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Emanuel Berg vs Alexander Yuryevich (Nenashev) Graf
15th European Team Championship (2005), rd 3, Aug-01
Spanish Game: Morphy Defense. Breyer Defense Zaitsev Hybrid (C95)  ·  0-1


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Aug-09-05  djmercury: Too optimistic attack from white, punished with a nice rook sac in g2.

Some analysys with fritz 5.32:
<15... d5> last book move <16. dxe5 Nxe5 17. Nxe5 Rxe5 18. f4 Re8 19. e5 Nd7 20. Qg4 Bg7 21. Ba3 c5 22. Rd1?!> 22. Bb2 b4= <22. ... Bc6?!> 22. ... h5 23. Qf3 Qa5 24. Bc1 and black has a slight advantage <23. h4?> better 23. b4!?= <23. ... Qa5 24. h5 Qxc3 25. hxg6 hxg6 26. Re2 Nf8> not 26. ... b4? countered by 27. Bxg6! <27. Bb2> better was 27. Rd3!? Qa1 28. Rd1 Qxa2 29. Bxc5 and black has only a slight advantage <27. ... Bd7> not 27. ... Qxb2? 28. Bxg6! and only 28. ... Qxe2 can save black, because 28. .... Qa3 allows black to start a dangerous attack on the king side 29. Bf5 c4 30. Nh5 Ng6 31. Bxg6 Qc5+ 32. Kh1 fxg6 33. Qxg6 Re7 <28. Qg5?> Decisive blunder of white, Berg was too optimistic about the chance of his kingside attack, last chance to fight at least for a draw was 28. Qxd7 Qxg3 29. Qxd5 Ne6 <28. ... Qxb2 29. Bxg6 Qc3 30. Bxf7+ Kxf7 31. Nh5 Ne6 32. Qf5+ Kg8 33. Nf6+ Bxf6 34. exf6 Kf7 35. Rxd5?> black position is already lost but better was Qh7+ followed by Qxd7 <35. ... Qc1+ Kh2 36. Rh8+ 37. Kg3 Rag8+ 38. Kf2 Rxg2+! 39. Kxg2 Qh1+ 40. Kf2 Rh2+ 41. Kg3 Qg1+ 42. Kf3 Nd4+ 0-1> mate follows in the next few moves.

Apr-28-06  waddayaplay: Berg analyzed it in a Swedish chess magazine.

He said 15.b3 was too slow, and said that 15.a4 is more enigmatic, as was also played in a later round, in Fressinet vs A Graf, 2005 1-0.

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