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Vladimir Eduardovich Akopian vs Alexander Khalifman
FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament (1999), Las Vegas, NV USA, rd 7, Jan-02
English Opening: Anglo-Indian Defense. King's Indian Formation (A15)  ·  0-1


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Oct-26-04  clocked: 16.Ng5! Nc6!? 17.Nxd5 Kh8 18.Bxg7+ Nxg7 19.h4 Rb8 20.Qa4 Qxd5 21.dxe4 Qd7 22.exf5
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  plang: Game 1 of their 6 game match in the finals of the World Championship tournament; Khalifman went on to win 2-1 with 3 draws. With 3 b4 Akopian was making an effort to avoid mainline theory as Khalifman had an advantage in this area. As mentioned above Akopian probably should have played 16 Ng5: eg. 16.Kh8?! 17 dxe..fxe 18 Rad1..Bg4 19 Ncxe4..Bxd1 20 Rxd1..Rb8 21 Bxg7+..Nxg7 22 Nd6!..Rxb3 23 Ndf7+..Kg8 24 Nh6+..Kh8 25 Ngf7+..Rxf7 26 Nxf7+..Kg8 27 Nxd8. 37 Qb4?! was the start of a bad plan; instead after 37 Qf4..Qe7 38 Bxh5..Rxc6 39 Bf3 and White has good drawing chances. 38 Qb8? made things worse; better was 38 Qa5..Nd6 39 Re1. Finally, 39 g4? created fatal kingside weaknesses; 39 Qb4 and 39 Bg2 were alternatives.
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