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Sunday, 12 February 2012

Aeroflot Open, Round 5: Rodshtein - Zhigalgo

GM Maxim Rodshtein
Maxim Rodshtein is a Russian born Israel-based chess grandmaster. Born in Leningrad in 1989 is now rated 2634. Yesterday, he beat a bit higher rated Russian GM Sergei Zhigalgo (2658).
A topic line of the Queen's Indian Defence was played and then White employed a flank assault pushing g-pawn forward. After that he followed the simple attacking idea of h4 and g5 eventually. Game went on into Rooks and Knights ending where White missed some interesting tactical motif which could give probably decisive advantage. Nevertheless, after other simplifications Rook ending arose and then White sacrificed the pawn...
The rest was just a matter of technique.

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