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Heidrikur Tindskar Jacobsen vs Heimir Pall Ragnarsson
"Battle of Ragna-rook" (game of the day Nov-13-2020)
Reykjavik Open (2017), Reykjavik ISL, rd 2, Apr-20
Formation: King's Indian Attack (A07)  ·  1-0



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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Quite a suitable title for the game, given that White's Rooks did so much damage.
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  al wazir: More elegant was 36. Ra7+ Kb6 37. Na4#.
Nov-13-20  offramp: <An Englishman: Good Evening: Quite a suitable title for the game, given that White's Rooks did so much damage.>

Also, today is the anniversary of the Battle of Ragnarok.

I have read the accounts, and it was a pretty bloody business, I can tell you.

Nov-13-20  Brenin: Taking five of your first eleven moves to get a N to b5 can't be sensible. The participants in Ragnarok, on both sides, showed rather focus than that.
Nov-13-20  goodevans: 16...Bf6 feels like an unnecessary concession.
Nov-13-20  morfishine: <offramp> is correct. I can hardly bear reading about it
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  Messiah: Tolerable game and pun.
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  scutigera: More than just tolerable, I'd say; there's been a marvelous streak of puns that actually reference the play, rather than just the players' names. Let's keep it up!
Nov-13-20  goodevans: I'm indebted to SF for showing me the following possible passage of play.

<30.Rxa6!> Maybe I should have seen this unaided. Obviously the Q can't move and 30...R(either)b6 is met by 31.Nxb6+.

<30...Re8> Apparently best. Now if white captures immediately black will get R+N for Q (although that's still probably lost).

<31.b3!> ... and the black position falls apart.

Instead white nearly threw away most of his advantage with two tempting but weak N moves, <30.Nxc5+> and <31.Nxa6>. If black had later played <33...Nd7> then he might have survived.

Nov-13-20  ferrabraz: goodevans: 30. Ra6 is fine, but after 30...Re8 31. b3 loses the a6 rook (e7 is now defended). After all, maybe the text continuation was better
Nov-13-20  goodevans: <ferrabraz> If you mean <31...Qxa6> then <32.Nxc5+> forks K and Q.
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  Breunor: Stockfish rates 30 Rxa6 as winning, scoring 8.48. After 30 ... Re8 31 b3. If black plays Qxa6?, 32 Nxc5ch is decisive. After b3 Stockfish gives 31 ... Rxa4 32 Rxa4 as best.

The text move, 30 Nxc5, is rated at 2.78; obviously still good but not devastating like Rxa6.

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  eternaloptimist: Ragnarsson looks like a modern day version of Steinitz; he moved his ♕side ♘ 5 times in the 1st 11 moves. I think if Steinitz were still alive on Earth that he would like him lol😃. Jacobsen showed good piece coordination

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