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Pablo Zarnicki vs Fabian Fiorito
zt 2.5 (2000), Buenos Aires ARG, rd 4, Jul-29
Scandinavian Defense: Icelandic-Palme Gambit (B01)  ·  0-1



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Kibitzer's Corner
Apr-22-04  WMD: A great scalp for the Icelandic Gambit. Argentine GM and former world junior chess champion Pablo Zarnicki is simply blown away.
Jan-12-06  skarecrow: A great sac at move 15, and nicely executed attack...the Scandi (Islandic Gambit) works well here..
May-04-06  scrambler: Very Morphy like!
Jul-01-06  dzechiel: Missed this one big time. I didn't even consider the key move.
Jul-01-06  think: <chessmoron> 13. Be2 is an illegal move
Jul-01-06  blingice: I didn't get it, and even if I did get it, I wouldn't have gotten it. :P
Jul-01-06  millert: I found 1...Nxd4 2.Nxd4 Rxd4 3.hxg4 Bxg4 4.f3 Qd7 5.fxg4 Re8 6.Nc3 Rxc4 7.Rd1 Rxe2+ 8.Bxe2 Qe8 9.Rxh7 Rxg4 but this is just unclear (at least to me). I suspect Black has the advantage.

After 1...Rhe8!! according to Rybbka 2.hxg4 ( 2.Nc3 is actually a better try but it fails after Bxc4 3.Qxe7 Rxe7+ 4.Kd2 Nxd4 5.Bxc4 Nxf3+ 6.Kc2 Nd4+ 7.Kc1 Ne5 8.Bf1 Re6 9.b3 Rf6 10.f3 Nf5 11.Kb2 Ng3 12.Rg1 Rd2+ 13.Ka3 Nxf1 14.Rgxf1 Ra6+ 15.Kb4 Rd4+ 16.Kc5 Rad6 17.Rad1 Nd7+ 18.Kb5 a6+ 19.Ka5 b6+ 20.Kxa6 Nc5+ 21.Kb5 Kb7 22.Rxd4 Rxd4 23.Rd1 c6 is mate. )

After 2. ... Qb4+ 3.Qd2 Bxg4+ (Black missed 3...Nxd4!! 4.Qxb4 ( or after 4.Nxd4 Bxc4+ 5.Kd1 Rxd4 6.Qxd4 Re1+ 7.Kc2 Bb3+ 8.axb3 Qxd4 9.b4 Qxf2+ 10.Kb3 Rxf1 and Black wins or 4.Bd3 Nxf3+ 5.gxf3 Bf5+ 6.Kf1 Bxd3+ 7.Kg1 Re1+ 8.Kh2 Qd6+ 9.Kg2 Rxb1 10.Qe3 Rxa1 and Black wins) Nc2+ 5.Ke2 Bxc4 is mate)

After 3. ... Bxg4 4.Kd1 is considered best but then Rxd4 5.Bd3 Bxf3+ 6.gxf3 Qd6 7.c5 Qd5 8.Be4 Rxd2+ 9.Nxd2 Qd4 10.Re1 Rd8 11.Re2 h5 12.Rc1 h4 Black is still winning but this is more difficult than 3. ... Nxd4!!.

Jul-01-06  chessmoron: <think> Oops. I forgot the queen on e2.
Jul-01-06  monad: What was the question again?

(13.hxg4 was a gift.)

Jul-01-06  monad: 12.....Qf6 before playing Rhe8, isn't too shabby either.
Jul-01-06  dakgootje: Considered saccing knight and/or bishop, but both didnt work. Thought some more and more and the attack i planned just didnt work. So i just thought: What would i play in a normal game: Rhe8 or i would pull back the knight. Normally in a game i would pull back the knight, so here i choose Rhe8 =)
Jul-01-06  JohnBoy: This is a very nice puzzle! I would play 12...Qb4+ followed by 13...Rhe8. Didn't even consider reversing order on these two moves.
Jul-01-06  vizir: amazing!!!!!
Jul-01-06  jahhaj: 12...Rhe8 was my pick, it looked logical and strong. But I have to play moves like that on intuition, no way can I work out all the variations.

I guess my thinking was pretty much like <JohnBoy> but I did reverse the moves.

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  kevin86: It was too deep for me-the immense force along the e-file against an uncastled king can be lethal-as it was here.
Jul-01-06  mig55: Missed it totaly..
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  patzer2: Black's 12...Rhe8!! is a deep attacking positional sacrifice designed to pick off most of White's pawns in order to decisively over-compensate for White's extra piece at the end of the resulting attack.
Jul-01-06  Mendrys: No way I would have come close to finding this variation. I agree with <jahhaj>. This type of move would have to be made on intuition for most of us.

