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Shakhriyar Mamedyarov vs Ian Nepomniachtchi
GCT Croatia (2019), Zagreb CRO, rd 3, Jun-28
King's Indian Defense: Normal. King's Knight Variation (E60)  ·  0-1



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Jun-28-19  Junbalansag: Can anyone pls explain to me why black resigned after move 32? My little brain has been unable simply to crack the but.
Jun-28-19  Junbalansag: I mean why white resigned, not black.
Jun-28-19  whiteshark: Ask yourself: what's the threat? (33...Re3)

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White to move

1) -7.35 (32 ply) 33.Rxf5 Qxf5 34.Qd3 Be3+ 35.Kh1 Qf2 36.Bg2 Qxb2 37.Qb1 Qe2 38.Re1 Qc4 39.Rf1 Bxd4 40.Qb3 Qxb3 41.axb3 Rab8 42.Rd1 Rxb4 43.Bf1 Re3 44.Bc4 Be5 45.Rd2 Rxh3+ 46.Kg1 Rh4 47.Ra2 Rb7 48.Rd2 Kg7 49.Rd3 Rg4+ 50.Kf2 f5 51.Rd1 Re7 52.Kf3 Rf7 53.Kf2

2) -7.47 (32 ply) 33.Bg2 Re2 34.Rxf5 Qxf5 35.Rf1 Qg5 36.Qf3 Qe3+ 37.Kh1 Qxf3 38.Bxf3 Rxb2 39.Bg4 Rxb4 40.Bd7 Rab8 41.Rf2 Rxd4 42.Bc6 Rd2 43.Rxd2 Bxd2 44.Kg2 Bf4 45.a4 Rb3 46.h4 Rg3+ 47.Kf2 Rh3 48.Ke2 Rxh4 49.Kd3 Rh2 50.Kc4 Be5 51.a5 Kg7 52.Kb5 f5

3) -7.42 (31 ply) 33.Rdd3 Re1 34.Qc2 Be3+ 35.Rdxe3 Nxe3 36.Rxe3 Qg5+ 37.Qg2 Qxe3+ 38.Qf2 Qxf2+ 39.Kxf2 Rd1 40.Be2 Rd2 41.Bc1 Rxa2 42.Kf3 Rc8 43.Bf4 Rc3+ 44.Kf2 Rcc2 45.Bxd6 Rxe2+ 46.Kf3 Re8 47.Bc5 Ra3+ 48.Kf2 Rxh3 49.Kf1 Rb3 50.d6 Rf3+ 51.Kg2 Rd3 52.Kf2 Rd2+ 53.Kf3 Rb2 54.Kf4 Rb3 55.d7 Rd8 56.Bxa7 Rxd7

6.0 minute analysis by Stockfish 9 v010218

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  An Englishman: Good Afternoon: With colors reversed, this would look like some of Fischer's famous victories with 2.d3 vs. the French Defense.
Jun-28-19  The17thPawn: So when do we start considering Nepom as a serious contender for the throne?
Jun-29-19  Ulhumbrus: 9 h3? spends a move on disturbing the king side pawns and allows Black to play the king's Indian attack reversed, an attack perhaps helped by this pawn advance.

17 Qc2?! attacks the c pawn but it also places White's queen in front of the rook.

17...Qg5! abandons the c7 pawn, the first target of White's queen side attack, in return for threatening White's h3 pawn.

As White's queen is in front of his rook Black can answer 18 Kh2 with ...Re7 and White's rook on c1 will count for nothing.

With 20 Qxb7 White has won a pawn on the queen side. Now the question is whether his king side will succumb to Black's king side attack or not.

24 f3 disturbs the king side pawns. Perhaps he is worried about the move ...Bf3

With the sacrifice 27 Ne5 Mamedyarov hopes perhaps to make weapons of his queen's bishop and his d pawn after d4xe5 is reply to ...dxe5.

Nepomnichtchi declines the offer and continues his attack.

32...Bh6 prepares the check ...Be3+. The computer evaluations help to suggest that Black has now a winning attack. Perhaps Mamedyarov shares this opinion, as he resigns without waiting for this move.

Jun-29-19  areknames: <With colors reversed, this would look like some of Fischer's famous victories with 2.d3 vs. the French Defense.> Indeed it does, especially considering it took White's b pawn 2 moves to get to b4. Impressive performance by Nepomniachtchi.
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  perfidious: The great man having been mentioned, here is a game which is worth a look where he takes up the cudgels from the other side of the board: E Nikolic vs Fischer, 1968.
Jun-30-19  cormier:

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Analysis by Houdini 4 <d 22 dpa done

1. - + (-1.62): 26...Bxf3> 27.gxf3 Qg5+ 28.Bg2 Bh6 29.f4 Qg3 30.Re2 h4 31.e4 Qxb3 32.axb3 Nxd5 33.Bf1 Nxb4 34.Rf2 Rxe4 35.Bg2 d5 36.Bxe4 dxe4 37.Rb1 Nd3 38.Rh2 Bxf4 39.Rxh4 Kg7 40.d5+ f6 41.Bd4 g5 42.Rh1 Rd8 43.Bxa7 Rxd5 44.b4 Rd7 45.Bc5 Nxc5 46.bxc5 Be3+ 47.Kg2 Bxc5 48.Rbd1 Rb7

