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Aleksey Dreev vs Konstantin Sakaev
World Cup (2005), Khanty-Mansiysk RUS, rd 6, Dec-12
Semi-Slav Defense: Marshall Gambit. Main Line (D31)  ·  1-0



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Dec-12-05  freedpig: 38..Qh3 ?? I prefer GM draws over this.
This is just sad.
Dec-12-05  nsteinme: It's pretty terrible. The queen leave the defense of the knight and, interestingly, all three black pieces are hung. Dreev doesn't need to be asked twice to take two of them for free.

<freedpig> This is one of the classical time control games, but maybe it's not the time control you're complaining about.

Dec-12-05  KingG: <This is one of the classical time control games> This is not classical time controls, it's FIDE time controls.

The number of blunders in this tournament has been ridiculous.

Dec-13-05  Mendrys: I'm thinking that black was pretty much busted before 38.. Qh3. 37...Rb2 allowing the queen to fork bishop and rook seems to be the real blunder. Sakaev was probably hoping for 39. QxR?? where he has a perpetual with 39..Qxg3+. Black appears to have overestimated his attacking chances on the kingside and neglected his poor quenside.
Dec-13-05  aragorn69: <Mendrys> After 39.Qxb2?? Qxg3+ 40.Kh1 Qxf1+, Black should win (and not draw).
Dec-13-05  aragorn69: As indicates, Black is still (slightly) better on move 38. However, the only good move is not easy to find : 38.-Qxb6!! Especially so close to the time control and with two pieces hanging...
Dec-13-05  Mendrys: <aragorn69> Agreed. I found it hard to believe that such a blunder can be made at this high level and thought he must have been desparate. It makes me feel a little better about the pieces I have hung in the past. After reading the article it appears that he simply overlooked that white takes the knight with check. I certainly don't think that this would have happened with traditional time controls.
Dec-13-05  Hudson Hawk: Pardon my novice status, but how is black better after the recaptures following 38.. Qxb6 (Bishop takes, Knight takes)? Does't that leave him down a rook with no apparent promising attacks?
Dec-13-05  Mendrys: <Hudson Hawk> 38..Qxb6 39. Qxb6 Nxb6 (39. Bxb6 exd4 leaves black even better) The white queen is pinned and cannot take the knight. After this he has lost one of his passers and its dubious that he would be able to queen the other pawn.

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