This position is very instructive. An uncastled king in the center with a queen in front of him to boot begs us to increase pressure on the e file. However, I doubt I would have played this. A David Bronstein would easily find the next sac on move 15 but not me!

I wonder if Fiorito had to calculate all the way to 18....Nxf3+ or just knew intuitively that 12...Rhe8! was the strongest move.

I was surprised that Crafty found the move almost immediately on my slow computer: depth=12 4/47 -1.32 12. ... Rhe8 13. Nc3 Bxc4 14. Qxe7 Rxe7+ 15. Be2 Bxe2 16. Nxe2 Rde8 17. hxg4 Rxe2+ 18. Kf1 h6 19. d5 Nb4 Nodes: 171555427 NPS: 545572
Time: 00:05:14.45

Jul-01-06  Fezzik: I did exactly the same thing JohnBoy did: I thought the first move was going to be 12....Qb4+, but I got bogged down in the side variations. It makes much more sense to play 12...Rhe8 first.

In a serious game, there's a good chance I would have played the critical move. I didn't spend the amount of time the position deserved today.

Nice position,!



Good night, John Boy! :)

Jul-01-06  AniamL: Interesting how long the white queen stays en prise!
Jul-01-06  RandomVisitor: Black can also play 12...Nf6. Here are white's responses: (18-ply) 1: P Zarnicki - F Fiorito, zt 2.5 Buenos Aires ARG 2000

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Analysis by Rybka 2.0 Beta 8 mp:

1. (-0.59): 13.Qe3 Rhe8 14.Nc3 Bxc4 15.0-0-0 Qxe3+ 16.fxe3 Bxf1 17.Rhxf1 Rxe3 18.a3 Nd5 19.Kd2 Re6

2. (-0.60): 13.Nc3 Nxd4 14.Nxd4 Rxd4 15.Rd1 Rdd8 16.Rxd8+ Rxd8 17.Qe3 Re8 18.Be2 Bxc4 19.Qxe7 Rxe7

3. (-1.09): 13.d5 Rhe8 14.Nbd2 Qc5 15.0-0-0 Bxd5 16.Qd3 Nb4 17.Qb3 Bc6 18.a3 Na6 19.Bd3 Qxf2

(, 01.07.2006)

Jul-01-06  RandomVisitor: Here is monad's 12...Qf6: this seems just as effective for a solution as 12...Rhe8 followed by 13.Nc3: 1: P Zarnicki - F Fiorito, zt 2.5 Buenos Aires ARG 2000

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Analysis by Rybka 2.0 Beta 8 mp:

1. (-0.84): 13.Nc3 Rhe8 14.Ne4 Qh6 15.d5 Nf6 16.Qe3 Bxd5 17.Qxh6 gxh6 18.cxd5 Rxe4+ 19.Kd2 Nxd5

2. (-1.12): 13.d5 Rhe8 14.Nc3 Nb4 15.hxg4 Bxg4 16.0-0-0 Rxe2 17.Bxe2 Qf4+ 18.Rd2 Re8 19.Kd1 h5

3. (-1.29): 13.Nbd2 Nxd4 14.Ne4 Qh6 15.Nxd4 Rxd4 16.Rd1 Rhd8 17.Rxd4 Rxd4 18.Nd2 Rf4 19.hxg4 Qxh1

(, 01.07.2006)

Jul-01-06  RandomVisitor: Finally, 12...Rhe8:
1: P Zarnicki - F Fiorito, zt 2.5 Buenos Aires ARG 2000

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Analysis by Rybka 2.0 Beta 8 mp:

1. (-0.89): 13.Nc3 Bxc4 14.Qxe7 Rxe7+ 15.Be2 Bxe2 16.Nxe2 Rde8 17.hxg4 Rxe2+ 18.Kf1 Rxb2 19.Rxh7 Ree2

2. (-1.77): 13.hxg4 Qb4+ 14.Nc3 Bxc4 15.0-0-0 Bxe2 16.Nxe2 Qd6 17.g5 Ne5 18.Neg1 Qc6+ 19.Kb1 Qg6+

3. (-1.88): 13.Nbd2 Bxc4 14.Qxe7 Rxe7+ 15.Kd1 Nxf2+ 16.Kc2 Nb4+ 17.Kc1 Nxh1 18.Bxc4 Nf2 19.a3 Nc6

(, 01.07.2006)

Nov-13-16  Bubo bubo: I like how Black does <not> capture the white queen on for consecutive moves - knowing well that she will not escape in the end.

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