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Alexander Motylev vs Evgeny Ilgizovich Bareev
Russian Championship Superfinal (2005), Moscow RUS, rd 10, Dec-29
Caro-Kann Defense: Advance. Short Variation (B12)  ·  1-0


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Dec-30-05  who: what a wild game
Dec-30-05  Frankly: What a fantastic, fantastic game. It is the kind of game that can do with helpful analysis - half of the possibilities are lost on one. Excellent stuff.
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  tamar: 19...Rxb5 was a practical decision.

if 19...Nf5 20 Na7 Qa6 21 Bxc6+ Kd8 22 Bxd5 exd5 23 Qxd5+ Bd6

when it is still very hard to judge who is better

Jan-03-06  sucaba: 21. _ ♘c8 doesn't help: 22. ♗xc6+ ♕xc6 23. cxd5 ♕b7 24. ♕g4 e5 25. ♖c1 ♘d6 26. ♕a4+ ♕d7 27. ♖c6 ♘b7 28. b3 ♗d6 29. ♖b6 ♕xa4 30. bxa4 ♗e4 31. ♖c1 , winning back a piece.

Or 20. _ ♘f5 21. ♖xd5 exd5 22. ♕xd5 ♘d6 23. ♗xc6+ ♔d8 24. ♖e1 ♕f5 25. ♕d4 ♔c7 26. ♗f3 ♘b5 27. ♕a4 ♕c5 28. ♖d1 and now 28. _ ♕b4 29. ♕a6 or 28. _ ♘d6 29. b4 .

But 17. _ ♘f5 seems to work: 18. ♘xf5 ♗xf5 19. ♖fe1 b5 20. ♗b3 ♔d8 21. ♘xd5 exd5 22. ♗xd5 ♔c7 23. ♗xc6 ♗g4 24. ♕c3 ♗xd1 25. ♖e8 ♔b6 26. ♖xc8 ♖xc8 .

Jan-04-06  Raskolnikov: This game won the Best Game of Championship Prize.
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  Mateo: First point. Why not 15... gf. I guess a key variation should be 16. gf (16. Qf6 Rg8) Nf5 17. Nc6 bc 18. Nd5 Rb8!?. But is it looks playable for Black.
Jan-05-06  sucaba: <Mateo>, you say that 15. _ gxf6 16. gxf6 ♘f5 17. ♘xc6 bxc6 18. ♘xd5 ♖b8 looks playable for Black. I agree. A plausible continuation:
19. ♘f4 ♖b6 20. ♘xg6 fxg6 21. ♖fe1 ♔f7 22. ♖ad1 ♗c5 23. ♖e5 ♗d6 24. ♖xf5 ♗xh2+ 25. ♔xh2 gxf5 26. ♖d6 ♕b8 27. ♕g3 ♔xf6 28. ♗b3 c5 29. ♕h4+ ♔g6 30. ♕g3+ ♔f6 =. Or 19. _ ♘d4 20. ♕e3 ♗xc2 21. ♕xd4 ♖b4 22. ♕c3 ♖xa4 23. ♘xe6 ♕xe6 24. ♕xc2 ♖e4 25. ♖ac1 , where Black has still difficulties to castle and protect the ♕wing ♙s.
Jan-05-06  dakgootje: nice game, maybe some day GOTD?
Jun-26-06  whatthefat: Fantastic game - it's been awarded second best game of 2005 by

May-17-07  Plato: GM Sergey Ivanov's commentary:

"It’s impossible to describe this fabulous in its tension encounter in a few words, an article can be written about it. Something incredible started happening on board starting from the White’s 15th move 15.Bf6!: there was one blow after another (mixed up with counterblows) for the next thirteen moves – amazing, pieces were flying over the board as if they had wings, and the opponents clinched like two boxers, it seemed that in a moment they will “see stars”…

When the smoke lifted there was a prosaic ending with bishops of opposite colors and two extra pawns for White on board. However forty-move converting stage followed, but there was no single moment, when there were doubts that Alexander Motylev will have the most outstanding victory in his career. In my opinion, the mentioned 13-move piece will become history of chess art"

Feb-13-08  Alphastar: Doesn't 55. ..Rf2 draw?
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  Eyal: <Alphastar: Doesn't 55. ..Rf2 draw?>

Apparently not - 55...Rf2 56.Ra5+ followed by 57.Rf5.

Mar-06-08  computer chess guy: Very complex to analyze. 18. Ncxb5 does look best, but possibly not winning by itself. Computers suggest 19 .. Qd7 as another possible defense. As noted earlier, Black could also have tried 20 .. Nf5, after which I think 21. c4 is still best: one line goes 21. c4 Nd6 22. cxd5 Nxb5 23. dxc6 Bc5 24. Rfe1 Nd4, where Black is down material but better off than after 20 .. Qb7, I think.
May-19-14  Conrad93: 18. exf7 is best. The variation Motylev played loses after 20. Nf5! c4 21. Nd6! cxd5 22. Nxb5 dxc6 23. Nd6!

1.08 for black.

After 18. exf7! black stands much worse.

May-19-14  Conrad93: 23. Bc5 might be better.
Jun-26-15  Conrad93: <nice game, maybe some day GOTD?>

I agree with you 100%. This is long overdue for a GOTD.

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  perfidious: A remarkable game and a fine victory over a formidable opponent.
Apr-22-17  Saniyat24: Superb...the exchanges were simply insane!
Apr-22-17  Saniyat24: Brave Exchange...!
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