2. - / + (-1.22): 26...h4 27.Qd3 Bxf3 28.gxf3 Qg5+ 29.Kh1 Bh6 30.Qd2 Qxd5 31.Bh3 Rab8 32.Qf2 Qxa2 33.Ra1 Qb3 34.Bc1 Nd5 35.e4 Bxc1 36.Rexc1 Nxb4 37.Rc7 Nd3 38.Qd2 Qb6 39.Rc3 Nb4 40.Rg1 a5 41.Rg4 Nc6 42.Qh6 Ne7 43.Rc1 Qxd4 44.Rxh4 Rb3 45.Qh7+ Kf8 46.Rf4 f5 47.Bf1

Jun-30-19  cormier:

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Analysis by Houdini 4 d 22 dpa done

1. = / + (-0.69): 26.Rc4 h4 27.Qc2 h3 28.Nh2 Bf5 29.Qf2 Ne4 30.Qf4 Qxf4 31.exf4 Ng3 32.Rxe8 Rxe8 33.gxh3 Nxf1 34.Nxf1 Re2 35.Bc1 Bxh3 36.Rc3 Rg2+ 37.Kh1 Rf2 38.Nd2 Bg2+ 39.Kg1 Re2 40.f5 Bxd5 41.fxg6 fxg6 42.a3 Kg7 43.Nf3 a6 44.Bg5 Kf7 45.Rc7+ Ke6 46.Rc8 Be7 47.Re8 Kf7 48.Rxe7+ Rxe7 49.Bxe7 Kxe7

2. = / + (-0.69): 26.e4 Rxe4 27.Rxe4 Nxe4 28.Qd3 Bxf3 29.Rc7 Nd2 30.Bc1 Bxd5 31.Bxd2 Qh8 32.Bg5 Bh6 33.Be3 Bxa2 34.Bxh6 Qxh6 35.Qe4 Qf8 36.b5 Qd8 37.Rc6 Rb8 38.Ra6 Be6 39.Rxa7 Qg5 40.Qf3 Bd5 41.Qf2 Qc1 42.Kh2 Qc3

3. = / + (-0.70): 26.Qd2 Rab8 27.Rc4 h4 28.Nh2 Bf5 29.a3 h3 30.Qf2 Be7 31.Qf4 Qxf4 32.exf4 Nxd5 33.gxh3 a5 34.Bc1 axb4 35.axb4 Nxb4 36.Ng4 Kg7 37.Rc7 Nd5 38.Ra7 Rb1 39.Ne3 Nxe3 40.Rxe3 Rxc1

Jun-30-19  cormier:

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Analysis by Houdini 4 d 20 dpa done

1. - / + (-1.05): 23...Ng4 24.Be2 h4 25.Qb3 h3 26.g3 a5 27.bxa5 Rxa5 28.Rc7 Nf6 29.Qb7 Qf5 30.Rxd7 Qxd7 31.Qxd7 Nxd7 32.Bc4 Nf6 33.Rb1 Rb8 34.Bb3 Kg7 35.Kh2 Ng4+ 36.Kxh3 Nxf2+ 37.Kg2 Ng4 38.Nxe4 Nxe3+ 39.Kf3 Nxd5

2. = / + (-0.65): 23...h4 24.Kh1 Qxd5 25.f3 Qxa2 26.Bc3 Rac8 27.Bc4 Qa4 28.Qxa4 Bxa4 29.Ra1 d5 30.Rxa4 dxc4 31.fxe4 Rc7 32.d5 Nxe4 33.Nxe4 Rxe4 34.Bd4 c3 35.Rc1 Rg4 36.Rxa7 Rxa7 37.Bxa7 Bxb4 38.Bd4 Rg5 39.Bxc3 Bxc3 40.Rxc3 Rxd5 41.Kh2 Kg7 42.Kh3 g5 43.Kg4 f6 44.Rb3 Re5 45.Rb7+ Kg6

3. = / + (-0.63): 23...Rab8 24.Rc7 h4 25.Qc2 h3 26.Rxd7 Nxd7 27.Nxe4 Qh4 28.Bd3 f5 29.Ng3 h2+ 30.Kh1 Rxb4 31.Rf1 Rbb8 32.Ne2 Nf6 33.Nf4 Rec8 34.Qe2 Qh6 35.Bb5 Rc7 36.Bc6 Ng4 37.Ne6 Rh7 38.Rc1

Jul-01-19  cormier:

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Analysis by Komodo 9 d 22 done

1. ∓ (-1.12): 22...h4 23.Qb3 h3 24.g3 Bd7 25.a4 Qf5 26.Bc4 h2+ 27.Kg2 Rac8 28.Be2 Qh3+ 29.Kh1 Ng4 30.Rf1 Rxc1 31.Bxc1 Nxf2+ 32.Rxf2 Qxg3 33.Rxh2 Qe1+ 34.Nf1 Qxc1 35.Qd1 Qa3 36.b5 Bg7 37.Bc4 Rc8 38.Qc2 Qa1

