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Alexander Motylev vs Evgeny Bareev
"Motylev Cocktail" (game of the day Jan-12-2020)
Russian Championship Superfinal (2005), Moscow RUS, rd 10, Dec-29
Caro-Kann Defense: Advance. Short Variation (B12)  ·  1-0



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Jun-26-06  whatthefat: Fantastic game - it's been awarded second best game of 2005 by

May-17-07  Plato: GM Sergey Ivanov's commentary:

"It’s impossible to describe this fabulous in its tension encounter in a few words, an article can be written about it. Something incredible started happening on board starting from the White’s 15th move 15.Bf6!: there was one blow after another (mixed up with counterblows) for the next thirteen moves – amazing, pieces were flying over the board as if they had wings, and the opponents clinched like two boxers, it seemed that in a moment they will “see stars”…

When the smoke lifted there was a prosaic ending with bishops of opposite colors and two extra pawns for White on board. However forty-move converting stage followed, but there was no single moment, when there were doubts that Alexander Motylev will have the most outstanding victory in his career. In my opinion, the mentioned 13-move piece will become history of chess art"

Feb-13-08  Alphastar: Doesn't 55. ..Rf2 draw?
Feb-13-08  Eyal: <Alphastar: Doesn't 55. ..Rf2 draw?>

Apparently not - 55...Rf2 56.Ra5+ followed by 57.Rf5.

Mar-06-08  computer chess guy: Very complex to analyze. 18. Ncxb5 does look best, but possibly not winning by itself. Computers suggest 19 .. Qd7 as another possible defense. As noted earlier, Black could also have tried 20 .. Nf5, after which I think 21. c4 is still best: one line goes 21. c4 Nd6 22. cxd5 Nxb5 23. dxc6 Bc5 24. Rfe1 Nd4, where Black is down material but better off than after 20 .. Qb7, I think.
May-19-14  Conrad93: 18. exf7 is best. The variation Motylev played loses after 20. Nf5! c4 21. Nd6! cxd5 22. Nxb5 dxc6 23. Nd6!

1.08 for black.

After 18. exf7! black stands much worse.

May-19-14  Conrad93: 23. Bc5 might be better.
Jun-26-15  Conrad93: <nice game, maybe some day GOTD?>

I agree with you 100%. This is long overdue for a GOTD.

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  perfidious: A remarkable game and a fine victory over a formidable opponent.
Apr-22-17  Saniyat24: Superb...the exchanges were simply insane!
Apr-22-17  Saniyat24: Brave Exchange...!
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Played over every single move of this game--and have no idea what just happened.
Jan-12-20  Jambow: Not sure of every step in this rumba but it was a nice dance to behold.

<An Englishman> I think we just had a lesson in the incremental methodical advancement of two pawns that can't both be contained because the king and pieces are simply over worked because of the distance between them. Sounds easy enough but the execution is a bit harder to do I'm sure. I think some concepts can be gleaned from this game but I will have to examine this slowly and carefully myself.

Jan-12-20  Jambow: On second thought <An Englishman> I'm sure the middle game is probably what you had in mind...
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  FSR: <An Englishman> I second that emotion.
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  OhioChessFan: 20...Nf5 has to be better.
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  OhioChessFan: Just saw <sucaba's> 20...Nf5 line. 26...Qxc2 looks much better.

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I won't pretend to know what the best play is, but 20...Nf5 just has to be better than the game.

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  thegoodanarchist: Good pun!
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  thegoodanarchist: <dakgootje: nice game, maybe some day GOTD?>

Only 14 years later, it happened.

Jan-12-20  Kay Sadeeya: "Motylev Cocktail" Thanks, now like a song you can't get out of your head, I will always call it that.
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  eternaloptimist: <An Englishman, FSR>. Lol 😃 indeed it is a very confusing game. I understand some of it but I don’t understand a lot of it. Games between Russian super GMs definitely aren’t amongst the easiest games in the world to understand. Both of these guys are still active in tournaments.
Jan-12-20  RandomVisitor: After 3.e5 Stockfish thinks the game is even.

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<57/83 5:43:43 0.00 3...c5 4.dxc5 e6 5.Nf3 Bxc5 6.Bd3 Ne7 7.Qe2 Nbc6 8.0-0 0-0> 9.Be3 Bxe3 10.Qxe3 Nb4 11.Nbd2 Bd7 12.h3 Qb6 13.Nd4 h6 14.N2f3 Rfc8 15.Rfe1 Nxd3 16.Qxd3 a5 17.a4 Qxb2 18.Reb1 Qc3 19.Qxc3 Rxc3 20.Rxb7 Rd8 21.Ra7 Nc6 22.Nxc6 Bxc6 23.Rxa5 Rxc2 24.Nd4 Rc4 25.Ra6 Bd7 26.Nf3 Bc6

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  Check It Out: The middle game like a molotov cocktail was explosive and fiery, then the endgame, also like a molotov, burned slowly to a finish.

Nice game, good pun.

Jan-12-20  RandomVisitor: After 19.Nxb5 perhaps black can try 19...Nf5 and aim to return some material, perhaps even castle

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<55/84 38:42 -2.24 19...Nf5 20.c4 Ra8 21.cxd5 Rxa4> 22.Rc1 Bd6 23.Rxc6 Qb8 24.Nxd6+ Nxd6 25.Qe3 Re4 26.Qc5 0-0 27.Rxd6 Qxb2 28.dxe6 fxe6 29.Rd8 Qxf6 30.Rxf8+ Qxf8 31.Qc6 Qb4 32.h3 Qc4 33.Qd6 Qd4 34.Qc7 Qe5 35.Qa7 Be8 36.Qb7 Bf7 37.Qb3 Qf4 38.a3 Be8 39.Qc2 h5 40.Qc8 Kf8 41.Qb7 Qe5 42.Qa8 Ra4 43.Qb7 Rc4 44.Qb3 Re4 45.Qb7 Bf7 46.Qb3 Kg8 47.Qb7 Rf4 48.Qa7 Qd4 49.Qxd4 Rxd4 50.Ra1 Be8 51.a4 Rxa4 52.Rxa4

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  Messiah: Incredibly beautiful game, terrible pun.
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