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Qianyun Gong vs Xue Zhao
"The Gong Show" (game of the day Dec-19-2007)
Chinese Championship (2006), Wuxi CHN, rd 10, Jul-05
Sicilian Defense: Chekhover Variation (B53)  ·  1-0



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Dec-19-07  Riverbeast: It seems the Chinese are the rising superpower in chess as well...

I love how Gong tortured him by repeating a few checks, before hitting him with the NAZZTY 36. Rxd6

Dec-19-07  Simonkaser: <Riverbeast: I love how Gong tortured him by repeating a few checks, before hitting him with the NAZZTY 36. Rxd6> Zhao Xue is a girl and I know her very well...
Dec-19-07  Riverbeast: Sorry, my bad. Tortured HER.

Wasn't she the one who waxed Karpov a few years ago?

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  patzer2: White makes two Tal-like true sacrfices in this game for an attacking initiative.

The first piece offering is the demolition of pawn structure sacrfice 30. Bxe6!?, followed by a second and riskier attacking positional sacrifice in 36. Rxd6!?

Gong's play has inspired me to start a new collection of "true attacking sacrifices" where players take risks to gain an attacking initiative without a clear advantage in sight. I'll include these two moves to start the collection.

Dec-19-07  TheaN: Nice end. Black has no feasable replies, but it's nice to notice that 48.Nc6# is not the only threat.

47.Qc7 Qb8 48.Rxa6+! Kxa6 49.Qb6#
47.Qc7 Qc8 48.Rxa6+! Kxa6 49.Qb6#
47.Qc7 Rd6 48.Rxd6 Qe8 49.Rxa6+ Kxa6 50.Qb6#

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  kevin86: Black is in a real box:his only outlet is 47...♕b8 which falls to the family check at 48 ♘c6+; other moves yield to 48 ♘c6#.
Dec-19-07  JG27Pyth: <Gong's play has inspired me to start a new collection of "true attacking sacrifices" where players take risks to gain an attacking initiative without a clear advantage in sight.>

Nice collection, I'll look for it. Aren't those sacs generally referred to as "positional sacrifices" ?

Dec-19-07  Simonkaser: <Riverbeast: Wasn't she the one who waxed Karpov a few years ago?> Yes she is
Karpov vs Zhao Xue, 2006
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  patzer2: <JG27Pyth> I had been putting them there, but true sacrifices probably should be distinguished from the "positional sacrifice" category, since a "positional sacrifice" can either be for a clear tangible advantage (sham positional sacrifice) or for a more risky, speculative (attacking) positional advantage.

A good explanation, making the distinction between pseudo and true sacrfices (and showing the overlap with "positional sacrifices") can be found at Wikipedia (chess sacrifices), but I can't get the link to post here.

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  patzer2: By the way Gong is also a woman. See and scroll down.
Dec-19-07  Riverbeast: Yifan Hou is going to be the best of the lot
Dec-19-07  johnlspouge: <patzer2>, here is the Wikipedia sacrifice link

The collection of positional sacrifices sounds interesting. Thanks for pointing me towards Wikipedia as a chess resource.

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  patzer2: Here's a look with Fritz 8 and the Opening Explorer:

<1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Qxd4 a6>

Also frequently played is 4...Nc6 as
in Kamsky vs Sutovsky, 2007.

<5. Bg5> More popular are 5. c4 as in Naiditsch vs Z Kozul, 2006 and 5. Be3 as in Z Jovanovic vs Z Kozul, 2006.


More frequently played is 5...Nc6 as in
A Bachmann vs Bu Xiangzhi, 2006.

<6. Bh4 Nc6 7. Qd2 g5>

The alternative 7...Nf6, as in
Gong Qianyun vs Zhu Chen, 2001 is worth a try.

<8. Bg3 Nf6>

A solid alternative is 8...Bg7 as in F Beck vs W Moranda, 2007.

<9. Nc3 Nh5>
Less risky perhaps is 9...Bg7 as in
Rozentalis vs Ftacnik, 1994.

