Alapin for the win | Mamedov – Kulaots | Rapid chess

Both grandmasters once played in elite round-robins with limited sucesss. Mamedov has reached 2700 but couldn’t keep pace with other competitors. He chooses Alapin as opening less studied as considered not to be the main weapon against Sicilian. Even though light squares seems weaker for Black, white hadn’t had enough resources to break through.

Mamedov, Rauf (2659)
Kulaots, Kaido (2538)
Event: European Rapid 2019
Site: Tallinn EST Date: 12/06/2019
Round: 11.1 Score: ½-½
ECO: B22 Sicilian, Alapin’s variation (2.c3)
1.e4 c5 2.c3 d5 3.exd5 Qxd5 4.d4 Nf6 5.Nf3 e6 6.Na3 Nc6 7.Be3 cxd4 8.Nb5 Qd8 9.Nbxd4 Nd5 10.Bg5 f6 11.Nxc6 bxc6 12.Bd2 e5 13.Qc2 Qb6 14.Bd3 Ba6 15.Bxa6 Qxa6 16.c4 Nc7 17.O-O Be7 18.Nh4 O-O 19.Nf5 Rf7 20.b4 Ne6 21.a4 Bf8 22.Qe4 Rd8 23.b5 Qc8 24.Ba5 Re8 25.Rad1 cxb5 26.cxb5 Nc5 27.Qc2 Nxa4 28.Nh6+ ½-½


  1. Looks like they agreed a draw. Misleading video title.

  2. I could not tell if this was a draw. What I could tell that in the opening to middle game, white was dominating in space advantage (particularly on the queen side) and had better placed pieces.

    I feel like white should have pushed harder for the win with the position he had.

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