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Ernesto Inarkiev vs Alexander Motylev
Aeroflot Open (2002), Moscow RUS, rd 5, Feb-07
Sicilian Defense: Dragon. Classical Variation (B72)  ·  0-1



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Aug-18-03  seoulmama: My God!! These are the sort of games that made me play the Dragon in the first place. My man Motylev.
Aug-18-03  refutor: you're right seoulmama...this is a great game
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  tamar: "...what people appreciate in chess is beauty and distinctiveness. For instance, in certain positions a knight could be stronger than a queen. You look at the board and don’t understand why, and then you see the point and say: “Wow! That’s beautiful!” This is the reason why we love chess." Interview with Motylev
Aug-07-18  SpiritedReposte: This needs a lil analytics.
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  wtpy: Nice game.
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  plang: 10 Bf3 is very rare; White normally castles early. 10..Bc4 and 10..Na5 had each been played in games from the 1930s; 10..a5 was new. With 17 Rb1? White was still hoping to castle kingside; 17 0-0-0 would have been risky but the better choice. Black's ingenius queen sacrifice 21..exf? was effective because the rest of Black's pieces dominated the open board. White could have tried keeping the queen with 26 Qd7..Bxe2 27 Bxe2..Ng3 28 Qxc6(28 Rh2..Bc3+ 29 Kd1..Rf1+ 30 Bxf1..Re1#) 28..Nxe2 29 Kd2..Bh6+ 30 Kd1..Re3 but Black would have had a powerful attack. 37..Rf5? 38 Rxe3..dxe 39 Nf4 would have given White better defensive chances. 43 Nh3..Bc8 44 Rexe3..dxe 45 Rxe3..Kf7 46 Kg2..Bxh3+ 47 Rxh3..Rxh3 would have been easily winning for Black.

A very attractive attack but White's attempts to bypass theory by postponing castling was a complete disaster.

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