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Evgeny Alekseev vs Gabriel Sargissian
6th Aeroflot Festival (2007), Moscow RUS, rd 9, Feb-22
Italian Game: Classical Variation. Giuoco Pianissimo Main line (C53)  ·  1-0



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  PhilFeeley: It seems like Alekseev went for the draw by perpetual, but Sargissian played on but lost. I don't see how he could have turned it around into a win, but I'm glad he tried.
Feb-23-07  wharfrat: <PhilFeeley> I think Alekseev was playing for a win the entire time but was repeating moves to gain time on the clock. Once he made time control at move 40, he stopped using this technique.
Mar-25-07  notyetagm: Position after 27 ♕e3-a7:

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Here the White a7-queen attacks two <UNDEFENDED> Black pawns, the Black c7- and a6-pawns. Black shrewdly replies by <DEFENDING> only the c7-pawn with 27 ... ♖d8-c8!?. Can't White just take the Black a6-pawn now?

Position after 27 ♕e3-a7 ♖d8-c8!?:

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The answer is a resounding NO(!). With 27 ... ♖d8-c8!? Black -directly- <DEFENDS> his c7-pawn and relies on the -indirect- defense provided by the <EDGE OF THE BOARD>. That is, the White a7-queen cannot capture the Black a6-pawn because she will be <TRAPPED> on the edge of the board if she does so.

(VAR) Position after 28 ♕a7xa6?? ♖c8-a8!:

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So the White queen trek to a7 accomplished absolutely nothing and she makes an ignominious retreat several moves later with 31 ♕a7-e3, going back to whence she came.

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