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Sergey Ionov vs Baadur Jobava
Aeroflot Open (2008), Moscow RUS, rd 2, Feb-15
King's Indian Defense: Fianchetto Variation. Classical Fianchetto (E67)  ·  0-1



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Feb-15-08  Dr. Funkenstein: I think the position from black's 23rd move would make a good Friday or Saturday puzzle. The whole sequence starting with 20... f5! leads to a counterattack that culminates in Jobava's incredible combination that finishes with the quiet move Bh3!!
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  Gilmoy: Jobava plays <Ba7> again!
Feb-16-08  luzhin: I agree it's a lovely sequence, Funkenstein, but Jobava's 28..Bh3(with the brutally direct threat of Qf1+ and mate)is about as quiet as a fanfare with trumpets.
Feb-17-08  SniperOnG7: Feels good when the KID fights back against the annoyingly solid Fianchetto Variation.
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  Gilmoy: Interesting insight! Notice that Black promptly <un-fianchettoed> his own KB (to a7) for pressure on the f2-diagonal, un-fianchettoed White's KB by sacking an exchange, then exploited the weak light squares with Bh3. If life gives you diagonals, make diagonade!
Feb-17-08  Bobsterman3000: f4 was a major blunder by Ionov, opening a file that benefited Jobava almost immediately...

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