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Sergei Movsesian vs Ivan Sokolov
European Team Championship (1999), Batumi GEO, rd 8, Dec-06
Formation: King's Indian Attack (A07)  ·  1-0



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  tamar: Movsesian considers this his best game ever.

Plays 32 Rd5 with idea to sacrifice it there.

May-12-10  computer chess guy: Interesting game, but Sokolov could have put up more resistance in the endgame. 48. .. f5 was a serious error.

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Analysis by Rybka 3 32-bit (depth 15):

1. (0.80): 48...Rb8 49.Ba4 Qa3 50.b7 Qa2 51.Bxe8 Rxe8 52.Qc2 Qa6 53.Rb1 Qxb7 54.Qxb2 Qe4 55.Re1 Rc8 56.Rc1 Rxc1 57.Qxc1 Qxe5 58.d7 Nd8 59.Qd2 Qf5+

2. (0.98): 48...Nf8 49.Bxe8 Rxe8 50.Rb1 Ne6 51.Qc6 Rb8 52.Bf2 g5 53.d7 Kg7 54.h5 Qa2 55.Qc2 Qd5

3. (1.85): 48...h5 49.Ba4 Qa3 50.b7 Qa2 51.Rb1 Nc5

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  plang: 9 h3 was new; 9 Qe2 had been played previously. The exchanges after 12..Nh7!? seem to give White a solid initiative but 12..0-0 13 Nc4..Bxc4 14 Qxc4 also looks promising for White. Movsesyan's exchange sacrifice gave him powerfully advanced center pawns; he recommended 37..Rb8 with the idea of ..Rec8 and ..b5 as being a better defense. 39..a5?! looks like a dubious decision made in time pressure; 39..c4!? is an alternative. 47 Rf1! cleverly avoided Black combinations with ..Rxd6 and ..Ng5+.

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