Tomashevsky vs. Mchedlishvili - European Team Championship
Opening: D16: QGD Slav
Player(s): Tomashevsky, Mchedlishvili
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Russia has had to come to grips with the loss of its dominance in team competitions. In the 2015 European Team Championships, they were able to turn back the clock, winning the gold in both the Open and Women's divisions. The absence of Kramnik did not hurt as the team performed especially solidly, losing only a total of two games. Evgeny Tomashevsky contributed with 4.5/7, highlighted by a key sixth round victory over Mikheil Mchedlishvili of Georgia. That game featured a strategical battle in one of the most important structures in chess, the isolated d-pawn. The advance d4-d5, as it typically does, loomed in many important variations. But when it finally made its appearance the end was near.