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Shakhriyar Mamedyarov vs Rustam Kasimdzhanov
FIDE Grand Prix Tashkent (2014), Tashkent UZB, rd 6, Oct-27
Formation: King's Indian Attack (A07)  ·  1-0


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Oct-27-14  Ulhumbrus: 21...Qh4 seems inconsistent. Having removed White's a pawn he transfers his queen to the king side. Instead of this 21...Qe8 heads for a4
Oct-27-14  ajile: This looks more like a King's Indian Attack than Vienna. Doesn't the Vienna include an early f4?
Oct-27-14  Calar: <This looks more like a King's Indian Attack than Vienna. Doesn't the Vienna include an early f4?> Sometimes. Old treatment of Vienna was to play f4 ASAP, sometimes as early as move 3. Meanwhile, other ides in Vienna are:

- develop a bit while keeping the option of f4. White plays along the lines of Bc4+d3+Nge2 and then decides whether he wants to play for f4 or not.

- play g3 and fianchetto his LSB. Usually White plays it in more calm and positional manner than Mamedyarov, who chose to go for an all-out attack.

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  PawnSac: < Ulhumbrus: 21...Qh4 seems inconsistent. Having removed White's a pawn he transfers his queen to the king side. Instead of this 21...Qe8 heads for a4 >

not only inconsistent, but after Qg2 and Nf6! (boxing in the Q) white threatens the knight fork on f5 with Rxd4!

I haven't taken a real good look at it but my gut instinct is that the H pawn was poisoned, opening a pandora's box of ills against the black king.

Oct-27-14  Andrew Chapman: I thought 8.. O-O was surprising. Having begun so symmetrically, is there anything wrong with Be6, Qd7, and waiting, rather than castling into an attack?
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  perfidious: The most common line in the Vienna is seen after 2.Nc3 Nf6 3.f4 d5, while 2.Nc3 Nc6 3.f4 is the Vienna Gambit, with very sharp play. Mamedyarov's choice at move three usually leads to quieter waters, though this should not trouble Black.
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: <ajile>, Mieses played 3.g3 quite often, starting in the 19th Century, so the line is sometimes named after him. Seems like an odd variation for such a wild attacker, but he liked it.
Oct-28-14  jphamlore: It's interesting to me how Mamedyarov might finally be discovering his destiny for how to conduct the openings. Mamedyarov is capable of bursts of extremely accurate calculations but can also be amazingly erratic. So it seems to me for a long time Mamedyarov was reflexively choosing the sharpest openings he could play to take advantage of his tactical abilities.

But that might not be exactly what was best for him. He seems to have learned playing White against Gelfand and now against the likes of Kasimdzhanov another way: Start with so-called quieter variations but wait until his opponents start slipping into time difficulties to then use his bursts of accurate calculation to achieve wins. Mamedyarov's best game may be if he can prepare openings enough to have some play left after the opening and early middle game and then use his calculating skills to win in the latter middle game.

In other words, I think peak Mamedyarov should have been modeled on being an Anand who opens 1. d4 instead of Anand's preferred 1. e4.

Nov-02-14  patcheck: I thought about black posibility 22. ... Nf3 (instead of 22. ... Rad8) threatening both 23. ... Nxe1 and 23. ... Qxe4.

I think the best answer for white would be : 23. Rd7+

A) 23. ... Rf7 (or Bf7) fail to 24. Nf5+ winning the black queen

B) 23. ... Kg8 24. Qxg6+ and mate next

C) 23. ... Kh6 24. Rh1 with various posibilities, for instance:

C1) 24. ... Qxe4 25. Rxh5+ gxh5 26. Qg7#
C2) ... 24. Nf1 25.Rxh4 Nxg2 26. Ng4#

D) 23. ...Kh8 24. Rh1 with similar variations as for the C line.

So I think that 22. ... Nf3 should loose after 23. Rd7+ but maybe didn't I see somme other defense.

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