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Michael Rohde vs Dmitry Gurevich
"The Long and Winding Rohde" (game of the day Jan-08-2011)
18th World Open (1990), Philadelphia, PA USA, rd 6
English Opening: Anglo-Indian Defense. King's Knight Variation (A15)  ·  1-0



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Jan-08-11  Yodaman: Is white winning after 30.Be5? I know I wouldn't have made that move. I probably would have been afraid of black getting a pawn so advanced and would have moved 30.axb4.
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  Phony Benoni: Whaddya know? The Long and Winding Rohde did bring Black's king to the White king's door.
Jan-08-11  Llawdogg: Four queens and a king walk.
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  OhioChessFan: Black's f5 just looks horrible. I have no idea why players keep pushing their f Pawn 2 squares for an illusory attack on a minor piece. This site is full of games where that amounts to the losing move. 34...Qb3 was a blunder (34..Qxf2 = ) although White missed the straight forward 36. Qd7 which probably would have ended the game on the spot. Maybe there was time trouble issues.
Jan-08-11  goodevans: So what happens after 40 ... Ne7?
Jan-08-11  johnlspouge: < <Yodaman> wrote: Is white winning after 30.Be5? [snip] >

Toga gives White -0.25P after 30.Be5.

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  kevin86: A neat game;each side winds up with two queens,but it takes white's king to assist in the coming mate at midnight.
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  OhioChessFan: <ge> 41. Qf8 looks good.
Jan-08-11  howlwolf: Does 37. . .g5 hold? my quick analysis shows just a perpetual.
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  AylerKupp: <howlwolf> After 37...g5 Houdini 1.5 quickly finds a mate in 7: 38.Qf8+ Kg6 39.Be5 Qxh3+ (one way among many to delay the inevitable prior to 40.Qg7+ Kh5 41.Qf7+ Kh4 42.g3+ Qxg3+ 43.fxg3#) 40.gxh3 f4 41.Qe8+ Kf5 42.f3 Nf6 43.Qf7 g4 44.Qxf6#
Jan-08-11  4tmac: 40. ..K-Q2! & 49 ♙=♕ #9 This game is crazy!
Jan-08-11  falso contacto: Either it's Indian or it's Anglo I think.
Who knows.
Jan-08-11  kingfu: Great game!
The opening looked like a Queen's Indian.
Jan-08-11  goodevans: <OhioChessFan: <ge> 41. Qf8 looks good.>

40 ... Ne7 41 Qf8 Qd7 then what?

I don't think that white can win the N with 42 Qf6+ and still stop the b-pawn.

Jan-08-11  WhiteRook48: what an awesome queens game!
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  OhioChessFan: <ge> 40..Ne7 41. Qf8 Qd7 42. Qf6+ Kd5 43. Bxe7 Qe6 44. Qg5 followed by an eventual Bf6 and I see no problems for White.
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  OhioChessFan: <howl> 37...g5 38. Qf8+ Kg6 39. Qe8+ and I think Black is done.
Jan-08-11  David2009: This is a fantastic and ultra-competitive game. Mindful of <OhioChessFan>'s first post, I started detailed analysis at move 35 (White to play) using Crafty End Game Trainer:

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Link: Can Black save the game from this position?

<OhioChessFan: [snip] White missed the straight forward 36. Qd7 which probably would have ended the game on the spot.> Yes; correct was 35...Qe8! (instead of 25...Qf8?) which transposes into the game.

In the game Black's 40...Nf4! seems the only move (see below).

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(Black to play 40...?) Instead, Crafty EGT finds 40...b2 41.Qxg6+ Kd7 42.Qxf5+ Kd8. Here Fritz 6 finds 43.a4 Nc7 44.g3 Ne8 45.Qd3 Nxd6 46.exd6 Kd7 47.Qf5+ Kxd6 48.Qf6+ Kc7 49.Qxb2 Qxa4 50.Qg7+ wins. If in this line 43...Qxa4 44 e6! and the mate threat forces b1=Q 47.Qxb1 Qc6 48.e7+ Nxe7 49.Bxe7+ Kxe7 50.Qb4+ Ke6 51.g4 with two Pawns more; but not 50...Qc5?? 51 Qxc5!

<goodevans: So what happens after 40 ... Ne7?> I don't know. One line is 41.Qf8 when 41...Nd5 transposes back into the Crafty EGT defence. But Black has better: 41...Qd7 42.Qf6+ Kd5 43.Bxe7 Qe6 44.Qh4 b2 45.Qb4 Qxe5+ 46.f4 Qxe7 47.Qxe7 b1=Q 48.Qf7+ Ke4 49.Qxg6 Kxf4 50.Qg3+ Ke4 51.Qf3+ Ke5 52.Qc3+ Kd5 53.Qb4 Qc1 and according to Fritz 6 White has an advantage of just over a Pawn.

Back to the game. The move played 40...Nf4! may draw if Black follows up with 42...Qc1! instead of 42...Qc2. This saves an all-important tempo. Continuing as in the game with 43.Bf8 Kd5 44.Qb5+ Kd4 now 45.e6 allows perpetual check with Qf4+ 46.Kg1 Qc1+ 47.Kh2 Qf4+. Instead 45.Qxb6+ Kc3 46.Qc5+ Kb3 47.Qb5+ Kc2 48.Qc4+ Kd1 leads now here and White is wise to settle for repetition with 49.Qb3+ Qc2 50.Qb5 Qe2 51.Qb8 Kc2 52.Qc7+ Kb3 53.Qb7+ Kc2 54.Qc6+ Kb3.

These lines were found setting Crafty End Game Trainer up in the position after 40...Nf4! As mentioned above, the EGT plays the weaker 40...b2. Link to the position at move 41:

Finally,as the game went, after 49 Qd6+ Kc2 Black lasts a little longer, and White has to play carefully to win the four-Queens ending. Crafty End Game Trainer finds interesting resources, but loses slowly but surely. Try it using the following link:

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Rohde vs Gurevich 1990 49? You are white, drag and drop the move you want to make.

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  OhioChessFan: 1. Qd5+ and I was a little surprised the Black King headed for c2 and not e1. I guess it didn't like a promotion with check. Exchanged Queens on c1, Queened the Pawn and it was pretty easy from there.
Feb-02-12  4tmac: (Black to play 40...?) Instead, Crafty EGT finds 40...b2 41.Qxg6+ Kd7 42.Qxf5+ Kd8. Here Fritz 6 finds 43.a4 from David2009 second diagram. Make that 43.a4!! :) when the EGT plays the comp best 43...Nc7 but I was wondering about 43...Nc3!?

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My contraption, once again, groundhogdayingly assured me the win was there! W play & win.

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