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Zoltan Almasi vs Pentala Harikrishna
4th Marx Gyorgy Memorial (2006), Paks HUN, rd 8, Aug-05
Spanish Game: Marshall Attack. Modern Main Line (C89)  ·  0-1


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Aug-06-06  Albertan: The move 19.f3 appears to be a theoretical novelty, In the game Karjakin vs Grischuk, 2006 Karjakin played 19.Re1
Aug-06-06  Albertan: Another idea for Harikrishna on move 19 was to play 19...b4!? play then could have continued:

19... b4!? 20.Nc4 bxc3 21. Bxg5 cxb2 22. Nxb2 Bxe4 23. fxe4 Be7 24. Bh6 Nc3 25. Bxf8 Kxf8 26.Rc1 Nxe4 27. Rxc6 Rxd4 =

Aug-06-06  Albertan: Almasi could have tried the more aggressive 21.e5 to try and gain an advantage how ever after:

21. e5 Be7 22. Ne4 h6 23. h4 Ne6
24. Ke2 c5 25. dxc5 Nxc5 26. Nxc5 Bxc5 27. hxg5 hxg5 28. Bxg5 Rde8 the game would be balanced.

Aug-06-06  Albertan: Almasi could have tried Nc6 on move 25, and play might have continued:

25.Nc6 Rc8 26.Rf1 Ne6 27.Nd4 Bc5 28.Rf6 Nxd4 29.cxd4 Rxe4 30.Kf3 Rxd4!? 31.Bxd4 Bxd4 32.Rxh6 Ra8 33.Rg6+ Kf8 34.Rxg5 Rd8 35.Rf5 f6 36.Rh5 Bxb2

Aug-06-06  Albertan: Almasi's sacrifice 29.Bxf7?! did not work out too well. Perhaps he should have been satisfied with playing 29.Nxh6+ instead in which case play might have continued:

29...Kg7 30.Rxf7+ Rxf7 31.Nxf7 Rf5+ 32.Kg4 Rxf7 33.Bxf7 Kxf7 34.Bxg5 Nf6+

Aug-06-06  Albertan: Almasi could have tried Bd4 on move 32:

32. Bd4 Re6 33. Ra7 Be7 34. Ra8 Nf6 35. h3 Kg6

Aug-06-06  Albertan: Almasi resigned on move 38 because if he for example played 38.h3 then after:

38. a3 Nd6 39. Bd4 Nc4 40. Ke2 Ke4
41. Kd1 Nxa3 42. Ke2 Nc4 43. Bh8 Ne3 44. h3 Nd5 45. Kd2 Nf4 46. Bd4 Nxh3 he is down a knight.

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  Mateo: Another interesting Marshall due to Harikrishna. And 2-0 for him against the strong IGM Almasi.

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. O-O Be7 6. Re1 b5 7. Bb3 O-O 8. c3 d5 9. exd5 Nxd5 10. Nxe5 Nxe5 11. Rxe5 c6 12. d4 Bd6 13. Re1 Qh4 14. g3 Qh3 15. Re4 g5 16. Qf1 Qxf1+ 17. Kxf1 Bf5 18. Nd2 Rad8 19. f3 Bxe4 <19. Re1 Karjakin vs Grischuk, 2006 1/2-1/2.> 20. fxe4 Nc7 21. Kg2 c5!? <21... h6 was a safer choice.> 22. Nf3!? <22. e5 Be7 23. dxc5 Ne6 (23... Bxc5 24. Ne4 wins the g pawn) 24. Ne4 Rd3 (impeding 24. Be3) 25. Nf2 (25. Bxe6!? fxe6 26. Nxg5 Bxg5 27. Bxg5 Rd5 ) Rdd8 26. Bd5 Nd8 27. Ng4! White has the advantage.> h6 23. Be3 cxd4 24. Nxd4 Rfe8 25. Rf1 Rd7 26. Rf6 Rxe4 27. Kf3 Re5 28. Nf5 Ne8 29. Bxf7+? <A complete failure. Almasi should have played 29. Nxh6 Kg7 30. Rxf7+ Rxf7 31. Nxf7 Rf5+ 32. Kg2 Rxf7 33. Bxf7 Kxf7 34. Bxg5. With 3 pawns for the Knight, it seems that he would have a small edge in this unbalanced ending.> Rxf7 30. Nxh6+ Kg7 31. Rxf7+ Kxh6 32. b4 <32. Ra7? Rxe3+!.> Be7 33. Bd4 Kg6 34. Rf4 Rf5 35. Rxf5 Kxf5 36. g4+ Ke6 37. Be3 Kd5 0-1

Aug-17-06  harifan: <Mateo> <Albertan> Thanks for the annotations! A tricky game to follow otherwise.
Aug-22-06  Christopher Ernest: Hi guys.In this match I think 27;Nf4
preparing bd4 to try and attack the kingside would be much better instead of KF3 which chases away the knight to a more favourable square.Does anybody see any weakness in this move?
Sep-17-06  harifan: I think Harikrishna got some good wins in the Ordix Open as well with the Marshall. Seems to have worked hard on his openings.
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