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Zoltan Almasi vs Victor Mikhalevski
Heviz (2008), Heviz HUN, rd 1, Mar-18
Spanish Game: Open. Bernstein Variation (C80)  ·  1-0



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  Mateo: A brilliant win and an important game for the opening theory.

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. O-O Nxe4 6. d4 b5 7. Bb3 d5 8. dxe5 Be6 9. Nbd2 Nc5 10. c3 d4 11. Bxe6 Nxe6 12. cxd4 Ncxd4 13. a4 Bb4 14. axb5 Nxb5 15. Qa4 Be7 16. Ne4 O-O 17. Rd1 Qc8 18. Be3 <18.Bg5!?, Svidler-I. Sokolov, Corus 2005, draw. The move played by Almasi seems more natural. White has a clear edge. It’s difficult to find counterplay for Black, meanwhile White can build up a king side attack.> Re8 <If 18...Qb7 19.Rd7, Black has to play 19...Rfe8 anyway.> 19. h4 <Simpler and maybe stronger 16.Ng3.> h6 <Slow and weakening. Better seems 19...Qb7.> 20. Rac1 <Or 20.Ng3.> Qb7 21. Ng3 Red8 22. Qg4 <threatens Bxh6.> Kh8 23. Qh5 Kg8 24. Rxd8! <It is very important to trade Rooks before playing Bxh6, because White needs to plays Rc4 at some point. Almasi was already prepared to sacrifice the Bishop.> Rxd8 25. Bxh6!! gxh6 26. Nf5 Bf8 <only move.> 27. Rc4 <See move 24.> Rd7 <27...Nbd4 28.N3xd4 Nxd4 29.Nxd4 Qxb2 30.Rxc7!, White wins. Black would like to play Kh7 but...> 28. Nxh6+ Bxh6 29. Qxh6 Nbd4 <Otherwise Rg4+.> 30. Nxd4 Nxd4 <30...Rxd4 31.Rxd4 Nxd4 32.Qg5+ Kh7 (32...Kf8 33.Qd8+) 33.Qh5+ Kg7 34.Qg4+ and 35.Qxd4 leads to a won Queen ending for White.> 31. e6! <Beautiful.> Rd5 <31...fxe6 32.Rxd4! Rxd4 33.Qxe6+ wins back the Knight with an advantage of 2 pawns in the Queen ending.> 32. exf7+ Kxf7 33. Rxc7+ ! <33...Qxc7 34.Qh7+.> 1-0

Apr-02-08  Karpova: With 21.Ng3 White initiates a beautiful kingside attack.

24.Rxd8 is nice and shows that White looked far ahead: Keeping a rook on the c-file - this allows the rooklift later on (c1-c4 threatening 30.Rg4+) which is prevented by Black just to fall for a small combination winning the Queen (33.Rxc7+!)

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  Gilmoy: This game illustrates a classic pitfall for Black in Ruy or Italian -- if Black plays the stodgy Be7, never gets c5, and allows d to open (usually it's White who forces this with d4), then Black's Qd8 is a deer in the headlights, and White's Rd1 will boot her into relative passivity. (Well do I know this -- I'm usually Black :) As Black is a fellow super-GM and fully aware of this, White shows some panache in doing to him anyways.

15.Qa4 is a tyro move masking a master's threat -- the sting is Qg4 with a K-side 4-on-2, directly converting White's space advantage into piece advantage.

Apr-02-08  Riverbeast: Thanks for your excellent annotations, Mateo.

(And congratulations on your GM title, if you're the same Mateo I think you are)

Apr-03-08  WarrenHam: (And congratulations on your GM title, if you're the same Mateo I think you are)

Ramon Mateo from the Domenican Republic? Turning 50 this year?

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