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Rameshbabu Praggnanandhaa vs Teja S Ravi
Isle of Man Masters (2018), Douglas IMN, rd 7, Oct-26
Caro-Kann Defense: Advance. Tal Variation (B12)  ·  1-0



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Oct-28-18  offramp: This might be in the running for Game Of The Year.


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Black has taken the time to capture the b2 pawn, so White has a lead in development.
Black plays
Before recapturing Praggers interposes
14. fxg3!.

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White is offering a piece, but all his remaining pieces are pointing towards the black king. 14...Bxe4
15. Rxf7!! Sauve qui peut!

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<If Black now plays
15...Kxf7 then he is mated by
16. Rxb7+ Kg6
17. Bxe6 with the threat of 18. Bf7+ Kf5 19. Qf1+ Kg4 20. Qf4#.>

Instead, Black threatened mate himself with
16. Rf2. Very level-headed.
17. Qe1! With threats of discovered attacks on Black's queen. There is no way to save the queen and the bishop on f5.

Very well played. Quite a hurricane.

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  OhioChessFan: In the final position, if 32...Kc8, then Qxd4/xg7/d4/b6 and then the a Pawn wins as Black is tied up in knots.

Or if 32...Kd6 then Qc5+/xd4/xg7/d4/b6 etc etc

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  whiteshark: When Pragg went into Tal mode... (~ 22 mins)

* ENJOY the 'guess-the-move' quiz

* Expect it as puzzle in the near future

* zero (watching while distracted)

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[Fritz 10]: 1. e4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. e5 Bf5 4. h4 h5 5. c4 e6 6. Nc3 Ne7 7. Nge2 dxc4 8. Ng3 Bg6 9. Bg5 Qb6 [last book move] 10. Bxc4 Qxb2 [10 ... Nd7 11. 0-0 =] 11. Nce4 [ ⩲] Nf5 12. 0-0 Nxg3 [11 ... Qb4 13. Qc2 Qb6 14. d5 ⩲] 13. Rb1 [13. Nxg3?! Nd7 =] Qa3 14. fxg3 Bxe4 15. Rxf7 Qxg3? [15 ... Kxf7 16. Rb3 Bd5 17. Qf1+ Ke8 +-] 16. Rf2 [+-] b5 17. Qe1 Bf5 18. Bxe6 Qxf2+ 19. Qxf2 Bxe6 20. d5 cxd5 21. Qc2 Be7 22. Bxe7 [22. Rf1!? Rf8 23. Rxf8+ Bxf8 +-] Kxe7 23. Qc7+ Bd7?? [23 ... Nd7 24. Qd6+ Kf7 25. Rf1+ Nf6 26. exf6 gxf6 +-] 24. e6 [25. Qc5+ Ke8 26. Qxd5 +-] Rc8 25. Qb7 Kxe6 26. Qxa8 Nc6 27. Qb7 b4 28. Qa6 Kd6 29. Rxb4 Rd8 30. Rb1 d4 31. Rc1 Kc7 [31 ... Be6 +-] 32. Qxa7+ 1-0

Rameshbabu Praggnanandhaa is the youngest IM in history and the second youngest GM in history. This exciting young talent from India already has a huge following and will enjoy a bright future in chess. Here Black bravely takes the Poisoned Pawn at b2 despite being behind in development. 15. Rxf7! must have come as quite a shock (no "!" from Fritz the anti-human cyborg), then 18. Bxe6! works due to 18 ... Bxe6 19. Rxf8+! & 20. Qxg3. Black gave up Q for RB with 18 ... Qxf2+ 19. Qxf2 Bxe6 yet White called all the shots to the end.

Go Pragg.

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