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Zurab Azmaiparashvili vs Alexander Chernin
"The Wizardry of Az" (game of the day Mar-11-2020)
URS (1980)
English Opening: King's English. Four Knights Variation Quiet Line (A28)  ·  1-0



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  Sneaky: Material equality is the least of all considerations, while the King is being hunted!
Apr-14-02  refutor: obviously i'm not a grandmaster :) but i wonder what Chernin's idea was behind 10. ... Nxd5?! blocking the diagonal that the queen was on and allowing 12.h5 and the strong attack up the h-file was suicidal. obviously Black wants to exchange that d5 knight but maybe an idea of Nf6-h5 then Nc6-e7 would be something to look at as opposed to opening up all the lines on the kingside.
Apr-15-02  Doctor Who: I'm no GM either... but whatever Black's plan was he never counted on 12 h5!

Here's what I think Chernin was thinking: 10 ...Nxd5 11 cxd5 Ne7 12 e4 (to protect the pawn) f5! and Black's game opens up nicely, while the latent threat on f2 exposes White's uncastled position.

May-11-05  Gowe: Black can't take 21.Qxc4 because of the continuation 22.Rh7+ Nxh7 (forced) 23.Bxe5+ winning the queen and probably mate in a few moves.
Mar-27-06  Dim Weasel: Anyone with a game collection of middle-of-the-board mates? Here is a fine candidate.
Mar-06-19  Cheapo by the Dozen: Remarkable attack.
Mar-11-20  morfishine: Wow, great playing by White!

Quality games like this should be the standard for the GOTD

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  fredthebear: <morfishine> Indeed! 14.hxg6+ is the infamous discount double check maneuver. It's a game changer!

Mar-11-20  spazzky: 12. h5 wasn't all that surprising, but 13. Nxh7 likely was. Engine says black can survive quietly with

12...h6 13.Nf3 g5 14.Nxe5 Nxd5 15.b3 dxe5 16.Qxc5 Nf6 17.Qc2 Re8 18.Bb2 Qd6 19.Rc1 Bg4 20.f3 Rad8 21.Bc4 Be6 22.Be2 b6 23.Qc3 Qd5 24.Qxe5 Qxd2+ 25.Kf1

Mar-11-20  RandomVisitor: After 9...d6 white had 10.Nxf6 and an advantage...

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<35/58 17:14 +1.26 10.Nxf6+ Qxf6 11.b3> h5 12.Ne4 Qe7 13.Bb2 Bf5 14.f3 Kg7 15.Bd3 Bxe4 16.fxe4 Rh8 17.Be2 Rad8 18.0-0-0 Ba7 19.Kb1 Rde8 20.Rdg1 Rh6 21.Rf1 Nb8 22.Rf3 Nd7 23.d4 Bb6 24.Rf2 c6 25.Rhf1 Bc7 26.Rxf7+ Qxf7 27.Rxf7+ Kxf7 28.b4 Rhh8 29.Bd3

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  scormus: <spazzky> you have to sympathize with B at this point. With p, B, Q converging on g6, it would have taken a very strong mind to weaken the square even more by playing 12 .... h6! OTB. Or else an engine. I suppose that's what makes 12 h5 so devastating.
Mar-11-20  RandomVisitor: After 6...Bc5

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<51/77 4:21:35 +0.73 7.Ng5 g6 8.Nxf6+> Qxf6 9.Ne4 Qe7 10.a3 a5 11.Be2 b6 12.0-0 Bb7 13.b3 Nd8 14.Nxc5 bxc5 15.f4 f6 16.Bb2 d6 17.fxe5 fxe5 18.Rxf8+ Kxf8 19.Rf1+ Kg7 20.Bc3 Ne6 21.Bg4 Ng5 22.d3 Bc6 23.h4 Nf7 24.Qf2 Nh6 25.Be2 Nf5 26.Bd2 Rf8 27.Bxa5 Nd4 28.Qxf8+ Qxf8 29.Rxf8 Nxe2+ 30.Kf2 Kxf8 31.Kxe2 Bxg2 32.Bxc7 Ke7 33.e4 Kd7 34.Ba5 Bh3 35.Bc3 Bg4+ 36.Kd2 Kc6 37.Ke3 Kb6

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