<10. Nd5 Bg7 11. c3 b5>

Better IMO is 11...Be6 as
in V Colin vs Dorfman, 2006.

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  patzer2: <12. Be2> Now White is out of the book and on her own. <12...Bb7 13. Ne3 Nxg3 14. hxg3 e6 15. a4 Na5 16. Qc2 Qb6 17. Nd2 Ke7?!>

Black needed to try 17... b4! 18. Rd1 (18. cxb4? Qxb4 19. Rb1 Bc6 20. Bd1 Rd8 21. b3 d5 22. exd5 Bxd5 ) 18... Rd8 19. Rc1 bxc3 20. bxc3 Rc8 21. Qd3 Qc5 22. O-O O-O 23. Rfd1 Rfd8 .

<18. Rd1! Rad8 19. O-O h5 20. Nf3 g4 21. Nh4 Bh6?>

Holding for Black is 21... b4! 22. cxb4 Qxb4 23. Qc7+ Ke8 24. Ng6 Rd7 25. Qb8+ Rd8 26. Qc7 Rd7 27. Qb8+ Rd8 28. Qc7 =.

<22. b4 Nc4 23. Nxc4 bxc4 24. Bxc4 Rc8 25. Qe2 Bg7 26. Kh2 Be5 27. a5 Qa7 28. f4 gxf3 29. Qxf3 Rcf8 30. Bxe6!?>

Just when Black seems to have things under control, White plays this demolition sacrifice -- giving up her Bishop to destroy Black's pawn structure and secure an attacking initiative.

<30...Kxe6> This reply is forced, as others lose quickly.

Not 30... fxe6? 31. Ng6+ Ke8 32. Qxf8+ Rxf8 33. Rxf8+ Kd7 34. Nxe5+ .

<31. Qf5+ Ke7 32. Qg5+ Ke6 33. Qf5+?!>

Winning immediately is 33. Nf3!
Bxc3 34. Qc1 Bxb4? 35. Qc7! f6 36. Nd4+ Ke5 37. Qe7#

<33... Ke7 34. Qg5+ Ke6 35. Qf5+ Ke7 36. Rxd6!?>

Instead of taking a draw by perpetual with 36. Qg5+ =, White takes a risk to play this Tal-like sacrifice -- giving up her Rook as a second piece to demolish another one of Black's few remaining pawns to try and keep Black's King exposed and on the run.

<36...Bxd6> This is forced.

Not 36... Kxd6? 37. Rd1+! Kc7
38. Qxe5+ Kc8 39. Nf5! Re8 (39... Bc6 40. Nd6+ Kc7 41. Nb5+ Kb7 42. Qc7+ Ka8 43. Qxa7#) 40. Nd6+ Kb8 41. Nxe8+ Ka8 42. Rd8+ Bc8 43. Rxc8+ Kb7 44. Qc7#.

<37. Qf6+ Kd7 38. Rd1 Kc8 39. Rxd6 Bxe4?> Although not obvious at first, this pawn grab loses.

Instead, Black can play for advantage with 39... Kb8! 40. Rb6 Rhg8 41. Nf5 Ka8 42. Ne7 Rg4 43. Nc6 Rg6 44. Nxa7 Rxf6 45. Rxf6 Kxa7 46. e5 Bd5 47. Rd6 Be6 .

Or she might try to force a draw by repetition with 39... Qe3! 40. Nf5 Qxe4 41. Rc6+ Kb8 42. Qd6+ Ka7 43. Rxa6+ Bxa6 44. Qb6+ Ka8 45. Qxa6+ Kb8 46. Qd6+ Ka7 47. Qb6+ Ka8 48. Qa6+ Kb8 49. Qd6+ =

<40. Nf5!> Now White has a forced win.

