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Andrei Sokolov vs Artur Yusupov
Candidates Match (1986), Riga, rd 13, Oct-03
French Defense: Winawer. Positional Variation (C19)  ·  1-0



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Jul-25-16  zydeco: This was the decisive game in the candidates match, and the third win in a row for Sokolov.

I don't see any obvious mistakes, but it feels like a rough game where Sokolov plays a little more aggressively and is rewarded for his self-confidence.

33.e6! gives white the initiative. If 33....fxe6 34.Bf4 wins the exchange (if the rook on b8 moves, white has 35.Be5+).

Mar-08-17  offramp: Right before the time control, in a crucial game and with his clocking ticking down, Yusupov plays a bad move.

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Black's king comes under a strong attack. Very disheartening for Yusupov, who had at one point had a 3 point lead in this match.

Mar-27-17  Mr. Blonde: After 11. a4, if cxd/cxd and Qxc2, what's white's compensation for the pawn. I can't see why Yusupov didn't go for it. I don't see any flaw to it. Is there a tactical complication after that?
Mar-27-17  Nerwal: 11. a4 cxd4 12. cxd4 ♕xc2 13. ♗b5+ ♗d7 14. 0-0 with typically ♗a4 and ♖fc1 to follow gives White tremendous compensation for the pawn.
Mar-27-17  Mr. Blonde: I also saw that, Nerwal. But my point is that after white's 14. O-O, black plays Nd7 and white would love to put it's remaining bishop on the a3 square, but Qf5! comes with great power. White is basically forced to exchange (with black taking with the knight), and then to retreat it's knight to the f3 square. Black plays then Kd8, or even g5, and remains with an extra pawn. Ok, white's bishop is super strong and there might be some pressure, but I don't really see how white increases it. Or maybe I'm just a completely wrong materialistic player. Anyone with an engine can check it out? The main problem that I see is that black's h8 rook is out of play and it's so difficult to think of a plan for it.
Mar-27-17  Mr. Blonde: Maybe black takes the Queen with the g-pawn intead of with the knight...
Dec-10-18  Howard: Contrary to offramp's comment, Yusupov had a two-point lead at one point--not a three-point one.
Dec-10-18  offramp: <Howard> is right. Yussupow was 3-1 ahead at game 9, but never more than that.

1 Sokolov,Andrei 2620 +64 0½0½½½1½0½111½ 7.5/14
2 Jussupow,Artur 2660 -64 1½1½½½0½1½000½ 6.5/14

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