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The World vs Varuzhan Akobian
"Not the End of the World" (game of the day Dec-28-2012)
Chessgames Challenge (2012) (exhibition),, rd 2, Aug-01
Caro-Kann Defense: Advance. Short Variation (B12)  ·  1-0



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  cormier: 'the world vs VA:

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'Analysis: dpa 25 done

1. (7.79): 35...Rfc7 36.Bd2 c5 37.bxc5 Rc6 38.Rh6 Rg7 39.Qf3 Kg8 40.Rf2 Be7 41.Kg2 Bxd6 42.exd6 Qe4 43.Qxe4 dxe4 44.g5 Rc8 45.Re2 Nf8 46.Bf4 Rf7 47.Rxe4 Rf5 48.d7 Nxd7 49.Rxg6+ Kf7 50.Rxa6 Nf8 51.Bd2 Ng6 52.Ra7+ Kf8 53.a6 Rc6 54.Ra8+ Kf7 55.Kg3 Kg7 56.a7 Ra6 _______________________________________________ 2. (8.72): 35...Rfd7 36.Bd2 Rg7 37.Rh6 Ra8 38.Qf3 Kg8 39.Qh3 Raa7 40.Qd3 Kf8 41.Rf2+ Kg8 42.Nf5 Qf7 43.Nxg7 Qxf2 44.Ne6 Nf8 45.Nxd8 Rh7 46.Rxh7 Kxh7 47.Bg5 Kg7 48.Bf6+ Kg8 49.Nxc6 Kf7 50.Nd8+ Kg8 51.Ne6 Kf7 52.Nc7 Qf4 53.Nxd5 Qxg4 54.Nc7 Ne6 55.Nxe6 Kxe6 56.d5+ Kd7 57.e6+ Ke8 58.Qd4 Qh3+ 59.Kg1 Qg3+ 60.Kf1 Qf3+ 61.Ke1 Qg3+ 62.Ke2 Qg2+ 63.Kd3 Qf1+ 64.Ke3 Qh3+ 65.Ke2 g5 66.Qe5 ________________________________________________-

3. (10.47): 35...Kg8 36.Nxf7 Rxf7 37.Bd2 Rg7 38.Rh6 Bc7 39.Qh3 Qe7 40.g5 Kh8 41.Qc8+ Bd8 42.Qxc6 Qf7 43.Kg2 Be7 44.Qxa6 Qf5 45.Qa8+ Bf8 46.Qxd5 Qd3 47.Be1 Qf5 48.Qf3 Qxf3+ 49.Kxf3 Rf7+ 50.Ke3 Bxh6 51.gxh6 Kg8 52.Rg2 Nf8 53.d5 Rf1 54.Bh4 Rh1 55.Rg4 Kf7 56.a6 Ra1 57.Rf4+ Ke8 58.Rf6 Rh1 59.Bg5

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  cro777: Chessgames have decided: the next Chessgames Challenge will be the Battle of the Brains IV (BOB 4), the fourth computer-prohibited team game. The game will start in less than two weeks.

The teams from last game (BOB 3) will automatically swap colors. Otherwise, one will be assigned to a team (White or Black) randomly. (You have to be a premium member).

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  cro777: Battle of the Brains IV (Team White vs Team Black, 2013) will begin at 8:00pm USA/Eastern on <Monday, April 22nd>. Team White has until that time to vote on their first move. From that time onward, each team will have exactly <48 hours> to vote on each half-move.

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  cormier: Russian Team Championships
Sochi, Russia
i think Grishuk will win
Apr-17-13  Tiggler: <kwid: We would need to see if the west can compete successfully against: Ceri,DcGentle,zsoydd,g.mueller,DPLEO,Hugin etc.

It would be interesting to see a line up for both teams. I could play for Austria or Canada if needed. Are Tiggler,ajile,parmetta,Boomie western players?>

Well, <kwid>, I am western now. Ex-patriot, like you perhaps, but definitely Western now (Arizona - can't be more "Western" than that).

Not much of a match for some of those European CC experts you mentioned, however. Regrettably, <Hugin> declines the chance to befuddle the other side.

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  cro777: Alexei vs Aleksey and another Advanced Caro Kann with an early ...Bg6.

Recently, at the Russian Team Championship 2013, GM Aleksey Dreev (2654) opted for 6...Bg6 in the Shirov Variation (which is at this time the most popular in the Advanced Caro Kann). Dreev is faithful to his favorite Caro-Kann, while Shirov is also faithful to his sharp line against it.

Alexei Shirov - Aleksey Dreev

(Russian Team Champioship, 12.04.2013)

1. e4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. e5 Bf5 4. Nf3 e6 5. Be2 Ne7 6. O-O Bg6

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After 7.Nbd2 Nf5 Shirov played 8. g4 (the sharpest line). He has already played this move three times.

