GM Alexander Motylev Vs GM Pavel Maletin – 2011 Russian Team Championships.

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Motylev opens with e4 and Maletin responds with the Caro-Kann. White then took matters into a topical and complicated line, involving an early nf3, be2, and c4 to undermine black’s center. Black response left him with an isolated d-pawn, after which he was unable to generate sufficient counterplay to white’s attack on the kingside. Motylev did not require any spectactular combination, as he gained a solid positional win. – (“Show More” for more info …)


GM Fabiano Caruana Vs GM Pavel Eljanov – Russian Team Championship 2011: Caruana opens with a Ruy Lopez, and Eljanov takes the game into a Berlin Defense. Eljanov attempted to lift his queenside rook to the 6th rank, however this plan seemed misplaced and Caruana attentively reacted to keep black’s rook out of play. A few consecutive dubious moves by Eljanov and Caruana rapidly seized the initiative – and the win. A fine game by the young super-GM, Fabiano Caruana.

The individual scores of the winning SHSM-64 team:

Name Elo FED
1 Gelfand Boris 2733 ISR 2.0/4.0
2 Wang Hao 2728 CHN 4.5/6.0
3 Caruana Fabiano 2716 ITA 8.0/10.0
4 Giri Anish 2690 NED 5.5/9.0
5 Riazantsev Alexander 2679 RUS 7.0/11.0
6 Potkin Vladimir 2653 RUS 5.5/8.0
7 Grachev Boris 2675 RUS 6.0/8.0
8 Najer Evgeniy 2638 RUS 8.5/10.0

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