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Julen Luis Arizmendi Martinez vs Igor Yagupov
European Championship (2003), Silivri TUR, rd 8, Jun-07
Sicilian Defense: Fischer-Sozin Attack. Flank Variation (B87)  ·  1-0

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Jul-30-05
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  wwall: If 12...gxf6 13.Nd5 exd5 14.Bh6 wins

13...Bxd1 loses. Perhaps 13...Re8

If 14...fxe6?? 15.Bxe6+ Kh8 16.exf8=Q mate

Oct-27-05  DanRoss53: I reached the position after 14. ♘xe6 (by way of transposition) in a 3/0 Blitz game on USChessLive last month. The game finished 14... fxe6 15. ♗xe6+ ♖f7 16. e8=♖# -- I can only imagine the confusion my opponent felt after 12. exf6!
Jul-05-19
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  MKD: Reminds me of Tal, the magician.
Apr-25-21  andrewjsacks: <MKD> Agree.
Apr-25-21
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  al wazir: I don't get it. What happens after 13...Re8 ?

If 14. Nxe6, then 14...fxe6 15. Bxe6+ Kh8 16. gxf3 Nc6 17. Nd5 Qb7.

Now what?

Apr-25-21
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: If 13...Re8, White might try 14.gxf3 if nothing else works better, with three minors for the Queen and a potential sacrifice on e6. White will need to know how to improve upon R S Jones vs B Barth Sahl, 2006.

6/7 for the week. Flubbed Saturday.

Apr-25-21  Walter Glattke: 12.Nxe6 Bxf3 13.Nxc7 Bxd1 14.Nxa8 Nbd7 15.gxf6 Nxf6 16.Rxd1 Rxa8 1 piece 12.exf6 Bxf3 13.fxe7 Re8 14.Nxe6 Rxe7 15.Nxc7 Rxc7 16.gxf3 2 pieces / 14.-Qd7 15.Nd8 Nc6 16.Bxf7+ Kh8 17.Rxd6 Qxd6 18.Bxe8 not good 16.Nf8 Rxf8 17.exf8Q+ Kxf8 18.gxf3 RBB for Q +-
Apr-25-21
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  Breunor: Al Wazir, computer agrees with you, it leads to a small advantage.

1) +0.49 (25 ply) 12...Bxf3 13.fxe7 Re8 14.gxf3 Kh8 15.f4 h6 16.Bh4 d5 17.Kb1 Qxf4 18.Bg3 Qg5 19.Bd6 Qf6 20.f4 Nd7 21.Rhf1 Rac8 22.a4 b4 23.Bxb4 Nc5 24.Ba2 Rxe7 25.Nb3 Ne4 26.Nxe4 dxe4 27.Bxe7 Qxe7

However, Stockfish conforms that exf6 is the best move.

Next best is exd6:

2) +0.17 (25 ply) 12.exd6 Bxd6 13.Qe3 Be7 14.Bxe6 fxe6 15.Nxe6 Qc6 16.Nxf8 Bxf8 17.Bxf6 Qxf6 18.f3 Nc6 19.Rhe1 Rd8 20.Rxd8 Nxd8 21.Ne4 Qe6 22.Kb1 Nf7 23.Ng3 Qd6 24.Qe6 Bd5 25.Qxd6 Nxd6 26.Rd1 Be6 27.a3 Kf7

I got the first few moves but didn't get the devastating 14 Nxe6!

Apr-25-21
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  Breunor: Al Wazir, computer agrees with you, it leads to a small advantage.

1) +0.49 (25 ply) 12...Bxf3 13.fxe7 Re8 14.gxf3 Kh8 15.f4 h6 16.Bh4 d5 17.Kb1 Qxf4 18.Bg3 Qg5 19.Bd6 Qf6 20.f4 Nd7 21.Rhf1 Rac8 22.a4 b4 23.Bxb4 Nc5 24.Ba2 Rxe7 25.Nb3 Ne4 26.Nxe4 dxe4 27.Bxe7 Qxe7

However, Stockfish conforms that exf6 is the best move.

