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Joel Lautier vs Anatoly Karpov
Melody Amber Blind 5th (1996) (blindfold), Monte Carlo MNC, rd 5, Apr-17
Queen's Indian Defense: Kasparov-Petrosian Variation. Main Line (E12)  ·  1-0



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  WannaBe: I don't believe it, I actually saw the line!
Jul-05-17  Diegolongoni: Nice gamer
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  drollere: Kh8 seems the greater of two evils: 33. ... Kf8; 34. Rxh7 Be5.
Jul-05-17  Walter Glattke: Second best with 32.Rxh7 Nxh7 33.Qg4+ Kf8 34.Bh6+ threatens mate 34.-Rh8 35.Bg5+ Ke8 36.Bxd8 Kxd8 wins (36.-Rxh7 37.Qg8+)
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  agb2002: White has the bishop pair for a bishop and a knight.

The black knight can close the g-file and protects h7. This suggests 32.Bxh7+:

A) 32... Nxh7 33.Qg4+

A.1) 33... Kh8 34.Qf5 Kg8 (34... Kg7 35.Rxh7+ Kg(f)8 36.Qxf7#) 35.Qxh7+ Kf8 36.Qh8+ Ke7 37.Qf6+ Kd7 (37... Kf8 38.Rh8#) 38.Qxd6+ wins decisive material.

A.2) 33... Kf8 34.Rxh7

A.2.a) 34... Qc7 35.Rh8+ Ke7 36.Bg5+ f6 37.Qe6+ Kd8 38.Qxe8#.

A.2.b) 34... Qd7 35.Bh6+ Ke7 36.Qg5#.

A.2.c) 34... Qc8 35.Bh6+ Ke7 36.Bg5+ Kf8 37.Rh8+ Kg7 38.Bh6+ Kf6 (38... Kxh8 39.Qg7#) 39.Qg5#.

A.3) 33... Ng5 34.Bxg5

A.3.a) 34... Qc8 35.Bf6+ Qxg4 (35... Kf8 36.Rh8#; 35... Kxh7 36.Qg7#) 36.Rh8#.

A.3.b) 34... Re8+ 35.Bc1+ Kf8 36.Rh8+ Ke7 37.Qg5+ f6 (37... Kd7 38.Qxd8#) 38.Qg7#.

B) 32... Kg7 33.Qg4+ Ng6 (33... Kh8 34.Bf5+ Nh7 35.Rxh7#) 34.Rxg6+ and mate soon (34... fxg6 35.Qxg6+ Kf8 36.Bh6+ Ke7 37.Qe6#).

C) 32... Kh8 33.Bf5+ Kg7(8) 34.Qg4+ Ng6 35.Rxg6+ transposes to B.

Jul-05-17  bla bla: why not 10.Bxc4 and O-O?
Jul-05-17  AlicesKnight: 32.Bxh7+ is the move to deflect the N. As usual <agb2002> sums it up well.
Jul-05-17  Eusebius: Comprehensive elaboration of all lines by <agb2002>. Thank you!
Jul-05-17  morfishine: <32.Bxh7+>


Jul-05-17  whiteshark: <WannaBe: I don't believe it, I actually saw the line!> Congrats <WannaBe>, youR quite visionary then. ;)
Jul-05-17  saturn2: Me too I saw Bxh7 <youR quite visionary then. ;)> Only to be said to someone blindfold.
Jul-05-17  saturn2: <Walter Glattke: Second best with 32.Rxh7 Nxh7> The drawback is that Rh7 is no check. So black need not take the rook but play 32..Ng6 However it seems still lost for black 33 BxN fxB 34 Qh5
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  Richard Taylor: Good on you <wannabe>!

I saw all after I saw the first move. There are some nice lines checkmating the Black king with Re6 and Bh6 etc.

Bxh7+ seemed the only move worthy of studying... I think I might have taken it and then 'seen what happens'...

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  PawnSac: I wondered how Karpov could fall to such a simple attack, but then noticed it was the 1996 amber blindfold in monte carlo. He never saw it coming.
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  kevin86: Nice little combination: focusing on the h-file.
Jul-05-17  patzer2: Surprisingly strong play and difficulty for this Blindfold game, which includes today's Wednesday July 5, 2017 puzzle (32. ?):

<1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 b6 4.a3 Bb7 5.Nc3 d5 6.Qc2 dxc4 7.e4 c5 8.d5 exd5 9.exd5 Bd6 10.Bg5 O-O 11.O-O-O Nbd7 12.Bxc4 Qb8 13.Kb1 a6 14.Ne4 Nxe4 15.Qxe4 Re8 16.Qg4 Nf8 17.Bd3 Bc8 18.Qh5 Qc7 19.Rc1 Bd7 20.Bd2 Bb5 21.Bc2 Be2> Up till now, Black has played well and even appears to have a slight advantage.

This move (21...Be2) is fine, but a solid alternative is 21...Rad8 22.Rhe1 Bf4 23.g3 Bxd2 24.Nxd2 Rxe1 25.Rxe1 Qd7 26.Be4 h6 27. b3 a5 = to (-0.13 @ 30 depth, Stockfish 8.)

