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Alex Yermolinsky vs Alexander G Beliavsky
PCA Qualifiers (1993), Groningen NED, rd 1, Dec-19
Queen's Gambit Declined: Tartakower Defense. General (D58)  ·  0-1

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May-05-20
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  Phony Benoni: <31...Qxe1+ 32.Kxe1 Re8+ 33.Be4 Rexe4+!> forcing White to give up his queen seems the most exact way to Sinko de Yermo. . 33.....Rdxe4+ should win, but White can move his king to the d-file and keep his queen.
May-05-20  saturn2: White has mate in one but black forces a material win. 31...Qxe1+ 32. Kxe1 Re8 33. Be4 Rexe4+ 34. Qxe4 Rxe4 35. Kd2 R÷B vs 2 P
May-05-20  zb2cr: Black needs a forcing move, as White is threatening mate. Fortunately, Black gets a crushing material advantage after 31. ... Qxe1+; 32. Kxe1, Re8+; 33. Be4, Rexe4+; 34. Qxe4, Rxe4+, 35. Kd2, Rxc4 and Black has R+B vs. 1P.
May-05-20  zb2cr: And with that extra Pawn about to be eliminated, too.
May-05-20  Stale.Mate: Black snatches victory from the jaws of defeat.
May-05-20  landshark: I missed today's elegant solution and went for the prosaic win 31... Qxc4+ followed by 32... Qg8 which holds the fort and stays a rook up. Never suspected the back R sliding over to e8 giving the killing blow in the game line.
May-05-20
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  agb2002: Black has a rook for two pawns.

White threatens Qh7# and Qxc8.

White's back rank is too weak: 31... Qxe1+ 32.Kxe1 Re8+ 33.B(Q)e4 (33.Kf1 Rd1#) 33... Rexe4+ 34.Q(B)xe4 Rxe4+ wins.

May-05-20  stacase: Queen sac Monday on Tuesday.

Yesterday took some thought, today, not so much.

May-05-20
Premium Chessgames Member
  perfidious: Dang, one even <Ah> can get!
May-05-20  Brenin: White seemed to be going downhill, with no clear strategy, throughout this game. 20 Nc4 was a cheap shot (20 ... Rxc4? 21 Qd3, winning the R) which contributed to the decline of his position. 30 Qg6 would have prevented 32 ...Re8+ in the line played, but Black was winning anyway by then, e.g. 30 ... Bxc4+ 31 bxc4 Qxc4+ 32 Kg1 Qg8 33 Bf5 Rf8.
May-05-20  sfm: To me White's strategy - hit him on the K-side - very clear. It might have worked. Well played!

Lots of smart things are said about plans, like "A bad plan is better than none at all", attributed to many. This statement never helped anybody, but became so popular that it had negative impact on playing strength.

I always felt quite clueless in chess, and once was impressed by other young players who explained their thoughts so well.

Much later I realized the strong inverse correlation: When making moves according to a deeper understanding became a priority, it meant overlooking better moves.

Not feeling clueless most of the time might be an indicator that you don't understand the problems.

So, as a trainer I took care NOT to put plans first. Rather "just try to find the best good move, for any good reason that you truly understand. That the reason is simple and limited is fine. Getting these simple reasons better than your opponent's is what it's all about. If you somewhere see believe to see a higher context, fine, but if not, fine too."

Chess is first of all the immediate simple good reasons game. All the time we then get "strategic" ideas that may help us finding the right move.

Black won this game because his simple good reasons were more right than White's.

May-05-20  TheaN: <31....Qxe1+> wins because White has no escape for his king over the open files that Black's dominating. After <32.Kxe1 Re8+ 33.Be4 (Kf1 Rd1#; Qe4 similar) Rexe4+ 34.Qxe4 (Kf1 Rd1#) Rxe4+ 35.Kd2 Rxc4 -+>. If the rook and bishop weren't enough White's losing the queen side completely.

<Brenin: White seemed to be going downhill, with no clear strategy, throughout this game. 20 Nc4 was a cheap shot (20 ... Rxc4? 21 Qd3, winning the R) which contributed to the decline of his position.> I definitely agree with the cheapness of 20.Nc4. Clearly an overestimated tactical shot. The opening though, these setups are relatively common. I play the Zukertort Colle with pieces on e5 and a rather closed position. Computers think Black's at least equal but in practice it's tough to find ways to break free: even positions aren't drawn positions, after all :>

May-05-20
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  Oxspawn: So this was Monday - thought yesterday was hard. The days are out of kilter.
May-05-20  dumbgai: I thought it was white to play and went with Qh7#, lol.
May-05-20  Damenlaeuferbauer: After long pondering, Big Al(exander) Beliavsky, who won the USSR championship 4 times and beat all world champions from Smyslov to Carlsen with the exception of Fischer, finally found the queen sacrifice 31.-,Qxe1+! 32.Kxe1,Re8+ 33.Be4/Qe4,Rexe4+ 34.Qxe4/Bxe4,Rxe4+ 35.Kd2/Kd1/Kf1,Rxc4 -+. Roughly 15 years ago, when he got a fashion award, because he was always good dressed during his whole chess career, he remarked: "I am not Alexandra Kosteniuk, I am Alexander Beliavsky!"
May-05-20  stacase: <dumbgai: I thought it was white to play and went with Qh7#, lol.>

It was almost that easy (-:

May-05-20
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  chrisowen: Deep trouble no?
May-05-20  eblunt: <Landshark> Same here , I saw the mate threat from white, so just saw the easy way to solve the problem and stay a rook up with Qxc4 +
May-05-20  King.Arthur.Brazil: I guess that the trap was already planted with 28...♗a6, leaving the ♙ e6 as a lure. I guess that Beliavsky hoped for the continuation 29. ♕xe6+ ♔h8 30. g3... White didn't remind that the Black combination starts with the next ♗xc4+, maybe time trouble. The ♕ sacrifice is only a consequence.
May-05-20  W Westerlund: Chess is cruel, but Beliavsky was better for most of the game. Well played Tartakower.
May-05-20  sophiephilo: Got this!
May-05-20  Whitehat1963: Easier than yesterday, but only because I wasted time looking for ways to make the queen sac work yesterday.

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