf6+ Qxf6 27.exf6+ Kxf6 28.Rcc8 Kg7 29.b3 Re7+ 30.Kf3 Re6 31.g3 h5 32.h4 Rf6+ 33.Ke2 Rd6 34.Re8 Kf7 35.Rec8 Re6+ 36.Kf3 Rf6+ 37.Ke2

3) -2.02 (31 ply) 18.Bxe4 fxe5 19.dxe5 Qb6 20.Qf4 h6 21.Bg6 Bc4+ 22.R1xc4 Qxg6 23.Rc3 Qe6 24.Rc8 g5 25.Qe4 Nd7 26.Re3 Bg7 27.Rc6 Qxa2 28.Qb4+ Kd8 29.e6 Rc7 30.e7+ Kc8 31.e8=Q+ Rxe8 32.Rxe8+ Kb7 33.Rd6 Qxb2+ 34.Qxb2 Bxb2 35.Re7 Nc5 36.Rxc7+ Kxc7 37.Rxh6 a5 38.Rg6 a4 39.Kd1 Bd4 40.Kc2 Bxf2 41.Rxg5 Kb6 42.Rh5 Ne6 43.Kb1

6.0 minute analysis by Stockfish 9 v010218

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  whiteshark: <18.d5 Bf5 19.Rxb5 Rd7 20.Nc4 Qxh2 21.d6+ Kf7>

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White to move

1) +0.20 (31 ply) 22.Rxb8 Bxd6 23.Nxd6+ Rxd6 24.Rb7+ Kg6 25.Bxe4 Bxe4 26.Qxe4+ Kh6 27.Rcc7 Qh5+ 28.g4 Re8 29.gxh5 Rxe4+ 30.Kf3 Ra4 31.Rxg7 Kxh5 32.Rxh7+ Kg5 33.a3 Rf4+ 34.Ke2 Re4+ 35.Kf1 Rd2 36.b3 Rf4 37.Rh2 Rb2 38.Rb6 a5 39.Rb5+ f5 40.a4 Kf6 41.Rxa5 Rxb3 42.Ra7 Ke5

2) +0.14 (31 ply) 22.Rxf5 Nxc6 23.Qxe4 Bxd6 24.Qxc6 Re7+ 25.Kf3 Bb8 26.Qd5+ Re6 27.Ne3 Qd6 28.Qxd6 Rxd6 29.Rfc5 g5 30.g4 Rd2 31.R1c2 Rhd8 32.Rc6 Rxc2 33.Rxc2 Be5 34.b3 Bf4 35.Rc6 Rd6 36.Rxd6 Bxd6 37.Ke4 Ke6 38.f3 Bc5 39.Nc4 f5+ 40.gxf5+ Kf6 41.b4 Bxb4 42.a3

3) -0.80 (30 ply) 22.Bxd7 Qh5+ 23.Ke1 Nxd7 24.Qb3 Kg6 25.Qg3+ Qg4 26.Qxg4+ Bxg4 27.Ra5 Nb8 28.Kf1 Be6 29.b4 h5 30.b5 axb5 31.Rxb5 Nc6 32.Rb6 Nd4 33.Ne3 h4 34.Rb4 Nf5 35.Rxe4 Bd7 36.Nxf5 Kxf5 37.Rd4 h3 38.gxh3 Rxh3 39.Rcc4 Ke6 40.Re4+ Kxd6 41.Red4+ Ke6 42.Re4+ Kf7 43.Rc7 Rd3

6.0 minute analysis by Stockfish 9 v010218

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