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Tony Miles vs Suat Atalik
2nd Tan Chin Nam Cup (1996), Beijing CHN, rd 3, Aug-??
Indian Game: Anti-Nimzo-Indian (E10)  ·  0-1



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  ToTheDeath: Atalik gets his revenge for his famous 1993 defeat at the hands of Miles.
Oct-10-12  YoungEd: The position after White's 18th would make a good puzzle. If White plays 19. ♕xa8, then 19...♕xb4+ leads to mate. Pretty game!
Oct-11-12  Abdel Irada: I think we must regard Miles' 21. c5? as tantamount to resignation. But of course his position was already so decrepit that it was probably indefensible.

Very nice counterattack by Atalik.

Oct-10-13  Cemoblanca: 18...Ra8!! was the winning move, because after 19.Qxa8 its mate soon, for example: 19...Qxb4 20.Kf1 only prolongs the suffering 20...Qb1, etc.

Very cool game by Atalik. :)

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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Perhaps my oddest weekly score yet--3/3, with four known. Only solved Monday, Tuesday, and Friday. But what a game! Terrific how Black creates a mating attack by allowing White to force his own King to lose castling privileges; therefore, 15...Bd7 constitutes one of the most original traps I've seen.
Feb-09-20  Walter Glattke: 19.Qxa8? Qxb4+ 20.Kf1 Qb1+ 21.Ne1 Ne2+ 22.Kg1 Qxe1+ 23.Bf1 Qxf1# 19.c5 Rxa1+ 20.Be1 Rxe1+ 21.Kxe1 Nxf2+ 22.Kc2 Nxh1 wins, 21.Qxe1 Qxb4+ 22.Kf1 Ba4+ 23.Kg1 Qxc5 wins.
Feb-09-20  thegoodanarchist: <YoungEd: The position after White's 18th would make a good puzzle.>

Indeed it did.

Feb-09-20  goodevans: Can anyone enlighten me what Miles was trying to do with 21.c5? like pouring oil on the fire to me.
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  agb2002: White is about to castle, assuming it is possible.

The white queen protects b4 and e3. Therefore, 18... Ra8:

A) 19.Qxa8 Qxb4+ 20.Kd1 (20.Kf1 Qb1+ 21.Ne1 Nd2+ and mate in two) 20... Nxf2+ 21.Kc1 (or 21.Kc2 Bf5+ as below) 21... Bxe3+ 22.Kc2 (22.Nd2 Bxe3+) 22... Bf5+ and mate in two.

B) 19.Qb2 Bxe3

B.1) 20.fxe3 Qxe3

B.1.a) 21.Rf1 Qa7 recovers the bishop with two extra pawns.

B.1.b) 21.Qb1 Qf2+ 22.Kd1 Ba4+ 23.Kc1 Qe3+ 24.Kb2 Qc3+ 25.Ka2 Bb3#.

B.1.c) 21.c5 Bb5 22.cxd6+ Kd8 23.Ng1 (due to 23... Rxa1+ 24.Qxa1 Qxe2#) 23... Qf2+ 24.Kd1 Ba4+ 25.Kc1 Qe1+ 26.Bd1 Qxd1#.

B.2) 20.c5 Bxf2+

B.2.a) 21.Kf1 Qa7 22.cxd6+ Kd8 followed by Qxa1 seems to win.

B.2.b) 21.Kd1 Rxa1+ 22.Qxa1 (22.Kc2 Ba5+ wins) 22... Qxb4

B.2.b.i) 23.cxd6+ Qxd6+ and the white king is caught in the cross fire. For example, 24.Kc2 Qc5+ 25.Kb1 (25.Kd1 Ba4+ 26.Qxa4 Nc3+ wins) 25... Nc3+ 26.Kb2 Qb4+ 27.Kc2 Ba4+ 28.Kd3 e4+ 29.Kd2 Na2+ 30.Qc3 Qxc3#.

B.2.b.ii) 23.Bd3 Bxc5 with four pawns for the exchange and attack.

B.3) 20.0-0 Bxf2+ wins a second pawn.

B.4) 20.Rf1 Rxa1+ 21.Qxa1 Qxb4+ 22.Kd1 Ba4+ 23.Qxa4 Qb1#.

