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Sergei Tiviakov vs Emil Sutovsky
European Individual Championship (2008)  ·  Sicilian Defense: Alapin Variation. Barmen Defense (B22)  ·  1-0
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Kibitzer's Corner
May-04-08
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  Karpova: Annotations from Tiviakov:

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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).

May-04-08
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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 [ http://www.chessgames.com/perl/ches... ] I saw no single reason to accept it.'

--Tiviakov

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May-04-08
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  notyetagm: Position after 18 Ra1-d1 (Tiviakov)


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From http://www.chessbase.com/newsdetail..., 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
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  notyetagm: Position after 21 Qe2-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 Bf4xh6!, and then after 22 ... Bd6xRg3 he played 23 Qg4xBg3!, forsaking the Black f8-rook.

Position after 22 Bf4xh6! Bd6xRg3 23 Qg4xBg3!


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The point is that Black cannot save his f8-rook from the White h6-bishop with 23 ... Rf8-e8?? because then he dies on the <WEAK DARK SQUARES> after 24 Qg3-e5.

(VAR) Position after 23 ... Rf8-e8?? 24 Qg3-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 Bh6xRf8, 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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