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Konstantin Sakaev vs Sergei Rublevsky
Russian Championship (1998), St. Petersburg RUS, rd 6, Aug-??
Queen's Gambit Accepted: Rosenthal Variation (D21)  ·  1-0



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Dec-05-05  ConLaMismaMano: Great game by Sakaev!
Dec-05-05  euripides: Very fine. White gets a lot for the queen but it would be very easy to miss the sacrifice altogether. After 24 Rh5 ! if 24..h6 then 25 Rxh6 gxh6 26 Bxh6 mate. And if 31...Qxb6 then 32 Rd5 Qd8 33 Bb6.
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  plang: The Mannheim variation with 4 Qa4+ was named after the location of the 1934 WC match; Bogoljubov had used it in game 23 to defeat Alekhine. Rublevsky played a sideline where Black refrains from ..Nf6. 8..Bd6 was new; 8..Bb6 had been played in Popov - Savon St Petersburg, 1997. Dreev felt that after 13..Bd7 Black would have been equal. Rublevsky would have had a reasonable defensive position after 18..Nxd4. He either overlooked or underestimated the queen sacrifice 19 Qxd5!. Still, after 19..Kh8 he still would have been in the game. In playing 19..Kf8? he apparently overlooked 24 Rh5! which broke the defense. Voted the 2nd best game in Informant 73.

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