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Sergei Movsesian vs Ioan-Cristian Chirila
"Eurozone Crisis" (game of the day Jan-27-2012)
European Championship (2010), Rijeka CRO, rd 4, Mar-09
King's Indian Attack: Keres Variation (A07)  ·  1-0



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Mar-11-10  superstoned: I love how the rooks work with the queen and bishop battery. Starting around the 29th move, one of Movsesian's rooks goes on the warpath.

Finally on move 34 that fearless maverick rook removes himself from the sixth rank in order to eat a bishop for free, beautiful

Mar-30-10  ounos: Not exactly "for free", since it enters a deadly pin, but yes, winning :)

35. ...Kg8 36. Re8+!

Jan-27-12  Phony Benoni: Some rooks dance. Some go kamikaze.
Jan-27-12  NewLine: ...And some do both
Jan-27-12  kellmano: Superb game. Lots of tactics going on and difficult to tell who is in the ascendancy.

Confirms my suspicion that the KIA is an underplayed system.

Jan-27-12  TVCHESS3JAQUES: 32.Txf6! Euwe say here that exploiting "the focal point f6" the only way to win against this defense, then I saw many games is ... countermoves on f6 and lower flank attackers ranging king by blood like vampires! Beautiful game! Although it seems an open modern English ... 32.Txf6! lo que Euwe diría aquí explotando "el punto focal en f6" la única forma de ganar contra esta defensa, después muchas partidas que vi es... contrajugar en f6 y disminuir a los atacantes del flanco del rey que van ¡cómo vampiros por sangre! Hermosa partida! Aunque parece una inglesa moderna la apertura...
Jan-27-12  whiteshark: no bailout!
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  Penguincw: A rook sacrifice. Not the highest level of play, but still stunning!
Jan-27-12  kevin86: Pieces fly in this game! White is destined to win a few more and the king (sooner or later)
Jan-27-12  tivrfoa: 35. white to play and win? =)
Jan-27-12  LoveThatJoker: This game made a big impression on me. I therefore took the time to analyze it myself with no computer assistance. If you spot a mistake, feel free to say so.

1. Nf3 d5 2. g3 Bg4 3. Bg2 Nd7 4. c4 e6 5. cxd5 exd5 6. O-O c6 7. d3 Bd6 8. h3 Bh5 9. Qc2 Ne7 10. Nc3 O-O 11. e4! <Perfectly timed>

11...f6?! <So as to take away squares from White's N and DSB, while giving his own LSB some breathing room. The problem is that it weakens the a2-g8 diagonal while the center pawn tension remains unresolved. Therefore it seems positionally unsound>

12. Nh4 Bf7 13. f4! <In King's Indian fashion: grabbing space on the K-side so as to lay the groundwork for a Kingside attack.>

13...Qc7 14. Nf3 a6 <Good move as it prepares the freeing break 15...c5. If 14...g5?! 15 fxg5! Bxg3 16. gxf6 Nxf6 17. Bh6 gains a tempo on the R, and when the R moves 18. Ng5 is extremely powerful.>

15. Bd2 c5 16. Rac1 Rac8 17. Kh1 <Practical prophylaxis.>

17...b5 <17...c4 should come into consideration here as with 17...b5 Black's b-pawn becomes a major target as we shall soon see.>

18. Qd1 dxe4 19. dxe4 c4? <Bad move. The idea behind this move is ...Nc5 and ...Nd3, but it comes up against a tactical refutation.>

20. b4! <The aforesaid tactical refutation of 19...c4 as 20...Bxb4? 21. Nxb5! regains the pawn with the initiative and a positional advantage to boot!>

20...Rfd8 21. a3 Nc6? <Bad move and overall positional blunder. It surrenders the d5 square with loss of time as the Q is going to get hit by 22. Nd5. 21...Qb8! was much better.>

22. Nd5 Qb8 <Now the Qb8 move is forced! On 22...Bxd5 23. exd5 and Black has the long term problem of dealing with the light squares in his camp; while at some point, White can consider a N manoeuvre such as Nd4-e6/c6>

23. Bc3 <Creating harmony in his own camp and furthering the plan of putting his Rooks on the e-file. Therefore, much better than 23. Be3.>

23...Nb6 24. Nh4 <Strengthening d5 and targeting f5>

24...Nxd5 25. exd5 Ne7 <A necessary retreat indicating the failure of his 21st move.>

26. Rc2 Rc7 27. Re1 Rcd7 28. Rce2 Kf8 <So as to keep e7 buttressed, but...>

29. Re6!! <Tactical shot! 29...Bxe6 30. dxe6 Ra7 21. Qh5 and Lucy's got some 'splaining to do.>

29...Bc7 30. Qg4 <Getting awaing from the influence of Black's Rooks along the d-file, while still keeping powerful threats at hand against Black's K.>

30...Nxd5 31. Bxd5! <The start of a tremendously powerful and attractive combination with a mating intent.>

