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Temur Kuybokarov vs Alexander Khalifman
Bronstein Memorial (2014), Minsk BLR, rd 4, Feb-14
French Defense: Tarrasch Variation. Chistyakov Defense (C07)  ·  0-1



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Apr-20-14  Mating Net: The weak back rank and vulnerable King meant that White never had enough compensation for the sacrificed material. After a couple of spite checks, the boot was definitely on the other foot.
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  Gilmoy: <28..Kf7> was not purely defensive!
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  Domdaniel: Queen vs Rook, Bishop + Knight is a fascinating material imbalance. One would normally expect RBN to emerge on top, though Kasparov won several games with the Queen ... it comes down to initiative, King vulnerability, and piece coordination.

Years ago, I drew one of these (with the Queen) against Tony Miles -- though I was surprised when he offered a draw, as I thought the pieces would eventually overwhelm me. It seems my threat to pick off a couple of pawns was persuasive.

Khalifman plays this very nicely, never letting White consolidate.

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  Domdaniel: Khalifman's 6...Qd7 is an interesting alternative to ...Qd6, which is now generally regarded as the main line of the Chistyakov Variation. Having the Queen on d7 only makes a small difference in many lines, but it's sufficient to add pressure to White's strategy.
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  Domdaniel: The Queen on d7 has two obvious drawbacks: (1) Black has to move the Queen again before developing with ...Bd7, and (2) White is able to play Bf4 directly, which is not possible with Q on c7 or d6.

Here, White fails to exploit either of these points.

Jan-08-15  Shams: <Domdaniel> You should upload the Tony Miles game.
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  Domdaniel: <Shams> I can't: the score is lost. I know that it began 1.d4 e6 2.e4 d5 3.Nd2 b6, and wound up with a Black Queen vs White Rook, Bishop & Knight.

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