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Richard Rapport vs Davor Rogic
"Building Rapport" (game of the day Aug-22-2013)
AUT-chT (2010/11), Graz AUT, rd 1, Nov-19
Slav Defense: Smyslov Variation (D16)  ·  1-0



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Aug-22-13  Snehalshekatkar: Hehehe.. wat a game!!
Aug-22-13  pedro99: Also nice variations if black plays28...kg7 29.h8=Qch Rh8: (Kh8: Qh6 mate) 30.Nf5ch- Kg7 31 Qf6ch and mate next
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  kevin86: White will mate very quickly!
Aug-22-13  engmaged: <pedro99> nice indeed
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  Phony Benoni: Study-like finish. Theknight and scatterd pawns perform an amazing amount of work.
Jul-29-14  Whitehat1963: This looks like an almost miraculous finish. Amazing!
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Didn't see enough to claim credit. What an amazing attack.
Feb-23-20  Walter Glattke: 25.-Nd3 26.Nf6+ Rxf6 27.Qxf6 Qe1+ 28.Kg2 Rf8 /26.Bh4 Qe1+ 27.Qxe1 Nxe1 25th move of black is the real puzzle here.
Feb-23-20  pth: With 22. ... Nd3, black abandons the defence of d5. Why not 22. ... hxg6?
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  agb2002: Black threatens Bxg5 and Rxf5.

The white queen x-rays the black king. This suggests f6 and fxg6, attacking the d-pawn. I haven't found anything clearly decisive after neither f6 nor fxg6.

Feb-23-20  paavoh: Perhaps 25.- Qc7 was an improvement over b4? Anyway, too complicated for me :-)
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  Mrcomputer55: Ohh, now I see the second line from Gilmoy!

Perfect mate is possible!!!

Feb-23-20  takchess: My intuition told me Rg1.......interesting mating net
Feb-23-20  Diana Fernanda: The Best game of Rapport
Feb-23-20  Walter Glattke: pth "why not 22.-h6?" think for 23.Bxd8 (gardez) Rxd8 24.Nxd5 Nxd5 25.Rc8 Rxc8 26.Qxd5+ Kh8 27.Qe5+ Kg8 27.Qe6+ mating or 24.-Rxd5 25.Qf3 Rd7 26.Rc8+ Kg7 27.Qf5 Re7 28.Rf8 Qc7, better 25.Rc5 Kg7 26.Rxd5 Nxd5 27.Qxd5 Kxg7 28.h4 little white advantage. I made this very quickly, found no clear refutation of 22.-h6.
Feb-23-20  GlennOliver: Brilliantly intuitive attack from Rapport.
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  thegoodanarchist: 29...Kf4 30.Qg3+ Ke4 ▢ 31.Qe3#
Feb-23-20  LewisKing: Agree with other posters. 22...hxg6 seemed like the obvious reply. After 23 bxd8 Rxd8, what does white have? Slight advantage if any, and certainly no clear forced win.
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  master8ch: An alternative to Gilmoy's 2nd line: 29...Kh4 30.h8(R)+ Rxh8 31.Nf5+ Kh3 32.Qg3#. . . just because it's always nice to force mate with an underpromotion.
Feb-23-20  goodevans: Several posts suggesting <22...hxg6> might be not so bad for black, maybe even a refutation.

Well indeed after <23.Bxd8 Rxd8> material is level but it's horribly draughty around the black K and white still has enough manpower to make that count.

<24.Rg1> puts black in all sorts of bother, e.g. <24...Rd6 25.Ne4 Re6 26.Nc5 Rc6 27.Re1> and the heavy artillery is about to invade.

Feb-23-20  poachedeggs: Fritz retreats the Q to c7 rather than 25. … b4

What is white's continuation?

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  Breunor: 22 hxg6 is not correct, the text move is better:

1) +0.35 (22 ply) 23.Rf1 hxg6 24.Qc2 Nxf2+ 25.Rxf2 Rxf2 26.Qxf2 Rf8 27.Qe1 Rf5 28.Bd2 Qc7 29.Qe8+ Kg7 30.Kg2 b4 31.Ne2 Qc2 32.Qe7+ Rf7 33.Qe5+ Kh7 34.Qe6 Kg7 35.Qe3 Qxb2 36.Nf4 b3 37.Nxd5

After the suggested hxg6:

1) +2.72 (27 ply) 23.Bxd8 Rxd8 24.Rg1 Kg7 25.Ne2 Rf8 26.Qg3 Qb6 27.Nf4 Rxf4 28.Qxf4 Qf6 29.Qc7+ Qf7 30.Qxf7+ Kxf7 31.Ra1 Ke6 32.Kg2 Kf5 33.Kf3 g5 34.Ra5 Nc2 35.Rxa6 Nxd4+ 36.Ke3 Nc2+ 37.Kd2 Nd4 38.Kd3 Ke5 39.Ke3 Nc2+ 40.Kf3 Ne1+ 41.Ke2 Nc2 42.Ra8 Nd4+ 43.Ke3 Nc2+ 44.Kd3 Ne1+ 45.Ke2 Nc2 46.Kd2 Nd4 47.Re8+ Kd6

So Nd3 is much better, black should still draw.

