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Andrei Volokitin vs Vadim Malakhatko
73rd Ukrainian Championship (2004), Kharkiv UKR, rd 2, Aug-27
Sicilian Defense: Kan Variation. Wing Attack (B43)  ·  1-0


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Sep-18-04  JohnSilver: A very impressive game by Andrei Volokitin. I've already heard somewhere that 5...b5 is risky because of 6. Bd3. 12.Nb5 is interesting move, don't know whether it is a novelty. But what about 13. ... ab? Don't see any decisive continuations for white. Can anyone help?
Sep-18-04  maoam: <JohnSilver>

<Don't see any decisive continuations for white. Can anyone help?>

<13...axb5>?? 14.♗xb5 skewers the Queen.

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  tpstar: This one's pretty deep. After 12. Nb5! then 12 ... axb5?! loses to 13. Bxb5 and White wins the Queen for two pieces. But Black chose 12 ... Ke7 leading to 13. e5! and the idea is 13 ... axb5 14. Bf3 with 2 branches:

1) 14 ... Qa6 15. Bxa8 Qxa8 (15 ... Bxe3? 16. ab) 16. Bxc5 dxc5 17. Qd6+ Ke8 18. Rfd1 Bb7 19. ab Qc8 20. Ra7 and Black has serious problems.

2) 14 ... d5 15. ab! Rxa1 16. bxc6 Rxd1 17. Bxc5+ & 18. Rxd1 with a Pawn up endgame.

Gotta love those White Bishops. ;>)

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  samvega: errr . . . wrong position again. ;)

If we're talking about black's 12th move, then yes, 12..axb5 13.Bxb5 skewers the Queen.

But if we're talking about black's 13th, I think it's slightly more complicated: 13..axb5 14.Bf3 d5 15.ab (overloading the Q)..Rxa1 16.bxc6 Rxd1 17.Bxc5+ Ke8 18.Rxd1 and white has recovered the piece with i think significant advantage.

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  samvega: doh, you beat me to it tpstar . . . but at least this way i know my analysis wasn't complete rubbish
Sep-22-04  LIFE Master AJ: This game is now deeply annnotated on my "Game Of The Month" web site. (September, 2004.)
Oct-11-04  jeffnool: moves like 12.Nb5! and 13.e5!! are stunning....
Oct-19-04  LIFE Master AJ: <jeffnool> No doubt! I agree, 100%.
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