Game of the Week - by Alan Lasser

  The most interesting fact about the recently concluded TCEC (Top Chess Engine Championship) is that all twenty-five decisive games were won by the White pieces.  Perhaps the silicon monsters have proven conclusively that White does indeed have the advantage.

  This game from the Bundesliga between two strong masters had a funny finish.  In a game characterized by tactics and missed tactics, Black resigns, seeing no way out of mate.  Yet, in the final position, instead of resigning, all he has to do is sacrifice his queen, and it is Black who delivers the mate! 

Robert Baskin (2376)-Luca Shytaj (2435)
2016/17 Bundesliga
12/3/16
1.e4 c5 

[Event "2016/17 Bundesliga"]
[Site "Germany"]
[Date "2016.12.03"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Robert Baskin"]
[Black "Luca Shytaj"]
[Result "1-0"]
[BlackElo "2435"]
[ECO "B56"]
[WhiteElo "2376"]

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 Nf6 4.Nc3 cxd4 5.Nxd4 Bd7 6.Bg5 Bc6 $2 { +1.55/21 } ( 
6...Nc6 { +0.54/19 } 7.Nxc6 Bxc6 8.Bxf6 gxf6 9.Bb5 Bxb5 10.Nxb5 Qb6 11.Qd3
O-O-O 12.O-O Kb8 13.c4 Qc5 14.Qd5 Bh6 15.Rad1 Bf4 16.g3 ) 7.Bxf6 gxf6 8.Qh5
Nd7 9.O-O-O Qb6 10.Bc4 Ne5 11.Bb3 a5 12.f4 a4 13.fxe5 axb3 14.cxb3 Qa5
15.Rhf1 dxe5 $6 { +2.02/25 } ( 15...Bd7 { +1.34/21 } 16.Nd5 dxe5 17.Nc2 Ra6
18.b4 { 18.a3 Rc6 19.Kb1 Qd8 20.Rf2  +1.96  Stockfish } 18...Qd8 ) 16.Ne6 Qb6
17.Rf3 $2 { 0.00/21 } ( 17.Rd2 { +1.89/22 } 17...Bd7 18.Ng5 Be6 19.Nxe6 Qxe6
20.Rfd1
{ 20.Kb1 Bg7 21.Rfd1 0-0 22.Rd7 b4 23.Nb5 0-0 24.Nc7 Qc6 25.Na8 Qe4 26.R7d3
Qa8  +2.81  Stockfish } 20...Qc6 21.Rc2 Rc8 22.Rdd2 Qa6 23.Kb1 Bg7 24.Qg4 O-O
25.Nd5 Rxc2 26.Nxe7+ Kh8 27.Rxc2 Qf1+ 28.Rc1 ) 17...Bxe4 18.Nb5 $4
{ -3.53/21 } ( 18.Nxe4 { 0.00/21 } 18...Qxe6 19.Kb1
{ 19.Nc3 Rg8 20.Qh7 Rg2 21.Nd5 0-0-0  =  Stockfish } 19...Rg8 20.Nc5
{ 20.Nc3 Rg2 21.Nd5 0-0-0 22.Rc3 Kb8 23.Nf4 Rd1 24.Qd1 Qf5  =  Stockfish }
20...Qg4 21.Qxh7 Rg6 22.Nd7 e4 23.Ne5 Qe6 24.Nxg6 exf3 25.Nxf8 Qe2 26.Rc1 f2
27.Ne6 fxe6 28.Qh8+ Kf7 29.Qh7+ Kf8 30.Qh8+ Kf7 ) 18...Bh6+ $2 { -0.78/24 }
( 18...Rc8+ { -3.53/21 } 19.Nbc7+ Rxc7+ 20.Nxc7+ Qxc7+ 21.Rc3 Qb8 22.Rd2 f5
{ 22...e6 23.Qh4 f5  -4.88  Stockfish } 23.Kd1 Bg7 24.Qg5 Bf6 25.Qh6 Bc6
