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Mikhailo Oleksienko vs Vitaliy Bernadskiy
Lviv Rapid Cup (2017) (rapid), Lviv UKR, rd 5, May-08
Alekhine Defense: Brooklyn Variation (B02)  ·  0-1



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  fredthebear: 0-1!? It would ruin my week to lose to the Brooklyn Variation. Black did not castle, and he played f6?! Holy Bologna, what is the chess world coming too? (I'm trying to tell myself it had some resemblance to a French, Exchange.)

I would have played 26.QxBg4 to avoid doubled pawns, but the engine does not seem to care either way the re-capture is made. The game is even at that point. Black comes up w/a nice deflection sacrifice and royal N+ fork on the open h-file.

It's the only 2...Ng8 that Vitaliy Bernadskiy has played in this database. Should he quit while he's ahead?

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  FSR: 30...Rh1+ 31.Bxh1 Nh3+ wins the queen.
Oct-26-20  stacase: You have to notice that Blacks Knight can fork the King & Queen if only that Bishop could be made to move - aha 30...Rh1+ does the trick.

Took a few seconds, pretty good Monday puzzle

Oct-26-20  zb2cr: 30. ... Rh1+ lures away the White Bishop protecting h3. So, 31. Bxh1, Nh3+; 32. Kf1.

If White plays 32. Kg2, Nxf4+; 33. gxf4, Qh3+ with mate in two. So White has to submit to losing his Bishop on h1 and winds up down by Q vs. R.

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  An Englishman: Good Evening: If 2...Ng8 is the Brooklyn Variation, that city should sue for libel. Black moves the same Knight 5 times in 6 moves, buries the Rh8 on move 19–and wins only 12 moves later. I hate it when chess is stranger than I am.
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  agb2002: Black has a knight for a bishop.

White threatens Rc7.

The bishop controls h3. Hence, 30... Rh1+ 31.Bxh1 Nh3+ wins decisive material:

A) 32.Kf1 Nxf4 33.gxf4 (33.Bf3 Qh3+ 34.Kg1 Qh2+ 35.Kf1 Qh1+ 36.Bxh1 Rxh1#) 33... Rxh1+, etc.

B) 32.Kg2 Nxf4+ 33.Kf3 (33.gxf4 Qh3+ 34.Kg1 Qxh1#) 33... Nd3, etc.

C) 32.Kh2 Nxf4+ 33.Kg1 Rxh1+ 34.Kxh1 Qh3+ 35.Kg1 Qg2#.

Oct-26-20  saturn2: The bishop guards h3 preventing a royal fork. Hence

30...Rh1+ 31. Bxh1 Nh3+ 32. Kf1 Nxf4 33. gxf4 Rx- h1 R vs Q

Oct-26-20  olinart: 30... Rh1+ 31.Bxh1 Qh3 and mate next move on h7 or h8
Oct-26-20  Walter Glattke: There is only one way with more than draw by 30.-Rh1+ 31.Bxh1 Nh3+ 32.Kf3 Nxf4 not Kf1, as saturn say. 33.gxf4 Qh3+ 34.Ke2 Re8+ 35.Kd2 Rxe1 36.Rxe1 Kf7 and mate-in-50 about. oinart: 31.-Qh3 32.Rc7+ Kh6 33.Bg2 knight pinned, 32.-Kf8 33.Qd6+
Oct-26-20  saturn2: White could not exploit the provocative opening by black. I would play 5 .Ld3 and never exchange exd6
Oct-26-20  Walter Glattke: No, is B) 32.Kg2 Nxf4, not 32.Kf3 Nxf4 / 33.Kf3 Nd3, my mistake, but see the comments to saturn and olinart, too.
Oct-26-20  Brenin: Apart from failing to take advantage of Black's weird opening (9 N moves in the first 14), White's big mistake was 29 Rc1, when Bg2 would have kept the K safe and put pressure on Black's weak d-pawn. By move 30 it was too late for Bg2, and 30 g4 was needed, e.g. 30 ... Rh4 31 f3 (31 Rc7? Nf3+) Ne6 32 Rxe6 Qxe6 33 Rc7+ Kg8 34 Rxb7, with chances of survival.
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  FSR: <An Englishman> The Brooklyn Variation is powerful stuff. See also R Gruchacz vs Joel Benjamin, 1980. OTOH, our own <Richard Taylor> didn't fare well when he ventured the variation against a former world champion: Spassky vs R Taylor, 1988.
Oct-26-20  Honey Blend: 22. ♘d7!? would have been an interesting way to punish the weakening of the a2-g8 diagonal by f6, by blocking the black ♕'s defense of d5: 22. ... ♗xd7 23. ♕xd5 ♗xb5 24. ♕xe6+ ♔f8 25. ♗f4! followed by ♗d6+:

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Might be worth a try to keep some defense of e6 with 23. ... ♗c8 offering a ♕ trade, but after 24. ♕xd8+ ♘xd8 25. ♗c4+ ♔f8 26. ♗c1! with a similar threat ♗a3+. White will win the piece back, with centralised rooks, a passed d-pawn and a well-positioned bishop pair.

Then again, this was a rapid game.

Oct-26-20  Walter Glattke: 22.Nd7!? is interesting, 22.-Bxh6!? 23.Rxe6, but 22.-Nc7 seems to be the best then.
Oct-26-20  Honey Blend: <22.-Nc7 seems to be the best then.>

Unfortunately this loses the ♕ to 23. ♖e8+! ♕xe8 24. ♘xf6+ ♗xf6 25. ♗xe8 and now 25. ... ♘xe8?? cannot be played because of 26. ♕xd5+. Now ♗f6 hangs too and it's quite an uncomfortable position for Black.