31...Rxd5 32. Rxf6!! <Great vision, for if 32...gxf6 33. Bxf6 and 34 Qg7#!>

32...R5d7 33. Rd6! <Still threatening mate on g7 while attracting the attention of Black's R on d7 which is the primary defender of g7.>

33...Bd5+ 34. Rxd5 <Crushing! As the first kibitzer on this game said, this R is on a warpath!>

34...Qb7 35. Qf5+ Rf7 <Allowing White to gain a tempo yet again with 36. Qxh7 (Threat: 37. Qh8#), but 35...Kg8 allows 36. Re8+ Rxe8 37. Qxd7 with a piece to the good and the threat of Qxg7# still at hand.>

36. Qxh7 Qxd5+ 37. Kh2! <Good practical move keeping the N available for the attack>

37...Rf6 <Preventing Ng6 and allowing Black's Q access to the g8 square. 37...Re7 38. Ng6+ and 39. Rxe7#; 37...Rd7 38. Ng6+ Kf7 39. Qxg7#>

38. Bxf6 Qd2+ 39. Ng2 <Black resigns due to 39...gxf6 40. Re7> 1-0


Mar-08-12  rune ohlsson: Well, LoveThatJoker!
I think the computers have a great capability to analyze a game like this. We all know that, of course. According to Fritz is 29. --- Bxf4 a winning move for Black. How about 30. Qg4 Bg5 31. Rxe7 Rxe7 32. Rxe7 Kxe7 33. Nf5+ Kf8 Any objections?
Apr-25-12  LoveThatJoker: <rune ohlsson> Thank you very much for looking into my analysis with Fritz! Fritz is absolutely correct in saying that 29...Bxf4 gives Black a serious advantage!

I checked the possibilities with Stockfish. Here are White's two best tries:


A) 30. Rxe7 Rxe7 31. Rxe7 Kxe7 32. Nf5+ Kf8 33. Qg4 Bg5 34. h4 Bxd5 35. hxg5 Qb7 36. Ne3 Bxg2+ 37. Nxg2 Rd3 38. Be1 fxg5 39. Qxg5 Qc6 40. Qf4+ Qf6 41. Qb8+ Rd8 42. Qa7 Kg8 43. Kh2 Qd6 44. Nf4 Qd4 (-2.34)

B) 30. gxf4 Bxe6 [30...Qxf4 31. d6 Rxd6 32. Rxd6 Rxd6 33. Qe2 Re6 34. Qd1 Rxe1+ 35. Bxe1 (-1.05)] 31. Rxe6 Nxd5 32. Bxd5 Rxd5 33. Qg4 Rd1+ (-2.78)


Nov-17-23  Brenin: I got 32 Rxf6, in the hope of 32 ... gxf6 33 Bxf6 and mate by Qg7. However, Black has so many spoiling tactics that I can't claim to have solved this one. A really audacious attack by White.
Nov-17-23  Brenin: It seems that 29 ... Bxf4 stymies White's attack, e.g. 30 gxf4 Bxe6 31 Rxr6 Nxd5 32 Bxd5 Rxd5 33 Qg4 Rd1+, and it is White's K which is under threat.
Nov-17-23  mel gibson: Didn't know what to do on this one today but I only gave it one minute of my time.

Stockfish 16 says:

32. Rxf6

(32. Rxf6 (Re6xf6 Bc7-e5 f4xe5 Qb8-b7 Rf6-f3 Rd5-d3 e5-e6 Rd3xc3 e6-e7+ Qb7xe7 Re1xe7 Rc3xf3 Nh4xf3 Kf8xe7 Qg4xg7 Ke7-e8 Nf3-e5 Rd8-d1+ Kh1-g2 ) +7.35/45 498)

score for White +7.35 depth 45.

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  scormus: Difficult! I didn't miss Friday out, did I?
My first thought was 32 Rxf6 but I couldn't see a way to force a win. I was more hopeful about Bxf6, but then ... g6 looks to hold. B seems to have too many defensive and counter attacking options. I take some comfort from being in good company with my struggle.

Kudos to W for findng the best move and pushing it all the way through.

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  chrisowen: I gap funk rule with q dj joy its v u Rxf6 abridge log ah its c ruck if aoh its jah its a fog pug bad bundy its Rxf6 edict
Nov-17-23  AlicesKnight: Found the Rxf6 opener and a bit more but not the gameline tactics. A fascinating sequence for my patzer brain.
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  PawnSac: <Brenin: I got 32 Rxf6, in the hope of 32 ... gxf6 33 Bxf6 and mate by Qg7. However, Black has so many spoiling tactics>

You mean like.. 32. Rxf6 gxf6 33. Bxf6 < Bg6?! > 34. Nxg6+ hxg6 35. Qxg6 R8d7 36. Qh6+ Kg8 37. Qh8+ Kf7 38. Qg7# ?

Or in this line if instead.. < 34. ..Kf7 > 35. Qe6+ Kxg6 36. Be5+ Kh5 37. Qg4+ Kh6 38. Bg7#

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