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"Dolmatov,S - Bluvshtein,M [B69]
Aeroflot open (2), 18.02.2004

This position arose from a Sicilian Defense as can be seen from the pawn structure. White can multiply his threats to the e6-pawn; however Black has a sufficient defense. So Dolmatov first lulls the vigilance of Bluvshtein with seemingly innocent maneuvers.

27.Bh5 Rd8 28.Nd4 Re7

On 28...e5 White has 29.Nde6, of course.

29.Nd3 Qb6 30.Bf3

The importance of this move soon becomes clear.

30...Rc7 31.Nf4 Re7?

Black errs and his position immediately becomes very difficult. Better was 31...Re8, and after 32.Bg4 Rce7 White remains slightly better.


White’s bishop is at full strength.

32...Nxe5 33.Rxe5 fxe5 34.Nc6+ Kc7 35.Nd5+

The experienced Grandmaster does not miss a single nuance. This Knight move damages Black's pawn structure.

Mark Bluvshtein correctly seeks counterplay

35...exd5 36.Nxe7 Kb8 37.Bxd5 Bd7 38.Qe4 Rf8

Bluvshtein correctly seeks counterplay, but Dolmatov has sufficient defensive resources.


This greedy Queen move is actually best. White capitalizes on his positional advantage and gains material.


The only way to complicate things.


Also possible is 40.c4 e4 41.Qh6! defending against all the threats, but not 41.Ng6? b3! and Black suddenly wins.

40...Re8 41.Nc6+ Kc7

If 41...Bxc6 then 42.Qxd6+ Kb7 43.Qd7+ capturing everything.


An unfortunate moment to threaten mate in two! It was possible to take on b4: 42.Nxb4 a5 43.Nd3 and if 43...Bf5 44.g4!? Bxg4 45.Rf1 etc. 43.Nc2 also deserves consideration.


Black was on the defensive for most of the game, now he is winning a piece. The following moves could well be omitted.


43.cxb4 Bxc6 44.Bxd5 Bxd5 and Black is winning.

43...Bxc6 44.Qd6+ Kb7 45.cxb4 Rc8 46.Bf5 Rc7 47.Rd1 e4 48.Qc5 e3 49.g4 Bf3 50.Qxb6+ Kxb6 51.Rd6+ Rc6 White resigns."

/Misha Savinov kommenterar på [ChessCafe]