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Sergei Movsesian vs Normunds Miezis
Olympiad (2008), Dresden GER, rd 7, Nov-20
Sicilian Defense: French Variation (B40)  ·  1-0


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  arsen387: a complete domination by Sergei. Clearly yesterday was not Miezis's day
Nov-21-08  orio24: He is an excellent player. He's gonna surprise everybody at the next Corus.
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  Penguincw: < orio24: He is an excellent player. He's gonna surprise everybody at the next Corus. >

And he performed well, finishing in 2nd place.

Corus (2009)

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  al wazir: I got 14. Rxe6 fxe6 15. Re1, but then I expected black to play 15...Ne4. I think it ends up with the ♕s swapped and white getting two or three ♙s for the exchange.

But in the game line, why didn't black play 17...Bd6 ? After 18. Bxd5+ Bxe5 19. Rxe5+ Kd7 20. Bxc6+ Kxc6, material is roughly even and the attack has gone quiet.

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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Saw the first three moves and knew White had a strong attack and great Bishop in return for the Exchange sac. But Miezes put up quite a fight and forced White to find some problem-like moves such as 25.Bc8. Not certain whether I may claim full credit or not.
Jun-23-18  Walter Glattke: Several options after 18.Ne2: 18.-g5/18.-Bd6/18.-Ne4/18.-Bc5 Clear this in 3 min. per move, please!!
Jun-23-18  diagonalley: whew! the exchange sac must surely have been an act of faith(?!) ... commendable of course... but there was a helluva lot of work to do thereafter
Jun-23-18  Sonia lamba: Seems like brother of Adam's and mother of sicillian nimzo ....Waiting move after sacs too good...Old players had classic chess ..Woo..magnus ..caru..No one stand thereby them
Jun-23-18  Boerboel Guy: I also got the first three moves!
Well played Sergei!
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  jith1207: <Al Wazir> if Bd6 is played, just Qf5 seems to give an attack (either Qg6 check or by way of pin on knight if Black's king moves to f file) that ends up black giving up its queen, because after the Black's bishop moved, it makes task easy for White to unpin the check while attacking queen at the same time.
Jun-23-18  mel gibson: I didn't know what to do.

Stockfish 9 agrees with the first few moves:


(14. Rxe6 (♖e1xe6 f7xe6 ♖a1-e1 ♖a8-d8 ♕d4-d3 ♔e8-f7 ♗h3xe6+ ♕d7xe6 ♖e1xe6 ♔f7xe6 ♕d3-g6 ♖h8-g8 ♘c3-e2 ♗e7-c5 g3-g4 ♖d8-f8 ♕g6-f5+ ♔e6-f7 ♗f4-e5 ♖f8-e8 ♗e5xf6 g7xf6 ♕f5xd5+ ♔f7-g7 ♘e2-f4 b7-b6 ♘f4-e6+ ♔g7-h8 ♕d5-h5 ♖g8xg4+ ♔g1-f1 ♖e8xe6 ♕h5xg4 ♖e6-e7 ♕g4-f4 a6-a5 ♕f4xh6+ ♔h8-g8 h2-h4 ♔g8-f7 ♕h6-h7+ ♔f7-e6 ♕h7-g6 ♔e6-e5 ♕g6-d3 ♔e5-e6 ♕d3-e4+ ♔e6-f7) +4.63/36 181)

score for White +4.63 depth 36

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  ChessHigherCat: Sergei freezis Miezis' piezis

14. Rxe6 fxe6 15. Re1 Kf7 (...Ne4 16. Nxe4 dxe4 17. Qxe4 Kd8 18. Bxe6 Qe8 19. Rd1+ ) 16. Bxe6+ Qxe6 17. Rxe6 Kxe6 18. Qe5+ Kf7 19. Nxd5 Nxd5 20. Qxd5+ Kf8 21. Qxb7 Rd8 22. Qxa6

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  ChessHigherCat: Wow, fortunately I missed the insanely insane game line of 15. Rd8! When I saw it, I found the next couple of moves but not 18. Ne2. I'm not used to that kind of slow subtle attack and continuous build-up la second movement of Beethoven's 7th but I guess that's what it takes to be an incandescent hot shot.
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  malt: Come up with
14.R:e6 fe6 15.Re1 Ne4 16.Q:g7 Rf8 17.Qg6+ Kd8 18.B:e6
Jun-23-18  Whitehat1963: Impossible!
Jun-23-18  WorstPlayerEver: Had the first moves. SF gives a mind boggling var, though:

17. Qd3 Kf8 18. Qg6 Qe8 19. Qf5 Qh5 20. Qd3 Bd6 21. Ne4 #dia

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  takchess: Intuition told me it was a Sackapalooza starting on e6. Beyond thar nothing.
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  patzer2: Since it was a Saturday, where the puzzles are typically difficult, it wasn't hard to figure the combination involved the exchange sacrifice and pinning combination 14. Rxe6! fxe6 15. Re1 Rd8 16. Bxe6 +- (+3.12 @ 23 ply, Stockfish 9 analysis of move 14...?) to expose and attack the weak King position.

