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Boris Gelfand vs Ioannis Papaioannou
EuTCh (2001), Leon ESP, rd 5, Nov-10
English Opening: Anglo-Indian Defense. King's Knight Variation (A15)  ·  1/2-1/2
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Oct-05-18
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  plang: 12..Be8 had been played in Frog-Smyslov 1995 Russia Championship; 12..Bc8 was new. White's continuation starting with 16 Na4 led to a solid positional advantage for White due to Black's weaknesses on the dark squares. Black felt it was necessary to sacrifice a pawn with 25..Nd4 to prevent from being slowly suffocated. A pretty variation would have been 33 Rd2..Qb1+ 34 Kf2..Bxe4? 35 Re2..Bc6 36 Bd5+!..Kh8 37 Bxc6..Rxe2+ 38 Kxe2..Qc2+ 39 Qd2 and White wins. Black couldn't play 33..Qxa2 because the bishop ending would have been won for White after 34 Qd7..Qf7 35 Qxf7+..Kxf7 36 Rd7+..Re7 37 Bh5+..g6 38 fxg+..hxg 39 Bxg6+ but Black should have tried 33..Qc7. 36 Rxe8+? threw away the win for White; 36 Kf2!..Rc8 37 Rc3..Bd7 38 Rxc8+..Bxc8 39 Ke3 would have been an easily won ending.
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