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Vladimir Eduardovich Akopian vs Ivan Sokolov
Corus Group A (2004), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 5, Jan-15
Spanish Game: Closed Variations. Breyer Defense (C95)  ·  1-0
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Jan-15-04  pilot: Wow, after the second rook exchange White's position is overwhelming. Two raking bishops and blacks pieces on the sides and the back rank. Just killer.
Jan-24-12  chegado: Very solid defence, the game was tied until the blunder. Right now I'm starting to look with another eyes Sokolov's tactical skills. I mean, he has written many theoretical books, but when it comes to some crucial moments that you just can't count with Chess Informants or thinks like that, sometimes he makes childish mistakes like this one. I don't know, maybe he was just short in time or overlooked the position.


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Here, both sides has attacking chances but Black is clearly under heavy attack and this next move is forced. With 26...Qh6, Sokolov could have taken some breath after: 27.Bd4 Nc5 28. Be3 g5 29.Bxd5 Nf6 30.Nhf3 Nxd5 31.exd5 Nd3 32. Re2 Qh5.

26...Qg5?? Allows Ndf3, making Black lose one more tempo with the Queen retreat and reinforces the threat of Qxd5 or Qxh5.

Akopian knew how to handle it.

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