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Sergei Tiviakov vs Emil Davidovich Sutovsky
European Individual Championship (2008), Plovdiv BUL, rd 11, May-02
Sicilian Defense: Alapin Variation. Barmen Defense (B22)  ·  1-0


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  Karpova: Annotations from Tiviakov:

Tiviakov claims that 2...Nf6 was better than 2...d5. 6...Nc6 was a dubious move (but Tiviakov doesn't call it a mistake) with 6....Qd8 being normal. 11...Nxd4 was a novelty and after 13...Bxd4 Tiviakov was out of his preparation (having looked at 13...exd5 only). 14...Bc5 is called a serious mistake.
25.Bb3 and 25...Kg7 are being critisized (25.Qf4 or 25.Bd3 and 25...Rd2 were preferable). 42...f4 gets a question mark but Tiviakov thinks the ending had already been winning before (see his comment after 29...Be6).

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  whiteshark: 'Emil also offered me a draw in the evening before this game. But being White in the last round also having a big positive score against Emil [ ] I saw no single reason to accept it.'



May-04-08  notyetagm: Position after 18 ♖a1-d1 (Tiviakov)

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From, Tiviakov's annotations:

<Until here I was making all natural simple moves rather quickly and at this point I realised that Black without doing anything specially wrong stands on the edge of losing. I was looking at the board and saw no defence for Black. White just plays Rd1-d3-g3, followed by Qe2-g4, and/or Bf4-e5, and the mating attack comes...>

May-05-08  notyetagm: Position after 21 ♕e2-g4 g7-g6

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Here Tiviakov (White) played an elegant <PETITE COMBINAISON> which wins a pawn, the game, and the European Championship.

Tiviakov broke the <PIN> on his White f4-bishop with 22 ♗f4xh6!, and then after 22 ... ♗d6x♖g3 he played 23 ♕g4x♗g3!, forsaking the Black f8-rook.

Position after 22 ♗f4xh6! ♗d6x♖g3 23 ♕g4x♗g3!

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The point is that Black cannot save his f8-rook from the White h6-bishop with 23 ... ♖f8-e8?? because then he dies on the <WEAK DARK SQUARES> after 24 ♕g3-e5.

(VAR) Position after 23 ... ♖f8-e8?? 24 ♕g3-e5

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Tiviakov gives <[23...Rfe8 is impossible because of 24.Qe5 f6 25.Qxf6 Qc7 26.Qxg6+ ]>.

So the <LOOSENESS> of the g7-square next to the Black g8-king means that Black has to give back the Exchange with 24 ♗h6x♖f8, losing a pawn in the process. A better example of the danger of having <LOOSE SQUARES NEXT TO YOUR KING> you will be hard pressed to find. The <LOOSE> g7-square cost Black (Sutovsky) a whole freaking pawn!

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  Mating Net: So much for activating the King. White has such an advantage that he can afford to leave his King stuck on the back rank and let his troops do the work to score the point.
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