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Kivanc Haznedaroglu vs Jan Markos
Turin Olympiad (2006), Turin ITA, rd 5, May-25
Sicilian Defense: Nezhmetdinov-Rossolimo Attack (B30)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Jun-06-06  offramp: White plays the dullest variation against the Sicilian. Black gets an advantage, but takes too long in forcing ...d5. When he finally plays it, white has prepared a counterattack. Black would like to have played 31...Kg8, but the g6 pawn needs protection. White wins a piece for two pawns, but he takes things too quickly and loses his remaining pawns.

At move 65 an ending of ♖♖♘v♖♖ is reached. He never looks like winning this - but at move 89 white unexpectedly loses a rook! He must have been a bit shocked at this, but he was lucky in that the ending is still a draw.

Mar-31-16  QueensideCastler: White mates in 94 after 65. ♖xf3 according Lomonosov Tablebases. Although the longest mate in this type of imbalance is #304.
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  g15713: E. 1.0
Black to move after 65. Rxf3

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A very rare and unusual ending - R + R + N versus R + R
with no pawns on the board.

Chess user <QueensideCastler: White mates in 94 after 65. ♖xf3 according Lomonosov Tablebases.>

Syzygy concurs that the position is a tablebase win for White.

Syzygy '

Game continued:

65...Ke6 66. Ra6+ Ke7 67. Re3+ Kd7 68. Rf6 Rg8 69. Nd3 Kc8 70. Nb4 Rcg7 71. Ree6 Rh8 72. Ra6 Rb7

E. 1.1
White to move

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Syzygy '

Syzygy sample line for White to win quicker:

73. Ka4 Rbh7 74. Nc6 Rh1 75. Na7+ Kd7 76. Rad6+ Kc7 77. Nb5+ Kb1 78. Ka5 Ra1+ 79. Kb6 Ka8 80. Nc7+ Kb8 81. Rf2 Rb1+ 82. Nb5 Rbh1 83. Rb2 R8h6 84. Kc6 Rxd6+ 85. Nxd6+ Ka8

E. 1.2

Shredder - White to move wins with
86. Ra2+ or Rc2 or Re2 or Rf2 or Rg2

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Normally, R + N versus R is a draw but with the Black king in the corner...

Syzygy '

Going back to diagram E. 1.1

Game continued:

73. Ra8+ Rb8 74. Rc6+ Kb7 75. Ra5 Rh3+ 76. Kc2 Rh2+ 77. Kd3 Rd8+ 78. Ke3 Rh3+ 79. Ke2 Rh2+ 80. Kf3 Rh3+ 81. Kg4 Rh7 82. Rb5+ Ka8 83. Nd5 Rg8+ 84. Kf4 Rh4+ 85. Ke3 Rh3+ 86. Kd4 Ra3 87. Kc5 Ra1

E. 1.3
White to move

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Syzygy '

Syzygy - White still wins with 88. Kd4 or Kc4

Instead White played 88. Nb6+ which only draws according to Syzygy

Game continued:

88. Nb6+ Ka7 89. Nd5 Rc1+ 90. Kd6 Rg6+ 91. Kd7 Rcxc6 92. Ne7 Rgd6+ 93. Ke8 Rc7 94. Kf7 Rd1 95. Re5 Rdd7 96. Kf6 Rxe7 1/2-1/2

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  perfidious: <offramp: White plays the dullest variation against the Sicilian....>

Which, however, quickly transposes into a line with the potential to become razor-sharp in one big hurry, as seen in Tal vs Robert E Byrne, 1976, far more commonly reached by the move order used in that game and a frequent guest in the 1970s.

After getting waxed in similar fashion to Byrne in a game I played in 1983, I actually tried the White side, not to mention going in for the improvement 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Qxd4 Bd7 when taking up the cudgels one last time for Les Noirs, in '84.

This game should actually be included in B53, but is not--no surprise there. (laughs)

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