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Zoltan Almasi vs Mihail Marin
Torneo di Capodanno (2008), Reggio Emilia, Jan-02
Spanish Game: Open. Bernstein Variation (C80)  ·  1-0


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Jan-03-08  syracrophy: There was no salvation. If 37...♔xe7 38.♖c7+ wins the ♘
Jan-04-08  MoroZ: Very nice game, 10...g6?! is a dubious system since 1978 Karpov-Korchnoi (Baguio city)... First time Almasi had to play this system was in 2003 a Tournament in Budapest vs Korchnoi himself! He played the passive move 12.Re1 [don't protect e5 and play f4-f5 with a strong attack as a compensation!] and got "only" the draw but here he had the opportunity to put Karpov refutation (Nd4) into action! I've analysed this game for french players (coz unfortunately few games are in french language so i took on my time to do it)...>>>

in the 10...d4 line Ng5!? is Igor Zaitsev idea (second of Karpov during his match vs Korchnoi) => u can take the Knight but u must be well prepared in the [12.Qf3 0-0-0] line (12...Kd7 13.Bd5 with strong play for white, for instance: 13...BxB 14.QxB+ Bd6 15.cxd4 Nxd4 16.Nc4) => or u can play dxc3 (remember Kasparov-Anand PCA World Chess Championship Match 6 was a draw on 28 but Kasparov and his analysts found a strong amelioration with a Rook sac in round 10) and Anand was crushed! He came back round 12 with the Ruy Lopez but he avoided the Open variation...hehe)

If 11...NxBc3 Karpov mean idea is NxN and easy play thx to the c5 square

Marin refused the e5 pawn but anyway it doesn't change anything u get excellent play on dark squares and black king on the center is still a problem for black...

U will notice that on move 20 black come back with the bishop on e7! ;-)

23...Ra6 and 27...Rg6 is typical of Marin's excellent skills in defense (dont forget he has wrote a book called "Secrets of Chess Defense (Learn how to defend and counter-attack)" Gambit edition....

28.e6! is the way to perforate black position!

30.Bd2 is a clever move don't forget about relative value of pieces (Knight on e5 is as stronger than the rook on g6), if white took the rook black maybe has some chance of "blocus" thx to 30.Nxg6 fxN and Qe4 according to engines like Rybka or Zappa (+3000) for instance...

Thx all for reading my [long] note and sorry my english really sucks [not my native language...i'm from France]

Gens Una Sumus!

Jan-04-08  Riverbeast: Your english does not suck MoroZ, it's actually quite good (and so is your analysis)
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  patzer2: White's 26. e6! is a good example of a positional clearance sham sacrifice, clearing the way for the Knight to dominate the position after 27. Ne5! .
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