2. - / + (-1.12): 22...Bd7 23.Qa6 h4 24.Kh1 Rab8 25.a3 Ng4 26.Qe2 a5 27.f3 exf3 28.Qxf3 axb4 29.axb4 Rxe3 30.Rxe3 Qxe3 31.Rc7 Bf5 32.Bc3 Qxf3 33.Nxf3 Ne3 34.Bc4 h3 35.Ng5 Nxc4 36.Rxc4 hxg2+ 37.Kg1 Kg7 38.Rc7

Jul-01-19  cormier:

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Analysis by Komodo 9 d 24 done

1. - / + (-0.81): 22.Qc6 Rb8 23.Qc7 Bb7 24.Nb1 Ng4 25.Be2 Qh4 26.Bxg4 Qxg4 27.Qc2 h4 28.Qe2 Qxe2 29.Rxe2 Ba6 30.Rd2 Rxb4 31.Nc3 Rb7 32.Ba3 g5 33.Nd1 Bb5 34.Nb2 Reb8 35.Nc4 Bxc4 36.Rxc4 Rb1+ 37.Rc1

2. - / + (-0.88): 22.Qe2 Bg4 23.Qc4 h4 24.Kh1 Qf5 25.Kg1 h3 26.gxh3 Bxh3 27.Bxh3 Qxh3 28.Qf1 Qf5 29.Nc4 Rac8 30.Na5 Qg5+ 31.Qg2 Qxd5 32.Nb3 Rb8 33.Bc3 Bg7 34.Bd2 Rec8 35.Qg3 a6 36.Rxc8+ Rxc8 37.Rc1

Jul-01-19  cormier:

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Analysis by Komodo 9 d 23 done

1. = / + (-0.63): 21.a4 h4 22.Kh1 Bd7 23.Qa6 Qf5 24.Kg1 h3 25.gxh3 Qg5+ 26.Kh2 Qh4 27.Kg1 Nxd5 28.Ba3 Bxh3 29.Bxh3 Qxh3 30.b5 Qg4+ 31.Kf1 Rad8 32.Qxa7 Ra8 33.Qb7 Qe6 34.Rc4 Reb8 35.Qc6 Nb6 36.Rb4 Qh3+ 37.Ke2 d5 38.Rb3 Rxa4

2. = / + (-0.70): 21.a3 h4 22.Kh1 Bg4 23.Qa6 Qf5 24.Kg1 h3 25.gxh3 Bxh3 26.Bxh3 Qxh3 27.Qf1 Qf5 28.Nb3 Qxd5 29.Na5 Rac8 30.Qh3 Rxc1 31.Bxc1 Bg7 32.Bb2 Qa2 33.Re2 Rd8 34.Rd2 Qd5 35.Rc2 Qg5+ 36.Kh1 Qb5

Jul-01-19  cormier:

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Analysis by Komodo 9 d 23 done

1. = / + (-0.69): 20.Nc4 h4 21.Kh2 Bg4 22.Nxd6 Re7 23.Qc2 Qxd5 24.Nb5 a6 25.Nc3 Qf5 26.Kg1 Nf6 27.a3 h3 28.f4 hxg2 29.Qxg2 Rc8 30.Be2 Bxe2 31.Nxe2 Ree8 32.Nc3 Ng4 33.d5 Qh5 34.Nxe4

2. - / + (-0.73): 20.a4 Nf6 21.Qxb7 h4 22.Kh1 Bd7 23.Qa6 Qxd5 24.b5 h3 25.gxh3 Qh5 26.Ba3 Bxh3 27.Bxh3 Qxh3+ 28.Kg1 Red8 29.Qc6 Qh4 30.Re2 Qg5+ 31.Kf1 Qg4 32.Qb7 Qh3+ 33.Kg1 d5 34.Bxf8 Rxf8 35.Nf1 Qf3

Jul-01-19  cormier:

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Analysis by Komodo 9 d 25 done

1. = (0.00): 18.h4 Qxh4 19.Qxc7 Bf8 20.Qxb7 a5 21.b5 Reb8 22.Qc7 Rc8 23.Qb6 Rcb8 24.g3 Qh3 25.Qc7 Rc8 26.Qb7 Rcb8 27.Qc7

2. = (0.00): 18.Kh1 Qh4 19.Kg1 Qg5

3. = (0.00): 18.Kh2 Qh4 19.Kg1 Qg5

Jul-01-19  cormier: so 18.Qxc7 is not a good move for white .....
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  keypusher: <junbalansag>

There is a link to some engine analysis below. Black is threatening 32....Be3+ and ....Qxf3 (33.Kg2 Nh4+) and more obvious defenses fail, e.g. 33.Bc1 Nxd4. White’s king as well as his other pieces are very exposed.

analysis of move 33.?

Apr-25-21  Daodejing: @ The17thPawn:

"So when do we start considering Nepom as a serious contender for the throne?"

Since yesterday.

Aug-19-21  Alexandro: Indeed it will be a hard match: on one side a very solid and versatile player, MC, on the other side an aggressive and very talent player Nepo. Incredible fight for sure.

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