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Ernesto Inarkiev vs Ian Nepomniachtchi
Russian Championship Superfinal (2006), Moscow RUS, rd 9, Dec-13
French Defense: Steinitz. Boleslavsky Variation (C11)  ·  1-0


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  al wazir: A beautiful finish. Every move white made from 28 on was forcing. But I think he could have played the immediate 32. Qd8.
Dec-13-06  NBZ: Black seems to have gone wrong somewhere between moves 13 and 15. 13. ... Bxd4 hardly looks forced, something like Qb6 makes more sense. But 15. ... b4 looks like the big mistake, allowing the excellent rejoinder 16. Ne4! followed by Nd6, and white was already on his way to victory.
Dec-13-06  Karpova: 13...Qc7 is theory: R Polzin vs M Gurevich, 2005
Dec-13-06  Sydro: The move 32.Rxg7+ would be quite pretty too.
Dec-13-06  black knight c6: is it a mistake that black moved 28. ... Rd8 and not just Rf8 first?
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  tamar: <is it a mistake that black moved 28. ... Rd8 and not just Rf8 first?>

No, it was noticeable after 28 Bh5 Nepomniachtchi slowed way down and started to lose his 40 minute or so advantage on the clock. There is no saving resource.

if 28...Rf8 29 f7+ Rfxf7 (29...Rcxf7 30 Bxf7+ Rxf7 31 Rc1 skewers Queen and bishop) 30 Bxf7+ Kxf7 31 Qh5+ g6 32 Qh6 and 32 Rc1 will again embarrass the Queen in most variations.

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  tamar: 16 Ne4! answering 15...b4 was the first indication it was Inarkiev's day, and also that Nepo is less alert in defense than on the attack.
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  chancho: 35...Kf7 36.Qg8+ Ke7 37.Rg7#
Dec-16-06  notyetagm: <tamar: 16 Ne4! answering 15...b4 was the first indication it was Inarkiev's day, and also that Nepo is less alert in defense than on the attack.>

Yes, 16 ♘e4! is a great example of the <RELOADER> theme, the tactical idea that one defender (Black d5-pawn) cannot keep out more than one attacker (White c3-knight, e3-queen).

Position after 16 ♘e4!:

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The point is that if Black captures the White e4-knight with 16 ... dxe4?, then White will <RELOAD> on the e4-square with his queen with 17 ♕xe4, creating a <DOUBLE ATTACK> which threatens both 18 ♕xh7# and 18 ♕x♖a8.

(VARIATION) Position after 16 ... dxe4? 17 ♕xe4:

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16 ♘e4! is a very fine example of this <RELOADER> theme and also a good example of the interplay between strategy and tactics. By means of this tactic, White is able to plonk a knight onto the ideal outpost square d6.

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