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Varlam Vepkhvishvili vs K Shavgulidze
Ch Georgian (1983), ?, rd 2, Apr-08
Sicilian Defense: Old Sicilian. Open (B32)  ·  1-0



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Apr-30-13  Abdel Irada: <<•> Forth and back <•>>

Black's position looks solid at first glance, but one senses a hidden weakness. On probing, one finds

<<•> 29. Rxe6!, Kxe6 >

Now the exposed king will become a target and force Black to give up material in defense.

Note that declining the sac doesn't work: (a) 29. ...Nd4? 30. Rxe7†, Kxe7 31. Re1†, Kf7 (31. ...Ne6 32. Bc4 ) 32. Bc4†, Ne6 (32. ...Kg7? 33. Re7†, Kh8 34. Be5†, Rf6 35. Bxf6#) 33. Rxe6 ; (b) 29. ...Rb8 30. Bxb8, Rxb8 31. Bc4! .

<<•> 30. Bc4†, Nd5

31. Re1† ... >

Now the king must retreat, abandoning its defense of the knight.

<<•> 31. ...Kf7

32. Bxd5†, Rxd5 >

Otherwise the knight on c6 also falls.

<<•> 33. Nxd5 >

White is a piece and a pawn ahead. He already had an advantage with the two connected pawns on the queenside, but now Black can resign.

Apr-30-13  Abdel Irada: <Phony Benoni>: I will also try to make sure you get a link to each puzzle during your absence. With luck, between us, we can keep you up to date.

And it's just as well that <FSR> has also volunteered, because my memory is quirky.

I wish you a successful surgery and a speedy recovery.

Apr-30-13  Nick46: <Phony Benoni>
Good luck with your eye operation! Hear hear !
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  moronovich: Good luck with your operation <Phony Benoni> !
Apr-30-13  Dr. J: <Phony Benoni> Best of luck! Looking forward to seeing you back here.
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  whiteshark: <PB> It is safe to assume that there's no dance into May for you this year?

Wishing you a speedy road for full recovery!

Apr-30-13  James D Flynn: White s a pawn up has 2 united passed pawns on the Q-side, in addition he has 2 Bs in and open position. 29.Rxe6 Kxe6 30.Bc4+ Nd5(surprisingly the K has no retreat squares) 31.Re1+ Kf7 32.Bxd5+ Kg7 33.Re7+ Nxe7 34.Be5+ Rf6 35.gxf6+ Kf8 36.gxe7+ Kxe7(now pawns are equal but White has 2Bs and a N against Black’s lone R in the endgame and after 36.Nd5+ Kd7 37.b4 his pawns start rolling and his N dominates the centre. The endgame is hopeless for Black.
Apr-30-13  zb2cr: Found this one quickly.
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  gawain: I saw rather quickly that the Black king has to move into the cross-crossing bishops' line of fire in the middle of the board after 29 Rxe6 Kxe6. White follows up with 30 Bc4+ and 31 Re1 and the consequences for Black are most unpleasant.
Apr-30-13  hms123: <<Announcement of Rinus Award>>

We typically try to make an award four times a year. In general, first priority for a <Rinus Award> goes to a non-premium member who makes an excellent contribution to one of the <World vs. GM> games hosted by <>. When there is a break between <World> games, the committee has made an award to someone on another part of the website who has made excellent contributions in that area (e.g., <ChessBookForum>, POTD page).

At this point in the year, it looks to us as though there will be a long break between <World> games. After reading over posts from the last 40 POTD games, the committee (<WinKing>, <kutztown46>, <morfishine>, and me) found many excellent contributors to the on-going conversations that the POTD group has every day. One contributor, however, stood out. Not only did this person make consistent, excellent analytic contributions, he also represented the best of <> in his conduct and in his contributions to the creation of a healthy atmosphere at <>.

It is with great pleasure that User: WinKing User: kutztown46 User: morfishine and I announce that User: Bartimaeus will be receiving a <Rinus Award>of a year-long premium membership as soon as it is activated. I have already notified the administrators. Our thanks go to all of you who are regulars at the POTD pages. You set a terrific example of what a chess community should be like.

Apr-30-13  hms123: <Bartimaeus>

Congratulations!! It is folks like you that help lurkers like me enjoy the POTD every day.

Apr-30-13  snakebyt: Congratulations! <Bartimaeus> Thanks! Rxe6
Apr-30-13  The Last Straw: <Phony Benoni> I could help make a collection of the puzzles you miss! Thanks for telling us.
Apr-30-13  Bartimaeus: Many thanks <hms123> for those kind words and for the award. It feels very nice being acknowledged as a positive contributor to this forum. There are quite some knowledgable and witty folks on this forum and i've learnt a fair deal (chess and non-chess) in my various interactions over the past couple of months. Thanks once again for helping to make this experience even more enjoyable with this award.
Apr-30-13  Bartimaeus: <snakebyt : Congratulations! <Bartimaeus> Thanks!> Thanks snakebyt.
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  kevin86: It was amazingly close to mate,but instead,white picks up a knight.
Apr-30-13  MountainMatt: Missed it! Damnit! Damnit Damnit Damnit!
Apr-30-13  John Abraham: Nice puzzle, the idea is that one advantage on the board can be transferred to another part of the board. White threatens checkmate and black attempts to protect his king, which he does, but instead he loses material in the process.
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  Patriot: <Bartimaeus>: <<Patriot> There's probably an improvement on your 29...Nd4 line.> No doubt! However I'm only interested in whether I've proven it is winning or not--not find the best line. This goes with my training to become a better analyst OTB.

By the way, congratulations on your award!! :-)

Apr-30-13  sshhhh: Ke8-e7-d6-e5-f6-f7-e6(-f7 if it wasn't for the resignation). All in 31 moves. Rarely a winning strategy (though fun to watch).
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  Jimfromprovidence: <PB> Good luck with your surgery.

I had cataracts in both eyes replaced at the end of last year. The reason I say this is that it is amazing how quickly the turnaround time is for these types of procedures these days.

<Bartimaeus> congrats!

Whatever happened to <LoveThatJoker> one of the winners from last year?

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  Jimfromprovidence: The other winner from last year was <sevenseaman>

He and LTJ are both MIA??

May-01-13  Bartimaeus: Thanks for the wishes <Patriot> and <Jimfromprovidence>.
May-01-13  Abdel Irada: <Bartimaeus>: Congratulations on your award. Job well done!

Now you can start looking for a creative avatar to become your new site-wide trademark. (Or design your own.) :-)

May-01-13  Bartimaeus: Thanks <Abdel Irada>. Yeah, avatar search should be a fun activity :)

Was just reading up on the <rinus> forum regarding the award. Many thanks to all the known and unknown kind-hearted sponsors of this award.

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