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Nikita Vitiugov vs Ray Robson
FIDE World Team Championship (2013), Antalya TUR, rd 2, Nov-27
Semi-Slav Defense: Marshall Gambit. Main Line (D31)  ·  0-1


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Nov-27-13  Kinghunt: Quite an exciting game. Vitiugov probably should have won, but when you play such swashbuckling chess, you can't complain about the outcome.
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  Garech: Phenomenal tenacity from Robson; this is youthful chess!


Nov-27-13  310metaltrader: anyone care to annotate?
Nov-27-13  Steve.Patzer: Looks more like blitz
Nov-27-13  willogical: Isn't 22. ...Qe1+ checkmate? Or am I blind, deaf and dumb?
Nov-27-13  zoren: <willogical>
King can go to g1.
Nov-27-13  jakaiden: <willogical: Isn't 22. ...Qe1+ checkmate? Or am I blind, deaf and dumb?> 23. Kg1.
Nov-27-13  csmath: 24. ...Qd1?

[Robson makes move that should lose the game.]

25. Nf4?

[Vitiugov returns the favor apparently thinking that his king's safety is compromised.

25. h6!
is winning for example
25. ...Rd2
26. h7 Rxe2
27. Kg1! Qd4+
28. Kh2

and white wins exchange no matter what black does. The position is still complex but white position is winning.]

26. Kg1??
[White position is bad but
26. Be2 offers more resistance even with a piece down.]

26. ... Ne3

[most natural move, it is hard to see how is this possible to overlook.]

Vitiugov loses game by tactical oversight.

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  offramp: White's queen's bishop takes a journey in this game the like of which I have never seen any bishop take before!
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  whiteshark: Isn't it a <Semi-Slav Defense: Marshall Gambit. Main Line>
Nov-27-13  csmath: Which is also Queen's Gambit Declined so no mistake here. It is surely Marshall Gambit in Semi-Slav as opposed to the (rare) one in Tarasch.
Nov-27-13  csmath: By the way, I think this shows tutoring of Susan Polgar as she played Marshall Gambit with both colors in 1990ies.
Nov-27-13  Steve.Patzer: Doesn't 15. Bf6 create problems for black?
Nov-27-13  csmath: No because the white king has no vent so after 16. Qb1 white has to return the queen to d1.
Nov-27-13  Steve.Patzer: <csmath> What if after 15. Bf6 Qb1 16. Kd2?
Nov-27-13  Refused: <Steve.Patzer: <csmath> What if after 15. Bf6 Qb1 16. Kd2?>

I am not csmath, but
16...Qc2+ and you have to play 17.Ke1 again.
Because Ke3 runs into a little fork: Nf5+ and you can say your goodbyes to the Queen on d6 and the game.

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  HeMateMe: exciting game.
Dec-06-13  Xeroxx: best game
Dec-09-13  furo: After robson's so-called "novelty" 22. ...Nf4, why not 23.Nc3

Looks like ample counterplay
and then when white loses the rook soon after, then white's Bg5 is still a dominant threat, no?

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