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Yasser Seirawan vs Alexander G Beliavsky
Brussels World Cup (1988), Brussels BEL, rd 2, Apr-02
Slav Defense: General (D10)  ·  0-1



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  TheAlchemist: Starting with 12...g5, Beliavsky begins a massive kingside attack, which results in a checkmate in a mere 10 moves
Oct-17-05  notyetagm: This game is a great example of <pawns advancing on the castled enemy king position with tempo from attacking enemy pieces along the way>. 13 ... g5 threatens 14 ... px♗. 14 ... h5 threatens to trap the dark-squared bishop with 15 ... h4. 15 ... g4 threatens 16 ... px♘. All three of these pawn moves come for free (with tempo) due to these other threats explained above that these pawn moves make.
Oct-17-05  SnoopDogg: <Starting with 12...g5, Beliavsky begins a massive kingside attack, which results in a checkmate in a mere 10 moves>

Well the whole reason he was justified to start this attack is 12. Na4?! which allowed black to seize the initiative with 12. g5!, open the h-file, and due to the knight not being in the game, white's plan being too slow, wrong pieces protecting the kingside, Beliavsky made it look rather simple taking advantage of Seirawan's inaccuarcies.

Amazing thing about this game is how many GM's would have agreed to a draw a few moves later after move 7?

Oct-17-05  Brown: 12.Ne5 is the right way.
Dec-13-05  KingG: Good to see Seirawan losing after playing the exchange Slav. He deserved it for playing such a cowardly opening.
Dec-13-05  Boomie: The Yaz missed a nice resource with 14. Nc5. If black continues with h4, white has 15. Nb7 Qb6 16. Nd6+. Better is 14...Nxc5 15. dxc5 h4 16. Bd6 h3 17. g3 Bxd6 18. cxd6 Qxd6 19. Qd4 O-O 20. Qf6 Qd8 21. Qh6. In either case, black's attack is thwarted.
Apr-10-06  Jim Bartle: Seirawan: "Trying to apply one of my standard full nelsons, I was again tripped up by my Achilles heel: I forgot to guard my King. One of my shortest defeats ever."
Aug-29-06  attica: Was 20. Qd2 a mistake? It seems to me that after 21. Bf3, if the white queen were still on d1, white could play 22. gxf3, gxf3, 23. Qf3. So white may have been able to hold out longer if he had played 20. Kf1 instead of 20. Qd2.
Jul-06-07  whiteshark: Position after 21... Bf3:

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Jul-06-07  Wolfgang01: 19. Re1
20. Qd2
21. Kf1 were moves, played automaticly without any deeper plan. In thousends of games you can see similar positions. If your opponent has a plan like Beliavsky's you loose your game. Otherwise not.

Especially as a young boy i often wondered, when i studied the books of Alekhine, why equally looking positions got lost in a few moves. For instance on this game he would have written on move 18 the position is equal and the next move 19 he describes the black plan and white is lost. Either the position is lost on move 18 or earlier or he didn't want to let his colleges know, when he started his plans …

Mar-17-08  notyetagm: <Jim Bartle: Seirawan: "Trying to apply one of my standard full nelsons, I was again tripped up by my Achilles heel: I forgot to guard my King. One of my shortest defeats ever.">

I forgot to guard my king -- Seirawan


Nov-07-11  ahmadov: What a nice decisive move 21...Bf3
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  FSR: <attica: Was 20. Qd2 a mistake? It seems to me that after 21. Bf3, if the white queen were still on d1, white could play 22. gxf3, gxf3, 23. Qf3. So white may have been able to hold out longer if he had played 20. Kf1 instead of 20. Qd2.>

20.Kf1 Qa5 and 21...Qa6+ still looks deadly.

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  FSR: 11...Rc8! was Beliavsky's improvement on I Farago vs Beliavsky, 1979, which he would have transposed into if he'd played 11...0-0?! It took Beliavsky a whole 30 moves to win that game. He didn't want to have to work so hard this time.
Jul-30-14  Xeroxx: nice miniature.
Aug-23-14  SpiritedReposte: ...Bf3! is one of those shocking, splash of cold water in the face moves.

Or one of those sly, Cheshire cat grin type moves. Depending on what side you're on!

It changes the perceived evaluation of the position so quick.

Aug-23-14  RookFile: Well, I think 12....g5 !! is great too.
Feb-07-16  mathlover: Theme is "King in the Box"
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  FSR: This game is to the Exchange Slav as S Tatai vs Korchnoi, 1978 is to the Exchange French.
Oct-03-16  Jimmy720: Very instructive
Dec-08-16  Rookiepawn: 20. Qd2 no idea about this move (or anything else) but to me Seirawan forgot he had a Knight there, somehow bored I guess.

20. Nc3 would have prevented the Bishop zig-zag at least.

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  Phony Benoni: ...Rh1 is mate if e2 is covered. This suggests we look at <21...Bf3>, since the g-pawn can take over the bishop's function after 22.gxf3 gxf3.

White can't do much besides 23.Kg1, and though Black can probably sacrifice the rook on h1 simply 23...Qh8 seems the quickest route to the post-game press conference.

Jan-04-17  zb2cr: 21. ... Bf3 threatens mate. If White replies with 22. gxf3, gxf3 then renews the threat. If White plays 22. Kg1, Qh8 is another serious threat.
Jan-04-17  saturn2: 21..Bf3 22 gxB gxf3 the King will fall soon. White has no counterplay.
Jan-04-17  PJs Studio: One gets the impression Seirawan stepped into a prepeaired line Beliavski had prepped years before just waiting to unleash on some unsuspecting GM. Ruthless soviet school efficiency. Very instructive!
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