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Zahar Efimenko vs Julen Luis Arizmendi Martinez
Gibraltar Masters (2006), La Caleta GIB, rd 4, Jan-27
English Opening: King's English. Four Knights Variation Bradley Beach Variation (A28)  ·  0-1



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Jan-30-06  cuendillar: Very interesting game, particularly the opening. How often do you see black sacrificing two pawns in the opening - on the third rank!? Puzzle-like ending too. (20... ?)
Feb-01-06  Ziggurat: Very neat! The e3/g3 maneuver on moves 9 and 10 creates serious dark-square weaknesses in white's camp.

If 6. Ngxe4, black is planning 6...Nxe4 7 Nxe4 Qh4, when white has to contort himself to try to retain the pawn. For instance 8 Qd3 Bb4+ 9 Kd1 f5.

Feb-03-06  jamesmaskell: This game won Best Game of the Tournament. Well deserved too. Rather beautiful.
Feb-03-06  iron maiden: I would've given my vote to Bologan vs Korchnoi, 2006, but this game is nice also.
Feb-04-06  EmperorAtahualpa: Beautiful!! <> should definitely make this GOTD some day, or create a puzzle out of the last few moves.
Feb-06-06  Miacat: Definitely candidate for GOTD. Nice ending with the rook sac 20...♖xh2+

if 21♔xR ♕h5+ 22 ♖h4 ♕xh4+ (as the g pawn is pinned) 23♔g1 ♗c5+ with either 23 ♕d4 ♗xd4+ followed by or just ♔f1 ♕h1++

or as the game 21..♕c5 22♔f1 ♖h1++ or 22♔xh2 leads to mate as above. Possible pun of the day "Shaken not stirred"

Feb-06-06  Jarlaxle: <iron maiden> i agree, though both games are very interesting.
May-09-06  notyetagm: 20 ... ♖xh2+! and Black forces mate, combining the themes of <attack down the h-file> to mate on the back rank and <weak dark squares>.

White's inability to meet checks on the dark-squared a7-g1 diagonal doom his king to mate.

A really well-played game by Black. First he won the bishop pair, gaining an unopposed dark-squared bishop. Then he played imaginatively to create dark-squared weaknesses in the White position. Finally, he cashed in on all of White's dark-squared problems with a mating combination.

Jun-10-06  Whitehat1963: Beauty of a finish. This will have to be a puzzle one day!
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  egilarne: Very interesting game, to see black creating weak black squares, changing knight for bishop and going on to exploit the weaknesses.
Dec-31-09  ounos: 16. o-o-o doesn't look particularly dangerous to me. Why Be2 instead, allow the Rook to b2, and get your king opposite to the other rook?
Dec-31-09  zanshin: I would have castled long with <16.O–O–O>:

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and Rybka 3 evaluates it as a decent move.

[+0.27] d=17 16.O–O–O Bf6 17.Qc2 Qe7 18.Bd3 Rb6 19.Rde1 Be5 20.Qd2 O–O 21.Nd5 Bxd5 22.exd5 Qf6 23.b3 Bc3 24.Qe3 Bxe1 (0:03.55) 7868kN

Dec-31-09  zanshin: I agree - this is an interesting finish. What sets it up is <19.Rf4?> (maybe Rf5 was better) although Black had already gained a slight lead:

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[-0.21] d=17 19.Rf5 Qe3 20.Raf1 Qxd3 21.Bxd3 Bd6 22.Rg5 g6 (0:14.59) 43056kN

[-1.32] d=16 19.Rf4 Bd6 20.Qe3 (0:12.41) 37620kN

Sep-24-11  wordfunph: fantastic 20...Rxh2+!!!

GM Arizmendi won a brilliancy prize of 1k pounds for this game alone --- equivalent to 17 days of my factory work in Leeds in 2007 :)

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  MKD: Beautiful finish. Black played with great imagination, from start to finish.
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  FSR: Gorgeous game.
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  perfidious: The first line offered by <zanshin> is objectively better than the seppuku of the game continuation, but subjectively a depressing position to defend.

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