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Konstantin Sakaev vs Nikita Vitiugov
World Cup (2009), Khanty-Mansiysk RUS, rd 3, Nov-27
Slav Defense: Soultanbeieff Variation (D16)  ·  0-1



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Nov-28-09  YouRang: White's <14.Nxf7> created a complex position, but black handled it adequately while white botched it.

After 18 moves, white faced this position:

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White took the rook with <19.Bxf7>, but better was 19.Bxd5! Bxg5 20.Qxg5 Bxd5 21.Rxd5 Rxf2 22.b3 with an even game.

It continued: <19...Bxg5 20.Qxg5 Qxf7 21.f3 h6 22.Qg4 Rd8 23.Rd1 Rd6 24.Rf5 Qe7 25.Qd4 Re6> creating a R+B battery on the e-file.

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This poses a double threat: (1) ...Re1+ followed by Rxe1 & ...Qxe1# or Kf2 & ...Qe2+ winning the d1 rook; or (2) ...Ne3, forking the white rooks. White's best move is 26.Rd2, which guards against ...Qe2 and gets out of the way of the rook fork.

However, white evidently missed the fork threat and played <26.h3?? Ne3!> Sadly for white, there is no safe way to even get the knight in exchange for the rook (e.g. 27.Rh5 Nxd1 28.Qxd1? Re1+!). The bishop prevents one rook from guarding the other at d5.

Nov-28-09  kingfu: Ecellent analysis and excellent avatar. That is not Lurch , it is Ted Cassidy. When I was a kid in Fort Worth , Texas , Ted was doing the Sports Report for the local news! My favorite Ted Cassidy role is in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. "Guns or knives, Butch."

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