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The World vs Varuzhan Akobian
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[Varuzhan Akobian]

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MOVES:
1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.e5 Bf5 4.Nf3 e6 5.Be2 Nd7 6.O-O Bg6 7.a4 Ne7 8.a5 Nf5 9.c3 h6 10.Nbd2 Be7 11.g4 Nh4 12.Nxh4 Bxh4 13.f4 f5 14.Bd3 O-O 15.Kh1 Qe8 16.Qc2 Kh7 17.Rg1 Be7 18.Nf1 Qf7 19.h3 b5 20.Ne3 fxg4 21.hxg4 Bxd3 22.Qxd3+ Kg8 23.b4 Bd8 24.Rf1 a6 25.Ra2 Bh4 26.Rf3 Qe8 27.Rh2 Bd8 28.Nf1 Rf7 29.Rfh3 Nf8 30.f5 Raa7 31.Ng3 Nh7 32.fxe6 Qxe6 33.Nf5 Kh8 34.Bxh6 g6 35.Nd6 1-0
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Apr-03-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  AgentRgent: <zsoydd> I hope you took a very warm coat with you on your walk... ;)
Apr-03-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  cro777: <zsoydd: Where would I belong to?>

"You're on your own and the road is long
You'll do what it takes
Just finding a place
where you belong!"

Apr-03-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  cro777: <chessgames.com>: We don't have to call the alternate assignment "BOB" -- in fact it's probably best we don't -- we would call this "the East vs West Challenge" and then the next time we have a computer-prohibited match it would be BOB-4.

Before anybody gets their hopes up, this whole East-West idea is just a consideration. We may very well just go ahead with BOB-4 in the normal fashion and save the East-West Challenge for some other day.

Apr-04-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  kwid: Apr-03-13
cro777: <chessgames.com>: We don't have to call the alternate assignment "BOB"

< -- in fact it's probably best we don't -- we would call this "the East vs West Challenge">

YES!! It would be Ceri & DC east vs the west with DL etc.

and pls let everyone use all the help they can get including engines.

let the battle of the century begin!

Apr-04-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  kwid: We would need to see if the west can compete successfully against: Ceri,DcGentle,zsoydd,g.mueller,DPLEO,Hugin etc.

It would be interesting to see a line up for both teams. I could play for Austria or Canada if needed. Are Tiggler,ajile,parmetta,Boomie western players?

Apr-04-13  zsoydd: Since the winning chances in chess strongly depend on the energy invested in the move selection I suggest to consider the E=mc2 rule for the composition of the teams (i.e. both should have nearly equal weight).

zsoydd = 90 kg (target = 314.159 kg - easy to remember!)

Apr-06-13  Hugin: <kwid: We would need to see if the west can compete successfully against: Ceri,DcGentle,zsoydd,g.mueller,DPLEO,Hugin etc.>

Count me out, i've done my last team play on this server.

Apr-06-13  cormier: pi = 3.14159...
Apr-07-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  cro777: Two days ago, at the German Chess League, GM Constantin Lupulescu (2613) against Adams applied the <5...Ne7...Nc8> maneuver in the Short Variation of the Caro Kann Advanced. The game ended in a draw by repetition in 28 moves.

Adams, Michael - Lupulescu, Constantin

1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.e5 Bf5 4.Nf3 e6 5.Be2 Ne7 6.O-O Nc8 7.a4 a5


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The World - Varuzhan Akobian

1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.e5 Bf5 4.Nf3 e6 5.Be2 Nd7 6.O-O Bg6 7.a4 Ne7


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Compare Black's setups.

Apr-07-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  cro777: Adams, Michael - Lupulescu, Constantin

(Schachbundesliga, 2013.04.05)

1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.e5 Bf5 4.Nf3 e6 5.Be2 Ne7 6.O-O Nc8 7.a4 a5 8.Be3 Be7 9.Nbd2 O-O 10.Ne1 Na6 11.Bd3 Bxd3 12.Nxd3 Nb6 13.Qg4 Kh8 14.c3 Nc4 15.Nxc4 dxc4 16.Nf4 Nc7 17.Nh5 Rg8 18.Ng3 Nd5 19.Ne4 b5 20.h4 Qd7 21.Qh5 Qe8 22.Qf3 Nb6 23.Bg5 Bf8 24.axb5 cxb5 25.Qh3 Na4 26.Bc1 Be7 27.Bg5 Bf8 28.Bc1 1/2-1/2

