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Yifan Hou vs Chao Li
"Order from Chao" (game of the day Mar-14-2017)
Hainan Danzhou GM (2011), Danzhou CHN, rd 8, May-23
Sicilian Defense: Richter-Rauzer. Neo-Modern Variation (B67)  ·  0-1



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Mar-14-17  RandomVisitor: White had her best position after 14...Bxc6, what if she tried:

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<+0.47/38 15.Nd4 Bd7 16.Bc4> Rc8 17.Qe2 a5 18.Rd2 a4 19.Rhd1 Rc5 20.b3 axb3 21.cxb3 Qb7 22.Rc2 Be7 23.Bd3 Rg8 24.f5 Rxc2 25.Nxc2 Rg5 26.Nd4 Kf8 27.g3 e5 28.Ba6 Qa8 29.Bb5 exd4 30.Bxd7 Rg4 31.Bb5 Qxe4+ 32.Qxe4 Rxe4 33.Bc6 Re5 34.Rxd4 Re1+ 35.Kc2 Re2+ 36.Kd3 Rxh2 37.Rxb4 Rxa2 38.Rh4 Rb2

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  thegoodanarchist: < <I was about to renew my premium membership, until I saw this stupidity of a pun.> Luckily we're about to launch a new premium-only option called "suppress sight-puns.">

Chessgames has a sense of humor! Hmm, maybe I will get that premium membership after all.


<morfishine: <thegoodanarchist> I was rolling on the floor laughing at your comment >

Thanks, ol' buddy!

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  thegoodanarchist: < john barleycorn: is <goodevans> a sockpuppet of <Abdel Irada>? the evidence keeps piling up.>

That would indeed be something, wouldn't it, if proven true?

I wonder what <Aunt Jemima> would think of it!

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  thegoodanarchist: <Imran Iskandar: Happy pi day everyone! >


I totally TOTALLY forgot yesterday was Pi Day. And so I never just got to be still, reflect on it, and appreciate it.

Dang, now I have to wait another year for the next one...

Mar-15-17  Abdel Irada: ∞

<thegoodanarchist: < john barleycorn: is <goodevans> a sockpuppet of <Abdel Irada>? the evidence keeps piling up.>

That would indeed be something, wouldn't it, if proven true?

I wonder what <Aunt Jemima> would think of it!>

I suppose it's time I confessed.

<john barleycorn> is my sockpuppet. I use it to attack me constantly, solely to get attention.

And the best of it is, no one ever suspected a thing. :-D

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  perfidious: <Abdel Irada....<john barleycorn> is my sockpuppet. I use it to attack me constantly, solely to get attention....>

As I always suspected.

Mar-18-17  Abdel Irada: ∞

The plot ̶s̶i̶c̶k̶e̶n̶s̶ thickens:

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Feb-26-18  B33 player: Poor Yifan.28. Rc1
29. Rxc3
30. Ka1
31. Qxc3
32. Bd3
c2 is lose too.
Mar-05-19  SpiritedReposte: Just sacrificing everything for a mating attack that would not be denied.
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  kingscrusher: A very brutal attacking game indeed
Oct-30-22  Refused: 26...Bxb3 27.cxb3 a4 and I just claim to breakthrough. Typical sicilian with kings on opposite sites of the board stuff. anway. 28.Bc4 axb3 29.Bxb3 (trying to keep the a-file closed somehow would be my main line) 29...Rxa2!! 30.Bxa2 b3! 31.Bxb3 Qa3 and this should get mated before too long.

A befriended titled player once told me you need two pieces to give a checkmate, here I have a Queen, a Bishop and Rook participating in the hunt.The white forces on the K-side are helpless spectators in this show.

Oct-30-22  Brenin: The initial moves 26 ... Bxb3 and 27 ... a4 are not hard to see. White has many possible responses, and OTB I'd rely on instinct that he can't prevent opening up the a-file. The subsequent double R sac is impressive.

I look forward to the UK switching from BST to GMT this weekend, and getting POTDs at midnight rather than 1am.

Oct-30-22  mel gibson: I saw the first ply straight away but I would only have played it out of instinct.

Stockfish 15 says:

26... Bxb3

(26. .. Bxb3 (♗a4xb3 c2xb3 a5-a4 ♘g3-e2 a4xb3 ♘e2xc3 b4xc3 ♕f3xc3 b3xa2+ ♔b1-a1 ♕c5xc3+ ♖h3xc3 ♖c8xc3 ♗f1-b5 ♖a8-a5 ♗b5-e2 ♖a5-a4 ♖d1-h1 ♔e7-f8 ♗e2-h5 ♖c3-c4 ♖h1-g1 ♔f8-g7 g2-g3 ♖c4-c2 ♖g1-e1 ♖a4-b4 ♗h5-g4 ♖c2-d2 ♗g4-h5 ♖d2-f2 ♗h5-g4 ♖f2-c2 ♗g4-h5 ♖c2-d2 ♗h5-g4 d6-d5 ♗g4-f3 d5-d4 ♖e1-c1 d4-d3 ♗f3-d1 ♖b4-b1+ ♖c1xb1 a2xb1♖+ ♔a1xb1 ♖d2xd1+ ♔b1-b2 d3-d2 ♔b2-c3 ♖d1-g1 ♔c3xd2 ♖g1xg3 ♔d2-e2 ♖g3-g4 ♔e2-f2 ♖g4xh4 ♔f2-g3 ♖h4xe4 ♔g3-f3 ♖e4-d4 ♔f3-g3) +11.70/40 692)

score for Black +11.70 depth 40.

