Andrei Volokitin's "Immortal" Game

Время публикации: 12.10.2012 01:49 | Последнее обновление: 12.10.2012 12:28

The European Club Cup started with the rating favourite's loss

The Azerbaijani team SOCAR will definitely remember the unusual draw of the European Club Cup held in Eilat: the rating-favourites faced a quite strong team Ashdod of Israel in the very first round, moreover, the Israeli team managed to defeat the favourite.

Despite the result of the match, one of the games deserves a special mention. That is Volokitin - Mamedyarov encounter which was first to finish. The diagrams of the game will surely be included in many tutorials; we also offer you plenty of them in our material.

Although the winner was hurrying to the supper he still made a short commentary on the game especially for our website.  

Andrei VOLOKITIN (Ashdod) - Shakhriyar MAMEDYAROV (SOCAR)
European Club Cup 2012, Round 1

Sicilian defence
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Be3 Ng4 7.Bc1 Nf6 8.Bg5 Nbd7 9.Qe2 e6 10.0-0-0 Qc7 11.f4 b5 12.f5 b4 13.fxe6 bxc3 14.exd7+ Nxd7 15.Qc4 cxb2+ 16.Kb1

CN: The rivals played one of the sharp lines of the Najdorf system of Sicilian defence. The position which you can see on the diagram has already been played several times. Namely, Gadir Guseinov and Vladimir Tukmakov have played it with white. 


CN: The following took place in Tukmakov - Polugaevsky encounter played in 1973: 14...Qxc4 (the numbering of the moves is a bit different because the position hasn't repeated in the opening part of the game) 15.Bxc4 Ne5 16.Bd5 Rb8 17.Bf4 f6 18.Rhe1 Be7 19.Re3 Bd8 20.h3 Bd7 21.Rb3. White got an advantage, but couldn't convert it, so the game finished in a draw. 

17.e5 Rb8 18.exd6 Bxd6 19.Re1+ Kf8 20.Bd3 h6

Volokitin: "I didn't expect my opponent playing Najdorf. I wasn't sure about how to play but I remembered the assessment of the position: White stands better. 20...h6 was a decisive mistake. The only correct continuation here is 20...Rb4 and Black's position is OK, while now White has a forced win." 

21.Bd8 Qxd8 22.Rhf1 Rb7 23.Bg6 f6


Volokitin: "I made a mistake while converting my advantage. 24.Re3 was winning, but after my mistake I got nothing more than just a better endgame." 

24...Re7 25.Nc6 Bb7

26.Qxc5 Bxc5 27.Nxd8 Bd5 28.Rd1 Be4

29.Nf7 Rxf7 30.Rfe1 Bxc2+ 31.Kxc2 Kg8 32.Rd8+ Rf8 33.Rxf8+ Bxf8 34.g4


Radjabov - Ivanchuk, Smirin - Grischuk and Avrukh - Sutovsky all ended in draws. Gata Kamsky beat Evgeny Romanov, but at that moment it was already clear that Veselin Topalov was going to lose against Pavel Eljanov. 

You can see the moment when Veselin Topalov resignes, which means SOCAR lost the match. The Ukrainian GM gave a special commentary to our website after the game: we will publish it as soon as the game will appear somewhere. At the moment it's not available anywhere, because the live transmission of Round 1 didn't work. 

[Event "European Club Championship"] [Date "2012.10.11"] [Round "1"] [White "Volokitin, A."] [Black "Mamedyarov, S."] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "B96"] [PlyCount "67"] [SourceDate "2012.10.12"] 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 6. Be3 Ng4 7. Bc1 Nf6 8. Bg5 Nbd7 9. Qe2 e6 10. O-O-O Qc7 11. f4 b5 12. f5 b4 13. fxe6 bxc3 14. exd7+ Nxd7 15. Qc4 cxb2+ 16. Kb1 Nc5 17. e5 Rb8 18. exd6 Bxd6 19. Re1+ Kf8 20. Bd3 h6 21. Bd8 Qxd8 22. Rhf1 Rb7 23. Bg6 f6 24. Qd5 Re7 25. Nc6 Bb7 26. Qxc5 Bxc5 27. Nxd8 Bd5 28. Rd1 Be4 29. Nf7 Rxf7 30. Rfe1 Bxc2+ 31. Kxc2 Kg8 32. Rd8+ Rf8 33. Rxf8+ Bxf8 34. g4 1-0 


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