Players are always told that every move counts. That is never more true than in a sharp position. In this game, Black makes one misstep in the opening and then is floored by a series of shots.
This was one of the sexiest games I have ever seen! What do I mean by that? Check out the combination that ripped open the king and then the final position, which looks like it could be included in any book on the best mating attacks.
Wen Yang vs. Artemiev, V.
Aeroflot Open A 2016 |Moscow RUS |Round 2.4 |02 Mar 2016 |ECO: B23 |1-0
1. e4c52. Nc3White
passes up his opponents invitation to contest the mainlines of the open
Sicilian. But this does not mean he does not want to go king-hunting! 2... a63. g3b54. Bg2Bb75. d3e66. Nh3
( 6. Nge2Looks like a more natural development
scheme, but I like Yang's move )
6... d67. O-ONf68. f4Nc69. Be3
( 9. f5!?White could consider striking immediately as well )
9... Be7?!One mistake
and the game just ends. White attacked with unbelievable energy in the
( 9... Qc7I prefer White but Black is solid enough. The
engines call it equal )
10. e5!Boom. White goes for it 10... dxe511. fxe5Nd712. Qg4g6?
( 12... O-O!In light of how the game went, Black definitely
should have tried this 13. Bh6g614. Bxf8Qxf8Black will take e5, and have
one pawn for the exchange. He is worse but can fight on )
the punches start coming 13... Kxf7
( 13... Ndxe514. Qxe6Nxf715. Bxc6+ )
( 13... Ncxe514. Qxe6Bxg215. Kxg2Nxf716. Nd5A gorgeous position. Black is
up a rook and completely stalemated, unable to do anything about a simple
threat like Rf1 )
14. Rf1+Ke815. Qxe6Now both mate on f7 and Bxc6 are
threatened 15... Ndxe5It looks like Black is almost to stabilize the position, but White
has it all worked out
( 15... Qc7This almost holds, but... 16. Nd5!Qxe517. Nf6+!!And the queen falls 17... Nxf618. Bxc6+Bxc619. Qxe5 )
( 15... Rf816. Ne4!And Nd6 is coming )
( 16. Bxc6+The computer prefers this move,
but I see no problem with the move that was played 16... Nxc617. Ne4and Nf6 is going to hurt )
16... Qc717. Nf4Bc8?It looks like White is out of steam, but now comes
the beautiful finish that I imagine Wen probably saw when he took on f7:
( 17... Kd8Might have offered more resistance, but Black's position is still very bad 18. Nxc5 )
18. Nf6+!Kd819. Qd5+!Qd620. Bxc5!!and Black
resigned, since Qxd5 is met with Bb6 mate. A fine miniature over an extremely
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