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Loek van Wely vs Ivan Sokolov
Hoogovens (1994), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 1, Jan-21
Blumenfeld Countergambit: Dus-Chotimursky Variation (E10)  ·  0-1
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Jul-02-04  Helloween: Lots of nice tactics in this one. I like how Sokolov was so non-chalant about giving up his Queen and smashed through White with the powerful ...Rxg2+ blow. The Blumenfeld Counter Gambit is a rare bird in tournament play, but it is very underrated and Black can really get a dynamic position. This may be just the ticket for a tactically strong player.

As for the game, I think White made mistakes with 10.e3?! and 11.d6?.I would prefer on move ten playing 10.Ng3 followed by 11.e4 to develop the forces more rapidly, as the pawn on d6 can become a real liability in this position. One of the main reasons is that Black plays the space-gaining f7-f5 with tempo against the Knight, after which White cannot support the pawn with e4-e5.

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