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Alexander Motylev vs Ildar Khairullin
Russian Superfinals (2015), Chita RUS, rd 2, Aug-10
Spanish Game: Open Variations. Main Lines (C80)  ·  0-1


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Aug-10-15  fisayo123: After Motylev's 25th move, he was calculating 25 ...♘xa2 26. ♕xa6+ ♔d8 27. ♖xd5+! <[27...♔e7? 28. ♖f5!]> ♔e8 28. ♕a7 ♖d8 29. ♖xd8+ ♕xd8 30. ♗b3! ♔f8 31. ♗xe6 fxe6 and white's a pawn should be decisive.

Unfortunately for him, after 25...♘xc2 26. ♕xa6+ ♔d8 27. ♖xd5+ ♔e7! and the rook on e1 is being threatened by the knight.

Moral of the story is when you play a move like ♘a2, make sure you calculate both options presented to your opponent accordingly.

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  Penguincw: In the final position, black threatens a bunch of mates, many of them involving a discovery with the knight.

For instance, if 37.g4, then 37...Nd3+ 38.Qe1 Rxe1+ 39.Kg2 Nf4+ 40.Kf3 Bd5+ 41.Kg3 Rd1# 0-1 (or 40.Kg3 Rg1+ 41.Kf3 Bxg4# 0-1).

However, if 37.g3, then just 37...Bh3+ 38.Kg1 Nf3# 0-1, double check and mate.

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  cro777: Motylev: "Sorry for the blackout."

Position after 25.Na2?

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"I just blundered, forgetting that after the exchange on c2 the pawn on b2 is hanging. Instead of 25.Na2, it was possible to continue with 25.Bd3, keeping a large , perhaps decisive advantage."

After 25.Bd3 Kb7 an interesting line could have followed

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26.Bxa6+ Nxa6 27.c6+ Ka7 28.Nb5+ Ka8 29.Qe3 d4 30.Rxd4 Rb6 31.Rb4 Nxb4 32.Nxc7+ Ka7 33.a5

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