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Mohamad Al-Modiahki vs David Navara
FIDE Grand Prix (2008), Sochi RUS, rd 4, Aug-03
Sicilian Defense: Kramnik Variation (B40)  ·  1-0



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Aug-03-08  arnaud1959: 2.c4 or 3.c4 is a very good move against a much stronger opponent than you in sicilian defense. Very smart strategy by A.M.
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  luzhin: Not so sure about Al-Modiahki's strategy: he was much worse until Navara's extraordinary blunder on the the 33rd move.
Aug-03-08  apple pi: What's up with 26...♖e7?
Aug-03-08  Mameluk: Navaraīs chess is lately very hard to follow, because its quality is really low, and there is nothing like bad luck, and former 2700+ player plays definitely below 2600 level.

Al-Modiahki was completely outplayed, I guess Navara was only calculating things like 28. Rxf7 Qxb3, when he played 27...Qxb4?? Everything was so easy, that he thought Mohamad blundered again and completely overlooked 28. Bd5. Otherwise it must have been technically won, or whole chess game is wrong:), though it would still be hard work.

The endgame with dangerous c-pan is very interesting, and I wonder if somebody can tell whether it is won or not. I find very interesting 31...Qc7 with point 32. Rd1 a5 33. Rd7 Qb6. And before the blunder of the year, I donīt know: so 33...Rxc1+ 34. Rxc1 Qc7 seems to be only moves, and after 35. Rd1 Kg7 is again the only intelligent defense, because it allows 36. Rd7 Qb8, and white canīt play c7 now, after 37. Ba6 Qb6 and black happily holds, and I think white wonīt stop a-pawn and black wins easily, but maybe I am wrong.

Aug-03-08  DeltaHawk: I don't really follow chess analysis because I find it a pain in the neck to position the pieces according to the algebraic notation. It's truly amazing how grandmasters can remember entire games by algebraic notation and follow its line of reasoning. It's truly sad how Navara can lose to a sub-2600 player.
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  whiteshark: <apple pi: <What's up with 26...Re7?>> None!

But <27...g6 28.Rfc1 Rc7 29.Bd5 Kg7> was potentially a stronger continuation.

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Aug-03-08  SniperOnG7: Speak of the devil...I was wondering how to face against the e4 c4 setup yesterday. I didn't like a Fianchetto on g7 (for once) because it allows White to play d2-d4 and play the English game with a nice bind. Thus I concluded that an e7-e6 is the best path to investigate, and left it at that for the time being.

Thanks to Navara for illustrating a nice plan...pity he tripped up after getting such a nice position. :\

Aug-03-08  Ezzy: So many blunders in this tournament already. Obviously a very tense tournament. Navara's is the worst so far. Hope it doesn't knock his confidence too much.

It's not often you get a position where you get a chance to see the possibilty of the famous 'smothered mate pattern.

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I know it's white to move in this position, but if it was black the smothered mate possibilty is 23...Nf2+ (white can play 24 Rxf2 but forget that, it's no fun.) 24 Kg1 Nh3+ 25 Kh1 Qg1+ 26 Rxg1 Nf2 mate!!

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Aug-03-08  Bobsterman3000: Pawns on c4 and e4 for white is just a Maroczy bind, right? Can someone tell me what exactly defines the "Kramnik variation"?
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  keypusher: Guessing it's 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 e6 3. c4.

Kramnik vs Kasparov, 1994

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