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Konstantin Rufovich Sakaev vs Sergei Tiviakov
FIDE World Cup (2005), Khanty-Mansiysk RUS, rd 31, Dec-03
Formation: King's Indian Attack (A07)  ·  1-0


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Dec-04-05  LIFE Master AJ: E-mail time.

The first 15 moves are book, after that I am unsure.

"Where did Black go wrong?" You got me. (Maybe when he sat down to play? j/k)

In all honesty, this is a game of inordinate difficulty and complexity. To truly understand it, I would have to spend a few days with it. (Of course, I would have to use a ton of computer time as well.)

Of course, if you are a fan of my "Game of The Month" website, and have been downloading the "games considered" file every month, you have already seen several annotated games by Sakaev.

His star is definitely on the rise, his rating has gone up around 100 points in the last year or so.

Dec-04-05  euripides: Fischer aparently thought the King's Indian Attack was very effective against 2..e6 in the Sicilian. Here it produces a magnificently squelchy strategic bog and Sakaev has the more reliable duckboards.
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  acirce: <Of course, if you are a fan of my "Game of The Month" website, and have been downloading the "games considered" file every month, you have already seen several annotated games by Sakaev.

His star is definitely on the rise, his rating has gone up around 100 points in the last year or so.>

Surely you mean Tiviakov?



Dec-04-05  LIFE Master AJ: Strategically ... I would have to say that Black spent too much time on the Q-side. (Which went nowhere.)

Sakaev neutralized his opponent's <seeming> piece play ... and then crushed him back on the K-side and in the center.

Dec-04-05  euripides: 31...Kb5 does rather carry the message: 'I am Tigran Petrosian reincarnate. Prove me wrong'.
Dec-04-05  LIFE Master AJ: He was proven!
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  OhioChessFan: I have to go with 42...exf5 as the losing move. It expanded White's room, allowed the central pawn advance, and did nothing for Black's position.
Dec-04-05  Averageguy: I tried the KIA in my last tournament but I didn't like the fact that if black decides to exchange with then white's best is to go into an early endgame, which I don't really like.
Dec-05-05  LIFE Master AJ: <Ohio> That might be true, but Black's position was already grossly inferior, esp. from a viewpoint based solely on strategy.
Dec-06-05  Raskolnikov: What about 30.fe? If 30...fe then 31.♘g6 with a double-threat 32.♘:h8 and 32.♗h4. If 30...♗:e6 then 31.♘f5 with a threat of 32.♗h4. Thus Black is forced to play 31...♗:f5. After 32.♖:f5 ♕e7 33.e6 Black has two possibilities: 1)33...fe or 2)33...♕:e6. Letīs have a closer look:

1)33...fe 34.♗:d5 ♘:d5 35.♖:d5! e.g. ♔:d5 36.♕f3 mating;

2)33...♕:e6 34.♗:d5 ♘:d5 35.♕:c4+.

Dec-06-05  euripides: <ohio> 42...exf5 does look surprising. However, White is apparently planning to play Bc2. There are then two possible attacking plans. One is fxe6 opening the f file. I think Black may be able to defend against this by Bc8 and if fxe6 then Bxe6. The other is f6 and if g6 hxg6 White will get a dangerous f pawn and may pick up the g or h pawns (dodging pins on the h file). If Black tries gxf6 White can play Bxh7 Rxh7 Rxf6.

Tiviakov preferred to keep the files closed and blockade the pawn on e6; one problem with this, which eventually became fatal, was the weakness of d5. Hard to tell whether this defence was better than the alternatives; Black's in for a tough time anyway.

Dec-06-05  euripides: <raskolnikov> 30 fe looks good to me. I like the way Black' overloaded structure collapses. One possible thought is something like <30 fxe6 Bxe6 31 Nf5> Ra7 !? 31 Bh4 Bxf5 32 Bxg5 Bxc2 33 Qxc2 (if e6 then Bd3) hxg5 and I don't know if Black is still alive.
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