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Pentala Harikrishna vs Loek van Wely
Tata Steel Group A (2013), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 5, Jan-17
Sicilian Defense: Scheveningen. Classical Variation (B84)  ·  1-0



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Jan-17-13  karnak64: Sweet.
Jan-17-13  karnak64: White is down a rook. The other white rook is hanging. The white bishop is hanging. The white queen is hanging. And black resigns. As John Keats wrote, "A thing of beauty is a joy forever."
Jan-17-13  DrAttitude: What a game! What a rook and queen sacrifice!! Wow! Awesome! First Anand then "PK" (Pentala Harikrishna). More fire works are coming! Jesus! I Love Chess!!!
Jan-17-13  iamsheaf: Well, 39. Qxg6 Nxg6(Kxg6 Be4#) 40. Rf7 Kg8 41. Rg7# is less flashy but is a mate in as many moves
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  Oginschile: This end reminds me of Fisher's masterpiece against Letelier - Letelier vs Fischer, 1960

Brilliant find. Bravo Pentala!

Jan-17-13  Eyal: Harikrishna's 27.Nde2? (instead of gxh6) was a mistake, but a move later VW failed to seize the chance that this knight maneuver gave him with 28...fxe4! rather than 28...Kg7. The latter move is probably directed against a knight sac on h5 (by allowing the rook to come to h8), but actually - although it looks very scary - Black should gain the upper hand after 28...fxe4 29.Nxh5 gxh5 30.Qxh5 Kf8, and now e.g. 31.g6 Re6! 32.gxf7 (32.Qh8+ Ke7 33.g7 Nf6) 32...Rf6; or 31.Nxe4 Bxe4 32.Bxe4 Qc4! (attacking the rook on f1 while preventing Bd5) 33.Bg2 (or Rf4) Ke7! when 34.g6 can be met by Rh8.
Jan-17-13  mrbasso: White missed 26.Rxh7! Kxh7 27.Qh4+ Kg8 28.f6 Nxf6 29.gxf6 Nd7 30.Nd5! exd5 31.Nf5 . Maybe Tal would have found it?
Jan-17-13  Ulhumbrus: One useful thing at least which one can learn from the end is that a N on e6, a bishop on d5 and a Q on e4 create the threat of Qxg6+ and Be4 mate in reply to ...Kxg7. Useful because both sides have to know about every potential threat in order to play for it or to avoid it.

<mrbasso: White missed 26.Rxh7! Kxh7 27.Qh4+ Kg8 28.f6 Nxf6 29.gxf6 Nd7 30.Nd5! exd5 31.Nf5 . Maybe Tal would have found it?> Very nice. 31 Nf5 frees the f6 pawn from having to attack the point g7 and so prepares Qh6 and Qg7 mate even if Black should reply by ..Nxf6

Jan-17-13  lost in space: What a nice mate!!!

39...Kxg6 40. Be4#

Jan-17-13  Cemoblanca: <lost in space> "No Loek" ist nach 39.Qxg6! bestimmt vom Stuhl geflogen! :D
Jan-17-13  Eyal: Funnily enough, even after the queen sac the rook on f1 is superfluous for the mate - it's given with bishop, knight, and pawn (g5); had Black inserted 37...Rxf1+ 38.Rxf1 and then played 38...Kh7, White could have given the exact same mate.
Jan-17-13  Ezzy: Harikrishna,P (2698) - Van Wely,Loek (2679)
75th Tata Steel Chess Group A Wijk aan Zee (5), 17.01.2013

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 a6 5.Be2 Nf6 6.Nc3 d6 7.0–0 Be7 8.a4 Nc6 9.Be3 0–0 10.f4 Qc7 11.Kh1 Re8 12.Bf3 Bd7 13.Nb3 b6 14.g4 Bc8 15.g5 Nd7 16.Bg2 Bb7 17.Rf3 Bf8 18.Rh3 g6 19.Qe1 Bg7 20.Qh4 Nf8 21.Qf2 Nd7 22.Rf1< Novelty. 22 Qh4 has been played before.> 22...Nb4?! 23.Bd4 <If black gives up a square - just use it. This threaten's 24 Bxg7 Kxg7 25 Qd4+ winning a piece.> 23...Bxd4 24.Nxd4 Nc6< So after 15 minutes thought on 22...Nb4, Loek decides it probably wasn't the best plan and spends a further 25 minutes putting the knight back to c6.> 25.f5 Nce5< Incredible! Loek has used a total of 55 minutes for the three knight moves 22...Nb4 24...Nc6 25...Nce5. Some kind of indication that somethings gone seriously wrong.> 26.Qh4 h5?!< 26...Nf8 was better.> 27.Nde2 <27 gxh6 is computer accuracy, but these positions are mindboggling in their complexity for humans.> 27...exf5 28.Nf4< 28 exf5 is better BUT humans will NEVER emulate computers in these type of positions. >28...Kg7?< 28...fxe4! actually is better for black as he comes out a pawn up and has survived the white attack. But again. working through the variations and finding the most accurate move is virtually impossible for us flesh and blood :-) [28...fxe4! 29.Nxh5 gxh5 30.Qxh5 Kf8 31.g6 Re6 32.Qh8+ Ke7 33.g7 Nf6 34.Qxa8 Bxa8 35.Rxf6 Rxf6 36.g8Q Bc6 37.Qg5 Nf3 38.Qe3 Re6 And black's a pawn up.] >29.Ncd5< White now has a very strong attack.> 29...Bxd5 30.Nxd5 Qxc2 31.exf5 Rac8 <Loek attempts counterplay with the idea 32...Rc4 but he doeesn't have the time.> 32.Nf4< Threatening 33 Nxh5 and if 33...gxh5 34 f6+ leads to mate.> 32...Rh8?< Understandable to stop 33 Nxh5, BUT 32...Kf8! keeps black in the game. [32...Kf8 33.fxg6 Nxg6 34.Nxg6+ (34.Qg3 Nxf4 35.Qxf4 Qg6 36.Bf3 Rc7 37.Bxh5 Qe4+ 38.Qxe4 Rxe4 39.Bxf7 Kg7 40.Rh6 White looks strong, but black is surviving.) 34...Qxg6 35.Rhf3 Re7 36.Bh3 Rc5 37.Bf5 Qg7 38.b4 Rc3 39.Qxh5 Rxf3 40.Qxf3 Qd4 41.g6 Nf6 42.Bd3 White is better but black has survived.] >33.fxg6 fxg6 34.Ne6+ Kg8 35.Bd5 Qd2 36.Qe4 Rc1 37.Rhf3! <Threatening 38 Qxg6~ Nxg6 39 Nd4+ Kg7 40 Rf7+ Kg8 41 Rxd7 Mate> 37...Kh7< Leads to a nice mate! [37...Rh7 38.Nf8+ Kg7 39.Nxd7 Qxg5 40.Nf6 Is still crushing.]> 38.Rf7+! Nxf7 39.Qxg6+! 1–0

