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Mikhail Kobalia vs Tigran Nalbandian
Geller Memorial (Cup Russia) (1999), Moscow RUS, rd 4, Feb-13
Alekhine Defense: Modern Variation. Main Line (B05)  ·  1-0



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  keypusher: A beautiful mating combination ends the game. The queen sacrifice seems familiar, but White's followup sacrifice on move 29 is stunning. Check it out!
Dec-31-08  apexin: What a great combination! How many of us would have played 27.Qxh7! and 29.Rh4! ? what brilliant moves!
May-03-10  atakantmac: Combination is awesome
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  Richard Taylor: Nice combo at the end!
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  plang: The line with 4..Bg4 achieved some popularity after Fischer played it in game 19 of the 72 match with Spassky but it has always scored poorly for Black. 12..Bh4 had been played before though it doesn't seem to help Black much. Although 13..g6? had been played several times previously Kobalia felt it was an error recommending instead 13..f5. The game followed Pokojowczyk-Schmidt Poland 1976 through 17 Rg1. Schmidt played 17..Ne7 and lost quickly; 17..Na6 was new. Accepting the sacrifice 18 Bxf5! would have led to a lost position after 18..gxf 19 Bh6..Rg8 20 Rxg8+..Qxg8 21 Rg1..Qg6 22 Rxg6..fxg. Kobalia missed the opportunity to win even more quickly with 25 Rh4!..Bxh4 26 fxg!..Qxh3 27 g7#.
Feb-05-12  newton296: what a mating combo!
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  Xeroxx: sack sack mate.

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