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Alexander Lastin vs Konstantin Maslak
"Lastin Line" (game of the day Apr-24-2012)
Russian Championship Superfinal (2008), Moscow RUS, rd 2, Oct-04
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf Variation (B90)  ·  1-0



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Oct-04-08  THE pawn: Im not familiar with an early exchange of knights in the sicilian, but allowing white to centralize his queen seems like a bad choice...anyway, on to the game.

Both played flawless chess (mostly home prep, I suppose) until black played: <33...Re7?> Losing a pawn for no reason. The isolated d-pawn was already weak and the rook was necessary to keep things intact. Time trouble, maybe? <35.e5!> 35.Rd3 seemed plausible, but after 35...Bb4 black can try to create a fortress. <35...Bxd6?> Wrong again. Rb8 was the move 35...Rb8 36.Kh2 Be6 37.Ba7 Ra8 38.Bd4 and now black can try the exchange sacrifice. After this mistake, black is a goner.

Oct-04-08  kozo: 31. ... Re7 is kind of nessecary to get some kind of activity, as c5 will come at some point, winning the pawn anyway. Black must have made a mistake somewhere in the opening (mabye exchanging queens, i don't really know) since after b3 and c4 he has no compensation for the backward pawn and has a cramped position.
Oct-04-08  notyetagm: White to play: 47 ?

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47 d6-d7! 1-0

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With 47 d6-d7! White achieves the <STRATEGICALLY>-desirable advance of his passed d-pawn by using the <TACTIC> that the d7-square is <LINED UP> with the Black g7-king.

Hence 47 d6-d7! is a <DECOY> into a <PIN> after the continuation 47 ... ♗c6xd7 48 ♖c3-c7, winning the ♗.

(CONT) 47 ... ♗c6xd7 48 ♖c3-c7 <pin>

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Oct-06-08  ajile: White just paralyzed Black here with the pressure on d6. Superior positional game by White.
Apr-24-12  LoveThatJoker: Nice game from Lastin: It has a Karpovian feel about it.


Apr-24-12  paladin at large: Why not 18. Ra4
Apr-24-12  LoveThatJoker: <paladin at large> 18. Ra4 Qxb2 and Black has time to extricate his Q from the danger zone.


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  kevin86: Black must take the pawn and lose his bishop.
Apr-24-12  Robyn Hode: Positional gem. Central control never really contested successfully.
Apr-24-12  lost in space: <<LoveThatJoker>: Nice game from Lastin: It has a Karpovian feel about it. LTJ>

Same with me.

Apr-24-12  LoveThatJoker: <lost in space> It does, man! It's defintely worthy of being GOTD!


Apr-24-12  erniecohen: Not too well defended.

White could have finished things off quickly with 39. c5 ♖c1 40. c6 ♗xc6 41. ♗xc6 ♖xc6 42. d7 1-0

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