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Alexander Khalifman vs Evgeny Bareev
Corus (2002), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 11, Jan-25
French Defense: Rubinstein Variation. Blackburne Defense (C10)  ·  1-0


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Jan-03-04  ivan2kilu: Extremely Instructive game, 6 Qe2 threatens a to win a pawn if Nxe4
Jan-04-04  Catfriend: Sorry... But how?
Jul-06-04  Theoryhack: Beautiful! In the final position White threatens Rh5!

6 Qe2 wins a pawn in the event of 6... Nxe4?! 7 Bxe4 Nf6? 8 Bxb7! Bxb7 9 Qb5+. instead 8...c6 first leaves black passive but not instantly losing.

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  notyetagm: This is the most instructive game I have ever seen on the tactical theme of <COORDINATE YOUR PIECES ON THE LOOSE SQUARES NEAR THE ENEMY KING>.

Here the White h6-queen makes the h7-square loose. With the winning move 20 ♖g5!, White threatens to fully exploit the fact that he has <three different ways to coordinate on this loose h7-square>: 1) light-squared bishop on the b1-h7 diagonal (d3-bishop) 2) knight on g5, and 3) rook on the h-file.

All lines lead to mate or loss of the Black queen, the mate coming about due to the superb coordination of the White h6-queen with the White bishop, knight, or a rook against the loose h7-square or a different square near the Black king.

Black does not lose this game because of checks. Black does not lose this game because his king is exposed. <Black loses this game simply because White can effectively coordinate his pieces on a loose square near the Black king.>

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  syracrophy: 20.Rg5!!:

<a)> 20...Bxg5 21.Nxg5 and the only to avoid mate is 21...Qxg5 <21...Rd8 22.Qxh7+ Kf8 23.Qxf7#> 22.Qxg5 winning

<b)> 20...Qc7 21.Rh5!! gxh5 <if not is mate with 22.Qxh7#> 22.Qxh7#

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  notyetagm: <syracrophy> Yes, 20 ♖g5! is a great example of the <RELOADING> theme.

If Black captures the White g5-rook with his bishop (20 ... ♗xg5), then White simply <RELOADS> on the g5-square with his knight (21 ♘xg5), which forces mate or wins ♕ for ♖.

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  syracrophy: <notyetagm> And a last variation: 20...♕c7 21.♖h5!! ♖d8 22.♕xh7+ ♔f8 23.♕h8#

Anyways, Black was hopelessly lost

Mar-10-07  beginner64: Black can continue with 20. ..f5.

In that case, game may continue:
21. Rxg6 hxg6
22. Qxg6+ Kh8
23. Rg1!

Aug-11-07  dumbgai: Another exciting game in the same opening, from the same tournament is Morozevich-Van Wely where white also won with a decisive kingside attack. Perhaps we won't be seeing this line again in grandmaster play.
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  whiteshark: Thor's hammer to g5!
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  whiteshark: The next day <van Wely> repeated this game til move 12 only to resign seven moves later !! Morozevich vs Van Wely, 2002
Apr-20-08  Open Defence: why not simply 15...g6 ?
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  whiteshark: <Open Defence: why not simply 15...g6 ?> I think it's transposing after <15...g6 16.Rhg1 Nh5 17.Qh3>

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when black blundered with 17...Nf4??. But <17...Ng7 18.Ng5 Bxg5 19.Rxg5 e5 20.Qh4 Be6> instead looks o.k. for black.

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