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Maxime Vachier-Lagrave vs Rustam Kasimdzhanov
Donostia Chess Festival (2009), Donostia ESP, rd 1, Jul-07
Sicilian Defense: Dragon Variation. Yugoslav Attack (B77)  ·  1-0



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Jul-07-09  Valmy: Maxime VACHIER LAGRAVE is a good tactician. Don't try to overcalculate him!
Jul-07-09  ToTheDeath: LaGrave is quite a tactical beast to thread his way through these complications.

33...Qxe4 does not save Black in light of 34.Rf1 Ne5 35.Qe7 Nf3 36.Bh6+!! Kxh6 37.Qf6+ with a decisive attack.

Jul-07-09  computer chess guy: The exchange sac on move 18 is good but Rybka only evaluates as =. Black's trouble seems to start with 28. .. ♗d7. He could have gone for a draw with 28. .. h3 29. ♕xe8 h2, when White's best is to aim for a perpetual check.
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  Zenchess: It depends. Black has to hold f7 at all costs; there are some lines when he gains White's rook for the passer, but still loses.
Jul-09-09  Shams: <computer chess guy> it does indeed look like black had the draw with 28...h3. 29. Rg3! Rc8! [Fritz 9] 30.Rxh3 Qxh3 31.Qxc8 Bc6 32.Qc7 gives white a minute edge at best.
Jul-09-09  Shams: <computer chess guy> it does indeed look like black had the draw with 28...h3. 29. Rg3! Rc8! [Fritz 9] 30.Rxh3 Qxh3 31.Qxc8 Bc6 32.Qc7 gives white a minute edge at best.
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  GrahamClayton: According to Australian GM Ian Rogers, the move 15.♖dg1 was played by Australian junior Jonas Muller during the recent Oceania Zonal tournament at Tweed Heads. Instead of the 20..♗f6 played by Kasimdzhanov, his opponent, S Goundar, played 20...ef5, allowing 21.♖g6!

Vachier-Lagrave found the Muller-Goundar game while browsing "The Week in Chess" website, and after some computer analysis showed that the move was sound, decided to play it against Kasimdzhanov.

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