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Sanan Sjugirov vs Ivan Cheparinov
10th European Individual Championship (2009), Budva MNE, rd 2, Mar-07
Caro-Kann Defense: Advance. Short Variation (B12)  ·  1-0
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Mar-08-09  Phoenix: Topalov's second goes down in flames. Nice attack by White.
Mar-09-09  KARPOVian: Great upset by the young Russian GM!
Mar-09-09
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  benveniste: Does 22. ... ♘e5 hold?
Mar-09-09  Shams: <Does 22. ... Ne5 hold?>

well, let's see-- white has his choice of attractive pins. 23.Bd4? f6 looks like the wrong way but after 23.Bf4 Bd6 24.Rxd5 Nc4 25.Qg5+ Kf8 (25...Kh7 allows mate in two) we have this:


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and I don't yet see a forced win but certainly things look attractive for white. Qf6, Rfd1 and b2-b3 are obvious candidate moves; maybe the immediate Rxd6 works as well?

Mar-11-09  pulsar: After 22...Nxe5 23.Bd4 f6 24. Rde1 black's defense will crumble.
Mar-11-09
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  benveniste: <pulsar>, on that line I see the game going:

24. ♖de1 ♘g4
25. ♕g5+ ♔f7
26. ♖f4 ♕d7
27. h3 ♖dg8

Now what? White is clearly got the more agressive position for the piece, but all of Black's pieces are working. At best, it looks like White can win back the knight in exchange for a pawn.

Mar-11-09  pulsar: <benveniste> What if instead of 25.Qg5 white plays Rf4?
Mar-11-09
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  benveniste: <pulsar>, that line goes something like:

24. ♖de1 ♘g4
25. ♖f4 ♖h6
26. h3 ♗d6

Now the f-Rook must retreat, and black can return his knight to e5. White eventually snarfs the h-pawn, but the attack stalls there.

Mar-12-09  pulsar: <benveniste> The position after your suggested move is more complex than I initially thought.:) I'm not sure if the the lines I gave are sound so maybe someone with a silicon friend can check the evaluation after 22...Nxe5.

Now just looking at the lines 22...Nxe5
23.Bd4 f6
24. Rde1 Ng4
25.Rf4 Rh6 (Honestly, I did not see this defense.)
26.h3 Bd6 White indeed doesn't have forced winning lines (at least to me), i.e., 27.Rf3 Ne5
28.Rg6 Kf7 (Ng4 29.Rf3 Ne5 with repetition).

On the 24. Rde1 Ng4
25. Qg5+ Kf7
26. Rf4 Qd7
27. h3 Rdg8 line you gave earlier,
28. Qf5 Qxf5
28. Rxf5 Nh6
29. Rxd5 Rd8
30 Rxh5 a6
31. g4 is the line I analyzed. White seems to have some compensation in this line.

So maybe <Shams>'s 23.Bf4 is stronger, but I looked at 24...f6 instead of Nc4 in his line, with possibilities like: 25.Bg5 fxg5
26.Qxg5 Ng6
27.Rf6 Rh6
28.Rdf5 Rd7 and black seems to hold.

On 25.Bg5 fxg5
26. Rxe5 Bxe5
27.Qxg5+ Kh7
28.Qxh5+ Kg8
29.Qg6+ Qg7 also defends

...Going back still, 23. Bf4 f6 also looks fine in his line.

What I like about analyzing with other people is that I learn a lot as I am forced to follow through my initial analysis. Thank you, <benveniste>, for sharing your analysis.

To everyone, please forgive my very long post. :)

Mar-12-09  Davolni: what a nice game!!!!
Mar-12-09  notyetagm: Annotated in Chess Today 3048.
Mar-13-09  dehanne: [Mamedyarov]Losing against a sub-2600??? He must have been cheating!! [/Mamedyarov]
Mar-13-09  hkannan2000: I have had this feeling when i first saw a game played by Sanan Sjugirov (under 10 or something) that he is a potential world champion. The other person whom i have similar gut feeling is Caruana.
Mar-13-09  jon01: OK, let's not overreact. The boy has won some games in this tournament. It's a bit early to shout out that he is a new world champion and everything.
Mar-13-09  notyetagm: <hkannan2000: I have had this feeling when i first saw a game played by Sanan Sjugirov (under 10 or something) that he is a potential world champion.>

Sjugirov has already won two(!) World Championship titles, U-10 and U-14.

Mar-13-09  jamesmaskell: Its a hard life being a C-K player...
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