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Parimarjan Negi vs Gombosuren Munkhgal
13th Asian Continental Open Chess Champ (2014), ?, rd 3, Apr-19
French Defense: Steinitz. Boleslavsky Variation (C11)  ·  1-0



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Apr-25-15  yadasampati: Intuition must be more than just a thought that pops up. The move 24. f5! came into my mind after looking to this position no more than 20 seconds, although i could not fully explain it. Magnus Carlsen once said: "It’s hard to explain, sometimes a move just feels right."
Apr-25-15  Jambow: That was one of the first moves I was considering, not so much intuition but rather for practical considerations. The king is residing in a desolate lair, with a single knight at his disposal. The rook cannons are aiming down the open h file and the queen wants in the action.

So intuition or just simple logic I'm not sure but when the smell of royal blood is in the air everything at your disposal should be employed.

Apr-25-15  SirRuthless: Intuition got me f5! as well because of the Qh4 idea. I saw Rx ex but black wriggles with the direct Qc4 and I did not see that at all.
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  Jimfromprovidence: Saw 24 f5 with the threat of 25 Qh4, but it looks like black has two good responses with 24...g5 or 24...Be2, below.

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Now 25 Qh4 is answered by 25...Bh5.

If 25 fxg6, 25...fxg6 26 Qe4 Nf8 27 Qh4 might hold promise, but black still has 27...Bh5.

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It's difficult to see a clear path forward from here.

Apr-25-15  diagonalley: <diagonalley>... nul points :-(
Apr-25-15  JohnTal: on 27 ... Bh5, I would play 28 g4 and allow Black one spite check on a1 or even if 28 ...Rd6+, 29 Rd6 ... any, 30 gh followed with open files on the K-side, 2 active rooks and an active Q is enough to send Black to defeat.
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  devere: <Jimfromprovidence: Saw 24 f5 with the threat of 25 Qh4, but it looks like black has two good responses with 24...g5 or 24...Be2, below.>

On 24.f5!! g5 25.Rxh7! Kxh7 26.Qg4 is decisive, as is 25.Qg4.

On 24.f5!! Be2 25.fxg6 fxg6 26.Qe4! Nf8 27.Qh4 Bh5 28.c3 the game still has to be won, but White has a strong advantage.

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  agb2002: White has a pawn for a bishop.

White can try to exploit the weakened black castle with 24.Qc3, intending 25.Qh3:

A) 24... Rac8 25.Qh3 (25.Nxc8 Qa1#)

A.1) 25... Qa1+ 26.Kd2

A.1.a) 26... Qxb2 27.Qxh7+ Kf8 28.Qxf7#.

A.1.b) 26... Rxd6+ 27.exd6 Qxb2 28.Qxh7+ Kf8 29.Qh8#.

A.2) 25... Rc7 26.Qxh7+ Kf8 27.Qh8+ Ke7 28.Qf6+

A.2.a) 28... Kf8 29.Rh8#.

A.2.b) 28... Ke8 29.Rh8+ Kd7 30.Qxd8+ Kc6 31.Qe8+ Rd7 (31... Kc5 32.b4#) 32.Qa8+ Bb7 (32... Kc5 33.b4#; 32... Kc7 33.Q(R)c8+ Bxc8 34.R(Q)xc8#; 32... Rb7 33.Rc8+ Kd7 34.Nf5+ wins the queen) 33.Rc8+ Rc7 34.Qxb7+ Kc5 35.Q(R)xc7# or 35.b4#.

A.2.c) 28... Kd7 29.Ne4+ Kc6 (29... Ke8 30.Rh8#) 30.Qxd8 + - [R+N+P vs B] (30... Qa1+ 31.Kd2 Rd7+ 32.Qxd7+ Kxd7 33.Rxa1, etc.).

B) 24... Qa1+ 25.Kd2

B.1) 25... Rxd6+ 26.exd6 Qa2 27.Rxh7 Kxh7 28.Qh3+ Kg7 29.Rh1 looks winning. For example, 29... Qd5+ 30.Kc1 Qxd6 31.Qh6+ Kg8 32.Qh8#.

B.2) 25... Qa2 26.Qh3 Kh8 27.Qxh7 wins (27... Rd7 28.Qh8+ Ke7 29.Qxa8).

C) 24... Rd7 25.Rxh7 (25.Qh3 f5 unclear) 25... Kxh7 26.Qh3+ Kg7 27.Rh1

C.1) 27... Kf8 28.Qh6+ Ke7 29.Qg5+ and mate in two.

C.2) 27... f5 28.Qh6+ Kg8 29.Qh8#.

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  agb2002: I missed the defense 24... Nf6 which seems to lead to an equal game.

My first idea was 24.f5 but thought that 24.Qc3 was less compromising and stronger and quicker.

Apr-25-15  arun.pulak: what could be the refutations to simply bringing the white queen to the a 1st rank, building up pressure on the h file and has nothing worthwhile to do it appears...everything is blocked for black....rook, knight,queen....infact the queen appears like could be trapped...i am not calculating....simply commenting from a strategic perspective...
Apr-25-15  newzild: How's this for an idea - 24. b3, intending Kd2 and Ra1, trapping the Black queen.

Unfortunately, 24...Rac8 appears to be a good riposte.

