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Wang Hao vs Richard Gerber
European Club Cup (2016), Novi Sad SRB, rd 1, Nov-06
Sicilian Defense: Dragon Variation. Yugoslav Attack Modern Line (B76)  ·  1-0



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Dec-08-16  Cactusjuice: black did not calculate variations.
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  al wazir: I didn't (and still don't) see the win after 21...fxg6.

I went for 21. Bxf6 Bxf6 22. Qh6. It doesn't work.

Nov-22-18  Anjeneyar: Al Wazir
21. Bxg6. Fxg6.
22. Qxg6. Bf7.
23. Rh8+. Kxh8
24. Qxf7. Threatening Rh1+ and mate
If 24...Rg8 the best to support g7
25. Rh1+. Nh7
26. Qxg6/h5 and next move
27. Qxh7#
Nov-22-18  Walter Glattke: Gambler variant with the typical loot constellation 0-0-0-Qd2-Be3. The landegg sould play Nf6, g6, and Bg7, Black can give up after 9th move. The Encyclopaedia is full of gangster moves. Correct was 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4? cxd4 4.Nxe4!? Nf6??? 4.-d5! and the Gangster lose. It's near of black advantage then.
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  GlassCow: I used the engine on to analyze it. It's essentially even after 17. Qg5, and 17.. Qc7 begins a series of moves that leaves black way behind.

26. Qxg6 is seen as the strongest move, and the very weird looking 26.. Bf5 holds out for at least a little bit.

Basically, there isn't a forced win, but white's advantage is decisive and will eventually win through.

Nov-22-18  Walter Glattke: 4.-e5, I meant.
Nov-22-18  Walter Glattke: The alcoholic, who plays for money in the Bistro, should play here 13.g4, so the Knight cannot go to h5, later Bd3 and Bh6, g5, h5, and hxg6. That normally wins then.
Nov-22-18  EIDorado: @Anjeneyar 22. ... b4
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  drollere: i had 21. Bxg6 fxg6 22. Qxg6 as the best way in.
Nov-22-18  malt: Gone for
21.B:g6 fg6 22.Q:g6 Rd7 23.Re1 Bf7 24.Rh8+ K:h8 25.Q:f7 Rg8 26.B:f6 Qf5 27.Rh1+
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  Richard Taylor: Good attack by White!
Nov-22-18  saturn2: I looked at 21 Bxg6 fxg6 22. Qxg6

22...Rf8 23. Bxf6 exf6 24. Ne4 Qe7 25. Rh7 and

22...Bf7 23. Rh8+ Kxh8 24. Qxf7

Nov-22-18  Anjeneyar: El Dorado
22. Qxg6. b4
23. Rh7!.
23....Nxh7. 24. Qxg7#
23....Ne8. 24. Bxg7! With threat of 25. Rh8# or 25. Bxh6+ mating or if 24....Nxg7. 25. Qxg7# Harry
Nov-22-18  saturn2: My first line fails due to 23...Rxf6
Therefore 23 Rh7 is better.
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  thegoodanarchist: I got th fist move, 21.Bxg6

And my mind did something funny - it gave a name to the combination!

Just as we name games (e.g., The Gold Coin Game), we can name anything in chess, even a mating pattern (e.g., Arabian Mate).

So my brain named this combination "The Charge of the Elephant Bishop", an homage to The Light Brigade. "Elephant" referring to the tremendous power of this very active piece.

Plus, the name included an "inside joke" with myself - it's an LSB that blasts open Black's king defense, so that makes it a "White Elephant".

Those not familiar with American colloquialisms, feel free to assume I've gone insane.

Nov-22-18  trnbg: I went with 21.Bxg6 fxg6 22.Bxf6. Now Black can't take on f6 because of 23.Rd8+!, deflecting the rook on c8 and winning the black Queen. But then I saw that Black can play 22....Qxg5 23.Bxg5 ...Bxc3 24.bxc3 Rxc3, and the position is more or less equal.
Nov-22-18  zb2cr: Right at the limit of my calculation ability. I decided on 21. Bxg6, fxg6; 22. Qxg6, Bf7. This looked like the strongest Black defensive try to me.

White can then play 23. Rh8+, Kxh8; 24. Qxf7. Some variations:

A. 24. ... Ne8??; 25. Rh1#.

B. 24. ... Nh5; 25.Bxg7+.

B1. 25 ... Nxg7; 26. Rh1+, Nh5;
27. Rxh5+, Qxh5; 28. Qxh5+.
White should win with Q+N+2P vs. 2R.

B2. 25. ... Kh7; 26. Bf6+, Kh6;
27. Bg5+, Qxg5; 28. hxg5+, Kxg5; 29. Rd5+, Kg4 ( ... Kh5??; 30. Rxh5#); 30. Qxh5+ and White has Q+N+P vs. R and has what I think would be a mating net growing around the Black King.

Nov-22-18  JohnBoy: <GlassCow: ... 26. Qxg6 is seen as the strongest move> - in what line? This seems a total non-sequitur.
Nov-22-18  saturn2: <trnbg: I went with 21.Bxg6 fxg6 22.Bxf6. Now Black can't take on f6 because of 23.Rd8+!,>

Seems to me you are wrong. Black can take on f6

22...exf6 23. Rd8+ Kf7 and is a piece up.

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  agb2002: Black threatens b4.

The open h-file suggests 21.Qh4 with idea Ne4:

A) 21... b4 22.Ne4

A.1) 22... Nxe4 23.Qh8+ Bxh8 24.Rxh8#.

A.2) 22... Qa5 23.Nxf6+

A.2.a) 23... Bxf6 24.Qh8+ Bxh8 25.Rxh8#.

A.2.b) 23... exf6 24.Bxf6 loks winning (24... Bxf6 25.Qxf6 followed by Rh8#; 24... Kf8 25.Qh8+ Bxh8 26.Rxh8#).

A.2.c) 23... Kf8 24.Qh8+ Bxh8 25.Rxh8+ Kg7 26.Ne8(h5)#.

B) 21... Bd5 22.Nxd5 Qxd5 (22... Nxd5 23.Qd8+) 23.Bf5 wins material.

C) 21... Kf8 22.Ne4

C.1) 22... Qb6 23.Nxf6 exf6 24.Bxf6 Bxf6 25.Qxf6 Ke8 26.Bxb5+ Qxb5 27.Rh8#.

C.2) 22... Qd5 23.Nxf6 Qa2+ 24.Kc1 doesn't look better for Black than C.1.

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  agb2002: I missed 22... Qc6 in my line A. Then 23.Nxf6 exf6 24.Bxf6 Bxf6 25.Qxf6? loses miserably to 25... Ba2+.
Nov-22-18  John Abraham: magnificent game
Nov-23-18  EIDorado: @Anjeneyar Thanks!
Nov-23-18  trnbg: <saturn2 <trnbg: I went with 21.Bxg6 fxg6 22.Bxf6. Now Black can't take on f6 because of 23.Rd8+!,> Seems to me you are wrong. Black can take on f6

22...exf6 23. Rd8+ Kf7 and is a piece up.>

Yes, you are right. I missed 23....Kf7.

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  Messiah: Very nice finish by Mr. Wang.

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