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White wastes no time castling in a bid to get his kingside attack rolling, and Shanava never recovers from the early onslaught. Black tries to counter White’s piece sacrifice with an interpolated attack on the queen, but Mamedyarov finds another way to part with his leading lady: 16. Bc3 Qe5 17. Qd3! Nxd5 18. Nf3 Bf5 19. Qxd5!, clearing the way for a devastating windmill attack aimed at g7.

The finale: 19. … Qxd5 20. Rxg7+ Kh8 21. Rf7+ Be5 22. Bxe5+ Kg8 23. Rg7+ Kh8 24. Rg5+, and Black resigned facing heavy material losses.

Morozevich-Nakamura, Tal Memorial, Moscow, June 2012

1. d4 d5 2. c4 dxc4 3. e4 Nf6 4. e5 Nd5 5. Bxc4 Nb6 6. Bd3 Nc6 7. Ne2 Bg4 8. f3 Be6 9. Nbc3 Qd7 10. Ne4 Bd5 11. Nc5 Qc8 12. a3 e6 13. Qc2 Bxc5 14. dxc5 Nd7 15. f4 Bxg2 16. Rg1 Bf3 17. Be3 g6 18. O-O-O Ne7 19. Be4 Bxe4 20. Qxe4 b6 21. Nc3 O-O 22. c6 Nb8 23. f5 Nxf5 24. Bg5 Qe8 25. Qf4 f6 26. Bxf6 Qxc6 27. Kb1 Nd7 28. Ne4 Nc5 29. Nxc5 bxc5 30. h4 Rf7 31. h5 Rd7 32. hxg6  h6 33. Rxd7 Qxd7 34. Qf3 Rb8 35. Rd1 Qe8 36. Rd2 c4 37. Ka2 a5 38. Qd1 c3 39. bxc3 Ne3 40. Qe2 Nd5 41. Qd3 a4 42. Rb2 Rxb2+ 43. Kxb2 Qb8+ 44. Kc1 Qb3 45. Qa6 Qxc3+ 46. Kd1 Ne3+ 47. Ke2 Qc4+ 0-1.

Mamedyarov-Shavana, Friendship Match, June 2012

1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. Nf3 e6 5. e3 Nbd7 6. Qc2 Bd6 7. g4 dxc4 8. g5 Nd5 9. Bxc4 e5 10. Bd2 O-O 11. Nxd5 cxd5 12. Bxd5 exd4 13. Nxd4 Qxg5 14. Qf5 Qe7 15. Rg1 Nb6 16. Bc3 Qe5 17. Qd3 Nxd5 18. Nf3 Bf5 19. Qxd5 Qxd5 20. Rxg7+ Kh8 21. Rxf7+ Be5 22. Bxe5+ Kg8 23. Rg7+ Kh8 24. Rg5+ Black resigns.

David R. Sands can be reached at 202/636-3178 or by email at dsands@washingtontimes.com.