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Sergei Azarov vs Vladislav Tkachiev
Aeroflot Open (2005), Moscow RUS, rd 3, Feb-17
Pirc Defense: Classical Variation. Two Knights System (B08)  ·  1-0

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Feb-18-05  Albertan: The move 5.Bg5 is rarely played according to my database.
Feb-18-05  aw1988: It's not necessarily "bad", although I personally would prefer Be2.
Feb-18-05  Albertan: The move 7.h3 may be a Theoretical novelty for this position. In the following game play continued 7.Qd2:

[Event "Vila de Padron op 1st"]
[Site "Vila de Padron"]
[Date "2000.08.24"]
[Round "8"]
[White "Devesa Raris, Victor Hugo"]
[Black "Calvo Covas, Javier"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "B08"]
[PlyCount "98"]

1. e4 d6 2. d4 Nf6 3. Nc3 g6 4. Bg5 Bg7 5. Nf3 Nc6 6. d5 Nb8 7. Qd2 O-O 8. Bh6 Nbd7 9. Bb5 Nc5 10. Bxg7 Kxg7 11. Bd3 e6 12. O-O-O a6 13. dxe6 Bxe6 14. Rhe1 b5 15. a3 c6 16. e5 dxe5 17. Nxe5 Nxd3+ 18. Qxd3 Qxd3 19. Rxd3 c5 20. Ne4 Nxe4 21. Rxe4 Bf5 22. Ree3 Bxd3 23. Rxd3 Rfd8 24. Rf3 f6 25. Ng4 Rd6 26. Ne3 Re8 27. b3 f5 28. c4 Rd3 29. Kc2 Red8 30. cxb5 axb5 31. Nxf5+ gxf5 32. Rxd3 Rc8 33. Rf3 Kf6 34. g4 Kg5 35. Rxf5+ Kxg4 36. Rf7 h5 37. Rg7+ Kh3 38. Rh7 Kg4 39. h3+ Kh4 40. Kb2 Rf8 41. Kc3 Rf3+ 42. Kd2 Rxf2+ 43. Ke3 Rh2 44. Ke4 Rxh3 45. Rb7 Rxb3 46. Kd5 Rxa3 47. Kxc5 Kg4 48. Rxb5 h4 49. Kd4 h3 0-1

Feb-18-05  Albertan: It appears even after the TN on move 7.h3
(a move which is known to be played in some lines of this opening) the game tranposed back into known theory.
Feb-18-05  Albertan: 8.Bc4 is an interesting move provoking ...c6. However then Black was able to develop his knight to c6.So was 8.Bc4 the best option for White? (Shredder 8 analyzed it as "best".)
Feb-18-05  euripides: Black gets a nice-looking Sicilan Dragon position. But the middle game explodes into something quite extraordinary.
Feb-18-05  Albertan: Shredder 8 and Hiarcs 8 were suggesting Black play ...Be6 on move 10 ie... 10...Be6 11.Qe2 Nd7 12.Nd5!? Bxb2 13.Rab1 Bf6 with compensation for the pawn for White.
Feb-18-05  Albertan: 16...Nxd4 could have resulted in this continuation: 17.Bxd4 Bxb3 18.axb3 a6 19.Bxf6 Bxf6 20.Nxd5 Bg5=
Feb-18-05  Albertan: Hiarcs gave a bad evaluation to the move 21...Na5?! It suggests the move 21...Be6 instead ie 22.f5!? Bxb3 23.axb3 g5 24.Bd4 Nxd4 25.Nxd4 Rfe8=
Feb-18-05  Albertan: aw1988 you prefer 5.Be2. Then would you comtinue with 6.Bf4 next?
Feb-18-05  Albertan: Hi, euripides you make a good point
Feb-18-05  euripides: <albertan> hi, thanks !
Feb-18-05  Albertan: If Tkachiev was in a more aggresive mood he could have tried a variation JUnior 9 spotted: 21...g5 ie. 22.f5 Na5 23.Bd5 e6 24.Bb3 Nxb3 25.Rxd6 Rc6
Feb-18-05  Albertan: Playing 22...Ne8 seems so passive. What about playing Junior 9: 22...dxe5 instead? ie 23.Ng3 Qh4 24.fxe5 Ng4!? 25.hxg4 Bxg4 26.Rd5 b5 27.Nge4 Qxf2 28.Bxf2 Nb3. Two pawns for a piece,I don't see the compensation
Feb-18-05  aw1988: No, I do not think 6. Bf4. This is a normal Pirc position, there is no need to be so hasty.
Feb-18-05  Albertan: Shredder 8 gives the move 24.e6 a ! in its evaluation of this game.
Feb-18-05  Albertan: In evaluating the critical moment of this game the chess program Junior 9 suggests the move 21...Na5 was a mistake ie. 21...Na5? Instead better was 21...g5!? ie 22.Ng3 Qh4 23.fxg5 hxg5 24.Nf5 Qxf2 25.Kxf2 Nxe4+ 26.Nxe4 Bxf5 27.Nxg5+ Kg8

Junior 9 calls 22.e5! "The end".

Feb-18-05  Albertan: Junior 9 preferred to play the move 30.Qd2 (calling this idea a "shorter path to victory" in relation to 30.Bd2.. ie if instead he had played 30.Bd2 play might have continued: 30...N8c7 31.Qxd6 Nd8 32.Q2xd5 Nxd5 33.Qe5 ).
Jun-14-05  DP12: what a tactical show!

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