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Sergei Rublevsky vs Imre Hera Jr
World Cup (2007), Khanty-Mansiysk RUS, rd 1, Nov-24
Caro-Kann Defense: Advance Variation (B12)  ·  1-0

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Nov-24-07  ZIgurat: One idea behind 17. d5!! is that if black captures with the e pawn, white has 18. Na4 threatening to trap the queen with Ra1.
Nov-24-07  ZIgurat: Of course, 19. Dd7!! is brilliant and the encore 24. Bb5! rounds it up nicely.
Nov-24-07
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  whiteshark: <Rd8> is the blunder move of the day.

Here it happened on move 18 and in the game Macieja vs V Laznicka, 2007 it was already on move 15.

Nov-24-07  notyetagm: What a great <RELOADER> by Rublevsky, 19 ♕d1-d7+!!
Nov-25-07  notyetagm: What outstanding tactical play by Rublevsky! Simply breath-taking.

Rublevsky does so poorly in team competitions that you forget that he is nearly 2700-rated. This miniature shows you his real talent.

Nov-25-07
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  Ron: What an excellent game by Rublevsky. Queen sac on move 19 and Black resigns on move 24.
Nov-25-07  Jim Bartle: You had to assume the point was to queen the pawn, but in the end the threat was Re8 mate.
Dec-12-07
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  Peligroso Patzer: <Jim Bartle: You had to assume the point was to queen the pawn, but in the end the threat was Re8 mate.>

After 24. Bb5, Black can prevent immediate mate with 24. ... f6, of course, but after 25. Re8+ Kf7 26. d8=Q White basically gains an extra Queen, whereas, if he had played 24. d8=Q+, then after 24. ... Qxd8 25. Rxd8 Kxd8, the transaction from move 24 would have gained only Queen-for-Rook.

Brilliant game by Rublevsky.

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