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My vote goes to 21. ... ♕f6 instead of 21. ... f6, attempting to simplify.

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  Diademas: < olinart: 30... Rh1+ 31.Bxh1 Qh3 and mate next move on h7 or h8>

30... Rh1+ 31.Bxh1 Qh3?? and Black is the one ending up mated. 32.Re7+ Kh6 (32...Nf7 33.Rxf7 Kxf7 34.Qc7+ Kf8 35.Qe7+ Kg8 36.Bxd5+ Qe6 37.Bxe6#) 33.Bf3 and there is no rescue. The silicon monster gives 33...a5 34.Bg4 Qf1+ 35.Kxf1 Rh7 36.Rxh7+ Kxh7 37.Qxf6 a4 38.Rc7+ Nf7 39.Rxf7+ Kg8 40.Qg7# as the most tenacious.

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  keypusher: Had a tough time with this for a while. Like olinart, I was tempted by 30....Rh1+ 31.Bxh1 Qh3. Nice combination!
Oct-26-20  TheaN: After <30....Rh1+ 31.Bxh1 Nh3+>, Black is in fact winning more than Q:R+N, as after <32.Kf1 (Kg2 Nxf4+ 33.gxf4 Qg4+ 34.Kf1 Rxh1#; Kh2 Nxf4+ -+) Nxf4 33.gxf4 Rxh1+ -+> and Black can even simplify some.

<fredthebear; An Englishman> frustrating perhaps, unsound is debatable. The Brooklyn is based on a principle that's also provoked in the many e5 'Advance' variations (French, Caro-Kann, (pseudo-)Austrian); over extension.

Last Thursday I played a pseudo-Austrian (Tiger's Modern) as Black (1.e4 g6 2.d4 Bg7 3.Nc3 d6 4.f4 a6 5.Nf3 b5) and ended up complicating the position by a king side break and piece sac. I lost right after my opponent misjudged a defense (I wasn't winning but at least even); the point being that the lack of space is not without merit as there's more to attack.

Oct-26-20  King.Arthur.Brazil: I feel compelled to say something about this game. Strategy is over today. On move 5, white had an extra tempo with a strong center and change it for an isolated pawn at move 15? On move 13, white accelerates the ♘ to c3 instead of pressure the pinned opponent ♗ of e6 with 13.♗a3, why? After dominating the column "e" with ♕ and .♖, he blocks himself with 17.♗e3? while black puts the ♗ in the big diagonal at f6? White protects the d4 pawn with the ♖, while the open column "c" is abandonned? The answer you will see in move 28, where white position is enought bad. Then, white opens the column 'h' for the opponent which doubled the ♖ quickly while it thinks about going to 'c' file now... the disaster comes soon. White didn't play to win, played for survive and died!

By the way: 31...♘h3+ 32. ♔g2 ♘xf4+ 33. gxf4 ♕g4+ 34. ♔f1 ♖xh1# or 31...♘h3+ 32. ♔h2 ♘xf4+ 33. ♔g1 ♖xh1+ 34. ♔xh1 ♕h3+ 35. ♔g1 ♕g2# .

Oct-26-20  Nullifidian: I'm tired right now, so I didn't notice that black was on move at first. Adding to my confusion was that there is a Monday-level winning move for white if it was his turn: ♖c7, which would pin the queen to the king, while the rook would be defended by white's queen.

But I got myself straightened out at last and found the correct sequence of moves:

30... ♖xh1+, decoying the defender of the h3 square, 31. ♗xh1 ♘h3+ 32. ♔f1 (♔h2?? ♘xf4++ 33. ♔g1 ♖xh1+ 34. ♔xh1 ♕h3+ 35. ♔xg1 ♕g2# or ♔g2? ♘xf4+ 33. ♔f3 [♙gxf4 ♕g4+ 34. ♔f1 ♖xh1#] ♘d3 34. ♔e2 ♘xe1 35. ♔xe1 ♖xh1+) ♘xf4 33. ♙gxf4 ♖xh1+ 34. ♔e2 ♖xe1+ 35. ♔xe1 and black is up a queen for a rook.

Oct-26-20  Walter Glattke: Honey Blend: I have 22.Nd7!? Nc7 23.Re8+? Nxe8
Oct-26-20  Walter Glattke: Ah, 24.Qxd5# refined, congrats. Found no better moves than you to answer Re8.
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  ajk68: 27. g3?
What's he thinking? He gives up any last bit of advantage he has. Clearly Rc1 continues pressing.
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  Richard Taylor: <FSR: <An Englishman> The Brooklyn Variation is powerful stuff. See also R Gruchacz vs Joel Benjamin, 1980. OTOH, our own <Richard Taylor> didn't fare well when he ventured the variation against a former world champion: Spassky vs R Taylor, 1988.>

Of course that was a simul Spassky played. All I did at the time was to look through the ECO and saw a game by Petrosian (at that time I didn't know there were 2 so I assumed it was the ex-World Champion) and saw the move. I thought that at least he wont be able to rattle off theory in say 1. e4 Nf6 2 e5 Nd5 which I usually played. I didn't study it any more than that. That was my prep! "I'll play Ng8 and see what happens was my thought."

Then I didn't play very well after that. But it was interesting to have tried it. Spassky gave me a quizzical look when I retreated the N but I don't think he was too concerned. He didn't lose a game. He took some draws. Spassky seemed a nice fellow. We asked what he thought of Fischer and he said: "I love Fischer." Which of course meant he liked him a lot, and probably understood him very well....

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