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Etienne Bacrot vs Levon Aronian
"Prep Rally" (game of the day Jan-27-2010)
European Team Championship (2009), Novi Sad SRB, rd 5, Oct-26
Semi-Slav Defense: Anti-Moscow Gambit (D44)  ·  1-0



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  Willber G: I love Saturdays!
May-07-19  rudiment: I also reckoned 19. e6 would be the move I'd play over the board, but didn't really know how it would play out or how it could be a "puzzly" solution. Seems I'm not alone!
May-07-19  schachfuchs: Not that easy - I was also going for 19.e6 and wanted to continue 19...Nf6 20.e7 Bxe7 21.Re1 where I didn't see the simple defence 21...N/Be4 ( ∓ -3.5)

19.Qe2 is only SF10's 2nd choice (T=30 =0.0).
1st is 19.fxg5 Bxd6 20.exd6 Qxg5 21.Qe2+ ( ± 1.84)

May-07-19  farticchio: Very easy...
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  whiteshark: <Red Herring Tuesday <?!>>
May-07-19  farticchio: I Think that chessgames sometimes plays with us 😆
May-07-19  NBZ: Bit of a strange puzzle. Maybe the point of all of this is to see that (i) the obvious 19. e6 causes the attack to fizzle out after 19. ... Nf6 (ii) 19. Qe2 keeps the attack going albeit in a very unclear and possibly even position (iii) the practical choice is to play 19. Qe2, keep up the pressure and eventually induce blunders like 23. ... Kg8. This is a logical way to think about this position over-the-board, but very un-puzzle-like.
May-07-19  zb2cr: This puzzle didn't seem particularly easy to me.
May-07-19  King.Arthur.Brazil: I lost my way guessing e6 directly. And also went on a bad line, forgot that white has 1 piece less, therefore the "good" 22.Qe6? leads to a disaster. But, after I continued the game, I think that 34.Qb6 isn't good. I preferred to take the pawn 34.Qxg5 directly. It could continued:
A) 34...b3 35.Qh4+ Kg8? 36. Qxc4+ K... 37. Qxb3 or 35... Kg6 36. Qxc4 b2 37. Qc2+ K... 38. Qxb2. Game over! B) 34... c3 35. Qh4+ Kg6 (if Kg8 the check in Qc4+ win the P quicky) 36. Qxb4 B... 37.Qxc3. It is best than what was played. Maybe this is not much relevant at all too.
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  drollere: e6 was the only move i could find, and nothing but murk after that.
May-07-19  King.Arthur.Brazil: By the way, after 34.Qxg4 Bc6 35.Qh4+ (now, not 35...Kg8 36.Qc4+ K... 37.Qxc6) Kg6 36. Qxc4 (not 36...Bxa4, because of 37.Qxa6+ K... 38.Qxa4) Bb7 37.Qxb4 and the 3P are captured... Maybe someone find another reason...
May-07-19  northernfox: Boy oh boy-- a solution 18 moves ahead of a GM opponent resigning!

That's some Tuesday puzzle.

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  Diademas: I guess the "correct" Tuesday puzzle starts after 23... Kg8
May-07-19  Nietzowitsch: Lemon Erronian strikes again.
May-07-19  Walter Glattke: I agree in my comment above to schachfuchs, not 20.e7, so I offered 20.exf7+ there.
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  ajk68: I guess it is encouraging that I chose e6 but didn't see a clear win after Nf6.

Puzzles like these keep people honest. When puzzles always have a winning solution, it can form habits of over-looking possible defensive lines.

May-07-19  schachfuchs: 19.e6 Nf6 20.exf7+ Kxf7 21.fxg5 hxg5 (not 21...Bxd6? 22.Rxf6 +- 10.1) 22.Be5 Rh6 also leads only to a (small) black advantage ∓ -1.2
May-07-19  JeffH1165: Definitely e6
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  Willber G: <ajk68: Puzzles like these keep people honest. When puzzles always have a winning solution, it can form habits of over-looking possible defensive lines.>

Maybe so, but I don't think a Tuesday 'easy' puzzle is the place to do it.

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  Check It Out: I agree with everyone.
May-08-19  Everyone: There, said it.
Mar-13-20  Xeroxx: Nice game.
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  MissScarlett: Two words that should be banned from describing games of chess: <nice> & <interesting>.
Mar-14-20  Xeroxx: Absolutely.
Apr-16-21  Whitehat1963: What a great game by Bacrot! What has happened to him of late?
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