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Roman Dzindzichashvili vs Andrew Soltis
"Soltis-troying" (game of the day Mar-20-2022)
New York Open (1989), New York, NY USA, rd 4, Mar-??
Scandinavian Defense: Main Lines. Mieses Variation (B01)  ·  1-0



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  tpstar: If Black had a do-over he would have chosen 28 ... Qxg6+ 29. Qxg6 fxg6 playing for the Pawn-up RR vs RR endgame. Instead 28 ... f5?? 29. Qxf5! and suddenly Black has a weak back rank - 29 ... exf5 30. Rxe8#, or 29 ... Rxe5 30. Qf7+. 33. Qf7! ends matters nicely after 33 ... Rg8 34. Qxg8+! Kxg8 35. Re8#, and other Rook moves along the back rank allow 34. Re8+ mating.
Feb-22-15  morfishine: <tpstar> Yes, 28...f5 was a decisive slip; very Un-Soltis like
Mar-20-22  Brenin: 28 ... f5 is just horrible, but the pun is good.
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  Knighthawkmiller: 25...gxh4 appears to be an improvement for black. 1) -2.95 (25 ply) 26.Rh3 Qxe4 27.Rxe4 g5 28.Kf1 f6 29.Ke2 Kf7 30.Rh1 Rd5 31.Kd3 c5 32.Rhe1 Rd7 33.Kc4 Rc8 34.Kb3 cxd4 35.Rxd4 Rdc7 36.Re3 e5 37.Rd1 Kg6 38.Kc2 Rh8 39.Red3 Rh2 40.Rd7 Rxd7 41.Rxd7 Rxg2
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Fine job on the game's title with a good quality game to match.

Black's pawns look horrid after 28...Qxg6+; 29.Qxg6,fxg6 because of play down the e-file and the King's future advance to g5. If ...Kf7; Rf3+ drives him back. However, Black still has an extra pawn, plus the opportunity for sneak counterattacks down the h-file or against the a4 pawn. A draw looks far from impossible.

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  HeMateMe: Ah, the rare GoD featuring two American GMs!
Mar-20-22  ndg2: Needed a while to decipher the pun but only a short time _why_ it was chosen (the infamous 28..f5)
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  Teyss: Pun helpdesk, please: is it on "destroying" and Trojan horse (the invading WQ)? Coming from <offramp> surely it has to be witty.

FWIW after 28...Qxg6+ 29.Qxg6 fxg6 SF gives 0.0 at 45 ply. And +14.7 at 31 ply after 28...f5 29.Qxf5.

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  ajk68: 28...f5?? overlooks the pin on the e-pawn.

And then the position completely crumbles.

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  OhioChessFan: <Teyss>, "Soul Destroying".
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  Teyss: <OhioChessFan> Thanks. 28...f5 is heartbreaking indeed.
Mar-20-22  AlicesKnight: Disastrous advance of the f-pawn.

Soltis peppered ....

Mar-20-22  Ayaend: What if 25�f5 !? Black is ok or better what do you think about that
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  Breunor: Ayaend, I ran 35 …. f5 on the computer, it gives it as dead even, 0.00. The text move …. Rd5 is the same.

However, Stockfish favors 25 …. g5 with big advantage to black, -1.8.

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