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Pavel Eljanov vs Shakhriyar Mamedyarov
Gashimov Memorial (2017), Shamkir AZE, rd 3, Apr-23
King's Indian Defense: Fianchetto Variation. Classical Fianchetto (E67)  ·  0-1



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Apr-23-17  Gregor Fenrir: 44. ♖e5 is a mistake. After 44. e7! ♖xd5 45. e8♕ ♖f5 46. ♕xc8 white is a knight up.
Apr-23-17  makinavaja: Hm... 44.e7 opens the diagonal to the c8-bishop. After 44...,Be3+, Black's attack would be very strong.
Apr-23-17  SirRuthless: What a turnaround!
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  ChessHigherCat: I think white should have accepted the trade of bishops with 21...Bf6 22. Bxf6 Nxf6 27. g5 followed by f4 with a massive steamroller attack and on black's pieces on the wrong side of the board.
Apr-23-17  luzhin: After 44.e7!! Be3+ 45.Kf1 Rxd5 46.e8=Q Bh3+ 47.Ke2 Black is dead lost. A piece down, with two more en prise, and no useful checks.
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  ChessHigherCat: <luzhin: After 44.e7!! Be3+ 45.Kf1 Rxd5 46.e8=Q Bh3+ 47.Ke2 Black is dead lost. A piece down, with two more en prise, and no useful checks.> I know from experience you're almost always right but what about 44. e7 Be3+ 45. Kf1 Qh1+ 46. Ke2 Qg7+ Kd1/d3 47. RxQ+ etc. (although there's probably better, that's bad enough)
Apr-23-17  scholes: What about 44 e7 Rxd5 45 Qe8 Rd8
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  ChessHigherCat: <scholes: What about 44 e7 Rxd5 45 e8Q Rd8> 46. Re7+ Bxe7 27. Qxe7+ followed by Qxd8+?
Apr-24-17  luzhin: ChessHigherCat, at the end of your line 47...Rxd5 isn't check, so White just plays 48.e8=Q and, again, Black is a piece down with two en prise and no useful checks.
Apr-24-17  luzhin: ChessHigherCat: To be clear, after 46...Qg2+ in your line White would play 47.Kxe3, not either 47.Kd1?? or 47.Kd3??
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  ChessHigherCat: <luzhin: ChessHigherCat: To be clear, after 46...Qg2+ in your line White would play 47.Kxe3, not either 47.Kd1?? or 47.Kd3??>

Rats, back to the drawing board. Still, intuitively it seems like there must be a mate there with the K on f1, possibly after moving/sacrificing the rook to free up black's LSB?

Apr-24-17  luzhin: There is no mate, but I suspect Elyanov thought there would be, which perhaps explains why he passed up 44.e7.
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  HeMateMe: I enjoyed the Bishop maneuvers, black finally finds a way to activate his LSB by pinning the Rook.
Apr-28-17  makinavaja: Yes, you are right, but not so easy, especially in time trouble. For example, after 44..., Be3+ 45. Kf1, Bd4, the best is 46. Q:d4+. The Kf3 defends everything!
Ah! I analyze without computers. A good way to train my brain for real life.

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