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Loek van Wely vs Alexander Motylev
"Motylev Crew" (game of the day Jul-26-2007)
Biel Chess Festival (2007), Biel SUI, rd 3, Jul-25
English Opening: King's English. Taimanov Variation (A25)  ·  0-1
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Jul-25-07  drmariogodrob: I have to admit that I'm a huge fan of the spitecheck.
Jul-25-07  Ezzy: Poor game from Van Wely. 31 Rxc6? allows the simple tactic 31...Qf2+ which one would expect Van Wely not to have missed considering black had trebled major pieces on the 'f' file
Jul-25-07  Gouki: <Poor game from Van Wely. 31 Rxc6? allows the simple tactic 31...Qf2+ which one would expect Van Wely not to have missed considering black had trebled major pieces on the 'f' file>

indeed,

this is a horrible game from Van Wely...what the hell was he thinking?

surely this is not the play of a GM rated 2680!

at this level as well, simple tactics like that should not be missed.

Jul-25-07  djmercury: Both players were in huge time troubles, their ability in blitz made the difference. Sometimes I really wonder how some gms manage their time, both played 20 moves in almost 1 hour and 50 minutes and they had to play the remaining 20 moves as a rapid. Has this any sense? I can understand the fear/will to avoid inferior/loosing moves, but reaching this extreme looks really bad to me.
Jul-26-07  tal lover: For sure I rather be in this game with white pieces than black until about the move 20. Its strange at the GM level happen a turn of tables like this, white until about move 20 have a perfect position, a good bishop (black have a bad one), white king is safer than black. Very poor play by Van Wely
Jul-26-07  tal lover: <ezzy> In my opinion 31.Rxe6 was the losing move too.
Jul-26-07  ForeverYoung: The comments about the time management of the players brings to mind something the late Paul Keres said "it would be better to play the first of the game less deeply so as to play the second part in a reasonaable manner".
Jul-26-07  Infin1ty: <djmercury> It has been my observation that loek manages to wrestle himself into time troubles in whatever opening he choses to play nowadays. Kind of sad for me since I've always been a big fan of his.

Rxc6 loses directly, of course. I do believe however, that the deterioration of the white army set in as early as 19.Ke2?!. A dubious move. Won't take more than a reasonable understanding of chess to understand this will give black a vital tempo somewhere since the f2 pawn can't be covered through the second rank unless the king steps out of the way at some point. This allows black to load up on a half-open file he already controls for the most part and there really isn't much white can safely do about it. Not without creating even more dramatic weaknesses or losing the pawn in question which would expose the king extremely and most likely, fatally.

Jul-26-07  Ezzy: <tal lover: <ezzy> In my opinion 31.Rxe6 was the losing move too.> 31 Rxc6 :-)
Jul-26-07  JG27Pyth: <Poor game from Van Wely. 31 Rxc6? allows the simple tactic 31...Qf2+ which one would expect Van Wely not to have missed considering black had trebled major pieces on the 'f' file>

I can't believe he missed it entirely. But I think he was concentrating on dealing with Black's powerful threat of Bb4. Either Rb1 or Rb2 would have been simpler and better than Rxc6 IMO (a quick check finds the computer agrees with my analysis nicely! Hey. Am I actually getting better!?)

Also, I do not understand the logic of 21. c5 at all. To me it seems Loek's move's from 21 on do more to improve black's bishop than white's!

Jul-26-07  zb2cr: Well 35. e5 needlessly provided Black with a high-value target--the loose Rook on d4--for a discovered attack.
Jul-26-07  blair45: Seems like Van Wely is the chump in a lot of the game collections I've seen lately. Of course, he'll never take NN's title.
Jul-26-07
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  kevin86: Not only was the last move a spite check,but moving e5 almost seems that it was played to SET UP the spite check. Too bad for white,if the pieces were moved forward one square,the "spite check" would be a pretty mate.
Jul-26-07
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  kevin86: btw,anyone ever read the comic strip,MOTLEY'S CREW,?
Jul-26-07  WarmasterKron: <drmariogodrob> I have to admit that I'm a huge fan of Motley Crue.
Jul-26-07  Skylark: <tal lover: For sure I rather be in this game with white pieces than black until about the move 20. Its strange at the GM level happen a turn of tables like this, white until about move 20 have a perfect position, a good bishop (black have a bad one), white king is safer than black. Very poor play by Van Wely>

Actually I thought Van Wely played the opening rather poorly. As early as 5 he created structural weaknesses in his own camp, and your theory of good bishop vs bad falls flat on its face since at move 20 white's bishop only had 2 squares, and it ended up being a big pawn on the first rank, defending f2. White was completely outplayed in this game.

Jul-26-07  schnarre: <WarmasterKron> Makes two of us!
Jul-26-07
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  Pi Guy: <kevin86: Not only was the last move a spite check,but moving e5 almost seems that it was played to SET UP the spite check. Too bad for white,if the pieces were moved forward one square,the "spite check" would be a pretty mate.>

Black could block the check with his rook, so it wouldn't be checkmate.

Jul-26-07  Rodrigo Gutierrez: <Skylark: Actually I thought Van Wely played the opening rather poorly. As early as 5 he created structural weaknesses in his own camp>

Not really. This is the Botvinnik system of the English opening, where white allows himself to have a hole in d4 in exchange for a closed center and very good chances of play in both wings. This being said, Van Wely DID play terribly since the opening: 18. b4 is a terrible move. White should have acknowledged that his way of playing the opening gave him no advantage and should have settled for 18. 0-0-0, leading into a more quiet game. Chosing a wing attack with 18. b4 after black had neutralized him on the kingside was a little too optimistic...

Jul-26-07  RandomVisitor: After 29...Rh1 white can improve with 30.f4!

1: Loek Van Wely - Alexander Motylev, Biel Chess Festival 2007


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Analysis by Rybka 2.3.2a mp:

30.f4 gxf4 31.Rxc6 Bxd6 32.Qf3 Qh5 33.Qxh5 Rxh5 34.Rxd6+ Kxd6 35.Bb4+ Kd7 36.Bxf8 fxg3 (0.77) Depth: 20

Jul-28-07  malvar: 7. d3?.... I feel b3 is better because it allows more flexibility in the back ranks. for whites. Besides the long diagonal is blocked

15. ...Kd7! I liked. Strong

Whites 26th move, Rc1?? I hate this move. Whites is cramped up as it is; I would have attempted to transfer the King to the Queen's flank with Re2. But that could lead to a nice combination for mate for black...I just dont feel like looking for it now.

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