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Timur Gareev vs Loek van Wely
"Loek Spin" (game of the day Mar-18-12)
39th World Open (2011)  ·  Semi-Slav Defense: General (D43)  ·  1-0
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Kibitzer's Corner
Jul-04-11  pulsar: A quick and violent finish against the tournament leader.
Jul-05-11  Rook e2: After Bc4, things got worse, maybe black was already worse, but white's win looks forced after Bd5
Mar-18-12  ZeejDonnelly: Poor Loek Van Wely. Doesn't it seem like he's on the wrong end of GotD a bit often?
Mar-18-12
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  sevenseaman: Very nice play by <Gareev>!
Mar-18-12  Oceanlake: Maybe Black had bet he'd capture the QRP in this game.
Mar-18-12
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  Once: <ZeejDonnelly: Poor Loek Van Wely. Doesn't it seem like he's on the wrong end of GotD a bit often?>

He does like to play aggressively. Moves like 6...b5 and 7...b4 - pushing white back, harrassing him, not giving him time to settle, bullying him.

And when it works it's great. His opponent crumbles, plays sub-optimal moves and Loek cruises to an early win.

But you can't help feeling that he needs to give the black pieces a little more respect. That first move of white gives him a slight advantage. First we need to neutralise that advantage and only then go on the attack ourselves.

In today's game, Van Wely spends so long playing "aggressive" moves by repeatedly moving the same few pieces that he neglects to do much with his queenside pieces. And the game is over before they wake up and pull their boots on.

The denouement is pretty:

25.Qc5+ Ke8 26.Rg8+ Kd7 27.Qd6#


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Not a mating pattern that you see every day.

Mar-18-12  LoveThatJoker: I thoroughly enjoyed playing through this game. The highlight in the opening for me was 7. Qd3.

As for the middlegame everything from 22. Bxd5 onwards was just splendid!

Siding with <Once> on this: a beautiful denouement indeed.

LTJ

Mar-18-12  Algebraist: Yes, the b pawn advance may be a bit premature and it leaves the weak c pawn which white targets. The result is still unclear though I think until black's ugly rook move to c8 to defend the pawn which dooms the three black pieces in the corner never to escape! Bishop to b7 looks better and there is then a resort to advance the a pawn. Black should probably avoid exchanging off the black square bishop as it is needed to defend the king side!
Mar-18-12  Penguincw: Mate in two. I think the mistake black makes is simply not developing his pieces quickly. White did so, and those pieces just came rushing into black's camp.
Mar-18-12  Algebraist: Although, what about pawn to g5 after rook to d1?
Mar-18-12  acapo: 24..Kh8 25.Qf5(threat of mate on f6)Nd7 26.Qxf7 Rg8 27.Rh4 is unpleasent
Mar-18-12  Norbi506: What can I say... Good stuff!
T Gareev vs C Martinez, 2004
Mar-18-12  Nova: I love it when I see a GM play like this! Essentially, white is up material even after the Bxh6 sac. Black's Ra8, Nb8 haven't even gotten out of the box! With the white rook and queen aimed at the kingside, I just knew white had a ready-made kingside attack!
Mar-18-12  ColeTrane: See where "rooklifting" can take you?!?
Mar-19-12
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  kevin86: mate will come in three moves.

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