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Gennadi Zaichik vs Lev Psakhis
"Lev-erage" (game of the day Apr-02-2012)
URS (1980)
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf. Opocensky Variation Traditional Line (B92)  ·  0-1



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Apr-22-06  AniamL: Very interesting and complex middlegame.
Sep-21-08  neverSummeRed: He didn't have much solutions
Per example:
35. Qg1?? Rf1
Next move whatever happens, black's queen mates on h2

Note than 35. Kg1 gives white some time, but black will end up winning anyways

Aug-30-09  mastermind7994: 35.Kg1 is answered by Rd2 and white will soon get mated...
Apr-02-12  LoveThatJoker: Some really interesting dynamics by Psakhis in this game. Good for him!


Apr-02-12  newzild: A great Najdorf battle. Black looked on the brink of defeat during much of the middlegame, but outfoxed his opponent towards the end.
Apr-02-12  DanielBryant: 24...f6 is forced, but I freely admit I doubtfully would have even considered it over the board.
Apr-02-12  joupajou: How about 22.Bxd6?

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Apr-02-12  thegoldenband: <mastermind7994: 35.Kg1 is answered by Rd2 and white will soon get mated...>

I'd prefer 35...Rxf3, but the engines tell me it's basically six of one.

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  Once: Fritzie thinks that 28. Qd5 was the critical mistake. Instead Qc5 or Qh5 would have kept white in the game.

He also doesn't like 31. Nd4. That knight is needed on f3 to protect h2.

A good finish by Lev. He kept finding attack after attack. White must have felt punch-drunk by the end of this.

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  Penguincw: Mate coming up. If the queen tries to defend, it's not going to work due to a rook pin.
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  scormus: <Once> yes, just before 0-1 I had the same feeling as when the referee is going to stop the fight.
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  kevin86: Also,if 35 ♕g1 ♖f1 36 ♕xf1 ♕h2#
Apr-02-12  xthred: Why not 26. Rxe7?
Apr-02-12  haydn20: <xthred> 26...Rxf1+ 27. Kh2 Bf4
Apr-02-12  ajile: Position after 25.fxe5. White is already slightly worse.

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Analysis by Rybka 2.3.2a mp 32-bit : 22 ply

1. ³ (-0.27): 4.Rxe7 Rxf1+ 5.Kh2 Bf4 6.Rxe5 Bxg3+ 7.Kxg3 Rc8 8.Re6 Rb1 9.Rxa6 Rxb2 10.e5 Rxc3+

2. ³ (-0.59): 4.Be2 Bf4 5.Qxf4 Rxf4 6.Rxe7 exd4 7.cxd4 Rf2 8.Bg4 Rxb2 9.Be6 a5 10.e5 a4

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