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Arsen Yegiazarian vs Artashes Navasardovich Minasian
"Arsen Suspect" (game of the day Mar-29-2006)
66th Armenian Championship (2006), Yerevan ARM, rd 8, Mar-23
Zukertort Opening: Kingside Fianchetto (A04)  ·  0-1


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  Honza Cervenka: Black exploited White's weakness on d3 quite convincingly in this game. After 21...Nd3 White was forced to exchange the Knight giving Black a mighty advanced passed Pawn on d3. Black's sac of exchange in move 28 created a steamroller, which White was unable to stop. Pretty game.
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  WannaBe: Nice game... very, very nice.
Mar-29-06  HannibalSchlecter: Black never let white up off the mat.
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  WannaBe: Since black was the winner in this game, the other potential pun would be 'Grand Arsen-y'.
Mar-29-06  Rookinstein: White should have played 15.♘d2 followed by ♘f1 followed by ♘g3 where his Knight wud have been more moble and aggressive in due course
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: This game brings back memories of a lot of my losses. A series of superficially solid moves without a specific plan leaves White in a passive position with nothing to do but react, always a move or two away from being able to do something, but never able to take the initiative. Ugh.
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  OhioChessFan: In a courtroom in a small town in Georgia, the judge asks, "Sheriff, what is the charge against this defendant?" The sheriff replies, "Arson, your honor." The judge says to the defendant, "Son, we've had too much of that around here. You're going to marry that girl."
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  EmperorAtahualpa: Whoa, White got outplayed here in a really cool fashion. As <Honza Cervenka> mentioned, d3 is indeed White's weak spot. Black kept on punching on that square and the rook sacrifice was well worth it for that purpose.
Mar-29-06  dakgootje: d3 was deadly for white here. White was just totally lost...very nice indeed, good played by black.
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  Shubes82: What about

24) Bxf6 Qxf6
25) Qe1 Qd6
26) e4 Be6
Then white plays 27) Qe3 and 28) Be2 and the pawn must fall.

However, does 25)...Qc3 ruin my analysis?

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  kevin86: With all of those major pieces out there,it's fun to see a pair of pawns decide this one.

If the loser went without meat,could we call him:Yegiazarian the vegetarian.

By the way if vegetarians eat veggies,what do humanitarians eat?

Mar-29-06  Runemaster: Alternative pun suggestion: "Artashes, artashes, we all fall down."
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  YouRang: Very instructive play using the exchange sacrifice 28...Rxd5 and the following queen moves to produce and advance a strong tandem of passed pawns.
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  Check It Out: Nice game. It seems like 12...e4 caused a lot of white's problems. What about 10.Nh4 to hassle that pesky f5 bishop, possibly with an eventual e5 blockade?

Another pun: "Minasian persuasion"

Mar-29-06  itz2000: Great game! reminds me of the game I had today in a chess tournament (got 3rd ;) ) sac my queen + knight vs queen in order to keep my pawns forward in 1 step before becoming a queen (or a Knight, but I would have chosen a queen in this sitsuation and mate in #1), he resigned.

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  Ezzy: A Yegiazarian (2531) - Art Minasian (2574) [E61]
66th Armenian Championship Yerevan ARM (8), 23.03.2006 1.Nf3 g6 2.c4 Bg7 3.Nc3 c5 4.e3 Nf6 5.d4 00 6.Be2 d6 7.00 Bf5 8.b3 e5N 9.dxc5< White cannot win a pawn by 9.dxe5 dxe5 10.Nxe5 Ne4 and black wins material> 9...dxc5 10.Bb2 Nc6 11.Nd5 Re8 12.Qc1 e4 13.Nxf6+ Bxf6 14.Rd1 Qe7 15.Ne1 Rad8 16.a3 Rxd1 17.Bxd1 h5 18.Ra2 Ne5 19.Bc3 h4 20.Rd2?! <20 h3 Blocking blacks pawn advance seems better. Now the weaknesses around white king prove fatal>. 20...h3 21.g3 Nd3 22.Nxd3 exd3 23.Bf3 Rd8 24.Qa1 Bxc3 25.Qxc3 b6 26.Qa1 Qe6 27.Qf1 b5 28.Bd5 Rxd5! <Minasian now has complete control of the light squares> 29.cxd5 Qxd5 <Threatening 30...Qf3 31...Be4 and mate cannot be avoided.> 30.f3? <30.g4 Bxg4 31.Rxd3 Qe4 <Now threatening 32.. Be2> so 32.f4 and white is still fighting.> 30...c4 <30...Qxb3 is more fun, playing with 4 connected passed pawns after 31..Qxa3> 31.bxc4 bxc4 32.e4 Qd4+ 33.Qf2 Qa1+ 34.Qf1 Qc3 35.Qe1 Bc8 36.Kf2 Qxa3 37.Qe3 Ba6 38.Qxa7 c3 39.Qb8+ Qf8 40.Qxf8+ Kxf8 41.Ra2 c2 01

Nice play from the new Armenian champion.

Mar-29-06  ChessPieceFace: i'm always scared of sacrifices. i'm scared to make them, and i'm scared to take them when offered. this is probably a dead giveaway of my supreme novice status.

by the way <emperoratahualpa> dig the new icon! although i'm a huge AFX fan. :)

Mar-29-06  Viking55803: I though white's opening looked pretty spiffy until it all came undone. Is 21 Nd3 where things started going badly, or was it earlier than that?
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