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Maxime Vachier-Lagrave vs Yu Yangyi
World Cup (2009), Khanty-Mansiysk RUS, rd 3, Nov-27
Sicilian Defense: Lasker-Pelikan. Sveshnikov Variation Chelyabinsk Variation (B33)  ·  1-0

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Nov-27-09
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  tamar: Top notch pressure from Lagrave.
Nov-27-09  notyetagm: Outstanding game by MVL.

49 ... ♖d5xa5!! must have shocked Yu Yanqi.

MVL can really play some chess.

I also liked the way he opened a <SECOND FRONT> on the kingside by advancing the h-pawn.

Nov-27-09  notyetagm: That should be 49 ♖d5xa5!!.
Nov-28-09  brucejavier: whats happens after black takes the rook on a5?
Nov-28-09
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  tamar: if 49...Rxa5 50 Rb7

In an echo variation, if 48...Rd7 49 Rxa5
Rxa5 50 Rb8+ mates

Black is just being blown out of the water.

Nov-28-09  notyetagm: <brucejavier: whats happens after black takes the rook on a5?>

http://www.thechessmind.net/storage...

<49.Rxa5! Qe7

[49...Rxa5 50.Rb7 Rd7 (50...Qd7 51.Rxd7 Rxd7 would be great for Black, were it not for 52.Qe8+ ) 51.Rb8+ mates.]>

Nov-28-09  brucejavier: wow thank you notyetagm: i would have never spotted that, this young french can play some good chess, good luck to him on the world cup, alreadu has world junior champ now maybe could win the world cup
Nov-28-09  notyetagm: <brucejavier: wow thank you notyetagm: i would have never spotted that, this young french can play some good chess, good luck to him on the world cup, alreadu has world junior champ now maybe could win the world cup>

YW

That Monokroussos site (http://www.thechessmind.net/) is a *tremendous* fountain of information. He usually lightly annotates the top games the day they are played. I always head there to get his explanations of the games.

Nov-28-09
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  Eyal: That was a very impressive maneuvering game by Vachier Lagrave. It's obvious for a long time that Black is passive and under pressure, but it's far from obvious how White should go about in cracking his defenses. I especially like the sequence of moves 43-48 that prepare the winning combination 49.Rxa5!, since they come at a point where White have seemingly put all the pressure that he can build on a7 and d6, and Black seemingly managed to defend them successfully:

<43.Qe3> (eying the rook on a7 and so threatening Rxd6)- <44.Qg3> (attacking g7) - <45.Rb5> (threatening Rb8+) - <46.Qg6> (taking advantage of one of the many light-square weaknesses created during the game in Black's camp) - <47.Rdd5> (putting more pressure on a5) - <48.Rb6> (putting pressure on d6 from a new direction, taking advantage of Black's 45th move, in which the rook abandoned the 6th rank in order to defend the back rank).

Nov-30-09  Stanley Yee: I was also amazed by the analysis behind 29.h5 Bxh5 30. Rh3 Bg6 31.Bxg6 hxg6 32.Qd5+! Kf8 33.Qe6! followed by 34.Rh8+. 29...g6 30.Be6+ Kh8 31.g4? Qe7! and the White Bishop has nowhere to go, so 31.f3 and White has all the threats.
Jan-04-10  notyetagm: This game is used in the article "Attacking a second weakness" by GM Nigel Davies in his recent Middlegame Motifs column at chesscafe.com.

It is problem #1.

http://www.chesscafe.com/text/motif...

Feb-14-10  notyetagm: Game Collection: Vachier-Lagrave's Best Games

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