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David Arutinian vs Darko Doric
Pardubice Open-A (2006), Pardubice CZE, rd 8, Jul-28
Queen's Gambit Declined: General (D30)  ·  1-0



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Sep-30-22  EasilyConfused: 36..Bxd4 gives Black a bit of a chance
Sep-30-22  jrredfield: <Breunor But pretty easy for a Thursday> Friday actually. But I agree that this would be easy for a Thursday, but one of the easiest ever for a Friday. I found the first few plies in under 5 seconds.
Sep-30-22  jrredfield: <EasilyConfused: 36..Bxd4 gives Black a bit of a chance> Did you mean 35 ... Bxd4?
Sep-30-22  EasilyConfused: 36 Bxg6 Bxd4 then White cannot recapture (37 Rxd4 Qe1++). Also 37 Bxf7+ Kxf7 is not great for White. But I think 37 h5+ wins
Sep-30-22  sfm: Black was OK just before his last move. Simply 35.-,Kh8 and a sac on g6 now gives nothing. Playing the mighty queen to e8 Instead looked like enhancing the defense. Instead it created the pin of Rf7, making Bg7+ a killer. Always so difficult. Hard work, and then rewarded by being proven wrong half of the time.
Sep-30-22  Brenin: if 36 Bxg6 Bxd4 then 37 Bh5+ wins, e.g. 37 ... Bg7 38 Bxf7+ Qxf7 39 Rb1, or 37 ... Kh8 38 Bxf7 Qxf7 39 Rxd4.
Sep-30-22  mel gibson: Easy today.

Stockfish 15 says:

36. Bxg6

(36. Bxg6 (♗b1xg6 ♕e8-e5 ♗g6xf7+ ♔g8xf7 ♗h6-f4 ♕e5-h5 ♘d4-f3 d5-d4 ♘f3-g5+ ♔f7-g8 ♘g5-e6+ ♔g8-f7 ♖d1-e1 ♕h5-g6 ♘e6xc5 ♕g6xg3 h2xg3 ♘c4-b6 ♖e1-a1 ♗a8-d5 ♖a1-b1 ♘b6-c8 ♖b1-d1 ♗d5-c6 ♖d1xd4 h7-h6 ♘c5-d3 ♗c6-b5 ♘d3-e5+ ♔f7-e6 ♘e5-f3 ♗b5-c6 g3-g4 ♔e6-f6 ♖d4-d8 ♗c6-b7 ♖d8-d7 ♗b7-a8 ♖d7-c7 ♘c8-b6 ♖c7-a7 ♔f6-e6 ♖a7-h7 ♘b6-c4 ♖h7xh6+ ♔e6-f7 ♘f3-g5+ ♔f7-g8) +10.54/39 668)

score for White +10.54 depth 39.

Sep-30-22  stacase: Pretty darned easy for a Friday. Every move was obvious. But if 38...Kg8 what's White going to do? Draw by perpetual check, or???? But as it turned out, I always quickly accept my opponent's resignation (-:
Sep-30-22  Cheapo by the Dozen: The difficulty in the puzzle arises after 36 ... Bxd4, since the bishop is poisoned, and the simple two-forks plan of 37 Bxf7+ Kxf7 38 Qf4+ doesn't actually work.
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  agb2002: Black threatens Bxd4.

The queen x-rays the black king. This suggests 36.Bxg6:

A) 36... hxg6 37.Qxg6+ Kh8 38.Bg7+ Kg8 (38... Rxg7 39.Qxe8+ wins) 39.Bf6+ Kf8 40.Qh6+ and mate next.

B) 36... Bxd4 37.Bh5+

B.1) 37... Bg7 38.Bxg7 Rxg7 39.Qxg7+ Kxg7 40.Bxe8 + - [R+2P vs n].

B.2) 37... Kh8 38.Bxf7 Qxf7 39.Rxd4 wins decisive material

Sep-30-22  Amarande: The Doric column was not very sturdy here.
Sep-30-22  sophiephilo: Yes, surprisingly easy.
Sep-30-22  mayankk06: White has its Knight and Rook pinned due to the threats of Bxf2+ and Qe1# respectively. Black is also threatening Bxd4 due to these pins.

Luckily White can strike first via 36 Bxg6 exploiting the weak g7 square as well as pinning the f7 Rook due to Qxe8+ threat. Black's best try is 36... Bxd4 to guard the weak g7 square, which unfortunately also falls to 37 Bh5+ discovered check and then 37... Kh8 38 Bxf7 Qxf7 39 Rxd4 as the pin is gone.

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  scormus: The text was very straightforward, and I didn't see any credible alternatives for B, or W for that matter.

38 ... Kg8 and ...... <agb200> beat me to it

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  esteger1: Am I improving or was this not too difficult?
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  fredthebear: Yes. "Slow and steady wins the race."
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Sep-30-22  Refused: Finding the right motif.

My first attempt was trying to find a way to kick the queen away from back rank, as that's one potential weakness in black's position. Didn't see anything that works towards that goal. (36.Ne6 has the unfortunate side effect of opening the g1-a7 diagonal)

What about more the violent attempt to just go after the king directly? Yeah, that Rf7-Qe8 construction looks a bit awkward. Should work fine.

So 36.Bxg6 hxg6 37.Qxg6+ Kh8 38.Bg7+ Kg8 39.Be5+ Kf8 40.Ne6+ looks pretty horrendous for Black.

Sep-30-22  BwanaVa: I was thinking if 36.Bxg6 hxg6 37.Qxg6+ Kh8 38.Bg7+ Kg8 then 39. Bg7-f6+ (cutting off e7) Kf8 (forced) 40. Qh6+ and mate next move (either 40...Rg7 41. Qxg7# or 40...Kg8 41. Qh8#.
Sep-30-22  Milesdei: stacase:"Pretty darned easy for a Friday. Every move was obvious. But if 38...Kg8 what's White going to do? Draw by perpetual check, or???? But as it turned out, I always quickly accept my opponent's resignation (-:"

38...Kg8 39. Bf6+ Kf8 40. Qh6+ Kg8 41. Qh8#

Sep-30-22  Refused: Yeah, 39.Bf6+ is better than my 39.Be5+.

My initial idea circled around Ne6, so that was the move that somehow stuck in my head and I wanted to make.

Sep-30-22  King.Arthur.Brazil: I despised a little this problem, since the sacrifice seemed evident. However, the King (me) continued with 38. ♕h5 ♔g8 39. ♘f5? I stopped in this point. I didn't look much about the simple winning move: 38. ♗g7+, because I saw the forced reply 38...♖xg7 39. ♕xe8+ ♖g8 40. ♕h5+ ♔g7 41. ♘e6+ ♔f6 42. ♘xc5 ♘e5. As I didn't find any immediate check mate and concluded "this wasn't the best line"; but forgot to continue the analysis.
Sep-30-22  Hercdon: Typical bishop takes pawn sacrifice
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  beatgiant: Hmm... D'Arutinian, typical poison bishop strategem... Can anyone come up with a "Three Musketeers" themed pun?
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  FSR: What <agb2002> said.
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