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Alexander Motylev vs Vugar Gashimov
Karpov Poikovsky (2009), Poikovsky RUS, rd 8, Jun-11
Russian Game: Classical Attack. Jaenisch Variation (C42)  ·  1-0

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Jun-11-09
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  tamar: Motylev nurses a tiny advantage to victory.

23 Qa2 was amazing, as even after the a file is open and the queen goes in, it is not clear what it has achieved.

Then follows the rook, then the knight and finally the King goes from g1 to a5.

A grand strategic victory.

Jun-11-09  Andrew Chapman: I formed the impression at move 41 that it was black who was avoiding a repetition.
Jun-12-09
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  paavoh: Motylev had great understanding of the possibilities in the ensuing endgame. Just fabulous!
Jun-14-09
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  Peligroso Patzer: <paavoh: Motylev had great understanding of the possibilities in the ensuing endgame. <Just fabulous!>>

Indeed! It is far from obvious (at least to this patzer) that the position after 67. g3:


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is winning for White on move (Black's g3-pawn seems very dangerous).

Gashimov might have improved with 69. Re7 in this position after 69. e6:


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... but even this seems to lose against best play by White:

69...Re7 70.Kb6!

(Not 70.Rb8?? [with the idea 70...d4 71.Rb7 ] g2! and Black wins.)

70...Rxe6 71.Ra2 Kf7 72.Rg2 Re4 (72...Re3 73.c7 Rxc3 74.Rxg3 ) 73.c7 Rc4 74.Rxg3 Ke7 75.Rg8 Kd7 (75...Rxc3 76.c8Q ) 76.Rd8+

Jun-14-09  MaxxLange: anyone who still thinks the Petrov is boring should look at this game
Jun-14-09  visayanbraindoctor: <tamar: Motylev nurses a tiny advantage to victory.

23 Qa2 was amazing, as even after the a file is open and the queen goes in, it is not clear what it has achieved.

Then follows the rook, then the knight and finally the King goes from g1 to a5.

A grand strategic victory.>

I was following this game live. For a long time I thought Motylev's advantage would not be sufficient. Then I saw him build up on it by repeatedly pushing his pieces up the a-file in order to get into an accurately calculated endgame. A wonderful game that aptly got Motylev first prize.

Jun-16-09
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  tamar: <visayanbraindoctor> Something about watching live brings home the difficulty of invading an enemy controlled position.

I thought of Hannibal leading his elephants through the mountains when I saw the trek of major pieces up the a file.

I agree with <Peligroso Patzer>, it is far from obvious that White is winning at move 67, and aiming for such a position means Motylev is deservedly in 2700 class now.

Jun-20-09  outplayer: Perhaps Gashimov was really tired because 69...Rf2 is a sad blunder although his position was bad.
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