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Baadur Jobava vs Kiril Georgiev
European Championship (2009), Budva MNE, rd 11, Mar-17
Spanish Game: Morphy Defense. Neo-Archangelsk Variation (C78)  ·  1-0



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Jul-27-09  totololo: Jobava strikes again! Very creative attack construction with a Pawn storm on K-side.

The exchanges in f5/f6 consolidate the pawn formation for the storm.(moves(23-24)and culminates with 25.Rxd5 breaking the black pawn center.

It is important to notice the coordination on white squares that is key to his attack.

A wonderful game!

Oct-28-09  Open Defence: 12...exd4 or 12...Rb8 may be considered but I think 12...Na5 was best...
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  al wazir: I got 35. Bxg6 fxg6 36. Qh6 Qf8 37. Qxg6+ Kh8. Then 38. f7 wins immediately. Why did white postpone the win two moves by playing 38. Qh5+ Kg8 39. Qg6+ Kh8 ? To maximize black's suffering?

Unfortunately, I didn't see either 38. f7 or 40. f7. I wanted to play 38. g6.

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  drollere: if 40. .. Rxd5, 41. Qf6+ Kh7, 42. g6+ Kh6, 43. g7+
Jun-21-19  goldfarbdj: <al wazir>: my guess is that he wasn't sure how close to the time control he was, and wanted to make a couple of quick moves to make sure he got there.
Jun-21-19  SpamIAm: <goldfarbdj>, that is most likely the case. Many games often feature repetition near the 40th move, which is the most common time control, when a player is in time trouble.
Jun-21-19  PaperBridge: This came more easily than yesterday's (which eluded me entirely) and also Wednesday's x-ray queen sac, which took me very long. I don't know if I would ever have got the ball rolling, but once I'm told that there is a winning line for white at 35, Bxg6 is obvious, and then the right moves are easy to spot one at a time through the end.
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  agb2002: Black threatens Rxd5.

White can further weaken the black castle with 35.Bxg6 fxg6 (due to 36.Qh7+ Kf8 37.Qh8#) 36.Qh6 Qf8 37.Qxg6+ Kh8 38.Rf5, threatening Rf3 and Qh5+:

A) 38... Rd7 39.f7 Rxf7 (39... Qg7 40.f8=Q+ and mate next) 40.Rxf7 Qg8 41.Qh6+ Qh7 42.Rf8#.

B) 38... Qg8 39.Qh5+ Qh7 40.Qg4

B.1) 40... Rg8 41.f7 Rf8 42.g6 Qh6 43.Rh5 wins.

B.2) 40... Bd4 41.g6 Rg8 (41... Qh6 42.Rh5 wins) 42.Rh5 Rxg6 43.Qxg6 wins.

B.3) 40... Qb7+ 41.Kg1

B.3.a) 41... Bxf2+ 42.Rxf2, with the threats Rh2+ and g6, looks winning.

B.3.b) 41... Rd2 42.f7 wins.

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  agb2002: My 38.Rf5 loses practically all the advantage after 40.Qg4 Bc7.
Jun-21-19  NBZ: I had the same solution as the game up until 38. Qh5+ Kg8, then I deviated with 39. g6 Qxf6 (Rxd5 Qxd5+ Kh8 Qh5+ and mate) 40. Qh7+ Kf8 41. g7+.
Jun-21-19  mel gibson: That wasn't too hard.

Stockfish 10 says mate in 14.

35. Bxg6

(35. Bxg6 (♗c2xg6 f7xg6 ♕h4-h6 ♕b4-f8
♕h6xg6+ ♔g8-h8 ♖d5-e5 ♕f8-g8 ♕g6-h5+ ♕g8-h7 ♖e5-e8+ ♖d8xe8 ♕h5xe8+ ♕h7-g8 f6-f7 ♕g8xe8 f7xe8♕+ ♔h8-g7 ♕e8-e7+ ♔g7-g6 ♕e7-f6+ ♔g6-h7 ♕f6-f7+ ♔h7-h8 g5-g6 ♗b6-c5 ♕f7-h7+) +M14/69 84)

Jun-21-19  malt: Seen this game before 35.B:g6

on 36...Kf7 37.Re5 Rg8 38.Qh7+ Kf8 39.Re7 Q:e7 40.Q:e7#

Jun-21-19  5hrsolver: I went a different way with
35. Bxg6 fxg6 36. Qh6 Qf8 37. Qxg6+ Kh8 38. Qh5+ Kg8 39. g6 Qxf6 40. Qh7+ Kf8 41. Rf5 Qxf5 42. g7+

Not the best but wins too.

