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Grigor Minchev vs Nanko Dobrev
Sofia (1990)
Four Knights Game: Halloween Gambit (C46)  ·  1-0



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Mar-27-05  oldman: Would not 49. Rb3 be a win?
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  beatgiant: <oldman: Would not 49. Rb3 be a win?>

I don't see an immediate win after 49. Rb3+ Ka7 50. Ra1+ Kb8 51. Rba3 fxe6+ 52. dxe6 Nh4+ 53. Kg4 Rc4. What did you see?

Mar-27-05  Saruman: 49.Ra1!? seems to have more potential I believe.
Mar-27-05  fgh: 49. Rb3+ Ka7 50. Ra1+ Kb8 51. Rba3! Rc2 52. d6 and white should win.
Mar-27-05  Saruman: <fgh> See <bg>'s variation.
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  beatgiant: <fgh>
<49. Rb3+ Ka7 50. Ra1+ Kb8 51. Rba3! Rc2 52. d6>

Yes,, but what do you see against the line I posted above, 49. Rb3+ Ka7 50. Ra1+ Kb8 51. Rba3 <fxe6+>?

Mar-27-05  fgh: Ok, I believe I got it: 51. ... fxe6+ 52. Kxe6! Nf4+ (Nf8+ is the same) 53. Kd6 and white wins, since there is mate threat and the white king controls the c7 and d7 squares, not allowing black to avoid mate.
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  beatgiant: <fgh>
What if 49. Rb3+ Ka7 50. Ra1+ Kb8 51. Rba3 fxe6+ 52. Kxe6 <Rc2>? If then 53. d6 b5, and again it looks like Black can escape the immediate mating net.
Mar-27-05  fgh: Sorry, no intention to offend you, but I'am tired of this discussion, so I had to fire up Shredder 8. Entire Analysis: 49. Rb3+ Ka7 50. Ra1+ Kb8 51. Rba3 fxe6+ 52. Kxe6 Rc2 53. d6 b5 54. Ra8+ Kb7 55. R1a7+ Kb6 56. b4 Re8+ 57. Re7 $3 Rxe7+ 58. fxe7 Nxe7 59. Nc5 Kc6 60. Ra6+ Bb6 61. dxe7 Re2+ 62. Kf7 Rf2+ 63. Ke8 Kc7 64. Rxb6 Kxb6 65. Kd8 Rd2+ 66. Nd7+ Kc6 67. e8=Q And white wins.
Mar-27-05  fgh: Be sure to check it out, it's a variation full of fireworks.
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  beatgiant: <fgh>
Yes, that's a convincing win. The only improvement I found over <Shredder 8>'s line is 65...Re7, but then 66. Nd7+ Kc6 67. e8=Q Rxe8+ 68. Kxe8 Kd5 69. Nf6+ Kc4 70. Nxh7 and White's pawn will queen before Black's can.

I'm not sure if White saw all that, but the game's 49. Rdh1 is faster and also has nice fireworks. I'd say it's a matter of taste.

Sep-28-05  Edwin Meyer: According to ChessBase, this opening is called Scotch Four Knights and it belongs to ECO code C47.
Sep-28-05  blingice: Wow. What pawn play.
Feb-06-06  CowardlyKnight: Hah... Fillidor would have loved this opening! Who needs pieces when you have pawns anyways.
Apr-13-11  Maatalkko: A very elegant game. Going through the game, I estimated Black's strength at 1500 or 1600, but in fact he's an IM! Minchev made mincemeat of the man. Black found no constructive plans whatsoever.
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  takchess: Scored 61 on gtm

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