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Adrian Mikhalchishin vs Dusko Pavasovic
"Adrian's Wall" (game of the day May-15-2017)
Nova Gorica (1999), rd 1
Semi-Slav Defense: Stoltz. Center Variation Mikhalchishin Line (D45)  ·  1-0



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Feb-28-07  dahlo: On move 17 M. comments :'A bad move, but also unsatisfactory is 17...Bxa2 18.Bd3 Bd5 19.Rhe1 Qd7 20.Be4!' But if black continues with: Bxe4 Rxe4 Qf5 ... doesnt that just lose the c5 pawn? Or is this pawn not important?
Aug-10-07  sanyas: 13...♘e5 14.♗e2 ♗g4 is much better.
May-29-08  addiction to chess: Amazing how White sacs his queen (not to much of a sac)and bishop(that was the real sac) to get those passed pawns moving!
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  whiteshark: Background information:
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  Phony Benoni: <"Anchor a pawn on d6 and you can go to sleep--your game will play itself.">--Andersteinimzokover.
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  whiteshark: I think <sanyas>' <13...Ne5> move is indeed the best continuation.
May-29-08  newzild: A great game!
There's quite a few comments below about white's Queen "sacrifice" and white "being material down". Note that R+N+P is materially equivalent to a queen.
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  Jimfromprovidence: “A bad move, but also unsatisfactory is 17...Bxa2 18.Bd3 Bd5 19.Rhe1 Qd7 20.Be4! “–Mikhalchishin

This is the alternative position described in the game notes above by Mikhalchishin.

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His comments are puzzling because this position seems bad for white; it loses white’s c pawn after 20…Bxe4 21 Rxe4 Qf5 22 Re2 Qxc5+.

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  kevin86: The wall:a protected pawn on the d6 square. The position is so strong that white will gladly give up a bishop to push a pair of pawns home.

Even a queen cannot stop them!

May-29-08  Silverstrike: <Jimfromprovidence> After 22...Qxc5+ 23.Kb1 white's active rooks, strong passed pawn on d6 and good knight (the f5 sqaure will be a good outpost) make black's position unenviable.
May-29-08  MikedaSnipe: after the last move the 3 words that came out of my mouth were "Oh holy ****", I was just cringing for black.
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  Jimfromprovidence: <Silverstrike> <After 22...Qxc5+ 23.Kb1 white's active rooks, strong passed pawn on d6 and good knight (the f5 square will be a good outpost) make black's position unenviable.>

I believe the opposite. Once white lost one of his connected passed pawns, his chances are severely compromised. With 23…Rd8 black has the better position.

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He’s up a queen and pawn vs. a rook and knight.

Also, since White’s kingside defense is extremely weak, black will try to push all of his kingside pawns down the board as well.

May-29-08  Akuni: Why did he comment on b4, while leaving the Queen sac for rook and Minor Piece alone...
May-29-08  jovack: I must say, I enjoy both players' style of play here, reminds me of how I might play the game.
May-30-08  patzer2: I suspect we'll see the winning passed pawn combination sacrifice 30. Bb5! as a daily puzzle some time in the future.

Also, I'm adding the instructive 12. Qxe8+! to my collection of true Queen sacrifices.

Jun-16-08  Silverstrike: <Jimfromprovidence> In the position after 23...Rc8 I would still prefer to play from the white side; d7 and Re8+ motifs are in the air, c6 and f5 are weak (f5 in particular a target for the knight) and black's d8 rook is tied down. White's rooks control the central files and I don't see how black can eliminate the passed pawn on d6.
Mar-15-09  WhiteRook48: 12. Qxe8+! is so surprising, but there wasn't anything else to expect 30 Bb5 got me. That was counterintuitive
Jul-11-09  ToTheDeath: Perceptive comments from <Jimfromprovidence>- the variation given by Mikhalchishin after 17...Bxa2 is just bad for White due to 21...Qf5.

However instead of 20.Be4? White can play 20.Nd4! retaining excellent chances.

The finish is a very charming breakthrough- the blockade is lifted at any cost.

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  andrewjsacks: Humorous final move.
May-15-17  DonPepe: 13...c5 perhaps
May-15-17  morfishine: Hadrian's Wall, also called the Roman Wall, was a defensive fortification in the Roman province of Britannia, begun in AD 122 in the reign of the emperor Hadrian.

The operative word(s) here are "defensive fortification". This convincingly nullifies the usefulness of this play-on-word game title since White's actions were hardly defensive. In fact, his imaginative Q-sac for rook & minor, netted him a winning, attacking initiative

Thats not too hard to understand



May-15-17  Smothered Mate: After the variation ​ ​ ​ 17. ... Bxa2 ​ 18. Bd3 ​ , ​ ​ ​ at 25-ply, my Stockfish wants to play the quite surprising ​ 18. ... a5 ; ​ evaluating it as [-0.76] whereas its next-best eval is [-0.17].
May-15-17  catlover: Great game. White's 11th must have come as quite a surprise.
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  keypusher: Nice pun! Before today I knew the winner mostly for Mikhalchishin vs Kasparov, 1981.
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  mjmorri: Nice game, but the notes were pretty worthless.
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