Very nice game from Harikrishna!

Loek's problems started after Harikrishna's 22 Rf1 novelty. Loek spent 15 minutes on 22...Nb4, 25 minutes to put it back on 24...Nc6 then 15 minutes to put it on 25...Nce5. Nearly one hour for these 3 knight moves. Loek did have a chance to escape the attack 26...fxe4!, BUT in an extremely complicated position couldn't find the only moves and a rollercoaster hit him.

The mate finish was very nice!!

Jan-17-13  Ezzy: Welcome back <Eyal>

You must be getting paid well, taking 2 month holidays :-)

Jan-17-13  lemaire90: Nezhmetdinov style ! Well played Mr. Harikrishna !
Jan-17-13  FadeThePublic: Wow Coffee House game of the year so far. This man is playing some really good chess, is he young enough to get more invites?
Jan-17-13  vinidivici: Good game. 38.Rf7+ deserves POTD.

And this game deserves GOTD!

Jan-18-13  DoctorC: Isn't 26) f6 strong instead of Qh4?
Also, there was another finish
38) QXg6+ NXg6
39) Rf7+ Kg8
40) Rg7++
Jan-18-13  mrbasso: I thought 26.f6 is very bad since it closes the f-file. Probably it does also win however. 26...h5? 27.Rxh5! (otherwise Kh7,Rh8,Kg8 would save black) followed by Qh4 . 26...Nf8 27.Nce2! Ng4 followed by e5 saves black for the moment but white is clearly better.

26.Rxh7 is stronger:

The main line is 26.Rxh7! Kxh7 27.Qh4+ Kg8 28.f6 Nxf6 29.gxf6 Nd7 30.Nd5 exd5 31.Nf5 Nxf6 32.Nh6+ Kg7 33.Qxf6+ Kxh6 34.Rf4 Re5 35.Bf3 game over.

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  Dionysius1: Now that's why I like chess! My heart sings when I see a mate like that. I wonder if the top players get blasee about this kind of thing ("of course - all a matter of technique; seen it all before"). Oh boy!
Jan-18-13  Jafar219: WOW! Pentala smashed Loek.
Jan-19-13  qqdos: <Ezzy> Thanks for your analysis. 2 sizzling games so far. Could you please give us the link to the previous game in this line with 22.Qh4.
Jan-24-13  chrisfalter: GM Daniel King made this game his "Play of the Day" for round 5:

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  LIFE Master AJ: 39.QxP/g6+! (Black resigns, as King takes is answered by Be4 mate.)

I wonder how long before this makes it to the POTD on say a Tuesday ...

Jul-30-13  SimonWebbsTiger: Something worth noting is the position after move 22.Rf1 would be a known position <with the Black knight already on b4>. Essentially, Harikrishna won an important tempo.

With the knight on b4, Black has ...Re8-e7, essential to protect f7 and to meet white's Be3-d4 with ...e6-e5. See the game Grischuk vs Rublevsky, 2007

Also, see the detailed analysis of the entire variation given by GM Kidambi Sundarajan in <Informator 114> (the CI Labs article on B85).

Nov-01-13  nummerzwei: <SimonWebbsTiger> Nice find! It's great to see that theoretical battles are still happening, sometimes.

<Ezzy:26...Nf8 was better.>

26...Nf8 looks suspicious because it closes off the flight square f8, and indeed White then crashes through with 27.f6! h5 28.Nde2 followed by a sacrifice on h5.

Earlier on, in response to Harikrishna's novelty (22. Rf1), the computer recommends 22...Ne7 to lend additional support to the castled position, but it doesn't look attractive and I doubt anybody will play it. Another option is the positional pawn sacrifice 22...f5 23.exf6 Nxf6 24.Bxb6 Qe7, similar to Karpov vs Kasparov, 1985, but it is not clear that Black will get enough compensation.

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