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Anish Giri vs Michael Prusikin
Bundesliga (2012/13), Schwetzingen GER, rd 14, Apr-06
English Opening: King's English Variation. Reversed Closed Sicilian (A25)  ·  1-0

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Jan-19-14
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  thegoodanarchist: This is a rollicking game! Should be GOTD if someone can come up with a nice pun for it.
Jan-19-14  dougiejfresh: "Cruisin' for a Prusikin"
Jan-21-14
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  thegoodanarchist: <dougiejfresh: "Cruisin' for a Prusikin">

Not bad!

Apr-18-14  qqdos: This game has been chose as the best game of Chess Informator Volume 118, so perhaps <rollicking> is well-deserved.
Apr-18-14  Rookiepawn: I'm just trying to figure out whether the Q sac gives Black a chance of getting away with it.

At first glance I would say 22... g5 strikes me as a little bit too bold. Pushing all your castle's pawns forwards when the enemy's Bishops pair is aiming at it always seems a risky move. I think Black overestimates attacking chances on the King's side, opening diagonals and files when he should be blocking them and try to steer the game to the final.

Feb-19-22  mel gibson: I spent about 2 minutes on that and I got the correct first ply.

Stockfish 14 says:

23. Ne4

(23. Ne4 (♘c3-e4 g5xh4 ♗b2xf6+ ♖f8xf6
♘e4xf6 ♕d7-f5 ♘f6xe8 ♗a7xe3 ♖d1-h1 ♗e3xf4 ♖h1xh4 ♗f4xg3 f2xg3 ♕f5-c2+ ♔g2-h3 ♕c2-f5+ ♔h3-h2 ♕f5-f2+ ♗d5-g2 ♕f2-f7 ♖h4-e4 a6-a5 a2-a3 ♔h8-h7 b3-b4 a5xb4 a3xb4 ♔h7-h6 b4-b5 ♔h6-g6 b5-b6 c7xb6 ♘e8xd6 ♕f7-d7 ♘d6-b5 ♕d7-d3 ♖e4-f4 ♕d3-e2 ♘b5-c7 ♕e2-b2 ♔h2-h3 ♕b2-e5 ♘c7-d5 ♔g6-h6 ♖f4-h4 ♕e5-f5+ ♔h3-h2 ♕f5-b1 ♘d5-f4 ♕b1-c2 ♘f4xh5 ♔h6-g6 ♘h5-f4+ ♔g6-f7 ♘f4-d5 ♕c2-b1 ♖h4-e4 ♕b1-b2 ♖e4-f4+ ♔f7-e6 ♖f4-h4 ♔e6-d7 ♔h2-h3 ♕b2-f2 ♖h4-h6) +3.64/41 199)

score for White +3.64 depth 41.

Feb-19-22  Brenin: I tried 22 Rxh4+ and 22 Ng6+, and they didn't seem to go anywhere useful for White, so instead I tried 22 Ne4, e.g. 22 ... gxh4 23 Nxf6 (Bxf6+ instead?) Rxf6 (h3+ first?) 24 Rh1, with promising compensation, as Black's B on a7 is effectively back in the box, and has only self-sacrifice with Bxe3 fxe3 Rxe3 as a useful contribution. This is not convincing, but OTB I'd give it a try, as White's next moves seem easier to find than Black's.
Feb-19-22
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  raymondhow: I wanted to play 23.Rxh5+ and at first the engine seemed to agree, so figured I had at least half credit. But upon deeper analysis, it changed its "mind" and went with the game move 23.Ne4. Guess that means no cheddar for me..
Feb-19-22
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Drat! Thought that 23.Rxh5 worked. Me 5 remaining brain cells still can't see why it fails.
Feb-19-22
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Forgot something--did anyone else notice that Black had a speculative but *vicious* attack earlier?
Feb-19-22
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  Breunor: Got the first move but played Nxf6 instead of Bxf6, but the computer thinks that is ok maybe even better.

Great game!!

Feb-19-22  Lloyd Gross: I tried 23 Nxh5
Feb-19-22  Socrates2: Very insructive game. Just shows you anything can happen when the King is exposed.
Feb-19-22
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Feb-19-22
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  chrisowen: Gang good roof basically Ne4?
Feb-19-22
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  chrisowen: Im sore x do no
Feb-19-22  saturn2: 23.Rxh5+ Nxh5 24.Ne4+ Kh7 25.Nxg5+ Kh6 26.Rh1 Kxg5 27.Rxh5+ Kg4 28.f3 mate. Thats what I had. But black can do better. Fot example blocking the Bb2 diagonal 24...Re5
Feb-19-22
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  whiteshark: Game-related photo with Svidler watching the board, when the world / position was still in order: https://turmlahnstein.files.wordpre...
Feb-19-22  King.Arthur.Brazil: I saw this possibility: 23. ♖xh5+ ♘xh5 24. ♖h1 ♔g7 25. ♘e4+ ♔h6 26. ♖xh5# . it seems that white has some winning check-mate combinations on this line. The King's (me, folks) refutation for the game move is: 24...♖xf6 25. ♘xf6 h3+ 26. ♔g1 ♕e7 27. ♘xe8 ♕xe8, and Black is still alive... I'll not extend calculations, since I'm still ill today. (I deleted previous post due to my bad English, sorry me).
Feb-19-22
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  agb2002: White has a bishop, a knight and a pawn for the queen.

Black threatens gxh4 and gxf4.

The obvious 23.Ng6+ Kh7 24.Nxf8+ recovers material but Black has the double threat gxh4 and Nxd5.

The bishop pair aims at the black king and the black knight protects h5. These details suggest 23.Ne4 but I haven't found anything decisive.

Another option is 23.Rxh5+ Nxh5 24.Ne4+ Kh7 (or 24... Re5) 25.Nxh5 but the black king probably can find some safety on g6.

I don't know. I'd probably try 23.Ne4 hoping for 23... gxh4 24.Bxf6+ Kh7 (24... Rxf6 25.Nxf6 recovers two exchanges) 25.Rh1 and if 25... Rxe4, to try to break the mating net, then 26.Bxe4+ Kg8 27.Bd5+ at least recovers more material or repeat moves.

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