26.Qh5 Qc8 27.Kc1 e4 28.Rc5 f4 29.Rdc2 Qe6 30.Kb1 e3 31.Rxc6 bxc6 32.Qf3 O-O
33.Rxc6 Qf5+ 34.Ka1 Rd8 35.Rc1 ) 19.Qxh6 fxe6 20.Rc3 $2 { -2.90/23 } ( 
20.Qg7 { -0.94/22 } 20...Rc8+ 21.Rc3 Rxc3+ 22.bxc3
{ 22.Nc3 Qe3 23.Rd2 Rf8 24.Ne4 Qe4 25.Kd1 Qg6 26.Qg6 hg  -0.75  Stockfish }
22...Rf8 23.c4 Qe3+ 24.Rd2 Bd3 25.a4 e4 26.Qxh7 Qg5 27.g3 Qe5 28.Qg6+ Kd7
29.Ra2 Rd8 30.a5 Rc8 ) 20...Kf7 21.Rd7 $2 { -11.10/21 } ( 21.Qh4 { -2.95/22 }
21...Rxa2 22.Qxe4 Ra1+ 23.Kc2 Rxd1 24.Kxd1 Qxb5 25.Kc2 Qd5 26.Qe2 Rd8 27.Re3
Qd4 28.g4 b5 29.Rc3 f5 30.gxf5 exf5 ) ( 21.Qe3 Qxe3+ 22.Rxe3 Bxg2 23.Nc3 Rhg8
24.Rd2 e4 25.Nxe4 Rxa2 26.Kb1 Ra5 27.Ng3 Bd5 28.Rd4 Raa8 29.Rh4 h5 30.Rxh5
Rh8 { -3.58  Stockfish } ) 21...Qg1+ $4 { 0.00/22 } ( 21...Qxb5 { -11.10/21 }
22.Rcc7
{ 22. Qh5+ Bg6 23. Qd1 Rxa2 24. Rxe7+ Kxe7 25. Rc7+ Ke8 26. Rc8+ Kf7 27.
Rc7+ Kg8 28. Qd8+ Be8 29. Kb1 Ra5 -17.02   Stockfish } 22...Qf1+ 23.Rd1 Qxg2
24.Rd2 Qg4 25.Rdd7 Rhe8 26.Kd2 Rxa2 27.Kc3 Qf3+ ) 22.Rd1 $4 { -5.10/21 } ( 
22.Kd2 { 0.00/22 } 22...Qf2+
{ 22...Qg2 23.Ke1 Qg1 24.Ke2 Qg4 25.Ke1 Qg1  =  Stockfish } 23.Kc1 Qf1+
24.Kd2 Qxb5 25.Rxe7+ Kxe7 26.Qg7+ Kd6 27.Qc7+ Kd5 28.Rc5+ Qxc5 29.Qd7+ Qd6
30.Qb5+ Qc5 31.Qd7+ ) 22...Qb6 $6 { -3.07/22 } ( 22...Qxg2 { -5.10/21 }
23.Nd6+
{ 23. Rd7 Qf1+ 24. Kd2 Qf2+ 25. Kc1 Qg1+ 26. Kd2 Rhd8 27. Nd6+ Kg8 28.
Rxd8+ Rxd8 29. Rg3+ Qxg3 30. hxg3 Rxd6+ 31. Ke2  -1.63  Stockfish } 23...exd6
24.Rc7+ Kg8 25.Rxd6 Qg6 26.Qd2 Qg1+ 27.Qd1 Qg5+ 28.Qd2 h6 29.Rxe6 Qg1+ 30.Qd1
Qxd1+ 31.Kxd1 Rh7 32.Rxh7 Kxh7 33.Rxf6 Rxa2 34.Kc1 Ra1+ 35.Kd2 Rb1 36.Kc3
Rc1+ 37.Kb4 Bd5 38.Rd6 Bc6 39.Re6 e4 40.Ka3 Ra1+ 41.Kb4 Kg7 42.Re7+ ) 23.Rd7
$2 { -12.01/21 } ( 23.Qe3 { -3.07/22 } 23...Qxe3+ 24.Rxe3 Bxg2 25.Nc3 Rad8
26.Rde1 Rhg8 27.R1e2 Rd4 ) 23...Qxb5 24.Rxe7+ Kxe7 25.Qg7+ Kd6 26.Qc7+ Kd5
27.a4
{ Apparently, all Black could see was that White mates brilliantly by
either 27...Qa6 28.Qc5 or 27...Qb4 28.Qd7 Qd6 29.Qb5 Kd4 30.Qc4.  However,
it is Black that does the mating after 27...Rhg8 so if 28.ab Ra1 29.Kd2 Rg2 30.Ke3 Re1 mate or 28.g3 Qf1+ 29. Kd2 Qf2+ 30. Kd1 Bf3+ 31.
Rxf3(31.Kc1 Qe1 mate) Qxf3+ 32. Ke1 Qxb3 33. Kf2 Qxb2+ 34. Kg1 Rac8 35. Qa5+ Kd6 36. Qe1 Rc1 37. Qxc1 Qxc1+ 38. Kg2 Qe3 39. Kf1 Qd2 40. Kg1 Rc8 41. Kf1 Rc1 mate }
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