<40...Bb7 41. Rb6 Rd8 42. Ne7+ Kd7 43. Nc6 Qa8>

There's no escaping with 43... Bxc6 44. Qxf7+ Kd6 45. Qf6+ Kd7 46. Qxc6+ Ke7 47. Qe6+ Kf8 48. Qf6+ Qf7 49. Qxd8+ Kg7 50. Qg5+ Kf8 51. Rb8+ Qe8 52. Qf6+ Kg8 53. Rxe8+ Kh7 54. Rxh8#

<44. Qxf7+ Kc8 45. Ne7+ Kb8 46. Qf4+ Ka7 47. Qc7 1-0.>

Black resigns as mate will come quick and sure, with possibilities like 47...Qb8 48. Rxa6+ Kxa6 49. Qb6# 1-0

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  Jimfromprovidence: I think there’s inconsistency to some of the posts because the board position is different today than it was when it was originally posted last night. (I remember one of the moves posted was 41 Qf1, which made no sense.)

I like those two sacrifices that <patzer2> described.

Black probably could have salvaged a draw also by playing 39… Rd8. If 40 Nf5 then 40…Rhe8 as pictured below.

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  patzer2: <Jimfromprovidence> I think you're right about 39...Rd8 40. Nf5 Rhe8 holding for the draw. Play might continue (from your diagram above) 41. e5! Qb8 42. Rxd8+ Rxd8 43. Nd6+ Rxd6! 44. exd6 Bc6 45. Qf5+ Kb7 46. Qxf7+ Ka8 47. c4 Qxd6 48. b5 axb5 49. 45. Qf5+ Kb7 46. Qxf7+ Ka8 47. c4 Qxd6 48. b5 axb5 49. cxb5 Bxb5 50. Qxh5 Bc6 = (0.00 @ 14 depth, Fritz 8).
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  patzer2: <johnlspouge> Thanks Doctor Spouge for posting the wikipedia link.
Dec-19-07  johnlspouge: <patzer2> You are welcome, of course. Your thorough analysis of today's game seems to be fulfulling your retirement goals admirably.
Dec-19-07  wouldpusher: <patzer2> Did Fritz 8 really miss 41. ♕e5, or you just didn't put it up in your post?

It looks like an obvious winning move, as it threatens ♘e7+ and ♖d8#. If 41. ... ♖e8 42. ♘e7+ ♖xe7 43. ♕xh8+ ♔c7 44. ♕d8#. 41. ... ♗a8 42. ♘e7+ loses as well, as 42. ... ♕xe7 drops the ♕ and 42. ... ♔b8 43. ♖d8+ ♔b7 44. ♖d7#.

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  patzer2: <wouldpusher> You're correct 41. Qe5! wins, just as 41. Ne7+! does. However, since 41. Rb6!, the move played over the board by Gong is clearly decisive, and the analysis was already getting long, I saw no reason to break out the 41. Qe5! alternative favored by Fritz.

P.S. I tend to favor moves that look more like a human would make them than a computer, and 41. Rb6! strikes me personally as falling into that category.

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  al wazir: <Manic>: Thanks for trying to answer my garbled queries. Yes, in my second query I must have meant what if 45. Nxd8 in the game as played. If 45...Rxd8, then 46. Qxh5, and if 46...Bxg2, then 47. Qc5+ Bc6 (47...Kd7 48. Rd6+, etc., with mate to follow) 48. Rxc6+.

And yes, in my third query I meant what if 43...Bxc6 ?

Dec-19-07  xrt999: the gong show and chess are mutually exclusive.
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  patzer2: On second thought, the 41. Qe5! winning option is a bit quicker, and also provides some instructive mating tactics.

So here's a short break down of the combination:

41. Qe5!! Re8

[41... Ba8 42. Ne7+ Kc7 43. Rd1+ Kb7 44. Rd7#;
41... Rd8 42. Ne7+ Kc7 43. Rd2+ Rd6 44. Qxd6#]

42.♘e7+ ♖xe7

[42... Kb8 43. Rd8#;
42... Kc7 43. Rd1#]

43. ♕xh8+ ♔c7 44. ♕d8#.

Mar-19-09  WhiteRook48: let's sound the gong
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  FSR: I was going to suggest this pun for another game, but I see it's been done.
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