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Andrei Volokitin vs Ernesto Inarkiev
Karpov Poikovsky (2008), Poikovsky RUS, rd 4, Jul-11
Slav Defense: Czech. Carlsbad Variation (D17)  ·  1-0



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Jul-11-08  Eyal: 17...h5 by Inarkiev was a novelty in a very sharp position that didn't work (the familiar moves here are a5 and Nc5). 24...Bxb4 is a desperate piece sac in a position that seems already lost for Black:

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After 24.Ra6, Black doesn't have an adequate defense against Rca1 followed by Rxa7. E.g. 24...Rg8 25.Rca1 Kb8 26.Rxa7 Qxa7 27.c7+ Nxc7 28.Rxa7 Rxg2+ 29.Kxg2 Kxa7; or 24...Ng5 25.Qe3 Rh5 26.Rxa7! (26.Rca1 Nh3+! 27.Bxh3 Qh2+ 28.Kf1 [28.Bg2 Rxf5+; that's the difference made by Rh5] 28...Qh1+ and draw by perpetual) 26...Qxa7 27.c7; or 24...Ng5 25.Qe3 Bxb4 26.Rc4 Bc5 (26...Rhe8 27.Qxg5 Bc5+ 28.Rxc5 bxc5 29.Qg3) 27.Rxc5 bxc5 28.Ne7+ Kb8 29.Qxg5.

Jul-11-08  Ezzy: Volokitin (2672) - Inarkiev (2675) [D17]
Round (4), 11.07.2008 Poikovsky tournament.

1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Nc3 dxc4 5.a4 Bf5 6.Ne5 <The Krause attack which was played 3 times during the Alekhine v Euwe world championship match 1935. It's an energetic line and was brought back to attention when Kasparov played it against Morozovech back in 2001.> 6...Nbd7 7.Nxc4 Qc7 8.g3 e5 9.dxe5 Nxe5 10.Bf4 Nfd7 11.Bg2 g5 <11...f6 is played just as often>. 12.Ne3 gxf4 13.Nxf5 0–0–0 14.Qc2 Nc5 15.0–0 Ne6 <Shirov's had this position a few times with white and black.> 16.Qe4 <The other main alternative is 16 Rad1 which Kramnik has played. Magnus Carlsen has played the game move 16 Qe4.> 16...fxg3 17.hxg3 h5 <This seems to be the novelty. 17...a5 17...Nc5 17...Rg8 17...Bc5 have previously been played. Black seems to make his intentions clear with 17...h5, push the 'h' pawn and open up lines on the 'g' and 'h' file. But as the game analysis shows, black doesn't have time for this 'flight of fancy' with his 'h' pawn, as white has a big initiative on the queenside and many dangerous threats.. It is a critical position and in the game there were dangerous moments for both sides, but computer analysis of this position does seem to favour white heavily. I don't think 17...h5 will be played again at the top level.> 18.b4 h4 <One of those 'double edged positions.' White attacks on the queenside and black attacks on the kingside, but white seems to gain a healthy initiative.> 19.Nb5 cxb5 <[19...Qb8 20.Nxa7+ Qxa7 21.Qxe5 Bxb4 22.gxh4 Qc5 23.Qxc5 Bxc5 24.e3 White is a pawn up but with no real advantage.; 19...Ng5 20.Nfd6+ Kb8 21.Qe3! Nice move threatening mate on a7. 21...cxb5 22.Nxb5 Bc5 23.bxc5 Qe7 24.Nd6 and white has a big advantage with pressure on b7 after Rab1>20.Rfc1 Nc6 21.axb5 hxg3 <21...h3 22.bxc6 b6 23.Bf1 h2+ 24.Kh1 and white is in complete control. of the position.>22.bxc6 gxf2+ 23.Kxf2 <black now protects against the obvious winning threat 24 cxb2+> 23...b6 24.Ra6!< Nice move, black seems to be lost after this, threatening to double rooks on the 'a' file and infiltrate to a7 with dire consequences for black.>. 24...Bxb4< [24...Rh2 Threatening 25...Nf4! 25.Rca1 Threatening 26 Rxa7 winning easily 25...Bc5+ 26.bxc5 Rg8 (26...Nxc5 27.Rxa7 Nxe4+ 28.Ke3 Rd2 29.Rxc7+ Kxc7 30.Ra7+ Kb8 31.Rb7+ Ka8 32.Bxe4 Rdxe2+ 33.Kd4 Winning for white) 27.Rg1 Nxc5 28.Qe3 Kb8 (28...Nxa6 29.Ne7+ winning.) 29.Ra2 and white is a piece up for a pawn.; 24...Kb8 25.Rca1 Bc5+ 26.Ke1 (26.bxc5 Nxc5 27.Qc4 Nxa6 28.Rxa6 looks dynamically equal) 26...Bd4 27.Rxa7 Bxa1 28.Rb7+ Kc8 29.Ne7+ Qxe7 30.Rxe7 Bc3+ 31.Kf2 looks winning for white.] >25.Qxb4 Nd4< A nice try for perpetual would be 25...Rd4, but eventually he will run out of checks. [25...Rd4 26.Qa3 (26.Nxd4 Qf4+) 26...Qf4+ 27.Bf3 Qh2+ 28.Kf1 Qh3+ 29.Ke1 Qxf5 30.Qe7 Nc7 31.Rxa7 Qf4 32.Bg4+ Kb8 33.Rb7+ Ka8 34.Ra1+ Ra4 35.Rxa4+ Qxa4 36.Qxc7 Rh1+ 37.Kf2 Qd4+ 38.e3 Qd2+ 39.Be2 Qe1+ 40.Kf3 Rh3+ 41.Ke4 Qb4+ 42.Kf5 Qc5+ 43.Qe5 and black has run out of checks. 43...Qxe5+ 44.Kxe5 Rxe3+ 45.Kd6 Rxe2 46.Rxf7] >26.Ne7+ Kb8 <Black is actually threatening mate in 6 himself starting with 27...Qf4+> 27.e3 Rh6 <Threatening 28...Rf6+ winning >28.Nd5 <28 exd4 looked a bit scary, although it does lead to a win. [28.exd4 Qf4+ 29.Ke2 Only move. Any other king move leads to mate for black. 29...Re6+ (29...Rxd4 30.Qxb6+ axb6 31.c7+ Qxc7 32.Ra8# What a mate!) 30.Kd3 Qg3+ 31.Kc4 Qxg2 32.Rxb6+! Winning]>

