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Peter Svidler vs Valery Zolotukhin
Russian Team Championship (2011), Olginka RUS, rd 7, Apr-19
Scandinavian Defense: Gubinsky-Melts Defense (B01)  ·  1-0



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Apr-19-11  pulsar: Total domination capped off with a queen sac.

After 19.Rab1

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maybe 19...Rh7, guarding f7 is better--with Rb8-Qg4 plan. The subsequent King walk looks bad, too.

Apr-19-11  cjgone: Haha, inevitable mate.
Apr-22-11  Monoceros: Ugh. Is this really the way to play the ...Qd6 Scandinavian? To my unschooled eye, Black is wasting a lot of time with Knight moves and gives plenty of time for White to advance. Black's lag in development by his 14th move is pathetic.
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  Eric Schiller: I prefer to play it this way: [Event "Ch Greece"]
[Site "Greece"]
[Date "2008.9.9"]
[Round "6"]
[White "Stiri Alexandra (GRE)"]
[Black "Pambalou Fotini (GRE)"]
[Result "0-1"]
[Eco "B01"]
[Annotator ""]
[Source ""]

1.e4 d5 2.exd5 Qxd5 3.Nc3 Qd6 4.d4 Nf6 5.Nf3 c6 6.Ne5 Nbd7 7.f4 Nb6 8.g4 Nbd5 9.Bg2 Be6 10.O-O g6 11.g5 Nxc3 12.bxc3 Nd7 13.c4 Rd8 14.c3 f6 15.c5 Qc7 16.f5 Bxf5 17.Nxc6 bxc6 18.Rxf5 Bg7 19.gxf6 Nxf6 20.Rf1 O-O 21.Bf4 Qd7 22.Kh1 Nd5 23.Bd2 Rxf1+ 24.Qxf1 Qg4 25.Qf3 Qxf3 26.Bxf3 e5 27.dxe5 Bxe5 28.Rc1 Bf6 29.c4 Ne7 30.Bf4 Rd3 31.Kg2 Kf7 32.Bd6 Rd2+ 33.Kf1 Rxa2 34.Rb1 Ra1 35.Rxa1 Bxa1 36.Ke2 Ke6 37.Kd3 Be5 38.Bxe7 Kxe7 39.h3 Kd7 40.Be4 a5 41.Kc2 a4 42.Kb1 Bd4 43.Bc2 a3 44.Ka2 Bxc5 45.Be4 Kd6 46.Kb3 Bb4 47.Bb1 c5 48.Be4 Ke5 49.Bd5 Kf4 50.Bg8 h6 0-1

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Jul-18-11  DrMAL: <Eric Schiller> I prefer 9...Nxc3 (followed by 10...g6) to immediately simplify a bit but 9...g6 right away is just as good. While 9...Be6 is also an OK developing move, after white castles and 10...g6 white's choice of 11.g5 seems quite weak (as opposed to 11.Na4 that gives white some advantage).

In this game black was fine after the opening all the way up to move 22 where 22...Rh7 started to go wrong (22...Rf5 or 22...Qf5 were better). Now white has some advantage with the initiative. 20...Rd8 was another mistake but 25.Qg5 was not best either (25.Bh5 where 25...Qxh3 is the only decent reply).

After 25.Qg5 the only good reply was 25...Kh8 (25...Kf8 was a decisive blunder). Svidler played the follow-up beautifully (28.Rf2 or 28.Rf4 may be even stronger, perhaps others).

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