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Alexander Motylev vs Evgeny Najer
Russian Team Championship (2014), Loo RUS, rd 2, Apr-08
Spanish Game: Closed. Martinez Variation (C78)  ·  0-1



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Apr-08-14  luzhin: It looks like White's only chance to defend was with 27.h4 -- but it was natural that White should think to rush his King to the other side of the board. Great attack by Najer.
Apr-08-14  Gilmoy: Great, indeed, to over-horizon Motylev. After <17.Bb2> Black is down R+P for B, and his Q is at least 1 tempo away from making a threat. For this, he has only the pin to shatter K-side pawns. Surely Motylev saw the risks, and still eval'd it as toast landing butter-side up.

<20..f5> opening f seems certain to eventually park the Bf3 -- could White have defended by returning Q for B+R? He chooses <19.d4> and an active pin defense. <23.e6> seems committal, misjudging initiative? e.g. 23.Qxe4 still trades down.

The essential problem is that after <23..Bxf3+ 24.Kg1> the lone Bf3 is now <more of a mate threat> than <both> of White's Rs combined. (White's Rf1 actually is part of Black's mating net!!) Hence Black can simply drop-sac the Bd6 and be down a full R, and still have all the play. It's a very subtle kind of promotion: not a pawn-to-a-queen for +8, but a piece-to-a-pattern for about +6 (e.g. White would/must give Q to remove it). If that's the sting lurking over the horizon, yah it could mess up a tightrope.

Apr-22-14  MountainMatt: Grandmaster magic.
May-22-18  SpiritedReposte: Black actually has time to make luft and step out of a pin while a rook down.

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