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Shakhriyar Mamedyarov vs Etienne Bacrot
Corus Group A (2006), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 1, Jan-14
Queen's Gambit Accepted: Central Variation. Alekhine System (D20)  ·  1/2-1/2

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Jan-14-06  Devilz: Interesting draw.
Jan-14-06  Bobsterman3000: this is not interesting in the least
Jan-14-06  aw1988: Fairly dull. Please, no jokes about how Mamedyarov is replacing Kramnik...
Jan-14-06  trumbull0042: Hahaha.
Jan-14-06  mynameisrandy: In any case, Bacrot forced this draw.
Jan-14-06  Steppenwolf: Obviously Mummydiarov is replacing Kramnedwik. Boring draw!
Jan-14-06  EmperorAtahualpa: This dull game should be attributed to Bacrot, not to Mamedyarov!
Jan-14-06  Ezzy: Your first invite to a prestigious tournament, and you perform drivel like this. Shame on the players.
Jan-14-06  Unicornio: <chessgames> it would be nice to know the actual ELO of Bacrot and Mamedyarov
Jan-15-06  Illogic: Good to know, Emperor. And here I was, thinking that both players had to agree for there to be a draw.
Jan-15-06  ahmadov: For those Kramnik bashers who now want to taunt Mamedyarov I remind that Mamedyarov took over 30 minutes to continue the game before playing the 19th move. I agree with EmperorAtahualpa that it was Bacrot who played for draw. I see some people are sitting at their computer and seeking for something to riducule Mamedyarov (or draw a parallel between him and Kramnik) instead of enjoying this tournament. You are not serious!!!
Jan-15-06  BishopofBlunder: I agree with the guy with the "stupid" sign. Did Bacrot even have a plan for this game, other than pushing the wood around for a couple of hours? I don't think games like this is how he became rated 12th in the world. Not exactly a brilliancy prize for Mamedyarov either, but at least he has the built in excuse of lack of preparation time.

<Unicornio: <chessgames> it would be nice to know the actual ELO of Bacrot and Mamedyarov>

According to Corus website, the ELO is:
Bacrot 2717
Mamedyarov 2709

Jan-15-06  Bobak Zahmat: <ahmadov> This is the first game of the tournament for both the players. I think both avoid risks and assure themself of a draw. But we can't blame Mamedyarov, becuase he's preparation time was short. Anyhow, I think we'll see some brilliant things of Shak this tournament.
Feb-26-06
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  patzer2: Bacrot's counterplay with 7...Bg4 in this line of the Queen's Gambit Accepted might just be a hair better than Anand got with 7...Be6 in Kamsky vs Anand, 2006.

However, it's probably not enough counterplay to stir much GM interested in playing this QG accepted opening line. Black at best seems to be fighting for a draw. Notice how easily White was able to gain a slight advantage and force the draw in this game.

Of course if Black was looking for surprise value and an easy half-point, he got it here.

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