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Shakhriyar Mamedyarov vs Dmitry Andreikin
World Chess Championship Candidates (2014), Khanty-Mansiysk RUS, rd 4, Mar-17
Semi-Slav Defense: Accelerated Meran Variation (D45)  ·  1-0


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  keypusher: Take that, Mr. Bojangles.
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  iking: complex game ....
Mar-17-14  Robyn Hode: Black should be arrested for playing an opening like this.
Mar-17-14  csmath: Typical demolition by Shark.

First leading "unprepared" Andreikin to sideline in the first 7 moves.

15. ...Ra6?!

[ambitious but not the best.]

17. ...h6?

[17....Ng4!? 18. h3 Nxf2 19. Rxf2 Bxf2 20. Kxf2 Be6 21. Qxe5 Qxe5 22. Nxe5 f6 leads to balanced game]

18. Bxf6! gxf6

[18. ...Rxf6? 19. Rxe5 and white is pawn up.]

forces black into tactical game where Andreikin is no match for Mamedyarov in this game.

30. ...f5?!

[It is really hard to give a good advice to black whose king is exposed. Andreikin wishes to create countergame but this will not work.]

34. Be4+ ?!

[I think here Shark deliberately avoids queen exchange with 34. Bxe6 Qxe6 that leads to technically difficult ending for black.]

37. ...Kf7?

[Decisive error. 37. ...Kh7 38. Qd6 Qa6 39. Qxe6 seems to lead to a draw.]

39. Rd7+!

[This is what Andreikin overlooked. Now 39. ...Bxd7 40. Qxd7 Re7 41. Qf5+ check and promotes.]

and with king exposed to checks black is fried.

Clean win by Shark with tactical means as he is used to.

Mar-17-14  haydn20: I'm not sure Andreikin is sidetracked much(unless he was forced to chew up time--I didn't see the game live). He seems to have a pretty equal game thru 17. Qc3 and even after 18...gxf6 19. b4 I don't see how he's forced into a tactical melee if he plays the obvious Be7 rather than Bf8.
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  HeMateMe: The MAMster is on the board!
Mar-17-14  Ulhumbrus: 17 Qc3! places pressure on e5 and so enables White to double Black's f pawn by Bxf6.

One reason is that with his rook on a6 covering the bishop on f6 Black lacks any good way to both cover e5 and his king's bishop. 17...Bd6 obstructs the rook on a6 while on 17...Ra6-e6 the rook is overworked: it can't cover both the bishop on f6 and the pawn on e5.

Perhaps Black has to try 17...Nd7 even if this obstructs his QB

Mar-17-14  haydn20: 30...f5?! seems the culprit, as Black seems under the delusion that he's fighting for the initiative, whereas he should be fighting for the draw:...30. Rd4 31. Rxd4 exd4 32. Nd5 and now ...f5! and Black looks ok to me.
Mar-17-14  haydn20: 34. Bxe6 Qxe6 35. Qxf6 exf6 36. Rd7 Rc4 and Black may be able to hold, though it will be a tough grind.
Mar-17-14  SirRuthless: The battle of the bottom table...
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  Ron: The 4. ... a6 Slav. Perhaps a too fashionable opening line. Here Shak plays commonsensical opening moves.
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