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Vladimir Malakhov vs Wesley So
World Cup (2009) (rapid), Khanty-Mansiysk RUS, rd 4, Dec-02
Slav Defense: Quiet Variation. Pin Defense (D12)  ·  1-0



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Dec-02-09  YouRang: A strong move: <31.Qc6!>, initiating an attack along the 7th rank. So (black) evidently missed the tactical danger and played <31...Qg7?> (31...Qe8 would have been better).

Malakhov (white) punished him with <32.Rd7!>, threatening the queen directly, with indirect threats to the king as well. [diagram]

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It behooves black to guard h7, because if not (e.g. 32...Qg5) then 33.Qb7 threatens Rh7#.

White can sidestep the rook attack and guard h7 with 32...Qg6, but then comes 33.Bd3 (attacking the now-pinned Rf5). Black can try 33...Qg5 (now preventing Qb7 since ...Qxc1 would give check) but then white simply plays 34.Rc2 and black can't save the rook on f5 (e.g. 34...Rf4?? 35.Rh7#).

Dec-02-09  thathwamasi: Why did wesley decline the three fold on move this a case of over pressing???
Dec-02-09  Eyal: Malakhov was already leading 2-0 in the 4 game rapid tiebreak, so a draw was as good as a loss for So here.
Dec-02-09  Bondsamir: Malakhov showed Wesley So a lesson of basics.
Dec-02-09  ashalpha: This is where 56.Kd3? comes back to haunt Wesley from the second game. He could have taken the repetition in an inferior position to try and win with White in the last game. Instead he was forced to try to win...and ended up losing again. A horrible performance from the kid genius but there will be other tournaments and I for one think he has already shown he has the talent to compete in the world's elite. A little more polish and he will be there...
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  al wazir: 28...Rxg2 29. Qxg2 Qc7 30. Qxg7+ Kxg7 31. fxe7+ Kg7 might have been better for black.
Dec-03-09  Don Cossacks: Smart play from Malakhov.It's a good thing that he didn't play 1.e4,therefore preventing GM So's well prepared French Defense.
Dec-04-09  rjsolcruz: cg,

this is nimzovich "vlady rook" on the 7th rank.

Jul-01-13  RookFile: So what?

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