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Sergei Movsesian vs Ognjen Cvitan
Bundesliga (1997/98), Germany
Sicilian Defense: Scheveningen Variation. Keres Attack (B81)  ·  1-0



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May-11-05  offramp: Analysis by Miles here for a while: I think it stays there about a week.
Nov-09-09  aragorn69: Here is the decisive part of Miles' analysis. (For the amusing story of how this "absolutely beautiful piece of opening analysis by a Portuguese player - whose identity I have also forgotten" layed unused for years, go to the original article on chesscafe archives)

<Up to here everything had been played quite a few times. It would seem that 15... b4 was the older, and probably better choice, as played, in, inter alia, Movsesian-Orsag, Czechoslovakia 96. 15...Bb7 was apparently an improvement (?!) recommended by Hellers (or was it Hector?? I really must get a new memory...) (See Diagram)


The start of the refutation. Previously the timid 16.Re1 had been seen in Degerman-Cvitan, Vienna 91, and Hector-Vogt, Taastrup 90. 16.Rg1 takes aim at the apparently secure g7 point.

16...b4 17.Nd5!! (See Diagram)

The lovely point. White sacrifices a piece for a tempo.

17...ed 18.Rdg3!!! (See Diagram)

To double on a closed file!! A unique idea. The key is that the g-file will be blown open by either the crude g6, or the more elegant Qh6. Black is totally defenceless. Incidentally, the immediate 18.Qh6 fails to Bg5. But with another rook on the g-file, there is no way out. The lines are not difficult anymore. My restaurant card notes give 18...g6 19.Qh6 f6 Rf6 21.Rg6 hg 22.Rg6 Kf7 23.Rg7 as the longest variation. After that there is a soup stain... It is only the concept of white's last couple of moves that is so striking. I wonder if the top computer programmes could find it?? Cvitan now sank into a huge think, but there is no escape...

18...Qc7 19.Qh6 Qc2

The only way to make space for his king.

20.Kc2 Rfc8 21.Kd2 gh Bg5 23.Rg5 Kf8 24.ed Ke7 25.Rf5 Rc4 26.Kd3 Rac8 27.Rg7 1-0>

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  perfidious: A brilliant analysis from an unknown player beginning with 16.Rg1, featuring the odd-looking means of attacking the king by doubling rooks in a closed file and culminating by forcing open the file through violent means. All this results in an ending which is losing for Black despite the opposite bishops-the difference is in the activity of White's pieces, particularly his bishop, which functions without an opponent.

This one gets a vote for a Sunday POTD, in the position with White to play at move 17.

May-02-13  cps: I'm the unknown player.

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