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Sergei Rublevsky vs Aleksej Aleksandrov
Jurmala (1991)
Scotch Game: Mieses Variation (C45)  ·  1-0



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  Sneaky: The last move made before time control is often a blunder. Here, 40...Rd2+?? loses a piece!
Oct-08-10  BillWilliamsMovie: So, 16...dxc tripling the pawns is bad for black.

How does white capitalize on blacks disadvantageous position? What is whites game plan after 16...dxc?

Analysis please :-)

Oct-09-10  BillWilliamsMovie: Couldn't wait.

Attacking the mutant pawn island feels natural. Strategically, I am not so sure this is best(USCF 1450).

If the aim is to create a passed pawn on the kingside, then attacking the isolated -a pawn would be more to the point.

Attacking the -c pawn triplets would still be worth while. Those squares can be used to further attack the isolated -a. Taking control of the c5 square would give white more space to work with. If white takes control of c6 black could be in serious trouble. The ideal set up to accomplish this would be to have one rook or both rooks doubled on the c-file, bearing down on any isolated pawns, and more importantly the 7th rank.

The b-file and d-file are open, raising concerns for whites king safety. Black could attack by opening the a- file and the a1-h8 diagonal. If black were to push the -a pawn to a4 either the a-file would become open with a trade and/or white would lose its anchored pawn on b3. The black rook(s) would then glare down onto the 7th rank via the a-file or b-file weaking whites king position. Black opens the a1-h8 diagonal with f7-f6, trades bishops, places queen along these squares aiming it toward whites king. Then, the black queen and rook(s) could work together threatening whites king. Also, black could attack with the queen via a3-f8 diagonal with a push of the c5-c4, looking to place the queen on a3. This plan would stop white from gaining a passed pawn (with a favorable position) on the kingside.

Will this plan work? I don't think so. White will lift the f1 rook to f3, defending b3 and eyeing a shift to the c-file attacking the isolated pawns or h-file for an attack on blacks king. I could see it happening like this:

16...dxc 17.Ne4

The white queen covers a5.


A combination with Nf6+ looks troublesome and it helps prepare a f7-f6 push.

18.Rf3 f6 19.Nxf+ NxN 20.exN Bxe 21.BxB QxB

Anyone care to analyze this position? White should still have the advantage.

Oct-09-10  BillWilliamsMovie: White has to protect against Qa1+ with 22.Kb1 to which black replies 22...Qf5+

23.R1d3 puts white in a pin after 23...Rbd8

24.Kc2 RxR 25.RxR Rd8 26.Qd2

Ok better position to analyze. I did miss Qa1+, but took another look and saw it.

Can white win?

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