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Arman Pashikian vs Maxime Vachier-Lagrave
Aeroflot Open (2010)  ·  Gruenfeld Defense: Exchange Variation (D85)  ·  1-0
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Feb-14-10  Don Cossacks: A great win from Pashikian against the reigning World Junior Champ.
Feb-14-10  Aztec Chess: Bad day for Max.
Feb-15-10  arsen387: beautiful game by Pashikian leaving the B under attack for a couple of moves, which of course can't be taken. And careful till the end, if for example 44.g3? instead of Kd2 then 44...c3 45.Kd2 Bd3! and most probably a draw.
Feb-15-10  arsen387: <If, for instance, 22...fg 23.Rh8+ Kh8 24.Qh3 Kg7 25.Qh6+ Kf7 26.Qh7+ Ke8 27.Qg8+ Nf8 Black looks uncomfortable, but safe--and a piece up.> 22...fxg 23.Rxh8+ is weak, much stronger is 23.Qh3! and blacks get mated or lose the R on e6, e.g. 23...Bf6 24.Nh6+ followed by Qxe6. Black's position is hopeless
Feb-15-10  chillowack: <arsen387: beautiful game by Pashikian leaving the B under attack for a couple of moves, which of course can't be taken.>

For instance, if 22...fxg5 23.Qh3, with the double-threat of 24.Qh8+ and 24.Nh6+. Therefore Black first plays 22...Rd6, protecting both the rook and the knight.

If 25...fxg5 26.Qg6+ Bf6 27.Rh7 and Black will be mated on either f5 or f7.

Feb-15-10  arsen387: <For instance, if 22...fxg5 23.Qh3, with the double-threat of 24.Qh8+ and 24.Nh6+. Therefore Black first plays 22...Rd6, protecting both the rook and the knight.> 22..Rxd6 then 23.Qxh8+ Kf7 24.Rh7+ Kd6 25.Qg7 and I can't see any way do avoid mate
Feb-15-10  chillowack: <arsen387: 22..Rxd6 then 23.Qxh8+ Kf7 24.Rh7+ Kd6 25.Qg7 and I can't see any way do avoid mate>

arsen, 23.Qxh8+ isn't possible.

I'm *supporting* your claim, not challenging it. :)

Feb-15-10  arsen387: <chillowack> ah, ok ;) I still was under the influence of your other post ( the deleted one). So everyone, just ignore my last post
Feb-15-10  chillowack: Yeah, sorry about that: I saw my mistake and revised my analysis, but in the meantime you had already posted your messages.

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