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Konstantin N Aseev vs Vladimir Bagirov
Helsinki Open (1992), Helsinki FIN, rd 6, Sep-??
Semi-Slav Defense: Botvinnik System. Lilienthal Variation (D44)  ·  0-1



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  Sneaky: 20 ...Qf3?? what a patzer move!
Sep-17-02  refutor:'s amazing what GMs miss sometimes...they overlook tactics like the rest of us
Sep-18-02  dreamboy: How i can play a chess here in my computer?
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  Honza Cervenka: Everybody sometimes can be suffering chess blindness. This time it was Aseev's turn to be blind.
May-31-05  littleshiva: There are mating threats on the h-file and the Bg5 is hanging.
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  pawn to QB4: Just tried out the Openings Explorer to find out how last night's game should have gone had I not played 19.Qf3?? and how encouraging that I'm in such good company. I actually played it expecting an easy win...I wonder if Aseev did. Nice of him to resign: I played on and drew, arguably not against as tough an opponent. Come to Sheffield, one and all: you'll find some of us easy pickings.
Jun-01-08  Xeroxx: <How i can play a chess here in my computer?> First of all step out of the compoter.
Nov-09-11  snowleopard: Vladimir Bagirov (playing Black)
was chess coach to both Mikhail Tal and Garry Kasparov. The Meran Slav was one of his preferred Defenses to 1 d4.
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  FSR: I was wondering how White could manage to lose in 22 moves in this line. Now I know.
Dec-17-17  WorstPlayerEver: Patzer sees check, thinks he's winning :P
Dec-17-17  siggemannen: Isn't 18. e7 theory here?
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  FSR: <siggemannen> No, although your confusion is very understandable. The Botvinnik Variation is very confusing; I had to look up the answer myself. After 15...b4, we have reached the main line of the Botvinnik, although innumerable deviations are possible for both sides before that point. Now White has two principal moves.

First, the old (and still often played move) is 16.Na4, which usually continues 16...Qb5 (16...Qa6 is also possible, but it's thought better to get the queen off the a file) 17.a3 and now either (a) 17...exd5 18.axb4 cxb4 19.Be3 Nc5, see Opening Explorer or (b) 17...Nb8 18.axb4 cxb4 19.Qg4 Bxd5 20.Rfc1 Nc6 21.Bxd5 Rxd5 22.Rxc4 Rxg5 23.Qd4 (not 23.Rxc6+? Kb7! -+) Kb8 24.Rxc6 Rxg3+! (getting a pawn for the rook, rather than 24...Qxc6? 25.Qf4+) 25.fxg3! Qxc6 26.Rd1 Qc7 with a fairly normal position. See A Shimanov vs I Popov, 2014 ; Kramnik vs Anand, 2014 ; and Ding Liren vs Yu Yangyi, 2016.

Second, the more recently discovered move is the insane-looking 16.Rb1!?, which usually continues 16...Qa6 (16...bxc3? 17.bxc3 Qa6 18.Rxb7! is too strong) 17.dxe6 Bxg2 18.e7! reaching the position you were evidently thinking of. See Opening Explorer.

In the present game, after 16.Na4 Qb5 White deviated from the main lines with 17.dxe6, which is more rarely played than the usual 17.a3, and scores worse. See Opening Explorer.

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