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Vladimir Malakhov vs Vadim Zvjaginsev
"Vadim's Apple" (game of the day Feb-05-2005)
Karpov Poikovsky (2004), Poikovsky RUS, rd 6, Mar-23
King's Indian Defense: Orthodox Variation. Modern System (E97)  ·  0-1



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Feb-06-05  schnarre: Other players try out 22. Nd6?
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  LIFE Master AJ: I have a web page on this game, (see my earlier posts).

22.Nd6 was originally a suggestion of one of the chess journalists at the tournament, however, he may have gotten it from one of the players during the analysis after the game. (post-mortem)

In his e-mail to me, Malakhov calls 22.b4 an error, but the computer does not really back him up on this. (Fritz - after 10 minutes - offers 22.Qe1, and awards White a fairly large advantage. BUT!!! ... ... ... I should point out that there is a big difference between a large edge and a completely won game.)

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  LIFE Master AJ: <JohnBoy>

Since you - like me - are interested in the tactics of "Z" ...

[Event "58th ch-RUS Semi-Final"]
[Site "Kazan RUS"]
[Date "2005.09.11"]
[Round "9"]
[White "Zvjaginsev, V."]
[Black "Shariyazdanov, A."]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "B22"]
[WhiteElo "2659"]
[BlackElo "2592"]
[PlyCount "61"]

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. c3 Nf6 4. e5 Nd5 5. Bc4 Nb6 6. Bb3 d5 7. exd6 c4 8. Bc2 Qxd6 9. O-O Bg4 10. Re1 e6 11. b3 Be7 12. Na3 cxb3 13. axb3 Nd5 14. Nb5 Qd7 15. Ra4 Ncb4 16. Nbd4 Bf6 17. h3 Nxc2 18. Qxc2 Bh5 19. Ba3 b5 20. Ra5 Bxf3 21. Nxf3 Bd8 22. Ra6 Qb7 23. Raxe6+ fxe6 24. Rxe6+ Ne7 25. Qf5 Rf8 26. Qh5+ Rf7 27. Nd4 g6 28. Qe5 a6 29. Qh8+ Rf8 30. Qxh7 Qd5 31. Rxe7+



Source: "TWIC" # 566. (Sept. 12th, 2005)
(Black's first name is "Andrey," and he is a GM. For more info, see -

Of special note is White's 24th move. ("!?" or '!!!' I give the full game here, as of today, I don't think this website has a page on this game yet.)

If you are curious, and would like to download this game in your favorite format, (CB, PGN, whatever); see the "The Week In Chess" web page. (

Sep-25-05  cade: I've never seen a more useless Queen in my life
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  LIFE Master AJ: <cade> This game ... or the one I quoted?
Sep-28-05  Koster: <cade> The N on a5 didn't help much either. I could sense trouble coming as soon as he played it - probably because I've lost enough KID's as white from going for too much on the Q side.
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  LIFE Master AJ: <cade> In case you missed it ... this is the link. (
Jan-11-06  schnarre: <LIFE Master AJ> Thanks for the links.
Jan-11-06  Spohn: <Life Master AJ> How did you get such great connections in the chess world?
Jan-11-06  SickedChess: <Spohn> If you meet a strong player in ICC and you are polite and charming you can share e-mails with him/her. Just try your best! TIP: try first with female chessplayers like WIM and WGM ;) later with IM and GM, some girls are more friendly and not quite busy. ;)

Jan-11-06  centercounter: <SickedChess: <Spohn> If you meet a strong player in ICC and you are polite and charming you can share e-mails with him/her. Just try your best! TIP: try first with female chessplayers like WIM and WGM ;) later with IM and GM, some girls are more friendly and not quite busy. ;)>

Or at the very least, they may answer your question during, for example, an event like Corus, if they happen to be observing the same game.

Respect, also, that for many, chess is a living. They may be on for lessons, simuls, etc. and you might have caught them at a wrong time. ICC, for them, is their office.

Jan-31-06  Whitehat1963: Hard to calculate material values in this game. They are often meaningless.
Mar-22-06  XMarxT3hSpot: OMG 42...e3!
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  LIFE Master AJ:
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  LIFE Master AJ: (The old link was invalid.)
May-24-08  addiction to chess: Zvaginsev, a truly creative player.
Feb-13-09  KERESOV: Such subtle and artistic play by the talented Russian ... I think he's the modern day Rubinstein ... the Artist of the Chessboard !
Nov-21-10  sevenseaman: Sublime and thought provoking! Stresses upon the immense value of a pawn.
Nov-30-11  fisayo123: Incredible chess!!!!!
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  LIFE Master AJ:

I think this link is better/correct now.

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  ToTheDeath: Fantastic game and an artistic highly memorable finish.
Dec-12-19  Triebe: Very clever.
Jul-18-21  Gaito: 28.Bc4?? was a terrible oversight. He did not see the coming sacrifice (28...Nf3!!)
Jul-18-21  Gaito: Stockfish 14 suggests 28.h3 with equality (evaluation -0.42). After 28.Bc4?? the computer evaluation drops down to -5.76.

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On 28.h3 Black's knight sacrifice would be unsound, e.g. 28...Nf3?? 29.Qc3! (+ −)

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  plang: 12..Qb6 was an unusual move that had only been played a few times before; 12..Bh6 and 12..c5 are the two most popular choices. In Ruban-Nijboer Groningen 1993 White had played 13 Rc1 and Black had gone on to win; here White tried 13 dxc. In a little known game Tosic-I.Sokolv Yugoslavia 1991 Black had played 16..Ra7; 16..Rad8 was new. 17..Nxe4?! was based on a miscalculation; Black would have been fine after 17..Be6. Black had intended 19..Be6? but then realized that after 20 Nd5!..Qxa5 21 Nxe7+..Kh8 22 Nxc6..Rxd5 23 Nxa5 he would be in a lost endgame; instead he chose to sacrifice the exchange with 19..Nf5!?. 22 Nd6! would have been very strong. White's delay in playing Bc4 helped fuel Black's counterplay; by the time he did play it Black had a winning attack.

A very beautiful game - voted the 4th best game in Informant 90 (I would have voted it higher).

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