[Event "Chessable Masters"] [Site "chess24.com INT"] [Date "2021.08.01"] [Round "9"] [White "Shakhriyar Mamedyarov"] [Black "Abhimanyu Mishra"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "B22"] [WhiteElo "2782"] [BlackElo "2504"] [PlyCount "59"] [EventDate "2021.07.31"] 1. e4 c5 {The Sicilian: To all beginners, I always mention the name of the opening for you to learn.} 2. c3 {The dangerous Alapin variation...} Nf6 { This line has been used by many grandmasters, its like Alekhine defense with black's c5 and white's c3, but don't be mistaken. Alekhine starts with 1. e4 then 1...Nf6. Annoying is it?} 3. e5 Nd5 4. Bc4 {Yes, typical Alekhine set-up.} Nb6 5. Bb3 d6 6. exd6 Qxd6 {Well, looks like white is delayed on piece development, lets see how young genius GM Mishra handle the position.} 7. Nf3 c4 {Blocking the bishop will not stop its aim to penetrate black's kingside.} 8. Bc2 Qe6+ {Whoa!!! Black wants to exchange queens.. you ask me? If I am white, Nah..} 9. Kf1 {This side step move is a sign that GM Mamedyarov is going for a fiery game.} g6 10. b3 {White must activate pieces at queenside to pressure also black's queen side and push the d pawn to d4 to make way the bishop at c1.} Bg7 11. Na3 {Nice knight maneuver forcing exchange of pawns.} cxb3 12. axb3 {Slowly white is developing and showing its fangs!!} O-O 13. d4 { Yep... I feel this going to be entertaining..GM Mamedyarov is a tactical player, and super worthy to study his games.} Nc6 14. h4 {This is it!!!} h5 { Stopping the minority attack.} 15. Bg5 {Fantastic play by white..suddenly the bishop at c8 is left out of development.} Qd7 16. Qe1 {Eyeing control of e5 square as strategical outpost for white pieces.} e6 17. Rd1 {Of course, this move is going to muscle the d file once it opened.} Nd5 18. c4 Ndb4 19. Be4 { Yes, enticing black to push f7 to f5 but weakens the e6 pawn. The d4 pawn can't be taken due to the knight at b4 hangs.} a5 {Obviously...} 20. Nb5 { Now, this knight jump is perfectly placed, pity.. the bishop at c8 and rook at a8 is useless.} b6 {Hmmm, maybe the bishop heard me...} 21. Ne5 {Timely deployment at e5 square. This will show the power of coordinated pieces to control the position and break the guard of helpless black queen at d7.} Qb7 22. g4 {Fantastic!!! even 1200 rated player can see this move, ask my students? cheers...} hxg4 23. h5 {This is what you call "Never look back attack"... coz, you can't look back, the 23. h5 move is very obvious, deserves !!!} f5 24. Bg2 {That is also the use of g4 move for the bishop to position at g2 while pinning the knight at c6.} Bxe5 {Forced!! otherwise the knight wil capture the g6 pawn.} 25. dxe5 {Wow... check the d6 square... and black's kingisde deserves selfie shots.} Qh7 {To late to rescue the sitting preety royal highness...} 26. Qd2 gxh5 ({If} 26... Nxe5 27. hxg6 Qxg6 28. Bxa8) 27. Bh6 Rf7 ({If} 27... Bb7 28. Qg5+ Kh8 29. Rxh5) 28. Qd8+ {The finishing touch... } Nxd8 29. Rxd8+ Rf8 30. Rxf8# {Wonderful game by GM Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, its full of fireworks. With respect to GM Mishra, he needs this experience to feel how 2700 GM plays. Maybe in a year or 2 he will reach mid 2600 level. Thanks for this game....} 1-0