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Shakhriyar Mamedyarov vs Evgeny Alekseev
Tal Memorial (Blitz) (2008) (blitz), Moscow RUS, rd 17, Aug-29
Nimzo-Indian Defense: Kmoch Variation (E20)  ·  1-0
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Sep-02-08  saintstephen11: impressive!
Sep-02-08  notyetagm: 9 a4-a5


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Eight(!) of White's nine first moves were pawn moves in this game.

After nine moves White does not have a *single* piece developed! On the other hand, he does possess both a <MASSIVE PAWN CENTER> and <QUEENSIDE SPACE>. But note that White (Mamedyarov) can get away with this <LACK OF DEVELOPMENT> because:

1) Black cannot <OPEN THE POSITION> easily to exploit White's backward development

2) No Black piece has been developed beyond the first(!) rank

Shak was breaking the rules like an outlaw in this game but he knew *exactly* what he was doing. That's why he won a miniature against a 2700. :-)

Feb-06-17
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  whiteshark: Early piece development has always been overrated...

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