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Vladimir Malakhov vs Arkadij Naiditsch
Bosna Sarajevo Tournament (2006), Sarajevo BIH, rd 2, May-08
Spanish Game: Berlin Defense (C65)  ·  1-0

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May-08-06
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  Ron: A Berlin Defense Game. The 4th move, d3, as played by the great Steinitz in the 19th Century, still being played in the 21st Century.

After 33 Qc6 White has a forced mate:
33. ... Qd1+ 34. Kh2 Qh5 (a desparado like move to prevent Qe6 mate) 35. Rxh5 Rxe7 36. Qd5+ Rf7 37. Rh8+ Kxh8 38. Qxf7 Rg8 39. Qh5 mate. Analysis courtesy of the computer.

May-09-06  dalbertz: Wouldn't 35. Qe6 already be mate?
May-09-06  iron maiden: 35. Qe6+ Qf7.
May-10-06
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  Mateo: 28... Qg5? leads to a quick disaster. It is hard to believe that Naiditsch did not see 30. h4, but I do not see any other explanation. Other possibilities: 1) 28... Qc2? 29. Bf6! breaking the wall. 29... gh 30. Qf6 Kh7 31. Rg4 Rg8 32. Qf5 Kh8 33. Qe5 Kh7 34. Qe4 Kh8 35. Rg8 Rg8 36. e8Q Re8 37. Qe8, White should win this Queen ending. 29... Qa2 30. Bg7! Kg7 31. Rg4 Kf7 32. Qd5 Kf6 33. Rf4 Kg7 34. Rf7 Kh8 35. Qe5 Kg8 36. Qg7 #. 29... Qd3 30. Rg4!, White wins.

2) 28... Rac8 (the best move) 29. Qe6! (29. Qb5? Qc2) Qd1 (29... Qc2 30. Bf6!) 30. Kh2 Qh5, advantage to White, but Black managed to save the King wall against a sac.

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