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Andrei Volokitin vs Shakhriyar Mamedyarov
"The Whole 'Kitin Kaboodle" (game of the day Jan-23-2013)
European Club Cup (2012), Eilat ISR, rd 1, Oct-11
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf Variation (B94)  ·  1-0

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Oct-12-12  parisattack: Yes, Shak got hammered here, ugh. He is experimenting with black defenses and this one didn't turn out so well. If its Sicilian he wants, Kan a better pick for him.
Oct-13-12  fisayo123: http://chess-news.ru/en/node/9733
Oct-13-12  GilesFarnaby: Every variation below is playable for both sides, unless stated otherwise. The rule of thumb here is that, after a convoluted and short middle game, with precise play multiple exchanges are not avoidable and a simple and balanced endgame arises:

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 6. Bg5 Nbd7 7. f4 e6 8. Qe2 Qc7


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9. O-O-O b5 10. f5 b4


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11. fxe6 bxc3 12. exd7+ Nxd7 13. Qc4 cxb2+
14. Kb1 Nc5 15. e5 Rb8 ([Also possible, and maybe better, is:] 15. ... dxe5


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16. Nb5 axb5 17. Qd5 f6 18. Bxb5+


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Ke7 19. Qxa8 fxg5 20. Rhf1 g4


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21. Bc4 Be6 22. Bb5) 16. exd6 Bxd6 17. Re1+ Kf8


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18. Bd3 Rb4 (18. .. h6?? [the move that actually Mame played, unfortunately for him] 19. Bd8 ) 19. Qxb4


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(19. Qd5?? Bb7 ) 19. .. Nxd3 20.Qxd6+ (20. Qa4 20. .. Nxe1 21. Rxe1 Qd7


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22. Qxd7 Bxd7 23. Rd1 Bc7


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24. Nb3 Bc6 25. g3) (20. Be7+ Qxe7 (20. .. Bxe7 21. Rxe7 Qxe7 22. Qxe7+ Kxe7


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23.cxd3 Bd7 24. Kxb2 Rc8 25. Rf1 g6) 21. Qc4 Nxe1


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22. Qxc8+ Qe8 23. Qxe8+ Kxe8 24. Rxe1+ Kd7) 20. .. Qxd6 21. Be7+ Qxe7 22. Rxe7 Kxe7 [Same as above]


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23. cxd3 Bd7 24.Kxb2 *

Oct-13-12  GilesFarnaby: All of the above, just the notation:

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 6. Bg5 Nbd7 7. f4 e6 8. Qe2 Qc7 9. O-O-O b5 10. f5 b4 11. fxe6 bxc3 12. exd7+ Nxd7 13. Qc4 cxb2+ 14. Kb1 Nc5 15. e5 Rb8 (15. .. dxe5 16. Nb5 axb5 17. Qd5 f6 18. Bxb5+ Ke7 19. Qxa8 fxg5 20. Rhf1 g4 21. Bc4 Be6 22. Bb5) 16. exd6 Bxd6 17. Re1+ Kf8 18. Bd3 Rb4 (18. .. h6 19. Bd8) 19. Qxb4 (19. Qd5 Bb7) 19. .. Nxd3 20. Qxd6+ (20. Qa4 20. .. Nxe1 21. Rxe1 Qd7 22. Qxd7 Bxd7 23. Rd1 Bc7 24. Nb3 Bc6 25. g3) (20. Be7+ Qxe7 (20. .. Bxe7 21. Rxe7 Qxe7 22. Qxe7+ Kxe7 23. cxd3 Bd7 24. Kxb2 Rc8 25. Rf1 g6) 21. Qc4 Nxe1 22. Qxc8+ Qe8 23. Qxe8+ Kxe8 24. Rxe1+ Kd7) 20. .. Qxd6 21. Be7+ Qxe7 22. Rxe7 Kxe7 23. cxd3 Bd7 24. Kxb2 *

Oct-28-12  Karpova: Analysis by Csaba Balogh: http://www.chesscafe.com/text/evolu...
Jan-17-13  fisayo123: This has to be game of the day! Come on chessgames.com
Jan-20-13  Shams: "The only truly memorable combinational effort [of 2012]." -- Shipov

http://crestbook.com/en/node/1783

Jan-23-13  Abdel Irada: Amazing finish: Black is two pawns up in a rook-and-bishop ending with bishops of opposite color, and dead lost.
Jan-23-13  King Sacrificer: Reminds me this game -> Y Gusev vs Averbakh, 1946
Jan-23-13  morfishine: 21.Bd8 is a wonderful shot

