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Baadur Jobava vs Vladimir Malakhov
Black Sea Countries Final (2012), Burgas BUL, rd 1, Sep-12
Italian Game: Classical Variation. Greco Gambit (C53)  ·  0-1



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Sep-12-12  Blunderdome: Nice game!
Sep-12-12  Everett: 21..Rxf4 allows blacks LSB to shine in a direct attack on the king.

Seems there is no hope for White after 29.Rxf3 Qxf3 30.Qxf3 Rxf3 31.Kg2 Rb3 32.Rf1 Re3. White could also try pushing his e-pawn straight away but this allows the Black K to simply blockade it.

Sep-13-12  dumbgai: This looks like a game from 100+ years ago.
Sep-13-12  Xeroxx: Rxf4 is a tactic
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  sbevan: The art of attack.

His Majesty has nowhere to hide.

Quite beautiful.

Sep-13-12  waustad: I often cringe when I see things like 17. g4 creating huge holes around the king, but sometimes people get away with it. This time it was justly punished. Jobava was not looking for a draw.
Sep-13-12  mrbasso: 17.g4 should be perfectly fine although 17.Qb3 is less ambitious. 19.Qb3? and 21.Bd1? are the mistakes in this short game.
Sep-13-12  fisayo123: Jobava with another one of his insane ideas.
Jan-26-17  zanzibar: <White to move after 16...Ne6>

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r2q1rk1 /1pp3pp/1p2n3/3pPb2/8/P3B3/1P2BPPP/R2Q1RK1 w - - 0 17

Engines give White two options here, K-side or Q-side: both 17.g4 and 17.Qb3 are OK, giving White a slight edge.

However, just two moves later, engines don't like 19.Qb3. At this point the two leading candidate moves are 19...Bd3 or f3 to neutralize Black's strong bishop.

<White to move after 19...Be4>

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r2q1rk1 /1pp3pp/1p2n3/3pP3/4bPP1/P3B3/1P2B2P/R2Q1RK1 w - - 0 19

Allowing 19...Qh4 swings the eval almost a full pawn over to Black.

As for the opening, playing 5.d5 puts it a little outside mainstream and does feel classically old,

but by the time we reach 7.Be2

we are almost thoroughly modern (except for a couple by those Charousek and Schletchter guys).

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