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Zurab Azmaiparashvili vs Ricardo Montecatine Rios
Seville op (1994), Seville ESP, rd 5, Jan-25
English Opening: King's English. Four Knights Variation Fianchetto Lines (A29)  ·  1-0



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May-14-02  Queen: Where can i play a game?
May-15-02  kingofchess: that was a good game you played just play me and you will lose
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  Sneaky: Queen, try or even
Jan-14-04  nateinstein: Very nice puzzle, even knowing white has a winning move doesn't make it any easier to solve. I doubt I would see this over the board unless I had seen the likes of it before hand. *** The threat of e4 on the next move is game winning ***
Jan-14-04  unclewalter: e3 isnt too hard to see...taking with the bishop to set it up is interesting because it is the only move that works to do so...
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  patzer2: A good early alternative for Black is 3...Bb5 as in Curt Hansen vs Anand, 2003 and Lautier vs Kasparov, 2002

Of course 8....0-0?! is probably an opening error, giving White a clear advantage after 9. b4! (White wins 78.6% in the opening explorer).

Better is 8...a5 with good chances of equalizing (opening explorer indicates both sides have an even 17.6% winning percentage with 64.7% draws). A few examples of good play in the 8...a5 line are M Turov vs Y Yakovich, 2002 and Gulko vs Bareev, 2000 . However, I wonder if White may still have a chance for a slight advantage with best play as indicated by White's solid win in Kasparov vs N Faulks, 2003 even though this simultaneous exhibition game is not much of a test.

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  Sneaky: Plus, something makes us try to disregard that move, on positional grounds. The little Karpov in us all is whispering, "You cannot give up your powerful light squared bishop for a knight!"

The problems lately have had relatively quiet solutions ... no dramatic sacrifices, just a question of "What's wrong with this picture?" Very good.

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  patzer2: 12...Nd5 ?? was a blunder. Fritz 8 gives Black a path to equality with 12...c6! 13. bxc6 Rc8 14. Nc4 bxc6 15. Nxb6 axb6 16. e3 Nf5 17. a4 Nd6 18. Qh5 (-0.16 @ 14/39 depth @ 683kN/s), and now Black has at least five moves good moves that are good for at least equality according to Fritz (18...Qd7, 18...Nf7, 18...Re8, 18...f5 or 18...Bf7).
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  patzer2: For those new to the world of Chess combinations and solving problems like today's (13?), the full solution is 13. Bxd5 Bxd5 14. e3 Nf4 15. e4.

The combination involves two tactical themes: (1) the "trapped man" ( 14. e3) and (2) the "double attack" (15. e4). Studying examples of these two themes in practical combination books, such as Rheinfeld's 1001 Winning Chess Sacrifices and Combinations (available from online bookstores such as Amazon) should help in quickly recognizing these situations when they occur in your game.

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  patzer2: As a correction, my first post to this game should indicate <4...Bb5 is a good early alternative> in this opening instead of 3...Bb5.
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  kevin86: a diabolical combination by white, It involves two different tactics:a trap,and a fork. In both cases,the paradox of weaker pieces being strong by being weak shows itself.

A pawn is far weaker than a piece,therefore,an exchange of a pawn or two for a piece is profitable.

Jan-14-04  bigdaff: e3 should not have moved forward

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