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Denis Khismatullin vs Evgeny Alekseev
Russian Championship Superfinal (2006), Moscow RUS, rd 7, Dec-10
Nimzo-Indian Defense: Romanishin Variation (E20)  ·  0-1


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  Ron: No comments on this game yet? White allows his rook to be taken on the 10th move--and proceeds to attack and win
Dec-11-06  suenteus po 147: <Ron: No comments on this game yet?> Well it was only posted yesterday. Compare with this uncommented upon game posted 196 years ago before calculators were even invented: D Pendergast vs R LoPresto, 1810
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: This is one of the most baffling games I've seen in a while--if Alekseev's defense was not only sound, but forced, then this becomes one of the greatest defensive brilliancies ever.

But I have no idea how much of Black's play was "best."

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  Phony Benoni: 16...Kd8 is interesting. Why not play 16...Nc5, especially when the knight can be supported by ...Nfd7? At first I thought 17.Na4 Nfd7 18.Nxb6+ axb6 19.Nxa8 might work as the threat of 20.Nxb6 seemed difficult to deal with, but it looks like 20...Qb7 holds. It's not a lovely position, though.

Once Black gives up his queen for rook and knight White's attack is history. His bishop and knight simply cannot help out.

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  Cyphelium: <Phony Benoni> Perhaps a different move order would be better? 16.- ♘c5 17. ♘xa8!? ♕xa8 18. ♘a4 ♘fd7 19. ♘xb6 ♘xb6 20. ♕xc5+ looks dangerous for black. 20. -♔e8 21. ♕d6 looks losing, for example 21.- ♗b7 22. c5 ♘d5 23. c6 ♗c8 24. e4. On 20.- ♔f6, 21. ♖d4 threatening mate in three looks strong. 21.- e5 22. ♖d6+ ♗e6 23. f4 seems winning. I've only given this a brief look, so black's play may probably be strengthened. But if Alekseev calculated variations like these, it's easy to understand his over-the-board decision to avoid them.
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  Phony Benoni: <Cyphelium> That makes sense. I didn't trust the 16...Nc5 line, but didn't see your order of moves.
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