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Christian Bauer vs Vladimir Malakhov
"Jack Bauer" (game of the day Mar-13-2008)
Cappelle op 15th (1999), Cappelle-la-Grande FRA, rd 7, Feb-19
Queen's Gambit Declined: General (D30)  ·  0-1



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Mar-13-08  syracrophy: No great deal on this game. Only a bad play by White
Mar-13-08  cyruslaihy: ya, i completely agree with saprophyte
Mar-13-08  RandomVisitor: 15.Nb5 .

16.Be2 =.

18.Be2 =.

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  ajk68: Is this a blindfold game?
White's play is horrendous.
I thought it was some patzer and then I looked at his rating.
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  Sneaky: Actually I see some interest to this game. I'm sure RV is right that White was equal if not better in the middle, but what interests me is whether or not 22...b4! is really the crusher it seems to be.

My first thought was 23.Ne2 to try to protect the king. But that is refuted with ...Ba7! taking away a vital escape square for the king and also threatening the exchange-winning ...Bf2.

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Now White is crushed just as bad as in the game: if 24.Ng3 Rxg3! 25.hxg3 Qg6 and mate's a-coming.

If 24.Qd6 Bf2 25.(any) Rh6 and there is no defense to ...Rxh2+

So while White (a very strong player) seemed to just self-destruct, in his mind he must have been focused avoiding a pretty mating motif that never actually occurred in the game:

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So to me, the mystery is still unanswered. If White's play is so bad, what was the losing move?

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  eternaloptimist: Actually, this game is a Dutch Defense. It started off as a Queen's Gambit Declined, but then it transposed into a Dutch (Stonewall Variation). I was looking @ <RandomVisitor: 15.Nb5 > myself, & I think this definitely would have been better than ♗h4. When Bauer exchanged the ♗ for the ♘, it actually helped Malakhov by letting him get his ♖ out. I also looked @ <RandomVisitor 18.Be2=> & agree that it would have been an = position & the best move. Then he could have played 19.♗f3, neutralizing the pressure of the ♗b7. I think 22.♙a4?? was the losing move; it was pointless. He should have played something like ♕d3, & then shift her over to the ♔-side to help guard the weak g♙ (h3 or g3 if the ♖ moves to the h-file). He also could have played 22.♖e3. Malakhov still would have had a , but either of these moves clearly would have been better than the text. This was a poor effort from the French GM; he made it easy for Malakhov. Malakhov is definitely one of the best chess players that a lot of chess players have never heard of. He is also one of my favorite players & a very creative player @ that. He has been in 3 world championship tournaments & has had a 2700+ rating.
Mar-13-08  Buddy Revell: I found this game in my database with an extra move for White, before resigning: <25.♘d4>. Doesn't help anything, of course, because Black has mate in a few moves. But at least explains what was the point of <24.♘b5>.

No, nothing can explain <24.♘b5??>.

Mar-13-08  RandomVisitor: The losing move is possibly 18.Re1. At this point white will have to fight hard for a draw...

1: Christian Bauer - Vladimir Malakhov, Cappelle op 15th 1999

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Analysis by Rybka 2.3.2a mp : 19-ply

1. (-0.50): 18...a6 19.d5 Na5 20.Nd4 Bxe5 21.fxe5 Rg6 22.Bf1 Bxd5 23.Nxf5 Rd8 24.Nd6 Qe7 25.Qd4

2. (-0.32): 18...Rh6 19.d5 Nxe5 20.fxe5 a6 21.Nd4 b5 22.Bb3 Qd8 23.Nf3 exd5 24.Qd3 Qd7 25.Nd4

Mar-13-08  PinnedPiece: Why "Jack" Bauer? Seems Jack usually does it to the other guy.....

Mar-13-08  PinnedPiece: Maybe because there were 24 moves? Something backward here....
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  kevin86: I found a neat blood and guts continuation:

25 ♘d4 ♖g4+ 26 ♘xc6 ♗xc6+ 27 ♗g2 ♗xg2+ 28 ♔g1 ♗d5+ 29 ♕g3 ♗c4+ 30 ♖f2 ♗xe2+ 31 ♔xe2 ♖xg3 32 hxg3...

Black is a piece and a pawn ahead and the win should go easily.

Any other suggestions?

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  kevin86: BTW,the game did go TWENTY-FOUR moves!
Mar-13-08  Shakalul: kevin86,I think in your line 25...Re2 is stronger(26.Nxc6 Bxc6+ 27.Bg2 Bxg2+ 28.Kg1 Ba7+ and mate next move)
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  Jimfromprovidence: What about 20 fxe5 instead of dxe5?

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Now if 20...Rh6 or (Rg6) then 21 d5 bottles up that long diagonal.

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White might have time now to organize a credible king-side defense.

Mar-13-08  RandomVisitor: <Jimfromprovidence>After 20.fxe5 Rh6 21.d5 b5! 22.Bb3 b4! 23.Na4 Ba7 24.Qf3 exd5 white still has headaches...

1: Christian Bauer - Vladimir Malakhov, Cappelle op 15th 1999

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Analysis by Rybka 2.3.2a mp : 16-ply

1. (-1.21): 25.Qxf5 Bc6 26.Rac1 Bd7 27.Qg5 Bf2 28.Nc5 Rxh2+ 29.Kxh2 h6 30.Rc2 hxg5 31.Rxf2 Bc6

2. (-1.23): 25.Rad1 Bc6 26.Bxd5 Bxd5 27.Rxd5 Qxa4 28.e6 Rg8 29.e7 b3 30.Rde5 Qe8 31.Qxb3 f4

Mar-13-08  soberknight: Wow, that was quick.
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  Jimfromprovidence: <RV> Thanks for the analysis. I’m pleased that the line I put forward is competitive.

I’m not sure if it would have made a difference if white played 25 Rac1 instead of the two alternatives you’ve annotated, in order to keep the black bishop from getting to c6.

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Mar-13-08  xrt999: Was this some sort of experiment with 6.Ne5 and 7.f4 in the QG? Im not familiar with this line.
Mar-14-08  black knight c6: <xrt999>As <<eternaloptimist>> said, its a transposed dutch going into the stonewalsih type variation.
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  eternaloptimist: To be more exact, I should have said it was a Queen's Gambit Declined (Semi-Slav) that transposed into a Dutch Defense (Stonewall Variation).
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  kevin86: <skakalol> Of course,you are correct- a quick checkmate beats a won endgame any day of the year. Nice catch!
Mar-14-08  xrt999: < black knight c6: <xrt999>As <<eternaloptimist>> said, its a transposed dutch going into the stonewalsih type >

I agree. Blacks position with the pawns on d5, e6, and f5 is the dutch/stonewall defense.

Now that we have that settled....Back to my question, in which I am refering to white's play, not black's.

Since there arent any other games of caliber with this position to analyze, I guess I will call white's position the QG with f4, or the Bird opening with c4? The only common thread I can find in the 10 or so games is 7.f4, meaning they are just bad experiments with the QG gone awry, and not some bastard son of the already weak and dubious "Bird" opening.

The QG and Bird (f4) are not stylistically compatible (the QGD lends to closed positions and f4 lends to open positions). Ergo, my query.

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