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Shakhriyar Mamedyarov vs Sergei Tiviakov
Corus Group A (2006), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 4, Jan-17
Nimzo-Indian Defense: Huebner. Rubinstein Variation (E42)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Jan-17-06  ahmadov: It is a pity that Mamedyarov misses another chance of winning one of the underdogs of the tournament. From now on he has even stonger players to play. He at least needs not to lose to them in order not to end up in the bottom of the table.
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  Mateo: Mamedyarov got a small pressure until he blundered with 28. Rf7?!. Almost winning was the simple 28. Nd3, with nice tactical ideas.

If 28... Ne2? 29. Re2!! Qe2 30. Rf7 Bf8 (30... Bd4 31. Rh7, White wins; 30... Qd1 31. Kh2, all the same, White wins; 30... Bf6 31. Rf6, White wins) 31. Rh7 Be7 32. Qd5!! Kh7 33. Qf7 Kh6 34. Ne5, White wins.

28... Qf5 29. Rce7! Red8 30. Ne5 with anoverwhelming game for White.

28... Reb8 29. Qb8 Rb8 30. Re6 Ne6 31. Ra7 Rb3 32. Ra8 Nf8 (32... Bf8 33. Nf4 Nc7 34. Rc8, White wins) 33. Nc5!! Rg3 (33... Rb2 34. Nd7, White wins) 34. fg Bd4 35. Kf1 Bc5 36. b4 and the 2 connexted passed pawns give White a won game. For instance, 36... Bd6 37. b5 Kg7 38. b6 Kf6 39. b7 Nd7 40. a4 and 41. a5, 42. a6.

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  Mateo: 29. Rh7? should have lost. 29. Rd7!! was the only move with a forced variation. 29. Rd7!! Reb8 30. Qd5 Qd5 31. Rd5 Bg3 32. Rd4 Bc7 33. Rd7 and then 34. Ree7, checking on the seventh rank to reach a draw.

According to the report on the Corus website, 42... Re4 was the only way to fight for a win. The idea is to protect the d pawn with the Rook, so that, if White plays 43. Rc2, Black can answer with 43... Nc3. But after 43. b5 Rb8 44. Ra2, it is a draw anyway.

Despite many errors, there were a lot of hidden beauties in many variations. A most exciting game, from this point of view.

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