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Evgeny Alekseev vs Etienne Bacrot
41st Biel International Chess Festival (2008), Biel SUI, rd 1, Jul-20
Slav Defense: Chameleon Variation. Advance System (D15)  ·  1-0



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Kibitzer's Corner
Jul-20-08  Bobsterman3000: I've never liked 5. c5 in the Slav but Alekseev makes it look like the most preferred and logical move...

Jul-20-08  Blackreptile: c5 was recommended by Alekhine against a6; a good justification here.
Jul-20-08  nathanschulz: What if 24...Ng6 instead of 24...Nf5 trying for counterplay based on an f4-f5 push. I can't really tell what the Nf5 was doing this game.
Jul-20-08  refutor: smooth win by alekseev
Jul-21-08  popescuag: Nf5 was guarding d6.
Jul-21-08  euripides: Bacrot sometimes does better than this with this variation:

Ivanchuk vs Bacrot, 2007

But in this game Black never gets to grips with the queenside majority, as if 9...e5 is already problematic.

Jul-21-08  Ezzy: Evgeny Alekseev (2708) - E Bacrot (2691) [D15]
41st Biel International Chess Festival Biel SUI (1), 20.07.2008

1.d4 d5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.c4 c6 4.Nc3 a6 5.c5 Nbd7 6.Bf4 Nh5 7.Bd2 Nhf6 8.Qc2 Qc7 9.e4 e5 10.exd5 cxd5 11.b4< I think this is new.11 0𢠢 has been played before with a kingside attack. The strategy for white in this game is totally different. Oh the richness of chess> 11...Be7 12.Be2 00 13.00 e4 14.Ne1 Nb8 15.Qc1 Be6 16.Nc2 Nc6 17.Rb1 Bd8 18.a4 Ne7 <In these early stages it seems that whites plan has been obvious; a queenside attack with his pawns supported by his pieces, where as Bacrot is shuffling his pieces around without (to me) any obvious plan.> 19.Bf4 Qd7 20.b5 Ba5 21.Rb3 Bg4 22.Bxg4 Nxg4 23.Ne3 Nxe3 24.fxe3 Nf5 25.Ne2 <Threatening the strong 26 c6 push >25...axb5 26.axb5 g6 <I just can't see the point of this.> 27.Qb2< Brings the rook on f1 into play. White is making good progress, whereas black is wasting moves like 26...g6 >27...Bd8 28.Rc1 Be7 <This bishops has been on a magical mystery tour. [28...g5 is what the computers like. At least it gets rid of whites strong bishop.> 29.c6 bxc6 30.bxc6 Qe6?< This keeps whites initiative going. Sadly the queen has only 1 square to occupy after 32 Rb6 and then it is forced to exchange with a winning advantage to white [30...Qa7 31.Nc3 Qa5 32.Rb5 Qa6 33.Qb1! Threatening 34 Nxd5 and the queen is placed to take on e4 when convenient. White has a big advantage in these lines.; 30...Qe8 Is the only way to defend, not allowing white his 31 c7 32 Rb6 tempo gaining move.> 31.c7 <Threatening 32 Rb8> 31...Rac8 32.Rb6 <This is why 30...Qe8 was necessary> 32...Qd7 33.Qb5 Qxb5 34.Rxb5 g5 <If only he would have played this on move 26. Blacks position is now in tatters >35.Rxd5 gxf4 36.Rxf5 fxe3 37.Rc6 Ra8 38.Rf1< More soul destroying for black would be [38.Nc3 Rfc8 39.Nd5 Kf8 40.Kf1 Ra2 41.Re5 and carnage> 38...Rfc8 39.d5 Ra2 40.d6 Bxd6 41.Rxd6 Rxc7 42.Rd8+ Kg7 43.Ng3< Enough is enough> 10

A horrible loss for Bacrot. He shuffled his pieces around without a clear plan whilst Alekseev had a clear plan attacking relentlessly on the queenside. Bacrot should have started his own counter attack on the kingside with 28単5 but when he did play this move it was already over for him.

Nice win by Alekseev, and a crushing defeat for Bacrot.

I put chessbucks on Bacrot to finish second to Carlsen. Well if Bacrot continues to play like this, it抯 goodbye chessbucks.

Jul-21-08  sheaf: ugly pawn structures... characteristic c5 Slav is just painful to eyes.. no aesthetic value. But then its my opinion.
Feb-10-09  ajile: Black just watches as White easily obtains a passed c pawn.


Seriously what's the point of 7..Nhf6 in this line?

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