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Ashot Nadanian vs Konstantin Sakaev
"The Ashot Heard Round the World" (game of the day May-30-2022)
Internet Chess Club (2001), ICC
Gruenfeld Defense: Exchange Variation. Nadanian Attack (D85)  ·  1-0



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  FSR: I found this wonderful game in Wikipedia and submitted it to A glorious combination! At the end, Black is up two pieces and has a boatload of pieces clustered around his king. White has only two pieces participating in the attack. However, Black's pieces are stepping on each other's toes and he is shockingly helpless against the back-rank mate 18.Qh8#, e.g. 18...Bxh6 (going three pieces up) 19.Qh8#. Note that Black would be winning if almost any of his king-side pieces was on a different square.
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  Phony Benoni: 16.Ne6+ is the unsung hero, both making way for the bishop and blocking the one pawn with Luft in its soul.
Jul-25-17  Xeroxx: 5. Na4 is interesting.
May-30-22  Brenin: 8 ... f5 seems premature and weakening, especially when 9 gxf5 is answered with gxf5 rather than Bxf5. Instead 9 ... Nc6 and 10 ... Bg4, hitting the d-pawn, seem safer. The finish is very pleasing.
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  Check It Out: As usual, <PB>'s comment is chess-related and eloquent.
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  Check It Out: <Brenin> Yes, 8...f5 earned a one-eyebrow-raised response.
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  perfidious: Black's eighth move is not the first idea which would have sprung to this old Gruenfeld player's mind.
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: One of the earliest games in the CG database with 5.Na4, it certainly does not surprise me that it now has the name of The Nadanian Attack. After this game, White earned the immortality.
May-30-22  Amarande: 14 ... Bf6 leaves a game to be played at least: 15 Nxf7+ Kg8 (Kg7 appears to lose the Queen, which I will leave as an exercise to my fellow kibitzers) 16 Nh6+ Kf8 17 Qxe8+ Kxe8, and Black is the Exchange down but does have the two Bishops. Intuition suggests (especially with the bad pawn structure) he's probably still lost then too, but at least he can put up a fight.

13 ... Qc6 seems like it might stop the attack: 14 Qh5 Qh6! and thanks to the baleful Bishop offer on the previous move, White is unable to play the one clearly otherwise winning move (15 Nf7+). Exchanging Queens leads to a position where White might be ahead a little (due to Black's doubled b and backward e pawn) but seems doubtful (White also has an isolated d pawn, which gets steadily weaker the more pieces get exchanged). Otherwise the White Queen has to retreat and after e.g. 15 Qf3 Qf6, White has not got anywhere.

Accepting the Bishop seems to be the real lemon.

May-30-22  actinia: What a great modern miniature!
May-30-22  goodevans: 8...f5 is not a move I would have played but Black did okay with it in A Nikitin vs Novik, 2008 so the finger of blame must surely be pointed at 9...gxf5 for getting Black into such a pickle.

<Amarande: 14 ... Bf6 leaves a game to be played at least: 15 Nxf7+...>

15.Qxf7 Qxf7 16.Nxf7+ Kg8 17.Ne5 is similar but leaves White's N rather better placed. As you say, a game to be played but White will be calling all the shots.

<...Kg8 (Kg7 appears to lose the Queen, which I will leave as an exercise to my fellow kibitzers)>

I'm not seeing it. Unless you meant 15...Kg7 16.Qh6+ Kxf7?? 17.Qh5+, etc., but then Black can instead play 16...Kg8. Is this what you meant or am I missing something?

<FSR: I found this wonderful game in Wikipedia and submitted it to A glorious combination!>

I couldn't agree more and thanks for submitting it.

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  Sally Simpson: Smashnl combination.

'Ashot the Sakaev' (...but not the deputy, he recorded the game.)

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  OhioChessFan: I think the pun would never have been a bit better without "The".
May-30-22  goodevans: <OCF> For once we're in agreement. I thought about saying that earlier but decided to keep my comments to the game.
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  perfidious: What <ohiyuk> says re the pun does make sense and would have played out better than the above rendering.
May-30-22  Brenin: <Amarande: 14 ... Bf6 leaves a game to be played at least: 15 Nxf7+ Kg8 (Kg7 appears to lose the Queen, which I will leave as an exercise to my fellow kibitzers)> Like <goodevans> I am puzzled by this exercise: after 15 ... Kg7 White can retain the advantage of the exchange with 15 Qh6+ Kg8 16 Ng5 or Ne5, or can lose the pinned N with 16 Bh6+ Kg8, but I don't see him winning the Q.
May-30-22  Cheapo by the Dozen: I have long lived in the Lexington/Concord area of Massachusetts, and even I agree that "Ashot ..." would have worked a little better than "The Ashot ...". But the choice actually made is very understandable.
May-30-22  Cheapo by the Dozen: (To be clear: Every American should know roughly what "The shot heard around the world" refers to, but the EXACT reference is a little more obscure. I would not immediately have guessed that Emerson coined the phrase. And in fact I thought it might refer to Lexington rather than Concord.)
May-30-22  spingo: I shook the hand of the man whose hand shook the world: Viktor Korchnoi.
May-31-22  Amarande: Yep, I was assuming that Black would capture the Knight after 14 ... Bf6 15 Qh5+ Kg7 16 Qh6+, where he indeed loses the Queen after 17 Qh5+ Kf8 18 Bh6+ etc.

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