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Hovik Hayrapetyan vs Tornike Sanikidze
"Sani Side Down" (game of the day Jan-18-2022)
Wch U16 (2005), Belfort FRA, rd 3, Jul-21
Gruenfeld Defense: Exchange. Modern Exchange Variation (D85)  ·  1-0



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Jan-18-22  Brenin: Black threw away a win here: 22 ... Nc6 would have freed his Q-side pieces and saved a lot of subsequent trouble. Later, 36 ... Nd7 37 Rxa8 Qf4 38 Qh8+ Kg5 39 Qd8+ Nf6 40 Qd1 Bd4 was a better way of losing the R, keeping the Qs on for counterplay.
Jan-18-22  schnarre: ...<Brenin> Nicely put!
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  OhioChessFan: 22...Nc6 is a simple, fundamental move. You simply can't let a Rook on the 8th rank with an undeveloped Knight and Rook. It's hard to believe a 2400 made such an awful mistake.
Jan-18-22  morphynoman2: 20. Bh8! is a very nice and incredible puzzle.
Jan-18-22  Brenin: <OCF>: These lads were under-16s at the time, so I doubt whether Sanikidze was rated 2400. Even so, missing 22 ... Nc6 looks like a bad mistake.
Jan-18-22  Ironmanth: LOVE this game!! Has some of everything. Thanks, chessgames. Y'all have a great, safe, and warm day out there. Play chess unceasingly!
Jan-18-22  siggemannen: Perhaps after 22...Nc6, black didn't like the looks of Bg4
Jan-18-22  Brenin: <siggemannen>: Good point: after 22 ... Nc6, 23 Bg4 looks rather scary, and Black needs to tread carefully, e.g. 23 ... Rd6 24 Qh6, or 23 ... Ree8 24 Qf6, or 23 ... Re7 24 Rxc6 Qxc6 25 Qxe7 with Be6+ to follow, all with wins for White. However, Black is saved by 23 ... Nd8, e.g. 24 Bxe6 Nxe6 25 Qf6 Nxc7 with an easy win, or 24 Qh6 Nf7 25 Bxe6 Qxe6 with B+N+P for the R.
Jan-20-22  siggemannen: Yeah, Nd8! holds it just BARELY together for an advantage. But it's really hard to see that it defends because white looks very menacing

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