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Ian Nepomniachtchi vs Sanan Sjugirov
Russian Team Championship (2015), Sochi RUS, rd 7, May-07
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf Variation. Adams Attack (B90)  ·  1-0



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May-07-15  luzhin: 35.Qxd6!! beautifully illustrates the power of the raking Bishops. The prettiest line is 35...Qe8 36.Qxf8+! Qxf8 37.fxg7+ Qxg7 38.Rxd8+ and mate next move.
May-07-15  haydn20: This would make a nice POTD...wonder how far ahead White saw 35. Qxd6!!
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  Penguincw: Alternate ways for the game to finish are:

35...Bxd6 36.fxg7# 1-0

35...Rc1+ 36.Rxc1 Qe8 37.fxg7+ Bxg7 38.Bxg7 Kxg7 39.Qf6+ Kh6 40.Rh1# 1-0

35...Rxd6 36.fxg7+ Bxg7 37.Rf8# 1-0

Notice how in both mates, the bishops are pinned.

May-08-15  Imran Iskandar: 35. Qxd6!! is an amazing move.
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  tpstar: White to Play and Win after 34 ... Qxe4.

I love Nepo's opening: throw forward the Pawns, then play just enough defense to hold.

<raking Bishops> Such a Bishop pair pointed right at Black's King is very nice, if only in our dreams. =)

Jul-30-15  Imran Iskandar: Seriously, where are the rest of the kibitzers?
Feb-23-16  Alexandro: With a genial move Nepo destroyed the Sjugirov's defence! Qd6!!!
Jun-07-16  iammortal: i call this 1: "nepometry!" ;)
Jun-07-16  Gilmoy: Does <19..Na3> then count as a <help-mate>? Opening the long diagonal may expose the Bb2 as a target on b -- if you can get to it before it kills you!

<28..Qc5 29.Qg3> is then a vile trap, appearing to cede initiative just to flee the trade offer (and Black may overlook where White's Q is fleeing <toward>). Here, have a c pawn ...

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  Breunor: Soltis puzzle today at 35. Amazing move!
Jun-07-21  Retireborn: <Gilmoy> makes an interesting point; 19...Na3!? is indeed a somewhat risky move. Perhaps 19...b4 20.Nb1 Bb5 21.Qf3 Nc6 22.f5 a5 is a more natural way to keep the tension.

However my Houdini engine thinks that Black would still be OK after 29...Rb8, with the idea of sacrificing the exchange to remove the dangerous Bb2.

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