What I did find difficult was (1) initially recognizing the Rook sacrifice 14. Rxe6! was clearly winning and (2) finding the strongest follow-up moves. Movsesian no doubt recognized 14. Rxe6! was clearly winning. For me, 14. Rxe6! was an unclear but promising exchange sacrifice. In the follow-up, I managed to find White's 17. Qe5 +- (+3.33 @ 32 ply, Stockfish 8). However, in analyzing the game, I found the follow-up easier after the equally strong computer choice 17. Qd3 Kf8 18. Qg6 +- (+3.63 @ 32 ply, Stockfish 8).

P.S.: For a Black improvement, I'd start early in the opening. IMO 4...d5 is premature and slightly weakening. Apparently most masters agree as our Opening Explorer indicates 4...d5 is rarely played at master level. My preference is the popular move 4...b5 as in Black's recent win with it in Y Zherebukh vs Caruana, 2018, 2018.

Black's decisive mistake came only 9 moves later in the opening with the natural looking move 13...Be7?, allowing today's Saturday puzzle solution 14. Rxe6! +-. Necessary instead was 13...Rc8 14. Qe5 ⩲ (+0.55 @ 34 ply, Stockfish 8).

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  patzer2: It appears the follow-up moves 17. Qe5 +- and 17. Qd3 +- are indeed equally strong. Stockfish 8 @ 40 ply indicates they transpose after 17. Qe5 Kf8 18. Qf5 +- (+3.41 @ 40 ply) or 17. Qd3 Kf8 18. Qf5 +- (+3.29 @ 40 ply).
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  agb2002: Black threatens Bxh3.

White can take control of the light squares and force the black king to stay in the center with 14.Rxe6 fxe6 15.Re1.

White will capture the e-pawn (15... e5 16.Bxd7+) and combine the attack against the d-pawn with threats against the king.

For example, 15... Rd8 16.Bxe6 Qc6 17.Qd3 Kf8 18.Qg6 Qe8 19.Qf5 Qc6 20.Be5 d4 21.Bxf6 Bxf6 (21... dxc3 22.Bxg7+ and 23.Qf7#) 22.Nd5 Rxd5 (due to Nxf6) 23.Bxd5 Qc7 24.Qe6 wins.

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  cormier: Analysis by Houdini 4
7...c4 8.0-0 Be7 9.b3 cxb3 10.axb3 Nc6 11.Ne5 0-0 12.Bg5 Be6 13.Nxc6 bxc6 14.Na4 Nd7 15.Bf4 Bg5 16.Bd6 Be7 17.Bxe7 Qxe7 18.Re1 Rfe8 19.Qd3 a5 20.Bh3 Qf6 21.Bxe6 Rxe6 22.Nc3 h6 23.Rxe6 Qxe6 + / = (0.35) Depth: 25
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  cormier: 1

Analysis by Houdini 4: d 25 dpa done

1. = (0.10): 4...Nc6 5.d4 cxd4 6.Nxd4 d6 7.Bg2 Qc7 8.0-0 Nf6 9.Re1(T) Rb8 10.Nxc6 bxc6 11.Qe2 Be7 12.b3 0-0 13.Bb2 Nd7 14.Rad1 Rd8 15.Nb1 Bb7 16.Nd2 d5 17.Nf3 dxe4 18.Qxe4 c5 19.Qe2 Bf6 20.Bxf6 Nxf6 21.Ne5 Be4

2. = (0.10): 4...d6 5.Bg2 Nc6 6.0-0 Nf6 7.d4 cxd4 8.Nxd4 Qc7 9.Re1

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  landshark: White had to have seen the exchange sac when he played 10 Bh3 - I would not likely play such a move in a real game - but situations like this is how you learn. Once it was put in front of me as a puzzle, after long thought I finally realized the opportunity provided by the exchange sac 14.Rxe6. In a real game, no matter the opponent, had I seen it I'd have played it because it leaves you in the driver's seat with excellent pressure for the material. As for calculating the rest of it - past move 17 forget it. Just not there yet as a player - maybe never will be...
Jun-23-18  saturn2: Found the first two moves prevent black from casteling to neither side.
Jun-23-18  CountryGirl: Nice exchange sac by the alleged 'chess tourist' :)
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