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Bu Xiangzhi vs Ding Liren
"The Proof is in the Bu-Ding" (game of the day Apr-10-2011)
Chinese Championship (2011), Xinghua Jiangsu CHN, rd 3, Apr-01
King's Indian Defense: Fianchetto. Panno Variation (E63)  ·  0-1

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Apr-04-11  hellopolgar: Ding grinded down Bu...impressive win. Not only Ding is getting stronger, his style is getting more mature too.
Apr-10-11
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  Phony Benoni: Playing over games of the top Chinese players is an unsettling experience for someone like me who was brought up on the classic European chess mindset. The games just don't look right, with unorthodox tactical and positional themes.

There is real creativity here, from minds both unfamiliar and unfettered with traditional Western ideas. The games also resemble those of the top computers; no idea is too unorthodox to be examined and used as long as it works.

This is a welcome influx for a game which is regularly declared to be in the grip of the Dreaded Draw Death. There is more on the chessboard than is dreamt of in our philosophy.

Apr-10-11  rilkefan: Are 8.Qd3/10.Qxd8 and 17...Re5/19...Ree8 something other than flailing?
Apr-10-11  Oceanlake: It feels as if White is too passive, and Black seems to be pulling ahead by move 13 or so.
Apr-10-11
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  Phony Benoni: <rilkefan> 8.Qd3 is a common continuation. White is trying to play e2-e4 without allowing the pin by ...Bg4. Trading queens is just a consequence of the line Black chose, which is probably an attempt to prove the queen move was wasted. However, the Opening Explorer shows that White does well in a limited number of games.

13.Be3 may have been a mistake. 13.Bxf6 and 14.Nd2, controlling the e4 square, was played in I Zugic vs V Babula, 2000, which ended in a short draw. Once Black got in 13...e4, I'd agree with <Oceanlake> that he was better.

I'm not sure about the exact reason for 17...Re5; the move accomplishes a lot of little things, but may have been no more than a probe. Retracting the rook to a safer square was not a big problem, though; White had hardly improved his position by advancing the queenside pawns.

However, I'll be interested to hear a better explanation.

Apr-10-11  DarthStapler: Whoever came up with this pun should be shot
Apr-10-11
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  WannaBe: Oh, goodness gracious, bad, that's horrible, absolutely atrocious, monstronsity of Biblical/Q'ran/Tao/Dante level/proportion... Almost as bad as 'I thout, I thout a Bu-Ding Tad!'

It's definitely worthy of Caissar Nomination!!!! Five stars worth!!

Apr-10-11  DanielBryant: How many of us would have been tempted to go in for 35...Nf4+ and snapping off the bishop? Ding correctly judges that the bishop is firing into space and that the knight will play a crucial role in the final attack. Even when this bishop is part of a double check later, it threatens nothing.
Apr-10-11  sfm: OMG, what a pun! Totally silly. Love it!
Apr-10-11  goldenbear: 29.Nxa6 feels like a blunder to me? Did Bu think he was winning in THAT position? Ne3 looks more solid.
Apr-10-11  picard: 33...Nh5 was the beginning of the end. That knight becomes a monster.
Apr-10-11  weisyschwarz: Thanks for choosing one of my puns. Those outside the US may never have heard the phrase, the "proof is in the pudding", IOW, forget how it looks, how does it taste?
Apr-10-11
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  WannaBe: <weisyschwarz> You should be banned for life for such a pun! =)
Apr-10-11  redcircle: i do not understand moves 20 and 21 of the White king.probably some deep analysis of a computer or part of preparation.still though i do not find this plan very succesful.that's why we saw this outcome of the battle
Apr-10-11
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  Phony Benoni: <redcircle: i do not understand moves 20 and 21 of the White king.probably some deep analysis of a computer or part of preparation.still though i do not find this plan very succesful.that's why we saw this outcome of the battle.>

I'm thinking of one possibility. Here's the position after <19...Ree8>;


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One thing White would like to do is move the ♘d2 to a better square. However, if 20.Nf1 or 20.Nb3 immediately, there's a shot for Black: 20...Rxd1 21.Rxd1 Nxg4, with a discovered attack on the unprotected ♘c3. White could avoid this with 20.Ndb1, but that's not really solving his problem.

So the idea is to bring the king over to e1 protecting the ♖d1 so the ♖c1 can continue to protect the knight. When you need to resort to ideas like that, your position probably isn't very good.

And, come to think of it, maybe that was the idea behind the Re8-e5-e8 idea--luring those pawns forward. If Black had just played ...Rd8 immediately, we'd have a position something like this:


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And White can maneuver the ♘d2 because the other knight is protected.

Apr-10-11  dumbgai: Hilarious pun
Apr-10-11
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  Breunor: <One thing White would like to do is move the d2 to a better square. However, if 20.Nf1 or 20.Nb3 immediately, there's a shot for Black: 20...Rxd1 21.Rxd1 Nxg4, with a discovered attack on the unprotected c3. White could avoid this with 20.Ndb1, but that's not really solving his problem.>

Thanks for the explanation, Phony. I was wondering about that too.

Apr-10-11  WhiteRook48: this is a splendid game by Ding
Apr-10-11  nolanryan: this kid is playing some remarkable chess. To me, his games seem superhuman. I wonder if any of his compatriots suspect cheating.
Apr-10-11  Shams: The saying goes "The proof of the pudding is in the eating." There is no proof "in" the pudding!
Apr-11-11
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  kevin86: Breakaway! The h-pawn will come in to score!
Aug-04-15  Imran Iskandar: This pun made me laugh!

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