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Sergei Movsesian vs Bu Xiangzhi
Pearl Spring Chess Tournament (2008), Nanjing CHN, rd 1, Dec-11
Bishop's Opening: Berlin Defense (C24)  ·  0-1


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  swordfish: Nice endgame by Bu. It looked even, maybe even a little better for White with the two bishops, until Black got the passed c pawn.
Dec-11-08  Shajmaty: Why 37.♖h1?
Dec-11-08  Ezzy: Movsesian,S (2732) - Bu Xiangzhi (2714) [C24]
Pearl Spring Nanjing CHN (1), 11.12.2008

1.e4 e5 2.Bc4 Nf6 3.d3 c6 4.Nf3 d5 5.Bb3 Bd6 6.Nc3 dxe4 7.Ng5 00 8.Ncxe4 Nxe4 9.Nxe4 Bf5 10.Qf3 Bxe4 11.dxe4 Nd7 12.c3 a5 13.00 <This position has very high draw statistics. Bu doesn't think so!> 13...a4 14.Bc2 Qe7 15.Rd1 Rfd8 16.h4 <Novelty. 16 Qg4 has been played before. I suppose white just wants to play 17 Bg5 f6 when black's white squares are weak. Bu wont allow that.> 16...h6 17.g3 b5 18.Bd2< Quite a timid opening by white.> 18...Nf8 19.Qg4 <Threat is 20 Bxh6 >19...Qe6 <There is an interesting pawn sac line 19...Bc5 20.Bxh6 Qf6 21.Be3 Bxe3 22.fxe3 And whites bishop can't do much, and black can challenge for the 'd' file with ...Rd6 ...Rad8. Bu probably thought it wasn't enough.> 20.Qxe6 Nxe6 21.Kf1 Kf8 22.Be1 <Why this is better here than on e3 I 'll never know. But black now gains more space with 23...g5 >22...Ke7 23.Rd2 g5 24.hxg5 hxg5< 25...g4 would be good >25.Bd1 b4!< This queenside play results in the control of the 'b' file and the initiative >26.Bg4 bxc3 27.bxc3 Rab8 28.Rad1 Nc5 29.f3 a3 30.Bf2 Na4 31.Be3< This bishop should have gone here on move 22 >31...f6 32.c4 Nb2 33.Rc1 Bb4 34.Rh2< Threatening the very strong 35 Rh7+ Ke8 36 Ba7 Ra8 37 Bb6.> 34...Rh8 35.Rxh8 Rxh8 <Threatening 36...Rh1+ 37 Kf2 Rxc1 38 Bxc1 Nxc4 >36.Kg2 Rd8< Bu has had complete control over all the open files. He now threatens 37...Nd1 38 Bg1 Rd2 >37.Rh1< This would be quite good if black didn't have 37...Nxc4 attacking the bishop, because he could play 38 Rh7+ Kd6 39 Rf7 winning the pawn back. But alas no.> 37...Nxc4 38.Rh7+ Kd6 39.Ba7 c5< Now where does the bishop go?> 40.Bh5 Ba5 <40...Kc6 Is strong, bringing the rook into play down the 'd' file> 41.Rf7 Kc6 42.Rxf6+ Kb5 43.Kh3 Rh8 44.g4 Ra8 45.Rf7 Nd6 46.Rd7 Kc6 47.Rh7 Bb4 48.f4< Last gasp attempt at counterplay. 48.Rg7 keeps a few tricks up whites sleeve if black tries to win the bishop on a7 48...Bd2 49.Kg2 Nc8?? (49...Nb5?? 50.Rg6+ and white has escaped winning the c5 pawn or a perpetual draw.) 50.Be8+ Kd6 51.Rd7+ winning]>48...exf4 49.e5 Nc8 50.e6 Kd6 51.Rh8< The rest is easy for Bu >51...Kxe6 52.Bg6 Kd5 53.Rd8+ Kc4 54.Bf5 Rxa7 55.Rxc8 Kc3 56.Rc6 Kb2 57.Be6 Re7 58.Kg2 Rxe6 01

A very timid start to Movesian's super tournament debut. He was probably thinking of a draw to ease himself into the tournament, but played too passively and was easily outplayed.

Great game by Bu though. Created nice play on the queenside, and dominated the open files with his rook. A great start from the chinese star.

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  Gilmoy: A positional squeeze from the Bu constrictor. <9..Bf5 10..Bxe4> Black gives up the Bishop pair because <13..a4 14.Bc2> the pawn structure devalues both White Bishops: one is bad, the other has no targets. White must now defend both wings, which may not suit his mentality -- Black could deliberately steer into this line for that reason alone!

<22.Be1 23.Rd2> White struggles to create a threat, and ties himself up. Compare Black's Ne6 to White's dark B: even after 22.Be3, Black still has support for b4/c5/Bc5/g5, while White can't push f4. <29..a3> is a simple <GM outpost>, envisioning <32..Nb2>. Bonus: it's also a long-term queening threat. Movsesian must abandon 1 and d to save his trapped Ba7, and Bu patiently returns material for tempi on his way to b2.

Dec-11-08  shortsight: I just don't feel right with 39.Ba7 and 48.f4. That Bishop on a7 would end up stuck, and f4 eventually leads to Black isolated e and g pawns connected, and at the same time destroyed white's pawns chain. Really weird, probably because I'm not even a master let alone GM.
Dec-12-08  arkansaw: Movsesian did have some chances to save the game around move 40, Rybka was showing some OCB lines
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  Eyal: Very well played by Bu - I especially like the way he takes control over the game with the Nc5-a3-Na4-Nb2 maneuver, in a position that otherwise might have been very drawish.
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  Mateo: There are many obscure moments in this difficult ending, which would need a real analysis on this page. For instance, what about 51.Bb6!?, to bring into play the Bishop? The tactical justification is 51...Nxb6 52.e7 c4 53.e8Q Rxe8 54.Bxe8. Black has Knight+2 pawns vs Rook, which is good for him. But the way to win isn't simple. For instance, 54...c3 55.Rh6+ Kc7 56.Rc6+ Kb7, White seems to hold.
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