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Viktor Laznicka vs Shakhriyar Mamedyarov
"Weakness on the Laz Rank" (game of the day May-02-2015)
World Cup (2009), Khanty-Mansiysk RUS, rd 4, Nov-30
Queen's Gambit Declined: Ragozin Defense. Alekhine Variation (D38)  ·  0-1



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Nov-30-09  luzhin: The repeated Queen offers are very elegant: for example, if 47.Qxe2 Bxe3+ 48.Kh2 Bg1+ 49.Kh1 Bf2+ 50.Kh2 Bg3 mate.
Nov-30-09  brucejavier: wow shak is on fire!! what a game
Nov-30-09  muradov: Very nice game by Shark. Congrats!
Nov-30-09  Ranjan: Why not 44. gf4 Bf4 45. g3 hg3 46. Qg3 Rb2 47. Kh1 Bg3 White could still fight--
Nov-30-09  dumbgai: Wow you have to love the pseudo queen sacs.
Nov-30-09  MamedyarovFan: <Ranjan: Why not 44. gf4 Bf4 45. g3 hg3 46. Qg3 Rb2 47. Kh1 Bg3 White could still fight--> Hi <Ranjan> I was watching the game on Chessbomb ( or and it gave your variation except for the tiny change 47.Kg1 instead of your 47. Kh1. [Of course when you typed 44. gf4, you meant 44. ef4.]

Chessbomb, which uses Rybka, scores the following variation at -2.43: 44. exf4 Bxf4+ 45. g3 hxg3+ 46. Qxg3 Rb2+ 47. Kg1 Bxg3 48. Nd8 Kh6 49. Ne6 Re2 50. Nf8. So yes, GM Laznicka could have gone for that variation but he would know he was lost.

Incidentally I find Chessbomb to be fantastic. I was able to see all of today's World Cup games and get loads of variations in real time. (Of course I understand that many chessplayers prefer to try to work out the variations for themselves.) You can still see Rybka's analysis of all of the games of this tournament there.

Nov-30-09  Eyal: <Why not 44. gf4 Bf4 45. g3 hg3 46. Qg3 Rb2 47. Kh1 Bg3 White could still fight-->

He could keep playing for a while without getting mated, but also without any real hope of saving the game - 2 pawns (and after ...Rxb5, 2 passers) down, a restricted king and no counterplay.

49...Ra1 is good enough, of course, but more pleasing aesthetically - especially after the previous moves - could have been 49...Qg3! forcing a quick mate: 50.Qxb1 (50.Qxg3 Bf4+ 51.Kh2 hxg3# ) 50...Qe1+ 51.Kh2 Bf4+ 52.g3 Qxg3+ 53.Kh1 Qh2#. As Dennis Monokroussos notes in his blog, the series of pseudo-queen sacs toward the end is a bit reminiscent of the famous E Z Adams vs Carlos Torre, 1920.

Nov-30-09  notyetagm: Go Shark!
Nov-30-09  notyetagm: Laznicka vs Mamedyarov (4.1) FIDE World Cup 2009

The whole <QUEEN INFILTRATION> sequence by Mamedyarov is simply *beautiful*:

43 ... ?

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43 ... ♕e4xf4+!

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44 ... ♕f4-f2!

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46 ... ♕f2-e2!

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43 ... ♕e4xf4+! goes straight to the top of my <GAMES COLLECTION: RELOADERS>, <GC: RELOAD ON A SQUARE THAT IS LINED UP WITH THE KING>, and <CG: RELOAD WITH A SIMILARLY FUNCTIONING PIECE> as the very best example I have seen recently of the <RELOADER> theme.

43 ... ♕e4xf4+!: one defender (White e3-pawn) cannot keep two attackers (Black e4-queen, Black c1-bishop(!)) out of the f4-checking square <LINED UP> with the White h2-king

And I have a third example in two days for <GC: CHECK is fatal!> and <CG: CHECKING SQUARES MUST BE DEFENDED!>

May-02-15  nalinw: An unfortunately rather rare combination of a great game and a pun that relates to the game.
May-02-15  ndg2: You can feel how Laznicka loses the thread with strange pawn and king moves around move 27-30.
May-02-15  morfishine: Nice game and nice post by <notyetagm>
May-02-15  kevin86: This game reminds me of the Adams-Torre game of six queen sacs. This one, however, is genuine!
May-02-15  The17thPawn: Got to feel a bit for Laznicka in this game as he must have thought my night on C6 has to be good only to have it play no role in the fireworks to come.

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