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Varuzhan Akobian vs The World
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[Varuzhan Akobian]

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MOVES:
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.Qc2 O-O 5.a3 Bxc3+ 6.Qxc3 b6 7.Bg5 Bb7 8.f3 h6 9.Bh4 d5 10.e3 Re8 11.Bd3 Nbd7 12.Ne2 e5 13.O-O c5 14.Rae1 Rc8 15.Bf5 cxd4 16.exd4 Rxc4 17.Qd2 Ba6 18.Bd3 Ra4 19.Bxa6 Rxa6 20.dxe5 Nxe5 21.Bxf6 Qxf6 22.Nc3 d4 23.Nd5 Qd8 24.Qxd4 Ra5 25.Rd1 Rc5 26.h3 Rc4 27.Qd2 Qc8 28.Rfe1 Rc2 29.Qd4 Qxh3 30.Ne7+ Rxe7 31.Qd8+ Kh7 32.gxh3 Nxf3+ 1/2-1/2
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Dec-27-11
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  kb2ct:

<morphishine>

A little background stuff on the 1972 Fischer-Spasky telecast.

:0)

http://sites.google.com/site/electr...

Dec-27-11
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  morfishine: <kb2ct> Thanks for the link! I could only get through about half but will finish later on today. :)
Dec-27-11
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  cro777: <kb2ct> Have you found some useful New In Chess ideas for testing? I left a message for you in your forum.
Dec-27-11
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  kb2ct:

<morfishine:.

Kingcrusher found that link by googling my real name.

Fischer-Spassky was PBS's first hit program. They got thousands of protest calls when they canceled coverage to cover the Republican national convention. Apparently people thought Fischer was more important than Nixon by a wide margin

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Dec-27-11
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  kb2ct:

<cro777: >

The last two volumes of the New In Chess Yearbook have an article on the advance variation of the French.

I have been blunder checking for about two weeks.

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Dec-27-11
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  cro777: <kb2ct> Thanks. Would you post some details in your forum.
Dec-27-11
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  kb2ct:

<cro777:>

The articles are by Sveshnikov and involve pawn chain theory. He mentions that grandmasters are afraid of computer preparation and often play very safe and head to endings they do not understand.

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Dec-28-11  blue wave: I'm sure your aware. But need to take care our forums are off limits to grandmaster viewing. Otherwise ideas for next game will be wasted.
Dec-28-11
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  cro777: <kb2ct> Sveshnikov is quite right. In order to create winning chances, we must be prepared to play endings. It is most useful to look at openings through endgame lenses. Having a good feel for the resulting endgames gives us a better perspective when we play the opening.

Also, Sveshnikov is a great master of the Advance Variation. Is there something about the line I mentioned in your forum?

Dec-28-11
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  kb2ct:

<cro777: >

I answered you in my forum.

I like the ending I achieved. Perhaps someone a fast computer could analyze it.

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Dec-29-11
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  kb2ct:

<cro777: >

Sveshnikov does not cover meeting 6. Pa3 with Pc4 in the advance French

On my forum I tried a simple piece rearrangement with moderate success.

It would be nice to baptize his baby with a win for white.

Fairly difficult to get a handle on I am not surprised it hasn't been found

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Dec-29-11
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  cro777: <kb2ct> In the line 6...c4 7. Nbd2 Na5 Sveshnikov used to play <8. Be2> but later (2004) opted for <8.g3>. This move is a popular choice, putting the bishop on a more useful square than e2.
Dec-29-11  King Death: <cro777> The move 8.g3 is just the old main line in this sub variation. Sveshnikov's come up with a lot of interesting ideas in the openings.
Dec-29-11
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  kb2ct:

<cro777: >

My idea evaluates twice as good.

:0)

Dec-29-11
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  cro777: <King Death> 8.Be2 is the most popular move here (allowing quick castling followed by Rb1 and Re1), but e2 is not the ideal square for the bishop. That's why OTB elite players like Grischuk and Movsesian lately (2010) opted for 8.g3. In correspondence chess, 8.e2 recently predominates.
Dec-29-11
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  cro777: <kb2ct> Your idea (8.Be2 followed by quick castling and trying to neutralize a black knight on f5) is valid. Instead of 10...Nf5 more common moves are 10...h6 and 10...Ng6.
Dec-29-11  King Death: <cro777> In my playing days (up to 1989) I never saw 8.Be2. If anybody played something else it was 6.Bd3 sometimes.
Dec-30-11
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  cro777: <King Death> The move 8.Be2 was introduced by a Russian grandmaster Igor Arkadyevich Zaitsev in the game against Evgeni Vasiukov at the 37th URS Championship in Moscow 1969. He played this move regularly. Sveshnikov, the great master of the Advance Variation, used to play it from 1979 (later, 2004, he opted for 8.g3). Anand played 8.Be2 as early as 1987 in New Delhi against Prasad. Today, 8.Be2 is the main line. The old main line 8.g3 is the main alternative. 8.Qc2 and 8.Rb1 are also playable alternatives.
Dec-30-11
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  kb2ct:

<cro777: >

I will admit that there was a certain amount of serendipity involved, but I did digest all of Sveshnikov's ideas and gave myself every chance.

The knight sac on g7 busts Akobiam's idea. Rybka walks right into it.

:0)

Dec-30-11
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  cro777: Nice work <kb2ct>. I'm now analyzing alternatives to 10...Nf5.
Dec-30-11
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  OhioChessFan: Why are you posting ideas for next game on this page?
Dec-31-11
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  cro777: <OCF> On this page we are not revealing anything substantial for the next game.
Dec-31-11
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  chesstoplay: Happy New Year everyone!!

Marker: 12/31/2011 9:00 AM

Dec-31-11
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  cro777: Happy New Year Spacebar Masters wherever you are!!
Dec-31-11
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  WinKing: Happy New Year all!!!
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