The World - Varuzhan Akobian

1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.e5 Bf5 4.Nf3 e6 5.Be2 Nd7 6.O-O Bg6

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7.a4. The World had a different idea.

We may compare two different strategies.

Shirov vs Dreev, 2013

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  cro777: GM Akobian, now settled in Topeka, is preparing to compete in the 2013 U.S. Chess Championships beginning May 2 in St. Louis.
May-17-13  DPLeo:    
Here's another great game that illustrates how helpless black becomes after a well-timed Nd6!

Fischer vs W Beach, 1963

Beach's position crumbles after 22.Nd6+


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Our opponent won the 2013 World Open!

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  cro777: Another Advanced Caro Kann with an early ...Bg6 at the final FIDE Grand Prix of the series of six tournaments that form part of the qualification cycle for the World Chess Championship 2014.

Fabiano Caruana - Evgeny Tomashevsky

(FIDE Grand Prix, Paris, 03.10.2013)

1. e4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. e5 Bf5 4. Nf3 e6 5. Be2 Nd7 6. O-O Bg6 7. Nbd2 Nh6 8. Nb3 Nf5 9. a4

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The World - Varuzhan Akobian

1. e4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. e5 Bf5 4. Nf3 e6 5. Be2 Nd7 6. O-O Bg6 7. a4 Ne7 8. a5 Nf5 9. c3

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Caruana vs Tomashevsky, 2013

Apr-07-14  gotgat54: 'Chess Unplugged'...a good description for a computer-prohibited match.

Something like rock bands playing acoustic instruments.

May-22-14  Dionyseus: On October 7 2012 DanLanglois said
<17. Nf3 Be7 18. g5 hxg5 19. Nxg5 Bh5 20. Qf1 Bxg5 21. Rxg5 g6 22. Qh3 Qh7 23. c4. How does Black handle this? Is 23...Rac8 wrong.

I'll arbitrarily plug in 23...Kg7, and ask, can White still force a win, same plan? Then, is it 24. Bd2. Threatening Bb4-d6, for the positionl trump, pressure on the dark squares, invading Black's position further, when it appears that Black collapses on the kingside (where White already has pressure).

Black plays 24...Rh8.

And, in this fashion, Black holds on the kingside. This is his 'setup', but we have a trip down memory lane, these were the first positions examined in 14. Bd3>

Indeed after the horrible 24.Bd2 black does hold. Instead white must play 24.Rg3 or 24.Kg1, or maybe even 24.Bf1.

Here are some winning lines:
24. Rg3 Rh8 25. Qg2 Bg4
26. Bf1 Qg8 27. h3 Rc8 28. Kg1 Bh5 29. Bd2 Qf7 30. Rc1 dxc4 31. Bxc4 Rhd8 32. Rg5 Kh8 33. Kh2 Nf8 34. Qf2 Qe7 35. b4

24. Kg1 Rh8
25. Rg3 Bg4 26. Qxh7+ Rxh7 27. Bf1 Rah8 28. Rb3 Kg8 29. Raa3 Nb8 30. h3 Bh5 31. Bd2 Rf7 32. Ra1 Kg7 33. Rc1 Na6 34. cxd5 cxd5 35. Rbc3 Re8 36. Kf2 Ree7 37. Bxa6 bxa6 38. Rc6 g5 39. fxg5 f4 40. Bb4 Rb7 41. Ba3 Kg6 42. Rxe6+ Kxg5 43. Rd6 Kh4 44. Rxd5 Rf5 45. Rdc5 Kxh3 46. e6

24.Bd2 is a huge blunder that allows black to pile up too much pressure against the white king.

I'm convinced 16.Rg1 17.Nf3 would have won the game as well.

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  RookFile: I think Akopian treated it as just another game in his life, not nearly as important as the world team did.
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  chancho: It's a good thing that Varuzhan did not complain about the World team's use of the opening sticky as an annoyance to try and get a free point.


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  WannaBe: <chancho> Bwahahahaha!!
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  PawnSac: <chancho> He tried but at first couldn't find the TD to register a complaint. So he posted it in a message, after which the TD refused to receive it formally since VA was also writing notes during the game!
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  AylerKupp: <chancho>, <PawnSac> Don't forget that it is not against the rules to make notes when you are playing correspondence-like chess. But it IS against the FIDE rules to make notes when you are playing OTB chess. Surely that makes a difference, doesn't it?
Feb-05-16  cphoenix: r1bqrik1/ppp1bpp1/2n1pn1p/3p4/2PP3B/2NiPN2/PPQ1BPPP/R4RK1
Feb-05-16  cphoenix:

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  PawnSac: Quote of the Day 4-4-16

< "To have a knight planted in your game at K6 is worse than a rusty nail in your knee." >

--- Bogoljubow

and d6 can be equally as bad.

