[FEN ""]
[Event "Ubeda op 6th"]
[Site "Ubeda"]
[Date "2001.01.25"]
[EventDate "?"]
[Round "5"]
[Result "0-1"]
[White "Comas Fabrego, Lluis"]
[Black "Vladimir Akopian"]
[ECO "A70"]
[WhiteElo "2508"]
[BlackElo "2656"]
[PlyCount "58"]

1. d4 e6 2. c4 Nf6 3. Nf3 c5 4. d5 exd5 5. cxd5 d6 6. Nc3 g6 7. e4 Bg7 8. h3  O-O 9. Bg5 h6 10. Be3 Re8 11. Bd3 c4 12. Bc2 b5 13. a3 Na6 14. O-O b4 15. axb4  Nxb4 16. Rxa7 Rxa7 17. Bxa7 Bxh3 18. gxh3 Nxc2 19. Qxc2 Qd7 20. Ra1 Qxh3 21.  Ne1 Re5 22. f4 Qg3+ 23. Ng2 Rh5 24. Ne2 Qh3 25. Kf1 Qf3+ 26. Kg1 Ng4 27. Ra3 c3  28. bxc3 Rh2 29. Ne1 Qh3 0-1

In this brilliant game, I wonder whether White's last move was Nc1 instead of Ne1 since the text move allows two different mates in one. 29. Nc1 would make more sense as it makes the reply Qh3 absolutely logical. Does someone know the source of this game to clarify this?


1 Answer 1


Yes. I found the game on:

All these suggest that 29. Ne1 was indeed played.

  • 1
    This only proves that all these databases share a common source. It is still totally possible that Nc1 was actually played but the operator who registered the game misread Ne1 instead. That happens very often (chess.stackexchange.com/a/27042/14079) but unless we can ask one of the players or find a video of the game that will be impossible to prove or disprove.
    – Evargalo
    Commented Dec 26, 2021 at 21:21
  • @Evargalo you could claim the same thing for every chess game that we don't have a video of. Commented Dec 27, 2021 at 6:14
  • 2
    But most grandmaster games don't have the same - blunder an obvious mate in 1 - miss the mate in 1 - resign (or get flagged) - sequence, and a plausible alternative scenario like 29.Nc1. We need the testimony of one of the players, or a photo of the gamesheet, to be sure, and otherwise we'll just never know. Anyway, the game was certainly entered only once into the databases, so even if we collect ten links to this game with Ne1, this doesn't prove more than one single link. The correct answer imo is "we don't know". (unless @Vladimir who answered is GM Akopian)
    – Evargalo
    Commented Dec 27, 2021 at 9:08

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