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Shakhriyar Mamedyarov vs Loek van Wely
Corus (2008), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 5, Jan-17
Sicilian Defense: 2.b3 Variation (B20)  ·  1-0
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Jan-17-08
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  tpstar: <chessgames.com> Thanks for the live broadcast. =)

Powerful game by Mamedyarov.

Jan-17-08
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  ketchuplover: another game perhaps?
Jan-17-08
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  chessgames.com: Thanks to everybody for coming by today. The next round is tomorrow at 7:30am USA/Eastern. Hope to see you then!
Jan-17-08
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  Mateo: Good game for Mamedyarov. One of the finest games played so far in Corus this year. A clean one.
Jan-17-08
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  Knight13: <Rawprawn: Knight13 explain please?> Said I didn't see it until that guy pointed out it's "mate in a few moves."
Jan-17-08
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  whiteshark: Congrats to Mamedyarov for his 1st victory in this tournament!!
Jan-17-08  MindCtrol9: <See what I said? Unbelievable>
Jan-17-08  Rawprawn: Huge blunder by Gelfand 1:0
Jan-17-08  percyblakeney: Nice to see Mamedyarov win, and a very exciting game as well!
Jan-17-08
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  parmetd: mateo how can you make such an absurd comment? If this is the finest game in corus then it is also one of the only games you've had time to watch.
Jan-17-08  Tomlinsky: That game was ruined by modern time controls, imo. Up to a point it was classy, then it just becomes a game of blitz. One side pushing the clock and the other trying to beat it. You just end up with flawed gems past move 30 or so.
Jan-17-08  percyblakeney: So, in his 18th game in Corus A Mamedyarov finally got his first win after an impressive finish.
Jan-17-08
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  keypusher: Wow, Mamedyarov makes 2. b3 look good. That isn't easy. Although this guy can do it: Game Collection: Tamasz Gelashvili
Jan-17-08
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  Willem Wallekers: Live Game Viewer dead?
Jan-17-08  ahmadov: HURREY!!!
Jan-17-08  daniellovesbeer: How can he play 13...Qxc2? An awful move. I think that after 13...Ng4 he would even be better.
Jan-17-08  ahmedabdo: "unconciously I lose my nerve and became tensed" that is the best expression to van wely photo after the game
Jan-17-08
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  keypusher: <How can he play 13...Qxc2? An awful move. I think that after 13...Ng4 he would even be better.>

13...Qxc2 was a manly move, if you'll forgive the phrase. Obviously any GM knows it's risky to open a file in front of his own king, but sometimes that's how you win. One of the things that makes van Wely's games fun to follow is his aggressiveness, even against top opposition. It's not hard for Black to get a decent position in this variation, but van Wely wanted more. It didn't work out, but give him some credit for trying.

Jan-17-08
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  IMlday: Nice one! This is my favourite kind of chess. I don't think van Wely equalized against the basic plan to exchange light-squared ♗s and build the pawns on that colour. Black gets a little active piece play but he never threatens more than to accept a gambit. In view of the ♘ pair and firm grip on c4, White would probably not lose this even if it reached a pawn down endgame. With the ♕s on, Black's ♔ is a serious problem. Very Chigorinly, White crashes through on the light squares, f7, e6, g4, f5, thanks to the b4! gambit's initiative and the very active ♕/f3. Note that after 13..Ng4 14.Ng5 Nh6 15.0-0 Black is simply worse on space if he does not capture the hot gambit. Great game!
Jan-18-08  Ulhumbrus: 8...0-0-0! castles on the Queen side after White has prepared to attack the King side. It may be as good as it looks attractive. Instead of 9...dxe4, 9..e6 continues to develop
An alternative to 10..Nd4 is 10...e6 continuing to develop. Instead of 11...Qxd4 which develops the Queen early, 11...cxd4 makes the c pawn backward and attacks the point c3. 12...e6 frees the KB. Instead of this 12..Qc3?! plays to win a pawn while Black's development is still unfinished. Instead of 14 Ng5?! which does the same thing, 14 0-0 prepares to attack the Queen side. Instead of 23..Bf6, 23..Rd8 develops the worst placed piece, the KR and now Black may have a considerable advantage, with the superior minor piece in any coming endgame. Black neglects to develop his KR for several moves until White gains the chance to play f6 at a moment when the g7 pawn is pinned and then f7. This pawn in fact wins Black's KR in the end. Van Wely's omission to develop his KR in time has turned an advantage for Black into a win for White

Jan-18-08  ajile: This looks like it transposes into a type of Nimzo-Larsen Attack: Indian Variation. Except White has e4 instead of e3.

Ljubojevic vs D Komljenovic, 1972

Jan-19-08
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  notyetagm: Game Collection: Grooming pawns for promotion -- Seirawan

Position after 30 f5-f6!


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<30.f6! White's pieces are beautifully arranged to support the passed f-pawn. Black is in trouble.>

<The Mamedyarov - van Wely contest was interesting and well-balanced until near the end, when the Dutchman apparently overlooked Mamedyarov's plan to create a passed f-pawn. Unfortunately, this was the sort of error that was practically impossible to overcome, and he fell back to 50%.>

Notice how Mamedyarov is able to use the <PIN> by the White g4-queen on the Black g7-pawn against the <UNDEFENDED> Black g8-rook (<TACTICS>) to create a powerful <PASSED PAWN> (<STRATEGY>). A fine example of the interplay between <TACTICS> and <STRATEGY>.

Jan-19-08
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  notyetagm: Game Collection: Grooming pawns for promotion -- Seirawan

Position after 37 ♕d4-g7


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Jan-25-08
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  keypusher: <Nice one! This is my favourite kind of chess. I don't think van Wely equalized against the basic plan to exchange light-squared Bs and build the pawns on that colour. Black gets a little active piece play but he never threatens more than to accept a gambit. In view of the N pair and firm grip on c4, White would probably not lose this even if it reached a pawn down endgame. With the Qs on, Black's K is a serious problem. Very Chigorinly, White crashes through on the light squares, f7, e6, g4, f5, thanks to the b4! gambit's initiative and the very active Q/f3. Note that after 13..Ng4 14.Ng5 Nh6 15.0-0 Black is simply worse on space if he does not capture the hot gambit. Great game!>

Nice to have your comments on games like this, too, IMlday.

Feb-24-08
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  whiteshark: It's still unclear where vW went wrong.
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