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Arthur Abolianin vs Kjetil A Lie
"Lie Down on the Job" (game of the day Mar-26-2005)
Calvia Olympiad (2004), Calvia ESP, rd 6, Oct-20
English Opening: Symmetrical. Anti-Benoni Variation (A31)  ·  1-0



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  An Englishman: Good Evening: "Calling the Kjetil Black" would also have worked for the Groaner of the Day.
Mar-26-05  gidguy2000: A basic question on the opening: Would 3.e3 be just as suitable as Nf3? The Knight move seems to invite a lot of unecessary harassment for white, though clearly a tolerable amount. Any explanations?
Mar-26-05  Zivildiener: 3.e3 doesn't challenge black. A promising answer is 3...g6 because in lines of Ben-Oni the e-pawns belongs on e4... In Fritz Database, Black has a percentage of as much as 66% after g6

e3 sure is "ok" but not if you are longing for an opening advantage

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  kevin86: This was a great day for long range pieces,especially bishops! White's queen and bishop finally win black's queen.
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  patzer2: White's 18. a5! is a surprising defensive combination, which forces several deflections to give White a dangerous passed pawn and a decisive advantage. White's 21. fxe3?!, was probably sufficient to win, but the alternative 21.Bxe3! Rxd5 22.Rxd5 Nxd5 23.Bd4 Rb8 24.Rxa6 (+2.53 @ 13 depth per Fritz 8) may be stronger.

Black had to block and attempt to corral the dangerous passed pawn with 21...Qb7, even if it was only a valiant try in a losing effort. The alternative 21...Nxd5?! 22.b7! Nxf4 23.Rxd8 Nxe2+ 24.Kf2 Qxd8 25.Rxa6 Nc1 26.Qxc1 Qd7 27.Qb2 Qe8 28.Qa3 f5 29.Ra8 Bf7 30.Rxe8 Rxe8 31.Qa8 is an easy win for White.

White played a strong simplifying move with 29. Qd4!, when 30. Qxe4!? appears to win without too much difficulty. However, white missed the strong obstruction move 30. Bc7! with an immediate, crushing attack after 30.Bc7! a5 31.Qd8+ Kg7 32.Bc8 Qa8 33.Qd4+ Rf6 34.b7 .

P.S. The first American President George Washington, after chopping down his father's cherry tree and being asked if he was guilty, is reported to have replied "I cannot tell a Lie.'" If before this game White's opponent had asked " do you think you can win this game?" Arthur Abolianin could have replied "I can, Kjetil A. Lie."

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  patzer2: The stronger alternative 30. Bc7! may require a little more analysis to follow, since it results in a pursuit mate after 30. Bc7! Nxb6 31. Qd8+!:

30.Bc7! a5

a) 30...Qa8 31.Bf5 Nxb6 32.Bxb6 ;

b) 30...Nxb6 31.Qd8+! Kg7 32.Be5+ Kg6 33.Rf1! (also good is 33.Qf8! Kh5 34.Qg7 Rg6 35.Qxh7+ Rh6 36.Qf5#) 33...Nd5 34.Bf5+ Kh6 35.Qf8+ Kh5 36.g4+ Kg5 37.Qg7+ Rg6 38.h4+ Kxh4 39.Qxh7+ Kg5 (39...Rh6 40.Qxh6+ Bh5 41.Qxh5#) 40.Qh5#;

31.Qd8+ Kg7 32.Bc8 Qa8 33.Qd4+ Rf6 34.b7

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  patzer2: Instead of 30...Nxb6?!, Black could have put up more resistance with drawing chances after 30...Rxb6! 31.Qxb7 Rxb7 32.Rxa6 Rb1+ 33.Kf2 Rh1 34.Bf1 Rxh2+ 35.Kg1 Rh5 36.Bf6 Ra5 37.Rxa5 Nxa5±. Of course White can prevent this possibility with 30. Bc7! .
Feb-27-09  WhiteRook48: was the game a Lie?

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