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Ivan Sokolov vs Shakhriyar Mamedyarov
Essent Tournament (2006), Hoogeveen NED, rd 2, Oct-23
Modern Defense: Geller's System (B06)  ·  0-1



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Oct-23-06  Karpova: Devastating loss for Sokolov who has no luck against the big guns. Nice game from Mamedyarov!
19....Ne4: is an eye-catcher
Oct-23-06  who: Why not 17.Bxd8
Oct-23-06  Kangaroo: <<who>: Why not 17.Bxd8?>

In the online translation, the 16-th and 17-th moves of Black were made in the reversed order, that is first <16 ... Nf6> and then <17 ... Rd8>

Oct-23-06  majick: <> I think the score is slightly wrong. The official site says it's 16 ... Nf6 17.Nc4 Rd8 18.Qc1 instead of 16 ... Rd8 17.Nc4 Nf6 18.Qc1 which makes more sense.
Oct-23-06  majick: Oops, a bit too late. : )
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  tamar: <who> Why not 17 Bxd8...Good question. Probably the move order is inverted. Should be 16...Nf6 and 17...Rd8
Oct-23-06  Kingdom NL: Sokolov not in good shape, I already don't like the white position before black his nice move 19...Nxe4. There are other and I think better lines for white to play against the Pirc.
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  tamar: Wow, even later than <majick>! :-)
Oct-23-06  Jafar219: this pgn is wrong!
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  tamar: Mamedyarov has definite killer instinct.
He reminds me of Alekhine.
Oct-23-06  Jafar219: 16.Bb1 Nf6 in offical site
Oct-23-06  Jafar219: Even later than <tamar> :)
Oct-23-06  TylerD: M is looking more and more like Morozevich: tactic masterpieces, intuitional sacrifices, ubnexpected twists, odd openings - and now beating sokolov in the same way that Moro has done a couple of time - by throwing a rare opening at him and then outcalculate him in beautiful manner!
Oct-23-06  Kean: <TylerD: M is looking more and more like Morozevich>

hey thats true. yet Mame seem to be more solid & with better nerves

Oct-23-06  ahmadov: Fritz says that Sokolov should have played 23.Rxe5 instead of Bxf4. But I am sure that Mamed would find another winning line in that case.
Oct-23-06  refutor: return of the pirc to top level play...i doubt it, but it's nice to see something other than sicilians ;)
Oct-24-06  ahmadov: When watching this game live I surprised to see Shak to play 23...fxe4, I was expecting him to take the Rook with the Queen. I thought I was missing something, but later when I analyzed the game with Fritz the engine preferred 23...Qxe4. I do not think that 23...fxe4 is a big inaccuracy though.
Oct-24-06  Hesam7: Position after 25...b5:

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26.Na5 Bxe5 27.Bxe5 Qxe5 28.Nc6 Qf4 29.Nxd8 Rxd8 30.axb5 Rd2 31.Qb3+ Kg7 32.Rf1 axb5 33.Qe6 Qf6 34.Qxe4 Qxc3 35.Qe7+ Kg6 36.Qe8+ Kh7 37.Qxb5 (eval: -0.03 @ depth 18 Spike 1.2)

I dont know but maybe objectively speaking 19...N6h5 is stronger than 19...Nxe4.

Oct-24-06  ahmadov: <Hesam7> I think Shak played Nxe4 also because he was inspired by his opponent's time trouble. 19...N6h5 is also recommended by Fritz.
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  Mateo: This game was spectacular but there are many mistakes or questionable decisions from both sides.

19...Nxe4!?. Black had a small edge before playing this move. But after 20.Bxe4 Bxe4 21.Rxe4 Qc6 22.Qc2 f5 23.Bxf4?! gives a practical justification to Mamedyarov sacrifice. Instead the simple 23.Rxe5 Qxc4 24.Bxf4 gives White a good position, either after 24...gxf5 or 24...Qxf4.

23...fxe4?! was not so good than 23...Qxe4 winning the exchange.

26.axb5?! was bad. He missed 26.Na5! Bxe5 27.Bxe5 Qxe5 28.Nc6 with drawing prospects for White.

There are many inacurracies until the end but on the long term, White is lost anyway.

Oct-24-06  Sannder: Mamedyarov's sacrifice might not have resulted in a won position in several vaiations, but Sokolov didn't really have time to calculate: he had less than a minute per move on the clock to work himself through the clever minefield Mamedyarov laid out for him.

Very clever way of making use of the opponent's time-trouble.

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  Mateo: <Sannder> Thank you for the information. Now I see the practical justification for this sacrifice.
Oct-24-06  Grega: Fantastic.
Oct-24-06  richardg: Sokolov deserves to lose for his 17th move?? refusing to take the rook for a bishop trade??
Oct-24-06  Karpova: Nice game by Mamedyarov with a speculative sacrifice on move 19. Sokolov's inappropriate defense lead to a disaster.
Mamedyarov earned his +2 score!

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