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Sergey Volkov vs Evgeny Romanov
Russian Team Championship (2008), Dagomys RUS, rd 1, Apr-02
Semi-Slav Defense: Meran Variation (D47)  ·  0-1



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May-29-21  Refused: Uff, ok, didn't get this one.

Saw the long diagonal (a8-h1) with Qc6 being a theme, but couldn't work it out. I underestimated the power of 36...Ne2 and I didn't see 39...Rg8!! cutting off the king is a very, very nice shot.

Kudos to Romanov, excellent finish.

May-29-21  mel gibson: I saw the first ply after about 1 minute.

Stockfish 13 says

34... Qc6

(34. .. Qc6 (♕f6-c6 ♗c4xd5 ♕c6xd5+ ♖f1-f3
♘c3-e4 ♕b4-e1 ♔h8-h7 ♕e1-e3 ♕d5-d1+ ♕e3-g1 ♕d1xg1+ ♔h1xg1 ♘e4-g5 b3-b4 ♖c8-c4 a2-a3 ♖c4-c2 b4-b5 ♖c2-b2 a3-a4 ♘g5xf3+ ♖h3xf3 ♔h7-g7 ♖f3-a3 ♔g7-f6 ♖a3-c3 ♖b2-b4 ♖c3-c6+ ♔f6xf5 ♖c6-a6 e5-e4 h2-h4 f7-f6 ♔g1-g2 ♔f5-e5 h4-h5 ♖b4-b2+ ♔g2-h3 ♖b2-b1 ♔h3-g2 f6-f5 ♖a6xh6 f5-f4 ♖h6-h8 f4-f3+ ♔g2-f2 ♖b1-b2+ ♔f2-g3 ♖b2-g2+ ♔g3-h3 ♖g2-g5 h5-h6 f3-f2 ♖h8-f8 e4-e3) +2.46/43 244)

score for Black +2.46 depth 43.

May-29-21  Walter Glattke: ?? Didn't see a cracking move here 34.-Qc6 35. Rxc3 Rd1+ 36.R3f3 Rxf1+ 37.Bxf1 Qxf3+ 38.Kg1 Rg8+ over B) 35.Bxd5 Qxd5+ 36.R3f3 Ne4 37.Qc4 Nd2 38.Qxc6 Rxc6 ??? Looks draw
May-29-21  Lord Byron iii: 38...Rc1 39. Rxc1 Qxf3#

if 39. Qf2 Rc2 and I think Black maintains the advantage

May-29-21  Brenin: I eventually got it, as away of avoiding material loss, since after 35 Bxd5 Qxd5+ 36 Rhf3 the pin on the R allows Black to regain the exchange. Is 36 ... Ne4 (preventing 37 Qh4) stronger than 36 ... Ne2, e.g. 37 Rh3 Nf2+ 38 Kg1 Nxh3# ?
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  drollere: i delegate problems like these to my staff. i don't work that hard on weekends.
May-29-21  Brenin: 38 f6 looks like a wasted move by White, handing the initiative (and the g-file) to Black. He would have done better to attack the N on e2 with 38 Qf2, threatening to unpin the R on f3 with 39 Qg2 and 40 Rg3.
May-29-21  Refused: <Lord Byron iii: 38...Rc1 39. Rxc1 Qxf3# if 39. Qf2 Rc2 and I think Black maintains the advantage>

39.Qf2 Rc2 40.Qg2 and now I am somewhat curious how black wants to avoid getting mated on g7, let alone keep an advantage.

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  agb2002: Black has a knight for a bishop.

White threatens Bxd5, Qxc3 and Rxc3.

I've considered Rd1, Qc6 and Nxa2 and haven't found anything winning for Black.

Since 34... Nxa2 35.Qb7 looks good for White and 34... Rd1 35.Rxc3 (not forced) 35... Qc6+ 36.Kg1 Rxf1+ 37.Kxf1 Qh1+ is probably not leading to mate the only reasonable option seems to be 34... Qc6 and if 35.Bxd5 then 35... Qxd5+ 36.Rf(h)f3 (36.Kg1 Ne2+ followed by 37... Nf4 looks very good for Black) 36... Ne4 gives Black a dangerous initiative for the exchange.

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  Jimfromprovidence: I looked at 34...Qc6 35.Bxd5 Qxd5+ 36.Rff3 (not 36 Rhf3), below.

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This keeps the threat of 37 Rxh6+ Kg8 38 Qg4+ open for a second for white, probably forcing 36...Ne4 .

The text 34...Qc6 35.Bxd5 Qxd5+ 36.Rhf3 looks better for black as it allows for 36...Ne4, below (instead of the text 36...Ne2).

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Black has the threat of 37...Nd2 here.

Nothing that decisive appears regardless.

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  agb2002: <Jimfromprovidence: I looked at 34...Qc6 35.Bxd5 Qxd5+ 36.Rff3 (not 36 Rhf3), below.

This keeps the threat of 37 Rxh6+ Kg8 38 Qg4+ open for a second for white, probably forcing 36...Ne4>

If 36.Rff3 Ne4 37.Rxh6+ then 37... Kg7, with many threats (Kxh6, Ng5, Qe1+, Rc1+), is clearly winning.

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