Next best is exd6:

2) +0.17 (25 ply) 12.exd6 Bxd6 13.Qe3 Be7 14.Bxe6 fxe6 15.Nxe6 Qc6 16.Nxf8 Bxf8 17.Bxf6 Qxf6 18.f3 Nc6 19.Rhe1 Rd8 20.Rxd8 Nxd8 21.Ne4 Qe6 22.Kb1 Nf7 23.Ng3 Qd6 24.Qe6 Bd5 25.Qxd6 Nxd6 26.Rd1 Be6 27.a3 Kf7

I got the first few moves but didn't get the devastating 14 Nxe6!

Black got punished originally for playing 10 O-O instead of Nbd7, guarding e5:

1) -0.31 (27 ply) 10...Nbd7 11.Rhe1 O-O 12.Kb1 Rb8 13.Qg3 Nc5 14.e5 dxe5 15.Qxe5 Qxe5 16.Rxe5 Bd6 17.Re2 Rb6 18.Be3 Re8 19.a3 Be7 20.Ba2 Rd8 21.Nb3 Rxd1+ 22.Nxd1 Rd6 23.Nd2 Rd7 24.f3 Bb7

Castling leads into the position analyzed above.

Apr-25-21
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  opus: knock ‘em down

12. Nd5 exd5 13. exf6 Bxf6 14. Bxf6 Nd7 15. Rhe1 Rfe8 16. Qg4 g6 17. Nf5 Kf8 18. Bg7+ Kg8 19. Qd4 Rxe1 20. Nh6#

drag ‘em out

12. Nd5 exd5 13. exf6 Bxf6 14. Bxf6 g6 15. Qg3 Nd7 16. Nf5 Rfe8 17. Nh6+ Kf8 18. Nxf7 Kxf7 19. Qg5 h6 20. Qf4 g5 21. Bd4+ Nf6 22. Qxf6+ Kg8 23. Qh8+ Kf7 24. Qh7+ Kf8 25. Qxc7 Re7 26. Qxd6 Rd8 27. Qf6+ Rf7 28. Qh8+ Ke7 29. Qe5+ Kd7 30. Bc5 Rc8 31. Qd6+ Ke8 32. Bxd5 Rf5 33. Qe6+ Kd8 34. Qxf5 Bxd5 35. Qxd5+ Ke8 36. Rhe1#

Apr-25-21  AlicesKnight: I saw 12.exf6 Bxf3; 13.fxe7 and expected ...Re8, 14.gxf3, after which Black must blunt the a2-g8 diagonal (perhaps ....d5) and get rid of the e7 P somehow while watching the White minors swarm or the Rs grab the g-file; not hopeful. In the game line I missed 14.Ne6 completely. A pretty, tactical melee.
Apr-25-21  WorstPlayerEver: 12. exf6 Bxf3 13. fxe7 Re8 14. gxf3 Kh8 15. Bh4 Nc6 16. Nxc6 Qxc6 17. Rhe1 d5 18. Kb1 Rac8 19. f4 Qd6 20. Rd4


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Here I stopped analyzing, must be winning in the long run.

Apr-25-21  Brenin: I was tempted by 12 Nxe6, e.g. 12 ... fxe6 13 Bxe6+ Kh8 14 gxf6 Bxf3 15 fxe7 Re8 16 gxf3 Nc6 17 Nd5, but it was far from clear to me whether White's 2B+2P, with P on e7, were adequate compensation for the Q.
Apr-25-21  mel gibson: Didn't see that -
I would have tried to save my Queen.

