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Sergei Tiviakov vs Le Quang Liem
Moscow Open (2008), rd 6
Sicilian Defense: Alapin Variation. General (B22)  ·  0-1
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Feb-08-08  Takya Kotov: This is a helluva game.
Feb-08-08  Zygote: Tiviakov greatly overstrechted... It looks like his first sacrifice was sound, but after <19...Nf6> [bad FEN: b2r1rk1/p1q1pp1/2n1pn1B/2N4Q/RP6/2P3P1/5PBP/1N2R1K1]hy did Tiviakov play Qg5?(which looks winning). Also, why did Tiviakov constantly refuse to take the knight on g4?
Feb-08-08  Shams: Chessgames: PGN needs to be changed to 2008.

<zygote> can you improve on 20.Qg5 Ne8 21.Qg4 Nf6 22.Qg5 Ne8<?> As for your second question, I wondered that myself.

Feb-08-08
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  al wazir: It looks to me as if Tiviakov didn't take his opponent seriously (after all, Le was rated 200 points lower, and Chinese to boot!). White's attack was premature. 22...Qe5 is a sensational move!
Feb-08-08  Shams: <al wazir> "Liem" should tip you off; the player with the black pieces is Vietnamese. But more to the point, why would his ethnicity or nationality make any difference? Strange comment. Anyway, I don't think we can assign such condescension to Tiviakov just because he threw too much wood on the fire.

I agree, 22...Qe5 is a lovely counter.

Feb-09-08
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  Gilmoy: <Zygote: Also, why did Tiviakov constantly refuse to take the knight on g4?> White has +2 pawns for -2 pieces. Even taking the N, he's still losing on material, plus it exposes his K and cedes initiative to Black, which looks fatal. Example: 25.hxg4 Ne5 (shielding e6), and now Black has no weaknesses, while White's pieces are stranded on the Q-side. The exchange of light squared bishops looks forced, and then Black has Nf3(+) or Ng4 with mate threats at h2.

So 25.Rxe6 <now or never> Rxf2! tit-for-tat, and the N is still indirectly protected by the <mutual threat> to White's R: 26.hxg4 Rxg2+ 27.Kxg2 Nd4+ totally even trade, and White is still losing.

Hence, 26.Rg6+ checking out of danger is White's only hope -- now he can collect the N, but it's still just an even trade for his B, whether he accepts or declines Black's R (28.Kxg2 Ne5+ his own R is <still> hanging). 28..Ke8 quietly snuffs any spite checks, and White's K-side looks like a cubicle office.

Feb-09-08
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  al wazir: <Shams: why would his ethnicity or nationality make any difference?>

It shouldn't. My comment is even more inane after you replace "Chinese" with "Vietnamese." But if you haven't noticed, China and Russia compete in many arenas, and the competition is not without its nationalistic overtones.

So I retract my inane comment and say once again, 22...Qe5 was sensational.

Feb-09-08  Shams: <Gilmoy> great post.
Feb-11-08  belgradegambit: 22....Qe5! will be the answer to a Sunday puzzle someday.
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