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  perfidious: <PawnSac> A knight lodged itself at K6 in the following game, one of my less happy memories: J Curdo vs A Shaw, 1996

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Cheeky little bugger.

Sep-01-17  Arconax: Really bad opening play by Var, who is a great guy BTW, in this line Black should play for an early -c5 break, he never got around to do that here. SAD!
Sep-05-17  Arconax: <PawnSac: <chancho> He tried but at first couldn't find the TD to register a complaint. So he posted it in a message, after which the TD refused to receive it formally since VA was also writing notes during the game!>

Seems like a lot of interesting things happened both at the board and behind the scenes during this intriguing game. But as I previously stated, Var did not handle this C-K well. Defeated.

Feb-08-19  Ceri Evans: Current software seems to be improving:

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Engine: Stockfish 10 64 Ceri (8192 MB)

48 318:46 +1.89 19.h3 Rae8 20.b4 fxg4 21.hxg4 Bxd3 22.Qxd3+ Qg6 23.Qe2 Rf7 24.Ng3 Ref8 25.Bd2 Rxf4 26.Bxf4 Rxf4 27.Nh5 Rf8 28.Raf1 Bg5 29.Rf2 Rxf2 30.Qxf2 Qe4+ 31.Qg2 Qg6 32.Rf1

47 318:46 +1.67 19.Ne3 fxg4 20.Rxg4 Bxd3 21.Qxd3+ g6 22.Bd2 h5 23.Rg3 Rg8 24.Rf1 Raf8 25.Qe2 Kh8 26.c4 dxc4 27.Qxc4 Rg7 28.b4 a6 29.Rgg1 Rfg8 30.Rg2 Rf8 31.Qd3 Rfg8 32.h3

47 318:46 +1.48 19.Qe2 fxg4 20.Bxg6+ Qxg6 21.Rxg4 Qf5 22.Ng3 Qf7 23.h4 Rg8 24.Qd3+ Kh8 25.h5 c5 26.Bd2 Rac8 27.Rf1 cxd4 28.cxd4 Nf8 29.Kg1 g6 30.hxg6 Rxg6 31.Rxg6 Qxg6 32.Qxg6

best move: h2-h3 time: 318:46.219 min n/s: 14.357.443 nodes: 274.603.612.246

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Engine: Stockfish 10 64 Ceri (8192 MB)

34 17:10 +5.42 26.Rf3 Be7 27.Rh2 Bg5 28.Ng2 Bf6 29.Rhh3 Qe8 30.g5 Bd8 31.Rh2 Be7 32.gxh6 g6 33.h7+ Kh8 34.Rg3 Rf5 35.Ne3 Qf7 36.Nxf5 exf5 37.Rh6 Nf8 38.Rg2 Bd8 39.Kg1 (15.087.977.625) 14634

33 17:10 +5.41 26.Kg1 Rae8 27.Re2 Rc8 28.Ng2 Be7 29.f5 Rce8 30.Qh3 Bd8 31.Nf4 exf5 32.e6 Qf6 33.exd7 Rxe2 34.Nxe2 Qe7 35.Nf4 fxg4 36.Qxg4 Rf7 37.Ne6 Qxd7 38.Bxh6 Rf6 39.Rxf6 (15.087.977.625) 14634

33 17:10 +5.33 26.Ng2 Bd8 27.Ne3 Re8 28.g5 g6 29.Ng4 Kg7 30.Nxh6 Rh8 31.Rh2 Rxh6 32.Rxh6 Qf5 33.Qxf5 exf5 34.Kg2 Nf8 35.Re1 Kf7 36.Reh1 Ke6 37.Kf3 Be7 38.Be3 Rd8 39.Kg3 (15.087.977.625) 14634

33 17:10 +5.25 26.Re2 Rac8 27.Ng2 Bg5 28.Ref2 Be7 29.Rf3 c5 30.bxc5 Bxc5 31.f5 Be7 32.Nf4 exf5 33.e6 Qe8 34.exd7 Qxd7 35.Ng6 Rf6 36.gxf5 b4 37.cxb4 Bxb4 38.Bd2 Bxd2 39.Qxd2 (15.087.977.625) 14634

33 17:10 +4.69 26.Rb2 Qe8 27.Rf3 Bg5 28.Rbf2 Rxf4 29.Rxf4 Bxf4 30.Rxf4 Qe7 31.Nd1 Rf8 32.Rxf8+ Kxf8 33.Kg2 Qf7 34.Nf2 g5 35.Kf1 Ke7 36.Ke2 Kf8 37.Qh3 Qg6 38.Nd3 Ke7 39.Bd2 (15.087.977.625) 14634

best move: Rf1-f3 time: 17:10.953 min n/s: 14.634.924 nodes: 15.087.977.625



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