The losing move as poaheggs said is 25 b4; Qc7 keeps back in some trouble but likely n the game.

After b4 we have:

1) +10.85 (23 ply) 26.d5 Qc7 27.Qh3 h5 28.Qe3 Qxe7 29.Bxe7 Nd3 30.Bxf8+ Rxf8 31.Qe7+ Kxg6 32.Qxf8 Ne5 33.Qxb4 Ng4 34.Qb6+ Nf6 35.Kg2 Kg5 36.h4+ Kg6 37.Qxa6 Kf7 38.Qb7+ Kg6 39.Qe7 Nh7 40.Qe8+ Kg7 41.Qxh5 Nf6 42.Qe5

After Qc7 we have:

1) +1.15 (29 ply) 26.Qh3 h5 27.Qe3 Nd3 28.Bh6+ Kf6 29.Bxf8 Qb7+ 30.d5 Rxf8 31.Qd4+ Kg5 32.g7 Qxe7 33.gxf8=Q Qxf8 34.Qxd3 Qf5 35.Qd4 Qf6 36.f4+ Kg6 37.Qe4+ Kf7 38.b4 Qa1+ 39.Kg2 Qg7+ 40.Kf2 Qb2+ 41.Kg3 Qg7+ 42.Kf3 Qg4+ 43.Kf2 Qh4+ 44.Kg1 Qg4+ 45.Kf1 Qh3+ 46.Ke1 Qxh2 47.d6 Qg1+ 48.Kd2 Qg4 49.Qe7+ Kg6 50.d7 Qxf4+ 51.Kd3 Qc4+ 52.Ke3 Qc3+ 53.Ke2

An important point is that although white's attack wasn't 'winning' if playing a computer, there are lines like these where black has to play perfectly. Pressure like this can be valuable against a human, even a GM.

Feb-23-20  RandomVisitor: After 15...0-0 white has 16.Bxe6!

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<56/88 1:40:53 +1.96 16.Bxe6> Nd3 17.Rcd1 Nxf4 18.Bxf4 fxe6 19.Qxe6+ Rf7 20.Rd3 Re8 21.Be5 Bf8 22.Qb3 Qb4 23.Qxb4 Bxb4 24.Bxf6 Rxf6 25.f3 Kf7 26.h3 Be7 27.Kg2 Rd8 28.Rc1 g5 29.Ne2 Rh6 30.Rb3 Rd7 31.Ng3 Bd6 32.Nf5 Rg6 33.Kf2 Bf4 34.Rd1 h5 35.Ke2 h4 36.Ne3 Rf6 37.Rc3 Kg6 38.Nf5 Rf8 39.Rg1 Kf7 40.a5 Rfd8 41.Rd1 Kg6 42.b4 Be5 43.Rc4 Bf6 44.Ke3 Be5 45.Rc2 Kf7 46.Rc3

Feb-23-20  RandomVisitor: After 20.exd5 black should try 20...Nd3

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<56/68 41:34 -0.11 20...Nd3 21.Rf1 Bxg5> 22.Bxg5 Rxf5 23.dxe6 Kg7 24.f4 Qb6 25.Bxd8 Qxd8 26.Qc2 Qxd4 27.Qd2 b4 28.Rf3 bxc3 29.bxc3 Nf2+ 30.Qxf2 Qxf2 31.Rxf2 Kf6 32.Ra2 a5 33.Kg2 Kxe6 34.c4 Rc5 35.Kf3 Kd6 36.Ra3 Kc7 37.Ke3 Kb6 38.Kd4 Rf5 39.Ke4 Kb7 40.Ra1 Rc5 41.Kd4 Kc6 42.Ra2 Rf5 43.Ke4 Rh5 44.Kd4 Kd6 45.Ke4 Rc5 46.Kd4 Rf5 47.Ke4 Ke6 48.Ke3 Ke7 49.Kf3 Kd7 50.Ra3 Rh5 51.Ra2 Kc7 52.Ke3 Kb6 53.Ke4 Rc5 54.Kd4 Rf5

Feb-23-20  RandomVisitor: After 16.Rg5 black has 16...Qc7

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<57/85 1:49:10 0.00 16...Qc7> 17.Rcg1 b5 18.Be2 bxa4 19.Qxa4 Ne8 20.R5g3 c5 21.dxc5 Bxc5 22.h4 Nd3 23.Bxd3 Rxd3 24.Bxc5 Rxg3 25.Qa3 Rxc3 26.bxc3 Qxf4 27.Rg2 Qxh4+ 28.Kg1 Qh5 29.Rg3 Nf6 30.Bxf8 Nxe4 31.Kg2 Nxg3 32.Kxg3 Qg5+ 33.Kf3 Qh5+ 34.Ke3 Qg5+ 35.Kf3

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