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Victor Markovich Mikhalevski vs Nigel Short
8th Edmonton International (2013), Edmonton - Canada, rd 3, Jun-25
Owen Defense: Zelenograd Variation (B00)  ·  1-0



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  PhilFeeley: Nice work by Mikhalevski to grind down Short.
Jun-26-13  twinlark: Probably zeitnot combined with a body clock still set at 3am. But it seems Short's fatal mistake was <34...Kg8> allowing the removal of the Nf6...

The engine thought that <34...N6d7> would have held, eg: <35. Nf4 Re3> and Black's control of the e-file makes the game defensible.

Jun-26-13  Edmontonchessclub: An early novelty, 5.g3!?, and a very nice finish.
Jun-26-13  fisayo123: So it's an English opening then.
Jun-26-13  Edmontonchessclub: Yeah, I would call it an English opening. Chessgames calls it an Owen Defence, but Owen's is when black plays ...e6 and ...b6 against White's d4 and c4.
Jun-27-13  Jamboree: Another interesting line white could have played for a win with was 40. Nxc7+!? Rxc7 41. Rxd6, and white has already gotten two pawns for the piece, and is likely to rack up at least one more. The endgame will be a race to the eighth rank, and white seems to have the advantage. Although it may not be as straightforward as simply playing on with even material but a better position, as in the game.

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