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  master8ch: agb2002, your analysis of A) should be: 19.Qxa8 Qxb4+ 20.Kd1 Qb1++.
Feb-09-20  spazzky: <ToTheDeath: Atalik gets his revenge for his famous 1993 defeat at the hands of Miles.> here's that game, nice underpromotion:
S Atalik vs Miles, 1993
Feb-09-20  belgradegambit: Everyone fan who loved Geller vs Euwe, 1953 solved this puzzle. Sometimes a deflection is woth a whole rook
Feb-09-20  mel gibson: Stockfish 11 says:

18... Ra8

(18. .. Ra8
(♖h8-a8 c4-c5 ♖a8xa3 c5xb6 ♖a3xa1+ ♗e2-d1 ♖a1xd1+ ♔e1xd1 ♘e4xf2+ ♔d1-e2 ♘f2xh1 ♘f3-e1 ♗d7-g4+ ♔e2-d2 ♘h1-f2 h2-h3 ♗g4-e6 ♔d2-e2 ♘f2-e4 ♔e2-f3 ♘e4-c3 g2-g4 ♗e6-d5+ ♔f3-f2 ♘c3-d1+ ♔f2-e2 ♘d1xe3 ♔e2-f2 ♘e3-c4 ♔f2-e2 ♘c4xb6 ♘e1-f3 ♗d5-c4+ ♔e2-f2 ♗h6-f4 ♘f3-e1 ♘b6-d5 ♘e1-g2 ♗f4-d2 ♔f2-f3 ♗c4-b5 ♔f3-f2 ♗d2xb4 ♔f2-g3 ♗b4-d2 ♔g3-f2 f7-f6 ♔f2-f3 ♔e7-f7 ♔f3-g3 ♔f7-g7 ♔g3-f3 ♗b5-d7 ♔f3-g3) +14.06/38 233)

score for Black +14.06 depth 38

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  agb2002: <master8ch: agb2002, your analysis of A) should be: 19.Qxa8 Qxb4+ 20.Kd1 Qb1++.>

Yes, thank you! Not the best example of economy of means...

Feb-09-20  RandomVisitor: Miles probably should have tried 14.Qxa1:

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<54/82 1:20:43 +0.31 14...Be7 15.Bd3 Nf6 16.0-0 0-0> 17.Qa7 Nd7 18.h3 Qb6 19.Qxb6 Nxb6 20.c5 dxc5 21.bxc5 Na4 22.Bxe5 Nxc5 23.Be2 Bd7 24.Rb1 Bc6 25.Nd4 Bd5 26.f3 f6 27.Bc7 Ra8 28.Nb5 Kf8 29.Bg3 Bb3 30.Kf1 Ra2 31.Rc1 Rd2 32.Be1 Rc2 33.Rxc2 Bxc2 34.Bc4 Bd3+ 35.Bxd3 Nxd3 36.Bd2 Kf7 37.Ke2 Nc5 38.e4 h5 39.Be3 h4 40.Nc3 f5 41.Bxc5 Bxc5 42.Kd3 Ke6 43.Kc4 Kd6 44.Nd5 fxe4 45.fxe4

Feb-09-20  RandomVisitor: After 11...a5, maybe 12.Bd3 developing a piece with tempo and preparing 0-0, is best:

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<43/65 08:08 +0.71 12.Bd3 f5 13.a3 Bg7 14.0-0> Qe7 15.Bxe4 fxe4 16.Nd2 Bf5 17.bxa5 Rxa5 18.Qb3 0-0 19.Bc3 Ra6 20.c5+ Qf7 21.cxd6 Rxd6 22.Bb4 Rd3 23.Qxf7+ Rxf7 24.h3 h5 25.Nc4 Rfd7 26.Nb2 Rb3 27.Na4 Rc7 28.Rfd1 Rd3 29.Rdc1 Rf7 30.Nb2 Rd8 31.Nc4 Rfd7 32.a4 Be6 33.Rab1 g5 34.a5 Bd5 35.Nb6 Rf7 36.Rc5 Be6 37.Bc3 g4 38.hxg4 hxg4 39.Bxe5

Feb-09-20  Photon Rich: Well, I got the 18. ... Ra8 move fairly quickly, but then went off on a wrong tangent. 18... Ra8. 19.Qxa8 Nxf2 20.Kxf2 Qxe3+ etc. Don’t know why I felt the second sac was necessary, but it probably has something to do with the fact that I stink.

<Walter Glattke: It might just be me, but your second line, starting with 19. c5 Rxa1 ... doesn’t make sense. Also, in your first line, I think you meant 21. Ne1Nd2+>

BTW: This is my maiden post on this, or any, chess website. I’ve been following for years. Love the format, and the discussions (well, mostly...)

Feb-09-20  RandomVisitor: <Photon Rich>Welcome to chessgames.
Feb-09-20  ajile: <agb2002: B.1.a) 21.Rf1 Qa7 recovers the bishop with two extra pawns.>

A beautiful idea and retreat that would be difficult for most players to see over the board ahead of a sacrifice.

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  Breunor: Photon Rich I had a similar thought. I found Ra8 band calculated on Qxa8 but didn’t look at Qb2. But the sac on e3 seemed compelling.
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Welcome aboard, <Photon Rich>.
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  moronovich: Hope you will enjoy your stay <Photon Rich> !

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