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Inarkiev Ernesto - Kazhgaleyev Murtas
Moscow Open 2008 (Round 6)

It was fight-round on the sixth day of the tournament. But of course next game was like unicum and fanastic. Two very strong Gm's were trying to show their best in the Ruy Lopez.
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 d6 5.00 Bd7 6.c3 g6 7.d4 Bg7 8.Re1 b5 9.Bb3 Nf6 10.Nbd2 00 11.h3 Re8 12.a3 h6 13.Bc2
I don't want to stop at the theory line, because I think Ernesto and Murtaz know much more in such sort of positions being a big specialists in Ruy Lopez.
13...Nh5 14.Nf1 Nf4 15.Bxf4 exf4

The p-structure has changed.White has a comfort advantage in the center, while black has an ideas of the pushing their k-side pawns...Anyway White is slightly better now.
16.Qd2 g5 17.Rad1 Qe7 18.Qd3 Kf8 19.Bb3!
The bishop on this diagonal will be the main actor soon

20.Ba2 Qf6 21.N3h2
22.Qf3 Qh6

[better was 22...Qg6 excluding Ne3 possibility]
[After the game Ernesto said that it was much stronger to play 23.Ne3! Ne7 24.g4!?]
23...hxg4 24.Nxg4 Qg6 25.Nfh2
The position is too complicated, but black has still small advantage in view of the center, and of course the bishop is still pressing on the diagonal
[26.Kh1 c5!?]

[Serious attention should pay for 26...c5!? ]
I am not sure white should "close" his bishop [there was an idea of 27.Nf3!? But it's very unclear what to do after 27...Bxe4!? 28.Bxf7!? Bxf3 29.Bxe8 Bxg2 30.Bxg6 Bf3 31.Be4 Bxd1 32.Rxd1 with an equal position]
Position has changed a lot and white trying to switch on another idea - e4-e5
28.Nf3 Qh5!

With an idea of Ng6
White decided to break the center, but black pieces are ready to meet this and it seems that after forced variation white should loose this game
29...dxe5 30.Ngxe5 Bxe5 31.Nxe5
[31.Rxe5 f6!+] 31...Bxh3 32.Qh1 Nf5!+
All black pieces are playing with a big percent of effect. But Ernesto is not going down - seems that he is ready to hold much stronger hits...
33.Rd3 g4 34.Qe4


It seems that every move of black can be the last for white. But you should rememebr that in chess sometimes yo u can see unbelievable things and of course every time you should believe in yourself... [34...f3! 35.Nd7+ Kg7 36.Qxe8 Rxe8 37.Rxe8

37...Qh6!+ (37...Bg2?? 38.Rg8+!+-) ]
Both players were in zeitnot but as I know white had 1 minute vs 7 minutes.
35...Rxe5 36.dxc7 Rde8 37.Qb4+ Ne7 38.Red1

[38...g3! 39.fxg3 Qe2+]
39.Kxg2 f3+ 40.Kg3


Who could believe that this move even didn't make a draw! [there was a forced checkmate after 40...Qh3+! 41.Kf4 Qh2+ 42.Kxg4 Qg2+! 43.Kf4 (43.Kh4 Rh5+! 44.Kxh5 Qg5#) 43...Rf5+ 44.Ke4 Qg4+ 45.Ke3 Qg5+ 46.Ke4 Qf4#]
41.Qxe7+! Kxe7
[41...Rxe7 42.c8Q+ Kg7

43.Rh1!! (43.Qg8+?? Kh6=) 43...Qxh1 44.Qxf5 Qg2+ 45.Kf4+-]
42.Rd7+ Kf8

Head is going to be crazy! The position seems like a checkers puzzle where you need to sacrifice 3-4 checkers and after this take everything...
43...Qxh1 44.Rf7+ Kg8 45.Re7+ Kh8 46.Rxe8+ Kg7 47.Rg8+ Kh7

48.Rh8+ Kxh8 49.c8Q+ Kg7 50.Qg8+ 10

Probably it is the best example where we can see the power of the Ruy Lopez Bishop...

Tiviakov Sergei - Le Quang Liem
Moscow Open 2008 (Round 6), 2008

There was a sensation in the next game.
1.e4 c5 2.c3 Nf6 3.e5 Nd5 4.g3 d6 5.exd6 e6 6.Bg2 Bxd6 7.Nf3 00 8.d4 Nc6 9.dxc5 Bxc5 10.00 b5

11.b4!? Bd6 12.a4 bxa4 13.Rxa4 Bb7 14.Ng5 Be7 15.Qh5 h6 16.Ne4 Qc7 17.Re1 Rad8 18.Nc5 Ba8

19.Bxh6 Nf6 20.Qh3 gxh6 21.Qxh6 Ng4 22.Nxe6

22...Qe5 23.Qc1 Qh8 24.h3 fxe6 25.Rxe6 Rxf2 26.Rg6+ Kf7 27.Rxg4 Rxg2+ 28.Kf1

28...Ke8 01

Motylev Alexander - Savchenko Boris
Moscow Open 2008 (Round 6), 2008

Last games in this commentary were like the twins. Black had just forgotten about the development...
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 e6 5.Nc3 Qc7 6.Be3 a6 7.Bd3 b5 8.00 Bb7 9.Qe2 Nf6 10.f4

10...Nb4 11.a3 Nxd3 12.cxd3 d6

13.a4 b4 14.Na2 Qd7 15.Rac1 Qxa4 16.Rc7

16...Bc8 17.b3 Qa5 18.Rfc1 Bd7 19.Rb7 Qh5 20.Qxh5 Nxh5 21.Nxb4 a5 22.Nbc6 Nxf4 23.Bxf4 e5 24.Nb8


Popov Ivan - Novikov Stanislav
Moscow Open 2008 (Round 6), 2008

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Nc3 d6 4.d4 cxd4 5.Nxd4 Nf6 6.Bc4 e6 7.Be3 a6 8.Qe2 Na5 9.Bd3 b5 10.b4 Nc4

11.00 Bb7 12.a4 Nxe3 13.Qxe3 bxa4 14.Rxa4 Be7 15.Rfa1 Qc8

16.b5 axb5 17.Bxb5+ Kf8 18.Rxa8 Bxa8

19.e5 dxe5 20.Qxe5 g6 21.Ra7 Bb7 22.h3 h5 23.Na4 Kg7

24.Ba6 Bxa6 25.Rxe7 Bc4 26.Nc5 Re8

27.Ncxe6+ Bxe6 28.Nxe6+ Qxe6 29.Qxe6


February 8, 2008
Vladimir Dobrov