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Emory Tate vs Varuzhan Akobian
US Championship 2006 (2006), San Diego, CA USA, rd 1, Mar-02
Zukertort Opening: Queen Pawn Defense (A06)  ·  1-0

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Mar-03-06  OJC: Great game by Tate. He plays Goldin later today; maybe another GM scalp...?
Mar-03-06  ARMENIA: I never favored Reti and I won't do it now either... A very impressive performance I have to say.

Varuzhan needs to shake this nightmare off and get a fresh grisp on the games! Not only can be perform well at this tournament, I am certain he can finish in the leading pack!

God Bless Armenia

Mar-03-06  ChessVip: |9. Bd3! , 29. Bxh6! are the best moves!
Mar-03-06
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  Joshka: I know this is a great win for Tate, but Akobian had to have made some really weak moves, walking his king around like that. Akobian's queen was out in left field somewhere doing nothing. Always happy to see the underdog take some GM scalp though! Hope he can get a few more!
Mar-03-06  Fan of Leko: Wonderful game! The GM was expecting 1 e4 and an all out attack and instead gets crushed positionally. After white's 24th move black can hardly breathe, and is also very short of time. He panics and loses very quickly, but even Leko or Anand would find it hard to save such a game in the long run.
Mar-03-06  Resignation Trap: I mentioned this on the page of Emory A Tate while the game was in progress, but I deleted one important move in my note.

Akobian's 6...Nfd7 looks unnatural, but if 6...Nbd7? White wins material with 7.g4! Bg6 8.g5 Ne4 9.Ne5 Bf5 10.Qf3 Nd6 11.Qxd5 .

Mar-03-06  Boomie: After 19...Rfd8, the position seems equal. The natural looking 20...Nd4 is a mistake. Funny how often the "natural looking" move is just wrong. Better was 20...Nb4 21. Bb1 exf4. 24...h6 is bad. It's not clear how white will attack h7 but h6 is a handy target. Black should either shore up the king side with Kh8 and Bf8 or prepare the thematic b5. 25...Kf8 seals black's fate. Perhaps he was in shock when he started the king's death march.
Mar-05-06  melianis: Akobian with ...Bg4, symmetrical pair of the standard Bg5 by white in QGD (not so in Nimzo), which is almost never totally bad.

To my knowledge, an early Bg4 by black almost always invites either immediate queenside attack or solidification of the queenside, which makes way for f4 and a kingside attack, but i have also seen it work once or twice... this time it didn't.

Also I'd say 17...dxc4?!, seems to me like a move without a reason, but correct me if I'm wrong.

Apr-03-06  patzer2: Former U.S. Air Force Officer and Armed Forces Chess Champion Emory Tate scores a huge victory in the recent U.S. Championship with the demolition of pawn structure sham sacrfice 29. Bxh6!!

Note that the followup 31. Ng4+! is essential in preserving Tate's win. One particularly fun sacrificing line is 31...Kd6 32. Nxe5! Kxe5 33. Rg6! with a mating attack. I like that Emory had no draws in this tournament, fighting to win in every game.

Apr-03-06  MF Noob: i am failing to see why black did not take the f pawn on move twenty with 20...exf4. Then it is possible to move his knight to e5 threatening the light squared bishop. In a positional game such as this there is a good chance i am not seeing everything. Enlighten me
Apr-03-06  maxxowar: 20...exf4 21 Nd5 Bxd5 22 exd5 g5 21 Qh6 Be5 22 Bxe5 Nxe5 23 Bf5
Apr-03-06  MF Noob: Maxxowar thank you for your reply. I failed to take into account the open diagonal that the light squared bishop would acquire (amongst other things).
Jun-21-06  Poisonpawns: Emory TATE!!!!! GM Destroyer!!
Oct-22-06  GufeldStudent: Tate is did not play that well here really. Simply Bxe2 instead of retreating the bishop to f7 with the idea of later playing Be5 gives black a small edge.
Oct-22-06  GufeldStudent: or d4 instead of Be5. Either way, white's position is very unlikeable.
Dec-29-06  ChessNe1: <GufeldStudent: Tate is did not play that well here really. Simply Bxe2 instead of retreating the bishop to f7 with the idea of later playing Be5 gives black a small edge.>

I guess the GM did not want to leave his e-pawn unprotected.

Aug-11-08  HannibalSchlecter: Grandmaster wants to trade down while being down three pawns...sure!
Mar-21-11  Jason Frost: <GufeldStudent> I don't think the game was defined by Akobian playing a move that resulted in a -.17 edge (according to Rybka) instead of a -.18. I think 17...d4, instead of 17...dxc4 defines a clearer (although still slight) edge for black, but neither situation sealed the result.

Good game by Emory Tate.

Aug-03-14  posoo: "Tater Torts" LOL.

POSOO SAID IT.

Oct-28-15
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  wwall: Black played 25...Kf8? and Tate had a neat win with 26.Nxf6! gxf6 27.Qxf6 h5 28.Bxd4 cxd4 (28...exd4 29.Qh8+ Bg8 30.f6 and a mate threat with 31.Qh6+ Kf7 32.Qg7 mate) 29.Qh8+ Ke7 30.f6+ Kd7 31.Bf5+ Be6 32.Bxe6 and a mate by Tate.
Mar-07-18  brimarern: Here is a video on YouTube of IM Emory Tate going over this game!

https://youtu.be/Zyh2K9xCXlU

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