Oct-30-22  jrredfield: Like others said, 26 ... Bxb3 was obvious and I found it within 3 or 4 seconds. Interesting that Komodo Dragon was leaning toward 26 ... Bc6 for at least 5 seconds before discovering the considerably superior move, Bxb3. 27 ... a4 was also quite obvious. From there on, as stated by others, there are many variations that could occur. I gave up trying to get past the first three plies.
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: White will win the game with that h-pawn if Black doesn't do anything, but White also has zero threats, so Black might as well play the game continuation and see what might turn up. 6/7 for the week; me 5 remaining brain cells haven't done too badly.
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  agb2002: Black has the bishop pair for a bishop, a knight and a pawn.

White is about to play Bc4 and also has Ne2-Nc1.

Black can weaken the white castle with 26... Bxb3:

A) 27.cxb3 a4

A.1) 28.Bc4 axb3

A.1.a) 29.Bxb3 Rxa2

A.1.a.i) 30.Kxa2 Qa5+ 31.Kb1 Qa1+ 32.Kc2 Qb2+ 33.Kd3 Bd4 34.Bc4 (due to Rc3#) 34... b3 looks winning (35.Rc1 [35.Qe2 Qc3#] 35... Qxc1 36.Ke2 Rxc4).

A.1.a.ii) 30.Bxa2 b3 31.Bxb3 Qa3 looks similar to A.1.a.i.

A.1.b) 29.axb3 Ra1+ 30.Kc2 Ra2+ 31.Kc1 (31.Kb1 Rb2+ 32.Kc1 Qa5 wins) 31... Qa5 32.Rdh1 Qa3+ 33.Kd1 Qb2 wins.

A.2) 28.Ne2 axb3 29.Nxc3 (29.axb3 Ra1+ 30.Kc2 Be1+ 31.Nc3 [31.Kd3 Rxd1#] 31... Bxc3 must be winning) 29... bxa2+ 30.Ka1 (30.Nxa2 Qc2+ 31.Ka1 Q(R)xa2#; 30.Kb2 bxc3+ 31.Qxc3 [31.Ka1 c2 32.Rc1 Qd4+ wins] 31... Qxc3+ 32.Rxc3 Rxc3 33.Kxc3 a1=Q+ wins) 30... bxc3, followed by c2, looks winning.

B) 27.axb3 a4 looks even better than A or transposes to A.

Oct-30-22  TheaN: Shame, partial credit for this Sunday so it's the only half I miss. <26....Bxb3> was kind of obvious, White can't really decline, and 27.axb3 a4 looks horrible for White. After <27.cxb3> my initial thought was Bd4? first, but now 28.Bc4 +- comes in time. <27....a4! -+> is the only correct move and the combination plays from there. A lot of lines, but the concept is clear.
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  chrisowen: Tubby food up v ice it's hq I rang Bxb3 accomodate abridge axled it's ebb duff aida nag doh it's axiom jug bubble vein by Bxb3 call :)
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  raymondhow: Found the first three moves without much trouble, then wanted to play the quieter 29...Ra3. The engine agreed with me at first, so I thought I could claim a solve. But when analyzed deeper to 34 ply, it switched to the game move 29...Rxa2, finding that 29...Ra3 doesn't work after all.. I'll claim half credit anyway..
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  scormus: Once I decided on 26 ... Bxb3, the next several moves almost cried out to be played, if only to maintain the momentum achieved from the first one. OTB, I might have chickened out of playing 29 ... Rxa2!

I thought only the hard move to find was 33 ... Bxa5! (M11). I bailed with ... Qxb3?!. Although it's easily winning, I don't think it warrants full credit

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  beatgiant: Can anyone explain why the simple 26...Bc6, followed by the obvious attacking moves on the queenside, isn't good enough?
Oct-30-22  TheaN: <beatgiant: Can anyone explain why the simple 26...Bc6, followed by the obvious attacking moves on the queenside, isn't good enough?>

Counterplay. After 26....Bc6 27.Bc4 a4 28.Ne2 ∓ White will probably have to give up some material to prevent being mated, but the bishop is eyeing b3 so cavalry is in time... then, White can look at pushing the h-pawn or playing Qh5 when the time is right. With 26....Bxb3 -+ Black says a hard no against that.

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  beatgiant: <TheaN>
After 26...Bc6 27. Bc4 a4 28. Ne2 axb3 29. Bxb3 Ba4 it looks to me like White is getting destroyed long before any possible counterplay. But I take your point that maybe White can buy time by giving up material.
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  eternaloptimist: I found the right moves for every move of this puzzle until I played 33...♗b4? instead of 33...♗a5!. I had the right idea 💡 but I was just a little off...smh. The move that I chose would’ve led to an = game. I’m disappointed that I came so close to solving this insane puzzle. 😩 Although I’ve solved some insane puzzles before
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  Breunor: Beatgiant, Stockfish scores 26 .... Bc6 as winning with a score of better than -3; but the text move I'm getting as -7 and Mel Gibson as -11 so the engines prefer 26 .. Bxb3.
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