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Emil Sutovsky vs Etienne Bacrot
Dortmund Sparkassen 2005 (2005), Dortmund GER, rd 4, Jul-11
Spanish Game: Closed Variations. Smyslov-Breyer-Zaitsev Hybrid (C93)  ·  0-1



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Jul-11-05  DanRoss53: Barcot picks up his first win of the tournament; not a very impressive game by Sutovsky in a well known line of the Lopez. White's 26th and 28th moves are both questionable.
Jul-11-05  Kangaroo: Etienne Bacrot deserves no more than 40% of the credit: his aggressive opponent, Emil Sutovsky did everything he could to lose the game! What an obsession with the decisive results!
Jul-11-05  Shams: <DanRoss> you can suggest a good 26th move for white?

26.Bxe5 Rxe5! 27.Nxe5 Qf6 28.Qb2 Bd6 29.Ne3 Nc3 30.Rc1 Rc7 and white can hardly move, or

26.Qxd5 Qxd5 27.Bxd5 Nf6 with nothing for the exchange. I think white has it rough in all lines after 21...Nxc4.

Jul-11-05  fgh: What the hell was Sutovsky thinking about?
Jul-11-05  DanRoss53: <Shams> I think 26. ♕xd5!? would have given White better chances than 26. ♘xe5?!, although I completely agree that after 21... ♘xc4! Black had a won game.
Jul-11-05  Medusa: Kangaroo : Emil Sutovsky did everything he could to lose the game!

i agree that guy played i think the worsest game that has been played in Dortmund in all his history, i still see Bacrot overrated

Jul-11-05  Shams: the position after ...Ra7 (minus the repetition, so two moves earlier) was reached in Qin Kanying - Jackson, 1990 which saw black equalize easily: 19.cxb5 axb5 20.Bb2 Qa8 21.Qd3 Na4 22.Bc1 g6 and black was better, though the game was eventually drawn. I've just now uploaded the game.
Jul-11-05  fgh: I nominate this game for the worst game played by a GM with the white pieces for this year.
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  tamar: I'll nominate Kramnik vs Vallejo-Pons, 2005
Jul-11-05  fgh: Rule number one: Blindfold games aren't counted :-)
Jul-11-05  fgh: Rule number two: Rapid games not counted.
Jul-11-05  fgh: Rule number three: Games by blunderniks not counted :-)
Jul-11-05  Kangaroo: We have to distinguish between blunders (or <twinlight zone phenomena>) - these can happen to anyone, including Robert James Fischer, Garry Kasparov, Viktor Korchnoi, and of course,
Vladimir Kramnik.

Unlike them, Emil Sutovsky apparently tried to <outplay himself>, in the sense that he sacrifices the pieces with no visible compensation. This <strategy> (so to speak) could be understood and appreciated in the 19-th century and looks entirely archaic these days.

Opponents (by the way) can easily predict what Emil Sutovsky is going to do next: just imagine what 99% of players would do and then reverse the projected move in favor of an adventurous and unjustified sacrifice!

Fortunately, it is the same Emil Sutovsky who has won a great strategic game against Vladimir Kramnik

Perhaps, we will see Emil Sutovsky changing his strategy to more accurate attacks, more positionally justified and less reminding gambling a la David Janowski or Frank James Marshall !

Jul-11-05  fgh: <Kangaroo>: Maybe, with a bit of more practice, you could match <soberknight's> "monumental pun" :-)
Jul-11-05  fgh: See the Charles Storey page.
Jul-11-05  supertimchan: So we can conclude 21.Bb2 is a serious mistake. After white lost the exchange, Sutovsky simply was shocked or mentally give up. Even a club player could put better resist (but not saving the game) after black got the exchange with d5.
Jul-11-05  fgh: I think white's main mistake was 1. e4, allowing a mate on move 78.
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  xenophon: why not 14 ng5
Jul-12-05  fgh: <Xenophon>: 14. Ng5 Re7 and then what?
Jul-12-05  TruthHurts: <Medusa: Kangaroo : Emil Sutovsky did everything he could to lose the game! i agree that guy played i think the worsest game that has been played in Dortmund in all his history, i still see Bacrot overrated >

Yes he gaines his point in a surprise pocket, what a pocket to be rated 2730, he's in the top ten since 6 month and rated more than 2700 for more than one year now, playing more than 50 games...

I hope you were not serious...

Jul-13-05  Montreal1666: You can see the video of Bacrot analyzing this game here:

Bacrot seems like a very nice young man.

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  al wazir: I think Sutovsky would have had a better game after 27. Qxd5 Nxf2 (27...h5? 28. Bd4 Qg6 29. Ne5) 28. Bd4 Nxg4 29. hxg4 (29. Bxb6?? Re1+ 30. Rxe1 Rxe1#; 29. Qxf7+? Rxf7 30. Bxf7+ Kxf7 31. Bxb6 Nf6, and black is a piece up) Qe6, still an exchange up.
Jul-22-05  TruthHurts: <supertimchan: So we can conclude 21.Bb2 is a serious mistake. After white lost the exchange, Sutovsky simply was shocked or mentally give up. Even a club player could put better resist (but not saving the game) after black got the exchange with d5.>

That is not what Akobian thought , Bacrot made it this way ;).

Jul-22-05  TruthHurts: You can see here a very amazing animated analyse of this game made by GM Akobian. Click on "Round IV: Sutowski, E. vs. Bacrot, E." in "Scorpions Game, Flash Lectures with GM Varuzhan Akobian" article. I incite you very much to see it, it is really exciting!

GM Akobian indeed tells also that the early many Sutovsky pawns mooves were not vey well played as Bb2 was a bad moove like us, but tells that Bacrot exploited very well his better position starting from this mistake, he tells that it was not so easy to convert at all( as some of you are telling, Sutovsky made an early mistake it's true, but Akobian is telling that, after, Bacrot had converted this in a win, in a nice fashion, Sutovsky didn't played so bad...) .

You can see in this amazing Akobian analyse all the tactic tricks Bacrot had made here after this moove until the end of the game, he also talks about Bacrot last mooves which were very nice and exciting tactic mooves.

From GM Akobian comments:
-"very exciting game"

-"20.... Ra7, great moove"

-"excellent tactical domination by Bacrot"

-"26.... Qb6 very good idea very strong"

-"29...Nxf2 excellent tactic here" "it's a very,very strong moove here."(he shows the nice expected following mooves if Sutovsky had taken).

-"30...Qf6 very strong moove and I think that's where the game is getting decisive"

-"31....Re1, excellent response" "so rook e1 was a very strong moove and sutovsky was at this point ready to resign"(showing the following mooves of the trick).

-"So , very strong tactical game by Bacrot,and it was very, very nice execution also"

-"But once again Bacrot made it look easy with excellent execution, he played really precise"

-"Very tactical game and very nice execution by the young french man"

Jul-24-05  alexandrovm: Come on people, this game is one of Bacrot's best games I've ever seen. A must "study for tactics" game!

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