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Konstantin Rufovich Sakaev vs Mikhail Kobalia
RUS-ch (1998), St. Petersburg RUS, rd 9, Aug-??
Semi-Slav Defense: Anti-Moscow Gambit (D44)  ·  1-0



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Jul-24-08  computer chess guy: 12. ♘c5! was a novelty in this game (a fairly rare line of the Botvinnik Gambit). Here Black played 12. .. ♗g7 and Sakaev soon had a decisive attack. 12. .. ♖g8 has been tried more recently.
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  plang: Sakaev finished in a four way tie for first with Svidler, Morozovich and Shipov at 7.5 - 3.5 (60 players). 6 Bh4 was just starting to become popular at this time; 9..Bb7 as played by Anand in his win against Kramnik at Belgrade 1997 is considered more solid than Kobalia's 9..b4. 12 Nc5, first played by Kramnik in a speed game six months earlier, makes it more difficult to dislodge the White Bishop at e5. 13 0-0?! was asking for trouble as 15..g4 would have been answered with 16 Ng5. 19 0-0-0? would have let Black off the hook after 19..Rh8. Kobalia resigned due to 25..Qd8 26 Rg4+..Kh8 27 Rxg8+..Kxg8 28 Qxh6.
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Neat final position. If 25...Qe7 26.Rg4+ Kh7 27.Rxg8! Kxg8 28.Qxh6 and mate follows.

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