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Vladislav Artemiev vs Zbynek Hracek
European Championship (2019), Skopje MKD, rd 8, Mar-26
Tarrasch Defense: Symmetrical Variation (D32)  ·  1-0



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Mar-28-19  Kwesi: Brilliancy
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  fiercebadger: I love this game it's a modern classic! 14 Bxc6! removing a key defender allowing the e5 knight to dominate. the fixed d pawns allow a mass migration of whites pieces to the kingside 16h3! taking a timeout for king safety, white already plans getting his Rook to g3, then Rd1! a cool move before piling into g7,
Mar-28-19  scholes: Probably 24 qe7 would have saved black
Mar-31-19  JZT: In Murphy style... really beautiful!
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  Messiah: Nice!
Mar-31-19  Gilmoy: I watched that MatoJelic video, but ... he didn't <explain> anything after <20..Ne8>, he just recapped the game line only.

White clearly has the <Morphy mate> on g: <discovered check controlling h8, with f8 self-blocked>. Since this mate requires only R+B, White can offer the other 3 pieces -- and does offer 2 of them. (A true Morphy would actually make the opponent accept all 3, tsk --)

1. Why <24.a3>? It must be a deflection to lure Black's Q away from e7. From e7, Black would have a desperado doubled interposition Qg5, which crimps the Qg4+ lines. I think White still has a won endgame on pawns up, but it's indeed inelegant.

2. Why <27.Nxd5>? I suppose Nf6 could spite-stop the Morphy mate pattern in two ways: Ne4 attacking the Rg3 (so the discovered check doesn't work), or Nh5 defending g7 for one more tempo. Ergo, it's overworked: it can't keep those options alive <and> defend d5. And White doesn't need the Nc3 anyways, so it might as well smite for mayhem. Oh-by-the-way, it does double on Nf6, which now has not enough defenders (see <24.a3>, and nod). As soon as Nf6 abandons its post <27..Nxd5>, the Morphy mate (and the Rg8-etc-Qg4+ subtree) becomes unstoppable.

Ne5 quietly grips f7, which snuffs all f6/f5 defensive tries. Normally we sac or blockade on f6 to prevent f7 from moving, but here it doesn't matter. Similarly, h6 isn't luft because Qf5 still owns h7.

<17..Rf8 23..Be8> were ultimately too defensive, ceding a 5-v-0 build-up in the center. Overprotecting f7 suggests (invites? dares?) that White should sac at not-f7. Probably <18..Qb4> triggered a deep-think, and White saw the b2-as-decoy and g7-as-target themes, hence he worked out <20.Rd1!> offering b2 while enabling a second Rook lift.

Black needed more <willing-to>. Sally forth, vie for the board, do some building-up of his own, get off the sofa along 8. It's a rare win for White because Black doesn't normally allow these things to just happen.

Apr-28-19  whiteshark: <Gilmoy: I watched that MatoJelic video, but ... he didn't <explain> anything> I noticed that very quickly too - I didn't watch anything from him again afterwards.
May-28-19  YesChess1010: stellar
Jun-21-19  Grad: Vlad.
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  Breunor: Agree with Gilmoy, 17 Rf8? seemed weird to me, I thought the rook was better on e8; computer drops black a half of pawn on the move.

Soltis reviews the game in his column today. He says black can't play 20 Qxb2? because 21 R b1 Qa3 22 Ne4!; for instance, Qxa2 23 N xf6 ch B x f6 24 B x f6 gxf6 then 25 Rg3ch wins.

Soltis also gives: After 23 Rdd3 white threatens 24 Rxg7! Kxg7 25 Qg5ch Kh8 and now 26 Rg3; if black plays Ng4 27 Qxg4 Bf6 28 Qg8ch! Rxg8 29 Nxf7 mate!

23 Be8 was to prevent that line.

Gilmoy asked Why 27 Nd5?

Soltis answers this:

'The key to the rook sacrifice was diverting the Black Knight with Nxd5! If instead 27 Bh6? Black could recover with 27 Rg8!'

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  WTHarvey: This game ends with a 'White mates in 3'.

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Solution (in reverse)

30.Bg7+ Nxf6 29.Qxf6+

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