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Rustam Kasimdzhanov vs Emil Sutovsky
Pune Super GM (2004), Pune IND, rd 9, Sep-12
Sicilian Defense: Delayed Alapin (B50)  ·  1-0



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Sep-14-04  Hidden Skillz: woow..that was some nice stuff..
Sep-14-04  RisingChamp: Kasim isnt World Champion for nothing!His treatment of the opening should be noticed.He is playing unfamiliar lines all the time and continuously switching openings and avoiding mainlines.Despite getting only 3 or 4 whites in 8 or 9 games he has a healthy plus score-very impressive considering comments which were being made about his weakness with black.
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  tamar: Not many choices for Black after 22 e5. Watching the game that night, it became apparent that Kasim had seen deeply into the position, and timed the break perfectly. Each move to the end is very strong.
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  patzer2: Could it be that after 22. e5!, White has a forced win? I think so. However, the position is so complex I suspect would have an uproar on its hands if it dared to make (22?) a Sunday puzzle.

White's play is so subtle and strong that Fritz 8 only gives 22. e5! as , and at under 15 depth apparently does not recognize that it is the strongest move in the position (initially it is only about a fourth or fifth choice for Fritz). After 22. e5!, Fritz runs with Black's replies as best moves for nine consecutive moves. Yet it takes the program six moves deep into the combination to realize that 29. Bxf7+ (@15 depth) is a won position for White (previously assessing it as only to ). [Note: This is not a criticism of the excellent Fritz 8 program (which may well have found the line if allowed to run to 19 or 20 depth), but is provided to indicate the depth and strength of White's combination]

After 22. e5! the only improvement I can see for Black is to play 31...Kg8 (31...Bxh6 is practically a quick concession) to put up more resistance in a lost position. However, after 31...Kg8 32. Bxg7 Qxg7 33. Qd5+ Kh8 34. Qxd6 Re8 35. Qxc5 Re7 36. h3 Qe5 37. Qe3 Kg8 38. Rf4 Qd5 39. Qc3! , White still has a won position.

Note that 35. Rf5! in the final position is immediately decisive and preferable to 35. Rf7?! Qa1+ 36. Kh2 Qe5+ 37. Qxe5 dxe5 , getting to an endgame where Black might swindle a draw.

Oct-31-15  Mating Net: 25.Rxd6 is a nice exchange sac, but not totally unexpected. The light square Bishop on c4 is so well posted that it has to be preserved to mount a King side attack. Thus the exchange sac.

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