Malakhov and his Slav with 4...a6

12/9/2009 – Vladimir Malakhov is the man of the hour at the World Cup in Khanty Mansiysk. Having beaten his opponents (Smirin, Eljanov and So) in rapid chess, he went on to defeat Peter Svidler in normal chess with the black pieces - and once again with his beloved 4...a6 Slav (which had already downed Pavel Eljanov and Wesley So). Incidentally, the discussed variation - 5.e3 b5 6.c5 g6 - was extensively analysed by Dorian Rogozenco in his contribution for CBM 119. Rainer Knaak has annotated this game.Svidler-Malakhov on ChessBase Magazine Online...

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Svidler-Malakhov, position after 7.Bd3

Svidler-Malakhov, final position after 31...dxe1N+

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