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Artur Yusupov vs Viktor Gavrikov
Yerevan Zonal (1982), Yerevan URS, rd 8
Modern Defense: Averbakh. Bronstein-Hug Variation (A42)  ·  1-0



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  Phony Benoni: Bishops Belong Behind Passed Pawns!Q
Jun-01-21  Walter Glattke: 39.Rxg7+ Kxg7 40.d6 e5 41.d7 Rd6 42.d8Q Rxd8 43.Bxd8 ++-
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  agb2002: The white rook is on the path of the d-pawn, the black bishop can control its promotion square and the e-pawn blocks the black rook. Hence, 39.Rxg7+ Kxg7 40.d6:

A) 40... e4 41.d7 Rd5 42.d8=Q + - [B vs p].

B) 40... Rf5 41.d7 as above.

C) 40... Kf7 41.d7 wins.

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  al wazir: When white played 38. Rd7 he must already have had 39. Rxg7 in mind.

Black should have replied 38...e4. If now 39. Rxg7+ Kxg7 40. d6 Rd5 41. Bc7 Rd3, black wins.

If instead 39. d6 Rd5 40. Bc7 Rd3 41. Re7, white wins, but he has to work harder.

Jun-01-21  stacase: The Queening square is covered by the Bishop and White can say check 39.Rxg7+ opening up a three move move run for daylight* Black can't stop the Queening Pawn.


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  Phony Benoni: <al wazir If 38...e4:

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Black opens the way for 39.Bd4! After 39...Rg5 40.d6!, Black cannot improve his position and the trades on g7 will leave his king too far away from the d-pawn.

Jun-01-21  Brenin: Black needed to protect the pinned B with 38 ... Rg5, and then unpin it with Kg8, though he may still have to give up the B for the d-pawn when it reaches d8.
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  drollere: the solution, all the way to the R capture on d8, was the first line i tried. but i couldn't believe that it was the solution. really? there's no way to skewer the black R?
Jun-01-21  Refused: 39.Rxg7+! and the d-pawn runs

39...Kxg7 40.d6
a)40...Kf7 41.d7 Ke7 42.d8Q+
b)40...e4 41.d7 Rd5 42.d8Q Rxd8 43.Bxd8 +-

I see Black went for another route for his rook with Rf5-f8-d8 either way, everything's just too slow

Jun-01-21  Ariogermano: Very easy today
Jun-01-21  AlicesKnight: Looks like a straightforward counting task after Rxg7+ - the Black K cannot arrive in time and the R must give itelf up for the new Q leaving White a piece ahead to stop any Back Ps.
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  Dionysius1: And then that White doesn't end up in one of those K+B+P v K draws.
Jun-01-21  mel gibson: I saw that in about 3 seconds - very easy.

Stockfish is saying a mate is very soon after:

39. Rxg7+

(39. Rxg7+ (♖d7xg7+ ♔g6-f6 d5-d6 e5-e4 d6-d7 ♖h5-d5 d7-d8♕+ ♖d5xd8 ♗b6xd8+ ♔f6xg7 ♔g1-f2 ♔g7-g6 ♗d8-b6 ♔g6-f6 ♔f2-g3 ♔f6-e5 ♗b6-e3 ♔e5-d5 ♗e3xh6 ♔d5-d4 ♔g3-f2 ♔d4-c5 g2-g4 ♔c5-d4 ♗h6-e3+ ♔d4-e5 ♔f2-g3 ♔e5-d6 ♔g3-h4 ♔d6-d5 g4-g5 ♔d5-c4 ♔h4-g3 ♔c4-d5 ♔g3-g4 ♔d5-d6 g5-g6 ♔d6-e7 ♔g4-h5 ♔e7-e8 ♔h5-h6 ♔e8-d8 g6-g7) +74.23/39 2800)

score for White +74.23 depth 39.

Jun-01-21  Damenlaeuferbauer: After long thinking, the very strong then Russian, but now German GM Artur Yusupov, who reached 3 times the Candidates' semi-finals, finally found the nice exchange sacrifice 39.Rxg7+!,Kxg7 (otherwise Black is a whole bishop down) 40.d6,Rf5 (40.-,Kf6/Kf7/Kf8 41.d7,Ke7 42.d8Q+ +-; 40.-,e4 41.d7,Rd5 42.d8Q,Txd8 43.Bxd8 +-) 41.d7,Rf8 42.d8Q,Rxd8 43.Bxd8 +-. 2 decades ago, the German GM Jörg Hickl stated, that Yusupov forgot more about chess than he [J. Hickl] knows about the royal game. In the countries of the former Soviet Union, children learn rook endings instead of playing online bullet/blitz games. That is the reason, why Soviet/Russian-born players (with the exception of the great opening expert Max Euwe and century player Bobby Fischer) were world champions from 1927 to 2007 and why Hikaru Nakamura won Wijk aan Zee just one time. "Truth hurts." (GM Benjamin Finegold)
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  chrisowen: Ops i ooh Rxg7+ garcon arrive it sign back ooh goody woggle ops i ooh fetish jack bop quipper ratchet hq hack i ooh charbroil wily its vilify gammy gum mug mud z it say chiffon debt door job gap low it verdicts i ooh totadd ghost acrid i ooh dad mint ie axiomed it jekyll i ooh arrive it gaps it wet darpa it ok charybdis it pardon Rxg7+ grab?
Jun-01-21  TheaN: <39.Rxg7+ Kxg7 40.d6 e4 41.d7 Rd5 42.d8Q Rxd8 43.Bxd8 +-> and White has a won ending even in the circumstance that he has to play gxh at some point.
Jun-01-21  sudoplatov: 39.e6 wins too. I found this with a later Rxg7. It's OK for a game line to be Cooked.
Jun-01-21  mel gibson: <Jun-01-21 sudoplatov: 39.e6 wins too. I found this with a later Rxg7. It's OK for a game line to be Cooked.>

39. e6 is not a valid move.

and if that's a typo -
39. d6 ends in a draw.

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  chrisowen: You know better I had um?
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  al wazir: <Phony Benoni: Black opens the way for 39.Bd4!> You're right. Thanks.

Then black had no resources at that point.

Jun-01-21  saturn2: 39. Rxg7+ Kxg7and nether the king nor the rook can controll d6 or d7 in the next two moves If the pawn teaches d8 at the third move it is too late because it costs the rook then Bxd8
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  gawain: I like the occasional end-game puzzle on a Monday or Tuesday.
Jun-01-21  Ivan Karamazov: <chrisowen: Ops i ooh Rxg7+ garcon arrive it sign back ooh goody woggle ops ...>

I could not have said it better myself.

Jun-01-21  Cheapo by the Dozen: White queens a pawn and winds up with bishop and pawn vs. 2 pawns.

If the engine is to be believed, Black canNOT set up some kind of (presumally light-square-based) blockade to prevent White's remaining (non-rook) pawn from queening.

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