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Shakhriyar Mamedyarov vs Krishnan Sasikiran
Mtel Masters (2007), Sofia BUL, rd 7, May-17
English Opening: King's English Variation. General (A20)  ·  0-1


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  Eyal: Mamedyarov missed excellent winning chances with 30.Qc2! threatening mate on h7: 30...Qf5 31.Nxd4; 30...Bf5 31.Qc1, picking up another pawn - f3 or b7.

Instead of 41.d7?? (played AFTER time scramble was over), White could force a draw by perpetual with 41.Nxd8 Rc1 (or Bh3) 42.Nf7+ Kg8 43.Nxh6+ Kh8 (43...Kf7 44.Rf7+ Ke8 45.Rc7) 44.Nf7+ etc. If the black king leaves the back rank it gets into a mating net, e.g. 42...Kg7 43.Ne5+ Kf6 44.Nd7+ Kg5 45.h4+ Kf5 46.Be4+ Kg4 47.Rg7+ Kh5 48.Nf6#

May-19-07  percyblakeney: <White's next move, after a 10-minute think, was the losing 41.d7. Mamedyarov bailed out of the post-game press conference so we don't know if he thought he was winning or missed the drawing line and thought he had no other choice. Kasparov's opinion was that Mamed missed the ..Bg2+ theme entirely. Sasikiran took a good long time before playing 41..Rg8, which wins with the same trick as the other winning move (which we expected since it looked more 'human', 41..Bxg2+ directly). It's hard to call it luck, but in our post-game interview with him on Chess.FM Sasikiran said he thought he was losing after the time scramble and 41.d7 only to find that he was winning by force!>

May-19-07  Ezzy: Mamedyarov,Shakhriyar (2757) - Sasikiran,Krishnan (2690) (7), 17.05.2007
1.c4 e5 2.g3 d6 3.Bg2 g6 4.Nc3 Bg7 5.d3 f5 6.e4 Nf6 7.Nge2 a5 <7...Nc6 is main line continuation. 7...a5 is very rare and only been played once before in my database.> 8.exf5 <8 a3 has been played,, so Mamedyarov's move is probably new.> 8...gxf5 9.d4 <This does have a threat of 10 dxe5 dxe5 11 Qxd8+ Kxd8 which leaves black's king in the center, and also black will be slow developing his bishop due to whites attack on the b7 pawn.> 9...0–0 10.Bg5 <Threatening to win a pawn by 11 dxe5 dxe5 12 Qxd8 Rxd8 13 Nd5 winning the c7 pawn.> 10...Qe8 11.0–0 h6 12.Bxf6 Bxf6 13.c5 <Threatening to win a pawn by 14 Bxb7 Bxb7 15 Qb3+ and 16 Qxb7> 13...Nc6 14.Nb5 Qe7 15.Nec3 Qg7 16.cxd6 cxd6 17.d5 Nd4 18.Nxd4 exd4 19.Nb5 f4!? <A risky move which makes the game extremely complicated.> 20.Nxd6 Bg4 21.Qd3 Be7 22.Nb5 <After these moves, Black has blocked in the white bishop, but he is a pawn down, and his pawns are all over the place. pretty complicated. [22.Nxb7 f3 23.Bh1 Ra7 24.d6 Rxb7 25.dxe7 Rxe7]> 22...f3 23.Bh1 Bc5 24.d6 <Threatening 25 Qc4+ winning the bishop>. 24...Kh8 25.Rad1 Rad8 26.a3 Bb6 27.Rfe1< Aiming at the e7 square> 27...Bf5 28.Qd2 Qf6 29.Re7< Mamedyarov has a strong position but it’s complicated> 29...Bd7 30.Rde1 <Mamedyarov should play [30.Qd3 Threatening mate in 1 30...Bf5 (30...Qf5 31.Nxd4 Winning the d pawn) 31.Qxf3 Winning the f pawn> 30...Qg5 <This move solves all black's problems as exchange of queens eases black's position> 31.Qd3 Qf5 <Now white can't play 32 Nxd4 because the white rook has moved from d1 to e1. This is why Mamedyarov should of played 30 Qd3 instead of 30 Rde1. Sasikiran has saved his f and d pawn >32.Qd2 Qg5 33.Qc2 Qf5 <Not 33...Bf5 because 34 Qd1 and again both f and d pawns are under attack.> 34.Qxf5 <[34.Qc1 keeping the pressure on was better.> 34...Rxf5 35.Nc7< Aiming for 36 Ne6 Bxe6 37 R1xe6 with a very strong position.> 35...d3 36.Rd1 Rc5 37.Bxf3 Rc2 38.Rf1 Bh3 39.Ne6 Bxf2+ 40.Kh1 Bxf1 41.d7?? <Disaster. Mamedyarov didn’t deserve this.41.Nxd8 Bh3 42.Nf7+ Kg8 43.Nxh6+ Kf8 44.Rf7+ Ke8 45.Rc7 and the game is equal> 41...Rg8 <and white can't escape mate or heavy material loss. 42.d8Q Rxd8 43.Nxd8 Bh3 44.Re8+ Kg7 45.Re7+ Kf8 0–1>
May-19-07  Ezzy: Really unfortunate for Mamedyarov who played a good strong game. But all credit to Sasikiran who dug deep and found some correct moves, and found good resourceful counterplay.
May-20-07  kingsindian2006: like to see unusual lines played besides the boring lopez and nimzo every other game..
Jun-03-07  gauer: The Globe & Mail also has a bunch of other annotations & variations of this game, featured in yesterday's column.
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