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Vugar Gashimov vs Vladimir Kramnik
Azerbaijan vs the World (2009) (rapid), Baku AZE, rd 7, May-09
Russian Game: Modern Attack. Center Variation (C43)  ·  0-1



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Jun-01-09  stacase: "i might find this in a game, but not in a puzzle." - Blacksburg

Now that is an unusual statement for this board! A first?

Jun-01-09  MaczynskiPratten: Like lots of others I started by looking for the ritual Monday sac and saw Rxg2+. Thankfully, it didn't look decisive and I remembered the point quoted many times in previous puzzles; "When you see a good move, look for a better one". Then reorder the moves, again like lots of others, and voila! Qb7.
Jun-01-09  WhiteRook48: I started looking for one of those sacs like 32...Rxg2+ but that wasn't it was 32 Ra6 a blunder? Looks like it
Jun-01-09  hexowl: This was time trouble I guess. There is no good plan behind 32.Ra6. Even if it would not lead to lethal fork, it just seals the move to Black: if 33.Rd6 Qc8, and Black can capture on c4 anyway.

Anyway, I used to hate Russian Game. It just too often leads to total simplifications, almost omitting the middlegame. I guess that's why Kramnik loves it as much as his Berlin Ruy Lopez.

Jun-01-09  openingspecialist: I don't play the 3. d4 line so I may not be up with modern theory, but unless my opening book is wrong, 9 ... 0-0 is marked as a bad move. Apparently 9 ... Be6 is better. Does anyone know about modern theory with this line?

I really like 31. ... b5, preparing if 32. cxb5 Bd5 winning.

I'm pretty surprised at how this one turn out. You can tell that black has an advantage, but without a computer I find it hard to pick where white did wrong. I think just in general white made too many moves with his rooks and bishops without achieving a lot. How would I have played differently? We'll I'd have played exactly the same as the 2700er!

Jun-01-09  euripides: <specialist> 9...0-0 is new in this database:

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I don't know if it's been played elsewhere or if it was an innovation. I imagine Kramnik was within his preparation.

Jun-01-09  randomsac: I started out going for a mate, but none were to be found. Then I realized that the white rook was hanging. So I quickly came upon Qb7. Sort of forking a mate and a rook. So black wins the rook (or worse).
Jun-01-09  TheTamale: I was going to post a gripe that this is NOT "very easy." Then I saw the solution, and oops--this IS very easy. D'oh.
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  doubledrooks: 32...Qb7 initiates a double attack, threatening the white Ra6 and mate on g2. White has no good response.
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  kevin86: This was one of those "gotcha" moves. White's rook stands alone deep in enemy camp; it only takes a queen move 32...♕b7!! to threaten both the rook and the king with a mate threat.


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  playground player: *Sigh* Back to Patzerland for me...
Jun-01-09  johnlspouge: I am suffering my usual Monday morning cassaic dyslexia: "Rh6" should be "Ra6" throughout my post.

Where is <whiteshark> when I most need him? :)

Jun-01-09  Marmot PFL: 32 Ra6?? is not a move that should happen in a GM game.
Jun-01-09  lzromeu: Easy? I miss this.
White can move 33f3, but doesnt work because 33...h3. And white has no defense in this position.
Jun-01-09  solskytz: Not so simple... a good 15-20 seconds. There are so many details in this position, that the fork simply doesn't quite jump to mind so quickly.

Thanks anyway :-)

Jun-01-09  MiCrooks: The idea that the move is harder to find in a puzzle than over the board makes sense to me. Especially given the normal Monday puzzles here. You expect some sort of sacrifice for mate or at least a quick Queen trap. Mundanely picking up a Rook has to wait for the brain to clear from the silly attempts at fireworks like Rxg2+.

It took me 15-20 too, as that isn't the sort of move I was expecting to have to find. Certainly easy, but simply not the near the top of the checklist of potential moves that jumpt to mind.

Jun-01-09  ajile: 12.Bg5 Qxe5 13.Rae1 looks like a good pawn sac for White with all his pieces actively developed. But I don't have a computer to check the line.
Jun-01-09  MaxxLange: I hope all of you "It's Monday so where do I sac my Queen" people learned your lesson!

The kind of move order question that several people have mentioned has been on my mind lately because of a tournament game I played recently. We reached this position, with me (White) to move:

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I saw that I could play 21. Bxh7+ Kxh7 22. Qd3+ and 23. Qxd7, winning a pawn. But, I talked myself into deciding that it was stronger to play 21. Qd3 first, reasoning that Black had to guard the Bishop and let me play 22. Qxh7+, winning easily. That in fact happened. What we both missed was, after 22. Qd3? g6! 23. Qxd7 Re2!

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Black wins the piece back with a good position.

Jun-01-09  GreenFacedPatzer: D'oh!

Missed a Monday! I'm just blind as a bat today. I couln't see anything better than Bxc4, setting up a 3-pawn vs 1-pawn situation on the Q side...

Jun-01-09  Samagonka: This was hard...
Jun-01-09  Aurora: Love the way he used the square.
Jun-01-09  ToTheKings: Was this a time pressure blunder?
Jun-01-09  MaczynskiPratten: Nice example <MaxxLange>. If it's any consolation, I looked at your position and likewise chose Qd3. I had seen Re2 after Bxh7+ Kxh7 Qxd7 but missed it in the Qd3 line - or at least missed that it was picking up the Bishop.
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  al wazir: <MAJ>: Welcome back from wherever you've been.
Jun-02-09  MaxxLange: Thanks. I was really proud of Qd3, and when I got home and put it on the computer, a nasty surprise.

<I had seen Re2 after Bxh7+ Kxh7 Qxd7>

21. Bxh7+ Kxh7 22. Qd3+ Kg8 23. Qxd7 Re2?? loses to 24. Qd8+ Kh7 25 Qd3+

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