A beautiful game on the whole, but it appears flawed in one variation, namely 26...Bxc5? when Black needed to play 26...Bxc6

Jan-23-13
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  kevin86: A different kind of game. White seals black's pieces in the coffin.
Jan-23-13  axy: Please forgive the silly question:

What am I missing by thinking of 24.qf7?

Jan-23-13  King Sacrificer: <axy: Please forgive the silly question: What am I missing by thinking of 24.qf7?>

24...Rxf7

Jan-23-13  mprodrigues: except the fact that there is a black rook defending f7 you aren't missing anything :p
Jan-23-13  Bartimaeus: What an incredible game !! Brilliant tactics from Volokitin in a classic Najdorf.

15. ...Rb8 seems dicey. Better might be Be6 or dxe5. The inability to castle had a telling effect on Shak's game. He was effectively playing a rook down the whole game and that enabled White to produce beautiful sacrifices like 21. Bd8!! deflecting the Queen and piling on the pressure on f7. Overall, a beautiful game and a nice pun.

Mar-09-13  EvanTheTerrible: That was incredible.
Mar-29-13  notyetagm: http://www.chesscafe.com/text/evolu...
Jun-10-13  Cemoblanca: Too much testosterone in this game! :D Epic stuff!

21.Bd8!! Marvellous!!

Mar-23-15  kellmano: The great thing about this combination is it just keeps going and going.
Jun-18-15  FairyPromotion: 21. Bd8!! still gives me chills.
Dec-15-15  falso contacto: Totally missed this game.
Mar-14-17  Howard: Timman stated in NIC back in the 2012/8 issue that Houdini rated the final position as one where White had an advantage of just .86---despite the fact that Black is dead lost.

Anyone have an engine (such as an improved version of Houdini) that can do "better" ?

Mar-14-17  Nerwal: <Timman stated in NIC back in the 2012/8 issue that Houdini rated the final position as one where White had an advantage of just .86---despite the fact that Black is dead lost.

Anyone have an engine (such as an improved version of Houdini) that can do "better" ?>

Houdini was not especially good at deep search back then - its strength lay elsewhere. Nowadays Stockfish 8 rates this as +4 in less than 10 seconds.

Still, Timman's statement is quite incorrect - after some 30 seconds Houdini 1.5 (from 2011) also rates this correctly as lost for Black.

Aug-14-17  Dave12:


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White to play. Well... i can't find it!

May-24-19  cormier:


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Analysis by Houdini 4 d 24 dpa done

1. = (-0.16): 20...Rb4 21.Re7 Rxc4 22.Rxc7 Bxc7 23.Bxc4 Ne4 24.Nf3 f6 25.Be3 Ba5 26.Kxb2 Ke7 27.Bd4 Be6 28.Bxe6 Kxe6 29.c3 Kd5 30.Re1 Rc8 31.Re3 Nd6 32.Rd3 Ke6 33.Kc2 Bc7 34.Re3+ Kf7 35.g3 Ba5 36.Rd3 h5 37.Re3 Nb5 38.Rd3 Re8 39.a4 Nxd4+ 40.Nxd4 Bb6 41.Kb3 g6 42.Rf3

2. + - (2.02): 20...h6 21.Bd8 Ne4 22.Rxe4 Qxc4 23.Bxc4 Bb7 24.Ne6+ Ke8 25.Rd4 fxe6 26.Rxd6 Rxd8 27.Rxe6+ Kd7 28.Rg6 Rhe8 29.Rd1+ Kc7 30.Rxg7+ Kb6 31.Rxd8 Rxd8 32.Kxb2 Rd6 33.Kc3 Be4 34.Rg4 Bh7 35.Rf4 Rc6 36.Kb3 Kc5 37.g3 a5 38.a4 Rb6+ 39.Kc3 Rb4 40.Bd3 Bg8 41.Rxb4 axb4+ 42.Kd2 Kb6 43.Ke3 Ka5

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