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Aydin Suleymanli vs Ilia Smirin
"First Ayd" (game of the day Mar-03-2020)
Aeroflot Open (2020), Moscow RUS, rd 7, Feb-25
Rat Defense: English Rat (A41)  ·  1-0



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  Honza Cervenka: Impressive play by youngster.
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  fredthebear: 12...Nb6 does not seem correct; Black just wants it out-of-the-way for kingside operations. Nf6 had to be better, but in the way. Black is in a hurry.

White's bind is very effective while Black has no center. Black weakened his defenses by trading off both bishops.

The comparison of rooks and weak squares is interesting. Black's one piece attack does not make up the difference for the problems left behind.

<Honza> How many teens would have refrained from BxRf4 or cxNb6? White played for Rd6 instead, keeping the Black queen out of the game, and then hauling in the confused Black knight. Instead, 19...Nc8 was probably Black's last chance to save his game, but it writes off the Ra8, which never got involved anyway.

This game takes a bit of study. It should be regarded as White's solid position thwarting Black's premature attack which left significant weakness behind. White's counterattack had the superior piece coordination by including the White queen. The combination beginning 22.BxBh3 (remove the defender) must be recognized.

Yes, impressive play by the youngster, positionally and materially. His style here reminds one of Botvinnik, Korchnoi.

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  An Englishman: Good Evening: There exists exactly one advantage to no longer playing tournament chess--can't get squashed by someone less than one-fourth my age.
Mar-03-20  Muttley101: <fredthebear ... How many teens would have refrained from BxRf4 or cxNb6? White played for Rd6 instead ...>

Well, hopefully all of them, since if white plays 19. c:b6 black replies 19 ... Q:h2#

I missed ... Qh2# when I first flicked through this game! Only spending time to trying to figure out why white didn't play c:b6 or R:e6 did it hit me.

I think this is an easy one to miss, and a very good lesson.

Incidentally, B:f4 is a dire move of course. I'd hope a junior's chess education included "play on a colour complex" and "dark square weaknesses" to realise the value of the bishop over the rook here.

Mar-03-20  Ratt Boy: GM Ben Finegold's entertaining analysis of this impressive effort by Suleymanli:
Mar-03-20  ajile: The simple 17..Rf7 gives Black an equal game albeit very unbalanced. Black has a minor piece for a pawn but unpleasant cramped and uncoordinated position. But if Black can unwind or give back some material at the right time he should win or draw.

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In this position White will continue with the same strategy of playing c5 and posting his rook on d6.

Mar-03-20  ajile: lol Well I went a little deeper and things are not so clear. It looks like Black will be fighting for a draw with perfect defense.

Sample forwarded position with White to play in the 17..Rf7 line:

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Analysis by Rybka 3 32-bit :

1. ² (0.49): 26.Bb2 Be2 27.R1d2 Ba6 28.Kh1 Qb8 29.Qc3 Qc7 30.Ba3 Bb5 31.Rf6 c5 32.Bxc5

2. ² (0.44): 26.Bc3 Qb8 27.Qf6 Be2 28.R1d2 Bb5 29.Qf4 Ba6 30.Kh1 Qb6 31.Qf6 Bc8 32.Bf1 Ba6 33.Bg2 Qb5

Black is horribly weak on the dark squares.

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