Jun-21-19  RandomVisitor: If first 35.Qh6 then 35...Qf8 and white has nowhere to go.

After 35.Bxg6 fxg6 36.Qh6 Qf8 white has 37.Qxg6.

Jun-21-19  King.Arthur.Brazil: I guess that the move isn't difficult because there's no much alternatives (35. ♕h6 ♕f8...). You have no move from ♗ or ♖e5? to gain nothing. Therefore the sac 35. ♗xg6 is natural, as it threates immediately 36. ♕h7+ folowed by ♕h8#. Then 36... fxg6 is obligatory. The sequence now 36.♕h6 ♕f8 37.♕xg6+ is deadly, no scape. Time trouble as pointed by SpamIAm (don't you dare to be this... lgs). I would like to come back to position 23.♗xf6! where I prefere gxf6 24. exf5 ♔h7 followed by ♖g8.The idea is to block the ♙♙♙ and not allow any ♙ at f6. The game after 24... d5 comes to disaster quickly: the black ♕ came out of play as recovered the lost ♙, while white attack becomes winner.
Jun-21-19  King.Arthur.Brazil: After 40. f7 ♗d4 41. ♖xd4 ♖xd4 (forced) 42.♕f6+ (♕g7 43.f8=♕+ and 44.♕xg7#) ♔h7 44. g6+ ♔h6 45.g7+ end.
Jun-21-19  saturn2: I saw it inclusive the Stockfish move <38 Re5>. But different from the line mentioned by <mel gibson> my idea was to bring the rook to the h-file Re5-e1-h1 (or Re5-e3-h3).
Jun-21-19  saturn2: Since the bishop covers e3 it should be Re5-e1-h1.
Jun-21-19  Articalplayer: Not too hard for a Friday. Yesterday's was trickier I think.
Jun-21-19  TheBish: I think I'm on my way to cracking chrisowen's code! First word is key: Merlot. So I think a lot of that is involved. Hmmmm.... I would have guessed absinthe. With a touch of mercury.
Jun-21-19  NBZ: <TheBish> But then what about Metrical, Brashum and Lugers? Not to mention Hatsbug, Duckyum, Lazers and Kauptzy.
Jun-21-19  Andrew Chapman: <I had the same solution as the game up until 38. Qh5+ Kg8, then I deviated with 39. g6 Qxf6 (Rxd5 Qxd5+ Kh8 Qh5+ and mate) 40. Qh7+ Kf8 41. g7+.>

that loses. have to play Rf5

Jun-21-19  Cheapo by the Dozen: Ack. I quit uncharacteristically quickly, and it was a mistake to do so. The first moves were of course forced, but I looked at lines with g6 rather than f7. And when those failed, I stopped. Even worse -- there's a thumping win with 39 g6 that I missed as well.
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  chrisowen: <TheBish> Game one six one game bubble fest...
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  patzer2: For the Friday Jun 21, 2019 puzzle, 35. Bxg6! fxg6 36. Qh6 +- decisively exposes Black's weak castled position.

P.S.: So where did Black go wrong? Black's game appears to be lost after 28...Qc3 29. g5 +- (+1.75 @ 20 ply, Stockfish).

Instead, 20...f6 29. Rb1 Qa3 30. Re5 ⩲ (+0.52 @ 19 ply, Stockfish) gives Black a fighting chance.

Earlier, instead of 12...Rb8 13. g5 = to ⩲, I prefer 12...Na5 = to ⩱ (-0.05 @ 24 ply, Stockfish 10).

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