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Leif Erlend Johannessen vs Angelos Vouldis
Athens Acropolis GM (2003), Athens GRE, rd 1, Aug-25
King's Indian Defense: Orthodox Variation. Classical System Neo-Classsical Line (E99)  ·  0-1

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Sep-05-06  echo unlucky: Sweet, if KxR black mates in a couple of moves & if RxR, Rxa1+ and white loses the queen.
Sep-05-06  ksimm38: WooHoo! I got this one!
Sep-05-06  NakoSonorense: I like that f4-pawn.
Sep-05-06  RandomVisitor: 32.a6 was better for White.
Sep-05-06  RandomVisitor: The game might continue 33.Rxg2 Rxa1+ 34.Qf1 Rxf1+ 35.Kxf1 Qh1+ 36.Kf2 Qc1 37.bxc7 Qe3+ and the Black Queen eats up the White pawns with a series of checks.
Sep-05-06  patzer2: For today's puzzle solution, the decoy 32...Rxg2+! wins the Queen with decisive advantage or mates -- depending on how White recaptures on g2.
Sep-05-06
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: A standard combination in a standard pawn structure in a standard KID--the real puzzle would be to show this position and then ask the prospective solver, "What were the first nine moves?"
Sep-05-06  LivBlockade: <RandomVisitor: The game might continue 33.Rxg2 Rxa1+ 34.Qf1 Rxf1+ 35.Kxf1 Qh1+ 36.Kf2 Qc1 37.bxc7 Qe3+ and the Black Queen eats up the White pawns with a series of checks.> I think 36...cxb6 makes Blacks life easier. In your line, after 36...♕c1; 37. bxc7 ♕e3+; 38. ♔f1, play might continue 38...♕xf3+; 39. ♔g1 may be less clear, but should still win.
Sep-05-06  rotgut: So 32.axb6 is ?? right? Black being a piece down and his bishop being not just bad but downright horrible, he should lose. The only thing I can see him doing is to triple on the g file and try to bring the h pawn down but won't white queen his a pawn if the rook leaves the a file (assuming White plays 32.a6)?
Sep-05-06  RandomVisitor: <LivBlockade>The position after 39.Kg1 is a mate in 10 according to the computer.

39.Rf2 holds out a bit longer in that line.

Sep-05-06  RandomVisitor: Is this sequence the longest that Black can hold out?

32... Rxg2+ 33. Rxg2 Rxa1+ 34. Qf1 Rxf1+ 35. Kxf1 Qh1+ 36. Kf2 Qc1 37. bxc7 Qe3+ 38. Kf1 Qxf3+ 39. Rf2 Qh1+ 40. Ke2 Qxe4+ 41. Kd2 Qe3+ 42. Kc2 Qxf2+ 43. Kb3 Qc5 44. Nxd6 Qxc7 45. Ne4 Qb6+ 46. Ka4 Bf8 47. d6 Bxd6 48. Nf6+ Kh6 49. Nd5 Qb7 50. c5 Qxd5 51. cxd6 Qxd6 52. Kb5 f3 53. Kc4 f2 54. Kb3 f1=Q 55. Ka2 Qfd3 56. Ka1 Q6a3# 0-1

Sep-05-06  prinsallan: Easy to Medium. Perfect for a tuesday.
Ohhhh, got it in appx 30 secs.
Sep-05-06  jahhaj: KID question. Is it OK for White to take the g pawn on move 18? Doesn't seem to me that Black gets much for the pawn.
Sep-05-06  KOCCMOHAYT: an easy one again. bruno's puzzles are more challenging.
Sep-05-06
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  notyetagm: <rotgut: So 32.axb6 is ?? right? Black being a piece down and his bishop being not just bad but downright horrible, he should lose.>

That's the beauty of the KID from the Black point of view.

You can be positionally lost or just plain flatout busted but if White makes even one tactical mistake, like opening the a-file here with 32 axb6??, then you win in style (32 ... ♖xg2+!!).

Sep-05-06  KOCCMOHAYT: the funny thing about this game is white queen. such a pathetic creature!
Sep-05-06  vibes43: <RandomVisitor: Is this sequence the longest that Black can hold out? 32... Rxg2+ 33. Rxg2 Rxa1+ 34. Qf1 Rxf1+ 35. Kxf1 Qh1+ 36. Kf2 Qc1 37. bxc7 Qe3+ 38. Kf1 Qxf3+ 39. Rf2 Qh1+ 40. Ke2 Qxe4+ 41. Kd2 Qe3+ 42. Kc2 Qxf2+ 43. Kb3 Qc5 44. Nxd6 Qxc7 45. Ne4 Qb6+ 46. Ka4 Bf8 47. d6 Bxd6 48. Nf6+ Kh6 49. Nd5 Qb7 50. c5 Qxd5 51. cxd6 Qxd6 52. Kb5 f3 53. Kc4 f2 54. Kb3 f1=Q 55. Ka2 Qfd3 56. Ka1 Q6a3# 0-1>

Black could have the Knight at e4 if: 46. Ka4 Qd4

Sep-05-06  ianD: 32.axb6? what was he thinking??
Sep-05-06  EmperorAtahualpa: Yup, spotted this one! Not too difficult, about right for a Tuesday.
Sep-05-06  Mendrys: It's hard to see what the idea behind 32. axb6 was. Too bad as he just refuted blacks sacrifice on move 26 only to throw it all away with a nonsense move. I lost many a game like this one, having a totally winning position only to throw it away trying to get cute.
Sep-05-06  patzer2: How could White have won the game? Why did he lose? The answer is in White's 32nd move. It's not hard to figure out.


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For (32?), find White's best move and worst possible move.

Solution: See <Random Visitor>'s first post (best move) and game continuation (worst move).

Sep-05-06  mikejaqua: >if KxR black mates in a couple of moves & if RxR, Rxa1+ and white loses the queen.<

OK. I don't get this one. Someone please explain the above assertion.

Sep-05-06  Veryrusty: If 33. Kxg2, Rg8+ is persuasive.
Sep-05-06  patzer2: <mikejaqua> After 32. Rxg2 Rxa1+, White must interpose and give up the Queen to get out of check (diagram below).


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White to move (33?) after 32. Rxg2 Rxa1+.

After 32. Kxg2 Rg8+ 33. Kf1, it's mate in two for Black


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Black to move (33...?) and mate in two.

Sep-05-06  patzer2: Of course Johannessen himself was on the receiving end of a gift blunder in the game Beliavsky vs L E Johannessen, 2002.
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