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Maxim Rodshtein vs Tigran Kotanjian
Aeroflot Open (2008), Moscow RUS, rd 2, Feb-15
Queen's Gambit Accepted: Classical Defense. Main Lines (D27)  ·  1-0



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Feb-18-08  Elxiddicus: Wow! This is surely a weekend puzzle candidate for white to play on move 20.
Mar-04-08  sallom89: i don't think we can imagine it from move 20 :P
Mar-04-08  Riverbeast: Rodshtein tore that culo up
Nov-22-08  vonKrolock: <19...b4> Amazingly enough, after this natural looking move, Rodshtein charms out a decisive combination, fundamented just in the transitory weaknesses in f7 and h7 - simple and powerfull
Nov-25-08  notyetagm: <Elxiddicus: Wow! This is surely a weekend puzzle candidate for white to play on move 20.>

Yes, Silman references this game when reviewing the book "Forcing Chess Moves" by FM Charles Hertan.

In this game Rodshtein finds a long forcing sequence which wins the game.

Nov-25-08  notyetagm: Actually the review that I mentioned above was by IM Donaldson at Silman's website:

Dec-07-08  notyetagm:

<FORCING CHESS MOVES, which is neatly laid out with crisp clear diagrams, will be useful for players of a variety of strengths, but the target audience is likely players 1800-2200. <<<<<<If you work through it conscientiously you might be able to find the following combination – a sacrifice followed by seven forcing moves in a row>>>>>> – which was played after Hertan’s book went to press.

M.Rodshtein (2614) - T.Kotanjian (2545) [D27]
Aeroflot Open Moscow (2), 2008
1.d4 d5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.c4 dxc4 4.e3 e6 5.Bxc4 c5 6.0–0 a6 7.Bb3 Nc6 8.Nc3 cxd4 9.exd4 Be7 10.Bg5 0–0 11.Re1 b5 12.Qd3 Nb4 13.Qd2 Bb7 14.Ne5 Nbd5 15.Qd3 Rc8 16.Rac1 Qd6 17.Qh3 Rfe8 18.Bc2 g6 19.Bb3 b4

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20.Nxf7! Kxf7 21.Ne4 Qb6 22.Bxf6 Bxf6 23.Rxc8 Bxc8 24.Bxd5 exd5 25.Ng5+ Bxg5 26.Qxh7+ Kf6 27.Rxe8, 1–0.>

Dec-07-08  notyetagm: 20 ?

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My Game Collection Game Collection: Nxf7! / ... Nxf2! sacrifice currently contains three examples of the ♘xf7! sacrifice, this brilliant win by Rodshtein (20 ♘e5xf7!) being one of them.

20 ♘e5xf7!

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  tpstar: This fantastic game is featured in a very nice article by WGM Raluca Sgircea and IM Renier Castellanos about IQP positions:

<Attacking Patterns>

<1. Rook lift – In positions with IQP a common idea is to do a rook lift along the third rank in order to attack the opponent's castle.>

<2. Diagonals – White often attacks along the b1-h7 diagonal (or b8-h2 in case black has the IQP), setting up a battery of queen + bishop working together.>

<3. Knight on e5 (e4 in black's case) – The knight puts pressure on the square f7 where it can sometimes sacrifice, supported by other pieces attacking the e6 pawn.>

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