Apr-07-13  DanLanglois: Pride is a human nature, but unqualified conceit is despicable.
Apr-08-13  cormier: 'the world vs VA:


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'Analysis: dpa 25 done

1. (7.79): 35...Rfc7 36.Bd2 c5 37.bxc5 Rc6 38.Rh6 Rg7 39.Qf3 Kg8 40.Rf2 Be7 41.Kg2 Bxd6 42.exd6 Qe4 43.Qxe4 dxe4 44.g5 Rc8 45.Re2 Nf8 46.Bf4 Rf7 47.Rxe4 Rf5 48.d7 Nxd7 49.Rxg6+ Kf7 50.Rxa6 Nf8 51.Bd2 Ng6 52.Ra7+ Kf8 53.a6 Rc6 54.Ra8+ Kf7 55.Kg3 Kg7 56.a7 Ra6 _______________________________________________ 2. (8.72): 35...Rfd7 36.Bd2 Rg7 37.Rh6 Ra8 38.Qf3 Kg8 39.Qh3 Raa7 40.Qd3 Kf8 41.Rf2+ Kg8 42.Nf5 Qf7 43.Nxg7 Qxf2 44.Ne6 Nf8 45.Nxd8 Rh7 46.Rxh7 Kxh7 47.Bg5 Kg7 48.Bf6+ Kg8 49.Nxc6 Kf7 50.Nd8+ Kg8 51.Ne6 Kf7 52.Nc7 Qf4 53.Nxd5 Qxg4 54.Nc7 Ne6 55.Nxe6 Kxe6 56.d5+ Kd7 57.e6+ Ke8 58.Qd4 Qh3+ 59.Kg1 Qg3+ 60.Kf1 Qf3+ 61.Ke1 Qg3+ 62.Ke2 Qg2+ 63.Kd3 Qf1+ 64.Ke3 Qh3+ 65.Ke2 g5 66.Qe5 ________________________________________________-

3. (10.47): 35...Kg8 36.Nxf7 Rxf7 37.Bd2 Rg7 38.Rh6 Bc7 39.Qh3 Qe7 40.g5 Kh8 41.Qc8+ Bd8 42.Qxc6 Qf7 43.Kg2 Be7 44.Qxa6 Qf5 45.Qa8+ Bf8 46.Qxd5 Qd3 47.Be1 Qf5 48.Qf3 Qxf3+ 49.Kxf3 Rf7+ 50.Ke3 Bxh6 51.gxh6 Kg8 52.Rg2 Nf8 53.d5 Rf1 54.Bh4 Rh1 55.Rg4 Kf7 56.a6 Ra1 57.Rf4+ Ke8 58.Rf6 Rh1 59.Bg5

Apr-09-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  cro777: Chessgames have decided: the next Chessgames Challenge will be the Battle of the Brains IV (BOB 4), the fourth computer-prohibited team game. The game will start in less than two weeks.

The teams from last game (BOB 3) will automatically swap colors. Otherwise, one will be assigned to a team (White or Black) randomly. (You have to be a premium member).

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Apr-09-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  cro777: Battle of the Brains IV (Team White vs Team Black, 2013) will begin at 8:00pm USA/Eastern on <Monday, April 22nd>. Team White has until that time to vote on their first move. From that time onward, each team will have exactly <48 hours> to vote on each half-move.

Computer engine analysis (including endgame tablebases) is forbidden. However, reference materials (including online databases such as Chessgames) are allowed and encouraged.

Apr-12-13  cormier: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H13N...
Apr-14-13  cormier: Russian Team Championships
Sochi, Russia
i think Grishuk will win
Apr-17-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  Tiggler: <kwid: We would need to see if the west can compete successfully against: Ceri,DcGentle,zsoydd,g.mueller,DPLEO,Hugin etc.

It would be interesting to see a line up for both teams. I could play for Austria or Canada if needed. Are Tiggler,ajile,parmetta,Boomie western players?>

Well, <kwid>, I am western now. Ex-patriot, like you perhaps, but definitely Western now (Arizona - can't be more "Western" than that).

Not much of a match for some of those European CC experts you mentioned, however. Regrettably, <Hugin> declines the chance to befuddle the other side.

Apr-21-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  cro777: Alexei vs Aleksey and another Advanced Caro Kann with an early ...Bg6.

