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Vugar Gashimov vs Michael Roiz
European Team Championship (2009), Novi Sad SRB, rd 4, Oct-25
Spanish Game: Closed. Bogoljubow Variation (C91)  ·  1-0



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Oct-25-09  muradov: Well played by Gashimov!
Oct-25-09  notyetagm:
Oct-25-09  notyetagm: 25.c5! dxc5 [25...Nc6! 26.cxd6 Qb8 (followed by ...Qxd6) was the best defense. 27.Be3 Qxd6 28.Re2 ]

26.Nxe5 Bc7 27.Nxd7 Nxd7 28.f4 It's obvious that the pawn swap favored White, who controls the center and is ready to launch a kingside attack.

Oct-26-09  Jafar219: Ficher would proud of Gashimov!
Jan-02-10  notyetagm: Stupendous Ruy Lopez game by Gashimov.
Jan-03-10  notyetagm: 24 ... b5-b4

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<It doesn't look like anything special is happening, but White has a very strong idea that Black either missed or underestimated.

<<<25.c5!>>> dxc5 [25...Nc6! 26.cxd6 Qb8 (followed by ...Qxd6) was the best defense. 27.Be3 Qxd6 28.Re2 ]

<<<26.Nxe5 >>> Bc7 27.Nxd7 Nxd7 28.f4 <<<It's obvious that the pawn swap favored White, who controls the center and is ready to launch a kingside attack.>>>>

25 c4-c5!

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25 ... d6xc5 26 ♘f3xe5

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28 f2-f4

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Gashimov's <PETITE COMBINAISON> has cleared away *both* of the Black center pawns *and* given him a deadly kingside pawn roller.


Jan-03-10  notyetagm: 35 ?

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35 f4-f5!

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<Practically every White piece is in the attack or about to be (even the Bd2 threatens Bg5-f6+, as ...Kxh6 allows Qh4#), and there are the very strong e5 and f5 pawns as well. <<<Black is dead.>>>>

Jan-03-10  notyetagm: 40 ♕g5-g3 1-0

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<[40.Qg3 The threat is mate in two starting with 41.Qe5+, and if 40...Bf6 41.e7 decides.] 1-0>

40 ... ♗d8-f6

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41 e6-e7! <overloaded: e5,e7>

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Jan-03-10  notyetagm: Game Collection: The powerful passed pawns 36 ... Rd8xBd2 37 e6xf7 connected passers compensate rook deficit
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  Messiah: 21...h6 22.♘f3 ♗f8 is the proper way.

22...h6 23.♘f3 seems to be the better path, where black has possibilities like ♗e6, d5 or even ♘e7. 22...♕b7 is also considerable. The position is complicated in both cases.

24...bxc4 25.♗xc4 ♗c6 (to remove the ♕ from the d-file) 26.♕c2 ♗b5! 27.♗g5 ♗xc4 is a rich position for white, where both 28.bxc4 and 28.♕xc4 are playable. In this line 25...♘g6 or even 25...♗e6!? could be considered. In any case, black can fight.

24...♘g6 might be even better. The absolutely weird 24...♖b8?! is also considerable.

25...♗c7? 26.♗g5! +-

25...♕c7 leads to a complicated position, but it is clear that white has the upper hand after 26.cxd6 ♕xd6 27.♗c4 ♗e6 28.♗xe6 ♕xe6 29.♗xb4 ♘c6.

25...♘c6 is almost as sad as capturing on c5, because 26.cxd6 ♘xa5 27.♗c1 prepares to plant a dangerous ♗ on b2, whereas 26...♗xa5? or 26...♕b8?! (with the idea of capturing ♙d6 with the ♕) are even worse than 26...♘xa5, because both of them allow an instant 27.♗c4 with a pretty uncomfortable pressure on black's kingside.

The silicon monster wishes the very counter-intuitive 26...♘g6 27.♘xg6 (27. ♘xd7 ♕xd7 seems to be defendable with black) hxg6 28.e5 ♘h7, but as I don't understand the resulting structure, I leave it uncommented.

30...♕c6 with putting the knights on the 6th rank offers some chances to defend an already pretty bad position.

31...♘g6 was probably the only way not to get dead lost very soon, or maybe 31...♘d4. In all cases, defending the c5 pawn seems to be impossible.

Black's only hope was 33...♘e6, however, after 34.♘d6 ♖xd6 35.exd6 ♕d7 36.♗c1! with an incoming ♗b2 the defence is a nightmare, and against Gashimov I don't think any human being was able make a draw from this, especially in a time trouble. 33...♘g6 34.♗c1 is also very good for white.

Bottom line: black's possibilities on the 24th move should be analyzed very deeply; 26...♘g6 is also interesting.

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  Messiah: At pretty high depths the silicon monster goes for 24...bxc4 25.♗xc4 ♗e6 with a preferred capture on e6 for white afterwards.
Dec-31-18  ChessHigherCat: This variant would have led to a Mexican shoot-out with eight captures in a row!:

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1) +6.44 (26 ply) 39...Rxg2+ 40.Qxg2 Qxg2+ 41.Kxg2 Bxe7 42.Rxe7 Kxh6 43.Bxa6 Kg7

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