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Kevin Spraggett vs Ruslan Pogorelov
XXIV Andorra Open (2006), Andorra la Vella AND, rd 5, Jul-12
French Defense: Rubinstein Variation. Blackburne Defense (C10)  ·  1-0



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Nov-26-06  themadhair: 17...Nd7 is the decisive mistake here. It was vital to play 17...Nd5 to cover the e7 square from a knight fork.

Also why play the passive 13...Qe7? Black really needed to try something on the queenside and this moves just invites white to try a kingside attack.

Feb-22-20  timote77: 25. Ne7+
26. Qh8+
27. Qxg7+
Ke6 I chose this continuation, not sure that it is better one
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  al wazir: I got the first four moves of the combination, but not 22. f5 exf5 23. Rxf5. That was tricky.

Black could have held out longer with 30...Bxa2.

For example, 31. Nxf6 gxf6 32. Re7 Bc4 33. Rxa7 b5 34. b3 Bf1 35. Kb2 Kg5, or 30...Bxa2 31. b3 Nxd7 32. Re7 Nc5 33. Kb2 Bxb3 34. cxb3 a6.

Feb-22-20  Cheapo by the Dozen: The first four moves, as <al wazir> indicated, were easy to find. But I went off the rails badly after that.
Feb-22-20  Walter Glattke: 23.-Qxf5? 24.Ne7# / 22.-e5 23.Rxc7 Rxc7? 24.Qh8+ Kf7 25.Qxf8#, decisive material after 26.Rxe8, Al-Wazir-moves cannot change that.
Feb-22-20  Walter Glattke: I remember to the first match Spassky-Fischer 1972, where Bxh2 was answered with g3 and bishop catching,, so Bxa2 b3 could be a trap.
Feb-22-20  SugarDom: No.
. Bxa2 b3 is not immediately possible due to the black King is in check duhh
Feb-22-20  stacase: If you get the first four moves right, does that count?

Well anyway, 18.Bxh7+ was my obvious over the board move, I spent a long time trying to see what was wrong with it and came up empty. The next three moves pretty much played themselves. Not very difficult for a Saturday puzzle.

Off Topic: Today is 02/22/2020 the last of a series. In two years there will be another month of several dates with zeroes and twos.

Feb-22-20  Pedro Fernandez: At first glance, the first move should be 18.Bxh7+

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At this moment I'm busy. Perhaps later I'll try to analyze some winner variation.

Feb-22-20  Walter Glattke: Yes, so as Nd7 is attacked, black can play Bxa2.
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  OhioChessFan: 30...Bxa2 looks better at first glance.
Feb-22-20  malt: Gone for 21...Qc5 22.Qh8+ Kf7 23.Ne5+ Kf6

(23...N:e5 24.fe5+ Kg6 25.Rg1+ )

24.Qh4+ g5 25.Qh6+ Ke7 26.R:d7+ R:d7 27.Qg7+

Liked 23.R:f5! from the main game

Feb-22-20  karik: <timote77> not good. Black plays 26. -Kf7 and draws.
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  chrisowen: I like that spend the night alone?
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  agb2002: The first idea that comes to mind is 18.Bxh7+ Kxh7 (18... Kh8 19.Qh5 and mate soon) 19.Qh5+ Kg8 20.g6:

A) 20... fxg6 21.Nxg6

A.1) 21... Qf7 22.Qh8#.

A.2) 21... Qf6 22.f5 (22.Rg1 looks a bit slow)

A.2.a) 22... e5 23.Qh8+ Kf7 24.Rxd7+ is crushing.

A.2.b) 22... fxe5 23.Rxf5 wins decisive material (23... Qxf5 24.Ne7#).

A.3) 21... Qe8 22.Qh8+ Kf7 23.Ne5+

A.3.a) 23... Nxe5 24.fxe5+ Kg6 (24... Ke7 25.Qxg7+ Rf7 26.Rxf7+ Qxf7 27.Qg5+ wins) 25.Rxf8 Qxf8 26.Rxd8 Qf1+ 27.Rd1 wins decisive material.

A.3.b) 23... Kf6 24.Qh4+ Kf5 (24... g5 25.Qxg5#) 25.Qg4+ and mate next.

A.3.c) 23... Ke7 24.Qxg7+ Qf7 (24... Rf7 25.Ng6#) 25.Nxf7 wins.

A.4) 21... Qc5 22.Ne5+ as above.

B) 20... Nf6 21.gxf7+ Qxf7 (21... Rxf7 22.Rxd8+ wins decisive material) 22.Qxf7+ Rxf7 23.Rxd8+ wins an exchange and a pawn.

Feb-22-20  messachess: It's a genius plan for end-game victory.
Feb-22-20  Walter Glattke: Chrisowen and malt go for 21.-Qc5, I Play 22.Qh8+ Kf7 23.Ne5+ (malt) Qxe5!! threatenng Qe3+, 24.fxe5 Rh8 black wins then clearly. 21.-Qc5 22.f5 Qe3+ 23.Kb1 Qh6 … and now!? "maddy, teddy, saddy" could I say. This hidden move Qc5 key is good. A4) 21.-Qc5 22.Ne5 is not check. A4) 21.-Qc5 22.Ne5 Qe3+ 23.Kb1 Nxe5
Feb-22-20  Walter Glattke: Oh, 21.-Qc5 22.Qh8+ Kf7 24.Ne5+ Qxe5 25.Qxf8+, so 24.-Nxe5 25.Rxd8 Rxh8 26.Rxh8 Qe3+ black wins.
Feb-22-20  Walter Glattke: 25.fxe5+ Ke6 26.Rxf8 Rxf8 27.Qxg7 Qe3+ 28.Kb1 Rf7 29.Rd6 Ke7 30.Rc7+ Kxc7 31.Qxf7+ Qe7 black wins.
Feb-22-20  JustAnotherMaster: Really 30

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