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Baadur Jobava vs Shakhriyar Mamedyarov
FIDE Grand Prix Tashkent (2014), Tashkent UZB, rd 11, Nov-02
Benoni Defense: Classical. New York Variation (A70)  ·  1/2-1/2



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  OhioChessFan: "Jo Mama"
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  OhioChessFan: The position looks pretty tense for White after 13...Ba6.

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But White patiently develops his LSB and Queen, and castles Queenside and it all holds. Not sure how common the Benoni is these days, but an inspired choice for Mamedyarov. And he several times declined a perpetual to try one more time.

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  perfidious: Jobava playing a mainstream opening? What <has> the world come to, anyway?
Nov-02-14  whiteshark: <I’m not the guy who you can ironic!>
Nov-02-14  luzhin: Wolfgang Heidenfeld long ago wrote a book called 'Draw!' , a collection of fabulous games ending with honors even. This superb slugfest is in that tradition-- and should find itself in a future such anthology.
Nov-02-14  whiteshark: Wolfgang Heidenfeld

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Nov-02-14  chessastronomy: final 11th Round

A Benoni Fight for the Top

Shakhriyar fights for first place and favors an unbalanced position to achieve this, using Mikhail Tal´s wild pet Benoni against Botvinnik.

Both player´s pieces clash for power in the center, pawns and minor pieces being traded in a mad looking position, amazingly fragily =.

Mamedyarov´s sharp 10. ... N:e4 hands the initiative to white, although at first sight Jobava´s king looks attackable.

Shakhriyar´s 17th move ... Te-c8 definitely ave Jobava a chance to win this game... better was 17. ... Nc4 anyway but following up on the attack on the white king.

A lot of complicated tactics followed triggering exchanges, although Baduur retained the long-term initiative.

But B. Jobava´s 22. a3 = lost his advantage, better was 22. Qb3 !

Mamedyarov sacrificed his knight on a3 for two pawns and an attack on the exposed white king, enough to equalize and speculate.

Lots of checks and exchanges followed and a draw was agreed in this game full of fireworks.

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Nov-15-14  DiscoJew: One of my favourite draws of the year.

Very interesting game from both lads. 13...Ba6 was a brave move, aiming for the full point, kudos to Shak for going for it. What a slugfest, they both played with full Benoni guns a blazing, lionhearted chess.

I can hear Misha Tal giggling in the background...

Mar-15-19  Octavia: <and should find itself in a future such anthology.> Balogh & Naiditsch did do just that: "most interesting draws of 2012-2015" great book.

I wished I hadn't given away my Heidenfeld Draw! book. It's great & I'd love to look at it again some time

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