Queen Sacrifices and Slav Defense madness! 2012 Chess Olympiad

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2012 World Chess Olympiad, Istanbul Turkey

Round 6

Azerbaijan — Croatia, Board 2

GM Shakhriyar 2729 — GM Ante Brkic 2587

With Russia and Armenia fighting to a 2-2 drawn match on board one, Azerbaijan pounced on the opportunity by crushing Croatia 3-1. Super GM Radjabov 2788 defeated a Slav Defense on board one, while his countryman GM Mamedyarov was unveiling a queen sacrifice in the 6.Qc2 Slav Defense on Board Three. Instead of the solid choices 9…c5, 9…Nf6 or 9…Bb4+, Black tried to break out early with 9…e5, an old line dating back to the 1980’s. White accepted the challenge with 10.dxe5 0-0 and 11.dxe6 allowing Black to “win” his queen with a pin along the e-file. After 12.Qxe8+ Qxe8+ 13.Be3, White has R+B+advanced passed passed d-pawn for his queen and Black still needs to develop his queenside pieces. Mamedyarov unveiled an improvement 19.Be3! over the previously played 19.Nd4 which led to a white loss in the game Ivkov-Panchenko, Chigorin Memorial 1983. The fantastic shot 22.Nf5! forced the exchange of knights, thereby removing Black’s best blockader. Black’s attempts to mask off the e-file with his B (23…Be6 and 26…Be6) were blasted away by White’s relentless pursuit with 24.f4!, 25.g4! and 27.f5! In order to keep the white rook from penetrating to e7, Black played 27…gxf5, opening the g-file. Punishment was swift as 28.Rg1+, 29.Rdg4! 31.Rg6 and 32.Rxf6 saw Black getting mauled by the combined white forces.

[Event “Olympiad”]
[Site “0:25.28-0:00.32”]
[Date “2012.09.03”]
[Round “06”]
[White “Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar”]
[Black “Brkic, Ante”]
[Result “1-0”]
[WhiteTitle “GM”]
[WhiteElo “2729”]
[WhiteCountry “AZE”]
[BlackTitle “GM”]
[BlackElo “2587”]
[BlackCountry “CRO”]
[Remark “Olympiad M 02.3”]
[PresId “1000060023”]

1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. e3 e6 5. Nf3 Nbd7 6. Qc2 Bd6 7. e4
dxe4 8. Nxe4 Nxe4 9. Qxe4 e5 10. dxe5 O-O 11. exd6 Re8 12. Qxe8+ Qxe8+
13. Be3 Nf6 14. Bd3 Be6 15. O-O-O b5 16. c5 Bxa2 17. Bg5 Nd7 18. Rhe1
Be6 19. Be3 h6 20. Bc2 Qc8 21. Nd4 Nxc5 22. Nf5 Bxf5 23. Bxc5 Be6 24.
f4 g6 25. g4 Bxg4 26. Rd4 Be6 27. f5 gxf5 28. Rg1+ Kh7 29. Rdg4 Qf8
30. Bd4 f6 31. Rg6 Rd8 32. Rxf6 1-0

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