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Rauf Mamedov vs Arkadij Naiditsch
Aeroflot Open (2010), Moscow RUS, rd 6, Feb-14
Scotch Game: Classical Variation (C45)  ·  0-1

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Feb-17-10  Eyal: An interesting novelty by Naiditsch in a Scotch line that recently got some attention from top players – instead of 13...0-0, which after 14.Nc3 Qf5 15.d5 allows White to cut the board in half with strong pressure, as in Carlsen vs Leko, 2009, or 13…Bh3, which after 14.Bf3 Qf5 15.Re1 d5 apparently leads to quick equality (http://www.chessgames.com/perl/ches...), he tries the more ambitious 13...Qf5!?

27.Qh2?? is a losing mistake – White has to defend against the mate threat of 27...Rg1+ 28.Kf2 Qg3#, but after 27...Qf5+ he's losing to 28.Qf2 Rf4 or 28.Ke2 Qc2+ and Qxh2. Instead, 27.Qe5! allows White to salvage a draw – 27...Rg1+ 28.Kf2 and Black has nothing better than perpetual with 28...Rg2+ 29.Kf1 Rg1+etc.; if 29...Qg4, White is saved by 30.Qd6+! (not 30.Qe3?? Rh2) Kg8 31.exf7+ Kh7 (31...Kh8 32.Re2 Rg1+ 33.Kf2 Rxa1 34.Qh2+and mate; 31...Kxf7 32.Qe6+ forcing a queen exchange) 32.f8Q defending f3, and again there's nothing better for Black than forcing a perpetual; but note that after 27.e7+?? Ke8 28.Qe5 Rg1+ 29.Kf2 Rg2+ 30.Kf1, 30...Qg4 would be winning.

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