Monday, May 8, 2017

Dutch Defence Mamedyarov

Shakhriyar Mamedyarov is the twelveth highest rated player in the world. He attacked the Dutch Defence Leningrad directly with the sharp 4.h4 line in the 2016 World Rapid. White reached an advantageous position after 5.h5 e6 6.hxg6 hxg6 7.Rxh8+ Bxh8 8.Nh3. Lu Shanglei as Black avoided the drawish line 5...Nxh5, but I'm not sure why. I assume that Grandmaster Mamedyarov may have had something special in mind for it. The game ended with a short sharp assault.

[My Flank Opening Puzzles includes some Dutch Defence checkmates.]

Mamedyarov,S (2768) - Lu Shanglei (2627), World Rapid 2016 Doha QAT (1.5), 26.12.2016 begins 1.d4 f5 2.c4 Nf6 3.Nc3 g6 4.h4 [Most popular is 4.Nf3 ] 4...Bg7 5.h5 [A slower approach is 5.e3 d6 6.Be2=] 5...e6 [The most popular and critical is that perpetual check after 5...Nxh5 6.e4 fxe4 7.Rxh5 gxh5 8.Qxh5+ Kf8 9.Bh6 d6 10.Nxe4 Qd7 11.Bxg7+ Kxg7 12.Qg5+ Kf7 13.Qh5+ Kg7=] 6.hxg6 hxg6 7.Rxh8+ Bxh8 8.Nh3 [8.Bg5+/=] 8...Qe7 9.Bg5 Qf7 10.g3 d5 11.Bg2 c6 12.Qb3 Nbd7 13.0-0-0 Nb6 14.c5 Nbd7 15.Rh1 [15.Bf4 b6 16.Ng5+/-] 15...b6 16.Bf4 Nh5 17.Ng5 [17.e4! fxe4 18.Nxe4 dxe4 19.Ng5 Qg8 20.Nxe6 Nxf4 21.Nxf4 Qxb3 22.Rxh8+ Kf7 23.axb3+-] 17...Qg8? [17...Qe7 18.e3+/=] 18.e4 [18.Nxd5! cxd5 19.Nxe6 Qxe6 20.Bxd5+-] 18...Bxd4 [18...fxe4 19.Ncxe4 dxe4 20.Nxe6+-] 19.Qa4 e5 [19...Nxf4 20.gxf4+-] 20.Qxc6 Rb8 21.Nxd5 Bb7 22.Nc7+ Kd8 23.Nge6+ Kc8 24.Nb5+ 1-0

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