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Oleg Korneev vs Levon Aronian
RUS-Cup3 (1996), Omsk, rd 1, Dec-13
Sicilian Defense: Dragon Variation. Yugoslav Attack Modern Line (B76)  ·  1-0



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Mar-13-18  stacase: This required a bit of chin stroking and remembering how to count, but it wasn't as bad as yesterday that said it was Black's move when Black was on life support. When I tuned back in to see what Black did, he moved his King. Somewhere in that confusion I realized zigged instead of zagged. Oh well.

<Phony Benoni...winning the resulting Q vs. R ending is not as easy as everybody thinks, but that's not my problem.> Ha ha ha (-:

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  gawain: Because this was a puzzle position (and "easy") the solution could not possibly be anything other than 52 Rxh4+ etc.
Mar-13-18  lost in space: Got that and saw that the game went exactly to the position I had in my mind when starting to write my post.
Mar-13-18  ChessHigherCat: I saw the rook exchange and c6 almost instantly but yesterday's puzzle made me paranoid so I started looking for a faster solution
Mar-13-18  Pchief: Was the R sac really necessary?
If 52.Rg7 Black also does not have any useful move at hand since his king, not being able to leave the h-file, continues to block his own pawn
Mar-13-18  landshark: R sac brings the fastest resolution.
Mar-13-18  EIDorado: @Pchief with a single black rook on the board the king values as much as a night, so white has a knight and a pawn for the rook. Considering the active passed pawns and passive black king, you don't even check ending theory or variants: you just say to yourself "If white doesn't win I quit chess".
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  agb2002: White is a pawn up.

Black threatens Rxb7.

White's advanced pawns can overwhelm the rook on b8. Hence, 52.Rxh4+ Rxh4 53.Rxh4+ Kxh4 54.c6 followed by Kc5 wins (54... Kg5 55.Kc5 Kf6 56.Kd6 Rd8+ 57.Kc7 Ke7 58.b8=Q Rxb8 59.Kxb8 Kd6 60.c7).

Mar-13-18  yadasampati: I am just surprised that Levon Aronian does not resign after 52) Rxh4+
Mar-13-18  Lambda: <Pchief> It probably isn't necessary, but simplifying complex wins into simple wins is always nice.
Mar-13-18  AlicesKnight: Simplest here is best; two Ps on the 6th defeat a R in the absence of Ks. So exchange everything on h4 and follow with c6; the Black R cannot hold.
Mar-13-18  morfishine: <52.Rxh4> eliminates one Black rook allowing the White King + 2 pawns to eliminate the other


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  OhioChessFan: Straightforward endgame, the Pawns dominate the Rook. I share yada's surprise Aronian played on.
Mar-13-18  Cheapo by the Dozen: After a Monday puzzle that was hard enough for Tuesday, we get a Tuesday puzzle that's Monday-easy.
Mar-13-18  cocker: 52 Rg7 also wins quite easily
Mar-13-18  WorstPlayerEver: Two connected pawns at the 6th rank can handle a Rook alone.
Mar-13-18  Bubo bubo: White turns the double rook ending into an elementary win of two advanced passed pawns against a rook: 52.Rxh4+ Rxh4 53.Rxh4+ Kxh4 54.c6. Since his king is offside and the white king is close to the pawns, Black won't even reach the notorious Q vs R ending.
Mar-13-18  Mayankk: A refresher of basic Chess theory and not much of a puzzle.

Is this week supposed to demonstrate how current/future 2800+ players miss simple stuff?

Mar-13-18  Pasker: An elementary puzzle of course but what surprised me is that Aronian is keep going after all this. I thought the game will be over right after the solution move but it goes on with Aronian's King march 😁
Mar-13-18  lentil: In 1996, Aronian was 13 years old.
Mar-13-18  Pasker: Okay, I didn't realize it was 1996. Thought its 2013. That must be a very young Aronian.
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  takchess: Good basic instructive change of pace puzzle. This is position where the snarky annotator says: Every Russian School Child Knows.....
Mar-13-18  alwinkpc: How about this?
52. Rxh4+ Rxh4
53. c6
Mar-13-18  Whitehat1963: Easier than yesterday’s.
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  patzer2: Finding the two connected pawns versus
Rook endgame in today's Tuesday (52. ?) puzzle was easy with the simplifying 52. Rxh4+ +-.

For a possible improvement in this deeply analyzed and well know sicilian dragon opening, I prefer 14...Qc7 as in the drawn game Adams vs Nakamura, 2017.

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