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Evgeny Alekseev vs Dmitry Jakovenko
Russian Team Championship (2009), Dagomys, rd 4, Apr-07
Spanish Game: Closed Variations (C84)  ·  0-1



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Apr-07-09  XMarxT3hSpot: Nobody comment on this yet? This is an interesting game. Once again Jako demonstrate his endgame mastery. Even in the presence of opposite color bishop he still manage to win the game.
Apr-08-09  paavoh: <XMarxT3hSpot> I think White chose a bit passive opening, and Black obtained a great pawn structure with moves 15-20. Compare the mobilities of the opposite color bishops after moves 25-30, that's the key!
Apr-09-09  notyetagm: An *unbelievable* endgame combination by Jakovenko to win with opposite-colored bishops. The ending starting at move 50 is in the puzzle section of Chess Today 3075.

Unbelievable, study-like win by Jakovenko. His endgame technique is unreal. It seems that at the moment the world's top endgame players are Kramnik, Jakovenko, and Wang Yue.

Apr-09-09  paavoh: <notyetagm> Yes, even 52.Nh1 would yield to the same zugzwang manouver Bb6-Bd8-Bh4. Great finish indeed!
Apr-09-09  whiteshark: <36.Kb5> (or 36.Kb6) with the idea of creating an passed a-pawn. This will generate enough counterplay to secure a draw.

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Apr-10-09  notyetagm: <paavoh: <notyetagm> Yes, even 52.Nh1 would yield to the same zugzwang manouver Bb6-Bd8-Bh4. Great finish indeed!>


Apr-10-09  OneArmedScissor: Jakovenko is one of the best endgame players in the world.
Apr-11-09  notyetagm: <OneArmedScissor: Jakovenko is one of the best endgame players in the world.>

Game Collection: Jakovenko: Greatest Living Endgame Player?

Apr-16-09  Whitehat1963: I don't know if I'd even call him "one of the best." I'd say he's the best endgame player in the world. Period.
Apr-16-09  whiteshark: <notyetagreatendgameplayer> Only two games in your collection. Gr8! :D
Apr-16-09  blacksburg: oh goodness, very nice. why have i never head of this <jacko> fellow? perhaps i will have to look at some of his games.
Jun-30-09  sfeuler: Couldn't Alekseev have drawn with 52.Bg2, keeping his Bishop on the h1-a8 diagonal and running his King towards a8?
Jun-30-09  nummerzwei: <sfeuler> 1.No.

52...KxNg3 53.Bh1 Kf2! 54.Kd5 Kg1 55.Be4 h1Q 56.BxQh1 KxBh1 57.Kc6 Bg3 58.Kb5 Be1 and there's no hope for White.

2.What did you think the king was doing on a8? Black's promotion square is a1!

Jun-30-09  sfeuler: <nummerzwei> Duh! Jeez, that's what I get for thinking!! Why I'm thinking Black is going towards a8 is beyond me... Thanks!
Jun-30-09  ChessEscudero: This is insane! What a remarkable endgame tactic of Jakovenko!

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