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Konstantin Sakaev

Konstantin Sakaev,
grandmaster

Shirov, Alexei (2751) - Topalov, Veselin (2702)
Sarajevo, 2000
[C11]

1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. Bg5 dxe4 5. Nxe4 Be7

Diagram 1

6. Bxf6 gxf6 7. Nf3 a6 8. c4?! f5 9. Nc3

Diagram 2

9...Bf6!

9...c5 10. d5 Bf6 11. Qc2! White has a little advantage , Wang Zili - A.Dreev, 1999.

10. Qd2 c5 11. d5 O-O 12. O-O-O

Diagram 3

12...e5?

12...b5 13. dxe6 ( 13. cxb5 e5 14. h4 With unclear play ) 13...Qxd2+ 14. Rxd2 ( 14. Nxd2 Bxe6 15. Nd5 [ 15. cxb5 Bxc3 16. bxc3 axb5 17. Bxb5 Rxa2 Black has a little advantage ] 15... Bxd5 16. cxd5 c4 Black has a little advantage ) 14...Bxe6 15. Nd5 White has a little advantage ; 12...Nd7 13. h4 Nb6! With unclear play ; 12...Qa5! 13. Kb1 Bg7 Black has a little advantage )

13. h4 b5

Diagram 4

14. d6! Nc6

14...Be6 15. Ng5! White has the upper hand

15. d7 Bb7 16. Qd6! White has the upper hand

Diagram 5

16...e4

16...Nd4 17. Nxe5 Be7 ( 17...b4 18. Na4! Be7 19. Qb6 White has the upper hand ) 18. Qh6 b4 19. Nd5! ( 19. Rh3 Bf6 With unclear play ; 19. Na4 Qc7 With unclear play ) 19...Bxd5 20. cxd5 White has the upper hand

17. Nd5 Bg7 18. Ng5 Nd4

18...Qa5?! 19. Kb1 White has the upper hand ; 18...Kh8 19. g4 With attack ; 18...h6 19. Nh3 White has the upper hand

19. Ne7+ Kh8

Diagram 6

20. Rh3! f4

20...Qb8 21. Rxd4! cxd4 ( 21...Bxd4 22. Qh6 Qf4+ 23. Kb1 White has a decisive advantage ) 22. Nxf5 d3 23. c5 White has the upper hand

21. Kb1 b4

Diagram 7

22. Be2!! f3

22...Nxe2 23. Qxc5 White has a decisive advantage

23. gxf3 Nxe2 24. Qxc5 Nf4 25. Qf5 Ng6 26. h5 Qxe7

Diagram 8

27. hxg6 1:0

27...fxg6 28. Rxh7+ Kg8 29. Qxg6 White has a decisive advantage With idea 30. Rh8+!


Bullet Previous game, annotated by K.Sakaev

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