Recently, at the Russian Team Championship 2013, GM Aleksey Dreev (2654) opted for 6...Bg6 in the Shirov Variation (which is at this time the most popular in the Advanced Caro Kann). Dreev is faithful to his favorite Caro-Kann, while Shirov is also faithful to his sharp line against it.

Alexei Shirov - Aleksey Dreev

(Russian Team Champioship, 12.04.2013)

1. e4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. e5 Bf5 4. Nf3 e6 5. Be2 Ne7 6. O-O Bg6


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After 7.Nbd2 Nf5 Shirov played 8. g4 (the sharpest line). He has already played this move three times.

The World - Varuzhan Akobian

1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.e5 Bf5 4.Nf3 e6 5.Be2 Nd7 6.O-O Bg6


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7.a4. The World had a different idea.

We may compare two different strategies.

Shirov vs Dreev, 2013

Apr-30-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  cro777: GM Akobian, now settled in Topeka, is preparing to compete in the 2013 U.S. Chess Championships beginning May 2 in St. Louis.
May-17-13  DPLeo:    
   
Here's another great game that illustrates how helpless black becomes after a well-timed Nd6!

Fischer vs W Beach, 1963

Beach's position crumbles after 22.Nd6+

Enjoy!
   

Jul-13-13  truefriends: http://chessbase.com/Home/TabId/211...

Our opponent won the 2013 World Open!

Oct-04-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  cro777: Another Advanced Caro Kann with an early ...Bg6 at the final FIDE Grand Prix of the series of six tournaments that form part of the qualification cycle for the World Chess Championship 2014.

Fabiano Caruana - Evgeny Tomashevsky

(FIDE Grand Prix, Paris, 03.10.2013)

1. e4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. e5 Bf5 4. Nf3 e6 5. Be2 Nd7 6. O-O Bg6 7. Nbd2 Nh6 8. Nb3 Nf5 9. a4


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The World - Varuzhan Akobian

1. e4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. e5 Bf5 4. Nf3 e6 5. Be2 Nd7 6. O-O Bg6 7. a4 Ne7 8. a5 Nf5 9. c3


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Caruana vs Tomashevsky, 2013

Apr-07-14  gotgat54: 'Chess Unplugged'...a good description for a computer-prohibited match.

Something like rock bands playing acoustic instruments.

May-22-14  Dionyseus: On October 7 2012 DanLanglois said
<17. Nf3 Be7 18. g5 hxg5 19. Nxg5 Bh5 20. Qf1 Bxg5 21. Rxg5 g6 22. Qh3 Qh7 23. c4. How does Black handle this? Is 23...Rac8 wrong.

I'll arbitrarily plug in 23...Kg7, and ask, can White still force a win, same plan? Then, is it 24. Bd2. Threatening Bb4-d6, for the positionl trump, pressure on the dark squares, invading Black's position further, when it appears that Black collapses on the kingside (where White already has pressure).

Black plays 24...Rh8.

And, in this fashion, Black holds on the kingside. This is his 'setup', but we have a trip down memory lane, these were the first positions examined in 14. Bd3>

Indeed after the horrible 24.Bd2 black does hold. Instead white must play 24.Rg3 or 24.Kg1, or maybe even 24.Bf1.

Here are some winning lines:
24. Rg3 Rh8 25. Qg2 Bg4
26. Bf1 Qg8 27. h3 Rc8 28. Kg1 Bh5 29. Bd2 Qf7 30. Rc1 dxc4 31. Bxc4 Rhd8 32. Rg5 Kh8 33. Kh2 Nf8 34. Qf2 Qe7 35. b4

24. Kg1 Rh8
25. Rg3 Bg4 26. Qxh7+ Rxh7 27. Bf1 Rah8 28. Rb3 Kg8 29. Raa3 Nb8 30. h3 Bh5 31. Bd2 Rf7 32. Ra1 Kg7 33. Rc1 Na6 34. cxd5 cxd5 35. Rbc3 Re8 36. Kf2 Ree7 37. Bxa6 bxa6 38. Rc6 g5 39. fxg5 f4 40. Bb4 Rb7 41. Ba3 Kg6 42. Rxe6+ Kxg5 43. Rd6 Kh4 44. Rxd5 Rf5 45. Rdc5 Kxh3 46. e6

24.Bd2 is a huge blunder that allows black to pile up too much pressure against the white king.

I'm convinced 16.Rg1 17.Nf3 would have won the game as well.

May-23-14  RookFile: I think Akopian treated it as just another game in his life, not nearly as important as the world team did.
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