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Alexander Motylev vs Alexander Riazantsev
European Individual Championship (2014), Yerevan ARM, rd 6, Mar-08
Caro-Kann Defense: Two Knights Attack. Mindeno Variation Exchange Line (B11)  ·  1-0


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Mar-08-14  Nerwal: I couldn't understand why Motylev played 26. ♘f5 instead of 26. ♘xb5. The difference is that after 26... gxf5, white doesn't play 27. ♖dd8, but 27. ♖g2! with a mate attack black can hardly defend against.
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  luzhin: The hardest move to understand is Black's 21...Ng8?? It was essential to develop with 21...Nbd7. As played, the back rank is owned by White --for example 23...f6 loses to 24.Nxe8 fxg5 25.Rd8.
Mar-08-14  Doniez: How to explain Black moves 7 and 8? Why not to move directly the DSB to b4 avoiding the stop by at d6?
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  Whitehat1963: Powerful attack.
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  Gilmoy: My first thought was: <7..Bd6> stops e5, but <8.g4> threatens g5 kicking the Nf6 out. So maybe Black decides to remove the Nc3, hence <8..Bb4>. But then ... he doesn't.

The <inscrutable GM pawn thrust 12..e5 13.dxe5 d4?!> and ensuing Q sortie works out really badly for Black. <17.Nf5> exits I-Caro-Kann onto Ruy Boulevard, and White is cruisin':

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Nf5, half-open g, Q-sees-g, d, development lead, and Black's Q hangs. And he got that with tempo and without sacking. So ... he "sacks" the N twice, an R, and his Bf1 by <never moving it>, and still outraces. Egad.

Mar-09-14  Nerwal: <How to explain Black moves 7 and 8? Why not to move directly the DSB to b4 avoiding the stop by at d6?>

Black usually plays 7... ♗b4 at once, but after 8. e5 ♘fd7 9. ♕g4, he has to go back on f8 with the bishop. Once white puts his pawn on g4, black doesn't have to worry about this ♕g4 anymore.

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