Stockfish 13 agrees with the text move

12. exf6

(12. exf6 (e5xf6
♗b7xf3 f6xe7 ♖f8-e8 g2xf3 ♔g8-h8 ♖h1-g1 ♘b8-c6 ♘d4xc6 ♕c7xc6 ♘c3-e4 d6-d5 ♘e4-f6 ♕c6-c5 ♘f6xe8 ♖a8xe8 ♗g5-d2 ♕c5xe7 ♔c1-b1 ♖e8-c8 f3-f4 ♕e7-f6 ♗d2-e3 ♕f6-f5 ♖g1-g5 ♕f5-e4 ♖g5-e5 ♕e4-f3 ♖d1-g1 ♕f3-h3 ♖e5-g5 g7-g6 f4-f5 ♕h3xh2 f5xe6 f7xe6 a2-a3 a6-a5 c2-c3 ♔h8-g8 ♖g1-e1 ♖c8-b8 ♖g5-g1 ♖b8-c8 ♔b1-a1 ♖c8-f8 ♖e1-d1 a5-a4 ♖g1-h1 ♕h2-b8 ♗b3-a2 ♖f8-f5 ♖h1-e1 ♔g8-f7 ♗e3-d4) +3.03/42 427)

score for White +3.03 depth 42.

Apr-25-21
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Apr-25-21
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  agb2002: Black threatens Bxf3.

White has Qh3, exd6 and exf6.

After 12.Qh3 dxe5 13.Nxe6 fxe6 14.Bxe6+ Kh8 15.Bf5 Bc8 the attack vanishes.

After the simple 12.exd6 Bxd6 there's no time for 13.Bxf6 and only Black seems to make progress.

In the case of 12.exf6:

A) 12... Bxf3 13.fxe7

A.1) 13... Bxd1 14.Nxe6 (threatens Nxc7 and exf8=Q#) 14... Qxe7 (14... fxe6 15.Bxe6+ and mate next) 15.Bxe7 seems to win decisive material (15... Re8 16.Nc7 Rxe7 17.Nxa8 Bg4 18.Nb6 emerges a piece ahead).

A.2) 13... Re8 14.gxf3, unclear.

B) 12... gxf6 13.Nd5

B.1) 13... exd5 14.Bh6 Kh8 (due to Qg3(4)+ and Qg7#) 15.Bxf8 wins an exchange at least.

B.2) 13... Bxd5 14.Bxd5 exd5 15.Bh6 as above.

B.3) 13... Qd7 14.Nxe7+ Qxe7 15.Qxf6 wins a piece at least.

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The most promising alternative seems to be 12.exf6.

Apr-25-21
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  drollere: <I don't get it. What happens after 13...Re8?>

my question too. in that line black seems to be up the Q for two minor pieces. white needs black's help to come out ahead.

Apr-25-21
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  chrisowen: And it was pe6 den pow it in
Apr-25-21  anjumskhan: Players play such combinations, but then nobody knows about them.
Apr-25-21  RandomVisitor: After 11...Bb7


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Stockfish_21042412_x64_modern:

<67/82 7:29:15 +3.75 12.exf6 Bxf3 13.fxe7 Re8 14.gxf3> Nc6 15.Nxc6 Qxc6 16.Rhg1 Kh8 17.Ne4 d5 18.Nf6 Qc5 19.Nxe8 Rxe8 20.Bd2 Qxe7 21.Bc3 Rg8 22.Kb1 b4

Black might try 10...Nbd7 instead of 0-0, but there are fireworks in this line also


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Stockfish_21042412_x64_modern:

<62/60 2:45:59 -0.00 10...Nbd7 11.e5 Bb7 12.Qg3 dxe5 13.Bxe6> fxe6 14.Nxe6 Qb6 15.Nxg7+ Kf7 16.Nf5 Rag8 17.f4 h6 18.Rhe1 Qe6 19.Nxe7 hxg5 20.fxe5 Nh5

Apr-25-21  njchess: I saw the possibility of ♘xe6, but I assumed Black would recapture with fxe6. Then, I noticed White's pawn could make a slalom run through Black's minor pieces to e7, and all of a sudden ♘xe6 became huge! Nifty play by White. Given that it is the 12th move in the game, I'll bet White took a looong time to figure out that sequence, after all it involves a Queen and a rook sac.
Apr-28-21
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  gawain: The game finish is pretty--but like others, I do not see how W wins after 13...Re8.

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