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Davorin Bubalovic vs Vladimir Malakhov
"Malakhov Cocktail" (game of the day Jun-04-2007)
CRO-chT2 (1996), Tucepi
Sicilian Defense: Hyperaccelerated Dragon (B27)  ·  0-1



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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Impressive game by Malakhov, who exchanges Queen for Rook, Bishop and Pawn in order to dominate on the dark squares and slowly squeeze the life from White's position.
Jun-04-07  dzechiel: The queen sac kind of takes your breath away! I don't know if white's defence was best, but black managed to come in like a boa constrictor! Most impressive.
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  sfm: 19.Qa5 does not seem to make any sense as the game goes. A fast suggestion: 19.g4.
Jun-04-07  Wolfgang01: A very impressive sac!! Would it be correct against the 4 K? Kamsky, Kasparov, Karpov or Kramnik?
Jun-04-07  Balaurul: 23. c4? Bf5!

Make b3 bishop bad, all whites pawns (-1) are on the bishops color. Now black in the other hand has the bishops magnificently placet

24. cxb5 ...

bad! opens c file for the black's 2 rocks !

29. ... Kf8 !? is this a losing tempo move, I don't see its point ?

31. Bc2 ... white grabs the opportunity to make some use of the bishop

31. what about ... Bc3 32. Rd1 Bxc2 33. Qxc2 Be5 wins a pawn and gives a black a better attacking position.

Jun-04-07  Towershield: I like the pun :)
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  Peligroso Patzer: This was an impressive game by Malakhov, who would have been 15 years old when it was played (or possibly 16, if it were played during the last five weeks of 1996). Malakhov, who is almost exactly ten years older than Carlsen (with an extra three days thrown in) was quite the sensation as a young teenager (for example, World Under-14 Champion at the age of 12). He has become a strong GM, but never quite completetly fulfilled his early promise. He was, of course, recently eliminated from the FIDE Candidates by Alexander Grischuk's solid performance in their match.
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  Gilmoy: <Balaurul: <24>.c4?> Black threatens a5-a4, so White must move one of the pawns, and 24.(a3,a4,c3) don't help. 24.Kh2 a5 Now it's too late: 25.c4 a4, so 25.a4[] (Bd7,b4) both look good for Black.

<24.cxb5 bad! opens c file for the black's 2 [rooks]!> White can't leave it on c4, where it blocks the B's diagonal: 24.Rc1? e5.

<29. ... Kf8 I don't see its point ?> It protects e7, which releases the Bf6, e.g. Rg3-Bc3.

<31.Bc2> I think Black was threatening g4, then either g3 directly, or Bxh3-(Rxh3+)-(Rg3+)-g3. Bc2 stops g4, but frees Black's Rs to double on 1.

<31. what about ... Bc3 32.Rd1 Bxc2 33.Qxc2 Be5 wins a pawn> 34.Q(d2,e4).

Jun-04-07  MikeChesss: I wonder what goes through a GM's head before you do something like sac'ing the Queen for a rook. I'd have to feel fairly certain that it would work, and this game shows that black was quite a way from the end. If it doesn't work, what does that do to a GM's self-confidence the next time?
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  kevin86: Withall of the rooks and queen in play,black's threat is a VERY QUIET 43...d5+. If 43 f5,then 43...d5+ followed by 44...e5+.
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  fm avari viraf: To be candid, I find this game insipid though Malakhov won with his great experience & good judgement.
Jun-04-07  radu stancu: <MikeChesss> & <Wolfgang01>: As <An Englishman> said, it's more of an exchange than a sack. After 17...Bxb2 black has Rook + Bishop + Pawn vs white's Queen. Plus he has the bishop pair AND controls the black squares with his bishop unopposed by knight or bishop. If you think that he probably planned that when he saw white's 12th move it's even more impressive. It's easy to say it's all forced to Bxb2, but how many of us would play 12...Qa5 in the first place?
Jul-31-07  sanyas: I get the feeling that 13.♘d5 lost the game then and there.
Mar-03-11  jmboutiere: after 10...Rc8 black has completely equalised
According to Rybka 3 the queeen sacrifice is OK
35.Rb5 is a blunder, 35.Qe1 is better, but black is better anyway.
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