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Elisabeth Paehtz vs Nikita Vitiugov
Gibraltar Masters (2017), La Caleta GIB, rd 2, Jan-25
Italian Game: Giuoco Pianissimo. Normal (C50)  ·  0-1



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Jan-25-17  fispok: Vitiugov and that bishop pair.
Sep-14-22  Brenin: Black wants to play 28 ... Bxe3, removing the N defending the weak point g2. But no, White has 29 Rd8+ Ke7 30 Rxh8. But yes, let it happen and then play 30 ... Qe4, threatening Qb1+ and Qxe5, e.g, 31 Qf1 Qxe5 with 2B+P for the R.
Sep-14-22  mayankk06: Its easy enough to see 28 ... Bxe3 and that 29 Qxe3 instantly loses to 29... Qxg2#.

However White has a variety of responses e.g. 29 Rd8+ Ke7 30 Rxh8. Qe6 may be an effective counter in most of those variations but I can't see far enough.

Sep-14-22  Brenin: White's alternative 29 Bxh8 is answered with 29 ... Qe6 (threatening 30 ... Qxh3 mate) 30 Qg4 Qxg4 31 hxg4 h3, regaining the exchange after 32 Rg1 and with a (probably) won endgame. Quite a tough Wednesday!
Sep-14-22  sfm: One of the most **cked up kings you ever saw.
fantasy. The last move is pure sadism.

Reminded me of the game
L Ogaard vs E Torre, 1976

['**' = 'lo' ]

Sep-14-22  Tiggler: 29 Rd8+ was a much better defense for white. I don't see a win for black from there.
Sep-14-22  jrredfield: <Brenin Quite a tough Wednesday!> Agreed. I was leaning toward the text move but couldn't come up with a convincing continuation in the next few moves. It looks like White blundered with 26.Bxf6?. 26.Bd5 would have kept the game even.
Sep-14-22  Brenin: 22 Nxg3 would have given White a strong position, e.g. 22 ... Bxg3 23 hxg3 h4 24 Be3 hxg3+ 25 Kg1 Rh2 26 Bc5+ Kg7 27 Rg5+ and 28 ... Rxg3. Later, 30 Bd5 Qd6 31 Rxe8+ Nxe8 32 Bxb7 would have given him an advantage.
Sep-14-22  olinart: I think 28...Bxe3 29. Rd8+ Ke7 30. Rxh8 Qe4 31. Bxg3 hxg3 32. Qf1 also wins for black
Sep-14-22  mel gibson: The first ply is obvious and it leaves Black a piece up in an end game.

Stockfish 15 says:

28... Bxe3

(28. .. Bxe3 (♗f2xe3 ♖d1-d8+ ♔f8-e7 ♖d8xh8
♕c6-e4 ♕e2-f1 ♕e4xe5 ♖h8xh4 ♗e3-f2 ♕f1-d1 ♗b7-f3 g2xf3 g3-g2+ ♔h1xg2 ♗f2xh4 ♔g2-f1 ♕e5-g3 ♕d1-e2+ ♔e7-f6 ♕e2-e3 ♕g3xh3+ ♔f1-g1 ♗h4-g3 ♕e3-d4+ ♔f6-e7 ♕d4-e3+ ♔e7-f8 ♕e3-c5+ ♗g3-d6 ♕c5-c6 ♔f8-e7 ♕c6-e4+ ♕h3-e6 ♕e4-h4+ ♔e7-d7 ♔g1-f1 ♕e6xa2 ♕h4-g4+ ♕a2-e6 ♔f1-f2 ♕e6xg4 f3xg4 ♔d7-c6 ♔f2-e2 ♔c6-d5 ♔e2-d2 ♔d5-c4 ♔d2-c2 a6-a5 b2-b3+ ♔c4-d5 ♔c2-b2 ♗d6-e5 g4-g5 ♔d5-e4 ♔b2-c2 a5-a4 ♔c2-b2 a4xb3 ♔b2xb3 ♗e5-d6 ♔b3-c2 ♗d6-f4 g5-g6 f7xg6 ♔c2-b3 g6-g5 ♔b3-c2 g5-g4) +14.07/42 668)

score for Black +14.07 depth 42.

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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Much tougher than most Wednesdays. First one must spot all the tactical ideas, but nothing will come of that unless one then finds the correct order of moves.
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  boringplayer: I tried ...Qe6 first. :(
Sep-14-22  sfm: <boringplayer: I tried ...Qe6 first. :(> I looked at that too. Not boring! Only one move saves White, but with surprisingly great success. Engine says +5 after 29.Ng4. White's knight covers f6 so the white bishop can go there, creating murderous threats on the back rank.