Jul-11-08  Ezzy: 28...Nxc6 29.Qf4 Qxf4+ 30.exf4 Rh2 31.Ra2 Rg8 32.Kf1 Nd4 33.Ne7 Rgh8 <Threatening 34...Rh1+ [33...Rgxg2 doesn't work 34.Rc8+ Kb7 35.Rxg2]> 34.Nc6+ Nxc6< The rest is just technique.> 35.Rxc6 R2h6 36.Rac2 Rxc6 37.Rxc6 Rd8 38.Rf6 Rd7 39.Bf3 Kc7 40.Bh5 a5 41.Rxf7 a4 42.Ke2 a3 43.Rxd7+ Kxd7 44.Bf7 Kd6 45.Kd3 Kc5 46.f5 b5 47.Ba2 1–0

Exciting game to follow. Great win by Volokitin, who seemed to have a better understanding of the critical position after Inarkiev’s 17…h5 novelty. After 17…h5, Volokitin went straight for the throat with a queenside attack. There were many dangerous moments that he had to be careful about, but he steered through it all with great skill.

The young Ukranian had a bad European championships and so a every won game must be a big confidence booster. Good win today!

Jul-11-08  4tmac: Wow, what a game! (thanks for the notes, Ezzy)
Jul-11-08  Ezzy: <4tmac:> Cheers mate. Great game.
Jul-12-08  arsen387: This game is so complicated that even I couldn't understand it thoroughly :)
May-07-10  chessfootball: chessfootball: Representative jury found Volokitin’s game best of Chess Informant ¹104. Comments by Volokitin is here

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