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Shakhriyar Mamedyarov vs Maxime Vachier-Lagrave
Biel (2018), Biel SUI, rd 3, Jul-24
Zukertort Opening: Sicilian Invitation (A04)  ·  1-0

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Jul-24-18  The17thPawn: MVL didn't even make it to the first time control. I guess his game with Magnus sapped his reserves. Make good use of the rest days Maxime.
Jul-24-18
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  Sokrates: That was a quick end of it. MVL's two pawns down, though, and the h-pawn looks particularly dangerous. A bit strange to see how MVL's game slipped like sand through his fingers.
Jul-24-18  Saniyat24: 9.h3 is a novelty...!
Jul-25-18  Ulhumbrus: Mamedyarov's success with 7 g4 suggests that if the opponent is suffering the effects of a loss one can get promising results with eccentric play.
Jul-26-18  cormier:


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Analysis by Houdini 4: d 24 dpa done

<1. = (0.16): 11...d5> 12.0-0 Nxe5 13.dxe5 Qxe5 14.Bb2 0-0 15.Rb1 d4 16.Nb5 a6 17.Qxd4 Qb8 18.Na3 Qc7 19.Nc2 Rd8 20.Qe5 Qxe5 21.Bxe5 Rd2 22.Rfc1 Be6 23.Bf4 Rd3 24.Rd1 Rad8 25.Rxd3 Rxd3 26.Be3 Bc8 27.Re1 Bf8 28.Bf1 Rd8 29.Kg2 Kg7

2. + / = (0.27): 11...0-0 12.0-0 Nxe5 13.dxe5 Qxe5 14.Bb2 d5 15.Rb1 d4 16.Nb5 a6 17.Qxd4 Qb8 18.Na3 Qc7 19.Nc2 Rd8 20.Qe5 Qxe5 21.Bxe5 Rd2 22.Rfc1 Be6 23.Bf4 Rd3 24.Rd1 Rad8 25.Rxd3 Rxd3 26.Be3 Bc8 27.Re1 Bf8 28.Bf1 Rd8 29.Kg2 Kg7

Jul-31-18  Albanius: 18..Nxd5?
19 Bxg7 Kxg7
20 Qb2+ +-
Jul-31-18
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  ChessHigherCat: <Albanius: 18..Nxd5?
19 Bxg7 Kxg7
20 Qb2+ +->

20...Qf6 21. Qxf6 Nxf6 and black wins a piece

Aug-01-18  Albanius: 20..Qf6?? 21 Nxf6 and W is up a Q.
20..Nf6 21 Nxf6 Qxf6 22 Qxf6+ Kxf6 23 Bxb7
and W is up a P.
Aug-01-18
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  ChessHigherCat: Albanius:

1) -3.25 (19 ply) 20. Qb2+ Qf6 21.Qxf6+ Nxf6 22.f4 Rac8 23.Rac1 Rxe1+ 24.Rxe1 Rc2 25.Re7 Rc1+ 26.Kf2 Kf8 27.Re5 Rd1 28.Bf3 Rd2+ 29.Re2 Rxe2+ 30.Kxe2 Ke7 31.d6+ Kxd6 32.Bxb7 h5 33.gxh5 Nxh5

Aug-01-18
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  ChessHigherCat: <Albanius: 20..Qf6?? 21 Nxf6 and W is up a Q.>

We're still talking about 20. Qb2+, right? The knight is black's, white only has a bishop at this point.

Aug-02-18  sakredkow: Why did MLV play 21...h5 knowing that the pawn would be fixed on the wrong color square? Why not just 21...Rac8 right away?
Aug-02-18
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  ChessHigherCat: <SakredCow> Maybe MVL was thinking 22. gxh5 f5 or Bxh3 and moving the rook to the open h-file and then changed his mind. Who knows, there's a lot of play. SF recommends 21...b6 but it still leaves white with the advantage (+0.46)
Aug-02-18  Albanius: HigherCat "Albanius: 20..Qf6?? 21 Nxf6 and W is up a Q.> We're still talking about 20. Qb2+, right? The knight is black's, white only has a bishop at this point."

Wrong.
21 Ne4xf6

The line begins 18 Nxe4 (played)
18..Nf6xd5 (alternative being analysed)
19 Bxg7 Kxg7
20 Qb2+ and the W N is still on e4.

Aug-02-18
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  ChessHigherCat: Okay, I see what you mean, in that alternative line, Qb2+ gives an advantage.
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