Lesson to be learned: one should always look extra carefully if the opponent's name ends on -ov.

Sep-14-22  saturn2: After 29.Rd8+ Ke7 30.Rxh8 I went with Qe6 instead of Qe4 proposed by others.
Sep-14-22  Muttley101: <Brenin: 22 Nxg3 would have given White a strong position, e.g. 22 ... Bxg3 23 hxg3 h4 24 Be3 hxg3+ 25 Kg1 Rh2 26 Bc5+ Kg7 27 Rg5+ and 28 ... Rxg3. Later, 30 Bd5 Qd6 31 Rxe8+ Nxe8 32 Bxb7 would have given him an advantage.>


Sep-14-22  Granny O Doul: Black here is rated 2700, has been a grandmaster since 2006, and I don't remember having ever heard of him. Shows you how tough things are these days.
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  Teyss: <sfm: The last move is pure sadism.> Actually Black intends to mate on the h file helped by the K: Kg5-h4-h3 and Bxg2#. If 38.Be7 to avoid Kg5, 38...f6 and White has to give up the B to delay.
- If 39.Bxf6 Kxf6 40.g5+ Kxg5 41.a4 Kh4 42.a5, not Kh3?? stalemate but Bxg2+ wins. Of course no way it would work against Vitiugov.
- If Bxg3 at some stage, simply Bxg3 Kg1 Bxg2 again.
Sep-14-22  TheaN: Ah, early week failure, that's been a while. Somehow, and I don't know why, I looked enough at the text move, discarded it, looked at the followup move, and was <determined> to make it work as first move! In the end, I didn't connect the dots.

As <boringplayer>, I was fixated on <28....Qe6?<>> instantly. Threatening Qxh3#, White's responses are few. In case of 29.Rd8+ Ke7 -+ White's throwing critical tempos. 29.Qg4 saves White but keeps material level, which should be in Black's favor. True, after 29....Rh5!, but I again swapped moves and 29....Qxg4?! is only a draw after 30.Nxg4 Rh5 31.Nf6! and perpetual can't be avoided.

However, there's that pesky <29.Ng4>. This stops Black's plans dead in his tracks, and Black doesn't have much else than <29....Bxg2+ 30.Kg2 Qc6+ 31.Qf3 Qxf3+ 32.Kxf3> and now <32.....Rh5> to save Rh8. However, I should have looked for one more move, as <33.Bf6!> forces, due to Rd8#, <33....Rf5+ 34.Kg2 Rxf6 35.Nxf6 +-> and the pawns don't compensate enough for the rook.

In hindsight, the switcheroo makes lots of sense. I discarded Bxe3 way too early on the assumption it adds a defender to g2, so Bxh8 must be winning for White: weirdly, neither move does <anything> against the Qc6-e6-h3 idea.

Sep-14-22  sophiephilo: What a great demonstration of good pawn play. Lovely game.
Sep-14-22  Socrates2: The key move was 29....Qe6. The rest follows.
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  agb2002: Black has the bishop pair and a pawn for a bishop and a knight.

White threatens Bxh8.

The white bishop and h3 are defenseless. This suggests 28... Qe6 but 29.Ng4 (29.Bxh8 Qxh3#) looks good for White.

Therefore, 28... Bxe3:

A) 29.Qxe3 Qxg2#.

B) 29.Bxh8 Qe6

B.1) 30.Qxe3 Qxh3+ 31.Kg1 Qxg2#.

B.2) 30.Qg4 Qxg4 31.hxg4 h3 32.Rg1 c5, prevents the fork Be5 and Bd4, and leaves White virtually a king down. For example, 33.Be5 Bf2 34.Bf4 Ke7 35.Be5 Ke6 36.Bf4 Kf6 37.Bc1 Ke5 38.Bg5 Bxg1 39.Kxg1 Bxg2 40.Bh4 Kf4 and mate soon with h2#. Or 33.Bf6 Ke8 34.Bh4 Bf2 35.Bxg3 Bxg3 36.Rd1 Bxg2+ 37.Kg1 Bb7 followed by h2.

B.3) 30.Rd8+ Ke7, with the double threat Qxh3# and Kxd8, wins decisive material.

C) 29.Rd8+ Ke7 30.Rxh8 Qe6 31.Qg4 (31.Rxh4 Qxe5) 31... Qxe5 32.Rxh4 (32.Qxh4+ Bg5 33.Qh5 Qe8#) 32... Bg5 wins decisive material.

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  dorsnikov: It was tough one which I did not get. I went with Q-e6 right off the bat.
Sep-14-22  landshark: Yup. Didn't get that one. The motif I couldn't find was using the Q to attack white's h pawn... Nice tough puzzle

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