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Tamaz Gelashvili vs Slavoljub Marjanovic
3rd Open (2001), Patras GRE, rd 8, Jul-25
Sicilian Defense: 2.b3. Queen Fianchetto Variation (B20)  ·  1-0



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Dec-12-04  Helloween: I like how White allows the 49...Rf8-Rf3-Rh3-Rxh2 manouever to win the Knight, realizing that the pawns would be unstoppable at that point. Other than that, this game had some interesting tactical moves which are worthy of analysis...
Dec-12-04  Helloween: In looking over the game more deeply, it seems that the ending should be completely drawn. Black's mistake was with 59...Rb1+?. Lateral checks are the neccessary defence.

After 49...Rf8 50.a4 Rf3+ 51.Kb4 Rh3 52.a5 (the alternative is 52.Ne1, which also draws: 52...Rxh2 53.Kc3 [53.Kc5 Re2 54.a5 Rxe1 55.a6 (55.b4 Kd3 56.b5 Re5+ 57.Kb4 Kd4 58.b6 Re1 59.Kb5 Re5+ 60.Kc6=, transposing into a line below)55...Kd3 56.b4 Re5+ 57.Kd6 Re8 58.c5 Kc4 59.c6 Kb5 60.c7 Rh8 61.Kd7 Rh7+ 62.Kd8=] 53...Rh3+ 54.Kb2 Rh2+ 55.Kc1 Re2 56.Nc2 Kd3 57.Na3 Re1+ 58.Kb2 Re2+ =)

52...Rxh2 53.Ne1 Re2 54.Kc5 Rxe1 55.b4 Kd3 56.b5 Re5+ 57.Kb4 Kd4! (57...Re4 58. b6 Rxc4+ 59. Kb5 with a familiar winning position) 58. b6 Re1 59. Kb5 Rb1+? (the way to draw is with lateral checks: 59...Re5+ 60.Kc6 [60.Ka6 Kxc4 61.b7 Rb5 62.Ka7 Rxa5+ =] 60...Rxa5 61.b7 Ra6+ 62.Kb5 Ra1=).

Dec-13-04  euripides: Tamaz visited our chess club in London a year or so ago. Unfortunately I was away most of the time, but he was very supportive of the club and even represented us in the London League.

After 59... Re5 + I like the look of 60 Kb4 e.g. 60...Rc5 61 a6 Rxc4+ 62 Kb3 Rd6 63 b7 Rb6+ 64 Kc2, or 61...Rd6 62 b7 Rb6+ 63 Ka5 Kc5 64 a7 Rb1 65 Ka4 Kc4 66 Ka3 Kc3 67 Ka2.

Dec-13-04  euripides: On reflection if 59... Re5+ 60 Kb4 Black simply returns with 60...Re1.

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