|Dec-23-05|| ||Madman99X: So much for the petrov being an automatic draw.|
|Dec-23-05|| ||csmath: The game follows the line of Motylev-Kramnik but Rublevsky choses more "grab by the balls" approach - direct attack on the castling with mate threats and succeeds in getting a dominant ending from Motylev. Similar motives as in Svidler-Kramnik game, ill-placed king and a weak back rank. After completely cutting the black king out of the game he secured the win in ending.|
is a nice execution of a consistent and clear cut plan even though the game could have been a draw still if black played more precisely. Very instructive ending play.
|Dec-23-05|| ||csmath: <So much for the petrov being an automatic draw.>|
I think in this line the theory is just being established here on this tournament and I think this line will be considered drawish in the future. But it does have nice traps for further surprises. :-)
|Dec-23-05|| ||alicefujimori: Yes. Great endgame tehnique by White. 24.f3! must've been a shock to Black. I think 19...Qa5 or 19...Qc6 would've been better. It was important to prevent white's rook from infiltrating into the 7th rank.|
|Dec-23-05|| ||Hesam7: It looks like 23... Qe2 was Black's main error here. The immediate 23... Qa6 achieves a draw. Here are some lines I have produced with Fruit. Any comments are welcome. |
[A] 24. Qxa6 bxa6 25. f3 Rd6 26. h6
And Black is a full tempo up compared to the actual game.
[B] 24. Qf3 Qe6 25. Bxd5 Qxd5 26. Qxd5 Rxd5 27. Rxb7 a5 28. h6 a4 29. Rd3 Rdd8 30. Rf3 a3 31. Rfxf7 a2 32. Rg7 Kf8 33. Rbf7 Ke8 34. Re7 Kf8 35. Ref7 =
[C] 24. Qf4 Qd6 25. Qxd6 Rxd6 26. Bxd5 Rxd5 27. hxg6 hxg6 28. Rxb7 a5 29. Rd3 a4 30. Rf3 Rf8 31. Rb4 Rfd8 32. Rb7 Rf8 =
[D] 24. Qh4 Qd6 [25. hxg6 hxg6 26. Rc3 Kg7 27. Bxd5 Qxd5 28. Rf3 g5! ] 25. Bxd5 Qxc7 26. Qf6 gxh5 27. Qg5 Kf8 28. Qh6 Kg8 29. Qg5 =
[E] 24. Qe5? Qe2! [25. f3 Qxd1 26. Kh2 Qd2 ] 25. hxg6 Qxd1 26. Kh2 hxg6 27. Bxd5 Qh5 28. Qxh5 gxh5 29. Bxf7 Kf8 30. d5 a5 31. Be6 a4 32. Rh7 Ra6 33. f4 a3 34. f5 Re8 35. Rf7 Kg8 36. Rxb7 Kh8 37. Rb1 Kg7 38. Ra1 Kf6 39. Kg3 a2 40. Kf3 Ra3 41. Ke4 Ke7 42. Kd4 Rb8
|Dec-24-05|| ||sucaba: The move 31. _ f5 exposed the black and h to the white . The game may be still holdable with 31. _ f8, for example
32. d5 d6. Now the d is protected by the e, but the can control its path. After xh6, Black will get counterplay with the g and h s.|
On 23. _ a6 24. xa6 bxa6 25. f3, Black has 25. _ gxh5 , while 25. 25. Bxd5 Rxd5 26. h6 a5 should lead to a draw.
Yes, the move 24. f3! is astonishing, e.g. 24. _ xd1+? 25. h2 e6 26. hxg6 hxg6 27. xg6 b3 28. g5!.
|Dec-24-05|| ||tamar: Poor Motylev. He was defending well, but then saw a chance to take the initiative.|
It would be hard to resist playing 23...Qe2, especially it double attacks rook and bishop and appears to force the plausible 24 Bf3.
Anything else loses a piece, so why think, right?
After 24 f3!!, you could almost feel the air coming out of Black's balloon, and after an agonizing think, he played 24...Qa6, which would have drawn a move before, but now was just the best of bad choices.