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Sergei Rublevsky vs Smbat Lputian
Karpov Poikovsky (2003), Poikovsky RUS, rd 6, Apr-26
French Defense: Tarrasch. Morozevich Variation (C03)  ·  1-0



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May-17-04  Tigran Petrosian: Nice game!
Jul-03-05  notyetagm: Wow, 26 ♖xf6!!.
Feb-02-08  sigi: The correct move order is: 22...Re8, 24...Rc8

Source: The Chess Informant

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  plang: <sigi: The correct move order is: 22...Re8, 24...Rc8

Source: The Chess Informant>

British Chess Magazine has the same move order as this site but given that the analysis in the Informant is By Rublevsky I tend to trust his version.

In game 2 of their match in the 2000 World Championship tournament Lputian had played 14..0-0 sacrificing the exchange against Rublevsky and the game had ended in a draw; here he tried 14..Kf8 but it is clearly no improvement as the h8 rook never gets in the game. 17 a4 had been played in a little known 2002 game; 17 Nd6! was new following a suggestion of Psakhis from his book French Defense 3 Nd2. The key to the second pawn sacrifice was 19 Qg3! since 19..Qe7 20 Bf4..Nxd3 21 Bd6..Nxe1 22 Rxe1 is in White's favor. Black resigned due to 26..gxf 27 Bxf6+..Kxf6 28 Qg5+..Kg7 29 Bxh5+..Kf8 30 Qf6+..Kg8 31 Qf7#.

Voted the third best game in Informant 88.

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