Apr-25-15  morfishine: <agb2002> Nice work on <24.Qc3>; Even after 24...Nf6, White continues the attack with 25.Rh8+

For example: 25...Kxh8 26.Nxf7+ Kg8 27.Nh6+ Kg7 28.exf6+ Kf8 29.Qb4+ Rd6 30.Qxd6+ Ke8 31.Qe7#


Apr-25-15  JohnBoy: On 24.f5 Be2 25.fg6 fg6 26.Qe4 either regains the piece w great initiative or corrals the black king. For example 26...Bh5 27.Rh5.
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  Penguincw: I didn't correct guess the first move (my guess was 24.Rxh7), but I got one thing right: that white's first move was <not> going to be a knight move, as any knight move allows the rook to cover d2 and black can checkmate.
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  agb2002: <morfishine: <agb2002> Nice work on <24.Qc3>; Even after 24...Nf6, White continues the attack with 25.Rh8+

For example: 25...Kxh8 26.Nxf7+ Kg8 27.Nh6+ Kg7 28.exf6+ Kf8 29.Qb4+ Rd6 30.Qxd6+ Ke8 31.Qe7#>

Thanks a lot but I'm afraid that Black would play 27... Kh7 and White looks dead lost.

The only option I can see is to insist on the original idea: 24.Qc3 Nf6 25.Qh3 Nh5 26.g4 and hope Black cannot create serious counter chances.

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  kevin86: The unusual pawn sac wins it!
Apr-25-15  BOSTER: Instead of attractive 20...Qa2 black'd play Qc4 attacking white queen and knight e4. After 21.Qe1 Qe2 22.Qb4 (or Qq3) Rac8 black'd win such game, and no <intuition must be more than just a thought>.
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  Jimfromprovidence: <JohnTal> After 24.f5 Be2 25.fxg6 fxg6 26.Qe4 Nf8 27.Qh4 Bh5 28 g4 does not work as black has 28...Qa1+ 29 Kd2 Qxb2.

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White cannot follow with 30 gxh5 because of 30...Qxe5, so black remains up a piece.

But 28 c3!, below, found by <devere> (with the threat of 29 g4) prevents the above scenario 28...Qa1+ 29 Kd2 Qxb2 from occurring.

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Now black’s best defense may be 28…Qa1+ 29 Kc2 Qxd1 30 Rxd1 Bxd1 31 Kxd1.

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Here, white is up a queen and pawn for two rooks with some work to do.

Apr-25-15  morfishine: <agb2002> Yes, you are right. Still though, enlightening to see another strong option <24.Qc3> getting the Queen to the h-file

After 24.Qc3 Nf6 25.Qh3 Nh5 26.g4 both sides must be perfectly accurate; for example 26...Be2 27.Rdg1! Kf8 28.gxh5 Bxh5 29.Qg2

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White threatens 30.Rxh5 & now 29...Rxd6 is no longer possible due to 30.Qxa8+

Again, thanks for bringing to light 24.Qc3


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  AvidChessMan: My intuition also liked 24. f5! I liked how it allowed the queen access to the h4 square, with the potential of Qh7+. White invested a lot of moves in opening the h file - this also helped me like f5.
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Apr-25-15  crystalpauper: My goodness, I am sure there is some worthwhile analysis in there, but who has the time?
Apr-25-15  ajile: 21..Be2 (instead of 21..Nf8) and Black is almost winning.

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Analysis by Rybka 3 32-bit : 19 ply

1. (-1.49): 20...Qa2 21.Nd6 Be2 22.Rde1 Rac8 23.h6 Bd3 24.Kd2 Bg6 25.Nxc8 Rxc8 26.Ke3 Rxc2 27.Re2 Rxe2+ 28.Kxe2 Qd5 29.Kf2 Nc5 30.Kg1 Qd1+ 31.Kh2 Qe2 32.Qe1 Qxb2 33.hxg7 Kxg7 34.Qh4 Qd2 35.Rf1 Bf5

2. ³ (-0.48): 20...Qc4 21.Nd6 Qxb4 22.axb4 Nf8 23.b5 Bc8 24.Rh3 Rd7 25.g4 Bb7 26.g5 Rad8 27.Ra3 Bd5 28.Rg1 Rc7 29.Rgg3 Kh8 30.Rgc3 Rcd7 31.Ra6 Kh7

Apr-25-15  M.Hassan: I did not have time to look at this puzzle but towards end of Saturday had a look at the game and to be quite honest, I would not have ever thought of 24.f5!!!
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  patzer2: In response to White's Kingside attack with 22. h6, Black's decisive mistake may have been the natural defensive move <22...g6?>. Instead, Deep Fritz 14 indicates black can hold with 22... Rac8! 23. hxg7 Kxg7 24. Rh3 Rc5 25. Qb3 Qxb3 26. Rxb3 (-0.35 @ 21 depth).

Earlier, Black missed a near win with 21...Be2!, as pointed out above by <ajile>. Deep Fritz 14's analysis gives 21...Be2 22.Rde1 Rac8 23.Rh3 Bg4 24.Qb3 Qxb3 25.Rxb3 Rc7 26.Kb1 Bxh5 27.Rh3 Bg4 28.Rh4 Bf5 29.Reh1 Bxc2+ 30.Ka2 Kf8 31.Rh8+ Ke7 32.Rxd8 Kxd8 33.Rh8+ Ke7 (-1.47 @ 23 depth).

In yesterday's Satuday puzzle position (24. ?), the clearance move <24. f5 !!> is clearly strongest.

After <24...Rxd6? 25. exd6 >, Black is busted.

Instead the second player can put up more resistance with 24...Be2 when play might continue 25.fxg6 fxg6 26.Qe4 Nf8 27.Qh4 Bh5 28.c3 Qa1+ 29.Kc2 Bxd1+ 30.Rxd1 Qxd1+ 31.Kxd1 Rd7 32.Kc2 Rh7 33.Qg3 a6 34.Ne4 Rh1 35.Qf2 Rh2 36.Nf6+ Kg7 (-1.80 @ 21 depth, Deep Fritz 14).

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