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Pavel Eljanov vs Vladimir Malakhov
World Cup (2009) (rapid), Khanty-Mansiysk RUS, rd 3, Nov-29
Slav Defense: Chameleon Variation (D15)  ·  0-1



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Nov-29-09  Plato: I'm very impressed with Malakhov's handling of the Slav Defense in this game. He handily outplayed a very strong Grandmaster.

9...Be6 appears to be a novelty. The more thematic 9...Bf5 (to trade off the bad bishop) has been played in the recent games M Rodshtein vs Li Shilong, 2009 and G Sargissian vs Zhou Jianchao, 2009, but White attained an advantage in both games (although could not convert it in either case) because Black's weakened kingside pawn structure outweighed the benefit of exchanging bishops.

9...Be6, keeping the bad bishop on the board for now and inviting the aggressive g2-g4(-g5) advance, seems to be a sounder approach. In this game White's aggression backfires rather quickly.

It's not seen from this game, but Malakhov is also regarded as a very strong endgame player. I've often thought he has more potential than he has shown in his recent results, and it's good to see him doing well in the world cup.

Nov-29-09  luzhin: Nice: if 32.exf4 then 32...Re2!
Dec-02-09  notyetagm: <luzhin: Nice: if 32.exf4 then 32...Re2!>

Yes, the Black e8-rook <PINS> the White e3-rook against the e2-interference square!

Dec-02-09  notyetagm: Game Collection: Interference/line,closing-square tactics

Eljanov vs V Malakhov, 2009 31 ... Bh6xf4! e8-rook pins e3-pawn to e2-interference square

Dec-02-09  Billy Vaughan: Whew, what a nasty trick at the end!
Dec-04-09  notyetagm: <Billy Vaughan: Whew, what a nasty trick at the end!>

Yes, I have *never* seen a <PIN> against an <INTERFERENCE SQUARE> before.

Dec-14-09  notyetagm:

21 ...

<21 ... Ne4-f2!

which one move before would have failed to the intermediate exchange on f5.


<<<White is forced to cede his important light-squared bishop.>>> [22.Bxf5 Qxf5 and thanks to the pawn wedge on b3 Black threatens mate on c2!]


and due to his grip on the white squares Black has an overwhelming positional superiority.>

So Black (Malakhov) used the <DISCOVERED DEFLECTION> tactic 21 ... ♘e4-f2! to win the critically important light-squared White d3-bishop.

An *excellent* example of using <TACTICS (DISCOVERED DEFLECTION)> in the service of <STRATEGY (WEAK LIGHT SQUARES)>.

Dec-14-09  notyetagm: One of my fav games of the year.
Dec-14-09  notyetagm: 21 ... ?

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21 ... ♘e4-f2! <overloaded: d3,f2>

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Game Collection: Discovered deflections 21 .. Ne4-f2! newly overloaded White e2-queen defends d3-bishop

Dec-16-10  harish22: I appreciate the beauty of Nf2 and Bf4. Both the moves exploit the mate on c2. What i fail to understand that how can white be a 2700 plus player. In the first eight moves he makes 5 pawn moves and twice moves the same piece (c4, c5 and Nf3, e5). That is bad chess. This game looks more like a 1800 player vs 2400 player.
Jul-26-11  notyetagm: Game Collection: LINE-CLOSING SQUARE
Nov-25-11  notyetagm: Eljanov vs V Malakhov, 2009

21 ... ?

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21 ... ♘e4-f2! <overloaded: d3,f2>

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Malakhov's excellent 21 ... ♘e4-f2! exploits the fact that the White e2-queen must <PROTECT> the White d3-bishop from the <NEWLY-UNMASKED> Black f5-bishop and so Her Majesty cannot also <PROTECT> the f2-forking sq.

Game Collection: OVERLOADED: TTTCIE: THE THREAT TO CAPTURE IS ENO 21 ... Ne4-f2! e2-queen must protect d3-bishop from f5-bishop

Aug-31-13  notyetagm: Eljanov vs V Malakhov, 2009

21 ... ♘e4-f2!, 31 ... ♗h6xf4! 0-1

May-01-14  notyetagm: Game Collection: NOTYETAGM'S ABSOLUTE FAVORITE GAMES


Eljanov vs V Malakhov, 2009

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