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Liu Qingnan vs Nigel Short
"One Night in Bangkok" (game of the day Apr-22-2012)
12th Bangkok Open (2012), Bangkok THA, rd 5, Apr-15
Sicilian Defense: Old Sicilian. Open (B32)  ·  0-1



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Apr-21-12  Shams: This game has it all.
Apr-22-12  LoveThatJoker: Great game!


Apr-22-12  xthred: 46...Nf4! What brains it takes to plan something like that.
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  piltdown man: Love him or hate him, the man can sure play chess.
Apr-22-12  goodevans: Fantastic complications ensue as soon as Nigel decides to prise open the h-file. You get the impression he plays completely without fear.
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  Gilmoy: Huh, <14..Bb7 15.f5> looks like a canonical Sicilian short-castling duel. Black defends well, then <20..g5 25..h5> erupts into a KID storm: even <23..Rg7 26..Rh7> is a typical KID outpost.

White even tries <34.c5> a belated Bayonet, but it's way too late. It's funny/sad how few useful outpost squares his pieces have: he basically pays a pawn just to clear c4.

<25.Nc3> is like Sam Loyd's puzzle-before-the-puzzle: what's the <least likely> Black unit to run rampant? Cue GM Chris Berman: He! Could! Go! All! The! Way! (Tweety: He did!)

Apr-22-12  screwdriver: An outstanding display of how to play the Sicilian defense with a delayed d6.
Apr-22-12  screwdriver: The passed g and d pawns can't be defended by white.
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  playground player: It's games like this one that teach me I'll never be a GM.
Apr-22-12  xenophon: When I worked in Westminster hospital there was a piece of graffiti on a wall saying 'one night in Bangkok, 4 weeks at G4.' G4 being the venereal clinic.
Apr-22-12  Tired Tim: <xenophon: When I worked in Westminster hospital there was a piece of graffiti on a wall saying 'one night in Bangkok, 4 weeks at G4.' G4 being the venereal clinic.>


Apr-22-12  luzhin: 44.Nxd8 looked desperate, but there was win like clockwork after 44.Rxg2, thus: Ng3+ 45.Kg1 Rxh2 46.Kxh2 f2 47.Rd1 f1(Q) 48.Rxf1 Nxf1+ 49.Kg1 Ne3 50.Nxd8 d3 51.Kf2 d2. It looks like White's fatal error was 36.Re2-- he had to try 36.hxg3 Qh7 37.Qg2
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  Check It Out: What an exciting gem.

The position after 44…fxg2 is striking:

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  kevin86: The pieces fly in this one...and the pawn win!
Apr-23-12  DrGridlock: Dr. Egon Spengler: There's something very important I forgot to tell you. Dr. Peter Venkman: What?
Dr. Egon Spengler: Don't cross the streams.
Dr. Peter Venkman: Why?
Dr. Egon Spengler: It would be bad.
Dr. Peter Venkman: I'm fuzzy on the whole good/bad thing. What do you mean, "bad"? Dr. Egon Spengler: Try to imagine all life as you know it stopping instantaneously and every molecule in your body exploding at the speed of light. Dr Ray Stantz: Total protonic reversal.
Dr. Peter Venkman: Right. That's bad. Okay. All right. Important safety tip. Thanks, Egon.

Everyone who has read, “Think like a Grandmaster” by Kotov knows about the analysis tree and branches. This game provides an illustration of “crossing the streams (or branches).

At move 26, White has two candidate moves, Nd5 and Bxb6. Komodo finds a slight preference for Nd5.

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Analysis by Komodo32 3 32bit (depth = 22):

1. ² (0.35): 26.Nd5 Bxd5 27.exd5 Qg8 28.Bxb6 Rh7 29.gxh5 Nxh5 30.Qg4 Rb8 31.Bf2 Qg7 32.Bg3 Bd8 33.Kh1 Nf6 34.Qe2 Bb6 35.Ne4 Nxe4 36.Qxe4 Qf6 37.Rd3 Kg7 38.Bf2 Bxf2 39.Rxf2

2. = (0.22): 26.Bxb6 Rh7 27.gxh5 Nxh5 28.Qg4 Nf4 29.Nf3 Qc6 30.Be3 Qc7 31.Kh1 Rg8 32.Rg1 Bf6 33.Bxf4 exf4 34.Nd5 Bxd5 35.Rxd5 Qb6 36.Rd3 Qc6 37.Re1 a5 38.h3 Qb6 39.Red1 Qb7

However, after choosing at move 26 the Bxb6 route, at move 27 White appears to backtrack and choose the Nd5 route. “Crossing streams” did not lead to “total protonic reversal” but was the first step in eroding white’s advantage from the opening.

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Analysis by Komodo32 3 32bit (depth = 22):

1. = (0.20): 27.gxh5 Nxh5 28.Qg4 Nf6 29.Qe2 Nh5 30.Be3 Nf4 31.Bxf4 exf4 32.Nd5 f6 33.Kh1 Bd8 34.Rf3 Qh5 35.Qg2 Bxd5 36.exd5 Qe8 37.Rh3 Rxh3 38.Qxh3+ Kg7 39.Qf3 Qe5 40.Ne4 Bc7 41.c5 dxc5

6. = (-0.11): 27.Nd5 Bxd5 28.exd5 hxg4 29.Qg2 Rh3 30.c5 Bd8 31.Nc4 Bxb6 32.cxb6 Qd7 33.Rb1 Rd3 34.Qe2 e4 35.Qb2 Qe7 36.Rbd1 Rh3 37.Rde1 g3 38.b7 Rb8 39.Rxe4 Qxe4 40.Qxf6+ Kg8 41.Qxg5+

The proper follow-up to 26 Bxb7 was 27 gxh5, not 27 Nd5.

Apr-26-12  Qxf7: <White even tries 34.c5 a belated Bayonet, but it's way too late>

How so? I actually think the sac had some promise to it had White followed up with more aggressive play down the D file. For example 33 e6 would have completely killed the ...e5 plan we saw in-game.

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In fact, it pretty much forces 33...Rb8. At that point white has multiple strong plans and the key is selecting the best from Rb1, Bxc5, and R(f)e1.

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