Grandmaster Evgeniy Najer Vs GM Alexander Moiseenko -2011 Chess Russian Team Championships

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GM Evgeniy Najer Vs GM Alexander Moiseenko – 2011 Russian Team Championship. Najer played a very different opening, similar to the Rossolimo Variation with an early Bb5 to counter the Sicilian, involving an early Qc3 by white with the idea of limiting black’s dark-squared bishop to the role of protecting the pawn on g7. Certainly an interesting and unique idea, and Moiseenko seemed caught off-guard by the resulting position. Najer followed up his eclectic opening choice with an excellent disregard for the material considerations of the position, sacrificing a piece with 15. Nc4!! and thereby obtaining a lasting, crushing positional advantage.

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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