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Shakhriyar Mamedyarov vs Liviu Dieter Nisipeanu
Mtel Masters (2007), Sofia BUL, rd 4, May-13
Blumenfeld Countergambit: Accepted (E10)  ·  1/2-1/2



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May-13-07  Shajmaty: Strong novelty by Shak: 11. Nfg5! better than 11. Qe2 played at Ehlvest-Alekseev, Aeroflot op, Moscow 2007. A shame he missed 17. Rf1! The draw could not be avoided with 20. Nxa8? since 20...Bb4 follows. With just 21 minutes left, Nisi did not try 20...Ke7; 21. Bg5, Qxg5; 22. Nxg5, Nf4+.
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  SwitchingQuylthulg: I already posted this on the Mtel Masters forum but I'll copy it here. Analysis after 13. Nxe4 (a suggested improvement) Qd5 14. Nf2 Nxf2 15. Kxf2 Be7!? (as suggested by <acirce>:

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<15...Be7!! (At worst, Black seems to either get two pawns for the piece, with sufficient compensation for the rest with an advanced passed pawn and the more active pieces, or gets back his piece but with slightly worse pawn structure. One sample line that looks promising for Black is 15...Be7 16.fxe5 0-0+ 17.Kg1 c4 18.h4 d3 19.Rh3 Qxb5 20.b3 Qxe5 21.Be3 Bc5 22.Bxc5 Qxc5+ 23.Kh1 e5 24.bxc4 e4 25.Bxd3 exd3 26.Qxd3 Rad8 and White can't hold to his extra pawn because of the weakness of h4. I haven't searched for extra possibilities in the line 18.h3 but since that doesn't develop the rook I guess it's no better) - I guess the sac's actually sound.>

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  Mateo: I could not look to the game yesterday but it seems to me that in the final position Nisipeanu could avoid the draw (maybe he was in zeitnot?). After 20...♔e7! 21.♗g5 (only move) ♕xg5 22.♘xg5 ♘f4+ followed by ♘xh3, Black has a small advantage in the ending: the Bishop seems stronger than the Knight and Black's pawn structure is better than White's one. Of course, this was still possible on move 22 (22...♔e7.
May-18-07  Shajmaty: <Mateo: [...] Nisipeanu could avoid the draw (maybe he was in zeitnot?). After 20...e7! 21.g5 (only move) xg5 22.xg5 f4+ [...]> You can read about this as far as two posts above!

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