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Dmitry Jakovenko vs Zoltan Almasi
World Cup (2007), Khanty-Mansiysk RUS, rd 3, Nov-30
Spanish Game: Berlin Defense. Berlin Wall J. Rogers Line (C67)  ·  1-0



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Nov-30-07  dabearsrock1010: theres something wrong with moves 30-33 because the black knight can just be taken
Nov-30-07  suenteus po 147: <dabearsrock1010> It's probably just a simple transposition that's required: 31.Ne3 32.c3
Nov-30-07  dabearsrock1010: yes that makes sense <suenteus po> does this sort of thing happen often where moves are transposed?
Nov-30-07  suenteus po 147: It happens more often than it should when a pgn is downloaded from a live site the same day the games are played. Sometimes computer or human error creeps into the recorded pgn and then when it's posted (and not reviewed thoroughly) it immediately gets disseminated through the internet. <> works hard to try and keep all the pgn clean, but other sites aren't always as diligent.
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  Peligroso Patzer: The ending was extremely well-played by Jakovenko, and he benefitted from some inaccuracies by Almasi. 92. ... ♕d3 (instead of 92. ... ♔e4) might have been Black's last solid chance to hold.

It also seems that 93. ... ♕c6+ would have been an improvement over 93. ... ♕d5, with some drawing chances.

I am not sure whether either of these suggestions actually would have been good enough to hold a draw, but they would at least have put up tougher resistance, whereas after 92. … ♔e4?! 93. ♘c4! ♕d5?! 94. ♕e3+, White was winning by force.

Nov-30-07  aragorn69: Jakovenko deserved his win. But I would strongly doubt Almasi's play after the first time control was blunderless.
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  Eyal: According to Dorian Rogozenko's analysis in chessbase (, Black's losing mistake was 93...Qd5: <Correct is 93...Qb8 and White cannot win, since 94.Qxd7 (or 94.Nd6+ Ke5 95.Qe3+ Kf6 96.Ne4+ Kf5!) 94...Qh8+ leads to perpetual check: 95.Kg5 (95.Kg6 Qg8+ 96.Kf6 Qh8+ 97.Ke6 Qh6+) 95...Qg7+ 96.Kh4 Qf6+ 97.Kg4 (97.Kg3 Qf3+) 97...Qf4+ 98.Kh5 Qf7+ 99.Kg5 Qg7+ =>.
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  Peligroso Patzer: Thank you, <Eyal>, for posting some of Rogozenko's analysis of this fascinating endgame.

I am not yet fully convinced, however, that his analysis is definitive. White has other options (for example, 94. Qe2+) after 93. ... Qb8, so it is possible White still might have had a win in that line.

It is clear, however, that Black was lost after he played 93. ... Qd5?

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  Eyal: <It is clear, however, that Black was lost after he played 93... Qd5?>

Hmmm - maybe not, actually. I've looked at Shipov's analysis from the official website (, and he claims that Black could have drawn as late as 98.Qg6+, and that only 98...Kd4? led to the loss, whereas 98...Kf3! draws. He gives the line 99.Nb6 Qd2+ 100.Kg7 Qc3+ 101.Kf7 Bc6=. Now, it seems that White can win here with 101.Kh7! instead of Kf7 - 101...Bc6 102.Qf5+ followed by 103.Nd7; but what about 100...Qb2+ instead of Qc3+? There's a similar idea in case of 101.Kf7 Bb5, and the possibility of Qh2+ in case of 101.Kh7; I don't see a win for White here.

Btw, Shipov also demonstrates that White could have won earlier by using his king more actively with 61.Kh4-g5 etc.

Dec-11-07  Red October: these Queen end games can be very difficult
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  whiteshark: It was rocking with Queens’ spirit until the very last point.
Dec-19-07  Riverbeast: Wow, mind boggling technique from Jakovenko
Sep-12-08  Whitehat1963: He's being called the best endgame player alive by some experts. This game surely shows he has a strong grasp.
Dec-01-12  freeman8201: Has anyone else read the article calling Queen game. I forget the name of the phase but all of us know that there's the opening, middle, and endgame. Well, the author pointed out the 4 phase where pawns promote to queens. I didn't disagree with the author.

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