<22.Rhe1 Bxf3?> This not-so-obvious error releases the tension too soon and turns over the advantage to White.

Better instead is maintaining the tension with 22...Qd7 when play might continue 22...Qd7 23.Ka1 Rab8 24.Bf5 Qb7 25.Bc3 Bxf3 26.Qxf3 b5 27. Bd3 a5 = (-0.15 @ 31 depth, Stockfish 8.)

<23.Qxf3 b5 24.h4 Re7 25.Rxe7 Qxe7 26.h5 Re8 27.h6 gxh6?> This appears to be Black's decisive error. Instead, Black can hold on and defend against White's initiative, and put up much stronger resistance, with 27...g6.

After 27...g6 play might continue 27...g6 28.Re1 Qd8 29.Qc3 Rxe1+ 30.Bxe1 f6 31.f4 Qe7 32.Bd2 Kf7 33.Qa5 Qb7 34.Be4 Bc7 35.Qc3 Bd6 36.g4 Qe7 37.Bf3 Nd7 38.Ka2 Nf8 39.Qa5 Qa7 40.g5 fxg5 41.fxg5 Ke8 42.a4 Qb7 43.Qc3 Qe7 44.axb5 axb5 45.Qa3 Qb7 46.Qe3+ Qe7 = (+0.13 @ 35 depth, Stockfish 8.)

<28.Re1 Qd8 29.Rh1 b4 30.axb4 cxb4 31.Rxh6 a5> Black can put up more resistance with 31...Qe7 but White still wins after 31...Qe7 32.Qf5 when play might continue 32...Ng6 33.Rh1 b3 34.Bxb3 Qe4+ 35.Qxe4 Rxe4 36.Rc1 Ne7 37.Rc4 Re2 38.Bc3 a5 39.Ra4 Bc7 40.Bxa5 Bxa5 41.Rxa5 Nf5 42.g4 Nd6 43.Ra6 Nb7 44.Ra7 Nc5 45.d6 Rd2 46.Bc4 Rd4 47.b3 Rxd6 48.Rxf7 Kh8 49.Kc2 Ne4 50.f3 Ng5 51.Rf5 Ne6 52.Bxe6 Rxe6 53.Kd3 (+17.60 @ 27 depth, Stockfish 8).

<32.Bxh7+!!>This neat demolition solves today's Wednesday July 5, 2017 puzzle.

<32...Nxh7 33.Qg4+!> This in-between move is necessary. If White plays the immediate 33.Qf5, Black escapes with a draw after 33. Qf5 Nf8! 34.Qg4+ Ng6 35.Rxg6+ fxg6 36.Qxg6+ Kh8 (not 36...Kf8?? 37.Bh6+ Ke7 38.Qe6# ) 37.Bg5 Be7 38.Qh6+ Kg8 39.Qg6+ Kh8 40.Qh6+ Kg8 41.Qg6+ Kh8 42.Qh6+ Kg8 43.Qg6+ Kh8 44.Qh6+ = (draw by perpetual check.)

<33...Kh8 34.Qf5 1-0> Black resigns in lieu of 34...Kg8 (34...Kg7 35.Rxh7+ Kf8 36.Qxf7#) 35.Qxh7+ Kf8 36.Qh8+ Ke7 37.Qf6+ Kd7 38.Qxd6+ Kc8 39.Qa6+ Kd7 40.Qc6+ Ke7 41.Bg5+ Kf8 42.Rh8+ Kg7 43.Qh6#.

Jul-05-17  Strelets: Whatever happened to Joël Lautier? It'd be unfortunate if he's retired; he played some great games.
Jul-05-17  patzer2: <Strelets> According to a wiki article at, GM Joel Latier dropped out of professional chess nearly 10 years ago and is now a businessman in Russia where he speaks fluent Russian.

A 2016 video at features Joel Lautier visiting an international tournamnent in Moscow, where he is briefly interviewed and confirms he has been a businessman for 10 years in Russia. He says he runs a financial consulting firm which advises other companies and corporations on mergers and acquisitions.

In the video interview, Joel Lautier says he dropped out of Professional Chess in 2006, but still maintains an interest in visiting tournaments and following top level professional chess games.

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  Jimfromprovidence: I have pointed this game out recently, but it deserves another shoutout IMO.

It's a well-fought tactical struggle, featured as match 27 of 30 in John Nunn's book "Understanding Chess Move by Move"

Lautier vs Shirov, 1990

Jul-05-17  morfishine: Thank you <Jimfromprovidence>


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  agb2002: <AlicesKnight>, <Eusebius> Thanks to you!
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  Richard Taylor: <Jimfromprovidence: I have pointed this game out recently, but it deserves another shoutout IMO. It's a well-fought tactical struggle, featured as match 27 of 30 in John Nunn's book "Understanding Chess Move by Move"

Lautier vs Shirov, 1990>

That's a good book by Nunn. I learnt quite a lot about the positions arising from certain openings and the reasons certain moves are made.

Lautier has played some very good games. The Queen's Indian is a defence so overall white has a small advantage in initiative and space. I cant really play blind fold chess so I admire that these guys can.

Aug-10-17  Howard: Yes, Nunn's book (came out in 2003) is definitely worth studying.

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