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Samuel Sevian vs Tatev Abrahamyan
"Sam I Am" (game of the day Jan-01-2015)
20th Metropolitan IM (2012), Los Angeles USA, rd 8, Jul-15
French Defense: Winawer. Poisoned Pawn Variation General (C18)  ·  1-0



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  Phony Benoni: <22.?>

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<consul> White would like to play 22.Nxg5+ Rxg5 23.Qxg5 Ne8 24.Qg8+ Kxg8 25.h7+ Kf8 26.h8R#. Unfortunately, 23...Ne4+ would get in the way of that. So he simply removes the king from the line of fire, and Black must stage a garage sale to stop mate.

22.Ke1 is not the only move which accomplishes this aim, but it is the most striking. The kid has style.

Jan-01-15  Infohunter: <consul: What does White threatens with 22. ♔e1?>

The threat is 23.Nxg5+ Rxg5 24.Qxg5 Nf5 25.g4! and the Knight dare not move away because of 26.Qg7#. If White were to start the combination with his King remaining at d2 it would have cost him his Queen: 22.Nxg5+ Rxg5 23.Qxg5?? Ne4+!

Jan-01-15  Infohunter: <MNW: I don't understand one move from this game aside from the opening, and it was played by an 11 year old. Why can't white just take the Knight with the pawn on move 18?>

Here is one possibility: 18.cxd4 Nxd4 and Black keeps the pressure on c2. Let's say White plays 19.Rc1. Now 19...Nxc2! is strong, for if 20.Rxc2?? then 20...c3+ wins White's Queen.

Jan-01-15  Gilmoy: Would you like green <squares> and (Abra)ham?
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  FSR: The perfect complement to <Green Eggs and Heinz>, H E van Kempen vs R Suess, 1989.
Jan-01-15  shivasuri4: <Infohunter>, 18.cxd4 can't be replied with Nxd4, for the pawn is supported by the Queen.

I think a direct 18...c3+ would be better.

Jan-01-15  Infohunter: <shivasuri4> Of course--how did I miss that> Thanks.
Jan-01-15  shivasuri4: <MNW>, White could have taken the knight on move 18 without any repercussions.

The best continuation seems to be 18.cxd4 c3+ 19.Kd1 (Kc1 is playable too, while Kxc3 is shown to be bad after Bd7) Qxd4+ (Nxd4 will lose the knight in a few moves) 20.Qxd4 Nxd4 21.Nh3 (threatening 22.Ng5#) g5 23.Nxg5+ Rxg5 (Kg6 loses to h7) 24.Bxg5, and White has a significant material advantage.

Jan-01-15  tanu123: really beautiful!! opening is very complicated but,attack is very good! game is not played by famous players but,it is not compalsory that the games played by famous players are always boring.anyways i like this game very much!
Jan-01-15  Moszkowski012273: The immediate 13...Nf5 should EASILY win for black.
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  FSR: <tanu123> Actually they are pretty famous players, especially in the U.S. Sevian has just become one of the youngest grandmasters in history. Abrahamyan is a WGM and frequent competitor in the U.S. Women's Championship.
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  thegoodanarchist: I've never tried green eggs and ham.
Jan-01-15  Smite: So now it is Sam GM, no longer Sam IM :)
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  FSR: <thegoodanarchist: I've never tried green eggs and ham.>

I have, at Universal Studios Orlando. Good stuff.

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  Phony Benoni: Best pun so far this year.
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  tamar: The Magnificent Sevian
Jan-01-15  Cheapo by the Dozen: LOL. <Phony Benoni>.
Jan-01-15  Cheapo by the Dozen: Why doesn't the immediate 20 Nxg5+ work?

I'm thinking

20 Nxg5+ Rxg5
21 Qxg5 (Almost any)
22 Qg7+ Nxg7
23 hxg7+ Kg8
24 Rh8#

Jan-02-15  Shams: <Cheapo by the Dozen> What about 21...Bd7 and 23...Kg6?
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  thegoodanarchist: <FSR: <thegoodanarchist: I've never tried green eggs and ham.>

I have, at Universal Studios Orlando. >

Thanks, FSR! If I am ever there I will try to remember to order them!

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  kevin86: Kd2! an attacking move! reminds me of Steinitz.
Jan-02-15  Moszkowski012273: Both 20.Nxg5+... and 20.Bg7... lead to a forced mate.
Jan-02-15  Gilmoy: Because 23..Kg6. That's why Fischer played <29.Bg2!!> :)

It might win, but it's not very pretty. 21..Bd7[] <else 24.g8=Q+ does mate quickly> 23..Kg6 24.Rh8 Qxa3!? <two-Rook sac> and White's K isn't safe. Can White escape the checks?

Jan-02-15  kardopov: Isn't 11. ... cxd4 better than c4?
Dec-30-16  chessperson2222222: 14...Rf8 and black is winning, according to engines
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