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Stefan Wagner vs David Shengelia
Austrian Championship (2012), Zwettl AUT, rd 1, Jul-21
English Opening: Great Snake Variation (A10)  ·  0-1



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Mar-12-21  Refused: Best I could come up with was:
a) 21.Qxh1 Rh8 22.Qd1 Qh3+ 23.Kf2 Qh2+ 24.Kf1 (24.Ke1 Qg2) Qh1+ 25.Kf2 Rh2+ 26.Ke3 Qg2 and the threats of 27...Qf2 and 27...Ng4 means this is curtains.

b) 21.Qxg4 Rxa1 and here I claim my Rooks to be better than the Queen after something 22.Qe2 Rh8

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  al wazir: I got the first move right, but I was willing to settle for a either a ♙ or ♖+♖ vs. ♕: 21. Qxg4 (21. Qxh1 Nxd3) Rxa1 22. Qe2.
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Also went with the "at best second best" variation which wins 2 R vs. Q. The game continuation proves superior even if White can improve with 24.Nd1,Bxb2!?; 25.Nxb2,Rh2+. Even here, Black might have something better than the win of a pawn.
Mar-12-21  Walter Glattke: Winning the Pd3 by that manoeuvre, 24.Rh1 Rxh1 25.Kxh1 Nf2+ /21. Qxh1 "refused" by Qf3+/ 21.Qxg4 Rxa1 22.Qe2 Kd7 23.b3 Looks good for black
Mar-12-21  Brenin: 24 Rh1 loses more than just the pawn on d3: after 24 ... Rxh1 25 Kxh1 Nf2+ 26 Kg2 Nxd3, the pawn on b2 is also going fall, leaving Black 2P ahead.
Mar-12-21  mel gibson: I wasn't sure.

Stockfish 13 agrees with the text:

(20. .. Rxh1
(♖h8xh1 ♕d1xg4 ♖h1-h2+ ♔g2xh2 ♘e5xg4+ ♔h2-g1 ♖d8-h8 ♘c3-e2 ♗g7xb2 ♖a1-b1 ♗b2-f6 ♖b1-e1 ♔c8-d7 ♗f4-c1 ♖h8-h3 ♗c1-f4 ♖h3-h2 d3-d4 g6-g5 ♗f4-c1 ♔d7-c8 a2-a3 ♔c8-d8 ♗c1-d2 ♔d8-d7 ♗d2-c1 ♔d7-c8 c4-c5 ♔c8-d7 ♗c1-d2 ♗f6-e7 c5xd6 c7xd6 a3-a4 ♗e7-f6 ♗d2-c1 a7-a6 ♗c1-d2 ♗f6xd4+ ♘e2xd4 ♖h2xd2 ♘d4-e6 ♖d2xd5 ♘e6xg5 ♖d5-d3 ♔g1-g2 ♘g4-e3+ ♔g2-h3 ♘e3-d5 ♖e1-b1 b7-b6 ♖b1-f1 f5-f4 ♘g5-e4) +5.15/42 115)

score for Black +5.15 depth 42.

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  opus: 20...Rxh1
21. Qxh1
22. Qg1
23. Qf1
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Mar-12-21  Cheapo by the Dozen: I didn't see ... Rh2+ and went for ... Rxa1 instead. The engine thinks that's almost as good.
Mar-12-21  RandomVisitor: Better for white might have been 8.d3

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<47/63 29:06 +0.12 8.d3 h4 9.Bg5> f6 10.Be3 hxg3 11.fxg3 Bg4 12.Qa4 Qd7 13.Rf2 f5 14.Raf1 Nd4 15.Qxd7+ Kxd7 16.Bxd4 exd4 17.Nd5 Nxd5 18.cxd5 Rh7

or 5.Nf3

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<53/70 3:08:11 +0.28 5.Nf3 0-0 6.d4> exd4 7.Nxd4 Nbc6 8.Nf3 d6 9.0-0 Be6 10.Nd5 h6 11.e4 Ne5 12.Nxe5 dxe5 13.Bd2 c6 14.Ne3 a5 15.Qc2 f5

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  chrisowen: Black Jack h1 er o i net no bosch yes no?
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  agb2002: White is about to play Qxg4.

The only promising move I can find is 20... Rxh1:

A) 21.Qxg4 Rxa1

A.1) 22.Qg5 Rg1+ 23.Kf2 (23.Kxg1 Nf3+; 23.Kh2(3) Rh8+) 23... Bf6 seems to win decisive material (24.Qxf6 Ng4+ 25.Kxg1 Nxf6 26.Bg5 Rf8; 24.Qh6 Ng4+).

A.2) 22.Qe2 Rh8 23.Bxe5 (due to 23... Ng4 and 24... Rh2+) 23... Bxe5 followed by Rah1 looks very good for Black.

B) 21.Qxh1 Qf3+ 22.Kg1 (else 22... Rh8+ wins) 22... Qxd3 wins a pawn with an overwhelming position.

C) 21.Kxh1 Qh3+ 22.Kg1 Ng4 with the triple threat Bd4+, Qh2+ and Rh8.

Mar-12-21  mlskdney: should have played kf1 on move 25
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  drollere: like others, i got the first few moves, but didn't think it was more than an exchange off. Bd4+ is what i missed.

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